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New York Life Foundation Awards $750,000 to Childhood Bereavement Providers

Twenty-Two Bereavement Providers Receive Grants to Serve Youth Nationwide

NEW YORK, N.Y., November 4, 2011 – The New York Life Foundation today announced $750,000 in support given to 22 bereavement providers that serve grieving children across the country. The funding will be given over a two-year period and range from $5,000 to $100,000. The grants support the expansion of grief support services to diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country.

The winning providers all responded to a request for proposals created through a partnership with the New York Life Foundation and the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC).

“This partnership with New York Life Foundation enables us to promote awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and to expand the reach of grief support services provided locally throughout the country,” said Andy McNiel, executive director, National Alliance for Grieving Children.

“The New York Life Foundation partnered with the NAGC to expand the accessibility of bereavement services to grieving youth and their families across the country in areas that have been underserved,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “The Foundation has been focused on the issue of childhood bereavement since 2008, and we are pleased to strengthen one of our core focus areas on a national level and support communities that will benefit from the additional assistance.”

The winning providers and their locations are:

  • Annie's Hope - The Bereavement Center for Kids - Glendale, MO
  • Bo's Place - Houston, TX
  • Children's Bereavement Center, Inc. - Miami, FL
  • Children's Grief Center of El Paso - El Paso, TX
  • Cornerstone of Hope - Independence, OH
  • East Bay Agency for Children - Circle of Care - Oakland, CA
  • Ele's Place - Ann Arbor - Ann Arbor, MI
  • Family Hospice Heartlinks Grief Center - Belleville, IL
  • Henry Ford Health System Sand Castles Grief Support Program for Children and Families - Detroit, MI
  • Hospice at Home - Lory's Place - St. Joseph, MI
  • Wendt Center for Loss and Healing - Washington, DC
  • Hospice of Anchorage's Forget Me Not Grief Program - Anchorage, AK
  • Kate's Club - Atlanta, GA
  • KinderMourn - Charlotte, NC
  • Mourning Hope Grief Center - Lincoln, NE
  • Northern Illinois Hospice and Grief Center - Rockford, IL
  • Outreach for Grieving Youth Alliance, DBA Kids Hurt Too - Honolulu, HI
  • Roberta's House - Baltimore, MD
  • Suncoast Kids Place - Lutz, FL
  • Supporting Kidds, Inc. - Hockessin, DE
  • Ted E. Bear Hollow, Inc. - Omaha, NE
  • The Center for Grieving Children, Teens and Families - Philadelphia, PA

About The National Alliance for Grieving Children

Founded in 2004, The NAGC is the first nationwide network of child bereavement programs. The NAGC provides a network for nationwide communication among hundreds of children's bereavement centers who want to share ideas, information and resources with each other to better support the families they serve in their own communities. The NAGC hosts the oldest and only annual nationwide symposium on child bereavement. The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.

The National Alliance for Grieving Children also provides information on current topics and a schedule of professional workshops across the country. To learn more, please visit: www.nationalallianceforgrievingchildren.org.

About The New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $140 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's Web site at www.newyorklifefoundation.org.