The 15 People Most Powerful People in New York Philanthropy

Since our launch, we've been digging into the top funders in New York City (and five other cities). Now, we've pulled together this research to create a handy guide to the powers that be on Gotham's philanthropy scene.
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Will This Big New Prize Find a Way To Boost Graduation Rates for Struggling CUNY Students?

At City University of New York, only 40% of students graduate within six years, and many remedial students never graduate at all. That's why Robin Hood is offering $5 million in prize money to any group that can develop a successful technology solution to the dismal completion rates of CUNY students.
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How the Robin Hood Foundation Helps Prisoners Re-Enter Society

The Robin Hood Foundation doesn't have a specific program area to fund prisoner transition groups, so these types of grants get lumped into the general poverty grantmaking strategy. But given the strong connection between poverty and crime in New York City, this makes a lot of sense.
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Check Out the Robin Hood Foundation's New Partner in Immigration Law

There's got to be a better way for recent immigrants to find legal representation in New York than the advertisements on the N-Q train. Unfortunately, the city has a shortage of highly trained and deeply networked immigration lawyers. A new initiative funded by the Robin Hood Foundation seeks a permanent solution to the problem.
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Guess Who's Investing in “Green Jobs” for New York City

The Robin Hood Foundation recently awarded a $240,000 grant to LaGuardia Community College to train unemployed and underemployed adults for jobs in the green jobs sector. The foundation-funded Green Jobs Training Program will provide participants with the necessary industry-specific and job readiness skills that will prepare them for environmentally-friendly jobs and will assist them in seeking employment in three green sectors.
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Robin Hood Giving Big for Sandy Relief Efforts

Since Hurricane Sandy left a wake of destruction in the Tri-State area last October, many foundations in the region have stepped up funding efforts to provide relief for families and people displaced by the storm. The NYC-based Robin Hood Foundation has been a large funder of Sandy relief efforts, making almost $70 million in grants since October.

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