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Funding History


2004     2005     2006     2007     2008     2009     2010     2011     2012     2013     2014

 

2014


2014


 

2014

2014 was the final year that the Elias Foundation proudly supported Westchester-serving community organizations. We spent down the Westchester endowment with sustaining tie-off grants to core community-led organizations in Westchester County that are committed to the long-term pursuit of systemic change for social justice.

 
 
 

Community Governance & Development Council

Yonkers, NY $270,000
www.CGDCNY.org
This tie-off grant continued general support, provided strategic consulting and funded sustainability work for this community development organization. Elias supported CGDC 2012–2014.

 

 

Community Voices Heard

Yonkers, NY $155,000
www.cvhaction.org
This tie-off grant continued support for an outreach worker and a Spanish-speaking organizer organizing residents of Yonkers' low-income housing projects to advocate for their unmet needs. Elias supported CVH 2004–2014.

 

 

Grandpower Advocates / Family Service Society of Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $60,000
www.fssy.org
Support for this project from 2005–2014; Grandpower trains and supports older Yonkers residents who are caring for their dependent grandchildren and advocating for entitlement parity with non-relative caregivers.

 

 

Groundwork Hudson Valley

Yonkers, NY $20,000 General Operations
www.groundworkhv.org
This final grant supported Groundwork existing community development activities and helped to expand community outreach and advocacy training. Elias supported Groundwork 2005–2014.

 

Hudson Valley Community Coalition

Hudson Valley Area, NY $140,000
www.hvccoalition.net
This tie-off grant continued general support and sustainability of this organization building communities that foster social justice and cultural awareness, working with immigrants, emphasizing advocacy, leadership development and community organizing. Elias supported HVCC 2009–2014.

 

Hispanic Resource Center

Mamaroneck, NY $30,000
www.hrclm.org
A final grant in support of this organization building critical paths to economic and social development for immigrant workers and teaching basic organizational skills, community building, leadership and empowerment. Elias supported HRC 2004–2014.

 

Mt. Vernon United Tenants, Inc.

Mt. Vernon, NY $60,000
www.mvut.org
This final grant supports this community-based organization in building power for tenants of low or moderate income. Elias supported MVUT 2012–2014.

 

 

Neighbors Link

Mount Kisco, NY $20,000
www.neighborslink.org
This final grant supports an organization building critical paths to economic and social development for immigrant workers by teaching basic organizational skills, community building and empowerment. Elias’ annual grants spanned 2007–2014.

 

 

Parent Leadership Institute / Ossining Union Free School District

Ossining, NY $65,000
www.ossiningufsd.org
This is the eighth and final year Elias has supported the Parent Leadership Institute, an innovative program developed by the public school system, involving minority parents in the life of their children’s schools through service leadership and social justice organizing.

 

 

Steppin' Up Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $155,000
www.steppinupyonkers.org
This final grant continues support and sustainability for a project building partnerships among groups and individuals focusing on continuing empowerment of Yonkers’ communities. Elias supported this effort 2010–2014.

 

 

Steppin’ Up Student Advocacy Project

Yonkers, NY $10,000 General Operations
www.groundworkhv.org
This is the second year of a community-based grant to train a cadre of Yonkers parents in education rights and advocacy strategies on behalf of children against abusive school discipline practices.

 

Westchester Children's Association, Inc.

Mount Vernon and White Plains, NY $45,000
www.wca4kids.org
Elias has supported this County-wide organization for the past ten years - helping WCA to further its mission of improving the lives of Westchester’s children by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping the well-being of Westchester’s children at the top of the public agenda.

 

 

Westchester Hispanic Coalition

White Plains, NY $15,000 Civic Engagement
www.hispaniccoalition.org
This grant supported WHC’s civic engagement project and efforts to mobilize new Latin voters and increase the community’s awareness of the role immigrants can play in Westchester’s future.

 

 

Westchester United

Westchester County $35,000
www.westchester-united.org
This is the fourth and final year Elias has supported this growing interfaith network of congregations and other community organizations working to build a new power base that generates positive social change in the county.

 

WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $130,000
www.wespac.org
This is the eighth and final year Elias has provided general operating funding supporting WESPAC’s continuing growth and efforts to promote development of young leaders, peace and justice activism locally.

 

 

WESPAC Foundation Food Justice Committee

White Plains, NY $160,000
www.wespac.org
This tie-off grant supports young organizers’ empowering community members concerned about food and farm worker justice. In conjunction with its farm, Elias also provided funds for a prison visiting program that links families of incarcerated persons with food justice and farming.

 

 

2014 Other Support

 

Community Design

Support to organizations to cover the cost of printed materials that were developed by community design students at SUNY Purchase College. Elias has been supporting organizations taking part in this program since 2008.

 

2013


2013


 

2013

In 2013 the Elias Foundation was proud to support the Westchester-serving community organizations below. We continued to fund core community-led organizations in Westchester County that are committed to the long-term pursuit of systemic change for social justice.

 
 
 

Community Governance & Development Council

Yonkers, NY $55,000 General Operations and $25,000 Gift*
www.CGDCNY.org
This grant supported the organizing of quarterly Community Congress Assemblies, initiation of the Free School 19 campaign to renovate an abandoned school for mix-use community purposes, and the development of a community leadership training program. Elias has supported CGDC since 2012.

 

 

Community Voices Heard

Yonkers, NY $25,000 General Operations $30,000 Boost
www.cvhaction.org
These grants continued support for an outreach worker, and a new grant to support the short-term hiring of a Spanish-speaking organizer, to organize residents of Yonkers' low-income housing projects to advocate for their unmet needs. Annual grant since 2004.

 

Envisioning Westchester Collaborative

Westchester County $60,000 General Operations and $30,000 Gift*
This grant supports a coalition of progressive activist leaders who have been convening for over five years, committed to building the power of disenfranchised people in Westchester County to improve their own lives. In 2013 EWC hired a community organizer to carry out movement building and campaign organizing work over issues such as housing, jobs, immigration and education.

 

 

Grandpower Advocates / Family Service Society of Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $5,000 General Operations and $5,000 Sustainability Support
www.fssy.org
Support for this project began in 2005; Grandpower trains and supports older Yonkers residents, who are caring for their dependent grandchildren, to advocate for entitlement parity with non-relative caregivers.

 

Groundwork Hudson Valley

Yonkers, NY $20,000 General Operations
www.groundworkhv.org
This grant supports Groundwork to continue existing community development activities and to expand community outreach and advocacy training. Elias has supported Groundwork since 2005.

 

 

Hudson Valley Community Coalition

Hudson Valley Area, NY $25,000 General Operations and $15,000 Gift*
www.hvccoalition.net
This grant supports this organization building communities that foster social justice and cultural awareness, working with immigrants, emphasizing advocacy, leadership development and community organizing. Elias has supported HVCC since 2009.

 

Mt. Vernon United Tenants, Inc.

Mt. Vernon, NY $40,000 General Operations
This one time grant supports this community-based organization in building power for tenants of low or moderate income.

 

Neighbors Link

Mount Kisco, NY $20,000 General Operations and $2,250 Immigration Forum
www.neighborslink.org
This grant supports an organization building critical paths to economic and social development for immigrant workers by teaching basic organizational skills, community building and empowerment. Elias has given an annual grant since 2007.

 

Parent Leadership Institute / Ossining Union Free School District

Ossining, NY $25,000 General Operations and $10,000 Sustainability Support0
www.ossiningufsd.org
This is the seventh year Elias has given a grant for the Parent Leadership Institute, an innovative program developed by the public school system, involving minority parents in the life of their children’s schools through service leadership and social justice organizing.

 

 

Steppin' Up Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $15,000 General Operations, $10,000 Sustainability Support and $20,000 Gift*
www.steppinupyonkers.org
This grant continues support for a project building partnerships among groups and individuals working on problems that negatively affect progress in Yonkers’ communities. Elias has supported this effort since 2010.

 

 

Steppin’ Up Student Advocacy Project

Yonkers, NY $10,000 General Operations
www.groundworkhv.org
This is the second year of a community-based grant to train a cadre of Yonkers parents in education rights and advocacy strategies on behalf of children against abusive school discipline practices.

 

 

Westchester Children's Association, Inc.

Mount Vernon and White Plains, NY $15,000 Gift*
www.wca4kids.org
Elias has supported this County-wide organization for the past nine years - helping WCA to further its mission of improving the lives of Westchester’s children by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping the well-being of Westchester’s children at the top of the public agenda.

 

 

Westchester Hispanic Coalition

White Plains, NY $15,000 Civic Engagement
www.hispaniccoalition.org
This grant supported WHC’s civic engagement project and efforts to mobilize new Latin voters and increase the community’s awareness of the role immigrants can play in Westchester’s future.

 

 

Westchester United

Westchester County $25,000 General Operations
www.westchester-united.org
This is the third year Elias has given a grant to this growing interfaith network of congregations and other community organizations working to build a new power base to generate positive social change in the county.

 

WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $20,000 General Operations and $10,000 Gift*
www.wespac.org
This is the seventh year Elias has given a general operating grant supporting WESPAC’s continuing growth and efforts to promote peace and justice activism locally.

 

WESPAC Foundation Food Justice Committee

White Plains, NY $15,000 General Operations and $15,000 Gift*
www.wespac.org
This grant supports this committee in organizing a series of meetings for community members concerned about food and farm worker justice, highlighting local farmers and the struggles of indigenous peoples both here and abroad regarding the exploitation of their lands and foods, and other food justice related activities.

 

 

Westchester Women’s Summit

Westchester County $5,000
wwagenda.org/summit/
This one time grant supported the purchase of interactive keypad voting technology for use during this event building power for women in Westchester on legislative policy and program issues.

 

 

2013 Other Support

 

Community Design

Support to organizations to cover the cost of printed materials that were developed by community design students at SUNY Purchase College. Elias has been supporting organizations taking part in this program since 2008.
* End of the year gift due to investment growth

 

2012


2012


 

2012

In 2012 the Elias Foundation was proud to support the Westchester-serving community organizations below. We continued to fund core community-led organizations in Westchester County that are committed to the long-term pursuit of systemic change for social justice; short-term, small seed grants; as well as fundraising training and program support for the community.

 
 
 

Black/Brown Dialogue

Yonkers, NY $5,000
This grant supports work to establish and sustain an alliance between African American and Latino neighbors in Yonkers. This is the second year Elias has supported this effort.

 

Community Governance & Development Council

Yonkers, NY $26,000
www.FreeSchool19.com
A new grant that supports the organizing of quarterly Community Congress Assemblies, initiation of the Free School 19 campaign to renovate an abandoned school for mix-use community purposes, and the development of a community leadership training program.

 

 

Community Voices Heard

Yonkers, NY $25,000
www.cvhaction.org
This general support grant continued support for an outreach worker to organize residents of Yonkers' low-income housing projects to advocate for their unmet needs. Annual grant since 2004.

 

 

Grandpower Advocates / Family Service Society of Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $10,000
www.fssy.org
Support for this project began in 2005; Grandpower trains and supports older Yonkers residents, who are caring for their dependent grandchildren, to advocate for entitlement parity with non-relative caregivers.

 

Groundwork Hudson Valley

Yonkers, NY $20,000
www.groundworkhv.org
This general operating grant supports Groundwork to continue existing community development activities and to expand community outreach and advocacy training. Elias has supported Groundwork since 2005.

 

Hudson Valley Community Coalition

Hudson Valley Area, NY $25,000
www.hvccoalition.net
This general operating grant supports this organization build communities that foster social justice and cultural awareness, working with immigrants, emphasizing advocacy, leadership development and community organizing. Elias has supported HVCC since 2009.

 

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

$2,900
www.ndlon.org
This grant supported Westchester delegates to attend the 2012 convention.

 

Neighbors Link

Mount Kisco, NY $20,000
www.neighborslink.org
This general operations grant supports building critical paths to economic and social development for immigrant workers by teaching basic organizational skills, community building and empowerment. Elias has given an annual grant since 2007.

 

 

Parent Leadership Institute / Ossining Union Free School District

Ossining, NY $25,000
www.ossiningufsd.org
This is the sixth year Elias has given a grant for the Parent Leadership Institute, an innovative program developed by the public school system, involving minority parents in the life of their children’s schools through service leadership and social justice organizing.

 

 

Steppin' Up Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $10,000
www.groundworkhv.org
This grant continues support for a project to build partnerships among groups and individuals working on problems that negatively affect progress in Yonkers’ communities. Elias has supported this effort since 2010.

 

 

SUNY Purchase

Purchase, NY $1,000
www.purchase.edu
Support for travel to the action in Albany on March 5th, demanding that our elected officials recognize that education is a RIGHT not a privilege.

 

Steppin’ Up Student Advocacy Project

Yonkers, NY $10,000
www.groundworkhv.org
This is the second year of a community-based grant to train a cadre of Yonkers parents in education rights and advocacy strategies on behalf of children against abusive school discipline practices.

 

United Community Center of Westchester

New Rochelle, NY $5,000
www.ayudandovidas.org
A grant to cover travel costs for members of the United Community Center of Westchester to attend the National Day Laborer Convention, February 19-23 in Los Angeles.

 

Westchester Children's Association, Inc.

Mount Vernon and White Plains, NY $15,000
www.wca4kids.org
This is the eighth year Elias has given a grant to this County-wide organization to support its mission to improve the lives of Westchester’s children by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping the well-being of Westchester’s children at the top of the public agenda.

 

 

Westchester United

Westchester County $25,000
www.westchester-united.org
This is the second year Elias has given a general support grant to this growing interfaith network of congregations and other community organizations working to build a new power base to generate positive social change in the county.

 

WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $25,000
www.wespac.org
This is the seventh year Elias has given a general operating grant supporting WESPAC’s continuing growth and efforts to promote peace and justice activism locally. Includes $5,000 support for fundraising coaching.

 

2012 Program Support

 

Movement Building

Elias coordinated activist and funder meetings that are on-going, discussing strategy and next steps, with the goal of empowering those who are politically, economically and socially marginalized.

 

2012 Other Support

 

Community Design

Support to WESPAC, HVCC and CGDC to cover the cost of printed materials that were developed by community design students at SUNY Purchase College. Elias has been supporting organizations taking part in this program since 2008.

 

Rent-free Office and Community Room Sharing

Elias shares long-term office space with Neighbors Link and Aging in Place, and offers the newly furbished community room to organizations looking for event space in Pleasantville, NY.
End of Year Sustainability Gifts due to Investment Growth
Community Voices Heard $15,000
Hudson Valley Community Coalition $15,000
Parent Leadership Institute / Ossining Union Free School District $15,000
Steppin’ Up Yonkers $15,000
WESPAC $15,000
Westchester Children’s Association $15,000
Westchester United $15,000

 

2011


2011


 

2011

In 2011 the Elias Foundation was proud to support the Westchester-serving community organizations below. We continued to fund core community-led organizations in Westchester County that are committed to the long-term pursuit of systemic change for social justice; short-term, small seed grants; as well as organizing training opportunities and program support for the community.

 
 

Black/Brown Dialogue

Yonkers, NY $5,000
This grant supports work to establish and sustain an alliance between African American and Latino neighbors in Yonkers.

 

Community Voices Heard

Yonkers, NY $50,000
www.cvhaction.org
This one time grant was general support for furnishing a new office in Yonkers.

 

Community Voices Heard

Yonkers, NY $25,000
www.cvhaction.org
This general support grant continued support for an outreach worker to organize residents of Yonkers' low-income housing projects to advocate for their unmet needs. Annual grant since 2004.

 

 

Grandpower Advocates / Family Service Society of Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $15,000
www.fssy.org
Support for this project began in 2005; Grandpower trains and supports older Yonkers residents, who are caring for their dependent grandchildren, to advocate for entitlement parity with non-relative caregivers.

 

Greyston Foundation

Yonkers, NY $5,000
This grant supports Greyston’s Community Gardens and Environmental Education Program in an endeavor to empower its members and local residents to gather and create strategies for community improvement.

 

Groundwork Hudson Valley

Yonkers, NY $25,000
www.groundworkhv.org
This general operating grant supports Groundwork to continue existing community development activities and to expand community outreach and advocacy training. Elias has supported Groundwork since 2005.

 

 

Hispanic Resource Center

Mamaroneck, NY $10,000
A grant in support of the work through ATREVER, the women’s leadership institute and other community organizing plans. Elias has supported HRC since 2004.

 

Hudson Valley Community Coalition

Hudson Valley Area, NY $25,000
www.hvccoalition.net
This general operating grant supports an organizing, outreach and advocacy organization dedicated to re-creating communities where immigrants’ contributions to the community are recognized and where they are fully represented in government. It includes $10,000 to support the creation of a director of community organizing position. Elias has supported HVCC since 2009.

 

 

Neighbors Link

Mount Kisco, NY $15,000
www.neighborslink.org
This general operations grant supports building critical paths to economic and social development for immigrant workers by teaching basic organizational skills, community building and empowerment. Elias has given an annual grant since 2007.

 

 

Neighbors Link / Building Blocks Program

Mount Kisco, NY $10,000
www.neighborslink.org
This grant supports a program promoting dialogue, respect and cooperation between immigrants and local police personnel in Mount Kisco. Elias has supported this program since 2009.

 

 

Neighbors Link / Police Sensitivity Training Program

Mount Kisco, NY $5,000
www.neighborslink.org
This grant supports a program fostering a higher level of understanding through diversity training of police in Mt Kisco.

 

Parent Leadership Institute / Ossining Union Free School District

Ossining, NY $25,000
www.ossiningufsd.org
This is the fifth year Elias has given a grant for the Parent Leadership Institute, an innovative program developed by the public school system, involving minority parents in the life of their children’s schools through service leadership and social justice organizing.

 

Steppin' Up Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $10,000
www.groundworkhv.org
This grant continues support for a project to operate “Chat n’ Chew” luncheons, building partnerships among groups and individuals working on related problems that negatively affect progress in Yonkers’ communities leading to specific on-the-ground collaborative projects to address these issues.

 

 

A Black History Month Presentation/Steppin’ Up Yonkers/Open Door Church

Yonkers, NY $5,000
www.groundworkhv.org
This grant supports a competition and weekly meetings for youth in Yonkers, to discuss the issues raised in the competition essays, organized by members of Steppin’ Up and Open Door Church.

 

 

Steppin’ Up Student Advocacy Project

Yonkers, NY $10,000
www.groundworkhv.org
A new community-based grant to train a cadre of Yonkers parents in education rights and advocacy strategies so that they may act as advisors to local parents and support their advocacy on behalf of their children against abusive school discipline practices.

 

Westchester Children's Association, Inc.

Mount Vernon and White Plains, NY $15,000
www.wca4kids.org
This is the eighth year Elias has given a grant to this County-wide organization to support its mission to improve the lives of Westchester’s children by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping the well-being of Westchester’s children at the top of the public agenda.

 

Westchester Hispanic Coalition

White Plains, NY $15,000
www.hispaniccoalition.org
This grant continues support for a community organizer to develop and implement grassroots advocacy networks and coordinate mobilization of Latino-serving agencies, volunteers and initiatives. Elias has supported WHC since 2006.

 

WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $25,000
www.wespac.org
This is the seventh year Elias has given a general operating grant supporting WESPAC’s continuing growth and efforts to promote peace and justice activism locally.
2011 Program Support

 

Fundraising Training

Elias coordinated workshops and supported grantees and other Westchester activists to attend fundraising workshops and coaching sessions.

 

Scanning the Field

With the assistance of four local activists, Elias conducted a scan of social justice in Westchester to examine the field it funds as well as to assess critical gaps and needs. Through this research, we discovered strategic opportunities for community organizing and community-directed change.

 

Movement Building

Elias coordinated activist and funder meetings that are on-going, discussing strategy and next steps, with the goal of empowering those who are politically, economically and socially marginalized.

 

2011 Other Support

 

Community Design

Support to CVH, WESPAC, Steppin' Up, GrandPower and VCS Gaypride Rockland to cover the cost of printed materials that were developed by community design students at SUNY Purchase College. Elias has been supporting organizations taking part in this program since 2008.

 

 

Jacob Burns Film Center / Tribute to Steven Spielberg 10th Anniversary Gala

Pleasantville, NY $10,000

Rent-free Office and Community Room Sharing

Elias shares long-term office space with Neighbors Link and Aging in Place, and offers the newly furbished community room to organizations looking for event space in Pleasantville, NY.

 
 

2010


2010


 

2010

In 2010 the Elias Foundation is proud to support the Westchester-serving community organizations below. This year we continued to fund core community-led organizations in Westchester County that are committed to the long-term pursuit of systemic change for social justice, focusing on short-term, small seed grants, as well as organizing training opportunities and other program support for the community.

 
 
 

Community Voices Heard

Yonkers, NY $30,000
www.cvhaction.org
This program grant continued support for an outreach worker to organize residents of Yonkers' low-income housing projects to advocate for their unmet needs. Includes $5,000 support for office move.

 

FairVote, Port Chester Votes

Port Chester, NY $5,000
www.portchestervotes.com
A grant in support of a project to enhance the Voter Education Program in Port Chester.

 

Grandpower Advocates / Family Service Society of Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $15,000
www.fssy.org
This project trains and supports older Yonkers residents who are caring for their dependent grandchildren, to advocate for entitlement parity with non-relative caregivers.

 

 

Groundwork Hudson Valley

Yonkers, NY $32,000
www.groundworkhv.org
This grant supports ongoing community development work in Southwest Yonkers as well as a new Neighborhood Builders program to expand community outreach and advocacy training in the Nodine Hill neighborhood.

 

Hudson Valley Community Coalition

Hudson Valley, NY $30,000
www.hvccoalition.net
This grant supports a new organizing, outreach and advocacy organization dedicated to re-creating communities where immigrants' contributions to the community are recognized and where they are fully represented in government.

 

Hunger Action Network New York State

Mount Vernon, NY $20,000
www.hungeractionnys.org
This grant supports the mobilization of Mount Vernon residents to improve the quality of services provided by the Mount Vernon Department of Social Services.

 

Jacob Burns Film Center, Reel Change for Nonprofits

Pleasantville, NY $18,000
www.burnsfilmcenter.org
This grant supports the participants of the Reel Change for Nonprofits workshops to enhance the advocacy work of grassroots organizations in Westchester.

 

Neighbors Link / Building Blocks Program

Mount Kisco, NY $15,000
www.neighborslink.org
This grant supports a program promoting dialogue, respect and cooperation between immigrants and local police personnel in Mount Kisco.

 

Neighbors Link

Mount Kisco, NY $15,000
www.neighborslink.org
This general operations grant supports building critical paths to economic and social development for immigrant workers by teaching basic organizational skills, community building and empowerment.

 

Parent Leadership Institute / Ossining Union Free School District

Ossining, NY $30,314
www.ossiningufsd.org
This is the fourth year Elias has given a grant for the Parent Leadership Institute, an innovative program developed by the public school system, involving minority parents in the life of their children’s schools through service leadership and social justice organizing.

 

Steppin' Up Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $10,000
www.groundworkhv.org
This grant supports a project to operate “Chat n’ Chew” luncheons, building partnerships among groups and individuals working on related problems that negatively affect progress in our communities in order to lead to specific on-the-ground collaborative projects to address these issues.

 

Westchester Children's Association, Inc.

Mount Vernon and White Plains, NY $10,000
www.wca4kids.org
This grant supports a County-wide organization that informs and trains parents to advocate for needed changes in their communities.

 

Westchester Hispanic Coalition

White Plains, NY $10,000
www.hispaniccoalition.org
This grant supports a community organizer to develop and implement grassroots advocacy networks and coordinate mobilization of Latino-serving agencies, volunteers and initiatives.

 

 

WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $30,000
www.wespac.org
This general operating grant supports WESPAC’s continuing growth and efforts to promote peace and justice activism locally.

 

2010 Program Support

 

Community Design

$1,000 each to WESPAC, Groundwork Hudson Valley and GrandPower to cover the cost of printed materials that were developed by community design students at SUNY Purchase College.

 

Community Training

Elias coordinated trainings and gave a total of $11,500 to support grantees and other Westchester activists to attend. These trainings included fundraising, youth and community organizing workshops.

 

March for America

A total of $7,700 emergency support given to Westchester organizing groups to attend the March for America, March 21, 2010, in Washington DC to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform.

 

US Social Forum

A total of $10,400 support given to Westchester organizing groups to attend the United States Social Forum in Detroit in 2010 along with orientation during the forum and networking opportunities in Westchester before and after the event.

 
 

2009


2009


 

2009

In 2009 the Elias Foundation was proud to support the Westchester-serving community organizations below. This year we continued to fund core community-led organizations in Westchester County that are committed to the long-term pursuit of systemic change for social justice.

 
 
 

55 Plus Yonkers Connections

Yonkers, NY $8,000
55plusyonkers.org
This is the second phase of a grant supporting a Community Leadership training program in underserved Yonkers neighborhoods and in other parts of Westchester.

 

Anti-Racist Alliance of Westchester County

White Plains, NY $15,000
www.antiracistalliance.com
This grant supports community organizing workshops on undoing structural racism.

 

CLUSTER, Inc. / Westchester Mediation Center and the Police/Youth Dialogue Project

Yonkers, NY $20,000
www.clusterinc.org
Support for the Police/Youth Dialogue Project promoted better understanding between two critical communities in the 4th Precinct of Yonkers.

 

Community Design

$1,000 each to WESPAC, Groundwork Hudson Valley and GrandPower to cover the cost of printed materials that were developed by community design students at SUNY Purchase College.

 

Community Voices Heard

Yonkers, NY $30,000
www.cvhaction.org
This program grant continued support for an outreach worker to organize residents of Yonkers' low-income housing projects to advocate for their unmet needs.

 

Family Services of Westchester, Inc. / Westchester Junior and Senior Youth Councils

Port Chester, NY $5,000
This new grant supports youth councils engaging in advocacy related initiatives, social activism, peer mediation training and community services.

 

Grandpower Advocates / Family Service Society of Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $20,000
www.fssy.org
This project trains and supports older Yonkers residents who are caring for their dependent grandchildren, to advocate for entitlement parity with non-relative caregivers.

 

Groundwork Hudson Valley

Yonkers, NY $30,000
www.groundworkyonkers.org
This grant supports ongoing community development work in Southwest Yonkers as well as a new Neighborhood Builders program to expand community outreach and advocacy training in the Nodine Hill neighborhood.

 

Hispanic Resource Center

Mamaroneck, NY $35,000
www.hrclm.org
This grant helps to fund a worker center for day laborers in Mamaroneck.

 

Hudson Valley Community Coalition

Hudson Valley, NY $20,000
This grant supports a new organizing, outreach and advocacy organization dedicated to re-creating communities where immigrants’ contributions to the community are recognized and where they are fully represented in government.

 

Hunger Action Network New York State

Mount Vernon, NY $20,000
This is the second year of a grant to support the mobilization of Mount Vernon residents to improve the quality of services provided by the Mount Vernon Department of Social Services.

 

Neighbors Link / Building Blocks Program

Mount Kisco, NY $15,000
www.neighborslink.org
This grant supports a program promoting dialogue, respect and cooperation between immigrants and local police personnel in Mount Kisco.

 

Neighbors Link

Mount Kisco, NY $15,000
www.neighborslink.org
This general operations grant supports building critical paths to economic and social development for immigrant workers by teaching basic organizational skills, community building and empowerment.

 

 

Parent leadership Institute / Ossining Union Free School District

Ossining, NY $30,314
www.ossiningufsd.org
This is a third year grant for the Parent Leadership Institute, an innovative program developed by the public school system, involving minority parents in the life of their children’s schools through service leadership and social justice organizing.

 

Thomas H. Slater Center, Inc. / Step Up! Girls Only! 

White Plains, NY $5,000
This new grant supports a community organizing project focusing on disparities among races at school and empowering female youth to advocate for themselves and their community.

 

WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $30,000
www.wespac.org
This general operating grant supports WESPAC’s continuing growth and efforts to promote peace and justice activism locally.

 

WESPAC Foundation / White Plains Organizing Center

White Plains, NY $5,000
www.wespac.org
A matching grant that supports a community resource center for activists and organizers in White Plains.

 

WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $5,000
www.wespac.org
This grant funds the hiring of a community leader organizing youth in a White Plains Public Housing Project around issues of exclusion of family members with minor criminal records from residing with their families.

 

Westchester Children's Association, Inc.

Mount Vernon and White Plains, NY $4,000
This grant supports a County-wide organization that informs and trains parents advocate for needed changes in their communities.

 

Westchester MLK Jr. Institute for Nonviolence

Mamaroneck, NY $35,000
This second year grant supports the hiring of an executive director to run the organization that exposes young people to Martin Luther King Jr.’s work and philosophy, inspiring them to build leadership and promote values of non-violence through the medium of hip hop music.

 

2008


2008


 

2008

In 2008 the Elias Foundation was honored to support the Westchester-serving community organizations listed below. We continued to fund core community-led and grassroots organizations in Westchester County that are committed to the long-term pursuit of systemic change for social justice.

 
 
 

Anti-Racist Alliance of Westchester County

Bronx, NY $20,000
www.antiracistalliance.com
This grant supported space in which to conduct community organizing by the Racial Justice Alliance.

 

Climate Convergence / WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $5,000
www.wespac.org
This grant subsidized a diverse group of Westchester residents' participation in the Northeast Climate Convergence, a gathering of activists to discuss ways to combat the root causes of climate change.

 


CLUSTER, Inc.

Yonkers, NY $25,000
www.clusterinc.org
Support for the Police/Youth Dialogue Project to promote better understanding between two critical communities in the 4th Precinct of Yonkers.

 

Community Voices Heard

Yonkers, NY $26,000
www.cvhaction.org
This program grant continued support of an outreach worker to organize residents of Yonkers' low-income housing projects who seek to advocate for their unmet needs.

 

Grandpower Advocates / Family Service Society of Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $20,000
www.fssy.org
This project supports older Yonkers residents, caring for their dependent grandchildren, who organize their peers and advocate for benefits to which non-relative caregivers are entitled.

 

Groundwork Hudson Valley

Yonkers, NY $48,000
www.groundworkyonkers.org
This grant supports ongoing community development work in Southwest Yonkers as well as a new Neighborhood Builders program designed to expand community outreach and advocacy training in Nodine Hill.

 


Hispanic Resource Center

Mamaroneck, NY $40,000
www.hrclm.org
This grant helps to fund community outreach and a worker center for day laborers in Mamaroneck.

 

Hudson Valley Community Radio Inc./WDFH

Ossining, NY $20,000
www.wdfh.org
A general operating grant supports the signal expansion and ongoing operation of a lower Hudson River Valley non-commercial community radio station.

 

Hunger Action Network New York State

Mount Vernon, NY $10,000
www.hungeractionnys.org
A first year grant to support the mobilization of Mount Vernon residents who seek to improve the quality of services provided by the Mount Vernon Department of Social Services.

 

Jacob Burns Film Center

Pleasantville, NY $20,000
www.burnsfilmcenter.org
Support for a video journalism program for incarcerated youth between the ages of 16 - 21 at the Westchester County Correctional Facility.

 

Jeffrey Deskovic Speaks / WESPAC Foundation

Pleasantville, NY $10,000
A general operating grant to support Mr. Deskovic, exonerated after 17 years in prison, in his organizing work in the fight against wrongful convictions.

 

Lower Hudson Valley Social Forum / WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $15,000
www.wespac.org
Support for the first Social Forum bringing activists together to strengthen local organizing and relationships for social justice and movement building.

 

Neighbors Link

Mount Kisco, NY $25,000
www.neighborslink.org
A general support grant for an organization that seeks to enhance economic and social development for immigrant workers by teaching basic organizational skills, community building and empowerment.

 

Parent leadership Institute / Ossining Union Free School District

Ossining, NY $30,000
www.ossiningufsd.org
A second year grant for the Parent Leadership Institute, an innovative program developed by the public school system, involving minority parents in the life of their children's schools through service leadership and social justice organizing.

 

Schools, Streets and Beyond / Thomas Slater Center

Mamaroneck, NY $5,000
www.schoolstreetsandbeyond.org
This grant supported this organization to produce an "Education for Liberation" youth education conference, which took place at the White Plains High School in June of 2008.

 

WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $40,000
www.wespac.org
A general operating grant supports WESPAC's continuing growth and efforts to promote local peace and justice activism.

 

Westchester Hispanic Coalition

White Plains, NY $20,000
www.hispaniccoalition.org
This grant supports a community organizer to develop and implement grassroots advocacy networks and coordinate mobilization of Latino-serving agencies, volunteers and initiatives.

 


Westchester MLK Jr. Institute for Nonviolence

Mamaroneck, NY $35,000
This grant supports the hiring of an executive director to further the goal of exposing young people to Martin Luther King Jr.'s work and philosophy, inspiring them to express their own ideas and values of non-violence through the medium of hip hop music.

 

2007


2007


 

2007

In 2007 Elias Foundation supported the Westchester-based and Westchester-serving community organizations listed below. This year we expanded our granting pool from 14 to 23 organizations; continued to fund existing grantees doing critical work in the county with more robust assistance; and discovered new activists who are in the vanguard of social justice activism.

 
 
 

Anti-Racist Alliance of Westchester County / Fordham University

Bronx, NY $29,200
www.antiracistalliance.com
The Anti-Racist Alliance's implementation of four community forums on "Why are People Poor" and "The Color of Wealth" prepared social workers in Westchester County to effectively address issues of race and racism.

 

Center Lane / Westchester Jewish Community Services

White Plains, NY $13,000
www.wjcs.com/centerlane
This grant supported the Center Lane program "Project Pride for Yonkers Youth" to advance a more equitable and affirming environment within the community of Yonkers for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) youth.

 

CLUSTER, Inc.

Yonkers, NY $25,000
www.clusterinc.org
This support provided planning grants for two projects at CLUSTER: Youth Leaders and Advocates program focused on civic engagement for high performing youth, and Police/Youth Dialogue Project developed a curriculum that will promote better understanding between two critical groups in the troubled 4th Precinct of Yonkers.

 

Community Voices Heard

Project in Yonkers, NY $30,000
www.cvhaction.org
As a follow-up to our 2005 and 2006 research grants, which revealed the need for further community organizing capacity in Yonkers, this program grant established an office for an outreach worker in Yonkers to organize residents of Yonkers' low-income housing projects to advocate for their unmet needs.

 

Community Planning Council of Yonkers / 55Plus

Yonkers, NY $12,000
55plusyonkers.org
The Community Leadership Training Program of 55Plus created a targeted curriculum and conducted advocacy training for grassroots Senior leaders from Yonkers' Hispanic community.

 

Eleanor Roosevelt Center at Val-Kill

Hyde Park, NY $10,000
www.ervk.org/glw
Three low income Westchester youth were able to participate in the Girls' Leadership Workshop - a program that promotes sisterhood and citizenship and prepares young women to become the next generation of human rights leaders.

 

Grandpower Advocates / Family Service Society of Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $20,000
www.fssy.org
2007 was the third year of support for a project that trains older Yonkers residents who are caring for their dependent grandchildren, yet receive few benefits to which non-relative caregivers are entitled.

 

Groundwork Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $30,000
www.groundworkyonkers.org
A grant for two interrelated initiatives, the Community Development Program helped community residents gain a voice in Yonkers' re-development plans; and ComNet, a neighborhood environmental justice project allowed Senior/Youth teams to collect data and advocate for the elimination of environmental hazards.

 

Hispanic Resource Center

Mamaroneck, NY $52,000
www.hrclm.org
HRC hired a full-time organizer from the National Day Laborer Organizing Network to teach organizational and leadership skills to Hispanic residents. An additional grant provided needed improvements to establish a new worker center at an African-American church in Mamaroneck.

 

Human Development Services of Westchester

Mamaroneck, NY $15,000
www.hdsw.org
The introduction of a Leadership Development and Community Building Pilot Program within a larger housing organization serves Port Chester's Latino community.

 

Jacob Burns Film Center

Pleasantville, NY $10,000
www.burnsfilmcenter.org
A pilot video journalism program provided incarcerated youth between the ages of 16 and 21 at the Westchester County Correctional Facility the opportunity to document their experiences.

 

National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights

Stony Brook, NY $5,000
www.grandparentsforchildren.org
Twenty scholarships allowed grandparent caregivers from Westchester County to attend the International Summit for Grandparent and Kinship Caregivers in NYC.

 

Neighbors Link

Mount Kisco, NY $20,000
www.neighborslink.org
A Worker Outreach and Leadership Development Program within this Mount Kisco community center served the needs of recent immigrants through education, empowerment and employment.

 

Parent leadership Institute / Ossining Union Free School District

Ossining, NY $30,000
www.ossiningufsd.org
The Parent Leadership Institute, an innovative program developed by the public school system, involved minority parents in the life of their children's schools through service leadership and social justice organizing.

 

Schools, Streets and Beyond / Thomas Slater Center

Mamaroneck, NY $5,000
www.schoolstreetsandbeyond.org
This White Plains-based mentoring and leadership development organization targets at-risk urban youth in secondary schools. The program seeks to cultivate successful scholars and responsible community leaders who value personal and academic growth.

 

SNAP! / Federated Conservationists of Westchester County

White Plains, NY $10,000
www.fcwc.org
This grant supported the Students for No Air Pollution (SNAP!) program. SNAP! educates students about air quality and provides them with the tools necessary to advocate for clean air in their communities.

 

WDFH / Hudson Valley Community Radio Inc.

Ossining, NY $15,000
www.wdfh.org
A general operating grant supported the signal expansion and ongoing operation of a lower Hudson River Valley non-commercial community radio station.

 

WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $32,206
www.wespac.org
A matching grant funded WESPAC's continuing growth and efforts to promote peace and justice activism locally and in the broader community.

 

Westchester Hispanic Coalition

White Plains, NY $20,000
www.hispaniccoalition.org
This intermediary organization hired a community organizer to develop and implement grassroots advocacy networks and coordinate mobilization of Latino-serving agencies, volunteers and initiatives.

 

Westchester MLK Jr. Institute for Nonviolence

Mamaroneck, NY $10,000
A first year grant supported a youth project that seeks to expose young people to Martin Luther King Jr.'s work and philosophy, inspiring them to express their own ideas and values of non-violence through the medium of hip hop music.

 

WESTHAB

Mamaroneck, NY $13,100
www.westhab.org
The vibrant Elm Street Neighborhood Center's youth activism and community engagement project, an after-school teen initiative, trains and organizes youth in a low income Yonkers neighborhood.

 

Young People for the American Way (YP4)

New York, New York $25,000
www.youngpeoplefor.org
Through YP4's Fellows Program, the Community College Investment project expanded a network of young progressive leaders to work toward positive social change in Westchester County and Fellows' communities.

 

Youth Rights Media

New Haven, CT $10,000
www.youthrightsmedia.org
This New Haven youth empowerment organization will bring their youth organizing model to leaders and members of local Westchester youth groups. YRM's mission is to raise awareness of youth rights through self-created video documentaries.

 

2006


2006


 

2006

Funding in 2006 supported Westchester County organizations or projects of outside organizations that were operated within the County.

 
 
 

Alliance for Just Solutions

White Plains, NY $13,500
http://www.allianceforjustsolutions.org

 

Center Lane (a project of WJCS)

White Plains, NY $13,500
www.wjcs.com/CenterLane

 

CLUSTER, Inc.

Yonkers, NY $20,000
www.clusterinc.org

 

Community Voices Heard

Project in Yonkers, NY $20,000
www.cvhaction.org

 

Earsay Project at the Neuberger Museum

Purchase, NY $10,000
www.earsay.org

 

Family Service Society of Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $20,000
www.fssy.org

 

Federated Conservationists of Westchester

White Plains, NY $10,000
www.fcwc.org

 

Groundwork Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $30,000
www.groundworkyonkers.org

 

Hispanic Resource Center

Mamaroneck, NY $20,000
www.hrclm.org

 

National Day Laborer Organizing Network

Project in Mamaroneck, NY $5000
www.ndlon.org

 

WDFH-FM

Ossining, NY $10,000
www.wdfh.org

 

Westchester Hispanic Coalition

White Plains, NY $10,000
www.hispaniccoalition.org

 

WESPAC Foundation

White Plains, NY $13,500
www.wespac.org

 

Young People for the American Way (YP4)

Westchester Community College Fellows $20,000
www.youngpeoplefor.org

 

Youth Rights Media

New Haven, CT $10,000
www.youthrightsmedia.org

 

2005


2005


 

2005

These grants supported Westchester nonprofits that organized community members for systemic change in Westchester County and several promising models that advanced community activism through innovative programming outside of the County.

 
 
 

Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Project in Dobbs Ferry, NY $2,500
www.brotherhood-sistersol.org

 

Bus Project

Portland, OR $2,000
www.busproject.org

 

Community Voices Heard

Project in Yonkers, NY $10,000
www.cvhaction.org

 

Family Service Society of Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $20,000 over 2 years
www.fssy.org

 

Groundwork Yonkers

Yonkers, NY $10,000
www.groundworkyonkers.org

 

Hispanic Resource Center

Mamaroneck, NY $20,000
www.hrclm.org

 

Human Development Services of Westchester (HDSW)

Mamaroneck, NY $10,000
www.hdsw.org

 

Insight Arts

Chicago, IL $10,000
www.insightartsliberation.org

 

National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights

Stony Brook, NY $10,000
www.grandparentsforchildren.org

 

Open Door Family Medical Center

Ossining, NY $10,500
http://www.opendoormedical.org

 

Paramount Center for the Arts

Peekskill, NY $5,000
www.paramountcenter.org

 

Proyecto Alcance

Ossining, NY $20,000
http://www.proyectoalcance.com

 

Voices Unbroken

Bronx, New York $10,000
www.voicesunbroken.org

 

WESPAC Foundation

 

White Plains, NY $4,000
www.wespac.org

 

Young People for the American Way

New York, New York $10,000

www.youngpeoplefor.org

 

2004


2004


 

2004

These grants supported a variety of organizations and projects that either advanced our social justice mission within Westchester County or provided models from elsewhere for replication by local communities.

 
 
 

Brotherhood/SisterSol

New York, NY $10,000
www.brotherhood-sistersol.org

 

Hispanic Resource Center

Mamaroneck, NY $10,000
www.hrclm.org

 

Insight Arts

Chicago, IL $10,000
www.insightartsliberation.org

 

Mt. Vernon United Tenants

Mt. Vernon, NY $10,000
mvut@erols.com

 

National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights

Stonybrook, NY $10,000
www.grandparentsforchildren.org

 

Open Door Family Medical Center

Ossining, NY $10,000
http://www.opendoormedical.org

 

Proyecto Alcance

Ossining, NY $12,900
http://www.proyectoalcance.com

 

Stand for Children

Portland, OR $10,000
www.stand.org

 

Voices Unbroken

Bronx, New York $10,000
www.voicesunbroken.org

 

Westchester Children's Association

White Plains, NY $1,000
www.wca4kids.org

 

Young People for the American Way

New York, New York $10,000
www.youngpeoplefor.org