Melville, NY (August 20, 2020) – The Long Island Community Foundation has granted $510,000 in its first and second rounds of giving, to help 27 nonprofits provide cultural resources to the underserved in Patchogue, respond to injured marine life, advocate for natural solutions to climate change, conduct emotional learning programs in Freeport, engage at-risk senior veterans in long-term planning, and much more.
Funded projects also will help provide pro bono legal services for Long Island nonprofits as well as offer life skills and academic enrichment programs for youth development.
These investments come on top of nearly $2 million distributed to 123 nonprofits through the COVID-19 Long Island Philanthropic Response Fund and All for the East End (AFTEE) Feed the Need program.
Even during this difficult and dynamic time, Long Island’s community foundation is committed to ensuring that our region remains a beacon of economic prosperity, acceptance, and opportunity for all.
ARTS & CULTURE
PATCHOGUE ARTS COUNCIL: $20,000 to aid in the economic development of a blighted section of Terry Street, recently re-zoned for arts use, to provide cultural resources to the underserved local population.
USDAN CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS: $5,000 for a summer program for needy and worthy student musicians from the Brentwood School District.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & RESPONSE
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT: $25,000 for a comprehensive capacity-building project for minority-owned businesses.
MERCY HAVEN: $20,000 for supportive, community-based resources to help stabilize households.
REGIONAL PLAN ASSOCIATES: $10,000 to update Long Island’s community housing profiles.
WOMEN’S DIVERSITY NETWORK: $20,000 to address implicit bias and disparate health and maternal health treatment for women of color.
CONSERVATION AND ENVIRONMENT
ATLANTIC MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY: $10,000 to prepare municipalities to respond to injured or deceased marine mammals and sea turtles.
CITIZENS CAMPAIGN FUND FOR THE ENVIRONMENT: $25,000 to protect bees and other pollinators from harmful insecticides.
DEFEND H2O: $20,000 to advocate for natural solutions to coastal hazards and climate change.
FRIENDS OF BELLPORT BAY: $10,000 to use shellfish restoration to improve the health of Bellport and Great South Bays.
GROUP FOR THE EAST END: $25,000 to launch a Suffolk County Wastewater District campaign.
LONG ISLAND PINE BARRENS SOCIETY: $20,000 to support a multi-year campaign to protect Long Island’s water quality.
NATURAL HERITAGE TRUST: $20,000 for a nature center focusing on how human activity contributes to climate change.
SEATUCK ENVIRONMENTAL: $20,000 to conserve and protect vernal pools and their inhabitants.
SURFRIDER FOUNDATION: $20,000 to monitor water quality in Southampton and East Hampton towns and engage residents in restoration solutions.
THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND: $25,000 to expand the Long Island Greenway (formerly Long Island Extension of the Empire State Trail).
BELMONT CHILD CARE ASSOCIATION: $15,000 for academic and cultural enrichment programs for the children of Belmont Racetrack’s backstretch workers.
COMMUNITY ACTION SOUTHOLD TOWN: $20,000 for a home visiting program to prepare young children from low-income families on Long Island’s East End for school.
GRENVILLE BAKER BOYS& GIRLS CLUB: $20,000 for a college preparation program targeting vulnerable students from Locust Valley and Glen Cove high schools.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR HUMAN VALUES – SKY: $20,000 for a social and emotional learning program at two schools in Freeport.
PROJECT MORRY: $20,000 for a leadership development and college preparation program targeting students from North Amityville and Copiague school districts.
INTERFAITH NUTRITION NETWORK: $20,000 to connect soup kitchen clients with social services.
ASSOCIATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS: $20,000 to engage at-risk senior veterans in long-term care planning.
PRO BONO PARTNERSHIP: $20,000 to provide pro bono legal services for Long Island nonprofits.
GIRLS INC.: $20,000 to provide life skills and academic enrichment programs for girls in Central Islip and William Floyd schools.
GIRLS ON THE RUN: $20,000 to build self-esteem, leadership skills, and healthy habits in adolescent girls.
THE SUNSHINE CENTER: $20,000 to strengthen the life and social skills of high-risk high school students in an alternative learning environment.
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. 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 $190 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. To learn more about the Long Island Community Foundation, visit our website at www.licf.org. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @LICommunityFndt, connect with us on LinkedIn, and find us on Instagram.