Public/Private Initiatives

Serving the Aging Network and Innovating Senior Services:

In addition to incubating its own major impact projects, the Fund serves as the charitable arm of the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA), assisting with creative programming; development and fiscal oversight of grant projects. Recently this has included: 
  • helping seniors and senior centers most affected by Sandy restore full service capacity and providing mental health supports to storm victims; 
  • constructing a web-based nutrition management application to improve served meals, using technology to improve health and fitness; and,
  • testing new protocols in late life depression and anxiety among victims of elder abuse.

Extending Expertise to the Aging Network

The Fund also hopes to expand its role as fiscal sponsor to serve the wider aging provider network.  Particularly in today’s economic climate, it is imperative to support senior centers and related coalitions whose existing staff, expertise and resources cannot meet their growing needs.  The Fund’s goal is to provide technical assistance and supplementary fundraising services to these organizations so that they have a mechanism for securing grants and fulfilling grantmaker requirements without spending their limited budgets on new staff resources. The Fund’s first such collaboration is with the NYC Coalition on Aging and Vision.

As the founding manager, the Fund is also in a position to receive important grants such as the one to expand the number of vision impaired seniors who can benefit from DFTA's Bill Payer Services.

The Fund is very pleased to extend its fiscal sponsorship services to the United Neighborhood Houses on a three-year program to adopt the Community Experience Partnership model through the Older Adults Strengthening Communities project within NYC's senior centers and NORCs.  This project has increased access to healthy food for seniors living in food insecure neighborhoods by involving them in decision-making and advocacy. Hear a participant discuss what the project means to him.