Earlier this year, the Greentree Foundation made another generous grant of $175,000 to help local charities in the Town of North Hempstead. Groups sharing this year's grant include Manhasset organizations Adventures in Learning, Manhasset/Great Neck EOC and Manhasset Women's Coalition Against Breast Cancer. Throughout North Hempstead, Greentree Foundation Good Neighbor Grants will fund many important initiatives addressing diverse social issues including illiteracy, foreclosure, hunger, and under-age drug and alcohol abuse. Grants will also support programs to educate at-risk children, promote affordable housing and provide assistance for the infirm and our seniors.
Greentree is located on Community Drive in Manhasset, and was the home of the Whitney family for over 100 years until Mrs. John Hay Whitney's death in 1998. Greentree Foundation is now implementing the Whitney family's vision to preserve the property and make it available to nonprofits dedicated to peace, social justice and human rights.
During the year Greentree hosts international leaders as well as the heads of various Long Island philanthropies. Richard Schaffer, president of Greentree Foundation emphasized, "Although much of our work focuses on high-level international meetings, Greentree Foundation recognizes that there are many social justice and equity issues which need to be addressed right here in our community. We are committed to supporting philanthropic leaders tackling human rights issues both globally and locally."
The Whitney family and Greentree Foundation have a long history of generosity. The property that is now North Shore University Hospital was donated by the Whitney family to help make that leading hospital a reality. The land that is now the Community Drive Fire House, the 6th Precinct Police Station and Whitney Pond Park were also once part of the Greentree property.
In July 2003 the Greentree Foundation established the "Greentree Good Neighbor Fund" at the Manhasset Community Fund to support local charities addressing priority needs of the Town of North Hempstead, including Manhasset. Since then, Greentree Foundation has made annual grants totaling $825,000 to this fund, and many organizations in Manhasset, Port Washington, Great Neck and Roslyn have benefited from this generosity.
All Greentree Good Neighbor Grant funds are donated exclusively by Greentree Foundation. While the Manhasset Community Fund conducts the Good Neighbor Grant selection process, no public donations made to Manhasset Community Fund are used to fund these grants. The traditional work of the Manhasset Community Fund continues as it has since 1946, with all donations by Manhasset residents and businesses going solely to help groups serving the people of Manhasset.
Greentree Foundation President Schaffer explained "Greentree Foundation supports Long Island charities through two intermediary organizations chosen because of their extensive grant-making experience to local groups. Greentree supports North Hempstead charities through our 'Good Neighbor Fund' partnership with the Manhasset Community Fund and assists groups in other areas of Nassau and Suffolk Counties through a similar arrangement with the Long Island Community Foundation. The Manhasset Community Fund and the Long Island Community Foundation have done a fantastic job of independently assessing where the critical needs are in our community, and we hope to continue our partnership with these organizations for years to come."
This year's Greentree Foundation Good Neighbor Grants were evaluated and selected by a team of seven experienced directors of the Manhasset Community Fund. The Selection Committee members included Iliza Bartels, Sheila Brennan, Liz Ehrhardt, William Martin, Vincent Stempien and Patricia Vermeulen. Once again, Thomas P. O'Malley, former co-president of the Community Fund, chaired the committee and reported that over 600 Requests for Proposals were sent to various North Hempstead organizations. After a thorough and thoughtful selection process that included over 30 on-site visits, the 2008 Greentree Foundation Good Neighbor Grants were awarded to these 24 deserving organizations:
• Abilities! ($10,000): To provide educational summer field trips for disabled students.
• Adventures in Learning ($10,000): To establish an early reading program for at-risk children in Manhasset.
• East Williston/Roslyn Community Coalition for Drug Free Youth ($7,000): To present parent education programs to reduce teenage alcohol and drug abuse.
• Friends of the Arts ($6,000): To support intergenerational programs of enrichment to seniors and children.
• Girl Scouts of Nassau County ($7,000): To expand anti-bullying/healthy peer relationship programs.
• Hispanic Counseling Center ($8,000): To enlarge "The Parent Education/Training Initiative" to encourage immigrant parents' participation in their children's education.
• Island Harvest ($15,000): To fund a "Weekend Food Program" for elementary school children who rely on school lunches and breakfasts as their primary source of nourishment.
• Jewish Association for Services for the Aged ($10,000): To support "aging in place" by providing comprehensive in-home assessments of seniors.
• Literacy Nassau ($10,000): To recruit literacy tutors in the Town of North Hempstead.
• Long Island Cares - The Harry Chapin Food Bank ($5,000): To further food distribution to the needy.
• Long Island Progressive Coalition ($6,000): To raise awareness of the need for affordable housing.
• Manhasset/Great Neck EOC ($10,000): To hire a youth director.
• Manhasset Women's Coalition Against Breast Cancer ($5,000): To expand outreach efforts to victims of ovarian and breast cancer related cancers.
• MPowering Kids ($9,000): To provide a High School Coordinator at this after-school program in Westbury.
• New York Agency for Community Affairs ($8,000): To conduct foreclosure prevention programs in low and moderate-income communities.
• North Shore University Hospital ($10,000): To enlarge an information, referral and assistance senior hotline.
• Port Washington Children's Center ($5,000): To fund educational summer trips for needy children.
• Port Washington Education Foundation ($5,000): To provide an after-school program for at-risk children.
• Port Washington Parent Resource Center ($5,000): To support pre-school programs for low-income families.
• Port Washington Senior Citizens ($5,000): To reinstate recreational programs.
• St. Aloysius Church ($8,000): To further outreach to the needy in Great Neck.
• Sid Jacobson JCC ($8,000): To expand an after-school program for disadvantaged children in Roslyn.
• Theodore Roosevelt Council, Boy Scouts of America ($5,000): To start a Scout troop in Westbury.