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Community Fund and Combined Campaign

The NYU Community Fund is a workplace charitable giving program in which NYU faculty, staff, and administrators contribute direct financial support to local nonprofit organizations working in one of five target areas: arts cultural enrichment, at-risk youth services, homelessness and hunger prevention, education and literacy, and low-income health services. Grants are managed by the NYU Office of Civic Engagement.  

Since the Community Fund's inception in 1982, NYU employees have contributed over $2.7 million to thousands of local nonprofits, supporting organizations that improve the health and well-being of New York City.  

2015 Award Recipients

A health care professional administiring a free glucose test.

A community member receiving a free glucose check at a health forum organized by VillageCare, one of the 2014 NYU Community Fund recipients.

In 2015, the Community Fund awarded grants local nonprofits. The 2015 Thom A. Fluellen award went to Greenwich House to support their ongoing work integrating education, social services, arts, and recreation for 50,000 Downtown Manhattan residents. See the full list »

Your support matters. Here are some of the ways that your contributions will change lives, with examples from past Community Fund recipients.

Additionally, you may dedicate your donation to a colleague or friend. We will send a card acknowledging your gift to the person you’re honoring, or forward it to you to deliver personally. For more information on how to simplify your gift giving while doing good at the same time, please email Bill Pfeiffer.

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Fast Facts on Funding


  • Grants range between $1,000 and $2,500
  • Close to $100,000 was raised and 87 grants distributed in 2014
  • Nearly $2,700,000 has been raised and 1600 grants distributed since the Fund's inception in 1982
  • 100% of every dollar goes directly to community organizations: all administrative costs are absorbed by NYU.

Projects have included

  • At-risk youth programs
  • Homelessness prevention
  • Feeding the hungry
  • Literacy programs
  • Low-income health services

  • Building economic independence
  • Supportive services for the elderly, the visually impaired, and people living with health problems

Additional Awards

The Thom A. Fluellen Award

Every year the Community Fund selection committee awards one outstanding organization with a grant of $5,000. This is the Thom A. Fluellen Award, established to honor the late Staff Director of Community & Government Relations and his tireless efforts for his community.

Thom A. Fluellen

The Thom A. Fluellen award honors an organization that demonstrates the excellence that Thom made evident in his work, life, and commitment to New York University. It reminds us of his civic mindedness, his great sense of humor, and, most importantly, for teaching all who knew him how to live life to the fullest.

The T.G. White Award

At his death in 1913, long-time Greenwich Village resident Theodore Greeley White bequeathed his estate to New York University for the support of charitable Greenwich Village organizations which aid young people. The NYU Office of Civic Engagement administers the estate and grants funds annually to such organizations as part of the NYU Combined Campaign, alongside the Thom Fluellen and Community Fund Awards.

Contact Civic Engagement

The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) provides opportunities for students and employees to develop deeper and richer partnerships with local non-profit organizations, public schools, city government, and civic organizations through employment and service programs.

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