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The Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund Awards $70,000 in Social Change Grants to Nonprofits

(Melville, May 4, 2017) 

In its first round of grants for 2017, the advisory committee of the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund (LIUUF) recently approved $70,000 in funding to 5 nonprofits.

For more than 24 years, LIUUF has awarded millions of dollars to nonprofits in Nassau and Suffolk counties to advance progressive social change.

“Unfortunately, the federal government is threatening resources for our most vulnerable residents,” says Sol Marie Alfonso Jones, LICF’s senior program officer. “We are grateful for the generosity of the Veatch Program that enables us to support grassroots organizing, leadership development, and community advocacy efforts. This work is critical to protecting, empowering, and amplifying the voices of our neighbors who are often marginalized and overlooked.”

(For each of the following grants, LICF offers the media more background information on each grant.) Please contact Marie Smith at or (631) 991-8800 x223 for more details on these and any of our grants.

  • ALLIANCE FOR QUALITY EDUCATION - $12,500 for local organizing work to advance educational equity on Long Island.
  • CENTER FOR POPULAR DEMOCRACY - $15,000 to organize elected officials on Long Island around progressive public policy solutions.
  • CHILD CARE COUNCIL OF SUFFOLK - $15,000 for a Graduate Coalition for parents who have completed Parent Leadership Initiative training.
  • ORGANIZACIÓN LATINO-AMERICANA OF EASTERN LONG ISLAND - $12,500 to advocate for better relationships between the police and the Latino immigrant community on the East End of Long Island.
  • PULSE CENTER FOR PATENT SAFETY AND ADVOCACY - $15,000 to provide training to empower African Americans to advocate for better medical care.

The Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund is a field-of-interest fund in the Long Island Community Foundation that promotes progressive social change. The fund was established by the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock. Grants are made in response to competitive proposals received from Long Island nonprofit organizations. The proposals are reviewed by LICF staff and presented to an advisory committee composed of members drawn from Unitarian Universalist congregations across Long Island.

Through the generosity of our donors, the Long Island Community Foundation invests in groups that create positive change and improve the quality of life on Long Island. To learn more about these grants, the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund and the Long Island Community Foundation, visit our website at Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @LICommunityFndt, connect with us on LinkedIn and find us on Instagram.

Since1978, the Long Island Community Foundation has been the home of charitable Long Islanders who share a passion and commitment to improving their communities. LICF supports an array of effective nonprofits that help make Long Island a vital and secure place to live, learn, work, and play while building permanent resources for the future. The Foundation has made nearly $170 million in grants from hundreds of funds established by individuals, families, and businesses. LICF is a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the country’s oldest and largest community foundations.

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