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

Twenty Providers Receive ’Grief Reach‘ Grants to Serve Youth Nationwide

NEW YORK, October 1, 2013 – The New York Life Foundation today announced $750,000 in grants to support 20 organizations serving grieving children across the country. The grants will be given over a two year period and range from $10,000 to $100,000. This is the third year of the Foundation’s Grief Reach Program where support is given to grief providers to expand their services to reach diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country.

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

”Extending our partnership with the New York Life Foundation for the third year illustrates there is more work to be done to increase the opportunity for underserved youth to have access to the services they need to begin to heal after the loss of a loved one, “ said Andy McNiel, executive director, NAGC. ”We are pleased that we are also raising awareness of the need for more education and services for those affected by loss in the process. “

”The response to the Grief Reach Program indicates that we are meeting a national need for expansion of bereavement services in underserved communities across the country, “ said Maria Collins, senior program officer, New York Life Foundation. ”We are pleased to once again partner with NAGC to provide organizations with funding to help more youth get the services they need to cope with the death of a loved one. “

The winning providers are:

  • Bo’s Place – Houston, TX
  • Children’s Grief Center of El Paso – El Paso, TX
  • Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico – Albuquerque, NM
  • Community Hospice – Modesto, CA
  • KinderMourn – Charlotte, NC
  • Life Center of the Suncoast – Tampa, FL
  • Mourning Hope Grief Center – Lincoln, NE
  • New Hope Grief Support Community – Long Beach, CA
  • Niles Home for Children – Kansas City, MO
  • OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center – Los Angeles, CA
  • Roberta’s House – Baltimore, MD
  • Ryan’s Place – Goshen, IN
  • Southern California American Indian Resource Center (SCAIR) – El Cajon, CA
  • Tamarack Grief Resource Center – Missoula, MT
  • Ted E. Bear Hollow – Omaha, NE
  • The Center for Grieving Children – Philadelphia, PA
  • The Christi Center – Austin, TX
  • Trauma Support Services of North Texas – Duncanville, TX
  • Wendt Center for Loss and Healing – Washington, D.C.
  • Willmar Family Grief and Healing Center – Sonoma, CA

About The National Alliance for Grieving Children
Founded in 2004, The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a national network connecting hundreds of professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources to better support bereaved children, teens and families. Through this network, the NAGC offers online education, hosts an annual symposium on children’s grief, maintains a national database of children’s bereavement support programs, and promotes national awareness to enhance public sensitivity to the issues impacting grieving children and teens. To learn more, please visit:

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 $168 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 educational enhancement 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 Good program. To learn more, please visit