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Giving Together

We believe in the power of collective giving. Whether you want to give with family, friends, or other like-minded donors, we have options for you to collectively spark change in your community.

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Family Giving

Starting a fund with your family is a great way to connect across generations, share values, and create a legacy of caring. Some donors do this by creating a donor-advised fund and naming family members as additional advisors. Others create donor-advised funds for children and grandchildren and hand over the reins.

Jonathan Shoemaker, pictured here with his family, created a permanent fund to support education and social justice to help make New York better for the next generation. Photo by Ari Mintz

Collaborative Funds

For decades, The Trust has brought together funders—foundations, corporations, government, and individuals—to address complex issues facing New York and beyond. We have partnered with hundreds of funders through dozens of collaboratives, distributing hundreds of millions of dollars. Several of our collaboratives welcome individual donors as members.

Three people speak at a meeting of New York’s Workforce Association. 
Photo courtesy of NYATEP, a grantee of the NYC Workforce Funder Collaborative, a joint grantmaking initiative.  

Giving Collective

Meet other young-ish, like-minded people, learn about amazing nonprofits, and harness the power of collective giving.

A group of theater-goers stand under a sign announcing the play title, Poor Yella Rednecks
Photo courtesy of the Giving Collective, pictured here at a Manhattan Theatre Club production of Qui Nguyen’s Poor Yella Rednecks.  

WellMet Philanthropy

WellMet Philanthropy is a giving circle at The Trust that supports and provides catalyst grants to emerging nonprofits in New York City through the power of collective giving and an actively engaged community of women. New members are welcome!

a smiling girl holds two books aloft.
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Book Bodega, a WellMet grantee that holds free outdoor events where kids can select books to take home.

Build your own grants program

Amplify your giving by connecting your friends and colleagues with our professional grantmaking staff to create a grantmaking program that meets your giving goals.

A group of people sit on wooden and stone benches around an unlit fire pit
From left to right: Rev. Holly Haile Thompson, Donna Collins-Smith, Chief Rebecca Genia, and Christina Tarrant, leaders of the Padoquohan Medicine Lodge, meet in the prayer circle on the Shinnecock Reservation. The Shinnecock Nation founded the Lodge in 1994 to support Tribe members with food, health, and housing. The nonprofit recently received a Trust grant to lead advocacy efforts to protect sacred burial grounds. Photo by Ari Mintz

Contact us to start your giving circle today!

Diana Gordon


Philanthropy Officer


Phone: (212) 481-2677