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Regional Grantmaking: Working together to improve life in NYC, Long Island & Westchester

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The New York Immigration Coalition’s Key to the City events bring critical services to immigrant neighborhoods across the boroughs—serving over 60,000 New Yorkers from 75 countries since 2011. Photo courtesy of the New York Immigration Coalition.

The New York Community Trust’s three regional offices frequently join forces to address key issues and seize opportunities to make positive change.

“While our offices are located in different counties, the challenges of the communities we serve sometimes overlap,” said Shawn Morehead, The Trust’s vice president for grants. “Our grantmaking allows us to support nonprofits across the region, state, and sometimes beyond, in order to achieve a greater impact.”

A prime example came in 2020. When COVID-19 struck, The Trust quickly launched a series of relief efforts to aid nonprofit service providers struggling with the initial and then mid-term health and economic effects of the pandemic in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester. Ultimately, The Trust pooled contributions from more than 1,700 donors and made nearly 1,000 grants, totaling $95.2 million, across the eight-county region.


The pandemic was, hopefully, a once-in-a-lifetime crisis. Yet our region-wide grantmaking is ever ready to help nonprofits tackle a range of persistent, pressing, and emerging challenges.

  • Healthcare Chaplaincy Network to train chaplains from New York City, Suffolk, Nassau, and Westchester counties on new federal guidelines that authorize provision of pastoral care in health care settings. Studies show this work improves financially measurable outcomes, such as expeditious referrals to hospice and the reduction in burdensome and expensive in-patient treatments. The Network will create an advisory committee of local chaplaincy leaders and hospital administrators to oversee training, data collection, and advocacy efforts. The Network will then assess whether chaplains increase patient satisfaction.
  • New York Immigration Coalition to coordinate a statewide campaign to aid newly arrived immigrants. Our funding is helping to train nonprofits to meet the needs of newcomers, including interpretation and translation services, transportation, food, and basic essentials for those in need.
  • Resilia to provide a one-year technical assistance program to 30 agencies to help them meet their missions and serve communities in Westchester, Long Island, and New York City. The program includes an in-depth assessment of each nonprofit’s entire operation; one-on one coaching to discuss topics such as strategic planning, marketing, and event management; and an online program that houses a wealth of resources and tools, online courses, and reading materials.


Another example of far-reaching impact from our regional grantmaking is demonstrated by recent funding to the Healthcare Association of New York State, which provides training to and advocates on behalf of health care providers in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, and Suffolk counties to improve care for older adults. It is the only health care association that represents a diverse range of providers across the state—from hospitals to health care systems, nursing homes, home care agencies, adult day programs, clinics, and regional health collaboratives.

“Two out of three adults 65 years and older living in New York State experience multiple, chronic health problems,” Morehead said. “Establishing age-friendly health systems is one way to enhance their quality of life and reduce the burden of their care.”

Our grant will develop partnerships and recruit and train teams from 50 hospitals, clinics, and other health care providers. Teams will get one-on-one coaching sessions to review progress toward meeting established standards. Participants also will hear from state and national experts on age-friendly services that fit with different types of healthcare providers.


There is still much work that we can do to address the challenges facing our region and create a better quality of life for its 12.4 million residents.

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