The fund is governed by an advisory committee (“The Committee”) composed of representatives from three constituent groups: givers to the fund; cooperating funders; and organizations that provide basic material needs.
We believe in the inherent dignity of all people and that the most basic material human needs of food and water, safety and shelter, and access to essential services should be available with compassion to everyone. Our collective power is realized when it is built on trust and respect, mutual support, empathy, solidarity, and participatory and inclusive practices. We are committed to realizing the greatest possible good with all the financial and non-financial assets we have available.
Basic Needs Definition
The Committee has defined basic needs as material needs that include but are not limited to shelter, food, clothing, hygiene items, non-prescription drugs and other essential health care not covered by insurance, home utilities, physical safety, transportation and communication tools.
The purpose of the fund is to help ensure that all New Haven area residents have the basic material needs of daily life, such as but not limited to: food, shelter, hygiene items, safety and communication tools — and to promote the dignity of people who need financial assistance. The Basic Needs Fund will work towards this purpose by making grants in active coordination with other major funders; and through public advocacy and education on the state of basic needs in Greater New Haven.
Grant Distributions from the Basic Needs Fund
The Basic Needs Fund provides grants to organizations that support basic human needs in Greater New Haven. These needs include but are not limited to shelter, food, clothing, hygiene items, non-prescription drugs and other essential health care not covered by insurance, home utilities, physical safety, transportation and communication tools.
The fund has distributed $754,800 over two grantmaking cycles in 2021 and 2022.
Basic Needs Fund Grantees
- Abba's House International Fellowship
- Area Congregations Together
- Cathedral of Higher Praise, Church of God Prophecy
- Christian Community Action
- Community Soup Kitchen
- Fair Haven Community Health Care
- Faith Inspired Servants Helping Others Reach Services
- Fellowship Place
- Guns Down Books Up
- IRIS - Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
- Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven
- JUNTA for Progressive Action
- Master's Manna
- Mount Zion SDA Church
- New Opportunities
- Nutrition Security Solutions
- Omega Seventh-day Adventist Church
- Spanish Community of Wallingford
- The Towers Foundation
- Traveler on a Mission
Get in touch for more information.
Liana Garcia, MS, PMP, CAP® Director of Gift Planning 203-974-1646