200 residents of homeless shelters in Brooklyn and East Harlem received computer skills that will help them get jobs with upward mobility, helping them and their families rise out of poverty.
100 women in the Bronx received high-level, competitive tech training, and will be supported through the Same Sky Ambassador mentoring program.
150 women who are in the justice system in New Jersey will participate in a program to develop business skills, entrepreneurial skills and financial literacy.
300 low-income women received microgrants, access to a food pantry and books for their training program to become administrative professionals or private healthcare aides.
100 low-income women, including women who have been in the justice system, received microgrants to attend financial literacy training and business coaching in Harlem.
24 students from East Africa have been named LeFrak-Friedberg Scholars. These talented young people are part of the Bridge 2 Rwanda program that gives them the opportunity to study at renowned universities in the US preparing them for successful careers in engineering, business, international relations, agriculture, and medicine to return home and better their communities. LeFrak-Friedberg Scholars are chosen not only for their scholarly achievements but for their character, leadership and commitment to their countries. As part of the program, they participate in an annual conference and receive financial support to pursue new experiences that will enhance their education.
400 students at the Fashion Institute of Technology at risk of not returning to for the spring semester received microgrants to remove economic barriers and help them continue their education and follow their dreams.
10 low-income high school students from inner cities within the United States had access to a summer musical program through the Great American Songbook Foundation in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Capital investment - Operational support to preserve the culture and history of the Central Park Conservancy in New York City.
Infrastructure and operational support for the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas.
There is a crisis in America today with an estimated 42 million people living in poverty. Homelessness, being in the justice system, lack of access to education, domestic violence, and human trafficking create a pathway into poverty.
Through targeted partnerships and active engagement, the Foundation provides funding to organizations that benefit recipients as they strive to achieve success. By providing access to workforce training and job readiness education, the Foundation helps people become self-sufficient and achieve their personal goals. We also provide microgrants to ensure that there are no barriers for attendance that negatively impact participants.
We don’t believe in providing funds and walking away; we are physically present every step of the way as we work alongside recipients, track progress, and change lives.
Our goal is to work with partners who offer the supports and knowledge that will have a positive impact on people’s lives.
This pillar supports the LeFrak-Friedberg Scholars program which works directly with talented and highly ambitious students from East Africa that are attending a university in the United States. The Scholars Program is focused on mentoring, leadership opportunities and the resources that the students need for experiential learning experiences and research projects in anticipation of returning to their home countries and improving their communities.
The training component of this pillar takes the job readiness and workforce development programs to a new level. We specifically work with organizations to provide business and entrepreneurial skill development classes for women in the justice system or women who have a dream to start a business. We also provide microgrants to ensure that there are no barriers for attendance that negatively impact participants.
Much like our other grants and programs, we do not believe in simply providing funds and walking away. We remain fully engaged with each program and their participants. We are physically present every step of the way as we work alongside recipients, track progress, and change lives.
Providing support so that communities and cultures are not negatively impacted by environmental changes, but instead can learn how to live with and address these changes while still respecting the environment in which they are operating and living.
It also provides an avenue to preserve artistic culture and important physical landmarks that tell the historical story of a location and its people.
The Performing Arts helps to develop one’s mind and expand their thinking in ways not always capitalized on with traditional education. The investment in the Performing Arts will recognize and celebrate various people or organizations that will provide opportunity for all to experience the arts in some fashion.
Coming from a family that is artistic and musical, our founder, Francine A. LeFrak, feels strongly that preserving culture, history and the performing arts enhances people’s lives around the world.
The Foundation has entered into an agreement with the Grace Institute of New York City and has provided books for their training programs. The Grace Institute's workplace development programs are designed to support women who are working towards elevating themselves out of poverty by helping those who were once "invisible" become visible, productive workers.learn more
The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation recently funded the establishment of a Computer Income Building Program at Women in Need (Win) of New York City, a homeless shelter for women and children. The program is an extension of Win’s income building training and will positively impact ~80 women on an annual basis. The program was funded by a grant from the FAL Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Federal Credit Union Foundation.learn more