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Why The Trust

From the creation of the country’s first donor-advised fund to our vital role in the region’s response to the AIDS crisis, September 11th, and COVID-19, The Trust has always been a pioneer, innovator, and leader in offering donors effective ways to empower and champion nonprofits. Through New York’s greatest triumphs and challenges, we’ll continue to be here—a throughline from past to future, and a beating heart for our beloved region forever.

A young woman who has removed her welder’s mask.

I am proud to be part of The Trust's community. It has its finger on the pulse of New York and listens to communities and local leaders, which is important to me.

Martha King, donor

Again and again, I urge clients to consider The Trust. The staff scours this region for the best nonprofits, then weaves together donors' funds to make a real difference.

Paul J. Powers, Jr., estate and probate attorney

Founded in 1924, The New York Community Trust has served New Yorkers for
100 years.

During that time, The Trust has awarded
$5.7 billion
in grants. 

These grants have served more than
12.4 million

But that was our first 100 years. Today’s challenges demand even more. Join us in building an equitable and thriving region for all New Yorkers.

Help make our region better

Centennial Celebration

Join us in celebrating a century of doing good. Share your vision for the future, attend free events, and more.


Learn more about how The Trust has shaped New York over the past 100 years.