Whenever New Yorkers face a major crisis such as the Covid-19 outbreak, The New York Community Trust works on the front lines and behind the scenes to connect those in need with those who want to help.
As New York’s community foundation, we see it as our mission to support our city during times of need and we rely on a number of resources to fulfill this critical and complex role:
While Covid-19 poses a number of unique challenges, the Trust has gained considerable experience helping New York address a number of other significant crises during the past two decades.
For example, within 24 hours after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers, The Trust worked closely with the United Way of New York City to create the September 11th Fund. Housed at The Trust’s office, the fund raised and granted more than $500 million to help families, small businesses, nonprofits, and others that had suffered loss in the wake of those events.
During the Great Recession of 2008, The Trust and its donors again stepped forward to help laid off workers, families facing food shortages, and foreclosed-upon homeowners through grants to nonprofits across the city.
When Hurricane Sandy swept through New York in 2012, The Trust leveraged its local expertise to identify and fund nonprofits in communities that were especially hard hit by this massive and powerful storm.
Today, we’re prepared to use the lessons we’ve learned from past crises to help New York through this new and ominous challenge through administering the NYC Covid-19 Response & Impact Fund.