There are great organizations, and there are the great organizations that make the world better every day. The New York Foundling is one of the latter. Founded in 1869 as a safe haven for abandoned children, the nonprofit has since established a legacy of excellence in rebuilding lives and supporting families. Today, The Foundling provides preventive and intervention resources—from foster homes to life skills to recreational and educational programs—for underserved children, families, and adults with developmental disabilities.
What makes this charity organization unique is that employees are not restricted to doing social work within the confines of the office walls, but are encouraged to go offsite and build connections for the communities they serve.
Karmia Berry, Assistant VP of the Focus NICH Program, shares that making presentations in all sorts of settings—schools and hospitals, for instance—was an essential part of outreach for the new program she’s working on. “It’s been a lot of going out into the communities, speaking with different stakeholders and potential referral sources that we want to work with,” explains Berry.
Similarly, Senior Advisor of Evidence-Based Programs Mara Osher says that she frequently works offsite—attending face-to-face sessions with community agencies to advise on child welfare programs. Because outside fundraisers keep The Foundling’s mission going strong, it makes sense that these team members often leave their desks to raise awareness and improve connections with the nonprofit’s partners. “Our communities are our offices—and that’s so real and refreshing,” says Berry.
Whether they’re inside or outside the office walls, however, The Foundling’s employees share a passion for helping the underserved. “This organization attracts really good people,” says Manager of Individual and Corporate Giving Kathleen Biemer. “Not only educated people, but passionate people who really care about the work they’re doing across all programs and departments.” With a common goal to do good, it’s no wonder that The Foundling is currently helping and empowering more than 7,000 at-risk and vulnerable children, youth, families, and adults.
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