NYU today will donate more than $87,000 to more than 80 nonprofit organizations that serve the Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn communities. Grants ranging in size from $1000 to $5000 help support a range of causes—from services to the elderly to support for at-risk youth support, from small theater and cultural groups to local soup kitchens.

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NYU today will donate more than $87,000 to more than 80 nonprofit organizations that serve the Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn communities. Grants ranging in size from $1000 to $5000 help support a range of causes—from services to the elderly to support for at-risk youth support, from small theater and cultural groups to local soup kitchens.

All the funds are donated by NYU employees, and with NYU picking up all administrative costs, every dollar donated is a dollar that goes directly to the Fund recipients. In addition to their contributions to the Community Fund, NYU employees donated more than $31,000 to the United Way.

The Community Fund is only one of the many ways the University supports the neighborhoods in which it is located. From collaborating with nonprofit and civic associations on events both on and off campus, to providing direct and in-kind support, to linking thousands of student volunteers each year with schools and social service agencies, NYU strives to live up to its motto: “a private university in the public service.”

“The 35-year history of the NYU Community Fund is one example of how NYU employees give back to the surrounding community,” said Lynne P. Brown, senior vice president of University Relations and Public Affairs. “The University is proud that its employees see the value in working together with our local nonprofits to build better and healthier communities.”

Since 1982, members of the faculty, staff, and administration of NYU have raised more than $2.8 million for local nonprofits. More than 150 representatives from nonprofits are expected to attend tonight’s reception sponsored by NYU’s Office of Community Engagement.

According to Executive Director Roy Leavitt, Greenwich House has received support from the NYU Community Fund since the Fund began, and over the years it has supported a number of programs that are vital to our community.

“We are thrilled to receive the support and recognition this year for our Children's Safety Project,” said Levitt. “The program provides critical services to some of our most vulnerable neighbors—children and families affected by physical or sexual abuse, domestic violence, and other violent crimes."

Organizations among this year’s grant recipients include community organizations whose work addresses concerns such as at-risk youth, homelessness, hunger, literacy, economic independence, and services for those who are elderly, visually impaired, or living with health issues.

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