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Children’s Aid Society

Mission Statement

Our Mission

We help children in poverty to succeed and thrive. We do this by providing comprehensive supports to children, youth, and their families in targeted high-needs New York City neighborhoods.

We believe all kids have limitless potential. But for those growing up surrounded by poverty, family instability, and physical or emotional stress, life is too often about survival, not possibility. It’s unacceptable that in New York, a city of historic opportunity, so many of our children face serious barriers to realizing their own promise.

Children’s Aid is a professional powerhouse of solutions for young people. We are teachers and social workers, coaches and health care providers. We know what it takes to ensure children grow up strong and healthy, and ready to thrive in school and life: excellent education and health care, social-emotional support, and strong, stable families.

Church World Service

Mission Statement

Church World Service works with partners to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. Together we reach out to neighbors in need --not with a hand out, but a hand up. Around the world, Church World Service supports sustainable grassroots development, disaster relief, and refugee assistance, and we educate and advocate on hunger-related issues. In the U.S., we help communities respond to disasters, resettle refugees, promote fair national and international policies, and provide educational resources. We invite you to join our network of local and global caring by participating in CROP Hunger Walks, the Blankets+ program, and the CWS Kits program. Responding to emergencies in the U.S. and around the world; Nurturing development at the grassroots with seeds, tools and homegrown strategies; Assisting refugees to return home when possible, and to find other options when it’s not ; Speaking out in partnership on issues that make a difference in the lives of hungry people; Food security so parents can feed their families; Water for all so families have water for drinking, household needs and farming.

College and Community Fellowship

Mission Statement

College & Community Fellowship enables women with criminal convictions to earn their college degrees so that they, their families, and their communities can thrive. We advocate for equity and opportunity for the communities we serve.

Columbia University

Mission Statement

Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the University to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.

Departments: Knight First Amendment Institute at CU, Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equality, Arts & Science, The Justice Lab, Columbia Business School, IEOR, Data Science Institute, Earth Institute, Columbia World Projects, CU office of Research Compliance and Training, Columbia Engineering office of Alumni & Development, Columbia Engineering office of the Dean.

Commonweal Magazine Foundation

Mission Statement

Commonweal Magazine is an independent journal of opinion edited and managed by lay Catholics. Twenty-two issues a year; usually 32 pages on politics, e.g., the tobacco wars, welfare reform, budget-balancing, Israel & Palestine, China & Tibet, crises in Rwanda, Ecuador, Bosnia, Northern Ireland, Hong Kong;  ethics-talk: gay marriage, death penalty, euthanasia, abortion. Plus a miscellany: women’s ordination, science & religion, the high cost of college, Social Security, who exactly was/is Jesus?

Commonweal publishes editorials, columns, essays, poetry, reviews of books, movies, plays, the media, a selection of apposite and/or funny cartoons, & lots of letters to the editors. From its founding in 1924, the journal has held that America has much to learn from Catholicism, and vice versa.  Circulation about 20,000; readership around 60,000.

Community Development Venture Capital Alliance

Mission Statement

The Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA) is the network for the field of community development venture capital (CDVC) investing. CDVC funds provide equity capital to businesses in underinvested markets, seeking market-rate financial returns, as well as the creation of good jobs, wealth, and entrepreneurial capacity.

CDVCA is working on many fronts to build and strengthen the CDVC field. It promotes the field by combining advocacy, education, communications, and best-practice dissemination through conferences and workshops. CDVCA makes its expertise available to CDVC funds by providing consulting services and technical assistance.

CDVCA also manages its own investment vehicle, the Central Fund. The Fund specializes in identifying areas with untapped market potential, investing in rapidly growing businesses across diverse industries.

Corbin Hill Food Project

Mission Statement

Corbin Hill Food Project is a nonprofit food distributor with the mission to supply fresh food where it is needed most.

The mission of Corbin Hill Food Project is to supply fresh vegetables and fruit where they are needed most: “Llevar alimentos frescos a las áreas más necesitadas.”

We work with farmers from upstate New York and community groups in New York City to deliver fresh, local produce to Harlem, Washington Heights and the Bronx — and increasingly, other New York City boroughs.

Council of Churches of the City of New York

Mission Statement

A key effort of the Council is in the raising of critical issues in the public square with and on behalf of its churches and members. The Council coordinates meetings with city and state officials on such subjects as homelessness, low-cost housing, poverty, welfare programs and policing in the community. It also provides round tables engaging with corporate, non-profit and political leaders around a public vision for the city which also develops an infrastructure for preparing public policy position papers.

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