Dear New York

A Television Special and Rebroadcast to Support Hard-Hit NYC Communities

If you missed the Dear New York television special on WABC, WCBS, WNBC and FOX5, you can watch it here. It’s not too late to support JAR’s COVID-19 response work. Click below to donate.

 

The Pandemic Crisis

In early March, New York City became an epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even as the spread of the virus has decreased in the city (at least for now), the economic fallout continues. The crisis has devastated the livelihoods of countless NYC residents, including domestic workers, freelance and gig economy workers, restaurant workers and performers of all types, among many others. With almost no warning, these New Yorkers -- our neighbors -- lost much or all of their income and consequently became vulnerable to dangers like food insecurity, homelessness, and lapses in healthcare and education.

Simultaneously, communities that the John A. Reisenbach Foundation (JAR) has long supported were impacted greatly adding to their uncertainty. Since our founding in 1991, JAR’s mission has been A Better and Safer New York City. We focus on serving the fundamental needs of under-represented or marginalized communities in New York including children at risk for abuse, teenagers in foster care, formerly incarcerated individuals and families and individuals experiencing homelessness. These are the issues that arise from systemic inequalities built into our society.  Our grants to  trusted nonprofit partner organizations help keep  our program beneficiaries safe and support them in the pursuit of their academic, professional, and personal goals -- fundamental rights that many of us might take for granted but that can be elusive for people in crisis. Knowing the inequity and real struggles that prevent many from pursuing these ideals encourages JAR to work even harder to ensure the ability to pursue these goals and the reality of being able to do so is in fact what draws people to live, work and visit New York City.

The JAR Television Special & Rebroadcast

Due to the urgent needs that have arisen from already and newly impacted communities and our grantee programs that provide much needed support to New Yorkers, we replaced our annual fundraising event with a televised fundraising and digital campaign to run through 2020.  On July 11th, the four major NY broadcast network affiliated stations aired a half-hour JAR fundraising special titled Dear New York.  This love  letter to our great city shone a light on individual stories of those affected by the virus -- stories that were emblematic of  the plight of many New Yorkers -- stories that JAR supports through the grants we provide.  Following the airing of the special, the Foundation received a record number of donations as so many of the 30,000+ viewers who tuned in felt compelled to give.

In December we will broadcast an updated version of our Dear New York special, and once again all four local network affiliates will carry the show.  The initial July airing of Dear New York generated significant contributions from both sponsors and individual donors, but we are still short of our 2020 fundraising goal.  We hope that our December broadcast of the show will encourage more donations, so that we can continue to support our extraordinary group of grantees, as they in turn, support NYC's most underserved communities.

Few organizations have the mission, focus or experience to identify the broad spectrum of pain points New Yorkers feel and then knit together the mosaic of support, resources and interventions needed to make a real difference in their lives. It is against this backdrop that the John A. Reisenbach Foundation does its work. Safety and quality of life improve when our most vulnerable populations are given support. By making life better and safer for those in need, we make life better and safer for all.

JAR’s Commitment

Responding to this crisis, JAR’s Executive Director, Naomi Ryan, affirms that, “as we have done since our founding nearly 30 years ago, we are continuing our work as a force for A Better and Safer New York. Today our aim is to not only maintain our support of our existing grantees -- whose needs remain and have become more urgent -- but also to extend reach to as many newly vulnerable New Yorkers as possible.”

Understanding safety in NYC like no other organization, in response to increased need, JAR has added ten additional grantee organizations that have stepped up their efforts in numerous ways and when combined help this city respond to the significant new needs resulting from COVID-19.

Please see below for a complete list of JAR’s pre-existing and new grantees. A video overview of JAR’s impact is available here: https://vimeo.com/196450319.

JAR's History

Since 1991, the John A. Reisenbach Foundation has worked For a Better and Safer New York City, providing grants and strategic support to nonprofit partner organizations throughout all five boroughs. A 501c3 public charity, we fund our programs with donations from generous corporate and individual supporters.

The Foundation honors the memory of advertising executive John A. Reisenbach, who was the victim of a still unsolved, random, and senseless shooting in Greenwich Village in 1990. In the wake of this tragedy, John’s friends and colleagues in the advertising and media industries created the Foundation to promote safety, security, and a high quality of life throughout New York.  The Foundation remains rooted in the advertising and media communities, and with the generous support of these industries our reach has grown to encompass partnerships with donors and grantees across the city.

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The Doe Fund
"Forever Fathers" 

Harlem Girls Cheer
"Harlem ROAR"

NYC Outward Bound Schools
"Crew Mentors"

Our Donors

Luminary Hero

First Responders Circle

Local Champion

Transit Media

Community Leader

Neighborhood Hero

Rene Balcer
Jim Beloyianis
Kasha Cacy
Frank Comerford
Martin Daly
Edward Erhardt
Lou Festa
Cathy Frankel
Steve Grubbs
Secret Hideout
Peter Jankowski
Alex Josephson
Kelly Kahl
Liz Koman

Scott Kushner
Alex and Sam Kurtzman
Naomi Ryan and Derek Leo
Bob and Susan Lilley
Jon Mandel
Amy Reisenbach
Larry and Nancy Schatz
Arnie Semsky
Thom Sherman
Greg Spottiswood
David Stapf
Michelle Aragon & Lee Walling
Law Offices of Harriette G. Zelman

The John A. Reisenbach Foundation is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a public charity described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
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FUNDRAISING DISCLOSURE STATEMENT

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