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December 2001
December 2001
  Nonprofit Recovery Fund
  Grants for Victims of Hate
  Ford Foundation Program
  Revson Fellowship
  Program & Agency News
  WTC Disaster Resources

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Nonprofit Recovery Fund

The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) announces a new initiative, Nonprofit Recovery Fund, to provide flexible financial aid packages to help nonprofits return, financially, to where they were before the September 11th event.

The Fund will help nonprofits that have experienced physical damage to their facilities; that are responding to increased demand for services for victims of the disaster; that are coping with interruptions of income (both earned and contributed) for a variety of reasons related to events of September 11th. Packages may consist of a combination of grants, recoverable grants, and loans. The Fund’s services are available to small to medium-size nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 status who are located in the New York metropolitan area.

For more information or to apply, contact Ann McKinnon at (212) 868-6710. Fax: (212) 268-8653. email:


Grants for Victims of Hate

The AmeriDream Charity, Inc. has established the "Arab American Rebuilding Fund" to provide direct financial assistance to victims who have sustained property damage due to race-related crimes committed on or after September 11, 2001. Those victims include Arabs, people of Middle Eastern descent, or others who were mistakenly identified as Arab. Deadline for submission is December 14, 2001.

For more information, contact Claudette Shwiry via email at or Faris Bouhafa via email at Arab American Institute Foundation, 1600 K Street, NW, Suite 601, Washington, DC 20006. Tel: (202) 429-9210.


Ford Foundation Program Associates

The Ford Foundation has announced its 2002-2004 Program Associates Program. The Ford Foundation Program Associates is a two-year, noncareer-track, entry-level, professional position. Successful candidates will have obtained master's or law degrees no later than August 2002. The positions are intended to introduce a diverse group of potential leaders to the field of philanthropy early in their careers in the not-for-profit sector. Ideal candidates will have some experience in the not-for-profit sector. Individuals with extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, however, are not eligible for the program. The application deadline is December 15. For details see their website,


Revson Fellowship

Fellowship opportunity for urban activists Study at Columbia University, receive an $18,000 stipend and free tuition. Fellows come from diverse fields, including: cultural organizing, education, electoral politics, environment, health, housing, immigrants rights, law, labor, race relations, youth development, social justice, and social services. Applications are available now by mail (send request to or online: Application postmark deadline: February 1, 2002.


Program & Agency News

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York(NPCC) , has posted Peter Swords’ How to Read the IRS Form 990 & Find Out What It Means on its website at NPCC is making Swords’ paper available on its website and is urging any organization that would like to link to it from their website to feel free to do so.  The direct URL is For information about the article, contact Peter Swords at For information about linking to the document, contact Dan Myers at

American Field Service (AFS) offers a month-long intensive educators program to China or Thailand departing in mid-July and returning in mid-August of 2002, as well as a semester program to Thailand, both fall and spring semesters. Teachers of all subjects and grade levels, at all stages or their careers, as well as education administrators, librarians, and college-level professors, are encouraged to apply. The AFS Educator Abroad program combines class teaching with cultural immersion to gain insight into a different way of life and educational system. Participants will meet with educators, community leaders, and local government officials in their host country to exchange ideas on education and culture. For more information, contact Helen Wu at 1-800-876-2376 x442 or at


WTC Disaster Resources

Governor Pataki’s office announces crisis counseling for New Yorkers. The crisis-counseling program provides free counseling to individuals affected by Sept. 11th. For more information or to arrange for services, individuals can call 1-800-LIFENET or visit their website at

The Alliance for the Arts has added a section to their website ( in response to September 11th. The new section lists information regarding cultural fundraising events, cultural programming, event changes, and links to how you can get help for your organization. Please send any information to:

The South Asian Network offers language assistance in South Asian languages to access referrals to victim assistance, legal and psychological counseling, health care services and domestic violence assistance. For information, contact South Asian Network at (800) 281-8111 or


New Staff at the Federation

We are pleased to welcome back Charlie Lai as our new Director of Policy & Planning. Charlie was on staff as the Director of Agency Services between 1997 and 1999. After being awarded a Revson Fellowship on the Future of the City of New York, he went on to pursue a Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University. He has returned to coordinate the Federation's WTC disaster Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative. Welcome, Charlie!



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