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BRINGING FOUNDATIONS TOGETHER
For decades, The New York Community Trust has brought foundations together to address thorny issues facing New York and beyond. We have partnered with hundreds of funders through 25 collaboratives, distributing more than $200 million. Some of these collaborations focus on sharing ideas; others are more structured, with governance and administration shaped to fit the collaborators’ needs. Some have a brief life addressing an immediate issue, while others last for decades. Learn more about funder collaboratives in The Long Island Community Foundation or the Westchester Community Foundation. Read about the impact of these collaborations in our report "Stronger Together: The Power of Funder Collaboration."

Below are descriptions of our current collaborative funds.
MOSAIC NETWORK AND FUND
MOSAIC NETWORK AND FUND
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In 2017, The Trust and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation co-commissioned a report from Yancey Consulting to understand the health and viability of African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American (ALAANA) arts groups in New York City. Using data on groups’ finances, operations, and programmatic outputs, the study demonstrated an urgent need to address ALAANA arts groups’ thrivability. Soon after, in 2018, the Mosaic Network and Fund (the Fund) was established to direct more resources to arts groups that are led by, created for, and accountable to ALAANA people. With values rooted in racial equity (and acknowledgement of the need to also address other forms of oppression), the Fund aims to:

  • Create a learning community of arts funders and practitioners who are dedicated to helping ALAANA arts organizations thrive;
  • Provide flexible and strategic support that strengthens the organizational capacity of ALAANA arts organizations in New York City;
  • Advocate for more equitable policies and practices for ALAANA cultural workers;
  • Shift the narrative around ALAANA arts groups and racial equity in the arts; and
  • Increase overall philanthropic support for City-based ALAANA arts groups by facilitating funder commitments to new grantees.

The Mosaic Network hosts learning exchanges to connect funders with ALAANA arts practitioners and facilitate mutual learning and community building. If you are a New York City-based ALAANA arts organization and would like to be included in these exchanges, or for all other inquiries, please email mosaic@nyct-cfi.org.

Mosaic Network Steering Committee (2021 – 2022)

  • Arnaldo Lopez, Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
  • Beth Stryker, ArteEast
  • Brandi Stewart, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Conrhonda Baker, Howard Gilman Foundation
  • David Martine, Amerinda
  • Kibra Yohannes, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Janet Rodriguez, SoHarlem
  • Joyce Adewumi, New York African Chorus Ensemble
  • Kay Takeda, Joan Mitchell Foundation
  • Kyoung H. Park, Kyoung’s Pacific Beat
  • Lisa Gold, Asian American Arts Alliance
  • Marilu Galvan, Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano
  • Neil Wu-Gibbs, Museum of Chinese in America
  • Philip Santos Schaffer, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC
  • Ran Yan, Lewis Latimer House Museum
  • Salem Tsegaye, The New York Community Trust
  • Toya Lillard, viBe Theater Experience
  • Ying Yen, New York Chinese Cultural Center

Funders

  • Altman Foundation
  • Lily Auchincloss Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Booth Ferris Foundation
  • Joseph & Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts
  • Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
  • Ford Foundation
  • Howard Gilman Foundation
  • Mertz Gilmore Foundation
  • Grantmakers in the Arts
  • Harman Family Foundation
  • Jerome Foundation
  • Lambent Foundation
  • Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Miranda Family Fund
  • The New York Community Trust
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • David Rockefeller Fund
  • MacKenzie Scott
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation
  • Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
GoVoteNYC
GoVoteNYC
GoVoteNYC

GoVoteNYC was created by a group of funders that recognize the city flourishes when all New Yorkers are engaged and participate in civic life and elections of municipal leadership. The funding group also believes local government is more representative and accountable when all voices are heard in our central democratic process—voting.

GoVoteNYC was organized in January 2021 in anticipation of one of the city’s most consequential elections in a generation. This year New Yorkers will elect a new mayor, public advocate, and comptroller; five new borough presidents; and 35 (out of 51) new city council members; and the city will implement ranked choice voting for the first time. The 2021 elections are a starting point for GoVoteNYC, as part of its long-term civic engagement goals to:

  • Increase voter participation & narrow participation gaps.
  • Increase capacity of grantees to educate, engage, and mobilize voters.
  • Strengthen coordination among organizations building a more engaged citizenry.
  • Foster a “voter-friendly,” fair, and barrier-free electoral system.
  • Engage NYC philanthropy in strengthening voter engagement and participation.

GoVoteNYC operates in a strictly nonpartisan manner and will provide funding only to organizations that are both exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) and are a public charity described in sections 509(a)(1), (2), or (3) of the Code.

GoVoteNYC operates through pooled funds and aligned giving, providing grants and technical assistance to nonprofit partners working on nonpartisan get-out-the-vote and other civic participation activities. It is an open resource to other donors and a platform for sharing resources, information, and lessons-learned in the field.

Interested in joining GoVoteNYC? Contact Laura Hansen, director, at info@govotenyc.org

Members (in formation)

Altman Foundation

Charles H. Revson Foundation

The Ford Foundation

Jamie Rubin

J. M. Kaplan Fund

Moelis Family Foundation

The New York Community Trust

New York Foundation

Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Scherman Foundation

Trinity Church Wall Street

The Foster Care Excellence Fund
The Foster Care Excellence Fund
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The Foster Care Excellence Fund was established in 2017 to help more foster care agencies participate in “Home Away From Home,” an initiative of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services that aims to increase the number of foster children living with relatives, or “kin,” and improve foster parent recruitment, training, and retention. To this end, the Fund is providing grants and technical assistance to five foster care agencies that are working in tandem with “Home Away from Home.” In addition to placing more young people with kin, the agencies are working to improve the process for matching children with prospective families, better support current and prospective foster parents, and help more young people establish permanent connections to families.

In 2019, the Fund turned its attention to a different challenge facing young people in foster care: the lack of stability and support for young people who are aging out of the system. Working with a group of foster care agencies, the Fund has developed a plan to scale a comprehensive approach to serving young people up to age 26 that uses a proven coaching model. The goal is to secure public funds so the model can be provided to approximately 7,000 current and former foster youth a year. This work aligns with the recommendations of the City’s Foster Care Interagency Task Force, which has endorsed expanded services young people in the foster care system, from middle school up through age 25.

In addition to The New York Community Trust, the Foster Care Excellence Fund’s members include:

  • Ira W. DeCamp Foundation
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Redlich Horwitz Foundation
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation
  • Tiger Foundation
  • Joseph Leroy & Anne C. Warner Fund

If you are a funder interested in joining the Fund, please contact Barbara  Taveras at bat@nyct-cfi.org.

A recent press release about the Fund’s grantmaking is available here.

The Foster Care Interagency Task Force’s recommendations for improving foster care are available here.

EARLY CHILDHOOD PARTNERS NYC
EARLY CHILDHOOD PARTNERS NYC
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Preparing the youngest New Yorkers for a lifetime of success

In 2017, The Trust brought together a group of funders called Early Childhood Partners NYC, which is committed to preparing all New York City children for lifelong success. Their goal is to expand access to effective early childhood services and improve the systems that influence the wellbeing of young children, especially those from low-income families.  

Research shows that children from poor families who participate in quality early childhood programs are more likely to complete high school, have stable jobs, and earn higher wages. They’re also less likely to be involved with the criminal justice system or receive public assistance as adults. Lack of access to these services contributes significantly to the achievement gap: It is estimated that up to half of children who fail at school can be linked to gaps in quality care and education for preschoolers.

While New York City has led an impressive expansion of prekindergarten, it has not yet created an integrated system of high-quality services for all children under the age of five. City agencies responsible for early childhood programs historically have operated in isolation, with conflicting regulations and requirements for providers. There are significant gaps in services, and quality is inconsistent, mostly due to inadequate funding and a workforce that needs better and more specialized training.

To address these problems, the Partners work closely with public officials, researchers, practitioners, and other leaders in early childhood and related fields to expand proven and promising approaches, test new ideas, improve systems, conduct research, and advocate for policy change.

The Partners make grants to pool funding through a collaborative fund at The Trust. It is  guided by a steering committee that meets quarterly. General members, who contribute at a lower level, are encouraged to participate in networking and learning activities, and align their grantmaking with collaborative projects.  

Grants made by the Partners support:

  • Micro loans provided by the Low Income Investment Fund to support home based child care providers during the COVID-19 crisis
  • The New York Immigration Coalition’s efforts to boost enrollment in pre-K in immigrant communities
  • Work by advocates to ensure high quality childcare and early childhood education for the City’s youngest children—infants and toddlers.

Meet the Funders

Steering Committee

  • Altman Foundation
  • Catherine and Joseph Aresty Foundation
  • Booth Ferris Foundation
  • GS Humane Corp.
  • Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation
  • A.L. Mailman Family Foundation
  • The New York Community Trust
  • The Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation
  • Viking Global Foundation


For more information, contact Barbara Taveras or Leigh Ross.

THE FUND FOR NEW CITIZENS
THE FUND FOR NEW CITIZENS
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Helping on the path out of the shadows

The Fund for New Citizens was established in 1987 after passage of the Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986. The Fund coordinated foundation efforts to help the City’s immigrants understand and benefit from the new law. At the same time, it seeded the New York Immigration Coalition, now a statewide group of almost 200 immigrant-serving nonprofits.

Since inception, the Fund has continued to help the City’s immigrants understand and respond to complex and oft-changing immigration laws and policies. It has made more than $20 million in grants to groups across the five boroughs that reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of the City’s immigrant populations. Its grants support advocacy for policies that benefit the City’s immigrants, capacity-building for immigrant-led groups that anchor this advocacy, and affordable immigration legal services. Also, it provides opportunities for foundations to learn about current immigration issues and coordinate funding that reaches immigrant groups more effectively.

To find out more about the Fund for New Citizens, download our report.

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Accomplishments:

  • Established the Immigration Representation Project (IRP), a collaboration of legal
    agencies, which has represented 4,200 low-income immigrants facing deportation and
    provided Know Your Rights information to more than 20,000 immigrants to date;
  • Developed legal service partnerships to provide high-quality, free immigration legal
    assistance at trusted community organizations;
  • Supported partnerships that have helped thousands of immigrants in urgent
    situations, such as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians after the 2010
    catastrophic earthquake, and a post-September 11, 2001, special immigration
    registration program for Arab, Muslim, and South Asian men;
  • Helped scores of young immigrants obtain Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
    (DACA), which has temporarily afforded undocumented young people the
    opportunity to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation; and
  • Provided resources and technical assistance to build the capacity of more than 70
    immigrant-led, grassroots organizations throughout the five boroughs.

Meet the Funders:

  • Altman Foundation
  • Booth Ferris Foundation
  • FJC, A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds
  • Interest on Lawyer Account Fund of the State of New York (IOLA)
  • The New York Community Trust
  • Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation
  • The Clark Foundation
  • New York Foundation
  • North Star Fund
  • RCHN Community Health Foundation
THE NEW YORK CITY WORKFORCE FUNDERS
THE NEW YORK CITY WORKFORCE FUNDERS
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Training workers to fill tomorrow’s jobs

In 2001, a group of foundations established the New York City Workforce Funders. Their goal: to make the City’s workforce development system more responsive to the needs of workers and employers. The funders, now numbering 75, meet quarterly, along with colleagues from key public and nonprofit groups to share ideas and information.

More a dozen foundations make grants to a collaborative fund at The Trust to develop joint projects that test innovations or provide management assistance to many of the more than 140 nonprofits that train New Yorkers for jobs.

The Fund’s first two grants were used to help youth employment organizations manage dramatic increases in federal funding in 2001, and to build the financial systems of workforce organizations. In 2004, the Workforce Funders joined with the City’s Department of Small Business Services to focus on the health care and biotechnology sectors. That collaboration led the City to design several its employment programs to growth sectors of the economy, making them more effective.

The City’s job market has seen dramatic shifts in recent years. Some industries have disappeared, while others are expanding and need skilled workers. Many of the City’s new jobs are in lower-paying industries like hotels, restaurants, and retail. But big, fast-growing technology companies also are adding jobs—think Amazon and Google—and hiring skilled workers at a rapid pace. Meanwhile, the need for health care workers continues to grow. New Yorkers need to be trained for all these new jobs.

In 2013, the Workforce Funders commissioned the Re-Envisioning the New York City Workforce System Report, which envisions a redesigned workforce system driven by employers’ needs. The report outlined a framework for the City administration to develop a bold new model—one that places a high priority on training and job placement through sector-focused industry partnerships led by employers.

NYC Workforce Funders’ Projects

The Workforce Funders have supported two industry partnerships based at the NYC Department of Small Business Services including:

  • New York Alliance for Careers in Healthcare, started in 2011, creates partnerships for careers in health care with trade associations and their hospitals, community health centers, and nursing homes, as well as the largest health care labor union in the region.
  • NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, established in 2014, brings together technology industry leaders from more than 60 companies to shape curricula, assess potential talent, and support the development, delivery, and evaluation of new and expanded programs designed to equip workers for 21st century technology jobs.

Three other signature initiatives:

  • The Field Building Hub, housed at the Workforce Professionals Training Institute, is a 2016 initiative to introduce key innovations in employment services, bolster the skills of individuals and organizations, and establish a system to identify and assess gaps in capacity.
  • Invest in Skills New York Campaign, managed by New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals and JobsFirstNYC, seeks to convince the Governor and New York State legislature to make a skilled workforce an economic priority.
  • In 2017 the Workforce Funders commissioned the Workforce Field Building Hub to prepare the Workforce Agenda report, released in September 2019, which recommends five ways to strengthen the New York system of services for job seekers and employers. See the report here. The recommendations will form the basis for the NYC Workforce Funders agenda in the next three years.

Meet the Funders

Since 2001, the Workforce Funders have raised more than $15.5 million, along with more than $33 million in aligned funding, for its collaborative projects from the following private funders:

  • Altman Foundation
  • Brooklyn Community Foundation
  • The Clark Foundation
  • Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • Ira W. DeCamp Foundation
  • Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
  • James and Judith K. Dimon Foundation
  • Ford Foundation
  • Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  • Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation
  • William T. Grant Foundation
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Kate Spade & Company
  • Leon Lowenstein Foundation
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Mizuho USA Foundation
  • MUFG Foundation
  • National Fund for Workforce Solutions
  • The New York Community Trust
  • Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation
  • The Pinkerton Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Taconic Foundation
  • Tiger Foundation
  • United Way of New York City
  • The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

For more information, contact Roderick Jenkins at (212) 686-1088.

THE NEW YORK STATE CENSUS EQUITY FUND
THE NEW YORK STATE CENSUS EQUITY FUND
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Ensuring a fair and accurate count

The New York State Census Equity Fund (NYSCEF) in The New York Community Trust was established in 2018 to ensure participation in the 2020 Census by the State’s hard-to-count communities, and to encourage public engagement in the redistricting process stemming from the Census. The Fund is directed by a Steering Committee of donors, who serve as advisors. The Steering Committee overseeing redistricting grants and activities is in formation. In addition to The Trust, current members include: The Long Island and Westchester Community Foundations, The New York Women’s Foundation, and Rochester Area Community Foundation.

Read about the impact of the NYSCEF in this report and press release.

Funders

  • Altman Foundation
  • Anonymous donors
  • Brooklyn Community Foundation
  • Central New York Community Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
  • Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties
  • Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Ford Foundation
  • Fordham Street Foundation
  • Hagerdorn Fund
  • Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
  • JM Kaplan Fund
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Korean American Community Foundation
  • Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
  • Long Island Community Foundation
  • M+T Bank
  • Mertz-Gilmore Foundation
  • New Venture Fund
  • New York Foundation
  • Park Foundation
  • Ralph C. Wilson Foundation
  • Rauch Foundation
  • Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
  • Rochester Area Community Foundation
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Sherman Foundation
  • The Clark Foundation
  • The John R. Oishei Foundation
  • The New York Women’s Foundation
  • The New York Community Trust
  • UU Fund at Long Island Community Foundation
  • Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
  • Westchester Community Foundation
  • Zegar Family Foundation

Sub-Committees

The four sub-committees described below facilitate the work of the Steering Committee. Any contributing funder can participate in one of the sub-committees. All contributing funders can participate in the Grantees Selection Committee.

  1. Funders Engagement & Education Committee – Chaired by Jen Drake, Senior Program Officer, Dyson Foundation, the sub-committee organizes quarterly briefings for funders on relevant census-related topics to foster their engagement in increasing the 2020 count in New York State.
  2. Grantees Selection Committee – Chaired by Randi Hewit, President, Community Foundation for Elmira-Corning and Finger Lakes. All donors of the Fund can participate in the sub-committee. Sub-committee members review LOIs and/or proposals submitted for funding consideration and make funding recommendations to the Steering Committee.
  3. External Relations Committee – Chaired by Robyn Smith, Program Officer, Central New York Community Foundation. The sub-committee maintains relations with national and regional funders’ census initiatives to share information, best practices, and resources; and coordinates strategies with statewide census advocacy groups such as NY Counts 2020, the New York Civic Engagement Table, the Association for A Better New York, the Governor’s Office, and the Regional Census Bureau.
  4. Documentation & Evaluation Committee –Chaired by Sabrina Hargrave, Program Officer, Brooklyn Community Foundation, the sub-committee is responsible for developing and implementing an evaluation plan with appropriate indicators of success and mechanisms for data tracking and analysis. The sub-committee also will disseminate evaluation findings and lessons learned.

If you are a funder interested in joining the New York State Census Equity Fund, please contact Senior Program Officer Patricia Swann at pas@nyct-cfi.org; or Special Projects Officer Barbara Taveras at bat@nyct-cfi.org – 212-686-2462.

 

Grants

The Fund’s grantmaking focuses on three main areas: community education and mobilization, advocacy at the state level, and technical assistance. Grant awards include:

  • A $60,000 grant to The Center for Urban Research  at the CUNY Graduate Center to create an interactive digital map of Congressional and state legislative district lines to support public engagement in New York State’s redistricting process.  The digital map will help the general public, journalists, community activists, and others to understand how redistricting will affect them and their communities.
  • With a $25,000 grant, Engage New York–a network of foundations from across New York State that aims to link policy advocacy, civic engagement, and community organizing strategies in addressing issues shaping the quality of life for New Yorkers will–provide communications and networking support for the redistricting phase of the New York State Census Equity Fund.

The Trust was joined by other New York foundations in a letter to the governor asking the State to allocate more funds to the census efforts. Read the letter here and the update here.

Past Collaborative Funds
Past Collaborative Funds

We opened our first funder collaborative in 1977, in response to New York City’s fiscal crisis with the creation of the Corporate Special Projects Fund. Other past efforts included:

  • The Neighborhood Revitalization Program supported community development groups creating low-income housing in tax-foreclosed properties and revitalizing local commercial strips from 1978 to 1991.
  • The New York City AIDS Fund, which operated from 1989 to 2014, and brought together foundations, City and State agencies, nonprofits, and those living with HIV/AIDS for a sustained local response to the epidemic.
  • One Region Fund coordinated efforts of funders in the tri-state region to invest in advocacy for transit improvements and grants to stimulate transit-centered development around commuter rail stations from 2006 to 2014.
  • The Hive Digital Media Learning Fund was started with support from the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation in 2010 to promote adolescents’ learning through digital media. It provided $7.2 million in grants and developed 100 educational programs, working with museums, libraries, and youth-serving agencies. In 2016, the Hive Fund was transferred to the Mozilla Foundation. Download a report on the impact of the Hive Fund.
  • The New York City Cultural Agenda Fund was established in 2014 to help build a broader commitment to a fairer and more equitable arts ecosystem in New York City. The Fund made 89 grants to 67 groups totaling $2.27 million and equipped arts organizations with new skills to make their voices heard. In 2019, The Trust released a report on the key takeaways from the collaborative. Download the report here.
  • The Donors’ Education Collaborative helped make New York City public schools better for all studentsDEC’s founding premise is that broad-based change in schools requires an active, informed, and diverse constituency. Effective reform is grounded in research and carried out in partnership with parents, students, educators, and other community members. Therefore, member foundations pool funds to make grants for research, advocacy, and community organizing to advance equity, opportunity, and excellence for all students, including those facing the greatest challenges. Download Report.