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Causes: Federated Giving Programs, Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: Robin hood is new york's largest poverty-fighting organization, and since 1988 has focused on finding, funding, and creating programs and schools that generate meaningful and measurable results for families in new york's poorest neighborhoods. Since its founding, robin hood has raised more than $2 billion in dollars, goods and services to provide hundreds of the most effective soup kitchens, homeless shelters, schools, job-training programs and other vital services that give new york's neediest citizens the tools they need to build better lives. Robin hood's board of directors pays all administrative, fundraising and evaluation costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to organizations helping new yorkers in need.

Programs: Core grant making: robin hood made cash grants to organizations in four areas: education; early childhood and youth; jobs and economic security; and, survival, which primarily addresses hunger, homelessness and health. Robin hood provides more than 200 organizations with program grants, general operating support, capital grants, and funds to build capacity and deepen services and management strength. Robin hood's grantmaking staff evaluated programs applying for funds to determine grant recommendations and develop initiatives in response to unmet needs. These assessments included visits to the organization, interviews with program administrators, staff and participants, evaluation of historical results and financial review. Initiatives funded by robin hood included programs to build high-performing public charter schools throughout new york city; targeted outreach aimed at helping newly discharged veterans (and their families) receive job training and job placement assistance, physical and mental health care, education, housing assistance, and other needed services. Robin hood funding also provided public benefits screening and counseling, and helped poor new yorkers claim tax credits to which they were entitled.

relief grant making: following hurricane sandy in october 2012, robin hood reactivated the robin hood relief fund in order to make financial grants to organizations throughout the tri-state area that were helping victims recover from the storm. In 2012, the relief fund raised $70. 1 million, with an additional $0. 5 million and $5. 3 million raised in 2013 and 2014, respectively, bringing the total to $75. 9 million in funds available to grant. Through december 31, 2014, total grants made were $75. 1 million. Of the funds, 43% went to organizations helping individuals and families in new jersey, 39% to new york city, 16% to long island/ny state, and 2% to connecticut. The majority of these grants (65%) went to housing-related programs, such as home repairs and renovations, mold remediation, rental assistance and moving fees.

capital grants: robin hood made capital grants to 4 organizations to facilitate program expansion and enhancement through acquisition of new space. Capital team staff assess facility needs and organizational readiness to undertake projects and provide technical assistance in assembling a project team, analyzing and securing financing and completing capital projects on time and within budget. Form 990, part iii, line 4d management assistance: robin hood protects and leverages its charitable investments with expert management and technical assistance. The goal is to bring best-in-class resources to solve our partners' most pressing strategic and operational challenges. We work in nine main areas: governance, strategy, human capital, marketing, fundraising, finance, legal, technology and real estate. Consulting is delivered by robin hood's internal consulting team, corporate pro bono partners and technical assistance grants. Robin hood also provides training for the staff and board members. Examples include developing a strategic plan to ensure effective resource allocation, streamlining a financial reporting system to manage costs or designing an effective website to enhance fundraising. In 2014, we completed 116 projects for 78 nonprofit partners. We granted $1. 2 million and provided pro-bono services valued at $5. 4 million. We placed 50 professionals on nonprofit governing and auxiliary boards.

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