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Why do we recognize the critical need to provide support to grieving children and their families?

Childhood bereavement is one of society’s most pervasive issues: 1 in 15 Americans will lose a parent or sibling before age 18 and the vast majority of children experience a significant loss by the time they complete high school. Yet bereaved children remain largely unseen and under-served within their communities and schools, with few outlets to express their grief.

 
 
  • Since 2008, the Foundation has dedicated more than $43 million in grants and programs that support grieving children and their families.
  • In 2018 alone, we donated $6 million toward the cause, working with 60 partners to reach over 18,000 children who lost a loved one.


 



 

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers

Alliance for Young Artists and Writers

This grant supports the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for young people who submit artwork exploring their experiences with the death of a close loved one; online exhibitions of the winning works; and summer workshops. Six students will be selected for the New York Life Award, which includes a $1,000 scholarship.

$660,000

ASU Foundation for a New American University

ASU Foundation for a New American University

This grant supports the pilot and development of a resilient parenting program, which seeks to help community-based bereavement agencies improve long-term positive outcomes for bereaved children and parents.

$925,000

Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine

This grant is helping to establish and pilot the GIFT Network, which will focus on developing and validating bereavement- and grief-informed assessment tools (screening, intake forms, and evaluation scales) for bereaved youth.

$925,297

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)

This grant supports BGCA's "Be There" program, which helps Club members cope with loss, death, and grief by fostering a culture of wellness across all Clubs. It will also enable BGCA to build the Ready, Set, Action program, a strength-based curriculum developed by the PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resiliency, which builds Club members' competence and resilience.

$3,000,000

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University

The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University

This grant supports The Center's development of a digital tool to help promote resilience in grieving families. This tool features motivators for engagement, and a social space where families can share their experiences, ask and answer questions, and access self-assessment and referral materials.

$800,000

Community Resource Exchange (CRE)

Community Resource Exchange (CRE)

This grant will continue to provide ongoing consulting support and technical assistance services for the Foundation's Grief Reach and Aim High grantees through the CRE's expert staff.

$208,000

The Dougy Center

The Dougy Center

This grant supports the formal documentation of the Dougy Model and best practices through a training site, manual, and other resources. It will also support scholarship opportunities for the Dougy Center's Summer Institute.

$1,000,000

eluna

eLuna

This grant supports eLuna's Camp Erin National Bereavement Camps, which support children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or caregiver, as well as the National Bereavement Camp Conference and the National Bereavement Resource Guide.

$1,500,000

The First Book

First Book

This grant provides support to First Book to curate and re-launch a special section, "Death & Grief", on the First Book Marketplace, and provide resources to communities after a disaster or significant crisis/casualty as well as schools who are part of New York Life's Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative.

$455,200

Growth Philanthropy Network/Social Impact Exchange

Growth Philanthropy Network/Social Impact Exchange

This grant supports the Social Impact Exchange conferences and provides in-depth nonprofit assessments for bereavement grantees.

$70,000

Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI)

Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI)

The grant will support finalization and dissemination of HMI's LGBTQ-youth-specific bereavement program.

$550,000

Judis

Judi's House

This grant helps expand and enhance the Childhood Bereavement Estimation Model (CBEM), focus on the awareness, dissemination, and implementation of the CBEM to build the capacity of communities to demonstrate the impact of "inaction" on bereaved youth and their families, and strategically target resources to better serve bereaved children and families.

$1,650,000

National Alliance for Grieving Children

National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC)

This grant supports NAGC's ongoing educational programming for members and other professionals who work with bereaved youth and families, including NAGC’s annual symposium. In addition, NAGC helps administer the Grief Reach RFP, New York Life's grant program to fund local bereavement organizations to expand their services and increase access for underserved and diverse children.

$1,140,000

National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation Inc.

National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center Foundation Inc.

This grant will support two initiatives: the continuation and expansion of the 9/11 Memorial Art Cart and the Anniversary in the Schools Webinar. The 9/11 Memorial Art Cart: Activities for Kids creates educational programs for intergenerational audiences accessible on the 9/11 Memorial Plaza for the first time.

$70,000

Outward Bound

Outward Bound

This grant supports the Outward Bound for Grieving Teens program. This program combines the traditional Outward Bound immersive wilderness experience with grief processing activities to help bereaved teens work through the grieving process in order to move forward.

$450,000

StoryCorps

StoryCorps

This grant supports StoryCorps to develop new content, tools, and training resources to help bereavement service providers use the power of stories to help children cope with the death of a parent, sibling, or loved one.

$500,000

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

This grant supports TAPS's national Military Survivor Seminars for adults and Good Grief Camps for children who are coping with the death of a loved one who was serving in the military. This grant also provides scholarship support for families and mentors attending the camps.

$2,000,000

University of Southern California (USC)

University of Southern California (USC)

This grant supports the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at USC and the Coalition to Support Grieving Students.

$2,000,000