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  • 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…

  • Young Organizers Lead the Way in Uncertain Political Times

    The Next Generation of Progressive Organizing August 30, 2017 By Najha Zigbi-Johnson This summer, 18 interns were placed at 14 grantee organizations as part of our Summer Internship in Community Organizing Program (SICO). In this series we learn about the work of five interns, and the importance of young people organizing in this political moment.…

  • Welcome Altaf Rahamatulla, Our New Program Officer

    Welcome Altaf Rahamatulla, Our New Program Officer August 3, 2017 This week we welcomed Altaf Rahamatulla to the New York Foundation program team. We couldn’t be more excited. Mr. Rahamatulla comes to us from the Ford Foundation where he served as a program associate on the Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice team. While at the Ford Foundation, he…

  • Board Site Visit: Gowanus

              Neighborhood Advocacy On May 4th, 2017, our trustees and staff explored Gowanus, Brooklyn where there are ongoing discussions about the Gowanus canal and the neighborhood rezoning. From 2003 to present day, there have been numerous government and community initiatives that continue to shape Gowanus as we know it.   The…

  • Board Site Visit: Kingsbridge Armory

                Organizing Local Businesses and Community Residents   On May 11th, 2017, our trustees and staff explored Kingsbridge, Bronx where there is an ongoing campaign to transform the Kingsbridge Armory. After the National Guard handed it over to the city in 1993, community residents have fought to have a say over…

  • Introducing Our New Grantees of 2017

    Introducing Our New Grantees of 2017 February 15, 2017 BronxPower www.bronxpower.org Profile BronxPower is the vision of community organizers and public-school reform advocates who have deep roots in the South Bronx. Its founders envision a South Bronx that is healthy, economically strong, and where residents can access quality education and safe, affordable housing. After assessing…

  • Video Series Highlights the Lives of Muslim-Americans

    The Secret Life of Muslims January 20, 2017   This first person series uses humor and empathy to subvert stereotypes and reveal the truth about American Muslims: fascinating careers, unexpected talents, and inspiring accomplishments, providing a counter narrative to the rampant Islamophobia prevalent in the media.   On November 2nd, 2016, Vox posted it’s first…

  • BACDYS Neighborhood Tour Nov. 2nd, 2016

    BACDYS Neighborhood Tour November 4, 2016 On Tuesday, November 2nd, we joined Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services (BACDYS) on a tour of City Line, Brooklyn. In partnership with the Asian American Federation (AAFederation), BACDYS invited city officials, community organizers, partner organizations, and local residents to get a glimpse of the neighborhood’s character and…

  • Going Beyond Feedback Loops

    Going Beyond Feedback Loops October 27, 2016 Foundations and nonprofits need to know how the clients they serve feel about the services they offer, and whether these services effectively improve lives. But measuring client satisfaction is a concept borrowed from the private sector that involves feedback loops through data-collection – these methods don’t translate well to nonprofit work, as they miss…

  • Homeless New Yorkers Have Their Say

    Homeless New Yorkers Have Their Say September 16, 2016 Should sleeping in pubic be a crime? Not according to the Department of Justice. Last month, the Department of Justice filed a brief arguing that “making it a crime for people who are homeless to sleep in public places, when there is insufficient shelter space in a city,…

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