Basic Needs Fund Raises Resources, Awareness

Match campaign tops $1 million in 2023.

The team at New Haven’s Sunrise Cafe, among the organizations supported by The Foundation’s Basic Needs Fund, welcomes visitors on weekday mornings with a warm breakfast, free of charge. Photo Courtesy of Sunrise Cafe

The Community Foundation’s Basic Needs Fund raised significant resources in 2023 to help ensure that all Greater New Haven residents have the basic material needs of daily life.

The Fund’s match campaign raised more than $1,060,484 in 2023 for both current-use grantmaking and to grow its endowment. In December, the Fund distributed $305,000 in grants. Since its founding in April 2020, the Fund has granted $1,059,800 to local organizations providing food, shelter, personal hygiene products, non-prescription drugs, other essential health care not covered by insurance, home utilities, physical safety, transportation and communication tools.

The Fund was created by local philanthropists committed to raising awareness about the need for resources and advocacy to support basic needs.

Gifts to the Basic Needs Fund will continue to be doubled during 2024, through the match campaign.