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Mission

The Heckscher Foundation was founded in 1921 to promote the welfare of children in New York and elsewhere throughout the United States. Today, it provides grants to youth-serving organizations in the fields of education, family services, child welfare, health, arts and recreation.

The primary aim of the Heckscher Foundation’s grantmaking is to “level the playing field” for underserved youth by providing access to education and the varied experiences that make for a richer, forward-reaching life. Our goal is to foster venture philanthropy using three principal funding strategies: catalytic giving, strategic partnerships and targeted problem solving.

Highlighted Projects

The New York Summer Meals Program, which provides free breakfast and lunch to qualified public … Read More

The foundation is helping its grantees meet the challenges of infrastructure, board development, financing, and … Read More

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