Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Greenwich House

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

May 2013

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

July 1, 2010 - August 16, 2011

Founded as a settlement house in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village, Greenwich House has been responding to the vital needs of New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds by providing critical social and health services, and cultural and educational programs since 1902.

The Caring Community (TCC) is an almost 40-year-old organization that was founded to meet the needs of older New Yorkers residing in Greenwich Village and later extended its services to lower Manhattan. Together, Greenwich House and TCC share common missions, operate similar programs, and serve overlapping populations. In 2010, the nationwide economic crisis and projected municipal budget cuts placed the services delivered at TCC in serious jeopardy. To address these concerns, NYHealth awarded Greenwich House a grant to evaluate and create a strategic alliance between Greenwich House and TCC. The intent of the alliance was to preserve vital services that might otherwise be lost as a result of the economic downturn and consolidate administrative overhead between both organizations.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Conducted due diligence around making TCC an affiliate;
  • Reviewed external contracts, including a New York City Department for the Aging contract held by TCC; the contract was transferred and eventually reassigned to Greenwich House to prevent uninterrupted services to seniors;
  • Conducted successful contract negotiations with vendors, including a meal vendor who held two-thirds of TCC’s debt; Greenwich House’s previous relationship with the vendor allowed for a successful negotiation;
  • Developed plans to address the financial issues discovered during the due diligence process, ensuring Greenwich House would not be liable for TCC debt; and
  • Formed the alliance with TCC and assumed operations of TCC’s three senior centers.