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New York Life Foundation guidelines.*

Funding priorities.
Proposals must fall within the Foundation’s Nurturing the Children focus, which includes educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. Since the Foundation receives many more requests for support than it has funds available to contribute, we must focus on our grants within carefully defined guidelines. Nurturing the Children does not encompass projects that are primarily sports-, health-, or arts-related, or those requesting support exclusively for personnel or capital expenses. A decision not to support a particular organization or project should not be considered a reflection of its merits.

Geographic focus.

The Foundation funds national organizations serving multiple cities across the country. Special programs, such as our Grief Reach Grants, Community Impact Grants, and Volunteers for Good Grants, serve local organizations, Childhood bereavement service providers should go to between April and July for details about our Grief Reach Grants. Community Impact Grants and Volunteers for Good Grants are initiated by New York Life agents and employees..


Grants are made to nonprofit organizations which have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, and which are not private foundations. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or government agencies.

Excluded organizations and requests.
  • Organizations or activities whose services are limited to members of one religious or sectarian group
  • Organizations which discriminate on the basis of age, citizenship, color, ethnicity, gender, marital status, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status.
  • Fraternal, social, professional, athletic, or veterans’ organizations
  • Endowments, capital campaigns, or memorials
  • Fundraising events, telethons, other benefits
  • Seminars, conferences, trips
  • Basic or applied research
    • Review and evaluation.

      All requests are evaluated by the Foundation’s staff to determine general eligibility, conformity to grant guidelines, and relationship to current Foundation priorities.

      If the Foundation is interested in a full proposal, we will contact the applicant for additional information, further discussion, and a site visit. The Foundation’s Board of Directors makes the final decisions on funding requests.

      If a grant is made, the grantee must provide regular updates on its program and activities. Reporting requirements are outlined in the Foundation’s award letter.