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
"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
"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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Legal Aid To provide emergency civil legal $171,000
Society assistance to low-income (6 weeks)
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)
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
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
Asociacion To assist families of Mexican workers $40,000
Tepeyac de killed in the World Trade Center attack. (2 months)
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)
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
Women's Housing For feeding rescue personnel at the $8,600
and Economic World Trade Center disaster site. (1 week)
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