The Staten Island Foundation has announced a $500,000 matching grant to build long-term recovery support for Staten Islanders who have been hardest hit by the effects of Superstorm Sandy.
“Local service organizations have been on the front lines responding to those devastated by the storm, despite the fact that many of these same organizations and their staff members are also storm victims” explained Betsy Dubovsky, The Staten Island Foundation’s (TSIF), Executive Director.
In response, The Staten Island Foundation has created The Staten Island Non-Profit Recovery Fund (SINP Recovery Fund). The Staten Island Foundation will match the first $500,000 donated from other philanthropic sources to this fund. The SINP Recovery Fund will make grants to Island nonprofit organizations in order to help them meet the long-term challenges created by this disaster. The fund will also provide grants to aid in preparedness planning for future emergencies; provide funding for unreimbursed repairs to nonprofit facilities and grounds; support organizations whose fundraising efforts have been undermined; and aid collaborative efforts to help Staten Islanders in need.
“The one silver lining that might have been gained from Hurricane Katrina is that we have a fair idea of what sorts of demands will be placed upon our already-stretched-thin resources” continued Dubovsky. “However, we are also learning the best solutions to these problems including examples of how philanthropic organizations can work in concert with each other and with government and the community to ease the effects of the storm’s aftermath. The outpouring of support from around the country, and the world, has been phenomenal. Now comes the task of matching these resources to those most in need and doing it efficiently and fairly.”
“As an organization that serves as a common voice and resource for 150 of Staten Island’s not-for-profit organizations, the SINFPA is keenly aware of the role that not-for-profits in our Borough have played during the initial storm recovery efforts,” said Vincent Lenza, Executive Director of the Staten Island Not-for-Profit Association.”We are pleased that the Staten Island Foundation has continued their role as a leader in our community. In organizing the Staten Island Non-profit Recovery Fund, along with Philanthropy New York, TSIF has recognized the importance of ensuring that our local organizations are supported in their vital work and that essential programs that sustain the health and well being of Staten Islanders can continue without interruption.”
Philanthropy New York, a membership organization of more than 285 grantmaking foundations and corporations based in New York City, will provide administrative and fiscal services to the Fund and will be guided by a Staten Island community advisory committee. Individual contributions to the fund are also welcomed and can be sent to Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003-3076.