The NYU Combined Campaign is a workplace charitable giving program in which NYU faculty, staff, and administrators contribute direct financial support to the NYU Community Fund and the United Way of NYC in support of local nonprofit organizations near NYU's campuses, as well as throughout the five boroughs. These organizations are involved in: arts cultural enrichment, at-risk youth services, homelessness and hunger prevention, education and literacy, and low-income health services. Grants are managed by NYU Civic Engagement, which is part of Community Engagement at NYU.

Local nonprofit organizations near NYU's campuses in Manhattan and Brooklyn are encouraged to apply for grants ranging from $500 - $2,500. Since its founding in 1982, the Community Fund has awarded a variety of organizations to support programs within the arts, education, homeless and health services, and programs for children, youth and seniors. Below are some of the ways that you can support the campaign, 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

Fast Facts on Funding

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


  • Grants range between $500 and $2,500
  • Close to $100,000 was raised and more than 80 grants distributed in academic year 2017-2018
  • Nearly $4.1 million has been raised and 1600 grants distributed since 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



Contact Lisa Kail, Director, University Partners and Combined Campaign, at with questions about the Community Fund and Combined Campaign. The Community Fund and Combined Campaign is part of Community Engagement at NYU.

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