In support of those deeply impacted in neighborhoods across New York City during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tiger Foundation launched a $5 million Emergency Fund in March 2020 to help get resources to community-based partners who were delivering essential services to vulnerable New Yorkers. We also increased our grant-making budget for the year and provided $20 million to organizations in the five boroughs working on the ground to help those most deeply impacted by the crisis in its early months and as our communities continued to manage and recover through a profoundly difficult 2020. We also built partnerships with other funders to coordinate support.
Between March and June of 2020, we distributed our $5 million Emergency Response Fund to thirty-one organizations serving communities across New York City. The extraordinary organizations listed below expanded their services to meet the immediate needs of families in their neighborhoods; modified program-delivery models to deliver essential, continuous in-person services to those who needed their care and support more than ever; built new programs to meet the childcare needs of first responders; and put forward remote mental health service offerings to address the needs of young people navigating the crisis.
As the city continued its recovery and renewal, our 2021 funding included an additional $4 million in Crisis and Recovery funds, which were used to support a range of eviction prevention supports for low-income families at risk of losing their homes; to help community-based organizations partner with the New York City Department of Education to create high-quality in-person academic supports and enrichment opportunities for young people over the summer as they prepared for the return to school; to bolster school-based social-emotional supports; and to provide enhanced literacy interventions as students worked to accelerate learning after significant school disruptions.
Through 2022 and 2023, we have continued to listen to organizations across the five boroughs to understand how Tiger Foundation can best help address evolving community needs as the city continues to recover, and we look forward to continuing to work with our community partners to move New York City forward.
If you would like to contribute resources alongside Tiger Foundation to help assist New York City’s community nonprofits in their continuing response to the unprecedented challenges of the last few years, please contact us.
Our 2020 Emergency Response Funds were awarded to:
Association to Benefit Children (ABC)
Center for Family Life
East Side House Settlement
Fiscal Management Associates (FMA)
Fund for Public Schools
Good Shepherd Services
Henry Street Settlement
New York Common Pantry
Part of the Solution (POTS)
Power of Two
The River Fund
Sanctuary for Families
SCO Family of Services
St. John’s Bread & Life
Violence Intervention Program
West Side Campaign Against Hunger
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