OREGON, January 29, 2019
–The New York Life Foundation recently awarded The Dougy Center, the National Center for Grieving Children & Families based in Portland, Ore., a $1 million grant to be paid over the next three years. This is the single largest grant award to The Dougy Center in its 36-year history and will fund expansion of its program development trainings in the U.S. and around the world.

“Our investment in the The Dougy Center, a leader in the childhood bereavement field for more than 35 years, will help to meet the growing demand for widely accessible resources that document their well-regarded bereavement peer support model,” said Maria Collins, Vice President, New York Life Foundation.  “Through this partnership, we are working towards ensuring that the Center’s expert knowledge can be distributed and disseminated nationwide.”

The Dougy Center is the first center in the United States to provide peer support groups for grieving children and now serves 500 children and their 350 adult family members each month through grief support groups in the Portland metro area. The internationally acclaimed Dougy Center model emphasizes peer grief support where children and teens share their experiences through play, art, games, talking, and other activities and the Center’s unique, evidence-informed approach has been replicated by more than 500 programs worldwide.

“This $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation will enable us to provide additional grief support training services to a wide range of children, families, organizations, and communities we were not able to reach before,” said Brennan Wood, Executive Director, The Dougy Center. “Through the creation of an online training site and manual of best practices, we can now ensure that our insights and support materials will be readily accessible to all those in the bereavement field wishing to provide peer support groups based on The Dougy Center model.”  

Funding from the New York Life Foundation will help increase The Dougy Center’s capacity to train organizations serving grieving children and their families through the following:

  • Expansion of its online training portals. 
  • Development of additional materials and resources including a comprehensive manual on The Dougy Center Model that will permanently live on its website.
  • Four additional scholarships to the organization’s international summer institute training where individuals receive hands-on experience running peer-to-peer support groups for grieving children and teens.

About The Dougy Center

The Dougy Center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death can share their experiences. In addition, our Pathways program provides a safe place for families facing an advanced serious illness. Locally, The Dougy Center serves more than 500 children and 350 adult family members each month with peer support groups in Portland, Hillsboro and Canby. Through the National Center for Grieving Children & Families, The Dougy Center also provides information and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. The Dougy Center does not charge for its support services, and relies solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundations. To learn more, visit www.dougy.org.

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 more than $270 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 and Grief-Sensitive Schools programs. To learn more, visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.