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Funding Guidelines

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.

Funding Guidelines - Employment

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:

  • Fund innovative program models that focus on job readiness; hard-skills, sector-based training; and career and wage progression opportunities.
  • Fund multi-pronged program models that re-engage disconnected youth with education and prepare them for jobs and careers.
  • Support programs that provide job training, placement, and retention services for at least one year.

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:

  • Successful recruitment and retention of participants through the duration of the training program
  • Consistent participation rates across program cycles
  • High program graduation rates
  • High job placement rates
  • Job retention for one year or more
  • Job quality (starting wage, benefits, hours worked, opportunities for advancement)
  • For disconnected youth programs, multiple positive outcomes (e.g., internship, full-time employment, part-time employment, High School Equivalency (HSE) or progression toward HSE, college enrollment and persistence)
  • Resolution of other client challenges (e.g., housing, financial, child care, substance abuse)
  • Documented decrease in reliance on transitional benefits
  • Documented closing of public assistance cases
  • Wage growth
  • Cost per outcome across the measured spectrum (enrollment, graduation, placement, retention)