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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.

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Where we focus our funding.

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Bereavement Support

We are a leading resource for helping educators, families, communities and caregivers learn how to support children who have lost a parent or sibling. This focus aligns with our purpose, and who we are as a company.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has presented an opportunity to develop resiliency in children and young adults. We are providing articles, videos and resources in collaboration with our trusted partners that will provide helpful information to support families as they navigate through this unprecedent time. 

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Middle School Transitions

Our educational grantmaking programs focus on enrichment for middle schoolers during the critical out-of-school hours, in order to prepare them for their transition to high school and set them up for success.

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Supporting Our Workforce

We provide Engagement Grants where and when there is a particular passion from our employees and agents towards a cause. We support, help facilitate, and recognize those who work locally to impact their communities. They put in the sweat; the Foundation puts in the equity.

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How we award grants.

Strategic Grants
Most of our grantmaking is by invitation only. Our focus is on childhood grief support, of which we are the largest corporate contributor, and out-of-school-time programs for middle schoolers transitioning to high school.


Local Area Grants
We accept applications through a Request for Proposal (RFP) grant process in our areas of strategic focus via The Grief Reach and Aim High programs.

Employee and Agent Grant Programs
Our corporate signature program, Volunteers for Good, supports the philanthropic activities of our employees and agents. We offer several ways for our workforce to get involved: Individual Volunteer Grants, Team Grants, Community Impact Grants, GSSI Grants, Matching Gifts and a Giving Campaign.


Meet some of our grantees

2019 Education Partners

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Supporting BELL Summer, a full-day immersive learning experience that combines academic instruction with fun hands-on enrichment activities.

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City Year

Funding for City Year’s after-school program, which provides middle school students with skill-building enrichment activities.

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National Summer Learning Association

Sponsoring the New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning awards and expanding their programs through our targeted grants.

2019 Bereavement Partners

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Supporting eLuna's Camp Erin National Bereavement Camps, as well as their National Bereavement Camp Conference and the National Bereavement Resource Guide.

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Helping Club members cope with loss, death and grief by fostering a culture of wellness through their “Be There” program. This grant also enables BGCA to build their Ready, Set, Action curriculum.

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Providing funding to help bereavement service providers use the power of stories and StoryCorps to help children cope with the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one.

Total Philanthropic Giving in 2019



This includes:


Grants to Education and Bereavement Partners: This does not include GSSI. Including GSSI the figure is $15.9M



Matching Gifts to Schools and Childhood Bereavement Organizations



Volunteer Grants



Community Impact Grants



New York Life Family Scholarships



Disaster Relief Grants

Grief Reach

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Grief Reach Spring Cycle - Community Expansion:  Now Open!

Application period:  Monday, February 10th - Monday March 9th 2020 

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145,000+ hours

Employee donated time in 2019.

The New York Life Foundation extends the purpose-driven work of the company by supporting non-profit organizations that share our passion for service

Heather Nesle, President New York Life Foundation & Vice President, Corporate Responsibility