Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Staten Island Foundation

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

May 2016

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

March 2013 – October 2014

Staten Island’s shore neighborhoods were some of the most severely impacted in the region by Hurricane Sandy.

Local service organizations were on the front line responding to those devastated by the storm, despite the fact that many of these same organizations and their staff members were also storm victims. The Staten Island Foundation (SIF) is committed to supporting nonprofit service providers and strengthening their capacity to continue to meet the long-term challenges caused by this disaster. SIF created The Staten Island Foundation Nonprofit Disaster Recovery Fund (the Fund) to help nonprofits serving Staten Island address immediate relief needs and long-term recovery efforts. NYHealth awarded a grant to SIF to bolster its health-related recovery mission and strengthen its ability to leverage funding opportunities for the State Island community.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Hired a consultant who assisted in raising and distributing funds to local nonprofits;
  • Convened a wide range of stakeholders—including leaders from 51 Staten Island-based nonprofits—for a Town Hall event to share information about how to better prepare collectively for future disasters;
  • Raised more than $1.5 million in donations for the Fund (including a $1 million grant from the American Red Cross), and committed $500,000 of its own funding; and
  • Established SIF as a trusted source for foundations in advising and directing them to local important nonprofits working in their areas of interest.

Co-Funding and Additional Funds Leveraged: The grantee reported that the consultant supported by this grant has improved SIF’s communications and raised its profile in New York City and beyond. Her assistance is also credited for facilitating SIF’s, Long Island Community Foundation’s, and Brooklyn Community Foundation’s joint contribution of policy recommendations to the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, a federal initiative administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. SIF continues to retain the consultant’s services to assist in its work with the Staten Island Community Reconstruction Zone Committee, which is part of New York State’s Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. In all, Staten Island received $25 million in restoration funds following an intensive eight-month planning process.