The New York Community Trust Shows Up For Women

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Helen Merrill
Bonnie Cashin
Nicole Francis
Jadin Wong
Delany Sisters
  • Helen Merrill
    Theatrical agent Helen Merrill started a fund in The Trust that provides cash awards to playwrights.

  • Bonnie Cashin
    The executor of Fashion designer Bonnie Cashin’s estate started a permanent fund in The Trust for educational, cultural, and humanitarian programs.

  • Nicole Francis
    Wealth planner Nicole Francis, in her will, dedicates part of her estate to a fund in The Trust to care for her neighbors-the elderly of Flatbush, Brooklyn.

  • Jadin Wong
    Actress, dancer, and comedienne Jadin Wong created a charitable legacy through The Trust to help young Asian-American choreographers.

  • Delany Sisters
    Civil rights pioneers Sarah and Elizabeth Delany of Harlem wrote a memoir that became a film, and a Broadway play - and the royalties support social justice groups through a Fund in The Trust.

A cause-focused fund makes New York a great place for women of all backgrounds. Sign up to see how you can make a lasting difference.

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For more than 90 years, funds set up in The Trust have supported the rights, education, and power of women of all ages, races, and religions.

The Trust supports a culinary business incubator in East Harlem that gives women the commercial space and professional know-how to start their own small businesses—some of which are now rated by the Michelin Guide.

Photo: Christine Han

This pilot program in four New York City public high schools engages girls in science and engineering fields by teaching them to code video games. Last year a junior at the High School of Art and Design created a video game inspired by the education advocacy work by feminist Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.
63% of pregnancies in Queens are unplanned—12% higher than the national average. The Trust has helped expand reproductive health training and educational programs to over 20 community centers for low-income Queens residents.
Since the 2016 election, Muslim women who wear headscarves have been particularly vulnerable to hate crimes. That’s why The Trust supports self-defense workshops. Since our initial grant in March 2017 these workshops have served over 400 Muslim women in New York with the tools to stop violence.

A cause-focused fund makes New York a great place for women of all backgrounds. Sign up to see how you can make a lasting difference.

Your Gift = Bigger Impact.

Giving through The Trust is the easiest way to make the most impact with your charitable gift because:

  • We’re able to target your gift to support the most urgent issues as women’s needs evolve.
  • Our experienced grantmaking staff knows which groups will make the biggest difference with your gift.
  • Your generosity will be combined with other resources to amplify your impact.
  • Our expert Donor team can help you consider the best assets, timing, and tax-smart ways to give.


  • Young People
    Giving girls and young women opportunities to become leaders, cultivate skills, and give back.

  • Reproductive Justice
    Supporting sexual health education and expanding access to health care.

  • Communities in Need
    Helping low-income women and women of color survive and thrive.

  • Building Entrepreneurship
    Keeping women safe from abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault.

  • Safety Against Violence
    Training first-time mothers and expanding parental leave laws.

  • Help for New Moms and Dads
    Training first-time mothers and expanding parental leave laws.

Organizations That Donors (Like You) Have Helped

  • Hot Bread Kitchen
  • HerJustice
  • New York Academy of Medicine
  • Girls Inc. of New York City
  • New Destiny Housing
  • Sanctuary for Families
  • Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
  • Comunilife
  • Figure Skating in Harlem
  • Row New York
  • Global Kids
  • Black Women’s Blueprint
  • Girls for Gender Equity
  • Community Health Action of Staten Island
  • Unchained at Last
  • Latinas on the Verge of Excellence
  • New York Women’s Foundation
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Turning Point for Women and Families
  • Youth Communication
  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project
  • Sakhi for South Asian Women
  • Year Up
  • Inwood House
  • Day One
  • Girl Scout Council of Greater New York
  • Young Women’s Leadership Network
  • Legal Momentum
  • Center for Economic Opportunity
  • Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York
  • Women’s Initiative for Self Employment
  • Damayan Migrant Workers Association
  • Public Health Solutions
  • Nontraditional Employment for Women
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Brooklyn Childcare Collective
  • Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement