This April, hear from students who have benefited from one of Robin Hood’s biggest and smartest investments: the CUNY ACE program. Also, watch how our Management Assistance team is helping nonprofits like Coney Island Prep succeed, get your tickets to the Robin Hood Benefit on May 15, and listen to Robin Hood CEO Richard Buery as he speaks with author Matthew Desmond about his new book “Poverty, By America.” That and more in this month’s edition of Notes from the Field.

More Than a Wise Investment: CUNY ACE is Part of New York City’s Recovery

A college credential is increasingly critical to accessing well-paying jobs, but retention and completion rates at CUNY – the nation’s largest urban public university, where over 60% of its student body come from households making less than $30,000 – are depressed, meaning many students don’t graduate. That’s why, in 2015, Robin Hood funded the pilot for CUNY’s Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE) – a comprehensive academic support program designed to help students complete their bachelor’s degree on time. Meet three CUNY ACE students at Lehman College and learn how this program helped them succeed.

Robin Hood Annual Benefit 2023, Save the Date: Monday, May 15 at the Javits Center in NYC

Celebrate 35 Years of Fighting Poverty at the Robin Hood Benefit

Robin Hood is back at the Javits Center for our Annual Benefit on Monday, May 15! And in case you haven’t heard, we’ll be honoring 35 years of fighting poverty in NYC. The evening will be a tribute to the city we all love – a love that’s fueled Robin Hood’s work since our beginning. Join us for stories that highlight our work across all five boroughs, enjoy entertainment from Kendrick Lamar and Brandi Carlile, and so much more. Reserve your table and get your tickets.

Robin Hood & Coney Island Prep: Supporting Grantees through Management Assistance

Poverty-fighting nonprofits often lack the resources and tools they need to scale their impact. To address this, Robin Hood’s Management Assistance team works with community partners to solve key management challenges while helping build their networks, develop skills, and fund capacity-building projects. We’d like to introduce you to one of those community partners. Meet Coney Island Prep.

Join the Archer Legacy Society at Robin Hood

Be remembered for your love of New York City with a planned gift to Robin Hood today! You can now explore our newly expanded planned giving website, which offers ways you can plan for your future financial needs while also supporting Robin Hood’s long-term sustainability. For more information, please contact Austin Wrubel, Director of Planned Giving, at or (212) 844-3521. Leave a lasting impact.

One Question We Should Be Asking Ourselves About Work and Education After the Pandemic: Who Was Left Behind?

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect employment. While some applauded the “great resignation” as an act against industries that view them as dispensable, others framed it as government benefits disincentivizing work. But the story is far more complicated, particularly for those in low-paying jobs. Our researchers dive into the evolution of the low-income workforce during the pandemic in our latest Poverty Tracker report.

“Poverty, By America”: Book Talk with Matthew Desmond & Richard Buery

Robin Hood CEO Richard Buery spoke with Matthew Desmond on his new book “Poverty, By America,” which explores why the U.S. has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. In this landmark book, Desmond draws on history, research, and original reporting to show how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor. Here’s a clip of their conversation.

Opinion: Albany Must Use the State Budget to Make New York More Affordable for its People

In a joint op-ed with the Business Council of New York State, Robin Hood CEO Richard Buery weighs in on the affordability issues related to housing and universal child care during the final days of the legislative session in Albany. As advocates await the state budget to be finalized, this issue is still being debated in the halls of power and Robin Hood will continue to fight for the needs of New York families. Read the article.

Robin Hood in the News

35 Years Later, What’s New With NYC Anti-Poverty Giant Robin Hood, Inside Philanthropy

CUNY Charges Up Curriculum With Digital Literacy, Community College Daily

Op-ed: Ensuring All New Yorkers Can Earn a College Degree, amNY


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