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

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

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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.

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Children's Grief Awareness Month

New York Life Foundation (NYLF) in partnership with National Alliance for Children’s Grief (NACG) will host a one-day conference on November 1, 2022. The conference will cover the evolution of grief support for young people as well as illuminate the increased need for grief support services due to the societal impact of COVID-19, recent tragedies, race relations, and more. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from experts in this space including NYLF thought leaders.


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2020-2021 Environmental, Social, and Governance Report

In this report, we'll share our commitment to our people, our communities, our Policyholders and clients, our approach to responsible investing, impact and innovation, our environment, and our goverance. The report provides updates on our last report and includes new statistics and goals. Additionally, our report also includes our first taskforce on climate relaed financial disclosures (TCFD) index, which discuesses the ways we are managing climate risk at New York Life.

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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.

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

$32M

Total giving in 2021

$15.6M

Grants to education and bereavement partners

$28M

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.

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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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