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THE NEW YORK LIFE FOUNDATION Meeting life’s challenges with life-changing support

Inspired by New York Life's tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided over $360 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations.

Find out how to apply for our engagement programs and grants.

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Inaugural “State of Grief” Report

New research featured in The New York Life Foundation’s inaugural “State of Grief” report reveals that Americans are looking for a more open national dialogue about death and loss. In addition to sharing new survey results, the report explores COVID-19’s impact on grief support at home, in school and at work and includes expert perspectives from the Foundation’s extensive network of bereavement partners.


Children’s Grief Awareness Month

Children’s Grief Awareness Month (CGAM) is dedicated to raising awareness about the prevalence and the potential impact of the death of a loved one on a young person. Through the collaboration of The National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG)National PTA, National Center for School Crisis and BereavementFirst Book, and The New York Life Foundation, this year’s month-long campaign features a unified approach that focuses on grief support in schools.


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Discover our mission

The New York Life Foundation invests in programs that benefit young people, particularly in educational enhancement and childhood bereavement support. We have fostered a culture of volunteerism and community involvement for New York Life’s employees and financial professionals.

Inspiring real change

We are committed to serving individuals and communities through a wide array of programs and grants.

Grant opportunities

We provide funding in several different ways—our strategy philanthropic investments, local grants, special initiatives and grants that recognize the engagement of our workforce.

Our grantmaking

Resources for communities

The New York Life Foundation has developed an online grief resource which offers articles, expert tips, personal stories and local resources for families, educators and community members.

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The Foundation in action

We’ve collected stories that reflect our shared belief that New York Life not only has the ability, but also the responsibility, to help people in the communities where we live and work.

See how we are taking action
Doctors putting on protective gear.
Doctors putting on protective gear.

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Honoring those who give so much

The Love Takes Action Awards program enabled New York Life employees and financial professionals to nominate extraordinary individuals serving their communities in response to the pandemic, awarding $1.75M in grants.

2021 Philanthropic Giving

Over 175 years of investing in lives and communities


Total giving in 2021


Grants to education and bereavement partners


In support of the Brave of Heart Fund

See how we’re investing state by state

Illustration from the Golden Sweater book series.
Illustration from the Golden Sweater book series.

Follow Kai’s Journey

Kai’s Journey is a 3-part series about a boy named Kai who, together with his mom, learns how to navigate a profound loss. For every free download of the e-books, the New York Life Foundation will donate $1 to programs that support grieving children.

Illustration from the Golden Sweater book series.

Teacher and student in front of class
Teacher and student in front of class

Our Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative

When it comes to grief support at school, many educators feel underprepared to help. In fact, according to a recent survey by the New York Life Foundation and American Federation of Teachers, ninety-two percent of educators think that there should be a greater focus on training educators to support grieving students, and ninety-one percent say that they personally would be interested in participating in bereavement training offered through their school or district.

New York Life’s Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative was created to address the gap in grief support in schools by providing resources and tools for school communities to support grieving students and their families. Any K-12 accredited private or public school and school district can request to be part of this program.

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A company that puts love into action

The essence of our business is serving others. In 1998, New York Life created our corporate volunteer program, Volunteers for Good (VfG). It develops and promotes volunteer opportunities for our workforce, allowing them to serve the communities where they work and live. Giving time and expertise, we collaborate with hundreds of charitable organizations and help coordinate volunteer projects every year to address community needs across the country.

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