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  • Gerstner Philanthropies Awards $4.9 Million For Helping Hands Emergency Grant Program
    February 7, 2022

    GerstnerPhilanthropies announced today that it has awarded $4.9 million in Helping Hands funds to our grantee organizations. The Gerstner Helping Hands program provides financial resources to assist individuals facing a one-time, urgent need. These emergency cash grants are distributed by our partners, who combine Helping Hands funds with holistic wrap-around services to help clients avoid homelessness and instability. Helping Hands reaches over 4,000 families each year, providing assistance with rent, utilities, medical expenses, and food.

    Read more about our 2022 Grantees
  • Gerstner Philanthropies publishes its Year in Numbers 2021 Report
    January 20, 2022

    2021 was a landmark year for Gerstner Philanthropies. Grants totaled over $48 million, almost doubling the previous year and the most in its history. Gerstner Philanthropies launched two new program areas within Helping Hands and created a new grant program to support climate change mitigation. Grantees continue to respond to the impacts of COVID-19, and we are proud of the impacts they made. For more on our engagement and impact in 2021, please see the full Year in Numbers Report.

    Year in Numbers 2021
  • Helping Hands Program Update: Q3 2021 Highlights

    December 7, 2021

    Our Helping Hands grantees continue to feel the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Throughout the year, we communicate with our partners informally and formally. They report data on program statistics that we compile to highlight larger trends. Based on third quarter reports, need for rental arrearages assistance remains high, with many clients facing a looming eviction crisis. Federal funding for rental assistance helped many, we join in the call for additional rental assistance funding to help families regain their stability.

  • Gerstner Grantees Provide Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need
    November 30, 2021

    For the second annual year, two of Gerstner Philanthropies’ long-standing grantees helped provide meals to families in need this Thanksgiving. Treasure Coast Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast and the only Food Bank serving Indian River, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties, distributed holiday meal boxes and turkeys to 500 families. Nearly 500 turkeys were packaged with other meal stables and distributed to around 2,000 children and adults thanks to a grant from Gerstner Philanthropies. In Massachussetts, FamilyAid Boston, the leading provider of solutions to family homelessness in the Greater Boston area, provided 1,100 children and parents a Thanksgiving dinner, funded through a grant from Gerstner Philanthropies. More than 70 staff and volunteers fanned out across the city to deliver nearly two tons of cooked Thanksgiving meals. They were joined by State Representative Rob Consalvo, many board members, and players and staff from the Boston Bruins hockey team. Gerstner Philanthropies is proud and happy to support families in need through meaningful programs such as these.

    Learn more about Treasure Coast Food BankLearn more about FamilyAid Boston
  • November Announcements and Updates on United Neighborhood Houses
    November 17, 2021

    Learn more about UNH's accomplishments, their work with settlement houses throughout New York, as well as other helpful links/resources. They recently won the Eisner Prize for intergenerational work empowering older people and positioning them as community builders and change agents. They are working on showing the difference older adults can make in the lives of young people and their entire community. In addition, thanks to Gerstner philanthropies, UNH provided more than $1 million to settlement houses for their emergency cash assistance programs. They continue to support settlement houses as the reverberations of the COVID pandemic are felt. You can read several stories about the direct and meaningful impact this money has on families.

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