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Foundation for Child Development


Last profile update: 04/11/2017
Last grant data update: 08/23/2017

At A Glance

Foundation for Child Development

295 Madison Ave., 40th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10017-6304

Telephone: (212) 867-5777


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Incorporated as a voluntary agency in 1900 in NY and established as the Association for the Aid of Crippled Children in 1908; current name adopted in 1972, affirming a broader focus on children at risk - The association was publicly supported by voluntary contributions until 1944, when substantial funds were received from the estate of Milo Belding as a testament to his wife, Annie K. Belding, who had given many years of devoted service to the association. In its early years, the association's name reflected its actual activities, which centered on teaching crippled children, but it soon defined aid to these children and their families more broadly and often included material help. The association's work changed again when nursing in the home and school became the main focus. As these services became community supported and as the funds of the Belding estate became available, the association shifted its attention to the prevention of causes of handicapping. From the early 1950s until the early 1970s, most funds supported research into genetically based disorders and fetal abnormalities. Recognizing the nature of its evolving program, the association changed its name in 1972 to the Foundation for Child Development. Today, its principal interest is childhood poverty, with grants focused on child development research and other research concerning young children and their families, public policy affecting children and families, and in New York City, program development and programs that help to translate research knowledge into policies and practices that affect the daily lives of children and their families. The foundation is governed by a board of directors. The board meets three times a year to determine foundation policy and current program expenditures.

Purpose and Activities

The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is a national, private philanthropy dedicated to the principle that all families should have the social and material resources to raise their children to be healthy, educated and productive members of their communities. The foundation seeks to understand children, particularly the disadvantaged, and to promote their well-being. The foundation believes that families, schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses and government at all levels share complementary responsibilities in the critical task of raising new generations.