Celebrating $2 million in funding and five new affiliates at Hope for New York
This past year, Hope for New York celebrated 25 years of doing justice and loving mercy in NYC. We also launched our 10-year vision to see a citywide movement of demonstrating Christ’s love to the poor of our city — to see even more non-profits and more local churches engaged in demonstrating Christ’s love in practical acts of compassion.
By 2027, we want to grow from 45 to 90 non-profit partners, and from 3 to 30 church partners, including strengthening our relationships with Redeemer Downtown, Redeemer East Side, Redeemer Lincoln Square and Redeemer West Side, as well as new Redeemer sites. To get there, we need to expand — our investments, our partnerships, and our reach. This year was definitely one of growth for HFNY!
Investing $2 million in funding to our affiliates
One area of growth is our grant making. This year, we’re investing more than $2 million in funding to our non-profit affiliates. That’s our highest grant distribution to date! It includes $1.7 million in direct grants, which fund existing affiliate programs (like soup kitchens, mentoring, and job readiness training), $75,000 in capacity building grants, which fund trainings to increase the effectiveness of our affiliates, and almost $200,000 in volunteer impact grants, which empower our volunteers to creatively support our affiliates with funding for supplies and activities.
So why are we expanding investment in affiliates by 16 % over last year? The first reason is that we’re seeing a growing number of emerging organizations with growing budgets, growing programs, and growing impact — and we want to support that growth and build into their organizational sustainability. The second is the growing depth and breadth of programs we’re investing in, particularly those with a high potential for increased community impact. A third reason is our investment in matching grants in an effort to help some of our affiliates diversify and attract new funding sources.
Partnering with five new affiliates
Another area of growth this year is with our partnerships. We’re excited to announce that we added five new nonprofit affiliates, expanding our network to 50 HFNY affiliates! Our newest additions are: Thrive Collective, The Dream Center NYC, Prison Fellowship, Urban Hope NYC, and Expect Hope. We’re excited to come alongside these organizations as they love and serve our neighbors in need. Here’s a bit more about the work they do and how you can get involved:
Thrive Collective mobilizes students, parents, artists, and community stakeholders to partner with public schools for transformational change. Our volunteers do one-time community mural projects and serve as a mentor or teaching artist in a New York City public school, helping students find their creative voice through arts, music, and media.
The Dream Center NYC
The Dream Center NYC exists to serve New Yorkers right where they are to where God dreams for them to be. Our volunteers will serve at Adopt-A-Block, a community party and giveaway event in Chelsea, and in their Residential Assistance program, where volunteers visit elderly New Yorkers to help them clean, organize, do laundry, and shop.
Prison Fellowship’s mission is to restore those affected by crime and incarceration. Our volunteers will be involved “inside” in the Riker’s Island Prison Fellowship Academy, a 16-week course using Prison Fellowship curriculum, and “outside” as mentor assisting program participants to successfully navigate reentry.
Urban Hope NYC
Urban Hope’s mission is to transform their Staten Island community by equipping, developing, and empowering its inner city youth. Our volunteers will students with homework, tutoring, and mentoring and serve as mentors for Urban Hope’s Saturday basketball league.
Expect Hope’s mission is to provide a supportive residence for expectant women while they build self-sustainable lives founded on faith in Jesus Christ. Our volunteers will serve in the Bronx as personal mentors, providing spiritual guidance to a resident, as family mentors, hosting a resident and child for dinner, and as instructors, tutors, and childcare providers.
We’re encouraged by how God is using the generosity of our volunteers and donors to resource nonprofits across the city to best serve our neighbors in need. We’re grateful for the partnership of our affiliates, churches, volunteers, and donors over the past 25 years, and we’re excited to see how God will move in our city through expanding partnerships over the coming years!
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