In 2018, VNSNY’s community programs will continue their innovative work to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, thanks to sustained, new, and expanded funding from a number of New York-based philanthropic foundations—including a $1 million grant from Robin Hood to support VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) in the Bronx.
VNSNY’s NFP program, which serves Nassau County in addition to the Bronx, pairs young, first-time mothers with specially trained nurses, starting in pregnancy. Headed by director Carol Odnoha, the program has proven consistently effective at setting participants and their children on a healthier and more secure life path, and VNSNY’s outcomes are among the best in the national NFP program. “Robin Hood, which is dedicated to fighting poverty, has been a leading funder of our Bronx NFP for years,” says Jacqueline Halpern, VNSNY’s Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations. “We and our clients are immensely grateful that they’ve agreed to step up their support even more.”
“From newborns to the oldest New Yorkers, our organization touches the community in so many different ways. The foundations that support our programs understand this.”
The foundation’s increased funding includes a $50,000 pass-through grant from the Joan Ganz Cooney & Holly Peterson Fund. “Robin Hood has the very highest standards for their awardees, and their partnership and support for our NFP program means a great deal to us,” adds Halpern. “Their decision to increase that support demonstrates their firm belief in the program’s ability to produce positive outcomes for these families.”
The New York Community Trust has awarded VNSNY an 18-month, $125,000 grant that will go toward hiring a full-time project manager for VNSNY’s new LGBTQ+ Outreach and Expansion Project, aimed at improving health care access for New York City’s older LGBTQ+ residents.
“This project manager’s responsibilities will include forging relationships with both LGBT-dedicated and non-LGBT organizations in the community, and educating New York City’s provider community on the best practices for working with LGBT seniors,” explains Halpern. “The manager will also conduct educational activities with LGBT seniors to raise awareness of the services that VNSNY can provide them, and link them to those services. We want New York’s LGBT seniors to know that VNSNY is a trusted ally with a long history of serving this community.”
VNSNY also received three separate grants from the New York Foundation for Eldercare for its 2018 programs, including:
Overall, 50 private foundations currently provide funding for VNSNY’s various community programs, ranging from a pediatric initiative providing specialized home care for children with complex medical conditions, to VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, where foundation funding supports its Physician Fellowship program, veterans outreach, and end-of-life care to New Yorkers, including those who otherwise would not have access to hospice services.
“From newborns to the oldest New Yorkers, our organization touches the community in so many different ways, whether it involves helping the elderly age in place, connecting people with mental health services, or teaching parenting skills,” says Catherine Callaway, VNSNY’s Vice President for Marketing and Development. “The many foundations that support our programs understand this. Even more importantly, they recognize that these programs are making a significant impact on people’s lives.”