Venture Philanthropy / Strategic Partnerships

Arbor Brothers

Arbor Brothers identifies, funds, and assists promising education and workforce development nonprofits in New York, and assists in the creation of management tools and strategic plans for nonprofits meeting the foundation’s mission. Nonprofits served include several Heckscher grantees: Exalt Youth, a program providing career and education programs in the juvenile justice area; Bottom Line, a college readiness program; and Row New York, a specialized rowing and college readiness model.

Over the last five years, Arbor Brothers grantees have had an 83% success rate securing support from other funders, including the Robin Hood Foundation, New Profit, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Additionally, the median Arbor Brothers client has more than doubled the number of young people it serves as well as its revenue.

In 2017, the foundation provided capacity-building project support to Arbor Brothers to expand its portfolio of youth-serving organizations to nine grantees.