About Us


Tiffany Challe, Development Associate

Tiffany is originally from France and grew up in a multi-cultural environment. She has lived in New York for eight years now, working as a singer and recently completed a Master’s degree in Sustainability Science and Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has previously volunteered and worked for non-profit organizations that support underprivileged children and families. She is passionate about children, protecting the environment, and giving a voice to the vulnerable and strongly believes that music is one of the powerful ways to achieve this. She is thrilled to have joined New Yorkers for Children as Development Associate and looks forward to contributing to the programs that benefit youth in foster care.


Cassandra Rosser, Administrative Assistant


Cassandra Rosser has been with New Yorkers For Children since May 2014 and is responsible for all administrative tasks.  Prior to that, she was employed in various positions in higher education.

Subash Midha, Controller


Subash Midha has been with New Yorkers For Children since 2014 and is responsible for all financial activities of the organization. He came to NYFC from the American University in Cairo– the New York office. He has over 35 of years of experience working for different nonprofit organizations, universities, colleges and schools. He has also been teaching on a part time basis for the last 35 years in the areas of Finance and Accounting. He holds a M.Sc. from Delhi University and MS and MBA from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Erin Kuchar, Director of Development


Erin Kuchar has been with NYFC since 2014 and the Director of Development since 2015. Her work includes managing and developing NYFC’s fundraising efforts to support the organization’s mission of improving the lives of youth in foster care and engaging New Yorkers in that effort. She holds a Masters of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Psychology from Villanova University.

Catherine Hilyard, Youth Program Manager


Catherine loves and is honored to work with young people. She has worked with youth for seven years, and with children and families in the foster care system for the past four years. In her current role as Youth Program Manager with New Yorkers For Children, in partnership with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), she has the opportunity to gain a more macro view of the systems and issues that impacted her day-to-day work in direct service. She is especially passionate about youth development, social justice, social welfare policy, workforce development and increased college access for disconnected youth in foster care, the Sanctuary Model and trauma-informed practice, and criminal justice reform.

Youth Advisory Board (YAB)


Peterson Rodriguez

Vice President
Milcah Slater

Jamar Daniel

Jahlika Hamilton

Committee Members
Jermaine Christian
Lela Clement
Atheena Fraser
Jessica Jimenez-Mercado
Monica Rodriguez
Marlo Scott
Rae Toussaint
Anthony Turner
Jonathan Valerio
Hasan Williams

Donor Privacy Policy

New Yorkers For Children is committed to respecting the privacy of its donors and has a Donor Privacy Policy in place to honor their rights.

General Collection and Use of Donor Information:
New Yorkers For Children collects and uses personal donor information such as name, address, phone number, and e-mail address when a donor voluntarily provides it to us. In addition, New Yorkers For Children keeps a record of each donor’s giving history. This information is kept on file for IRS purposes and is used to analyze overall giving patterns and to make accurate budget projections.

No Sharing of Personal Information:
New Yorkers For Children will not sell, trade, or share the personal information of its donors with any other party, nor will it send mailings on behalf of other organizations. The identity of all donors will be kept strictly confidential.

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The Brightwater Fund
Michael and Lise Evans
Himan Brown Charitable Trust
The New York Community Trust
Redlich Horwitz Foundation
The Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation
Dave Thomas Foundation For Adoption



The Viola W. Bernard Foundation
The Center for the Study of Social Policy
Paul Kanavos and Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos
Lauren X Khoo
Leon Lowenstein Foundation
Macy’s, Inc
Jay and Kelly Sugarman Foundation
The Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund Inc.



Leo and Nicole Arnaboldi
The Bank of New York Mellon
Scott and Donya Bommer
Brownstone Family Foundation
Susan L. Burden
Casey Family Programs
Christian Dior Inc.
The Henry Cornell Foundation
Darrell Crate and Amy McFarland
David Yurman Inc.
Davis Vision
Falconwood Foundation Inc.
Andrew and Sandi Farkas
Antonio and Ayla Farnos
La Perla
David and Pia Ledy
Richard and Christine Mack
William and Phyllis Mack
Clare E. McKeon
North Shore-LIJ Health System
Oscar de la Renta Inc.
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
Saks Fifth Avenue
Stephen and Christine Schwarzman
Ram Sundaram and Preethi Krishna



Joseph Abboud Inc.
American Express Company
Atelier Swarovski
Dana Auslander
Phillip Austern and Dina Rothstein
BC Partners, Inc.
Benefits Planning Corporation
BET Networks
Bonpoint USA
The Otis Booth Foundation
Matthew and Marisa Brown
Florence V. Burden Foundation
By Kilian, Inc.
Olivier Cassegrain
The City University of New York
Joan Cooney
Henry and Vanessa Cornell
The Cornell Family Foundation
Coty US
Daniella Kronfle Jewelry
FX and Natasha de Mallmann
Deutsche Bank
The Diller-Von Furstenberg Family Foundation
Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Stanley and Fiona Druckenmiller
Sebastian and Natalia Echavarria
The Charles Evans Foundation
Frédéric Fekkai and Shirin von Wulffen
The Fezzik Foundation Inc.
Carol Fox
Jason and Ailsa Fox
Richard and Susan Friedman
FTI Consulting – Health Solutions
GE Healthcare
Anthony and Susan Gilroy
Giorgio Armani Corporation
William Goldman
Goldman Sachs Gives
Dorothea Green
Audrey and Martin Gruss Foundation
Kilian Hennessy and Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy
Valesca G. Hermes
Henry Schein, Inc.
Hovnanian Enterprises
Charles L. Keith and Clara Miller Foundation
Kevin and Lauren Kenny
David Koepp and Melissa Thomas
William Lauder
The Leonard & Evelyn Lauder Fund
The Lauder Foundation
Le Métier de Beauté
Lenox Hill Hospital
David and Simone Levinson
Kevin and Erika Liles
Khoon Min Lim
Robert and Dorina Link
The Lipton Foundation
MAC Cosmetics Inc.
James Mai and Chiara Trento
The Mai Family Foundation
Maison de Beauté LLC
MaxMara USA
Loretta McCarthy
Jeff and Ashley McDermott
Valerio Morabito
Ali Namvar
Jack O’Kelley and John Haskins
Parfums Christian Dior
Peter G. Peterson
Richemont North America, Inc.
Susan C. Shin
Source of Hope Foundation
Amalia Spinardi
Sun Capital Advisors
Sun Capital Partners Foundation Inc.
Tuck’s R.U.S.H For Literacy
Valentino USA
Viacom International Inc.
Tristana Waltz
Jason Wright



Richard Agag
Bergen Foundation
James Blank
BMO Capital Markets
Louis W. Bremer
Eric Brettschneider and Jeanne Rostaing
Laurel Britton
Brunello Cucinelli
Burberry USA
Carolina Herrera Ltd
Children’s Village
Creative Artist Agency
Marc de Swaan Arons
Chris Del Gatto and Veronica Webb
John Demsey
Disney/ABC Television Group
Robert and Jennifer Dowd
Kathleen Dowling
The Edlow Family Fund Inc
George Bitar and Claudia Fleming
Gregory Fontana
Foundation Source
Michael Ghalchi
The Gilder Foundation
Samer Hamadeh and Alison Harmelin
Josh and Marjorie Harris
Ara and Rachel Hovnanian
Nedenia Hutton Craig
Michael and Erica Karsch
Michael and Susie Kim
Yung Hee Kim
Lorraine Kirke
Louis and Elana Klein
Jay Diamond and Alexandra Lebenthal
Kent and Kristen Lucken
Terry and Tina Lundgren
Earle I. Mack Foundation
Stephen and Kelly Mack Family Foundation
William and Julie Macklowe
David and Megan Malvern
Nina B. Matis
Michael Kors USA
Sylvester and Gillian Miniter
Randolph and Rona Nelson
Brent and Laura Nicklas
Nirav and Sulabha Patel
Holly Peterson Foundation
Marta Radzyminski
Denise Rich
Shafi Roepers
Shafi Roepers Charitable Foundation
Elias Sacal
Karim and Tina Samii
Stephen A. Schwarzman Charitable Giving Fund
Robert and Nancy Selander
Martin and Jean Shafiroff
Binoy Singh and Hilary Nierenberg
Varinder and Susan Singh
Per and Helena Skarstedt
William Susman and Emily Glasser
Thale Blanc Inc.
Venable Foundation
Douglas and Amanda Wurtz



Heba Abedin
Steve and Kellie Abreu
Ben Adams
Anstiss B. Agnew
Tania Ahuja
Mohammed Al Turki
Gustavo Alba
John and Nancy Alderman
Jeff Fields and Robin Allstadt
Allure Eyewear
Steven and Ann Ames
Harriett Ames Charitable Trust
John and Jennifer Argenti
Sarah Arison
Marisa V. Arredondo
Vittorio and Charlotte Assaf
Yan Assoun
Jay and Allison Aston
Dimitrios Athanasopoulos and Karla Farach
Charles Atkins
Corey Banning
Abigail Baratta
Mercedes T. Bass Charitable Corporation
Jonathan and Erika Bearman
Christine Beauchamp
Fabrizio Bentivolgio and Enrica Arengi Bentivoglio
Rachel and Rodger Berman Living Trust
Rebeka Bernstein
Nathan Bernstein and Katharina Otto-Bernstein
Mary Billard
Hana Bitton
Richard Blanch
Georgina Bloomberg
Jon Blum and BJ Topol
Geoffrey Bradfield
Douglas Braff
Harlan Bratcher and Toby Usnik
Eric Braverman and Kristen Ingersoll
Nathaniel Brenner
Matthew and Stacey Bronfman
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The Brooks Family Foundation
Janna Bullock
Andrea Burns
Steven Butensky and Diana Petroff
Bryna Butler
Maud Cabot
Grant and Peggy Cambridge
John Capizzi
CD Network
Cerini & Associates
The Children’s Aid Society
Eun Sun Chun
Sean Clayton
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Mark Cohen
David Colbert
Stuyvesant and Helene Comfort
The Committee For Hispanic Children & Families
Kathryn Conroy and Ellen Lippman
Barry Cooper
Peter Copping
C.S. Craig Family Foundation
CS Global
Eli Curi and Katie Blakely
Jess Dannhauser
Stephen and Mary Elizabeth Dannhauser
Mitch and Nina Davidson
Martin Dawson
Karina De Brabant
Ahmad Deek
Jane DeFlorio
Christopher Delaney and Lydia Fenet
Cisco and Maya del Valle
Willam and Martin Dessoffy
Dior Beauty
Jeffrey Dodd and Jonathan Reed
Norbert P. Donelly
Elaine G. Drummond
Selita Ebanks
Scott Eisen
Wendeen H. Eolis
Nicole Esposito
Estee Lauder Companies, Inc.
Christina Evans
Richard and Kim Evans
Joseph S. Fichera
Sarah Flint
Ronald and Georgia Frasch
Josh and Kara Freedman
Andrew Fry and Bronson Van Wyck
Gary Fuhrman
Full Picture
Fund for the City of New York
Sergio and Lee Galvis
Peter Gethers and Janis Donnaud
Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles
Jay and Dara Godfrey
Godfrey Family Foundation
Allen and Ellen Goldman
Kenneth Goldman
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Keith and Barbara Gollust
Graham Windham
Trisha Gregory
Brigid Griffin
Bradley Gross and Beryl Silver-Gross
Martin and Audrey Gruss
Richard Hains
The Halcyon Company
Harper’s Bazaar
Larry Harris and Pia Alexander
Henry Street Settlement
Gregory Heyman
Katy Hine
Carole Hochman
David Hoffman
Vince and Jennifer Hudson
Craig and Tracey Huff
Mike Ibe
India Foundation Inc.
The Jackman Family Foundation
Donald and Lisa Jackson
John Jacobs
Robert Jaffe and Natasha Silver
Bobby and Carola Jain
Eric M. Javits
Christopher Jebsen
The Shemesh Joester Foundation
Derrick Jones
Ivan Kagame
Robert Kandel
Tom Kane and Yun Lee
Harold and Jill Kargman
David and Kelly Kasouf
Brian Kaufmann
George and Mariana Kaufman
Maryam Keledjian
Khajak Keledjian
Imran and Catherine Khan
Jemima Kirke
John and Karen Klopp
Nicole Kotovos
Mary Jane Kroon
Joseph and Stephanie LaNasa
Courtney A. Langer
Debra L. Lee
The Alexia M. Leuschen Charitable Foundation
Dorothy Lichtenstein
Keith Lieberthal and Julianna Margulies
Adam F. Lippes
Dariush and Jennifer Maanavi
The David and Sondra Mack Foundation Inc.
Kerry Maden
Antonio and Carla Magliocco
Scott Malkin
John and Anne Marion
The Carl Marks Foundation Inc.
Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy
Natalie Massenet
Sherry Matthews
Jessica Maxwell
Sean and Amory McAndrew
Henry and Laura McVey
Alessandra Meskita
Troy Miller
R. Troy Miller-Cassegrain
Tim and Virginia Millhiser
Richard Mills
Pritha Mittal
Ritu Sahai Mittal
Bruce and Emily Mommsen
Juan Montoya
Seth Morris
Tinsley Mortimer
Aubrey Myers
Campbell Myers
Karen Naber
Ralph A. Nappi
NBC Universal
Nicole Miller Inc.
The Rona and Randolph M. Nelson Foundation
Paige Novick
Norah O’Donnell
John Ogle
Lola Ogunnaike
David and Patti Ongman
Kerry and Katherine Orent
Oluchi Orlandi
Roopal Patel
Michael and Nina Patterson
Laura Peabody
Julio Pekarovic and Maria Vasconcelos
Michael Pinto and Lauren Shortt Pinto
Scott and Candice Posner
Malcolm and Catherine Price
Malcolm and Catherine Price Charitable Fund
Othon and Kathy Prounis
William and Sarah Pruellage
Michele Rechler
Emily Reifel
Euan Rellie and Lucy Sykes Rellie

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Sanya Richards Ross
F. S. Roberts
Rodial Limited
Courtney Ross
Mack and Jeannette Rossoff
Dan Rothmann
Mark H. Rowe
Kathleen Ruiz
Susanne Schalin
Danielle Schriffen
Rob Shamlian
Lacary E. Sharpe
Claude Shaw and Lara Meiland-Shaw
Samantha Shipp
Michael and Seren Shvo
Peggy Siegal
Claire Silberman
Jerry Silbert
Single Step Foundation
Alexander Skora and Lisa Sinclair
Lawrence Smith
Ian and Mary Snow
Aleta Spitaleri
Jane Steinberg
Kathryn Steinberg
Jill Stuart International
Claudia Szerer
Yijia Tiong
The Treetops Foundation
Ivanka Trump
Justin and Lauran Tuck
Owen and Jennifer Tunney
United Way of NYC
Kevin and Laura Ulrich
Laura Utley
Dianne Vavra
Mitchell Vazquez
Robert and Jennifer Vecchio
Lauren Vernon
Walgreens Family of Companies
Sue Ann Weinberg
Maximilian Weiner and Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck
Western Beef Retail Inc.
Jos and Annabel White
Paula Williams
Riley Williams
Deanne Wilson
David Winter and Annelise Peterson
Jennifer Wright
Fred Wulczyn
The Yablon Family Foundation Inc.
Bridgitte Young
Firooz Zahedi and Beth Rudin DeWoody
Valentina Zelyaeva
Nathaniel Zilkha


$999 and under

Alan Abramson and Cynthia Swartz
David B. Adams
Sarah Adams
Stephen Aiello
William and Beth Allen
American Express Company Employee Giving Program
Doris Amor
Frederick Antoine
Michael and Lori Armstrong
Zenon Arribalzaga and Elba Montalvo
Charles and Sara Ayres
Michelle Babu
Peter Bailey
Shaun Baldwin
Barbara Barnett
Rachel Barnett
Nicholas and Piraye Beim
Adam Bellincampi
Janelle Benjamin
Danielle Bernstein
Carlye Bills
Moira Biscone
Scott and Suzanne Biszantz
Vivianna Blanch
John R. Blum
Douglas Bondy
John Bonnie
Kevin and Rosalie Boothe
Bow Belle Productions
Ellen Boyd
David Brandon
Anne Bratskeir
Marco Bravo
Allison Brettschneider
Corey Brettschneider
Susan Brettschneider
Elizabeth Brooks
Dawn Brown
Jennifer Brown
Buffalo Exhange
Thomas and Faye Burke
Alice Burno
Stephen Burns
Jennifer Cabrera
Christopher Calabia
Vince and Louise Camuto
Thomas Capobianco
Rina Carmel
Gabrielle Carson
M. Christine Carty
Anthony Caruso
Jason Carver
J-M Chamberland
Charity Partners Foundation Inc.
Charlotte Brody Inc.
Eva Chen
Sarah Chiles
Jeisa Chiminazzo
Amy Chou
Shawna Christensen
Alissa Christopher
Frederick and Stephanie Clark
Todd and Sana Clegg
Jeffrey Clifford and Jennifer Fox
Joan Cohen
B.J. Coleman
Emily Condon
John C. Condren
Anne Conley
Jeffrey Conmisso
John Corrigan
Heidi Cough
Yannick Coulombe
Jen Cox
Jeffrey Craig and Aisha Haque
Nedenia H. Craig
Ryan Crimmins
Veronica Cronin
Christopher and Cristina Cuomo
Bernie Cyr
Matt Czuchry
Linda Davidson
Rick Davidson
Stephen and Elizabeth Davidson
Malindi Davies
Ruth Davis
Daniela Delaney
Ivana Delevska
Caroline Desjardins
Ann Dexter-Jones
Penny Diehl
Diana DiMenna
Nevio Dobry
Jeremy Dodd
Emily Dooley
Lauren Dowling
Angela Doyle
Robert Dunham
Lynne Echenberg
Steven and Meeghan Edelstein
Laurel Elzinga
Craig Emanuel
Tiffany Exline
Jonathan Faiman
Allen Fein
Sloane Feldman
Stuart Feldman
Veronica Fellman
Fiduciary Trust International
Haskel Fleishaker and Jennifer Mieres
Allison Flynn
Michael and Kate Flynn
Zandra Foley
Jonathan Foster
Four Seasons Hotel New York
Mike Fraietta
Ross Fraser
Brooke Freeland
Emma Friedman-Cohen
Bonnie Fritz
Susan Gardner
Andrew Geist
Gill Carpet of Southampton Inc.
Gianna Gioia
Laurie Giordano
James Goldman
John R. Gonzo
Carol Gordon
Zani Gugelmann
Suzy L. Haber Wakefield
Mark Hagen
Heather Hall
Ilana Hanan
Jennifer Hanser
Harrison and Pike LLC
Jonathan Harwood
John J. Healey
Jeffrey Heisler
Reinhold Heller
Odette Heppell
Sara Hiltzik
Benjamin Hilyard
Edwin Hoffman
Andrea Hollandt
Jennifer Holmes
David Hopkins
Adelle Howse
Timothy Hughes
Kevin Hurst
Jill Imossi
Laurie Iselin
Chiu-Ti Jansen
Henry and Gloria Jarecki
Patricia Jefferies
Dominique Jones
Jennifer Jones
Thomas Joyce
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Robert Kamen
Kathy Kass
Lisa Kassel
Karen Katz
Greg Kelly
Mary Keogh
Elizabeth Khoo
Tracey Kitzman
Robert Klopfer
Thomas Knight
Margaret Kocher
Jeremy Kohomban
Beth Kojima
Adam Koss
Rajiv Kothari
Robert Krackow
David Kroon
Michael Kroon
Nicholas Landrigan
Esther Lang
Andrew Langer
Claudia Laviada
Hubert Lavigueur
Jamie Lavin
Lucy Law
Ann LaWall
Cameron Ledy
Johnny Lee
Hayley Leipsic
Alexandre Lemieux
David Lew
Shari Lewis-Veltre
Meryl Lieberman
Elisa Lipsky-Karasz
Laura Little
Carolina Loaiza
M. Lord
Mirte Maas
Earle and Carol Mack
Rachelle H. MacPherson
Susan L. Magazine
Charlotte Magee
Sean Mahon
Gregory and Elizabeth Maidman
Marc and Maya Malek
Alison Mandelker-Burnett
Mario and Tiffany Manningham
Mansions Catering
Richard and Erika Mark
Nancy Marshall
Mary Massey
Robert Massey
Peter and Carlin Masterson
Whitney Matheson
Samantha Mathis
Yolanda McBride
Rod B. McCullough
Kevin and Debby McEneaney
Lori Mclean
David McPhillips
Jennifer Meeker
Mark Merchant and Toniane Mcginley
Hanna Merjos
Michelle Merrill
James Miliken and Nana Smith
Benita Miller
Paul Milmed and Debra Anisman
Jodi Mintz
Bibhu Mohapatra
R.W. Moncrief
Marilyn Monter
Santiago Montero
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Eric Motschwiller
Susanne Mueller
Elisabeth Munder
Malini Murjani
Jeffrey and Antoinette Muti
Samira Nasr
Karl Nastrom
Janet Neustaetter
William Nolan
Daniel Olarte
Angela Ortiz
Christine Paige
Susan Park
Josh Parker and Debby Kittay Parker Philanthropic Fund
Erin Parkinson
Dennis Paul and Coralie Charriol Paul
Creighton Peet and Dana Weiss
Gina Pepe
Brian and Emilia Pfeifler
Flavio and Anna Pinheiro
Zac Posen and Christopher Niquet
Dale Powell
Francois Prud’homme
John Quigley
John S. Ramirez
RBF Consulting, LLC
Brenton Reger
Stewart Rego
Catherine Reifeiss
Lucia Reifeiss
Aimee Remey
The Remey Family Fund
Charles Renick
Janelle Rintrona
Dianne M. Rogens
Carlos and Claudia Rohm
David Rose
Grace Rose
Robin Russell
Stephan and Susan Russo
Helen Sachs-Heisler
Amy Sacks
Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict
Nicoletta Santoro
JoAnn Santos
Michael Sarr
Benjamin Sauter
Emily Schappler
Gloria Schiff
Robin Schindler
Karen Schneidman
William Schroeder
SEFA Niagara Frontier
Ylissa Sekuler
Jay and Karen Shapiro
Margaret Sheehan
Maureen Sheehan
Nora Sheehan
Timothy Sheehan
Margaret Shipitalo
Susan Siderman
Deborah Siegal
Jeffrey Silver
Silver Lake
Julianna Simmons
Holly Simpson
Danielle Snyder
Frank Spain
Marc Spiegelman
Debra Squires-Lee
Linda Stasi
Andrea Stassou
Elizabeth Steeves
Maya Steinegger
Elizabeth Steisel
Mark Sutton
Linda Tally
Lin Tang
Mary Teitelbaum
Ruth Teitelbaum
Eileen Tetreault
Toni Thomas
Derek Thorn
Leslie Thurman
Inge Tiemens
Alan Tisch
Judson Traphagen
William C. Trimble
Judy Tsang
United Way of Central Ohio
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
Van Vahle
John and Joyce Varvatos
Peter and Lyndal Vermette
Peter and Sophia Volandes
Vanessa Wallace
Bjorn Wallander
Michelle Wang
Roy Wedeles
John L. and Sue Ann Weinberg Foundation
Jeff Weinstein
Virginia Weisz
Elizabeth Wellman
Wells Fargo
Nancy White
Jacqueline Williams
Shimon Wolf
Wolf Maryles & Associates
Elaine Yao
Michele Zarett
Bettina Zilkha






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2014 Accomplishments

Each year, NYFC touches the lives of close to 1,000 youth in foster care through signature programming including the Back-to-School Package Program, The Futures In Motion: Youth CAN! Program, the Guardian Scholars Program, and the Youth Advisory Board. NYFC also continues to further its mission through organizational capacity building to create more effective systems to better serve youth in foster care.

The following are a few examples of our accomplishments in 2014:

$50,017.20 was distributed to 35 young people by The Charles Evans Emergency Educational Fund to help youth formerly in care who encounter unforeseen financial emergencies.

326 laptops were provided to youth in foster care as part of the 760 Back to School Packages sent in 2014.

75 Back-to-School Packages were sent to youth who have aged out of the foster care system, a new addition to the program.

Over 75 teenagers in foster care volunteered at the 2014 Wrap to Rap program, which provided over 1,000 gifts to children in foster care during the holiday season

The Youth CAN! program doubled in size in 2014, and now has had 30 participants to date. 70% of participants moved into internships thanks to the program.

The 2014 Spirit Award recipient, Jermaine, was provided with a $10,000 scholarship to pursue his educational goals, in addition to the two runners-up, who received scholarships of $2,500 each


Elizabeth Steeves, Manager of Special Events and Projects

Elizabeth Steeves has been with New Yorkers For Children since 2009, and Manager of Special Events and Projects since 2013. Elizabeth oversees fundraising events like the Fall Gala and Spring Dinner Dance, as well as volunteer and awareness-raising events like Wrap to Rap. Additionally, she is responsible for online communications and grant writing. Elizabeth graduated from Gettysburg College in 2007 with a BA in Political Science.

Lindsay Adamski, Youth Program Coordinator

Lindsay Adamski, LMSW, oversees the day-to-day operations of New Yorkers For Children’s youth programs. This includes monthly meetings with all students in NYFC’s scholarship programs to help them navigate college life and troubleshoot any challenges that arise. She also provides support and coaching to help NYFC’s Youth Advisory Board members meet their group goals. Lindsay joined NYFC in October 2012. She earned her Master of Social Work from Columbia University with an emphasis in nonprofit management in children, youth, and family services and her Bachelor of Social Work from Providence College. Her prior experience in child welfare and college access includes CASA-NYC, the Rhode Island Foster Parents Association, and Ocean Discovery Institute.

Debra Stumpf, Administrative Director

Debra Stumpf has been with NYFC since 2006 and the Administrative Director since 2007.  In that position she manages the back office functions that keep NYFC efficiently working on a day to day basis.  Debra came to NYFC from Mother Cabrini High School and St. Cabrini Shrine in Washington Heights.  With a Masters in Divinity she taught High School Religious Studies for 15 years and then served as the Executive Director of St. Cabrini Shrine for 14 years.  Debra lives in Yonkers with her husband Charles.  They have a son, Michael who lives in Utica NY.

Hans Vogel, Controller

Hans Vogel, Controller for New Yorkers for Children, comes to us with more than thirty years of not for profit experience. He has served in various financial capacities including CFO of The Interchurch Center, Director of Finance and Administration of the American Craft Council and Controller of the Everybody Wins Foundation. Hans has a MA in Public Administration and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Results and Impact

Each year, NYFC touches the lives of close to 1,000 youth in foster care through signature programming including the Back-to-School Package Program, Network to Success, the Guardian Scholars Program, the Youth Advisory Board, and the Annual College and Vocational Conferences. NYFC also continues to further its mission through organizational capacity building to create more effective systems to better serve youth in foster care.

The following are a few examples of our accomplishments in 2012:

NYFC awarded $325,000 in grants to the Administration for Children’s Services and nonprofit organizations serving New York City youth in foster care

565 students in foster care received Back-to-School Packages during the 2011-2012 academic year

198 young people attended educational, vocational and career networking conferences

75 teenagers in foster care volunteered at the 2012 Wrap to Rap program, which provided over 1,000 gifts to children in foster care during the holiday season

The Guardian Scholars Program expanded to include 8 new students, bringing the total number of current Guardian Scholars to 17

The 2012 Spirit Award recipient, Brian, was provided with a $10,000 scholarship to pursue his educational goals, in addition to the two runners-up, Maurice and Leo, who received scholarships of $2,500 each

Financial Statements

Each year, NYFC touches the lives of close to 1,000 youth in foster care through signature programming including the Back-to-School Package Program, Network to Success, the Guardian Scholars Program, and the Youth Advisory Board. NYFC also continues to further its mission through organizational capacity building to create more effective systems to better serve youth in foster care.

2015 Financial Statement

2014 Financial Statement

2013 Financial Statement


2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

NYFC Earns 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

We are proud to announce that on September 18, 2011 New Yorkers For Children was awarded the our third consecutive Charity Navigator 4-star rating for sound fiscal management!

Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in the United States, stated in their recognition letter that New Yorkers For Children consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way, and outperforms most other charities in America. This ‘exceptional’ designation from Charity Navigator differentiates New Yorkers For Children from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”

Please visit the Charity Navigator website to see this recognition: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=9295.

Program Manager

New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide private resources to improve the lives of children in foster care in New York City and to increase the private sector’s awareness of child welfare issues. NYFC funds and develops programs that help older youth in foster care as they strive to become successful self-sufficient adults who have the capacity to sustain healthy and stable relationships.

NYFC is seeking a Program Manager to direct and implement NYFC’s educational and youth development programs and manage the grant-making activities including programmatic oversight and evaluation.

Your key responsibilities will include:

* Program Management: Direct the NYFC Back-to-School Package program, Guardian Scholars program, Youth Advisory Board, Educational and Vocational conferences and other educational and youth development programs. Participate in the program evaluation process and report results and expenditures to external funders and NYFC’s Board of Directors.
* Grant Management: Manage the grant-making process and oversight of grants by working closely with NYFC’s Executive Director, Board of Directors and grantees.
* Performance Management, Administration and Capacity Building: Working with the Administrative Director, monitor portfolio of grants by using tools to report program outcomes and expenditures.

The successful candidate will take direction well, be self-motivated and a creative team player and will possess the following qualifications:

* 2-4 years of program and grant management experience; direct experience managing and developing youth development and education programs
* Knowledge of the NYC child welfare system
* Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently and with a diverse group of stakeholders including NYFC’s Board, grantees, community-based partners, youth and donors
* Detail focused self-starter with strong organizational skills and the ability to take projects from assignment through completion
* Excellent oral and written communications skills
* MPA, MSW, or other relevant graduate degree is preferred
* Strong computer skills which must include Microsoft Office

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements with two (2) writing samples (no more than three pages each) to: info@newyorkersforchildren.org or New Yorkers For Children, 450 Seventh Avenue, Suite 403, New York, NY 10123.

No phone calls please.


Friends Committee

Honorary Chair
Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos*

Committee Co-Chairs
Elisabeth Jones-Hennessy
Alina Cho

Executive Committee
Allison Aston
Marisa Brown
Amy Crate
Natalia Gottret Echavarria
Nicole Esposito
Ayla Farnos
Lydia Fenet
Clare McKeon
Susan C. Shin

Committee Members
Stefania Allen
Edward Barsamian
Erika Bearman
Suzy Biszantz
Hana Bitton
Lauren Santo Domingo
Selita Ebanks
Zani Gugelmann
Alison Harmelin
Larry Harris
Kate Davidson Hudson
Derrick D-Nice Jones
Maria Gulia Prezioso Maramotti
Laura Nicklas
Coralie Charriol Paul
Lauren Shortt Pinto*
Zac Posen
Euan Rellie
Rachel Roy
Susan Singh
Vanessa Weiner von Bismarck
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff*
Annelise Winter

*denotes NYFC Board Member


Susan L.Magazine, Executive Director


Susan L. Magazine joined New Yorkers For Children as Executive Director in February of 2003 and has successfully expanded the organization’s programming for youth in foster care. In June 2008, Ms. Magazine was instrumental in issuing NYFC’s first Request-for-Proposals, which provided over $800,000 in funding to foster care agencies, supportive programs, and community-based organizations serving young people in foster care. In 2006, she oversaw the founding of the Guardian Scholars program, aimed at providing academic, financial, and emotional support to youth in foster care enrolled at Hunter College. The program has since grown to include John Jay College and Kingsborough Community College. During Ms. Magazine’s tenure, New Yorkers For Children has also reached increased numbers of youth through its Back-to-School Package program, Network to Success panels, Educational and Vocational Conferences, and Wrap to Rap events.

A lifelong New Yorker, Ms. Magazine has devoted most of her career to the issues of adoption, foster care and child and family welfare. Prior to 2003, she served as Assistant Commissioner for Family Assistance for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), where she developed and coordinated services for FDNY families who experienced loss in the line of duty on 9/11.

Ms. Magazine joined the New York City Administration for Children’s Services in 1997 first serving as Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development, working with at-risk communities on child welfare issues.  In 1998  she was promoted to the Director of the Office of Interagency Affairs working with city agencies on child welfare, and finally as the Director of Policy and Planning for the Office of Youth Development, overseeing the policies for youth aging out of foster care.

In 1990, Ms. Magazine was appointed Chairperson of the Adoptive Parents Legislative Awareness Committee where she recruited and managed volunteers to lobby the New York State Legislature on adoption and related bills. Ms. Magazine was appointed as the Legislative Aide to the Chairman of the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families, responsible for all legislation on adoption and foster care in 1992.

She holds a BS from Boston University and is a graduate of the New York City Leadership Institute’s Management Academy.


Board of Directors

Eric Brettschneider

Vice President
Susan L. Burden, MSW

Scott Posner

Lauren Shortt Pinto

Commissioner, Administration for Children’s Services
Gladys Carrión

Executive Director
Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez

Board Members
Nicole Arnaboldi
Jon Blum
Donya Archer Bommer
Brentin Brown-Bullock
Gladys Carrión
Kathryn Conroy
Vanessa Cornell
Lise B. Evans
Susan Egbert Gilroy
Larry Harris
Nancy Jarecki
Louis Klein
Kevin Liles
Dorina Spelman Link
Jessica Maxwell
Jennifer Mieres
Patti Ongman
Steve Pemberton
Nana Smith
Kelly Behun Sugarman
Lauran Tuck
Shirin von Wulffen
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff

Founder and President Emeritus
Nicholas Scoppetta

Nicholas Scoppetta, Founder d. 2016
Geoffrey Canada
Oscar de la Renta d. 2014
Daniel Kronenfeld
Anna Wintour

Advisory Board
Beth Rudin DeWoody
Jack O’Kelley, III

NYFC Partnership with ACS


New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) serves as the nonprofit partner for and works in support of the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). This partnership provides NYFC the unique opportunity to significantly impact New York City’s child welfare system. Throughout the year, NYFC and ACS collaborate on larger initiatives, which test best practices for serving New York City’s youth in care. NYFC currently funds several ACS initiatives, which are aimed at improving the lives of youth transitioning out of foster care. For more information on ACS, please visit their website at http://www1.nyc.gov/site/acs/index.page

The following are a few initiatives NYFC is currently supporting:

Civil Service Pathways for Youth in Foster Care and Juvenile Justice

ACS is developing a program design to support the readiness of young people to compete and secure civil service positions.  ACS’ Office of Child and Youth Initiatives (OCYI) will recruit youth in foster care and coordinate with the Division of Youth and Family Justice to identify youth in non-secure placement that express an interest in applying for a civil service exam.

College and Career Matrix for Youth in Foster Care

The ACS Office of Education Support and Policy Planning (OESPP) will institute a community scan in neighborhoods where a large number of teens in foster care reside to determine existing educational and vocational resources.  An advisor will create a College and Career Asset Map to showcase services and opportunities and will develop a direct referral system that will track a student’s inquiry from start to finish including an after-referral outcome assessment.

Driver’s Education for ACS-Involved Youth

ACS will explore the feasibility of training young people with ACS involvement in driver’s education including planning for a new initiative that would be implemented on a wider-scale.  Part of the feasibility assessment would include engaging driving schools with particular attention to those offering a driving career track.

Employee Well-Being Support Program

ACS will design an Employee Well-Being Support Program including staff focus groups and culling responses from an anonymous feedback/suggestions on-line in-box, classifying the most prevalent health issues among staff and identifying evaluative and assessment tools to track employee well-being outcomes.

LGBQ Population Count & Youth Climate Survey

ACS will design and conduct a two-phase LGBTQ foster care population count and youth climate survey.  The goal of these two phases is to learn how to best design and implement this survey system-wide, to establish a baseline estimate of LGBTQ youth in foster care, and to gain a better understanding of what the climate is life for these young people.

Our staff

Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez
Executive Director

Ellen Ampofo
Youth Academic Advisor

Yeymi Hoffmans
Director of Finance

Taj Haider
Director of Development

Vanessa Marquez
Director of Communications and Marketing

Cassandra Rosser
Administrative Assistant

Debra Stumpf
Administrative Director

Youth Spotlights

Katia, John Jay College

Katia will be entering her last semester this fall. She is studying Forensic Psychology at John Jay College. She is described as a diligent student whose example inspires the other youth at her foster care agency. She was placed into foster care after losing her mother to a violent act. She did not let this tragedy destroy the dreams she had set for herself. She wanted to fulfill her mother’s wishes for her and her brothers – and that is to pursue a college education.

Seong, Hunter College
Seong is finishing her junior year at the Macaulay Honors Program, a CUNY program for academically gifted students. She is passionate about women’s rights, especially surrounding reproductive and sexual health, and is interested in studying International Relations.

Seong was recently selected as an essay contest winner for Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) essay competition on sexual and reproductive health rights of teenagers. She was invited to attend a three-day summit at Washington, DC. She has also participated in the Columbia University Science Honors Program and the Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program, learning more about human physiology/psychology and women’s global/domestic health issues, respectively.

Due to her experiences in foster care, Seong feels a desire to give back to her community. She was the President of Amnesty International chapter at her school and has been civically engaged in the Korean community through her involvement in the Korean American Voters’ Council and the Korean American Youth Foundation.

Amara, John Jay College
Amara is a senior at John Jay College. He began his college career at Kingsborough Community College, where he received his Associate’s Degree.  Amara is originally from the Republic of Guinea and moved to the United States with his brother at the age of 16. Both were immediately placed into foster care. He has witnessed tremendous violence and loss in his home country. He quickly learned English and graduated high school a semester early and with Honors.

College has always been a goal for Amara. He was inspired by a friend who graduated from college and achieved his dreams. With hard work, Amara knew he would be able to succeed in college as well. He would be the first member of his family to have the opportunity to attend college and he hopes to inspire his younger brother to be on a similar path.

Our friends

Established by the Board of Directors of NYFC in 2002, The Friends of New Yorkers For Children (The Friends Committee) is composed of New Yorkers who support the goals and plans of NYFC. Members of The Friends Committee help to support and participate in programs for children and young people who are in foster care and raise awareness of NYFC.

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Donor Information

New Yorkers For Children is a not-for-profit organization which is tax exempt under IRS code 501(c)(3).

All contributions to NYFC are fully tax-deductible for Federal income tax purposes subject to any limitations that might otherwise apply.

NYFC’s federal tax identification number is 13-3904537.

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