Remembering Oscar de la Renta

The Directors of New Yorkers For Children mourn the loss and will forever cherish the memory of our beloved fellow Director, Oscar de la Renta.  He joined the board soon after the organization was founded in 1996 and brought the children in New York City’s child welfare system to the attention of the fashion industry and his legions of friends.  More than any other individual he developed our capacity to raise funds and awareness for New York’s most vulnerable children.  For Oscar any child in need was his child, and that compassion led to actions that have changed outcomes for countless young lives. We send our heartfelt sympathy to his loving wife Annette and his children and grandchildren.  The world has lost an extraordinary man, and we are grateful for all that he contributed throughout his life.

Nicholas Scoppetta, Founder and President Emeritus,

Eric Brettschneider, President

Susan Burden, Vice President

Susan Magazine, Executive Director

The Board of Directors

The 15th Annual Fall Gala Was A Shining Success!

New Yorkers For Children Fall Gala 2014

On Tuesday September 30th, NYFC hosted the 15th Annual Fall Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. Presenting fashion sponsor for the night was Chloé, with Lead Jewelry Sponsor David Yurman. Co-Chairs included Lise and Michael Evans, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos and Paul Kanavos, Christine and Richard Mack, and Stephanie Winston and David Wolkoff.

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NYFC Launches The 2014 Fall Gala With Chloé

Amy McFarland, Selita Ebanks, Alison Harmelin, Susan Shin, Marisa Brown, Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy

On Monday September 15, and Tuesday September 16, NYFC and Chloé launched the 2014 NYFC Fall Gala!

Starting September 30th running through October 5th, Chloé will be donating 10% of sales from the Soho and Madison Avenue boutiques to NYFC!

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2014 Spring Dinner Dance Presented by Lauren X Khoo

Nicole Esposito, Marisa Brown, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Amy McFarland, Alina Cho, Natalia Echavarria, Lydia Fenet, Clare McKeon, and Susan Shin with Lauren Khoo

On Monday, April 21, 2014, the Friends Committee of New Yorkers For Children hosted the Eleventh Annual Spring Dinner Dance – New Year’s in April: A Fool’s Fête Presented by Lauren X Khoo.

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NYFC Celebrates the Launch of Lauren X Khoo Fine Jewelry

Kelly Behun Sugarman, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, Lauren Khoo, Clare McKeon

On February 20, 2014, Lauren X Khoo and New Yorkers for Children (NYFC) hosted a cocktail party at a private Upper East Side townhouse to launch the Lauren X Khoo luxury jewelry collection.  200 notable New Yorkers turned up to meet designer Lauren Khoo, whose brand will serve as Presenting Sponsor of the upcoming NYFC Spring Dinner Dance.

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La Perla Holiday Cocktail Party To Benefit NYFC

Suzy Biszantz, Coralie Charriol Paul, Chelsea Leyland, Lydia Fenet, Allison Aston, Julie Macklowe

On Tuesday, December 10th, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) and La Perla  hosted a holiday cocktail event to benefit youth in foster care at the luxury brand’s Madison Avenue flagship. 

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Wrap to Rap Presented by Valentino USA

Valentino USA volunteers

On Monday, December 9th, New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) hosted Wrap to Rap Presented by Valentino USA.  At this annual event benefitting youth in foster care, Valentino USA and NYFC Board and Friends Committee members joined over 80 teens in foster care to wrap 1,000 gifts for younger children in care as DJ D-Nice spun hip hop and holiday classics.

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12th Annual Wrap to Rap

Each year, New Yorkers For Children and teens in foster care join together at Wrap to Rap, an annual holiday event to wrap presents for younger children in care.

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Watch The 2014 Fall Gala Film

The 2014 Fall Gala film features 2014 Fall Gala Honoree Michael J. Dowling and Youth CAN! Program Graduate Daniel Rodriguez.

Join the Four Seasons Food Truck as it makes stops around New York City!

The Four Seasons Food Truck will be serving recipes by John Johnson, executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel New York! 10% of proceeds, for the week, will be donated to New Yorkers For Children.

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Back-To-School Program In The News

NYFC Board Member Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos writes about the NYFC Back-To-School Program in this month’s Manhattan Magazine.

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Back-to-School Package Program

The NYFC Back-to-School Package program provides youth in foster care enrolled in college or an accredited vocational program with the tools necessary to succeed during their entire educational experience. Packages are sent each semester that the student is enrolled in college up to age 25.

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NYFC Board President Eric Brettschneider Appointed as First Deputy Commissioner of ACS

Special E-Bulletin from

Commissioner Gladys Carrión

August 29, 2014

– Appointment of Eric Brettschneider as First Deputy Commissioner –

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NYFC partners with Harrison + Pike!

NYFC is partnering with Harrison+Pike this summer!

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NYFC Named Agency of the Month!

The New York Nonprofit Press named New Yorkers For Children as their ‘Agency of the Month’ in December 2013.  Read the full article here.

Our partner:
The Administration for Children’s Services

Serving Our Children: NYFC’s greatest strength lies in our ability to access and affect the lives of children in foster care—a direct link made possible through our unique partnership with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services.


Start your own fundraiser to support the work of NYFC

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Make It Happen For Youth In Foster Care

“NYFC has inspired me by making my dreams a reality.” -Ishmael, Spirit Award Recipient

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, NYFC continues to have a tremendous impact on the lives of children in foster care in New York City. Please click the button below to provide young people in foster care with the tools and resources they need to achieve academic success.

Donate to the Back-to-School Package Drive

Give the gift of opportunity to a young student in foster care:

$10,000 = 4 Back-to-School Packages

$2,500 = 1 Back-to-School Package

$1,500 = 1 laptop and 1 printer

$500 = Dorm essentials including linens, towels, alarm clock, gift cards and more

$100 = A gift card to purchase books

$50 = School supplies such as notebooks binder paper, pens, stapler and more