With the CDC’s latest research showing that 1 in 4 New Yorkers is obese (more than 1 in 3 nationwide), it is no surprise that funders concerned about health, youth, education, the environment, the local economy and a variety of other issues are looking at the ways their program areas intersect with community food issues.
If your organization is thinking about the ways our nation’s food system impacts your existing program areas, there is a new group you should know about.
Formed last year, Community Food Funders (CFF) provides information, resources and networking opportunities for funders in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Several Philanthropy New York members, including the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, the North Star Fund, the Surdna Foundation and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund are helping get things moving. These members are interested in policies that, locally and nationally, create more opportunities for better food choices and sustainable food practices.
CFF’s upcoming briefing, which will be held on Thursday, October 25th at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, will focus on a new report examining the future of urban agriculture in New York City. We look forward to working closely with Community Food Funders to develop more programs and initiatives and share information with our members about equitable food efforts for our region.
CFF is just one of several issue-based working groups with which Philanthropy New York works in partnership, supports or runs, including those focused on education, health, women & girls, workforce development, children & youth, juvenile justice and veterans. We encourage you to dive in and take advantage of our working groups as their activities begin to ramp up for the fall. You can also subscribe to our policy newsletter, Philanthropy Connects, which highlights the work of these groups, shares details about upcoming policy-related programs and provides links to policy-based news and reports.
We know that public policies can deeply impact philanthropy and the nonprofits that foundations support. Philanthropy New York is working to ensure that its members have the opportunity to connect, in whatever way seems best to them.
President, Philanthropy New York
The Social Innovation Fund (SIF), an initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), has announced the selection of four new grantees, including the John A. Hartford Foundation. The new grantees will each receive awards of $2 million over two years, and are eligible for continued funding for a total of up to five years. These four grantees, like the 16 organizations selected in previous competitions, are experienced grantmakers with strong track records of success who have proposed compelling, innovative programs to tackle some of our country's biggest challenges in areas of high need.
The John A. Hartford Foundation will fund five to eight organizations to disseminate its IMPACT model of depression treatment through community health clinics in low-income rural areas in Wyoming, Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. By reducing costs for health expenditures and caregiving and increasing employment income of those affected by depression, they aim to increase economic well-being for individuals served.
Continuation awards totaling $33.9 million have also been made to seven existing SIF grantees, including The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, which have all delivered consistent and compelling results in their geographic and issue areas.
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy's Excellence Awards in Corporate Philanthropy, presented annually since 2000, are among the most coveted awards in the field.
There are two award categories for corporate applicants: the Chairman's Award, for companies with revenues greater than or equal to U.S. $20 billion; and the President's Award, for companies with revenues less than U.S. $20 billion.
For nonprofit organizations, the Directors' Award recognizes the partnership between their organization and a corporate partner. This award category carries with it a $25,000 cash donation from CECP's Board of Directors.
Winning companies and nonprofit organizations are showcased at a special ceremony during the annual CECP Board of Board CEO Conference in New York. The winning organizations are featured in a video shown at the event and on CECP's website, and each winner receives an engraved Tiffany & Co. crystal award.
The application period for the Awards is now open, and applications are due on September 7, 2012.
Ten nonprofits have been selected as semifinalists for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, a joint project of The New York Community Trust, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee and Philanthropy New York (and also sponsored by WNYC) to honor outstanding management practices and encourage innovation and communication among New York's large and diverse nonprofit community.
The semifinalist organizations, which vary in size and in the types of programs and services they offer, were chosen by the program's 28-member Selection Committee for their exceptional management.
Each of the ten semifinalists will now be asked to submit a second application about their management practices that will be reviewed by the Selection Committee in September. The top six finalists will be announced on October 3rd; after a series of site visits, three winners will be announced in November.
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy New York is recruiting new members to its local steering committee. Serving on the chapter steering committee is a great opportunity for professionals at foundations, government and corporate grantmaking entities, and philanthropy support organizations to practice their leadership, grow their professional network and enhance organized philanthropy and its impact on communities.
EPIP-NY is looking for "social media mavericks, event planning powerhouses, can-do data managers and fired-up facilitators to ensure there is an effective EPIP presence in New York."
Applications for the Steering Committee are due by 5:00PM on August 29th, 2012.
(View a full text, PDF version of Philanthropy New York Currents, August 2012.)