The Tiger Foundation has a very specific mission, and a particular geographic region in mind. It’s committed to all five boroughs of New York City, and it’s tackling poverty in four key ways. Here we look at Tiger's four strategies to lift New Yorkers above the poverty line.
The Tiger Foundation’s education program largely supports New York City K-12 public schools through grants to charter schools, public school intermediary organizations, enrichment programs and leadership development programs. Most education grants lately have been for general support. Recent grants have gone to Achievement First, Inc., Cristo Rey New York High School, Harlem Children’s Zone and Success Charter Network.
To support employment groups in the city, Tiger funds groups that provide job opportunities to adults and teens who have barriers to employment, such as a history of substance abuse, homelessness, previous incarceration or lack of education. Most recent employment grants have been for general operating support, as well. Grantees so far in 2016 include The HOPE Program Inc., Per Scholars Inc., Henry Street Settlement and the Center for Employment Opportunities.
Youth & Families
Youth & families grants tend to go towards early intervention for at-risk kids up to five years old, in-school and out-of-school program interventions, and family self-sufficiency efforts. General support, as well as program support, is typically provided to local groups in New York. Some of the most recent grantees in this program area include Children of Bellevue for a video interaction project, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services for an early education program, and Girls Educational and Mentoring Services for general support.
By far, the fewest Tiger grants in the first half of 2016 have gone to criminal justice causes. In fact, only one criminal justice grant is listed for the year on the funder’s website, to The New York Foundling for its Families Rising program. Tiger criminal justice grants generally support direct services in NYC neighborhoods for alternatives to incarceration, post-incarceration transitioning, research and policy work.
Across all program areas, grants typically fall between $50,000 and $500,000. Unsolicited grant requests are welcome. To learn more about this funder, check out IP’s full profile, Tiger Foundation: New York City Grants and read about its founder, Julian Robertson, in our Wall Street Donors section.