At an award ceremony early this summer, New York University’s Office of Civic Engagement awarded more than $160,000 in grants to 83 community-based non-profit organizations, with money raised through the NYU Combined Campaign, the T.G. White Fund, and progamming by the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Over the past 30 years, the Combined Campaign has awarded over 1,600 grants totaling more than $2.5M to local nonprofit organizations.
“The grant funding comes not from the University itself, but from hundreds of NYU employees, each of whom believes in the important work being done by these organizations every day,” said Bill Pfeiffer, director of the Office of Civic Engagement.
Since 2001, one outstanding organization each year has received a distinctive $5,000 grant in memory of the former Community Fund staff director, Thom Fluellen, whose spirit and enthusiasm for this community was an inspiration to countless others. This year, the award went to Project Renewal. Founded in 1967, Project Renewal empowers homeless men and women suffering from addiction and/or mental illness to move permanently from the streets or shelters to health, homes, and jobs.
“NYU feels special pride in making these awards, because they reflect a very personal initiative by NYU employees to benefit others in our community,” said Lynne P. Brown, Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs. “Resources are sharply focused to alleviate specific needs we see every day, and the results are just as vivid and rewarding to us all.”