Tiger Foundation is dedicated to investing in nonprofit organizations in the five boroughs of New York City that maximize the social return on every contributed dollar. The foundation's obligation to its own donors is to ensure that the money it allocates is working to achieve measurable progress in the effort to break the cycle of poverty for low-income New Yorkers and their families. This is done in two ways:
First, Tiger Foundation identifies those organizations that can demonstrate their effectiveness in helping individuals and families achieve progress on the path towards self-sufficiency. Through investments in our four portfolios: Education, Employment, Youth and Families, and Criminal Justice, the foundation works to strengthen those organizations that address the root causes of poverty—not just its symptoms. We employ a rigorous due diligence process and we follow the ongoing performance of the foundation's commitments with a great degree of care—increasing funding when it makes sense, and discontinuing our investments when they aren't producing strong outcomes.
Second, the foundation's trustees are actively and directly involved in the grantmaking process. They commit their time, financial resources, passion, and brainpower to help successful service providers improve their outcomes, build healthier organizations, and—ultimately—expand their work to help more New Yorkers achieve and maintain independent lives.
Tiger grantees continually prove that when provided the right opportunities, people have the power, the ability, and the assets needed to achieve their goals. In the years ahead, Tiger Foundation will continue investing in programs providing such opportunities and working to produce measurable results in the fight against poverty.
Our core principles
Tiger Foundation, in all its funding areas, is committed to the following core principles:
- Dedication to underserved, vulnerable populations
- Investment in high-impact, preventive strategies
- Commitment to data and outcomes-driven decision-making
- Provision of general operating support
- A belief in open and transparent communication with grantees and other partners