The NYU Community Fund is a workplace charitable giving program that awards grants to local nonprofit organizations. These organizations are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the neighborhoods surrounding NYU and the people who live in them. Their community work and outreach programs effect visible changes we can all be proud of.
The Community Fund has raised and distributed over $2,500,000 to hundreds of nonprofit organizations since its inception in 1982. All monies are donated voluntarily from employee paychecks, and 100% of every employee-contributed dollar goes towards funding a community organization, with all administrative costs covered by the University.
The Thom A. Fluellen Award was established to honor the late Staff Director of Community & Government Relations and his tireless efforts for his community. Every year the selection committee awards one outstanding organization that demonstrates the excellence that Thom made evident in his work, life, and commitment to New York University with a grant of $5,000.
The 2010 Thom A. Fluellen award went to LIFT (Legal Information for Families Today) to request funds to continue its partnership with LIFT by supporting their Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP), which offers community-based legal education workshops to low-income grandparents who have recently taken custody of their grandchildren.