NY City is an epicenter for many big and small American Dream. Frederic Sealey feels that New York has always been a hub for everything from the world of business, finance, education, politics, and entertainment, a place for opportunity and hope. But at the same time, there’s are many people seeking shelter, food, medical aid, and little extra help just to make their survival easy in the city. But for many New Yorker’s the American Dream is unattainable due to obstacles such as poor nutrition, education, unemployment, low literacy and lack of basic needs. Over 45% of locals are living below or near the poverty line and the scale of the complex problems is overwhelming.
That’s one reason why for all the New Yorkers, there lies no shortage of the groups extending help locally. The locals are looking to work for the cause with various local advocacy communities. There are many great non-profit organization supporting large communities, offering support in innumerable ways whether it’s creating jobs, distributing meals or providing shelter and education to the needy people. But do you wonder which charity organizations get most of the traction? Frederic Sealey brings out the Top 10 New York Charity organization for 2017 covering the whole range of missions and developments and other welfare programs running in New York.
- Robin Hood Foundation: www.robinhood.org
Robinhood foundation is a nonprofit organization that attempts to fund over 100 programs to lessen poverty and helps the poor from various food banks to the AIDS organizations to community youth group developments. The board of member includes Lloyd Blankfein from Goldman Sachs and Hollywood Actress Gwyneth Paltrow etc who cover the operating expenses of the foundation. The foundation was started in the year 1988 by Paul Tudor Jones and Peter Borish. The organization receives funding from various fundraising events and donations. Artists like John Legend, The Rolling Stones, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Aerosmith, and Robert Plant have performed at many annual fundraising events by the foundation. Recently NY’s biggest anti-poverty foundation has joined forces with NYC Children’s Cabinet for an early learning developmental period.
The foundation targets poverty by applying good investment principles to the philanthropical work and have helped save many lives through their best programs. They have partnered with more than 240 nonprofit organizations in NY city and run projects to meet community needs.
- New York Foundation for the Arts www.nyfa.org
NYFA is an independent charity organization which is funded through corporate, government, foundations, and individual support from NY locals. The organization was established in 1971 and is currently a part of large network of nonprofit art foundations nationally. The foundation was established to support emerging art and individual artists with the mission to uplift and empower the artists from different discipline at various stages of their lives.
The foundation has helped many great names reach the success such as Eliott Goldenthal: the composer, Julie Taymor: the art director and Ricardo Scofidio: the architect. The group provides amatuer artists 16 disciplines from the literature domain to the field of performing arts with publicity and financial backing. The donation received is used for providing fellowships and services to over 150 NY artists. In the recent update, NYFA has announced the release of 2 years front by Ford Foundation to support foundation’s expansion of Immigrant Artist Mentor Program. This initiative will connect 144 immigrants with artistic skills and mentor them to strengthen the artist communities among the immigrants in other cities as well. At present, over 200 NY based immigrants have been provided mentorship and received exposure for the work. The NY based program is being funded by Deutsche Bank from 2007.
- The Children’s Aid Society www.childrensaidsociety.org
In 1853, Charles Loring Brace founded Children’s Aid Society as an extension program for the Orphan Train Movement which was a project that took over 150,000 homeless kids from the streets of NY and sent all of them to the homes in the West. Children’s Aid Society still serve the children in the city by providing them shelter services, adoption, pregnancy prevention, health services and legal advocacy and other related services to help needy children.
Children Aid Society have an annual budget over $100 million and apart from New York they are currently active in 45 citywide sites with over 1200 employees. This is New York’s oldest and biggest kid’s nonprofits.
- Foster Pride www.fosterpride.org
Foster Pride has been helping more than 10,000 children in the foster care through arts and mentoring since 1993. Established by Lynn Schnurnberger in the New York city when he first visited foster care agency and found it full of fidgety kids waiting to be supervised by their parents through the appointments. Lynn decided to find a way to transfer the restless behaviours of these kids in the art of creative energy. After few months she organized her first art class and Foster Pride came into existence.
The foundation offer free classes, internships, scholarships to the kids places in the foster care. Job Preparedness and mentoring run by the organization help teenagers to develop interpersonal skills to live independently as they move out of foster care program.
- The New York Food Bank www.foodbanknyc.org
Food bank for New York City have been extensively to end the poverty for over 35 years. As per the data shared by Feedingamerica.org 22% if NY’s children are known to be food insecure which is like a euphemism for the hungry. The kids often lack the access to the meals on regular basis Therefore, to end the hunger by sponsoring and organizing information, food, support for the survival of the community, diginty and empowerment are the main objective of FBNYC. It is New York’s biggest hunger relief foundation and their multifaceted approach on providing help to the low income locals and achieve more independence.
The Food Bank accepts year round donations of non-perishable items, canned goods and also require cash donation for preparing the hot meals. In addition, it also organizes student driven food drives in many borough around the city corners.
- City Harvest www.cityharvest.org
City Harvest is yet another great nonprofit organization based in New York and operates through food distribution, rescue and education. The foundation was established in 1982 and since then it has rescued food over 500 million pounds. On the daily basis average food rescued by City Harvest is anywhere around 150,000 pounds which includes 50% of fresh produce. The foundation give food to around 500 community progams throughout the NYC.
The idea is simple. If you have cooked over the limit for your party or you hate to see food getting wasted at your office bash, you can simply contact City Harvest and they will simply arrnage the food pick up that’s left and will distribute it the local New Yorkers in need. City Harvest deliver food to almost 1 million New York residents.
- Student Sponsor Partners www.sspnyc.org
SSP is a non profit foundation which was founded in 1986 by Peter Flanigan. The organization select children from the low income homes and give them opportunity to put them in non public school education through the support from a sponson and mentorship. Sponsors fund the average amount of $2200 for the yearly tution fees per child. The sponsor can also meet and spend some time with the child for almost 4 to 6 times in a year.
The foundation also gives opportunity for the Sponsors to meet students regularly by having them donate $250 and such sponsors are known as Time Sponsors. The alums at SSP have been able to get admissions at renowned schools such as Boston Collage, Duke and Cornell. For more than 29 years, SSP has been addressing the dropout crisis of high school students in New York
For over 29 years, Student Sponsor Partners has addressed the high school dropout crisis. The program is currently running in 23 participating schools in different areas of New York.
- Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) www.bcrf.org
BCRF is a New York based independent charity organization known to raise over $569 million to promote translational and clinical research at various medical institution across the world. At present, it funds more than 200 researchers from six continents and thirteen countries on breast cancer, stem cells, and clinical trials on new cancer treatments.
The organization was established by Evelyn Lauder, Senior VP Corporate of Estee Lauder in 1993. The organization was set up to create awareness among women and pink ribbon awareness program. Recent funding round got foundation $14.5 million grants with genetic and clinical research on breast cancer which also include new treatments and projects on vaccine developments.
- Coalition for Homeless www.coalitionforthehomeless.org
Founded in 1981, CFH is a NEw York based foundation that has completey changes the homelessness status of the NYC. The act of “Right To Shelter” made both the city and the state to give shelter to the homless people and paved further ways for legal victories to ensure the shelter to families as well. Running on eleven direct service shelter programs to meet the requirements of low income homeless New Yorkers.
Their Eviction Prevent System serves over 800 families in a year with rental grant for one time in case they fail to pay the rent. CFH has come up with the programs that are very cost effective than the temporary shelters. The foundation organizes letter writing drives and rallies around HSS ( Home Stability Support), online petitions, support events through donating time or money. The country’s oldest advocacy help everyone attain affordable housing, chance to work and sufficient food as the fundamental rights. On daily basis their 11 frontline program helps over 3500 individuals survive the crises and put on the long term stable path.
- CityMeals-on-Wheels www.citymeals.org
New York City Meals On Wheels is a food delivery charity organization that helps in preparing over 2.2 million meals to distribute among homebound and low income families. The organization raises funds through government, private and individual donations to ensure that no elderly who is homebound lives without human company and food in New York.
It was founded by James Beard and Gael Greene in 1981 and started as the private partnership of distributing dinner to 6000 elderly is now organizing meal delivery to almost 40% of the total cost of home delivered food. The foundation annually raises almost $17.5 million.