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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Highly-Rated Charities in New York


Each week, Charity Navigator features a few of the awesome organizations at work in one of the fifty states. This week we're talking about a few of New York's best charities.

The organizations are providing unique services in communities throughout the state and have earned the highest overall rating scores out of all of the organizations in the state. This speaks to their ability to acheive their missions while remaining committed to the highest standards for financial health and accountability and transparency.
Hour Children (Long Island City, NY)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Love makes the difference!

Throughout its 25-year history, Hour Children has focused on providing practical, comprehensive services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their families. The organization has evolved from its modest beginnings as a program that provided care to children of women incarcerated at the Bedford Hills and Taconic Correctional Facilities, to a leading provider of prison- and community-based programs that support these women and their families as they work to transform their lives and achieve self-sufficiency. Hour Children’s recidivism rate is only 3.5% compared to the New York State average of 39.9%!

New York Common Pantry (New York, NY)
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An uncommon solution to hunger

New York Common Pantry works toward the reduction of hunger and food insecurity through an array of programs that function to establish long-term independence for those they serve. Their “whole person” approach starts with food provisions through the distribution of nutritious, fresh food packages under their pantry program and balanced breakfasts and dinners through their hot meals program. They also have programs specifically designed for seniors, and work to address the root causes of food insecurity in New York City.

City Mission of Schenectady (Schenectady, NY)
☆☆☆☆
Impacting the city… one life at a time

City Mission of Schenectady provides immediate help for today and hope for tomorrow to men, women, and children in need. Founded in the gospel tradition, the City Mission’s ministries seek to comprehensively meet the needs of the poor in a manner that dignifies and strengthens the individual, the family, and the community. Their goal is to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow to all of their clients, by taking care of their short-term needs, like food, shelter, and clothing, and offering training, skills courses, and counseling.

Fresh Youth Initiatives (New York, NY)
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Developing youth. Impacting community.

Fresh Youth Initiatives works with low-income, immigrant, and first-generation youth living or attending school in Washington Heights and Inwood. They help children and teens flourish in school, navigate transitions, get on track for college and career, and give back to the community with compassion and care. They seek a world where all young people become meaningful contributors in their communities and fulfilled productive lives.

FDNY Foundation (Brooklyn, NY)
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Supporting the critical life-saving work of the FDNY

Founded in 1981, the FDNY Foundation is the official nonprofit organization of the New York City Fire Department. They work to promote fire and life safety education and help the FDNY better protect New York. They fund awareness and outreach program for the public, training, and support for FDNY members, and assist in providing the technology and equipment that helps keep the FDNY the world’s premier fire department.

East Side House (Bronx, NY)
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Providing hope, help, and results in the South Bronx

East Side House is a community-based organization in the South Bronx. They work with schools, community centers, and other partners to bring quality education and resources to residents of the Bronx and northern Manhattan. Believing that education is key to economic and civic opportunity, they help approximately 10,000 individuals improve their lives each year with programs ranging from basic literacy to specialized technical training.

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Promote unity in our Jewish community

For the past 16 years, the Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York (IAJF) has been making a difference in the lives of people in Israel, as well as people in its own backyard. IAJF hosts annual dinners and has raised a total of more than $47 million to support organizations in Israel and groups supporting Jews in the United States. These organizations span a variety of causes including supporting IDF soldiers and their families, victims of terror, hospitals, schools, and soup kitchens. Their goal is to act as a conduit between their community in at home and abroad.

SPCA of Westchester (Briarcliff Manor, NY)
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Over 100 years of service to animals and their friends

The SPCA of Westchester is a no-kill animal shelter in Westchester County. They are also the only humane society in the county empowered to enforce laws relating to animal cruelty. Despite this, they receive no funding from the federal, state, or local governments. In 2017, the shelter found forever homes for more than 1,300 animals and returned more than 100 lost pets to their owners. The organization also offers low-cost veterinary care to pet owners, as well as pet education, and pet therapy. 

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Live united

The United Way of Southern Chautauqua County mobilizes their community help people improve their lives. The organization’s human and financial resources are dedicated to achieving measurable results in four key areas defined by the community: academic success, ready workforce, self-sufficiency, and health and independence. This year, the organization will invest $1 million in 39 community-based programs that align with these priorities. Funding decisions are made locally by a team of 45 community volunteers from all walks of life. 

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Fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease

As on the ALS Association’s leading chapters, the Greater New York Chapter plays a major role in promoting the mission of its parent organization. They offer quality service to patients and families living with ALS throughout the greater New York area including Long Island, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and northern New Jersey. Additionally, they fund cutting-edge research to find a cure for ALS and support the ALS Association’s national advocacy program to expand government support for this research.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool and Discover feature to find even more highly-rated charities working in communities around New York.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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