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Causes

Choose your own cause(s)

Which causes would you like to support to build a stronger New York? Let us know and we’ll help you find the most effective ways to make a meaningful difference. 

What do you care about?

Our donors have created funds to benefit a wide variety of communities, issues, and places. They’ve created funds to benefit the borough of Queens; women and girls; animal welfare; the environment, historic preservation, and more. You can also create a fund that benefits multiple areas. Our grantmaking staff will help connect your generosity with groups working in the areas you care about.

Funds created to promote animal welfare let us help Flatbush Cats establish a spay and neuter clinic in Brooklyn.

Donor Story: Alice Wimpfheimer

Alice Wimpfheimer: MS, RDN, CDN, Nutrition and Dietetics Specialist, Centenarian, and Trust Legacy Society Member “Before we had to flee…
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Donor Story: Samir Malik & the Zakat Fund of NYC

Samir Malik: Cofounder and CEO at Firsthand, Board Member, Zakat Fund of NYC “With roughly 800,000 Muslims living in New…
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2023 Grants in Action

For a century, The Trust has woven together the generosity of thousands of New Yorkers to help their neighbors secure…
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Contact to get started

Diana Gordon

She/They

Philanthropy Officer

Email: dgordon@thenytrust.org

Phone: (212) 481-2677

Contact to get started

Marie C. Smith

Director of Donor Relations & Communications, Long Island

Email: msmith@thenytrust.org

Phone: (631) 991-8800 x223

Contact to get started

Laura Rossi

She/Hers

Executive Director, Westchester

Email: lrossi@thenytrust.org

Phone: (914) 948-5166 x3

Together We Can Make a Difference

For 100 years, The Trust has helped generous New Yorkers come together to support the causes they care about and create thriving, equitable communities.

Arts
Children & Teens
Environment
Health & Behavioral Health
Justice
LGBTQ+
Housing & Economic Opportunity
People with Disabilities
Older Adults
Democracy
You Name the Cause
Arts

Strengthen the arts 

The arts enrich every aspect of urban living. Together, we can create affordable spaces for artists, improve arts education, develop the talent of historically underrepresented artists, and diversify audiences across the region.

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Children & Teens

Champion opportunity

Join us to build a brighter future for the next generation. Together we can support projects that advocate for better schools, improve literacy, increase access to high-quality childcare, and prepare young people to become engaged citizens.

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Environment

Create a greener future

Our planet needs our protection. Together we can slow and adapt to climate change, improve our parks, reduce toxic exposure, and protect wildlife habitats.

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Health & Behavioral Health

Make New York healthier

Patient-centered, equitable, and accessible health care benefits everyone. With the generosity of people like you, we can support innovation in medical research, strengthen health systems, and help New Yorkers get the care they need.

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Justice

Stand up for justice and equity

With the generosity of people like you, we can work towards a more just and equitable society. Join us to protect civil liberties, increase access to legal support, and advance the rights of women, Black and Indigenous people, immigrants, people with disabilities, and others.

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LGBTQ+

Support LGBTQ+ communities

Join us to advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, illuminate and preserve LGBTQ+ history, and make health care, housing, and legal support available for LGBTQ+ communities.

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Housing & Economic Opportunity

Create opportunity

Everyone deserves access to stable housing, ample and nutritious food, and rewarding work with equitable pay. With your partnership, we help nonprofits advocate for safe and affordable housing, reform food systems, and provide job training and other employment services.

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People with Disabilities

Create a more accessible society

With the generosity of people like you, we support advocacy for more inclusive and accessible schools, workplaces, cultural attractions, and public transit, while providing resources and support to New Yorkers with disabilities.

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Older Adults

Improve life for older adults

Together, we’re making New York a better place to grow old. With your partnership, we support training for home care workers, create opportunities for older adults to become leaders in their communities, and make it easier for New Yorkers to age at home.

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Democracy

Support civic engagement

Together, we’re strengthening our democracy and ensuring communities in our region have equal opportunities to make their voices heard and take part in the political process. We promote civic engagement and get out the vote, increase census participation, help nonprofit media keep communities well-informed, and more.

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You Name the Cause

You tell us the issues important to you, and we'll help you address them

How would you like to make a difference locally? Let us know, and we’ll work with you to find the most effective ways to make a meaningful difference.

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