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Butler Foundation Grant Recipients

2015 | 2016 | 2017


AHRC   New York, NY $18,000
Project Search Expansion
Support for expansion of Project Search to Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island
Artists for Humanity   Boston, MA $50,000
Arts Micro Enterprise Program
Support for youth run micro-enterprise program for at-risk teens designed to develop business and career skills as well as provide a commercial outlet for their talents
Asperger's Association of New England   Watertown, MA$35,000
Director of Children and Teen Services
Support for director of to work with youth and families dealing with the challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome
Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC   Oceanside, NY$45,000
The Ezra Center for Special Services
Support for social and recreational programs for adults and children with special needs
Boston Casa    Boston, MA $20,000
Advocacy for Youth with Disabilities
Support program using volunteers who are appointed by the court to serve as ad litem guardians for youth in foster care.
Boston Jewish Film Festival    Boston, MA $15,000
ReelAbilities Boston
Support for film festival showcasing films by or about people with disabilities
Boston Medical Center    Boston, MA $50,000
Pediatric Assessment of Communication in Autism Clinic
Support for additional educational advocate in the autism clinic to help low income families receive appropriate educational placement and services for their children
Bottom Line   Jamaica Plain, MA$25,000
College Access and Success Program
Support for program incorporates college guidance and up to six years of on campus emotional, academic, and career guidance for inner city youth to assure college success
Bottom Line   Brooklyn, NY$25,000
College Access and Success Program
Support for program incorporates college guidance and up to six years of on campus emotional, academic, and career guidance for inner city youth to assure college success
Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester    Dorchester, MA $50,000
Project B.I.N.D.
Support for inclusion programming for youth with disabilities in club-wide afterschool programs
Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston    Boston, MA $50,000
Inclusion Project
Support for inclusion programming for youth with disabilities in afterschool programs
Breakthough New York    New York, NY$30,000
Bronx Program
Support for program aimed at break the cycle of poverty through intensive educational support for talented students from middle school through college.
Brookview House    Dorchester, MA$25,000
Youth Development Programs
Support for year round programs that provide customized academic, emotional and behavioral support to formerly homeless youth so that they stay in school and are productive both in school and out
Camp Starfish    Waltham, MA $35,000
Support for summer camp scholarships for children ages 5-15 with emotional, behavioral and learning problems
Central Queens Y    Queens, NY
CQY Butler Center $40,000
Support for social and recreation programming for youth with disabilities
College Access Services $45,000
Support for college access program for youth in Central Queens with a special focus on youth from the Bukharin community
CHAI Lifeline    New York, NY $50,000
Moving On: Transition Program
Support for youth with physical disabilities and chronic illnesses transitioning from school to adulthood, from childhood to adult services
Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk    Boston, MA $37,000
Family Advocacy Program
Support for program that assists children and their non-offending caregiver receive the services and support they need following incidences of family violence
Citizens' Committee for Children   New York, NY $10,000
Support for advocacy training for high school students
City Parks Foundation   New York, NY$10,000
Support for summer arts programs in New York City parks
Community Rowing   Boston, MA $25,000
Youth Para Rowing
Support for adaptive rowing program for inner city youth from the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Community Servings Jamaica Plains, MA $30,000
Nutrition Program
Support for home delivered nutritious meals for individuals affected by life threatening illnesses and their families
Cross Island Y $10,000
Camp Nurse
Support for registered nurse to monitor youth with disabilities and chronic conditions requiring attention during the camp day in order for them to participate in a camping experience
D.A.R.E   New York, NY$25,000
Keepin’ it Real
Support for new drug prevention program taught by retired NYPD D.A.R.E. officers in 15 elementary and middle schools in NYC.
Dancing Dreams    Queens, NY $10,000
Dancing Dreams
Support for ballet dance program boys and girls, ages 5-21, with significant physical/mobility challenges
Doc Wayne    Boston, Mass$25,000
Chalk Talk Group
Support for sport-based group therapy program for youth with mental health challenges
Educational Alliance – 14th Street Y    New York, NY $25,000
Special Needs Programming at the 14th Street Y
Support for special needs recreational programming in lower Manhattan that increases socialization for individuals and families and provides workshops for parents to help them understand their children’s educational, social, recreational needs and identify appropriate supports for them
Enroot Cambridge, MA $10,000
Mentoring Program for Immigrants
Support for mentoring program for immigrant students in Cambridge and Somerville that provides 1:1 tutoring, leadership development and civic engagement seminars and internship opportunities.
Exceptional Lives Boston, MA$10,000
Spanish Translation of Resource Directory for People with Disabilities
Support for Spanish translation of directory that provides up to date information and access to programs and services available for families and individuals in Massachusetts
Figure Skating in Harlem $20,000
ICE:I Can Excel
Support for intensive after school educational programming for girls’ ice skating program in Harlem
Friends of the Transit Museum  Brooklyn, NY $10,000
Support for the production of a tactile guide to aid blind visitors to the museum
Tactile Guide
Global Glimpse    New York, NY$25,000
Global Glimpse: Study and Travel
Support for expansion of year round New York program to give underserved high school students in Harlem and the Bronx, the tools to become responsible global citizens through a study/work/travel program that exposes them to different countries, cultures and people
Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF)    New York, NY $50,000
HEAF Continuum
Support for underserved youth from middle school through college providing rigorous Year-round academic enrichment, social and cultural exposure and leadership training
Health Resources in Action    Boston, MA $3,965
Administrative support for Ramapo inclusion training in Boston
Hebrew Educational Society (HES)   Brooklyn, NY
Special Needs Family Center and Coordinator of Special Needs Programs$85,000
Support for on-going programming and capacity building in preschool, after school, summer camp and parenting programs for children with disabilities and their families
Hebrew Free Loan    New York, NY $30,000
Special Education Loans
Support for interest on $1M of bridge loans for youth with disabilities placed in educationally appropriate private schools. Hebrew Free Loan will be reimbursed by the DOE for tuitions that were advanced so that students could attend school in a timely manner.
Henry Street Settlement    New York, NY $50,000
Disabilities Initiative
Support for Coordinator of Early Education working with children with disabilities and their families
Intrepid Sea and Air Museum    New York, NY $35,000
All Access Maker Camp
Support for three one week vacation camps for youth ages 8-13 on the Autism Spectrum.
JCC of Manhattan   New York, NY $25,000
Reelabilities Film Festival
Support for film festival showcasing films by or about people with disabilities
JCC of Staten Island   Staten Island, New York $40,000
Program Director Special Need Department
Support for Director of programming for children and families challenged by developmental, learning, physical and behavioral disabilities
JCH Bensonhurst   Bensonhurst, NY
Special Needs Center $45,000
Support for summer camp and after school educational enrichment, socialization and recreation services for children 5-12 with special needs
Butler Center for Educational Advancement $75,000
Support for comprehensive educational services for Russian émigré families
Jewish Museum   New York, NY $25,000
Project Access
Support for access programs for people with disabilities and adaptive equipment to facilitate their enjoyment of the experiences at the museum
Kings Bay YM-YWHA   New York, NY
Coordinator Special Needs Programs $55,000
Capacity building support for a full time coordinator of the Special Need Department
Brooklyn Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiative (BASDI) $44,100
Support for CLASSP, a youth development and training program for high school students, that work in after school programs with youth with disabilities
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center    Bronx, NY $35,000
Special Needs Coordinator and Compliance Consultant
Support for a full-time program coordinator to expand and enhance programs and a part-time quality assurance consultant to insure that the program personnel and billing are in line with current regulations.
Legal Outreach   Long Island City, NY
College Bound Program $75,000
Support for 4 year after school, college bound program using law related subjects to build academic skills and professional opportunities for low-income, urban high school students in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens and the Bronx
Lincoln Center   Long Island City, NY
The Big Umbrella Festival $20,000
Support for intensive week of training for artists and arts presenters to further the development of theatrical material specifically designed for audiences of youth on the Autism Spectrum
Marion and Aaron Gural JCC    Syosset, NY
LIFE Program $30,000
Support for social and recreational services for physically and developmentally disabled singles ages 25-65
ISPACE $50,000
Support for program focused on employment for people with disabilities through outreach and training for employers, workshops for parents and training and placement for young adults
Massachusetts Advocates for Children    Boston, MA
B-Set for Career Network: Boston Transition Project for Youth with Disabilities$25,000
Support for work with stakeholders to increase transition activities and pathways for youth with disabilities to secure employment in Boston
Latino Special Education Advocacy Project $40,000
Support for Spanish speaking lawyer to provide workshops and a HELP line to provide Latino families with intensive outreach, training and advocacy to help them navigate the necessary systems so their children with disabilities will be successful in school.
Met Council   New York, NY
Cash Assistance $150,000
Support for emergency cash assistance for victims of domestic violence. (1st Installment)
Food Bank $25,000
Support for Kosher food assistance
Mid Island Y JCC   Plainview, NY$40,000
Adler Center for Special Needs
Support for social worker and specialists for social, recreational and educational programs for youth with special needs
Butler Service Coordinator (First Installment) $18,500
Support pilot program to work with families to help them understand their rights and how to navigate the NYS governmental systems (Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver and SSI) for people with disabilities and help them connect with the Medicaid Service Network and Coordinators
Montefiore Medical Center   Bronx, NY$100,000
School Health Program
Support to cover the start-up costs of 2 additional school based health clinics in the Bronx
More Than Words   Waltham, MA $50,000
Bookstore and Cafe
Support for transitional employment program for youth 14-21 in residential programming focusing on employment, entrepreneurship and leadership opportunities by running an online and store front bookstore business.
Boston Expansion $50,000
One time capital grant to expand Boston Bookstore, Café and Warehouse.
Mosholu Montefiore Community Center   Bronx, NY
Youth Being Raised by Grandparents or other Caregivers $75,000
Support for social worker with expertise in special needs to work with this very at risk population of youth and their caregivers to help them navigate the DOE and get the services they need.
Family Choice Project $50,000
Support to work with families of middle and high school students to identify and explore educational options for both typical students and student with special needs in NYC schools
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center   New York, NY$65,000
Legal Advocate
Support for on-site medical/legal partnership with Youth Represent providing an on-site legal advocate to address the educational, social, legal issues of economically and socially disadvantaged young people ages 10-24
Museum of Modern Art   New York, NY $10,000
Access Program
Support for access to educational programs for people with disabilities
Natural Resources Defense Council   New York, NY$25,000
Climate Center Team
Annual support for environment projects
New Alternatives for Children    New York, NY $50,000
Camp Scholarships
Support for camp scholarships for medically fragile youth
New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)    New York, NY
Special Education Unit $50,000
Support for free legal services for low income children with physical, developmental and learning disabilities
Family Law $25,000
Support for free consultation and legal representation to low-income individuals
LegalHealth $50,000
Support for legal assistance for low-income patients and advocacy training for health- care professionals in NYC hospitals
Opportunity Network New York, NY $30,000
OpNet Fellows
Support for after school and summer program that works with underserved high school students from their sophomore year through college exploring careers, providing paid summer internships and building networks that will lead to robust careers
Prospect Park Alliance Brooklyn, NY $10,000
Special Aces
Support for tennis program that works with youth on the autism spectrum and other special needs
Publicolor   New York, NY $60,000
Color Club/Next Steps Program and Professional Development
Support for professional development and after school apprenticeship/educational enrichment programs serving at-risk middle and high school youth
Ramapo for Children   New York, NY
Ramapo Training Institute $75,000
Support for professional training and staff development for program staff and youth workers in community-based organizations serving high-risk youth and children with special needs in New York
College CLASSP $109,125
Support for CLASSP program for college age students who earn 6 college credits, a stipend and work 250 hours with people with disabilities at community agencies throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Westchester
Youth Workers Conference $15,000
Support for conference in collaboration with Samuel Field Y to promote professionalism and capacity of youth working with children with disabilities in after school programs
Training in Boston $31,500
Training in Boston Support for training and coaching of personnel working in after-school inclusion programs
Rising Treetops at Oakhurst    Bronx, NY
Evaluation and Training$15,000
Support for evaluation of therapeutic recreation program and additional training
Rocking the Boat    Bronx, NY
After School and Summer Youth Development Programs $50,000
Support for afterschool and summer on water and boat building programs
Bronx River Camp $50,000
Support for summer on-water, experiential environmental programs for 8 community groups of middle school campers in the Bronx
Headquarters $50,000
One time capital grant to purchase the building Rocking the Boat presently rents as its headquarters
Row New York    Long Island City, NY $35,000
Para Rowing
Support for full time staff person for year-round adaptive rowing program for people with developmental and physical disabilities
Samuel Field Y   Little Neck, NY
Beaconworks - Select $30,000
Support for academic enrichment, job skills and internship program for at-risk, underachieving middle and high school students
Butler Special Needs Center $61,000
Support for programs designed to enhance social skills and community inclusion opportunities for people with disabilities with a special focus on programming to attract young adults ages 19-40.
CLASSP $53,875
Support for training, internships and stipends for high school students working with people with disabilities in out of school programs at 7 not-for-profit agencies on Long Island
Scholarship Assistance $27,000
Scholarship assistance for children with disabilities attending after school, day camp, preschool programs
Teen Services $38,000
Support for social, recreational, educational and community service programs for at-risk teens
Jeri Mendelsohn Scholarship $1,000
Support for scholarship established to honor Jeri Mendelsohn upon her retirement
Shames JCC on the Hudson    Tarrytown, NY
CLASSP $40,125
Support for training, internships and stipends for high school students working with youth with disabilities in out of school programs at 3 community centers in Westchester and the Bronx
Westchester Network for People in Transition $30,000
Support for teens with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to adulthood through the provision of appropriate social and recreational activities for the teens and help for their families to explore post -secondary school options
Shorefront YM-YWHA   Brooklyn, NY $60,000
Family Autism Center
Support for social, recreational and educational services for people with developmental disabilities and autism and their families
Silver Lining Mentoring    Boston, MA $30,000
Integrated Service Model
Support for long term mentoring for youth ages 14-21 emerging from the foster care system
Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center   Commack, NY$20,000
Butler Special Needs Center
Support for after school, vacation, camping, recreational and socialization programs for people with special needs, ages 4-15
Tech Kids Unlimited    New York, NY $20,000
TKU Teens and T3 Digital Agency
Support for tech programs for youth ages 7-20 with disabilities such as ASD, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, OCD and other learning and social/emotional challenges
The Go Project    New York, NY $35,000
Go Summer Go School
Support for 5 week summer program and winter Saturday academic enrichment program serving under resourced, public school youth with learning disabilities
The New Jewish Home    New York, NY $50,000
Geriatric Career Development Program
Support for workforce development program to introduce inner city students to career opportunities in the field of geriatrics
The Wiley Network    Dedham, MA $10,000
Mentoring College Students in Foster Care
Support for 1:1 mentoring of college students to insure they complete college and develop a network of support
Treehouse Foundation    Brookline, MA $5,000
Re-envisioning Foster Care Conference
Support for foster care conference
UJA-Federation   New York, NY
Day Camp Scholarships $70,000
Support for summer camp scholarships for children with disabilities
Butler Health Center $300,000
Support for new health center at the Henry Kauffman Campgrounds in Long Island
University Settlement    New York, NY $30,000
EXCEL Program
Support to expand programming for people with disabilities
Urban Dove New York, NY$25,000
Hi-Risers and College All Stars Teen Program
Support for leadership and college bound programming
Waypoint  Newton, MA $25,000  
Waypoint Adventure
Outdoor adventure program the inspires people with disabilities to go beyond what they thought possible
Westchester Jewish Community Services  White Plains, NY $27,989  
Greyston Bakery
Support for open hire program and wrap around services for bakery employees to further their Employment opportunities
Wheelock College Family Theater   Boston, MA $20,000  
Inclusion and Access Theater Program
Support for theater program for youth with disabilities
YM & YWHA of Washington Heights    New York, NY
Special Needs Services$60,000
Support for capacity building grant to expand special needs services, hire a special needs consultant to provide assessments, referrals and parental support, increase inclusion in the nursery school and provide scholarships for youth with disabilities
CLASSP – Manhattan and Bronx $50,725
Support for CLASSP, a program that trains and provides internships for high school students working with youth with disabilities in after school programs at 7 community centers in Manhattan and the Bronx
Total $4,211,904


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