Vision, Mission, and Values

Our Vision

Philanthropic institutions work together to build an equitable, sustainable and democratic society.

Our Mission

Philanthropy New York champions effective grantmaking by building a vibrant philanthropic ecosystem that strives to advance meaningful social change. Through our work, members:

  • Convene and collaborate as a community: We bring together philanthropic professionals to share across issues and across professional roles. Practitioners have a place to build collaborative efforts, share practices and learn from peers.
  • Share knowledge, skills, and transformative practices: We design robust programming and professional and leadership development that equips our members to understand and adapt to shifting norms and emerging trends in the field. Our programs help members cultivate key skills and implement practice models that fit their unique needs.
  • Amplify the voice of the philanthropic field: We help our members strengthen their advocacy skills and collaborate to leverage the power of our members’ collective voice.

Our Values

Philanthropy New York's values guide our decisions and actions and are rooted in our fundamental goal - to support our membership in pursuing a more equitable, sustainable and democratic society.


PNY fosters an interdependent community that respects diverse voices, contributions and participation. We are a community that learns from each other and actively contributes to one another’s learning.  We believe that our missions are best achieved by leveraging our collective strengths.
PNY believes philanthropic leadership is nurtured through community and in relationship with others. We break down barriers and provide pathways for individual members, member institutions, and PNY to exercise influence and become agents of change.
PNY embraces learning as an exploration of different perspectives, inclusive of a full range of expertise and experience. We test assumptions and challenge the sector’s conventional wisdom in order to adapt and evolve practice over time.
PNY embeds equity in all of our work.  We acknowledge that institutional philanthropy stems from systems rooted in inequity.  We have both the opportunity and responsibility to engage the sector’s power and privilege to dismantle these systems.