OVERVIEW: The Poses Family Foundation is a New York City-based foundation, especially interested in improving the lives of people with learning and attention issues. Other interests include the arts and Jewish organizations.
IP TAKE: Poses isn’t the most accessible funder out there, nor does it exclusively focus on the Big Apple, but it does award some relatively sizable grants in New York City.
FUNDING AREAS: Learning and Attention Issues, Education, Ethics, Arts, Jewish Causes
PROFILE: The Poses Family Foundation (PFF) was founded by Nancy and Fred Poses. Fred Poses is CEO of Ascend Performance Materials, a private manufacturer of nylon related chemicals, resins and fibers for commercial.
The foundation is headquartered in New York and keeps a paid staff. Despite this, though, PFF keeps a low profile with a minimal web presence. PFF is currently focused on five major areas and in addition to multi year funding, the foundation also does pro bono advising and strategic investment.
PFF puts its greatest focus on learning and attention issues with the aim of leveling the playing field. As PFF President Shelly London explains, "one in five children struggles with issues related to reading, writing, math, focus and organization. These kids are as smart as their peers, and with the right strategies and support, they can go from simply coping to truly thriving in school and in life." One initiative that operates under this grantmaking focus area is PFF's Workplace Initiative, which aims to empower people with disabilities to flourish in the workplace. PFF has directed millions to National Center for Learning Disabilities in New York.
The foundation also broadly funds education, supports the arts and Jewish causes, as well as Ethics.
A sample of PFF's New York City grantees include Birch Family Services; Central Synagogue; Child Mind Institute; Common Sense Media; Friends of Shefa School; The Jed Foundation, "a national nonprofit working to promote emotional health among college students"; New Museum; New York Restoration Project; NYU School of Business; and Parternship for After School Education.
Grant amounts can range anywhere from $5,000 to over $500,000, but typically between $10,000 to $50,000. In a recent tax year, the foundation gave away around $13 million.
PFF does not accept unsolicited letters of inquiry or requests for funding, opting instead to make grants by invitation only.
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Poses Family Foundation
145 Hudson Street, Suite 5B
New York, New York 10013