NYC Cohort

The Foundation began investing in New York City (NYC) cohorts in 2012, with funding to this region amounting to over $2.5M to date. The Foundation is currently in the fourth year of an eight-year grant commitment with the following organizations.

CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities

CAAAV is a pan-Asian community-based organization that works to build the power of low-income Asian immigrants and refugees in New York City. CAAAV develops leadership in Asian communities to impact the policies and institutions that affect their lives and to participate in a broader movement for racial and economic justice. Visit website »

Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM)

Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM)Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) is a multigenerational, membership-led organization of low-wage South Asian immigrant workers and youth in New York City. Founded in 2000, DRUM has mobilized and built the leadership of thousands of low-income, South Asian immigrants to lead social and policy change that impacts their own lives- from immigrant rights to education reform, civil rights, and worker’s justice. Visit website »

Fabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment (FIERCE)

FIERCEFabulous Independent Educated Radicals for Community Empowerment (FIERCE) is a membership organization that builds the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color locally in NYC and nationally. We develop politically conscious youth who are invested in improving ourselves and our communities through youth-led campaigns, leadership development, movement-building, and cultural expression through arts and media. Visit website »

Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project

Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy ProjectLocated in the heart of Brooklyn’s Haitian community, our mission is to create an alternative response for a marginalized group of students, raise awareness among immigrant communities about resources, and increase organizing and advocacy efforts to address English Language Learners (ELLs) educational issues and improve programs for both newcomer and young adult immigrant students to enter a world of opportunities, education and transformation. Visit website »

Global Action Project (GAP)

Global Action Project (GAP)Global Action Project (G.A.P.) works with young people most affected by injustice to build the knowledge, tools, and relationships needed to create media for community power, cultural expression, and political change. G.A.P. utilizes media arts to support and foster the intersection of positive individual growth with collective engagement. Visit website »

Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ)

Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice (YMPJ)YMPJ’s purpose is to transform both the people and the physical infrastructure of blighted South Bronx neighborhoods and change the systems that negatively impact them. Founded in 1994, the mission of YMPJ is to rebuild the neighborhoods of Bronx River and Soundview/Bruckner in the South Bronx by preparing young people to become prophetic voices for peace and justice. Visit website »

Youth United for Change (YUC)

Youth United for Change (YUC) is a youth-led, democratic organization made up of youth of color and working class communities, with the “people” and political power to hold school officials and government accountable to meeting the educational needs of Philadelphia public school students. Visit website