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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The fund was established in 2018 to address racial inequalities by supporting strategies informed by the Long Island Racial Equity Donor 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.