Our Promise

Want to help our city’s kids? Not sure where your money will make the most difference?

The Catalog for Giving was created especially for people like you – people who want to make a deep and lasting difference inkids’ lives, but do not have the time or the means to discover all the wonderful organizations that provide invaluable services to New York City children. The Catalog will introduce you to innovative youth-serving programs that often fly beneath the radar of more conventional funders.

Every three years The Catalog scours the City, and selects the “best of the best” small young programs from among dozens of applicants. The organizations are between two and ten years old and have budgets under one million dollars. We provide “second stage funding” for a three-year period to help our member organizations grow from early success to self-sufficiency and long range sustainability.  Just like a careful financial advisor, we take our investment responsibilities very seriously. We put our organizations through a rigorous screening process involving detailed operational and financial reviews, as well as site visits by our staff and Board. So when you invest your philanthropic dollars with us, you can rest assured that the children you are helping will receive the maximum benefit from your donation. 

Each of our member organizations uses unique methods to target youth: from poetry writing and media arts to cycling and rowing; the organizations we support are not your everyday charities – they’re truly breaking new ground by exploring new and better ways of helping kids. What they have in common is a proven track record for providing kids with self-esteem, motivation, crucial life skills, and academic support to make sure they are better prepared to lead happy and productive lives.  By providing multi-year unrestricted support, The Catalog allows member organizations to invest in the future by hiring staff, increasing program capacity, improving their facilities and developing donor support.

Click here to learn more about our mission.