Recently Awarded Grants are Announced

On June 24, 2014, the Board of Directors of The Staten Island Foundation approved grants to seven organizations totaling $375,000.  Click here to learn more.

On April 29, 2014, the Board of Directors of The Staten Island Foundation approved grants to seven organizations totaling $475,000.  Click here to learn more.

On February, 25, 2014, the Board of Directors of The Staten Island Foundation approved grants to thirteen organizations totaling $370,332.  Click here to learn more.

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Betsy Dubovsky is awarded the Dr. Richard M. Silberstein Memorial Award

Betsy Dubovsky is awarded the Dr. Richard M. Silberstein Memorial Award

Silberstein Award

From left, Fern Zagor, president and chief executive officer of the Staten Island Mental Health Society, with Betsy Dubovsky, executive director of the Staten Island Foundation, and winner of the Dr. Richard M. Silberstein Memorial Award, and Dr. Hillary Kunins, assistant commissioner of the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Use Prevention, Care and Treatment. (Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)

To view the presentation ceremony at the Staten Island Mental Health Society click on link below:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/30924117/SIMH%20Betsy-12-06-13.mp4

 

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The Staten Island Foundation Announces Five Major Grants through its Nonprofit Recovery Fund

The Staten Island Foundation Announces Five Major Grants through its Nonprofit Recovery Fund

The Staten Island Foundation has made five substantial grants – ranging from $150,000 to $250,000 – from its Nonprofit Recovery Fund (SIFNP).  The grants have been awarded to: Richmond Senior Services, the Staten Island YMCA, the Jewish Community Center of SI, Community Health Action of SI and the Staten Island Mental Health Society.  The SIFNP Recovery Fund was created to support the Island’s nonprofit organizations as they work to relieve the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. Key support to this fund was provided by the American Red Cross which donated $1 million to expand services to Staten Islanders affected by the disaster.

“These funds will help Staten Islanders with some of the long-term challenges created by the storm” explained Betsy Dubovsky, executive director of The Staten Island Foundation. “While many families are still dealing with significant repairs that will allow them to return safely to their homes, others are battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), an increase in substance abuse rates or disruptions to their healthcare treatments.  Some children are behind academically due to the emotional toll the storm took on them and their families.”

  • The grant to Richmond Senior Services will benefit 20 households with home repair needs.
  • The Staten Island YMCA will provide tutoring and counseling to 100 children.
  • The Jewish Community Center will provide service to 300 individuals suffering with PTSD symptoms and give support to their families.
  • Community Health Action of SI will provide benefits counseling, health services and referrals for 350 individuals using their mobile health unit as a base.
  • Staten Island Mental Health Society will provide coaches for Sandy affected youth at high risk for substance abuse to help them move towards positive goals and learn job readiness skills.

Josh Lockwood, CEO, Red Cross Greater New York Region, said: “The Red Cross is proud to partner with these Community initiatives through The Staten Island Foundation. They will provide on-the-ground recovery for Sandy survivors throughout the borough.”

“People have just not been taking proper care of themselves” explained Kevin Keeley, Nurse Manager aboard the Community Health Action of Staten Island mobile unit as it sat parked opposite the Midland Avenue Relief Center earlier this week.  “We’re seeing chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension going untreated because people are just so distracted by dealing with rebuilding their homes or trying to get back to work. They are not making the time for regular health check-ups.  It helps that we can bring the mobile unit right into the worse affected neighborhoods but we can see how badly our patients are affected by the stress of all the uncertainty and upheaval.”

Brenda Stramock, Project Coordinator for the Sandy Resource Center, a program run by Richmond Senior Services in the New Dorp area, helps residents register on-line with  programs such as Build it Back.  “It’s much quicker to apply on-line” she explains. “So I encourage our clients to do that  — and to let me keep a copy of their paperwork so that it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle!  Still there is a lot of coordination involved in matching peoples’ needs up with volunteers’ skill levels and finding donated or low-cost materials to do the repair work that’s needed.  There are always a lot of gaps to plug so this grant will be a godsend.”

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Kevin Keeley, Nurse Manager of the CHASI mobile unit takes a client’s blood pressure.
(Photo by Bill Higgins)

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Brenda Stramock, Project Coordinator, shows Bill Sorensen, 81, of Graniteville how to use the computer at the Sandy Resource Center, New Dorp. (Photo by Bill Higgins)

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About The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.
 

About The Staten Island Foundation

Since its founding in 1997, The Staten Island Foundation has granted over $50 million to local organizations for the benefit of Staten Island residents in the areas of education; health and human services;  and the arts. The Foundation has supported 60 local elementary schools through its Children’s Literacy Program by providing professional development for teachers. It is a major funder of The Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness Tackling Youth Substance Abuse initiative. For information visit the Foundation’s website.

 

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

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 and as we continue to support the Tackling Youth Substance Abuse collective impact project to confront the substance abuse epidemic that surges through our neighborhoods and also devastates our families.

Adaptive challenges in multiple directions continue to confront the leaders of all our local organizations and we have seen amazing work and great promise in a community coming together and finding strength in each other.

Staten Island has never seen the likes of the devastation that Sandy washed over us in October 2012 and every step of the long way to a new normal has been a walk in the unknown. How much we have learned and how much stronger we are for the experience as many of us meet our own resilience and look to collectively develop a resilient community.

We continue our support for local nonprofits that — long after the spotlight fades — are still working to deliver services, to plan and mobilize effectively, to advocate on behalf of residents and storm survivors.

As the work to rebuild continues, The Staten Island Foundation is a committed long-term partner in challenge and change. We continue to celebrate the courage, caring and resolve we see every day in this community that is “Staten Island Strong.”

Key results of The Foundation’s Nonprofit Recovery Fund to date include:

•  Over $1.5 million raised; with The Staten Island Foundation’s $500,000 match, Nonprofit Recovery Fund resources total $2,070,000.  Click here to donate or apply.

•  Critical support provided in the immediate aftermath of the storm to high-quality local-serving organizations providing important relief and recovery services to the community. Grants approved to date total $1,498,000. Grants provided key assistance including: relief services (eg, mobile health units to affected areas), legal services (eg, helping storm survivors access adequate insurance, FEMA and other benefits), access to relief services by vulnerable populations (eg, helping disenfranchised, immigrant communities to apply for citywide relief services, connect to unmet needs roundtables), and stakeholder voice (Staten Island Imagines, to identify an informed, unified community vision for the future of Staten Island’s coastal neighborhoods).   Click here  for a listing of grants made to date.

•  The Foundation, with the Staten Island Not-for-Profit Association, convened a Town Hall event six months after the storm.  It was a generative conversation with leaders from the nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors designed to “build greater understanding about the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island-based nonprofits, with a focus on their infrastructure and capacity.”  Click here to read the Town Hall Report.

To learn more, we invite you to read The Staten Island Foundation’s Biennial Report (Fiscal years 2012 and 2013):  Click here.

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

August 9, 2013

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

SI Foundation working with the Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief on Staten Island
The Staten Island Foundation’s Board of Directors and Executive Director are pleased to announce that the 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.

The Foundation’s Executive Director Betsy Dubovsky said, “The Staten Island Foundation welcomes funds from the Red Cross to support community-service providers who are on the front lines helping East and South Shore residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Our nonprofits need these critical resources to expand services to disaster victims who have varied and complex needs. We welcome the ability to increase manpower to directly assist and connect local residents with existing recovery resources including the Red Cross-funded Unmet Needs Roundtables.”

The grant will be distributed through The Staten Island Foundation’s Nonprofit Recovery Fund, a special fund created in response to the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. To learn more about the Nonprofit Recovery Fund, click here.

Red Cross press release:

http://www.redcross.org/news/article/ny/new-york/Red-Cross-Awards-Grant-to-Staten-Island-Foundation-for-Sandy-Recovery

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Staten Island Advance:

http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2013/08/staten_island_foundation_is_aw.html

NY1:
http://www.ny1.com/content/pages/187000/red-cross-grants-million-dollars-to-s-i–foundation

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Staten Island Foundation 15th Anniversary Celebration

The Staten Island Foundation Celebrated its 15th Anniversary on 12/17/12!  The Foundation’s grantee organizations joined its board and staff in a recognition of 15 years of working together to improve the community.

Click here to view on youtube.

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