Former Ford Foundation President Franklin Thomas to Lead September 11th Funds As Chairman; Board Named; Joshua Gotbaum Named Executive Director & CEO
NEW YORK, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The New York Community Trust and United Way of New York City, the nonprofit organizations that established The September 11th Fund, today announced the formation of a Board to oversee and direct the activities of the Fund, as well as the separate September 11th Telethon Fund supported by the entertainment industry's "Tribute to Heroes" show. Franklin Thomas, former president of the Ford Foundation, was appointed Chairman. Members of the Board were also named, drawn from the governing bodies of the two sponsoring institutions and other recognized leaders from the public and private sectors. Joshua Gotbaum, former executive associate director and controller of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, has been named Executive Director and CEO. Under the leadership of Mr. Thomas and Mr. Gotbaum, the Board will be responsible for making grants from the September 11th Fund and the September 11th Telethon Fund. To date, the September 11th Fund has received pledges and contributions from thousands of individuals, corporations, and charitable organizations totaling more than $170 million and will address both the emergency and longer-term needs of the victims, their families and the affected communities. The Board will also establish guidelines for the distribution of about $150 million pledged to the September 11th Telethon Fund for victims and families. It will ensure all funds are distributed fairly and effectively, in accordance with the wishes of those from around the world who have donated. "I am privileged to begin this effort with the distinguished individuals who have agreed to serve on the board, " Mr. Thomas said. "With their intelligence, wisdom, and insight, I am confident that we will advance the extraordinary work being done by government and the business and nonprofit sectors to rebuild our communities." The September 11th Fund's grant program is currently supporting efforts to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families touched by the tragedy; spur the economic recovery of individuals and families in New York and other affected communities; and ensure the capacity of nonprofits to continue to provide services. The September 11th Fund works by making grants to organizations that are expert in providing direct services and meeting a variety of needs. Nearly $16 million in grants has already been approved to more than 35 nonprofit agencies in the New York region. For example, emergency grants from the Fund have already made it possible for Safe Horizon to distribute over 6,000 checks to victims' families that will cover basic needs such as mortgage payments and utility bills. The Fund is currently reviewing more than 100 proposals for both immediate and longer-term needs. In accepting the position, Gotbaum noted, "Thousands suffered from the events of September 11th, but thousands more have reached out to provide help. Our task is to turn their contributions into action, to work with many organizations and speed the recovery." All of the funds contributed to the September 11th Fund will go directly to grants. Mr. Gotbaum and a small staff will be supported by funds raised separately and expressly for this purpose. The Fund will continue to draw as well on the experienced teams at United Way of New York City and The New York Community Trust. "We are enormously pleased that Frank Thomas, a man of extraordinary experience, integrity and judgment, has agreed to lead this critical effort," said Lorie A. Slutsky, president of The New York Community Trust. "We established The September 11th Fund to provide a way that thousands could help the victims of the attack, their families and communities with confidence that their funds would be used wisely, effectively and fairly." "Speaking for the thousands of annual United Way contributors around the country who donated to The September 11th Fund, the selection of Frank Thomas and Josh Gotbaum should assure all of us that our charitable dollars will be distributed in an expedited, direct and appropriate fashion," said Ellie Ferdon, chair of United Way of America. Franklin Thomas heads the TFF Study Group, which focuses primarily on assisting the development process in Southern Africa. He was president of the Ford Foundation from 1979-1996. Before joining Ford, Mr. Thomas was the first president of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation. He served as Deputy Police Commissioner in Charge of Legal Matters for the New York City Police Department and Assistant US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Thomas serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards and is an advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations. Joshua Gotbaum is the former executive associate director & controller of the US Office of Management and Budget and has over 20 years of financial and management experience. Prior to joining OMB, Gotbaum was Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy for the US Treasury, Assistant Secretary for Economic Security for the US Department of Defense and general partner at Lazard Freres & Co, an investment bank in New York City. Below are a list of Board members and their affiliations and a list of all grants awarded to date. About the September 11th Funds The September 11th Fund was established by The New York Community Trust and United Way of New York City to meet the immediate and long-term needs of victims, families and communities affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11th. To date, over $170 million has been contributed and pledged. The September 11th Telethon Fund was established to collect donations pledged through the entertainment industry's "Tribute to Heroes," the two-hour telethon that aired live on multiple TV networks and thousands of radio stations around the world. The September 11th Telethon Fund has received about $150 million in pledges. The website address is http://www.september11fund.org. About The New York Community Trust The New York Community Trust was established in 1924 to improve the quality of life in New York City and help people with their philanthropy. An aggregate of 1,500 charitable funds set up by individuals, families and business, The Trust last year distributed over $145 million in grants throughout the New York region and all over the country for issues related to children and families, health, community development, education, the arts and many other worthwhile causes. Their website address is http://www.nycommunitytrust.org. About United Way of New York City United Way of New York City (UWNYC) is a volunteer-led organization dedicated to helping New York's most vulnerable citizens become and remain self-sufficient. UWNYC funds a network of the most effective health and human services nonprofits in the five boroughs; mobilizes collaborative efforts to address our community's most pressing needs; and provides management assistance, technology training, donated computers and more to help nonprofits achieve maximum impact. UWNYC is part of a system of 1400 local United Ways nationwide. Visit the website at http://www.uwnyc.org. September 11th Fund Board Bruce L. Ballard, M.D. Dr. Ballard is associate dean for Student Affairs and Equal Opportunity Programs and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He is a member of the Group for Student Affairs of the Association of American Medical Colleges, and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the New York Academy of Medicine. He is a member of The New York Community Trust Distribution Committee. John H. Biggs Mr. Biggs is the chairman and chief executive officer of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and the College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). He has been with TIAA-CREF for almost 20 years, as president, chief operating officer and trustee. He is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, member of the American Economic Association, and director of National Bureau of Economic Research. He serves as vice chairman of the board of United Way of New York City. Stanley Brezenoff Mr. Brezenoff is president and CEO of Maimonides Medical Center. He was the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He served Mayor Edward Koch as Deputy Mayor for Operations and First Deputy Mayor. Other government posts have included serving as commissioner for the Department of Employment and president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. He chairs the Dean's Council of NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York. Samuel C. Butler Mr. Butler is chairman of the board of the New York Public Library and the former managing partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He is a director of several corporate boards and has served on the Harvard Board of Overseers and the boards of the American Museum of Natural History and Vassar College. Reverend Calvin O. Butts, III Rev. Butts is the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. Dr. Butts is the chancellor of the State University at Westbury and is chairman of the C.T. Walker Housing Corp. and a member of the board of the Central Park Conservancy. He is actively involved in the African-American community in New York City and has received numerous awards and commendations for his efforts. He serves vice chairman of the board of United Way of New York City. C.L. Clemente Mr. Clemente is the senior vice president of Corporate Affairs of Pfizer, Inc. A member of the Corporate Management Committee, he also serves as corporate counsel and secretary of the Pfizer Board of Directors. Mr. Clemente is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the United States Council for International Business, the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Council, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), and Project Hope. He serves as chairman of the board of United Way of New York City. Ernest J. Collazo Mr. Collazo is managing partner of Collazo Carling & Mish. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a director of the United Hospital Fund of New York and the VIP Community Services. He also is a member of the Federal Bar Council (Committee on Second Circuit Court), the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court (Master), the Advisory Committee to the Rules Committee of the Second Judicial Circuit of the U.S. Labor Advisory Council (to the Health Care Industry), and the Committee on Second Circuit Courts (Federal Bar Council). Mr. Collazo is a former director of the Lehman College Foundation and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York Fund, Inc. He is a member of The New York Community Trust Distribution Committee. Jill M. Considine Ms. Considine is chairman and chief executive officer of The Depository Trust & Clearing Corp. She served as president of the New York Clearing House Association and she was managing director, chief administrator officer, American Express Bank, Ltd., and was the New York State Superintendent of Banks. She was the president and chief executive officer of The First Women's Bank and was a vice president at Bankers Trust and the Chase Manhattan Bank. James E. Copeland James E. Copeland is the chief executive officer of Deloitte & Touche in the U.S. and its global parent of Deloite Touche Tohmatsu. He serves on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Japan Business Council. He is former chairman of the board of United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and was president of Research Atlanta. Abigail Disney Ms. Disney is a philanthropist and speaker active in supporting women's initiatives. She is the president and founder of the Daphne Foundation and Vice President of the New York Women's Foundation. Ms. Disney is also one of the founders of Liberty Media for Women. Charlotte Moses Fischman Ms. Fischman is a partner of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. She is a director of NAMI-Metro, a member of the New York City Bar Association Ethics 2000 Committee, the Board of Visitors, and Columbia Law School. She is also a member of the First Judicial Department Disciplinary Committee, a former trustee of Brandeis University, and a former director of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and The Legal Aid Society. She is a member of The New York Community Trust Distribution Committee. Marty Franks Mr. Franks is executive vice president for CBS Television and senior vice president of Viacom Corp. Mr. Franks has also held a number of posts in Washington, including service under President Jimmy Carter, chief of staff to Senator Patrick Leahy, and executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Gary Ginsberg Mr. Ginsberg is executive vice president of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications for News Corporation. Mr. Ginsberg is a former senior editor and counsel for George magazine and former assistant counsel to President Clinton. He serves on the board of New Visions for Public Schools and New York Cares. Thomas S. Johnson Mr. Johnson is the chairman, president and CEO of Greenpoint Bank. He is the former president and director of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company and former president and director of Chemical Bank in New York City. He is a trustee on numerous boards, including U.S. Capital Group, The Asia Society, The Cancer Research Institute of America, The Institute of International Education and WNET Channel 13, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He serves on the board of United Way of New York City. Robert M. Kaufman Mr. Kaufman is a partner of Proskauer Rose LLP. He is the board chairman of Pirelli Cables and Systems LLC, Old Westbury Funds, Inc., and the Times Square Business Improvement District. He is a trustee of Brooklyn Law School, chair emeritus for the Fund for Modern Courts, and past president of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the American Judicature Society. He is vice-chairman of The New York Community Trust Distribution Committee. Shelly Lazarus Ms. Lazarus is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide. She is a member of the board of directors of a number of industry, business and academic institutions, including Ann Taylor Stores, General Electric Company, Teacher's Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and the World Wildlife Fund. She also serves as chair of the board of trustees of Smith College, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Business Council. She is former chairman of the American Advertising Agencies. Barbara Scott Preiskel Ms. Preiskel is the former senior vice president and general counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. She is a trustee of Wellesley College, the American Museum of the Moving Image, and Tougaloo College. She is a former director of Textron, American Stores Co., General Electric Co., Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., and the Washington Post Co. She is a former member of The New York Community Trust Distribution Committee, where she served as chairman. Rossana Rosado Mrs. Rosado is editor-in-chief and general manager, News and Sales, of El Diario-La Prensa. Mrs. Rosado is an Emmy-award winning television producer for her work at WPIX-TV in New York City. She is El Diario's first female editor-in-chief and has helped build the tradition of advocacy journalism. She serves on the board of United Way of New York City. Anne P. Sidamon-Eristoff Mrs. Sidamon-Eristoff is chair emerita of the American Museum of Natural History. She serves on the boards of the Black Rock Forest Consortium, the God Bless America Fund, the Greenacre Foundation, the Storm King Art Center, and the World Wildlife Fund. She is a former director of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, the Museum of Modern Art, and Scenic Hudson. She is chairman of The New York Community Trust Distribution Committee. Wilma ("Billie") S. Tisch Mrs. Tisch is the president of Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York. She is also chairman emerita of the WNYC Foundation and a life trustee of the UJA Federation. She serves as vice chairman of the board of United Way of New York City. Lulu C. Wang Ms. Wang is the chairman and CEO of Tupelo Capital Management LLC. She is a trustee of Wellesley College and on the Finance Committee of the Rockefeller Family Fund. She is president of the Shoreland Foundation and a board member of the Women's Forum and WNYC. She is a member of The New York Community Distribution Committee and chairs its Finance and Investment Committees. Carl Weisbrod Mr. Weisbrod, an attorney, established and is president of the Alliance for Downtown New York. He has been president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, director of the Mayor's Office of Midtown Enforcement, executive director of the City Planning Commission, and president of the New York State 42nd Street Development Project. He is a trustee of the Ford Foundation and NYU Down Hospital among other organizations. September 11th Fund Grants Organization Purpose Amount Safe Horizon To provide emergency financial $7,546,000 (3 grants) assistance to the families of ($1,000,000 attack victims and no-interest loans cash-flow loan to meet cash-flow needs of the State funding and Crime Victims Board fund. $846,000 for operational support-2 weeks) Seedco For a loan fund for nonprofits $2,150,000 directly affected by the disaster. (one year) United Ways For direct cash assistance to $2,100,000 throughout victims and their families. the region Forest Hills To replace three destroyed volunteer $937,000 Volunteer ambulances and to enhance the (6 months) Ambulance ability of 34 volunteer ambulance Corps, Inc. corps to provide backup for the City's Emergency Medical Service system for the next six months. Mental Health To augment a citywide crisis resource $910,847 Association of database, including certified (6 months) New York City clinicians, and increase the capacity of its mental health hotline. Consortium for For the Emergency Employment $438,000 Worker Clearinghouse, which is providing (3 months) Education assistance to those who lost jobs as a result of the attack. Cross-Cultural For rescue efforts, respite services, $320,000 Solutions and volunteer coordination at Ground Zero and on the Spirit of New York, from 9/11 through 10/20. New York City To provide grief counseling to $225,000 Fire Department firefighters and their families. (6 months) NPower New York For coordination of technology $196,900 services to nonprofits affected (2 months) by the World Trade Center attack. Food for To provide emergency food relief $195,500 Survival to those affected by the attack and (2 months) food management and operation assistance to organizations involved in the recovery effort. Legal Aid To provide emergency civil legal $171,000 Society assistance to low-income (6 weeks) attack victims. Feed the For emergency relief efforts consisting $137,000 Children of deliveries of food and supplies. (1 week) Interfaith To provide counseling, support, and $100,000 Neighbors, Inc. crisis intervention to children, (10 months) teens, teachers, and youth practitioners in the aftermath of the attack. Disaster To provide psychiatric services to $75,000 Psychiatry victims of the attack. (6 months) Outreach Arab-American To provide emergency assistance $60,000 Family Support to individuals, schools, police (3 months) Center and other agencies in dealing with the effects of the attacks on Arab-Americans. National Fallen To purchase the ceremonial materials $54,000 Firefighters required for the funerals of (3 months) Foundation New York City firefighters who died during the rescue efforts. New York For emergency information and $50,000 Immigration help immigrants get access to relief (6 months) Coalition assistance harmed by the attack, and to document and inform authorities of bias incidents against members of immigrant groups. Asociacion To assist families of Mexican workers $40,000 Tepeyac de killed in the World Trade Center attack. (2 months) New York God's Love For meals provided to emergency $37,870 We Deliver personnel at the World Trade (1 week) Center disaster site and a senior center near the disaster area. Asian American For legal assistance and other $30,000 Legal Defense preventive measures against hate (6 months) and Education violence in the wake of the Fund World Trade Center attack. Women's Venture To provide technical assistance to $30,000 Fund, Inc. the small business community affected (6 months) by the World Trade Center attack. Alianza To provide emergency services to $20,000 Dominicana Washington Heights residents who (2 months) were victims of the attack and to help other agencies serving immigrants provide grief counseling. Community For emergency funding to an agency $16,400 Resource displaced by the attack. (2 months) Exchange Children's Hope To help an agency located near the $15,500 Foundation World Trade Center reestablish itself. (1 month) Healing Works To provide short-term counseling and $15,000 health services to victims and (6 months) survivors of the disaster and the caregivers and social service providers working with them. Liberty Center To provide emergency assistance to $10,000 for Immigrants Guyanese immigrants in the Richmond (6 months) Hill area of Queens to deal with fear, bias incidents, and concerns of the undocumented. Women's Housing For feeding rescue personnel at the $8,600 and Economic World Trade Center disaster site. (1 week) Development Corporation Total $15,889,617 MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X39924176
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