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  • Headshot of Maria Mottola in a blue sweater, with a small serene smile and a lush green background.

    Leadership Transition Spring 2021

    Leadership Transition Spring 2021 December 16, 2020 From Maria Mottola, Executive Director Thirty years ago, my first proposal was rejected by the New York Foundation. Despite the fact that I had followed the lengthy guidelines—exactly five pages double spaced with strips of adding machine paper scotch taped to the back of each budget page, postmarked…
  • A Reflection

    A Reflection We stand in support of the protestors advocating for Black lives and demanding an end to brutal policing and violence against Black people. We mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, David McAtee, Jamel Floyd, and many others. We are committed to being anti-racist in our…
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  • Title card white text on a dark orange background: Streets to Statehouse: Building Grassroots Power in New York

    Streets to Statehouse: Building Grassroots Power in New York

    Streets to Statehouse Building Grassroots Power in New York by Alexa Kasdan, Maria Mottola, and Jennifer Ching This is an exciting time for organizing in New York. After years of deadlocked political power in Albany, voter mobilizations resulted in significant electoral transitions. 2019 saw Democratic majorities in the State Senate and Assembly for first time…
  • Young Changemakers in Social Movements

    Young Changemakers in Social Movements: The 2019 Summer Internship in Community Organizing by Sonia Steinmann Ms. Steinmann served as the New York Foundation's Intern in Philanthropy in 2019. She is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied Chinese literature in a comparative context. She is passionate about the housing and LGBTQ movements, especially the…
  • Jawanza James Williams Gala Remarks

    VOCAL-NY 20th Anniversary Gala Remarks by Jawanza James Williams Abridged from a transcription of remarks given at the 20th Anniversary VOCAL-NY Gala on Thursday, September 19, 2019. Watch an excerpt of Jawanza speaking here.   Call to Ancestors: I hear the voices of centuries past, singing in chorus, a language my tongue can never speak,…

  • 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

           

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