Tiger Foundation currently gives funding consideration to programs in New York City in four main areas: Education, Employment, Youth and Families, and Criminal Justice. In addition to the guidelines below, please make sure to read the “What We Look For” section of this website, which outlines several Tiger Foundation evaluation criteria that are applied to our consideration of requests in all program areas.
More than thirty percent of families living in poverty have a working head of household and twenty percent have at least one full-time worker. The costs of achieving economic self-sufficiency in New York City are such that holding a steady job does not guarantee economic independence. Low-income New Yorkers need good jobs that pay better than the state minimum wage ($9.00 per hour) and provide opportunities for earnings growth and career advancement. By supporting a variety of job training programs with a strong focus not just on placement in jobs but on the supports needed for long-term job retention and career advancement, Tiger seeks to provide opportunities for adults and youth with high barriers to employment, including those with limited education; with histories of substance abuse, homelessness, and incarceration; possessing limited work experience; or transitioning off of public assistance. To do this, we:
Our workforce funding focuses both on the unemployed and the underemployed (including programs which support adults and out-of-school youth) and seeks to leverage and improve on the city’s and state’s sizeable investments in improving employment opportunities.
To be considered, programs must possess the following elements: