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The Staten Island Foundation is an independent, private foundation serving the borough of Staten Island, New York. We are interested in outcomes in the areas of education, health, arts and culture, and strengthening community services. The Foundation funds direct services, capacity building, and a limited number of capital projects.


The Staten Island Foundation
260 Christopher Lane, Suite 3B
Staten Island, NY 10314
Phone: (718) 697-2831
Fax: (718) 697-3180

Hurricane Sandy: Our Approach to Relief and Recovery

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Collective Impact Initiative to Combat Youth Substance Abuse

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For 18 months, JobsFirstNYC worked with The Staten Island Foundation and a group of committed local organizational partners to develop an unprecedented borough-wide young adult workforce partnership – the Youth Workforce Initiative of Staten Island, or Youth WINS. Youth WINS is the first formal partnership in the borough to articulate a systemic goal of reducing its overall population of out-of-school and out-of-work 18- to 24-year-olds. The partnership includes a host of Staten Island’s largest education, workforce, and training providers as well as the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, the borough’s largest business organization.

JobsFirstNYC is pleased to present Developing a Young Adult Workforce Partnership on Staten Island: A JobsFirstNYC Working Paper. This paper includes information on the demographic and economic impetus for YouthWINS and the planning and development of the partnership. It includes an overview of the education and employment conditions of young adults on Staten Island, as well as the business and economic development conditions on the island. It details the process of convening key stakeholders over the course of more than a year to inform and design the Youth WINS model, as well as the partnership’s plans and goals for the pilot phase in the form of its logic and service models. Click here to read the paper.

At the June 27, 2017 Board Meeting, Directors of The Staten Island Foundation approved 12 grants totaling $827,400. Click here to read more.

At the April 26, 2017 Board Meeting, Directors of The Staten Island Foundation approved 6 grants totaling $420,000. Click here to read more.

At the October 25, 2016 Board Meeting, Directors of The Staten Island Foundation approved 12 grants totaling $827,400. Click here to read more.

At the June 28, 2016 Board Meeting, Directors of The Staten Island Foundation approved 12 grants totaling $405,000. Click here to read more.

In their May 2016 post on their website, the NYS Health Foundation featured the grant outcome report related to a grant given to The Staten Island Foundation by the NYS Health Foundation for Strengthening Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts. Click here to read the report.


 The Staten Island Foundation partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation for a 2 day introduction workshop for Results Based Leadership to help support and advance the multiple collective efforts that the Foundation has catalyzed. The workshop was held November 18 and 19, 2015 at the Foundation office and was attended by a cross-section of local leaders. The Results Based Leadership Workshop was designed and led by consultant Angela Hendrix Terry, and participants grazed a substantial “tasting menu” of tools and approaches developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation – approaches that support leaders driving results and working in all stages of a collaborative work cycle.
The framework for getting from talk to action to population level results includes the importance of data, use of self, results based facilitation and results based accountability. More detailed information about Results Based Accountability can be found at www.raguide.org or at www.aecf.org.

Click here to read the report and the survey results from the Results Based Leadership Workshop.

The Staten Island Foundation and a cross-section of local community and education leaders began exploring how taking a collective impact approach could increase student outcomes in Staten Island. Click here to learn more.

On May 12, 2015, Philanthropy New York published The Staten Island Foundation’s editorial on their blog, PhilanthroPost. In the post, Betsy Dubovsky, Executive Director talks about the Foundation’s approach to meeting our community’s challenges with collective efforts. Click here to read the editorial.

On February 6, 2015, the article, “Redefining Disaster, Preparedness, and Resilience” was published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. This article was co-authored by The Staten Island Foundation’s Executive Director, Betsy Dubovsky. Click here to read and learn more.

City officials, artists, family, friends celebrated the life of Elizabeth Egbert of The Staten Island Museum at a memorial tribute held at Snug Harbor Cultural Center Botanical Garden on September 20, 2014. To listen to Executive Director, Betsy Dubovsky’s speech on Elizabeth, click on the video: https://youtu.be/PA2Nf140K5U.

Betsy Dubovsky is awarded the Dr. Richard M. Silberstein Memorial Award. Click here for more information and to view the award presentation ceremony.

The Staten Island Foundation Announces Five Grants through its Nonprofit Recovery Fund ranging from $150,000 to $250,000. Click here to learn more.

The Staten Island Foundation reflects on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

RECOVERY. How well acquainted we are with this word at The Staten Island Foundation as we live with the impact of Hurricane Sandy on this community. Click here to learn more.

The Staten Island Foundation is awarded $1 million for Sandy recovery.

The Staten Island Foundation has been awarded a $1 million grant from The American Red Cross to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Superstorm Sandy. The funds will be used to provide financial support to community-based organizations involved in disaster recovery on Staten Island in the borough’s hardest-hit areas. Click here to learn more.