Our Vision & Mission
Our vision is a New York City in which all people experience spiritual, social, and economic flourishing through the demonstration of Christ’s love.
Our mission is to mobilize volunteer and financial resources to support non-profit organizations serving the poor and marginalized in New York City.
In our 2020 fiscal year, we distributed $2.9 million in both COVID-19 Relief Fund and Direct grants to support our affiliates. Click the button below to read our FY20 report, plus reports from previous years!
Our Approach to Helping New Yorkers
To serve New Yorkers in need, we partner with non-profit organizations (our affiliates) across the city that serve vulnerable communities. We aim to strengthen our affiliates so they can do their work even better, and we do this in four ways: through annual grantmaking, through mobilizing volunteers, through capacity building and training programs, and through collaborative network opportunities. Currently, we have 60 affiliates that we support in all five boroughs of New York City.
Our Church Partners
We also partner with local churches that are committed to holistic ministry in both word and deed—sharing the good news of Christ’s love and demonstrating this in practical acts of compassion.
Currently, we have 14 church partners that encourage their congregants to pray, serve, and give to our neighbors in need.
Inspired by Rev. Tim Keller’s teachings, Hope for New York was founded in 1992 with one full-time staff person, three affiliates, and a small group of volunteers. In 1996, His Toy Store launched as an annual Christmas outreach for families in need to provide toys to their kids. By 2006, we expanded to include three church partners, and in 2012, we formed Rescue Alliance with other affiliates to launch Don't Walk By, an annual winter outreach to help homeless neighbors. Fast forward to 2017, we launched our 10-year vision to grow a movement of mercy and justice, which would include partnering with 90 affiliates and 30 church partners by 2027. Today, we now partner with 60 affiliates and 14 churches. Hope for New York is a 501(c)(3) organization.
The Gospel offers a unique perspective on mercy & justice.
Our motivation for serving others is a response to the grace shown us by Jesus, rather than out of a desire to earn favor with God. Through service, we witness a mutual transformation: both the server and the served grow in the process.
Mercy and justice are inextricably intertwined.
God’s heart shows a special compassion and protection for the poor and disadvantaged. We believe God’s passion is rooted in His desire for all of creation to experience His Kingdom and Shalom.
The nature of service is both word and deed.
Our words of unconditional acceptance coupled with our actions of service and love have a powerful impact. We speak and act with the knowledge that our words and deeds will have a significant impact in the world around us.
2020 Highlights: Volunteers, Grantmaking, Capacity Building