Basic Needs Fund

Est. 2020 by the Seedlings Foundation to help ensure that all Greater New Haven area residents have the basic material needs of daily life.

Attention Donors

Double Your Gift!

Help the Basic Needs Fund raise more grant resources for basic material needs in Greater New Haven – now and in the future. Your support will put a roof over someone's head and food on someone's table today — AND contribute to long-term solutions.

Every dollar you give will be matched!

Upcoming Event

The Foundation of Hope: How Basic Needs Fuel Broader Change

Please join us June 25, 2024 for an in-person panel discussion at ConnCAT as we look at how meeting basic material needs with dignity is the foundation for a healthy society and improves outcomes for people in education, job-training and other programs working to address social concerns.  

Why Your Support is Needed

Basic Needs Infographic
  • 40% of children under the age of 5 in New Haven live at or below the federal poverty level, which is $30,000 per year for a family of four.
  • More than 1 in 10 adults in Greater New Haven experience food insecurity at some point during the year. 28% of Latine adults and 20% of Black adults in the region experience food insecurity.
  • 14% of Greater New Haven residents stayed home in 2020 because they did not have reliable transportation.
  • Between August 2021 and August 2022, the rate of food-cost inflation outpaced overall inflation. While the consumer price index increased 8.3 percent over that period, overall food costs increased 11.4 percent and the cost of groceries increased 13.5 percent.

Sources: Giving USA 2023 and Greater New Haven Community Wellbeing Index 2023

About the Basic Needs Fund

The Basic Needs Fund has distributed more than $1 million in grants since it was founded in April 2020. As an endowment, the Basic Needs Fund is addressing the needs of today and providing permanent resources for future generations. Learn more about the Fund's governance and grantmaking.

Basic Needs Fund Raises Resources, Awareness

Match Campaign Tops $1 Million in 2023

The 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.


Liana Garcia, MS, PMP, CAP® Director of Gift Planning 203-974-1646