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  • Reflections on the 2016 Summer Internship in Community Organizing

    Reflections on the 2016 Summer Internship in Community Organizing Agust 25, 2016 Written by Samaya Abdus-Salaam, 2016 intern in philanthropy After my experience as a SICO intern with Riders Alliance and the New York Foundation, I have come to understand community organizing through a more nuanced lens. Hearing the interns’ stories about why they’re involved in…

  • NYF Program Director Kevin Ryan Receives Award for Excellence in Community Leadership from Neighborhood Funders Group

    NYF Program Director Kevin Ryan Receives Award for Excellence in Community Leadership from Neighborhood Funders Group July 28, 2016 More than 300 people stood up to cheer on our program direct Kevin Ryan at the Neighborhood Funders Group Oakland convening in June. Watch the crowd reaction and hear Kevin’s acceptance speech as he receives the Award for Excellence…

  • The Choices We Make: Democratizing Development in NYC

    The Choices We Make: Democratizing Development in NYC July 21, 2016 This short documentary examines the challenges of planning for equitable and inclusive neighborhood growth, through the eyes of community members, advocates, and public officials. The Neighborhoods First Fund supports collaboration among these diverse actors to ensure a planning process that builds a vibrant and just New York City. Contributors…

  • Family Engagement: Partnering for Student Success

    Family Engagement: Partnering for Student Success May 12, 2016 In late March of this year, grantmakers, local government officials, and non-profit leaders met for a convening on improving family engagement in schools, spearheaded by NYC Youth Funders and co-sponsored by Philanthropy New York, called “Family Engagement: Partnering for Student Success”. The forum was put together to recognize…

  • Young People Spearhead Movement to Address Unjust Juvenile System

    Young People Spearhead Movement to Address Unjust Juvenile System April 15, 2016 Written by Edna Iriarte, Program Officer In recent years, many of our grantees have turned to participatory action research to shed light on issues that impact community members. Participatory action research differs from other research because it is conducted by community members and…

  • Maria Mottola Speaks at Symposium on Civil Rights and Access to Justice

    Maria Mottola Speaks at Symposium on Civil Rights and Access to Justice Adapted from remarks delivered at the April 8 Symposium on Civil Rights and Access to Justice, organized by the Impact Center for Public Interest Law at New York Law School. In the mid-80s, I worked as a tenant organizer at a settlement house…

  • The Story Behind the Story

    The Story Behind the Story March 9, 2016 Every week, the news media reports on issues relevant to the work we support. But often, these accounts tell only a small part of a more complicated and nuanced story. In our new series, we ask our grantees to fill in the blanks. Discover the events leading…

  • Confronting Islamophobia in America Today

    Confronting Islamophobia in America Today February 5, 2016   Last Tuesday, foundation colleagues, government officials, and community leaders came together for an urgent convening to address the recent escalation of anti-Muslim rhetoric that is affecting New York’s Muslim community. Co-sponsored by the Ford Foundation, the New York Community Trust , Philanthropy New York, and the New York Foundation, Confronting Islamophobia in…

  • Re Post: Resilience Advocacy Project

    Re Post: Resilience Advocacy Project January 29, 2016 As Poverty Awareness Month comes to an end, Brooke Richie-Babbage, executive director of the Resilience Advocacy Project, will be sharing a series of brief blog posts to encourage contemplation about the true meaning of inequality, and about what we can each do to push for our respective visions of…

  • The Story Behind the Story

    The Story Behind the Story December 30, 2015 Every week, the news media reports on issues relevant to the work we support. But often, these accounts tell only a small part of a more complicated and nuanced story. In our new series, we ask our grantees to fill in the blanks. Discover the events leading…

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