That’s 1.8 million people — more than the entire population of Philadelphia.

Robin Hood fights poverty in New York City. We find, fund, and create the most effective programs across the city — schools, food pantries, homeless shelters, job training centers, health facilities, legal clinics, and more — to provide low-income New Yorkers with the tools they need to build better lives.

The Four Pillars of Robin Hood

100% Charity

Robin Hood’s board of directors underwrites all operating costs, so 100 percent of your donation goes directly to fighting poverty.

Rigorous Metrics

Robin Hood examines its grants through an exacting evaluation process to determine, as best as the evidence allows, how much each of our grants lifts the well-being of struggling New Yorkers.


We only fund the most effective poverty-fighting programs. If they’re successful, Robin Hood helps them expand. If they stumble, we help them improve. But if weak performance persists, we end support. Every misspent dollar is a missed opportunity.


In addition to financial support, Robin Hood works closely with nonprofits, offering business expertise, leadership training, and best practices to bolster our partners’ ability to serve low-income communities.

Spending Wisely

Robin Hood’s donors have entrusted us to spend their dollars wisely. In return, we promise to invest their funds in the most effective ways possible.

  • Basic Needs $25 Million
  • Education $54.5 Million
    Early Childhood
  • Economic Security $34.3 Million
    Job Training
    Income Security
  • Other $2.3 Million
    Management Assistance and Capital Real Estate
See Financial Report

Adding Value

We fund only the most effective poverty-fighting organizations. Offering more than money, we work closely with our partners to ensure they get the job done through leadership training, management assistance, board placement, and more.


Robin Hood is a true partner, working closely with our community partners to ensure they succeed. We align with them on organizational challenges and priorities, then offer expertise as we work together to understand root problems and find best solutions on a variety of issues — from strategic planning to fundraising to human capital.

In 2017, we helped our community partners execute on 94 management assistance projects, complete nine strategic planning efforts, and sent over 300 staffers to training.


Operating in New York City’s competitive real estate market is no easy task. Robin Hood supports our partners with their real estate needs by offering advice, financial support, and connections to top professionals.

In 2017, we helped our community partners buy a medical van, repair a food pantry, outfit classrooms, and expand a community center for young immigrants.


We connect devoted and passionate individuals who are interested in dedicating their time, talent, and financial support to the boards of organizations funded by Robin Hood.

In 2017, we helped our community partners bring on 31 new board and junior board members.


Low-income New Yorkers battle poverty on multiple fronts: homeless and hungry; unemployed and undereducated; chronically sick and facing eviction. To break the cycle of poverty, we must fight back on each and every front. Robin Hood works with our community partners to stitch together a safety net for New Yorkers in need so that any service, from haircuts to legal aid, is just one phone call away.

Hear Wendy, a Robin Hood hero, share how she is breaking the cycle of poverty for her daughters by tapping into the support of our community partners.





Early Childhood

K-12 Education


Job Training

Income Security


When Robin Hood identifies critical gaps in service and unmet needs, we launch special initiatives that create solutions and augment our core grant making portfolio.

Conducted in partnership with Columbia University, Poverty Tracker is our groundbreaking study of disadvantage in New York City. Unlike typical surveys of poverty that take an annual snapshot, Poverty Tracker checks in with the same 4,000 households quarter after quarter for several years, giving us a dynamic view of poverty over time. This year, Poverty Tracker investigated the underemployment crisis in New York City and explored why 1 in 4 households eligible for SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps, does not receive them.

In January, we launched the Start By Asking campaign, a three-year citywide effort to enroll eligible, low-income New Yorkers in critical food, health, and income benefits programs. Throughout 2017, we enrolled more than 10,000 new New Yorkers in the Earned Income Tax Credit program, putting dollars in the pockets of individuals and families.

Fund for early learning

A five-year, $50-million initiative that aims to transform New York City into an early learning metropolis by finding and scaling low-cost, research-based early childhood interventions that will help young children living in poverty build the skills they need to succeed. In July, we invested in collective action projects in two high-need community districts led by coalitions in the South Bronx and Brownsville. The projects will focus efforts on offering services in these communities that are rooted in the science of early brain development, but developed and implemented by participating community organizations.

Grant Readiness and Insights Training

Grant Readiness and Insights Training (GRIT) aims to help operational nonprofits with promising models to successfully communicate their outcomes and costs to funders. The goal of the GRIT program is to help build the capacity of New York City’s nonprofit sector.

The Learning + Technology Fund aims to unlock the potential of technology to transform learning and advance achievement for low-income students in New York City. The Fund’s approach is to create a cohort of New York City schools, supported by expert partners, that will implement and evaluate strategies for using technology to enhance learning in literacy and computational thinking. This year, the Fund launched its first demonstration sites.

Early Childhood Research Initiative

Early childhood programs can generate more impact than those delivered later in life, but current research does not tell us which interventions are most effective. With the Early Childhood Research Initiative, Robin Hood will help provide the rigorous evidence needed to determine which early childhood interventions have the greatest impact on improving the futures of low-income children.

Donor Advised Fund

Robin Hood’s Donor Advised Fund (DAF) platform is a first-of-its-kind philanthropic solution, combining the tax-effectiveness and flexibility of DAFs with Robin Hood’s three decades of results-oriented grant making.  We’ve partnered with the leading DAF providers (JPMorgan/National Philanthropic Trust and Fidelity Charitable), each with distinct features to meet every donor’s unique needs.  Our DAFs promise the lowest fees available as well as flexible investment terms to help you grow your charitable dollars.

Pershing Square Immigrant Opportunity Fund

Nearly half of all low-income New Yorkers are immigrants or their children, and they are disproportionately disconnected to the tools that lead to long-term prosperity. Through the Pershing Square Immigrant Opportunity Fund, Robin Hood is investing in both innovation and proven interventions to address some of the most pressing issues facing immigrant New Yorkers, including legal status for refugees, preventing and treating diabetes, and expanding access to health care.

Thank you for being part of our community of caring.

1199SEIU Home Care Industry Education Fund
a.i.r. nyc
Accion East
Achievement First
Advocates for Children
After Hours Project
Aid for AIDS
Ali Forney Center
Asian Americans for Equality
Association to Benefit Children
Astor Services for Children and Families
Avenues for Justice
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
Benefits Data Trust
Bloomingdale Family Program
Blue Engine
Blue Ridge Labs
Bottom Line
Breaking Ground
Bridge Fund of New York
Brightpoint Health
Bronx Defenders
Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center
Brooklyn Kindergarten Society
Brooklyn Legal Services
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations
Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of New York
Center for Attention and Learning at Northwell Health
Center for Court Innovation
Center for Employment Opportunities
Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
Center for Urban Community Services
Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
Child Mind Institute
Children’s Trauma Institute/New York University Silver School of Social Work
Children's Aid Society
Children's Defense Fund
Children's Health Fund
Chinese American Planning Council
City Bar Justice Center
City Harvest
City Health Works
Coalition for Queens
Coalition for the Homeless
College Advising Corps
CollegeBound Initiative/Young Women's Leadership Network
Columbia University Population Research Center
Community Access
Community Action for Safe Apartments
Community Health Action of Staten Island
Comprehensive Development Inc.
Computer Science for All (CS4ALL)
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Cristo Rey New York High School
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
DREAM Charter School
Eagle Academy Foundation
East Harlem Scholars Academies
East Side House Settlement
Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
Education Development Center (EDC)
Educators for Excellence
Family Justice Centers/Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City
FDNY Foundation
FEDCAP Rehabilitation Services
Flocabulary/Fund for Public Schools
Food Bank for New York City
Fortune Society
Friends of the Children
Furman Center on Real Estate and Urban Policy/New York University
Future Now at Bronx Community College/The City University of New York
GO Project
Global Talent Pipeline Workforce 1 Career Center
Goddard Riverside Community Center
Good Shepherd Services
Grace Institute
Grameen America
Grand Street Settlement
Harlem Children's Zone
Health Leads
Healthy Families New York/Brookdale Hospital
HealthySteps/Montefiore Medical Center
Henry Street Settlement
Hetrick-Martin Institute
Hot Bread Kitchen
Housing Help Program
Housing Rights Initiative
Housing Works, Inc.
Hunger Free America
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Immigrant Justice Corps
Jericho Project
John Jay College of Criminal Justice/The City University of New York
Kids in Need of Defense
Kingsborough Community College/The City University of New York
LaGuardia Community College/The City University of New York
Lawyers for Children
Legal Aid Society
Legal Services NYC
LightSail/Fund for Public Schools
Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service
Live Light/Live Right
Madison Strategies Group
Make the Road New York
McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research/New York University Silver School of Social Work
Melting Pot Foundation
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty
Military Family Clinic/New York University School of Medicine
Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Neighborhood Trust Financial Partners
Neighbors Together
New Classrooms Innovation Partners
New Economy Project
New Settlement Apartments
New Visions for Public Schools
New York City Charter School Center
New York City College of Technology/The City University of New York
New York Common Pantry
New York Foundling Hospital
New York Immigration Coalition
New York Legal Assistance Group
New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
Nontraditional Employment For Women
Northside Center for Child Development
NYC District Council of Carpenters Training Center
NYC Human Resources Administration, Department of Social Services and Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs/Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
Office of Community and Population Health/Montefiore Medical Center
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow
P.S. 516
Part Of The Solution
Partnership for Inner-City Education
Partnership with Children
Per Scholas
Project Hospitality
Project Renewal
Public Health Solutions
Queens Community House
Reading Partners
Rebuilding Together NYC
Relay Graduate School of Education (Teacher U)
Research Foundation of CUNY
River Fund
Rose F. Kennedy Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center/Montefiore Medical Center
Safe Horizon
Safe Passage Project
Samaritan Daytop Village
Sanctuary for Families
SCO Family of Services
Selfhelp Community Services
Services for the UnderServed
Sheltering Arms
Single Stop USA
South Bronx Early Head Start
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
St. John's Bread & Life Program
St. Nicks Alliance
Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center
Staten Island Mental Health Society
Success Academy Charter Schools
Sunnyside Community Services
Supportive Housing Network of New York
Teach for America New York
The Children's Cabinet/Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
The Door
The Family Center
The Financial Clinic
The HOPE Program
The Institute for Family Health
The New York City Acquisition Fund
The Stella and Charles Guttman Community College/The City University of New York
The Young Men's Clinic/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Turnaround for Children
Turning Point
Uncommon Schools
Union Settlement Association
University of Oregon
University of Oregon Foundation
University Settlement Society
Upwardly Global
Urban Arts Partnership
Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice, Adams Street Foundation
Urban Justice Center
Urban Pathways, Inc.
Visiting Nurse Service of New York
West Side Campaign Against Hunger
Women in Need, Inc
Women's Center for Education and Career Advancement
Year Up


Larry Robbins, Chair
Cecily Carson, Vice-Chair
Anne Dinning, Vice Chair
Lee Ainslie
Jacklyn Bezos
Victoria Bjorklund
Jeff Blau
Emma Bloomberg
Scott Bommer
Peter Borish
Geoffrey Canada
Katie Couric
Glenn Dubin
David Einhorn
Mary Erdoes
Roland Fryer
John Griffin
Douglas Haynes
Kaya Henderson
Jeffrey Immelt
Paul Jones
Peter Kiernan
John King
Joel Marcus
Doug Morris
Alexander Navab
Daniel Och
John Overdeck
Robert Pittman
David Puth
David Saltzman
Alan Schwartz
David Solomon
Barry Sternlicht
John Sykes
David Tepper
Marta Tienda
Kenneth Tropin
Marian Wright Edelman
Wes Moore, CEO

Lloyd Blankfein
Thomas Brokaw
Richard Chilton
Steven Cohen
Stanley Druckenmiller
Laurence Fink
Julius Gaudio
Marie-Josée Kravis
Philippe Laffont
Kenneth Langone
Mary McCormick
Lachlan Murdoch
Gwyneth Paltrow
Diane Sawyer
Jes Staley
Max Stone
Jann Wenner
Brian Williams
Dirk Ziff
Jeffrey Zucker

Cecily Carson, Co-Chair
Craig Nevill-Manning, Co-Chair
Mark Bezos
Anthony Bozza
Elissa Doyle
Scott Ferguson
Jennifer Grubman Rothenberg
Allen Houston
Rachel Jacobellis
Nancy Jarecki
Derek Kaufman
John Khoury
Alexander Klabin
Kristin Lemkau
Eli Manning
Serena Park
Tony Pasquariello
Purnima Puri
Stephanie Ruhle
Jabali Sawicki
Lori Schreiber
Allen Thorpe
Boaz Weinstein
Jeff Zalaznick

Priscilla Almodovar
Jeff Blau
David Edelstein
Ingrid Ellen
Adam Flatto
Lloyd Goldman
Richard Mack
Jonathan Mechanic
Ronald Moelis
Richard Roberts
Samuel Rosenblatt
David Saltzman
Robert Speyer
Emanuel Stern
Jed Walentas
Deborah Wright

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
Michael Horn
John Overdeck
David Saltzman
David M. Siegel

William Ackman
Lee Ainslie
Jacklyn Bezos
Steven Cohen
Paul Jones
Philippe Laffont
John Overdeck
Casey Wasserman
Laura Wasserman

Thank you to the entire Robin Hood community for making last year’s impact possible. As we move into 2018, Robin Hood will move in partnership in all that we do; engage strategically in public policy (which at a sweep of a pen can make our work easier or nearly impossible); contribute to the public discourse about poverty, who is poor, and the barriers that put and keep people in poverty; and expand proven solutions — by importing from outside the five boroughs and sharing our work with other communities.

Thank you for joining us in the fight against poverty.

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