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2015 | 2016 | 2017


Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring   Boston, MA$30,000
Young Leaders Program
Support for long term mentoring to build skills and develop a network of supports for youth ages 14-21 emerging from the foster care system
Artists for Humanity   Boston, MA $50,000
Arts Micro Enterprise Program
Support for youth run micro-enterprise program for at-risk teens designed to develop business and career skills as well as provide a commercial outlet for their talents
Asperger's Association of New England   Watertown, MA$35,000
Director of Children and Teen Services
Support for director of to work with youth and families dealing with the challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome
Associated Grant Makers    Boston, MA$5,000
Disabilities Funders Group
Support for opportunities for funders in the field of disabilities to discuss issues and share best practices, research and model programs.
Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC   Oceanside, NY$45,000
The Ezra Center for Special Services
Support for social and recreational programs for adults and children with special needs
Boston Jewish Film Festival    Boston, MA $15,000
ReelAbilities Boston
Support for film festival showcasing films by or about people with disabilities
Boston Medical Center    Boston, MA $50,000
Pediatric Assessment of Communication in Autism Clinic
Support for additional educational advocate in the autism clinic to help low income families receive appropriate educational placement and services for their children
Bottom Line   Jamaica Plain, MA$25,000
College Access and Success Program
Support for college bound program which incorporates college guidance and up to six years of on campus emotional, academic, and career guidance for inner city youth to assure they graduate from college successfully
Bottom Line   Brooklyn, NY$25,000
College Access and Success Program
Support for expansion of Boston college bound program to New York which incorporates college guidance and up to six years of on campus emotional, academic, and career guidance for inner city youth to assure college success
Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester    Dorchester, MA $37,000
Project B.I.N.D.
Support for inclusion programming for youth with disabilities in club-wide afterschool programs
Breakthough New York    New York, NY$25,000
Bronx Expansion
Support for program aimed at break the cycle of poverty through intensive educational support for talented students from middle school through college.
Reach Program    Bronx, NY $55,000
Bronx Expansion
Support for director of social and recreation programming for youth with disabilities.
Brookview House    Dorchester, MA$25,000
Youth Development Programs
Support for year round programs that provide customized academic, emotional and behavioral support to formerly homeless youth so that they stay in school and are productive both in school and out
Camp Starfish    Waltham, MA $35,000
Support for summer camp scholarships for children ages 5-15 with emotional, behavioral and learning problems
Central Queens Y    Queens, NY$40,000
CQY Butler Center
Support for social and recreation programming for youth with disabilities
Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk    $37,000
Family Advocacy Program
Support for program that assists children and their non-offending caregiver receive the services and support they need following incidences of family violence
Citizens' Committee for Children   New York, NY $10,000
Support for advocacy training for high school students
City Parks Foundation   New York, NY
Summer Stage$10,000
Support for summer arts programs in New York City parks
Track and Field for Youth with Disabilities $10,000
Support for summer program for youth with disabilities in New York City
Community Rowing   Boston, MA $25,000
Para Rowing
Support for adaptive rowing program for inner city youth from the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Community Servings $30,000
Nutrition Program
Support for home delivered nutrition program for children and families affected by life threatening illnesses
D.A.R.E   New York, NY$25,000
Keepin’ it Real
Support for new drug prevention program taught by retired NYPD D.A.R.E. officers in 15 elementary and middle schools in NYC.
East End House   Cambridge, MA$30,000
Special Need Initiative for Child Care and School Age Programs
Support to increase capacity to serve children with special needs ages 15 months- 14 years in pre-school and after school inclusion programs
Educational Alliance   New York, NY $40,000
College Bound and Summer Internship Programs
Support for college bound and summer internship programs for low income youth in lower Manhattan
Educational Alliance – 14th Street Y    New York, NY $25,000
Special Needs Programming at the 14th Street Y
Support for special needs recreational programming in lower Manhattan that increases socialization for families and provides workshops for parents to help them understand their children’s educational, social and recreational rights and needs and work with them to identify appropriate supports.
Figure Skating in Harlem $30,000
ICE:I Can Excel
Support for intensive after school educational programming for girls’ ice skating program in Harlem
FJC   New York, NY$446,000
Future Grants
Support allocated for donor advised community grants
Future Chefs    Boston, MA$20,000
Culinary Pathways
Support for a three phase college/career readiness and workforce development for teenagers focusing on the culinary skills and internships
Global Glimpse    New York, NY$25,000
Global Glimpse: Sutdy and Travel
Support for expansion of year round New York program to give underserved high school students in Harlem and the Bronx, the tools to become responsible global citizens through a study/work/travel program that exposes them to different countries, cultures and people
Good Shepherd Services    New York, NY$20,000
Greater 5 Towns YM-YWHA   Syosset, NY
LIFE Program$40,000
Support for social and recreational services for physically and developmentally disabled singles ages 25-65
I Count$50,000
Support for pilot program geared at employment for people with disabilities through Outreach and training for employers, workshops for parents and training for young adults
Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF)    New York,NY$50,000
HEAF Continuum
Support for underserved youth from middle school through college providing rigorous Year-round academic enrichment, social and cultural exposure and leadership training
Hebrew Educational Society (HES)   Brooklyn, NY
Special Needs Family Center and Coordinator of Special Needs Programs$80,000
Support for on-going programming and capacity building in preschool, after school, summer camp and parenting programs for children with disabilities and their families
Brooklyn Autism Specturm Disorder Initiative (BASDI)$57,100
Support for CLASSP a youth development and training program for high school students working in after school programs with youth with disabilities
Henry Street Settlement    New York, NY $50,000
Disabilities Initiative
Support for Coordinator of Early Education working with children with disabilities and their families
Intrepid Sea and Air Museum    New York, NY $20,000
All Access Maker Camp Pilot
Support for pilot program for one week vacation camps for youth with disabilities throughout the year
JCC of Manhattan   New York, NY
CLASSP - Manhattan and Bronx $45,575
Support for CLASSP a program that trains and provides internships for high school students working with youth with disabilities in after school programs at 5 community centers In Manhattan and the Bronx
Realabilities Film Festival $29,100
Support for film festival showcasing films by or about people with disabilities
JCC of Staten Island   Staten Island, New York $43,500
Program Director Special Need Department
Support Director of programming for children and families challenged by developmental, learning, physical and behavioral disabilities
JCC on Hudson   Tarrytown, NY
Special Needs Training Institute (SNITI) $37,000
$24,600 Support for training and internships for high school students in Westchester who earn college credit for their participation and intern in Westchester UJA agencies working with children with disabilities
Westchester Network for People in Transition $30,000
Support for new program working with teens with disabilities transitioning from high school to adulthood including provision of appropriate social and recreational activities for the teens and help for their families to explore post secondary school options
Jewish Child Care Association (JCCA)   New York, NY $45,000
Bukharian Teen Lounge
Support for college guidance program for low income youth from the Bukharian community
JCH Bensonhurst   Bensonhurst, NY
Special Needs Center $45,000
Support for summer camp and after school educational enrichment, socialization and recreation services for children 5-12 with special needs
Butler Center for Educational Advancement $75,000
Support for comprehensive educational services for Russian émigré families
Jewish Home Lifecare    New York, NY $50,000
Geriatric Career Development Program
Support for workforce development program to introduce inner city students to career opportunities in the field of geriatrics
Jewish Museum   New York, NY $38,000
Project Access
Support for access programs for people with disabilities and adaptive equipment to facilitate their enjoyment of the experiences at the museum
Kings Bay YM-YWHA   New York, NY $50,000
Coordinator Special Needs Programs
Capacity building support for a full time coordinator of the Special Need Department
Legal Outreach   Long Island City, NY
College Bound Program $75,000
Support for 4 year after school, college bound program using law related subjects to build academic skills and professional opportunities for low-income urban high school students in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens and the Bronx
Massachusetts Advocates for Children    Boston, MA $40,000
B-Set for Career Network: Boston Transition Project for Youth with Disabilities
Support for work with stakeholders to increase transition activities and pathways for youth with disabilities to secure employment in Boston
Medical Legal Partnership Boston Boston, MA    Boston, MA $25,000
Support for development of materials and guidance that will help youth with disabilities and their families navigate the medical and social service systems to attain the programs and services to which they are entitled
Met Council   New York, NY
Cash Assistance $125,000
Support for emergency cash assistance for victims of domestic violence
Food Bank $50,000
Support for Kosher food assistance
Mid Island Y JCC   Plainview, NY$40,000
KISS - Kids in Special Services
Support for social worker and specialists for social, recreational and educational programs for youth with special needs
Pool Lift $6,300
Support to purchase pool lift for people with disabilities in newly renovated pool
Mind-Builders Creative Arts    Bronx, NY
Professional Development Disabilities Initiative$30,000
Support to provide Ramapo Training workshops for staff so that they can use these new skills to create a more inclusive and supportive environment
Montefiore Medical Center   Bronx, NY
School Health Program $100,000
Support for second year of a four year commitment to cover the start-up costs of 4 school based health clinics in the Bronx
More Than Words   Waltham, MA $50,000
Bookstore and Cafe
Support for transitional employment program for youth 14-21 in residential programming focusing on employment, entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities by running an online and store front bookstore business.
Mosholu Montefiore Community Center   Bronx, NY
Co-op City Youth Services Program $57,500
Support for expansion of programming for at-risk youth being cared for by a grandparent and a support group for grandparents
Family Choice Project $50,000
Support to work with families of middle and high school students to identify and explore educational options in NYC school system
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center   New York, NY$65,000
Legal Advocate
Support for collaboration between New York Legal Assistance Group and the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center to include a legal advocate on the medical team to help address patients’ educational, social and economic  issues
Museum of Modern Art   New York, NY $10,000
Access Program
Support for access to educational programs for people with disabilities
Natural Resources Defense Council   New York, NY$20,000
Climate Center Team
Annual support for environment projects
New Alternatives for Children    New York, NY $50,000
Camp Scholarships
Support for camp scholarships for medically fragile children
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)    New York, NY
Special Education Unit $70,000
Support for free legal services for low income children with physical, developmental and learning disabilities
Family Law $70,000
Support for free consultation and legal representation to low-income individuals
LegalHealth $50,000
Support for legal assistance for low-income patients and advocacy training for health care professionals in NYC hospitals
Opportunity Network New York, NY $30,000
OpNet Fellows
Support for 6 year after school and summer program that works with underserved high school students from their sophomore year through college exploring careers, providing paid summer internships and building networks that will that will lead to robust careers
Publicolor   New York, NY $60,000
Color Club/Next Steps Program and Professional Development
Support for professional development and after school apprenticeship/educational enrichment program serving at-risk middle and high school youth
Ramapo for Children   New York, NY
Ramapo Training Institute $81,500
Support for professional training and staff development for program staff and youth workers in community-based organizations serving high-risk youth and children with special needs in New York and Boston
College CLASSP $125,000
Support for CLASSP program for college age students who earn 6 college credits, a stipend and work 250 hours with people with disabilities at community agencies throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Westchester
Youth Workers Conference $15,000
Support for conference in collaboration with Samuel Field Y to promote professionalism and capacity of youth working with children with disabilities in after school programs
RAW Art Works   Lynn, MA $30,000
Good 2 Go Men’s Groups
Support for community art/leadership development initiative to combat gang violence by providing opportunities for boys to create public art in Boston
Resources for Children for Children with Special Needs New York, NY
High School Match$40,000
Support and guidance for middle school youth with disabilities and their families throughout the complicated high school application process to insure that they match with appropriate schools that will support their unique needs which will lead to graduation
Richard Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester    Pleasantville, NY $12,500
PEP (Programs for Enhancing Potential) Director
Support for director to grow and coordinate services for people with disabilities (Final Year)
Rocking the Boat   Bronx, NY
After School and Summer Youth Development Programs $50,000
Support for afterschool and summer on water and boat building programs
Bronx River Camp $50,000
Support for summer on water experiential environmental programs for 8 community groups of middle school campers in the Bronx
Row New York   Long Island City, NY $35,000
Para Rowing
Support for full time staff person for year-round adaptive rowing program for people with developmental and physical disabilities
Samuel Field Y   Little Neck, NY
Beaconworks - Select $40,000
Support for academic enrichment, job skills and internship program for at-risk, underachieving middle and high school students
Butler Special Needs Center $61,000
Support for programs designed to enhance social skills and community inclusion opportunities for people with disabilities with a special focus on programming to attract young adults ages 19-40.
CLASSP $53,100
Support for training and internships for high school students working with people with disabilities at five not-for-profit agencies on Long Island
Scholarship Assistance $27,000
Scholarship assistance for children with disabilities attending after school, day camp, preschool programs
Academic Summer Enrichment Program $15,000
Support for on-site at Sam Field Y summer camping enrichment program for youth with disabilities
Teen Services $38,000
Support for social, recreational, educational and community service programs for at-risk teens
Shorefront YM-YWHA   Brooklyn, NY $60,000
Project Bridge and Family Autism Center
Support for social, recreational and educational services for people with developmental disabilities and people on the autism spectrum and their families
Sid Jacobson JCC   East Hills, NY $50,000
Special Needs Center
Support for VTEC a transition to work program, scholarships and summer and weekend programs for adolescents and young adults withdisabilities focusing pre-vocational skills and internships
Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center   Commack, NY$40,000
Butler Special Needs Center
Support for after school, vacation, camping, recreational and socialization programs for people with special needs, ages 4-15
The Bridge Center    Waltham, MA$30,000
Recreation Therapy
Support for expansion of year round recreational programs for people with disabilities
The Go Project    New York, NY $35,000
Go Summer Go School
Support for 5 week summer program and winter Saturday academic enrichment program serving under resourced, public school youth with learning disabilities
UJA-Federation   New York, NY
Day Camp Scholarships $70,000
Support for summer camp scholarships for children with special needs
University Settlement    New York, NY $30,000
EXCEL Program
Support to expand programming for people with disabilities
Urban Park Rangers  New York, NY $164,000  
Outdoor Adventure
Support for summer environmental experiences for inner city youth as well as weekend camping for urban families and families with special needs
Waypoint  Newton, MA $25,000  
Waypoint Adventure
Outdoor adventure program the inspires people with disabilities to go beyond what they thought possible
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights    New York, NY $60,000
Special Needs Services
Support for capacity building grant to expand special needs services, hire a special needs consultant to provide assessments, referrals and parental support, increase inclusion in the nursery school and provide scholarships for youth with disabilities
Zella Bronfman Butler Award $10,000
Recognition of a professional who has made significant contributions to the field of disabilities through advocacy, program development and creative leadership
Total $4,015,475


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