NEW YORK, January 18, 2017 – The New York Life Foundation today announced that it has committed $1.25 million to forty-two bereavement organizations serving grieving children across the country. The grants will be given over a two year period and range from $10,000 to $100,000. This is the sixth year that the New York Life Foundation has collaborated with the National Alliance for Grieving Children on the Grief Reach program, which aims to help grief providers expand and grow their capacity to provide assistance to diverse and disadvantaged youth with limited access to bereavement services throughout the country.

The Grief Reach program expands direct service support to centers or programs across the country through Capacity Building and Community Expansion grants. Capacity Building focuses on organizational development and effectiveness, while Community Expansion grants bring support services to youth not currently served by existing bereavement programs.

“Childhood grief is an issue at the heart of New York Life’s mission, and it is deeply gratifying to see the impact we have made in the bereavement community with the Grief Reach program. Over time, based on feedback from the bereavement field, we have expanded the type of grants that qualify for funding,” said Maria Collins, Vice President, New York Life Foundation. “In addition to financial support, we pair our grantees with the company’s local offices across the country so that they can benefit from our agents who donate their time and energy to this critical cause.”

“Because of this partnership, thousands of children who previously did not have access to bereavement services have received the support and care they needed after the death of a parent or other family member,” said Andy McNiel, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Grieving Children. “These grants have enabled organizations to grow, change, and expand their bandwidth to meet the needs of bereaved families and children throughout the communities they serve.”

The Grief Reach program was created to help providers overcome barriers to bringing grief support services to youth not served by existing bereavement programs. One hundred and fifty-three Grief Reach grants totaling nearly $6 million have been awarded since the program’s inception in 2011. The New York Life Foundation is one of the leading funders in the childhood bereavement field, committing over $30 million to date in support of grieving children and their families.

The winning providers and their locations are:

Grief Reach – Capacity Building - $10,000
Brooke's Place for Grieving Young People, Inc – Indianapolis, IN
Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis – Chicago, IL
Children's Grief Connection – Willow River, MN
Fairy Godmother Project - Fredericksburg, VA
Family Hospice – Belleville, IL
HopeWest – Grand Junction, CO
Jeff's Place Children's Bereavement Center – Framingham, MA
Journey of Hope Grief Support Center – Plano, TX
Lost & Found - Springfield, MO
Mercy Health Foundation - Springfield, OH
Okizu – Novato, CA
Our TreeHouse – Bellingham, WA
Rick's Place, Inc. – Wilbraham, MA
Safe Horizon – New York, NY
The Children's Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region – Midland, MI
The Christi Center, Inc – Austin, TX
The Healing Center – Seattle, WA
The St. Louis Bereavement Center for Young People - St. Louis, MO
Valerie's House, Inc – Ft. Myers, FL
Wildflower Camp Foundation – Lexington, MA

Grief Reach – Community Expansion - $15,000
Cancer Family Care, Inc. – Cincinnati, OH
Children’s Grief Center of El Paso – El Paso, TX
Family Centers, Inc – Greenwich, CT
Lamar County Schools – Barnesville, GA
Mary Washington Healthcare - Fredericksburg, VA
Mourning Hope – Lincoln, NE
New Hope Grief Support Community – Long Beach, CA
Ryan's Place, Inc – Goshen, IN
Ted E. Bear Hollow – Omaha, NE
The Elizabeth Hospice, Inc. – Escondido, CA

Grief Reach – Community Expansion - $50,000 over 2 years
Baton Rouge Children's Advocacy Center - Baton Rouge, LA
Bereavement Center of Westchester - Scarsdale, NY
Erin's House for Grieving Children – Fort Wayne, IN
Kara - Palo Alto, CA
Peter’s Place – Radnor, PA
Tamarack Grief Resource Center, Inc – Missoula, MT

Grief Reach – Community Expansion - $100,000 over 2 years
Boston Medical Center Corporation – Boston, MA
Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas – San Antonio, TX
Community Hospice Foundation – Modesto, CA
Hospice Savannah, Inc. – Savannah, GA
Roberta's House, Inc. – Baltimore, MD
The Center for Grieving Children – Philadelphia, PA

About The National Alliance for Grieving Children

Founded in 2004, The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a national network connecting hundreds of professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources to better support bereaved children, teens and families. Through this network, the NAGC offers online education, hosts an annual symposium on children’s grief, maintains a national database of children’s bereavement support programs, and promotes national awareness to enhance public sensitivity to the issues impacting grieving children and teens. To learn more, please visit:

About The New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $240 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees and agents of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit