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  • Commencement Address

    Commencement Address So...what do you do? Stonybrook School of Social Welfare May 23, 2019 By Maria Mottola I want you to imagine how your ten-year-old self would answer this question—who do you want to be when you grow up? I imagine very few of you pictured a social worker. Maybe you wanted to be a…
  • Speak Justice: Murad Awawdeh, New York Immigration Coalition

    Speak Justice: Stories from Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Organizers Murad Awawdeh, New York Immigration Coalition April 17, 2019 By Altaf Rahamatulla Our series—Speak Justice: Stories from Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Organizers—profiles a new wave of courageous activists and civil rights pioneers from Muslim, Arab, and South Asian communities who are organizing in the…

  • Speak Justice: Reem Ramadan, Arab American Association of New York

    Speak Justice: Stories from Muslim, Arab, and South Asian Organizers March 27, 2019 By Altaf Rahamatulla Two years ago, thousands of New Yorkers gathered at Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy airport to stand up for the rights of Muslims, Arabs, and South Asians following the announcement of the initial version of the refugee and…

  • 2018 at a Glance

           

  • Foundations Call on Governor Cuomo to Support Census Outreach

    Foundations Call on Governor Cuomo to Support Census Outreach Private investment alone cannot provide the resources to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census February 12, 2019 NEW YORK, NY –  On Friday, February 8, more than 30 foundations sent a letter to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo highlighting the importance of state support…

  • Their Words. Their Stories: A Conversation with Youth Organizers

    Their Words. Their Stories: A Conversation with Youth Organizers Sept 4, 2018 By Olivia Parnell, 2018 Intern in Philanthropy at New York Foundation This year, 21 interns were placed at 15 grantee organizations as a part of the New York Foundation’s Summer Internship in Community Organizing (SICO) program. The SICO program offers a unique opportunity…

  • Board Site Visit: East Harlem

                Building a New Community and Economic Development Framework   On May 7th, 2015, our trustees and staff explored East Harlem where a number of new economic strategies are intersecting. We learned about several aspects of the sharing economy by examining the neighborhood’s community land trust pilot project and the growing…

  • The Work Ahead

    The Work Ahead “So that no one is left behind.” February 8, 2018 By Altaf Rahamatulla Three months ago, Andrea Jenkins was elected to the Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first-out transgender woman of color elected to public office in American history. Jenkins’ victory was emblematic of a wave of momentous wins last November, as…

  • Local Groups on the Front Lines

    Local Groups on the Front Lines By Altaf Rahamatulla Cities and states have traditionally been incubators of reform—local policy experiments and innovation have stimulated national discourse and influenced broader efforts. This is especially true in this moment. Though the past year has been marred by rabid anti-immigrant sentiment, consistent assaults on healthcare and the social…
  • Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day

    Indigenous People’s Day October 6, 2017 The New York Foundation respectfully observes Indigenous People’s Day—this upcoming October 8th & 9th, 2017—as a reclamation of Columbus Day, and as a day to celebrate, learn about, and center Indigenous peoples, and their history throughout the Americas, and particularly here in New York City. From Long Island’s Shinnecock Nation…

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