Undercounting New Yorkers in the census puts political representation and significant federal funding at risk. Our 2010 citywide collaborative investment in census outreach was successful. In 2020, we expanded our investment statewide. The New York State Census Equity Fund invested more than $3.5 million in get-out-the-count activities, starting in 2019 and continuing through October 2020—the end of the COVID-extended census schedule. Grants to dozens of community groups, libraries, and other nonprofits across the state made sure more New Yorkers got counted.
BUILDING AN EQUITABLE ARTS ECOSYSTEM
We created the Mosaic Network and Fund in 2018 to help arts and cultural groups led by and created for African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American people. To succeed, these groups need flexible funding and stronger connections to philanthropy. In 2020, the Network brought together 280 people, representing 160 arts groups and 49 funding entities, for three virtual learning exchanges exploring the redistribution of power, taking collective action, and catalyzing systemic change.
IMPROVING CITY SCHOOLS
For more than 30 years, the Donors’ Education Collaborative fought for the most vulnerable in New York City’s public-school system, which serves 1.2 million students. To make funding more equitable, expand access, and create a responsive curriculum, the collaborative funded advocacy and organizing, helping to seed and nurture some of today’s strongest voices for educational justice.
Low-income parents, immigrant families, and racially diverse students are now a regular part of policy decision-making. It also won a more equitable funding formula for schools based on student need and revisions to school discipline policies, reducing suspensions citywide. The collaborative recently concluded its work, making a total of $19.4 million in grants since its inception. The Trust will continue to help the city’s schools through its competitive grants program.
You can read more about all of our collaborative funds here.