Robin Hood is New York citys largest poverty-fighting organization. Robin Hood finds, funds and creates programs that generate meaningful results for New York citys poorest residents. Incorporated in New York state in 1988, Robin Hood is a not-for-profit public charity that is committed to lifting New York city households out of poverty measurably and sustainably. Every year, Robin Hood funds more than 200 of New York citys most effective non-profit organizations. The board of directors covers all the organizations overhead, so 100% of all unrestricted donations from the public go directly to organizations helping new yorkers in need. Robin Hoods fight against poverty is focused on two fronts: 1. Meeting urgent needs - which involves funding organizations that provide food, shelter and health care to poor new yorkers. 2. Helping people get themselves and their families out of poverty, which is the key to ending generational poverty - in which Robin Hood funds work around education, ear.
Core Grant Making
$126m annual program spend • Robin Hood made cash grants to organizations in four areas: education; early childhood and youth; jobs and economic security; and, survival, which primarily addresses hunger, homelessness and health. Robin Hood provides more than 200 organizations with program grants, general operating support, capital grants, and funds to build capacity and deepen services and management strength. Robin Hood's grantmaking staff evaluated organizations applying for funds to determine grant recommendations and develop initiatives in response to unmet needs. these assessments included visits to each organization, interviews with program administrators, staff and participants, evaluation of historical results and financial review. initiatives funded by Robin Hood included programs to build high-performing public charter schools throughout New York city; targeted outreach aimed at helping newly discharged veterans (and their families) receive job training and job placement assistance, physical and mental health care, education, housing assistance, and other needed services. Robin Hood funding also provided public benefits screening and counseling, and helped poor New Yorkers claim tax credits to which they were entitled. Robin Hood helps our nonprofit partners innovate against the unique challenges that immigrant new yorkers face in building lives out of poverty. Our work in this area helps ensure that immigrants are able to access high-quality healthcare, jobs and legal services, so that they can build foundations for better lives in the united states. Robin Hood seed-funded immigrant justice corps, which, at its launch, was the largest expansion of immigration legal services in New York city's history. We launched icare and the terra firma clinic, a new legal collaborative and a new health clinic to support the influx of child refugees from central America. we've helped New York city create its first immigrant-focused job center. and we've helped the city design and implement a new program to improve uninsured immigrants' access to healthcare, one of the only such models in the country.
$890k annual program spend • Robin Hood protects and leverages its charitable investments with expert management and technical assistance. The goal is to bring best-in-class resources to solve our partners' most pressing strategic and operational challenges. We work in nine main areas: governance, strategy, human capital, marketing, fundraising, finance, legal, technology and real estate. Consulting is delivered by Robin Hood's internal consulting team, corporate pro-bono partners and technical assistance grants. Robin Hood also provides training for the staff and board members of its grantees. Examples include developing a strategic plan to ensure effective resource allocation, streamlining a financial reporting system to manage costs or designing an effective website to enhance fundraising. In 2017, we completed 103 projects for 70 nonprofit partners. We granted $800,454 and provided pro-bono services valued at $4.7 million. We placed 44 professionals on nonprofit governing and auxiliary boards.
$356k annual program spend • Robin Hood awards grants for capital projects that are designed to expand and enhance the programs funded through the foundations core grant making. In 2017, Robin Hood awarded capital grants to four organizations. In doing this work, staff undertakes a review of the need and organizational capacity to undertake a capital project and provides on-going technical assistance as needed to ensure successful outcomes.