As I write this column, the new reports
on charitable giving nationwide
have just been released. According
to Giving USA 2008, the yearbook on
philanthropy, charitable giving is estimated
to be $306.39 billion in 2007, exceeding
$300 billion for the first time in history. And,
individual giving, the mainstay of fundraising
and giving, reached an estimated $229.03
billion, or 74.8 percent of giving in 2007.
Quite phenomenal and speaks to the power
of private philanthropy.
At the New York City Chapter we rely
upon private support to carry out our mission.
And, our friends have been exceedingly
supportive and generous. For our FY08 fiscal
year (July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008) we closed
our books at $6.9 Million, representing a 23%
increase over FY07. The breakdown is as
follows and follows national trends.
This past fiscal year, our foundation and
corporate friends helped us to launch several
new programs or expand existing ones.
Among the most notable: outreach to the
Chinese community was made possible by a
$150,000 grant from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc. with additional
support of $15,000 from the James N. Jarvie
Commonweal Services. Our Dementia Home
Care Training Program received a first-time
grant of $50,000 from The Altman Foundation
to help expand this important service and
$50,000 from The New York Community Trust
was used to develop this program in Spanish.
Ongoing support from our good friends at
Forest Laboratories, Inc. helped to sustain and
expand our Family Caregiver Workshops, and
a new grant from Eisai Inc. and Pfizer Inc will
launch this program in Spanish. Ortho-McNeil
Neurologics, Inc. helped us to strengthen our
African-American Outreach Program, our care
consulting program and other services. The
Achelis Foundation’s $50,000 grant is supporting
outreach efforts to the Latino community.
The Helen Hoffritz Charitable Trust’s first time
grant of $25,000 and a $25,000 renewal
gift from FJC is supporting our Emergency/
Special Assistance Fund. A first-time grant of
$20,000 from the Blanche T. Enders Charitable
Trust is supporting our Care Consultation
Program. I also wish to acknowledge The Starr
Foundation’s longstanding support and most
recent $150,000 grant for general operations and
the MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe
Return® program. There are many more friends
to thank, and will do so in upcoming newsletters.
In the months ahead, I will be focusing on
building our major gift program, particularly
from individuals. As indicated above, individual
giving is the key to ensuring that we have the
resources necessary to do our work. And know
that if you wish to support the Association, you
can direct your gift to research, for general
operating support or to a specific Chapter
program such as Care Consultation, Early-
Stage Services or the 24-hour Helpline.
If you would like more
information on becoming a Chapter supporter,
please be sure to contact me
at 646-744-2905 or by e-mail at email@example.com. We could not do our work
without you. Thank you.
— Carol Berne
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