New York Life Foundation

The New York Life Foundation has supported Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than a decade, beginning in 1998 when the foundation helped establish 10 learning centers at Clubs in New York City. In 2011, BGCA launched “Be There:  A National Grief and Bereavement Initiative” through a generous $1 million grant from the New York Life Foundation.

The Be There initiative will build awareness and knowledge of childhood bereavement and increase the resources and tools for Boys & Girls Club youth development professionals to help them appropriately assist grieving youth and their families. Through the foundation’s support, BGCA will provide workshops, online trainings, a Web community and technical assistance, as well as disseminate grief resources to all Boys & Girls Clubs – building a culture of caring for grieving young people. 

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $140 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its focus on “Nurturing the Children,” the Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Life program. To learn more, please visit the Foundation's website at

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