Think of us as a multiplier.
Haiti is hit by an earthquake, and New York foundations quickly come together through Philanthropy New York to learn about and strategize on disaster relief. Philanthropists seek a greater impact on school reform and join the Education Working Group. Foundation trustees and staff convene in our meeting space for conversations with luminaries from both inside and outside philanthropy. Grantmakers learn from peers through our communities of practice, both online and in-person.
There is power in numbers. When foundations join forces, they can accomplish what, in most cases, would not be possible on their own. Traditionally, philanthropy has been faulted for steering clear of collaboration. But if you had the chance to observe our members in 2010, you would see collaboration in action. Philanthropy New York worked together with them to inform public policy. We helped them unite to assist people left reeling from natural disasters. We brought both emerging and established leaders together to exchange knowledge. We supported them as they responded to the struggles their grantees face in a stagnant economy. We engaged them in putting their heads together to share good grantmaking practice across all fields.
Philanthropy New York helps make this collaborative spirit possible. In our 2010 Annual Report, you'll find stories that demonstrate philanthropy's collective potential in four areas of work that regional associations like Philanthropy New York are uniquely equipped to advance: programs, peer-to-peer networks, public policy, and rapid response to disasters.
Consider them demonstrations of this equation: [members] x [philanthropy new york] = collective impact.
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Chair, Philanthropy New York Board of Directors
President, New York Life Foundation
President, Philanthropy New York
The Paul Rapoport Foundation, an independent private foundation established in 1987 to serve the lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual (LGTB) communities of the metropolitan New York area, with a particular focus on the nexus between racial and economic justice, has announced five new grants, totaling $731,000, bringing the total grants awarded for fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 to over $2.8 million. The foundation will bring its grantmaking operations to a close as of June 30, 2014 and cease operations entirely by June 30, 2015.
The foundation is narrowing its focus and increasing its grant size so that it can help ensure the sustainability of key organizations serving youth, seniors, and transgender persons in LGTB communities of color. Through emphasis on infrastructure development and collaborations as well as on expansion of current demonstrably effective programs, the foundation hopes to have significant impact on services to and advocacy for and by LGTB communities of color.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation and the CUE Art Foundation are pleased to announce an exhibition of artworks by 300 New York City students who have participated in the CUE Art Foundation's ARTworks Program and the Joan Mitchell Foundation's Saturday Studios Art Education Program. This year, the young artists explored the theme of memory and its many interpretations.
The exhibition will run until Saturday, June 4th at the CUE Art Foundation, with a closing reception (hosted by the Joan Mitchell Foundation) to be held on that date.
The Open Society Foundations has announced an award of $1.6 million to an outstanding group of advocates, journalists, lawyers, grassroots organizers, and filmmakers working on a range of vital criminal justice reform issues at the local, state, and national levels.
The 2011 Soros Justice Fellows, who hail from 14 different states and Washington, D.C., will explore a wide array of issues, including prosecutorial misconduct, federal immigration enforcement, and the harsh treatment of youth. The 18 Soros Justice Fellows will each receive a stipend of $74,000 to $108,750 for projects lasting between 12 and 18 months.
The fellows range from an exonerated man who endured 14 years on Louisiana's death row—with seven execution dates—and went on to found a New Orleans reentry service and advocacy organization; an investigative journalist who is writing the first book to comprehensively document how the "war on terror" has dramatically transformed our criminal justice system; to a former police officer who, since leaving the force, has become a recognized authority on police misconduct, citizen complaint processes, and police-community relations.
(View a full text, PDF version of Philanthropy New York Currents, May 2011.)