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For almost 40 years, The Long Island Community Foundation has brought donors and foundations together to address tough issues facing Long Island. Some of these collaborations focus on sharing ideas; others are more structured, with governance and administration shaped to fit the collaborators’ needs. Some have a brief life addressing an immediate issue, while others last for decades.

Here are descriptions of our current Collaborative Funds.
GOOD NEIGHBORS FUND
GOOD NEIGHBORS FUND
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With 33 percent of Long Island’s population being of color, Nassau and Suffolk Counties are projected to become majority-minority before the rest of the country. This fund was established in 2019 to advance infrastructure for local advocacy, power building, and strengthening organizational capacity; coordinate the work of groups focused on organizing, human services, leadership development, and advocacy; connect the immigrant advocate groups with other allies working for social justice; and develop local champions to advance local pro-immigrant policies that promote immigrant’s access to benefits – that will leverage broad changes in statewide immigration and racial justice policy.

LONG ISLAND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT FUND
LONG ISLAND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT FUND
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The Fund was established in 2017 to support ongoing civic engagement efforts on Long Island. While people of color now account for between 25 and 40 percent of the voting-age populations in many places across Long Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties have the largest voter registration gaps among communities of color in the State. Working together with Long Island funders this fund promises to strengthen civic and political participation and build electoral power among communities of color.

LONG ISLAND IMMIGRANT CHILDREN'S FUND
LONG ISLAND IMMIGRANT CHILDREN'S FUND
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This is a collaborative fund that was set up in 2014 to support efforts to address the needs of newly arrived immigrant children on Long Island. The purpose is to support nonprofits that are providing legal representation in family and immigration courts; culturally competent mental health services, and advocacy to ensure enrollment in local school districts.

 

LONG ISLAND OPIOID CRISIS FUND
LONG ISLAND OPIOID CRISIS FUND
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This fund was established in 2017 to create a joint grantmaking strategy and support ongoing efforts that strengthen the capacity of community and health systems to respond to the opioid epidemic; provide technical assistance and support to community organizations that are the safety net for communities, families, and the most vulnerable Long Islanders; and improve sharing and dissemination of information and resources between regional efforts and local neighborhoods.

LONG ISLAND SOUND STEWARDSHIP FUND
LONG ISLAND SOUND STEWARDSHIP FUND
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Established in 2018 to promote a sustainable Long Island Sound, the Sound Stewardship Fund provides an additional space for funders who care about the Long Island Sound to work together to make a positive impact on its ecological health; work in alignment with the federal Long Island Sound Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan 2015; help nonprofits working to restore the health and living resources of the Sound achieve conservation outcomes in a more effective and collaborative way; support capacity-building efforts that strengthen nonprofits working to protect the Sound.

NEW YORK STATE CENSUS EQUITY FUND
NEW YORK STATE CENSUS EQUITY FUND
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Established in 2018, the New York State Census Equity Fund is a joint effort of local, regional, national foundations, and individual donors to ensure that every resident in every county in New York state is counted in the 2020 Census. Generating a sufficient response from hard-to-count communities could mean the difference between New York State losing one congressional seat or two, not to mention billions of dollars in federal funds for vital community assets (i.e., schools, hospitals, etc.) and programs for vulnerable New Yorkers like Medicaid, Section 8, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Head Start, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, all of which are allocated based on census data.

RACIAL EQUITY FUND
RACIAL EQUITY FUND
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The fund was established in 2018 to address racial inequalities by supporting strategies informed by the Long Island Racial Equity Funder Collaborative and the findings and recommendations outlined in a Long Island focused equity profile authored by Policy Link. This Fund will strive to increase upward mobility opportunities and improve the quality of life for Black Long Islanders by employing strategies that strengthen credit; build asset and wealth; develop quality workforce development opportunities.

PAST COLLABORATIVE FUNDS
PAST COLLABORATIVE FUNDS
  • Hurricane Sandy Long Island Relief and Restoration Fund established to receive contributions from donors interested in supporting hurricane relief efforts on Long Island. The Fund helped address the immediate and long-term needs of individuals, families & communities affected by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Long Island Haitian Support Fund coordinated efforts of funders to support nonprofit organizations serving Haitian Long Islanders impacted by the earthquake in Haiti, and to support mental health and health access services, legal aid and community services.
  • One Region Fund coordinated efforts of funders in the tri-state region to invest in advocacy for transit improvements and grants to stimulate transit-centered development around commuter rail stations from 2006 to 2014.
  • Ten for ’10 Census Fund established in 2009 to ensure an accurate population count for 2010 on Long Island.