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The Staten Island Foundation

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Purpose and Activities

The mission of the foundation is to improve the quality of life on Staten Island, particularly for the least advantaged, with a focus on strengthening the community, and improving education, health, and the arts. Strategies to accomplish the mission include financial support through grants; providing leadership for the community; convening and collaborating with grantee partners, funders, and other entities in order to share best practices; and building the capacity of local organizations to better fulfill their missions. All organizations and the individuals working with them learn continually from the results of their activities and services. Applying that learning in order to improve is of particular interest of the foundation. In its grantmaking, the foundation looks to fund opportunities that educate Staten Island organizations and individuals in a way that leads to their learning. The foundation defines learning as a positive change in behavior. Foundation grants are an investment in these changes. The foundation's definition of a successful investment includes strong results for program participants, and strong learnings for the organizations in which the foundation invests.


Established as a company-sponsored foundation in 1998 in DE and NY; status changed to independent foundation in 2004 - The Staten Island Foundation, previously named SI Bank & Trust Foundation, and initially SISB Community Foundation, was created in Dec. 1997, when the bank converted to a public company. From the beginning, the foundation's express mission was to improve the quality of life in Staten Island, NY. Over the course of its history, the foundation has supported a varied and wide-ranging array of projects. The foundation has contributed to local projects of national prominence as well as to programs serving schools, faith-based groups, community centers, and community programs serving physically disabled, developmentally disabled, abandoned, abused, neglected, poor and homeless populations and individuals. In its giving, the foundation has reached the full range of faiths, cultures, age, and racial and ethnic groups.


The Staten Island Foundation

Independent foundation




260 Christopher Ln., Ste. 3B Staten Island, NY United States 10314-1658

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