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Butler Foundation Grant Recipients

2015 | 2016 | 2017


AHRC   New York, NY $32,000
Project Search Expansion
Support of licensure for expansion of Project Search to Queens and Manhattan in 2016 and Staten Island in 2017
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
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
Best Buddies    Boston, MA $15,000
Best Buddies Jobs
Support for skill building and jobs program for people with disabilities
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
Boston Casa    Boston, MA $20,000
Advocacy for Youth with Disabilities
Support for program using volunteers who appointed by the court to serve as ad litem guardians for youth in foster care
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 New York program that 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 $50,000
Project B.I.N.D.
Support for inclusion programming for youth with disabilities in club-wide afterschool programs
Breakthough New York    New York, NY$30,000
Bronx Program
Support for program aimed at break the cycle of poverty through intensive educational support for talented students from middle school through college.
Bronx House Community Center    Bronx, NY $50,000
Reach Program
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
CQY Butler Center $40,000
Support for social and recreation programming for youth with disabilities
College Access Services $45,000
Support for college access program for youth in Central Queens with a special focus on youth from the Bukharin community
CHAI Lifeline    New York, NY $60,000
Moving On: Transition Program
Support for youth with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses transitioning from school to adulthood, from childhood to adult services
Children of Promise    Brooklyn, NY $16,695
Access Project
Support for installation of automatic door and electric chair seat for stairs to make building accessible to all
Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk    Boston, MA $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 throughout the 5 boroughs
Community Rowing   Boston, MA $25,000
Youth 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 nutritious meals for individuals affected by life threatening illnesses and their families
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.
Dancing Dreams    Queens, NY $10,000
Dancing Dreams
Support for ballet dance program boys and girls, ages 5-21, with significant physical/mobility challenges
Doc Wayne    Boston, Mass$20,000
Chalk Talk Group
Support for sport-based group therapy program for youth with mental health challenges
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 $120,000
Support for donor advised fund
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: Study 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
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
Health Resources in Action    Boston, MA $5,000
Support for conference on Inclusion of youth with disabilities in after school programs in the Boston area
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
Inner City Weightlifting    Boston, MA $25,000
Training Program
Support for program using personal training to connect high-risk young people who have either been victims of violence or have been court involved to new networks that will provide them with opportunities to turn their lives around.
Intrepid Sea and Air Museum    New York, NY $30,000
All Access Maker Camp
Support for three one week vacation camps for youth ages 8-13 on the Autism Spectrum.
JCC of Manhattan   New York, NY
CLASSP - Manhattan and Bronx $51,225
Support for CLASSP, a program in 5 community centers in Manhattan and the Bronx, that trains and provides internships for high school students working with youth with disabilities in after school programs
Reelabilities Film Festival $25,000
Support for film festival showcasing films by or about people with disabilities
JCC of Staten Island   Staten Island, New York $40,000
Program Director Special Need Department
Support for 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) $32,655
Support for career internship training program that trains and provides hands on internships for high school students working with youth with disabilities in out of school programs at 2 community centers in Westchester
Westchester Network for People in Transition $30,000
Support for program working with teens with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to adulthood that includes appropriate social and recreational activities for the and help for their families to explore post-secondary school options
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 Museum   New York, NY $25,000
Project Access
Support for access programs to increase the enjoyment of the museum experience for people with disabilities
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
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center    Bronx, NY $35,000
Special Needs Coordinator and Compliance Consultant
Support for a full-time program coordinator to expand and enhance programs and a part-time quality assurance consultant to insure that the program personnel and billing are in line with current regulations.
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
Marion and Aaron Gural JCC    Syosset, NY
LIFE Program $40,000
Support for social and recreational services for physically and developmentally disabled singles ages 25-65
ISPACE $50,000
Support for 2nd year of program geared at employment for people with disabilities through outreach and training for employers, workshops for parents and training for young adults
Massachusetts Advocates for Children    Boston, MA
B-Set for Career Network: Boston Transition Project for Youth with Disabilities$25,000
Support for work with stakeholders to increase transition activities and pathways for youth with disabilities to secure employment in Boston
Latino Special Education Advocacy Project $40,000
Support for Spanish speaking lawyer to provide workshops and a HELP line to provide Latino families with intensive outreach, training and advocacy to help them navigate the necessary systems so their children with disabilities will be successful in school.
Matan    New York, NY $25,000
Matan Institute for Early Childhood Educators
Support to train Jewish educators to identify learning disabilities early in a child's educational life.
Met Council   New York, NY
Cash Assistance $62,500
Support for emergency cash assistance for victims of domestic violence. (1st Installment)
Food Bank $12,500
Support for Kosher food assistance (1st Installment)
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
Mind-Builders Creative Arts    Bronx, NY$30,000
Professional Development Disabilities Initiative
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$100,000
School Health Program
Support to cover the start-up costs of 2 additional 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 $50,000
Support for programming for at-risk youth being cared for by a grandparent
Family Choice Project $40,000
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 on-site medical/legal partnership with Youth Represent providing an on-site legal advocate to address the educational, social, legal issues of economically and socially disadvantaged young people ages 10-24
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 $50,000
Support for free legal services for low income children with physical, developmental and learning disabilities
Family Law $50,000
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
NYC Parks and Recreation Computer Centers New York, NY $100,000
Support for technology program focused on girls in two Parks computer centers in the Bronx
Opportunity Network New York, NY $30,000
OpNet Fellows
Support for 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 lead to robust careers
Piers Park Sailing Center Boston, MA $20,000
Adaptive Sailing Program
Support for 40 youth with disabilities who attend Boston Public Schools to participate in a summer camp to teach them sailing.
Publicolor   New York, NY $60,000
Color Club/Next Steps Program
Support for after school and summer apprenticeship/educational enrichment programs serving at-risk middle and high school youth
Ramapo for Children   New York, NY
Ramapo Training Institute $75,000
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 Manhattan, Bronx, Westchester, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island
College CLASSP $118,775
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, Staten Island and Westchester
Youth Workers Conference $15,000
Support for conference to promote professionalism and capacity of youth working with children with disabilities in after school programs
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 $30,000
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
Summer Work and Employment $15,000
Support for summer employment and supervision of 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 $40,000
Special Needs Center
Support for VTEC, a transition to work program, scholarships and summer and weekend programs for adolescents and young adults with disabilities focusing pre-vocational skills and internships
Silver Lining Mentoring    Boston, MA $30,000
Integrated Service Model
Support for long term mentoring for youth ages 14-21 emerging from the foster care system
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 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
The New Jewish Home    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
UJA-Federation   New York, NY
Day Camp Scholarships $70,000
Support for summer camp scholarships for children with disabilities
Workshops on Accessing Services for People with Disabilities    New York, NY $6,650
Support and training for agency staff to insure that they are current on Federal and New York State funded programs for people with disabilities
University Settlement    New York, NY $30,000
EXCEL Program
Support to expand programming for people with disabilities
Urban Dove New York, NY$25,000
Hi-Risers and College All Stars Teen Program
Support for leadership and college bound programming
Urban Park Rangers  New York, NY $160,000  
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 $20,000  
Waypoint Adventure
Outdoor adventure program the inspires people with disabilities to go beyond what they thought possible
Westchester Jewish Community Services  White Plains, NY $25,000  
Greyston Bakery
Support for wrap around services for bakery employees to further their employment opportunities
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights    New York, NY $60,000
Special Needs Services
Support for expansion of services for people with disabilities to include assessments, referrals, parental support, and scholarships
Wheelock College Family Theater Boston, MA $20,000
Inclusion and Access Theater Program
Support for theater program for youth with disabilities
Total $4,131,470


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