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The New York Life Foundation has supported BGCA for nearly two decades, beginning in 1998 when it helped establish 10 learning centers at Clubs in New York City.

In 2011, the New York Life Foundation donated $1 million to help BGCA launch “Be There: A National Grief and Bereavement Initiative.” The foundation expanded the partnership in 2016 with a $3 million grant to implement Be There at an additional 20 Clubs. That grant also led to a partnership with The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience. PEAR's strengths-based social-emotional curriculum "Ready, Set, Action," shows Club youth how to develop social, emotional and behavioral skills to help them cultivate supportive peer relationships to overcome adversity, including the loss of a loved one. 

About The New York Life Foundation

Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has provided $220 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations since its founding in 1979. The foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of New York Life employees and agents through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit