Newsworthy Gifts

Every gift to The Jewish Board is important. This section of the web site is dedicated to those gifts that warrant special mention. It isn’t always the size of a gift that determines mentioning. Sometimes it is the sentiment behind the gift or the nature of the relationship between the giver and The Jewish Boardor both. Here’s a sampling…

The Shield, Recipients of Grant from the Butler Foundation. The Shield's Interactive Technology Initiative receives $100K for a high school computer training program courtesy of the Butler Foundation. The Shield Institute, an affiliate of JBFCS, works exclusively with young people diagnosed with autism and developmental disabilities. 

JBFCS has been awarded a three-year, $465,000 grant from the Irving Harris Foundation. The grant supports JBFCS' Institute for Infants Children & Families (Iicf). Iicf consists of six overlapping programs which address the mental health needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families, especially immigrants and children of color living in poverty. Iicf programs provide direct services and consultation in community-based settings, professional training, and advocacy, all through a developmental, attachment, strength-centered and trauma lens.

A long-time supporter of JBFCS, the Harris Foundation made its first contribution to the Institute in 1994, and has since continued to donate each year for a total of $3.8 million towards our work to develop the emerging field of early childhood mental health.

$29,830 from Midnight Mission Fund for our Youth Counseling League program.

$55,000 Oppenheimer-Haas Grant for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters and Be'er Hagolah Programs

JBBBS serves all Jewish children in New York from single-parent or special needs families. The common thread in these children's lives is the lack of attention from the adults -- who are usually overwhelmed by life and a host of challenging responsibilities-- in their environment. The volunteers (Bigs) fill this gap in the children's (Littles) lives.

Be'er Hagolah is a yeshiva with a special mission. It is a school of last resort for Russian-speaking students, especially those in the sixth to eighth grades, who are having problems in other schools. The public schools in the area often transfer their Russian students with academic language problems to Be'er Hagolah, along with other yeshivas that send their Russian students with behavior problems. Be'er Hagolah gives these students a second and even third chance at academic success.

$25,000 from the Scott Hazelcorn Foundation for Child Parent Psychotherapy Program

$10,000 from the Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation for our Home Again Veterans Program.

$10,000 from the Washington Square Foundation for general support of our Youth Counseling League Program.

$20,000 Viola W. Bernard Foundation Grant for Child Parent Psychotherapy Program: Through direct services to children and parents, and training for clinicians, we seek to heal the wounds of early childhood trauma and re-establish the bonds between children and their parents broken by violence, abuse and neglect. Direct services to parents and their children include weekly therapy for parents and children together, plus referrals to domestic violence, prevention services, health care and early intervention services. Training for professionals includes a combination of didactic instruction, case consultations and refresher training over a period of six months.

Maurice Sendak makes $1 million gift to JBFCS: Maurice Sendak – of “Where the Wild Things Are” fame – has made a gift of $1 million to name one of our fourteen licensed mental health clinics in memory of his life-long partner, Dr. Eugene D. Glynn.

Eugene David Glynn, M.D. (1926-2007) was a distinguished psychiatrist and art critic, whose essays and reviews were published in The Village Voice, Art News and The Print Collector’s Newsletter. He worked for many years as Director of Clinical Services at the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services (JBFCS) and also worked as a consulting psychiatrist at Gay Men’s Health Crisis at the height of the HIV-AIDS epidemic.

This gift will go a long way towards reaching JBFCS’s fundraising goals and supporting the often un-reimbursable work of our hundreds of clinicians. Our social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists serve thousands of NYC’s most vulnerable citizens each year---many of whom do not have insurance or are not eligible for government assistance. The Glynn gift will help ensure that JBFCS is able to continue providing life-altering and sometimes life-saving treatment to countless New Yorkers.

UJA Targeted Grant: $175,000 for Partners in Caring for the Elderly. Support for Older AdultsPartners in Caring for the Elderly is a synagogue and community based collaboration allowing for geriatric social work services to be available to the elderly, isolated Jewish community in Central and Northern Brooklyn. Program Leaders: Jonathan Katz and Brenda Mamber.

The Glickenhaus Foundation: $30,000 to support the Institute for Infants, Children & Families (IICF). IICF trains professionals in early child development and does groundbreaking work to improve outcomes for very young children and their families at the level of direct practice, professional development and public policy. Program Leader: Rebecca Shahmoon Shanok. 

The Viola Bernard Foundation: $15,000 for Child-Parent Psychotherapy Program. Child-Parent Psychotherapy addresses trauma at the first possible moment in children 0-5 years of age. Through direct services to children and parents, and training for clinicians, the Child-Parent Psychotherapy seek to heal the wounds of early childhood trauma and re-establish the bonds between children and their parents broken by violence, abuse and neglect. Program Leaders: Dr. Bruce Grellong and Dorothy Henderson.

The William H. Ellsworth Foundation: $20,000 for Life Enhancement Opportunities Program at Kaplan House and the East Coast Assistance Dog Program on the Westchester Campus.

Kaplan House is a home for young men 17- 21 years of age who are about to “age out” of foster care. The Life Enhancement Opportunities Program at Kaplan House focuses on a variety of recreational, educational, and cultural activities and family-style celebrations throughout the year that give them an enriching “family” experience. These experiences help normalize their understanding of, and comfort with, life outside of the foster care system. Program Leader: Neil Freedman.

The East Coast Assistance Dogs at our Westchester Campus teaches at-risk teens to train dogs for disabled people. Students teach the dogs to accomplish multiple tasks, such as retrieving items, activating light switches, pulling wheelchairs, opening and closing doors, and other tasks specific to the needs of disabled individuals. Program Leader: Kathy Forte.

Northfield Bank Foundation: $15,000 for renovations at Geller House. Built more the 100 years ago and located on Staten Island: Geller House is home to 25 children, age 11 to 16 years old. Children placed at Geller House have a range of diagnoses including: bipolar disorder; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; conduct disorder and learning disabilities. This gift from Northfield Bank will renovate the Activity Room at Geller House and help make Geller into a place that our young people can truly call a home. Program Leader: Beryl Kende.

The Skirball Foundation: $75,000 for Thomas Askin Youth Programs (TAYP). The Thomas Askin Youth Programs are an interconnected group of services and outreach programs for adolescents and their families. Specially trained professionals work with adolescents in schools and at JBFCS offices to help them lead fuller and more productive lives. Program Leader: Deborah Zicht.


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