Philanthropy

The Philanthropy Committee seeks to introduce high performing nonprofits in New York City to members of the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable so that our members can become engaged through volunteer opportunities in support of these charities. The work of the Committee is driven by our members and their expressed desire to give back to the community.

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A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO) is a non-profit organization providing prosthetic limbs, corrective surgeries and rehabilitation to children with limb disabilities in the developing world. Our mission is to offer children who have lost their limbs in traumatic accidents or suffer from congenital disabilities the physical capabilities to access the opportunities and self-esteem earned through education, work and mobility.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s first and NYC’s largest youth mentoring organization, has served the changing needs of New York City’s most at-risk youth since 1904. The volunteer- and donor-based organization offers a variety of specialized mentoring programs to help children facing more complex challenges – including immigrant youth, teen mothers and children of incarcerated parents – as well as the Workplace Mentoring Center, which helps businesses throughout New York City positively impact the lives of young people and build a foundation for professional success. Additionally, since 1992 BBBS of NYC has worked through its Center for Training and Professional Development to equip non-profit professionals throughout New York City to develop and enhance their own mentoring and youth-development programs and organizations. Through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, this not-for-profit agency has been able to change the lives of the city’s most disadvantaged children, matching them with caring adult role models – dependable friends who can help to expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures.
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Cristo Rey New York High School (CRNYHS) provides an affordable alternative for urban families who seek a small, Catholic, college-preparatory school for their sons and daughters. Like its 25 sister schools in the Cristo Rey Network, CRNYHS offers students from low-income families a quality education and real-life work experience that are designed to prepare them for college and successful careers thereafter. CRNYHS is a collaborative project of lay men and women, and representatives of three religious congregations: the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and the Jesuits.
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Founded in 1995, Futures and Options’ mission is to connect New York City’s underserved youth to careers. It reaches out to teens at a formative time of their lives – before they grow into adulthood – guiding them to further their education, develop job skills, and become contributing and responsible citizens. In this way, they become role models for their peers, siblings and communities. Through career development workshops and paid, highly-supported internships, Futures and Options youth gain much-needed access to the economic mainstream and work-readiness training, as they explore career opportunities that may seem unattainable to them, and receive mentoring from caring and achieving adults. At the same time, businesses are connected to a pipeline of promising, motivated and diverse young people. Since its inception, it has served more than 3,500 New York City teens and coordinated internships at more than 350 businesses. In 2012, New York City’s four year a high school graduation rate was 61%; while 99% of Futures and Options seniors graduated from high school on time, and 94% began college in fall.
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The mission of HEAF is to transform the lives of underserved young people, beginning in middle school and continuing in college and beyond, through a youth development approach that includes rigorous year-round academic enrichment, social and cultural exposure, and constant individual attention. HEAF provides an extended continuum of educational and youth development and leadership opportunities to high-potential, underserved students throughout the city. HEAF’s goal is to help students develop the intellectual curiosity, academic ability, social values, and personal resilience they need to ensure success in school, career, and life.
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The Roundtable is pleased to announce a collaboration and fundraising challenge from Hedge Funds Care, which is an international, non-profit organization whose sole mission is preventing and treating child abuse. Hedge Funds Care has challenged the Roundtable to raise at least $35,000 over the next twelve months. These funds will be used to support their very important work. Hedge Funds Care is a highly-respected non-profit organization, supported largely by the hedge fund industry. Their mission is accomplished by making grants to child welfare organizations throughout the United States, Canada, the Cayman Islands, and the United Kingdom. Hedge Funds Care is the only grant-making, public charity that focuses exclusively on preventing and treating child abuse. Child abuse is one of the most underfunded causes, unlike other childhood issues, as there is no natural constituency to advocate on children’s behalf. In the United States alone, there are 3.3 million reports of child abuse each year, representing approximately 10 million children. Child abuse and neglect is a hidden problem, happening usually behind the closed doors of the house or apartment. Child abuse occurs across all socio-economic, religious, racial, ethnic and class divides. In 2010 alone, Hedge Funds Care served 37,560 individuals. Since its inception in 1998, Hedge Funds Care has awarded over 728 grants totaling over $25 million. Please help us meet this challenge by going to the Hedge Funds Care website to make your generous donation. Thank you!

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High Water Women (HWW) empowers women and youth in need by creating powerful volunteer opportunities that leverage the talents and aspirations of professional women and men. We connect business professionals to high touch volunteer opportunities that allow them to invest their time, resources, and expertise in HWW programs, including financial literacy, our backpack drive and global micofinance, and in helping our partner organizations and the women and youth they serve. Our impact is in three key areas: Enriched education for at-risk youth; Relieving the impact of family poverty; Economic empowerment for women.
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The mission of Portfolios with Purpose is to raise awareness and support for impactful charities by providing them with a platform to reach new potential supporters and donors. PwP accomplishes this mission by hosting an annual stock selection competition in which participants compete on behalf of their favorite charities. Through this contest, individuals are able to pool the resources of the group to make a significant impact on high-quality charities, especially those that are small, underfunded, and under-the-radar.
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Rising Tide Capital (RTC) is a Jersey City-based nonprofit organization founded in 2004 by Harvard graduates Alex Forrester and Alfa Demmellash. RTC helps entrepreneurs start and grow successful businesses by providing a 12-week Community Business Academy—supplemented by year-round workshops, coaching and networking events. These programs are currently offered in Spanish and in English in four cities across Northern New Jersey: Jersey City, Newark, Union City, and Orange Township. As of December 2013, 838 entrepreneurs have graduated from the CBA, and together, they operate over 406 businesses in New Jersey. RTC’s model of entrepreneurship development has received national recognition from President Obama to CNN Heroes. The organization’s vision is to build a replicable model for high-quality entrepreneurial development services that can be adopted locally in other low-income communities.
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Savvy Ladies Inc. is a not-for-profit dedicated to empowering women through financial education. Savvy Ladies free programming teaches women about personal finances in an authentic way that encourages them to take control of their financial future. Through educational seminars, workshops, and webinars Savvy Ladies creates a secure forum for woman to obtain much needed and practical financial information. The Savvy Ladies “hotline” is a free confidential service provided to our community to support women who need personal assistance in navigating a sometimes complicated financial situation. With the help of Savvy Ladies women learn the importance of financial planning so they can protect themselves against economic hardship and proactively build a stable future to ensure a productive life for themselves and their families.
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SEO Alternative Investments was founded in 1963 with a mission to provide talented and motivated young people from underserved and underrepresented communities with access to superior educational and career opportunities. SEO provides education, training, access, and mentoring to talented professionals historically underrepresented in the alternative investments sector. The program includes a fellowship for investment banking analysts and an annual conference

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The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) is the voice of the U.S. securities industry. SIFMA represent the broker-dealers, banks and asset managers whose 889,000 employees provide access to the capital markets, raising over $2.4 trillion for businesses and municipalities in the U.S., serving clients with over $16 trillion in assets and managing more than $62 trillion in assets for individual and institutional clients including mutual funds and retirement plans. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA).
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StreetWise Partners StreetWise Partners transforms the lives of disadvantaged, low-income individuals by helping them realize their career potential. Their signature program, Career Ventures, serves low income individuals who are ready to overcome barriers to employment and transform their lives. This unique 3-month career mentoring program delivers high-impact professional development services with 2:1 career mentoring in corporate settings. StreetWise Partners’ objectives include the following: Eliminate the gap between an individual’s potential and his/her current position; Expose individuals to people from different cultures and backgrounds to encourage a deeper understanding of our local communities; Develop leaders in the private sector who have a keen understanding of and commitment to service to their community; and equip trainees to move into better, higher paying jobs with opportunities for advancement.
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Urban Word NYC champions the voices of New York City youth by providing platforms for critical literacy, youth development and leadership through free and uncensored writing, college prep and performance opportunities.
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YAB conducts one of the most innovative leadership-training programs for youth in the marketplace today. The vision of Youth About Business is to provide an innovative training program to prepare youth to be successful in a business environment. Our mission is to expose youth to business theory and principles through our experiential learning model. We work primarily with high school students, and we serve a very diverse population of young people.

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