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Brooklyn Workforce Innovations 2023 Graduates

Our BWI story with Jonathan, Fangfang, and Melvin

America's Newsroom features New Jersey Reentry Program

Dana Perino interviews women released from prison about how they are reentering the community with new skills.

Silvia: Deferring A Dream

Silvia had to wait 10 years to realize her dream of working tech, but is back on track at Per Scholas.

Jewell: Building A New Future

Jewell was ready to leave the construction industry for something more sustainable when someone told her about Per Scholas.

Flor: Following A Different Path

Flor had a degree in Creative Writing, but wasn't landing job interviews when she found Per Scholas.

Katherine's Story: From Hospitality to Cyber Security

Katherine shares her story about how she left the hospitality industry for a more promising opportunity with Per Scholas.

Year in Review: 2021

Dedication of the Francine A. LeFrak Wellness Center in NJ

Francine's Keynote at Seton Hill's LeFrak Holocaust Conference

A Message from the 2021 Same Sky Scholars

Points of Light Awards 2021 Honoring Same Sky

The Same Sky Scholars Meet Miss Universe, Zozi Tunzi

The Same Sky Scholars at the FAWE Girls' School in Rwanda spoke with Zozi Tunzi, Miss Universe 2019, about her journey to the crown and how she persevered in the face of adversity.

Ask JBH: Francine LeFrak with Janice Howroyd Bryant

Join entrepreneur Janice Howroyd Bryant as she talks about Francine's journey from producer to philanthropist and champion for women!

2020: A Year in Review

Join Francine as she takes a look back at 2020, a year of growth and gratitude.

The FAWE Girls meet Dr. Yeka Aponte

The FAWE School in Rwanda provides STEM education for young girls and they recently got to talk with Dr. Yeka Aponte, professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University and performs cellular neurobiology at the National Institute of Health.

Feeding Families During A Pandemic

Larinda C. Hooks shares how 2020 impacted the Elmcor Food Pantry and the community they serve.

Lizzie Arthur: Graduate of the Francine A. LeFrak Computer Training Program at WIN

We hear from Lizzie Arthur, a graduate of the Francine A. LeFrak Computer Training Program at the Women in Need (WIN) Homeless Shelter in East Harlem.

An Update from the LeFrak-Friedberg Scholars

During the January 13th Ambassador Meeting we heard from our Bridge2Rwanda Scholars on how the program has impacted their lives. The students also shared their experience in the US during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

NJRC Women's Project Conference 2021, Keynote Speaker: Francine LeFrak

The New Jersey Reentry Corporation launched the Women's Project to design and implement integrated healthcare delivery & improved employment training for court-involved women. Founder of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation and Same Sky Foundation, Francine LeFrak speaks about the importance and impact of supporting women to reach their full potential.

Francine A. Lefrak Foundation partners with the Food Bank for NYC on NY1

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Francine Interviewed by Miss USA!

Francine talked with Cheslie Kryst about how she transitioned from Hollywood to philanthropy and created the Same Sky and Francine A. LeFrak Foundations. They also discussed Francine's pivot to provide meals to Queens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us in addressing this hunger crisis by donating here:

Francine Interviewed by Rudy Giuliani

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Good Day NY - FAL Foundation donates to Food Bank for NYC

Francine A. LeFrak Foundation partners with Food Bank for NYC

Foundation News

Learn about the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Computer Training Program with Win

UNFCU Foundation video

Francine LeFrak speaking at 2019 United Nations Women's Entrepreneurship Day

November 15th 2019

Women in Need - Francine LeFrak Computer Training Program

2019 Graduation


FIT: In Case of Emergency

At the start of the pandemic, hundreds of FIT students suddenly faced financial challenges severe enough to jeopardize their ability to pay for tuition. Francine A. LeFrak—founder of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation and the Same Sky Foundation—came to the rescue with the Student Emergency Fund, which provided grants that enabled students to continue their education. We asked LeFrak about her motives, her beliefs, and her wishes for the future. Below are some thoughts she shared with us.

New Essex County Re-Entry Facility Provides Women Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy Training

Operation HOPE, a nonprofit dedicated to end poverty, will provide formerly- incarcerated women in New Jersey with free financial literacy and entrepreneurship training. Goldman Sachs and the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation are the funding partners for this collaboration, which will provide education, access and career opportunities for more than 150 women in 2020.

Food providers feel the strain of COVID

Visitors grow in number as soup kitchens, pantries try to keep pace. Food Bank for New York City announced the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation will donate 1 million meals for people in Queens.

Food Bank for New York City launches pop-up food pantries in Rego Park and Elmhurst

Food Bank for New York City in partnership with The Francine A. Lefrak Foundation is distributing meals to families in Queens until June 25.

Francine LeFrak and Rick Friedberg Sponsor Four B2R Scholars Studying at University

Bridge2Rwanda would like to thank Francine LeFrak and Rick Friedberg for their generous partnership to sponsor the education of four Bridge2Rwanda Scholars studying at universities in the US.

CIT and Operation HOPE Celebrate National Small Business Week and Introduce Launch and Grow

CIT, in partnership with the nonprofit Operation HOPE, today introduced the next facet of its Launch and Grow initiative, a 12-week HOPE Inside program aimed at empowering women small business owners in New York City and Los Angeles.

The Francine A. Lefrak Foundation Donates to Food Bank For New York City to Provide 1,000,000 Meals for Queens Residents

The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation and Food Bank for New York City have partnered to provide mobile pantries, as well as meals at food pantries and soup kitchens in Corona, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Rego Park and Woodside

LeFrak Donates 1M Meals to Feed New Yorkers Hit by Pandemic

Longtime New York City philanthropist Francine A. LeFrak is teaming up with the Food Bank for New York City to provide over a million meals to New Yorkers, especially those in the borough of Queens, where residents face desperate circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown.

How We’re Giving Back By Providing Meals to Those In Need

The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation is responding to this crisis by donating to Food Bank For New York City to provide 1,000,000 meals for people in Queens.



Francine LeFrak interviewed on the Cats Roundtable show

The Leadercast Podcast Interviews Francine LeFrak on Her Legacy

Gemma & Emma Podcast - Francine Lefrak

Denver Frederick: The Business of Giving