History

The Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe, Inc. was founded on October 2, 1919, as The Community Welfare Fund, Inc., to support Lawrence Hospital, The Associated Charities of Eastchester, and other charitable agencies or welfare work in the community. The Fund served the community during the depression and World War II, providing basic support to families and the war effort.

Beginnings

From 1919-1979, The Community Welfare Fund underwent several name changes. In the 1940’s and early 1950’s the name became The Community Chest (the Red Feather for those who remember). In 1954 the name was changed to the United Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe, Inc. Later, in 1965 the organization affiliated with the United Fund of Westchester which became known as the United Way of Westchester in 1978.

Transition

On July 1, 1980, The United Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe severed its affiliation with the United Way of Westchester to ensure that all funds raised locally would remain in the three communities. It re-established itself under its original charter of 1919 and changed its name to The Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe, Inc., thereby reaffirming the organization’s original objectives.

Present

The Community Fund currently supports 26 social service agencies and community programs which provided critical services to Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe and the area within the Bronxville 10708 zip code (the BET community). In addition to funding, The Community Fund also provides administrative support to the agencies it supports through on-going site visits, consultations, workshops and forums.

President’s Letter

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I am honored to serve as President of your Community Fund for the 2016 – 2017 fiscal year.  In my five years on the Board of Directors, my eyes have been opened to both the needs of our community and the generosity of our residents.

Each year, The Community Fund allocates the combined donations of our residents to over 20 agencies that serve the Bronxville, Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe communities.  For example, in the current fiscal year our grants will be used to fund:

Drug and alcohol education and awareness programs for children and parents provided by the Maxwell Institute and Eastchester and Tuckahoe D.A.R.E.

Therapeutic/recreational programs for local children, teens and adults with special needs offered by South East Consortium for Special Services.

Programs and support services for our seniors provided by Eastchester Senior Programs & Services, Gramatan Village and the Bronxville and Tuckahoe Senior Centers.

The Community Fund has a material impact on the agencies we support and the volunteer Board of Directors, evaluators and staff ensures that every dollar raised here, stays here.  We undertake an extensive due diligence process each year on every agency which applies for a grant.

In this time of reduced government support for community-based charities, your support is more critical than ever.  To help The Community Fund continue to improve the quality of life for all residents, we ask that you consider giving to our 2016 – 2017 annual campaign and participating in our annual golf outing.

If you’re interested in learning more about the great work of The Community Fund and the agencies supported by your donation, please contact us at 914-337-8808.

Thank you,

Neal Denning
FY 2017 President

Board of Directors
July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Neal Denning, President
Jim Rotenberg, President Elect and Evaluations Co-Chair
Kimberly C. Powell, Secretary
Dana Arrighi, Treasurer
Jennifer Lescott, Investments Co-Chair
William J. Rizzo, Investments Co-Chair
Donna Ruhanen, Marketing Chair
Annette Healey Dowling, Campaign Co-Chair, Bronxville
P. Douglas Meyer, Campaign Co-Chair, Bronxville
Michael A. Calano, Campaign Co-Chair, Eastchester & Tuckahoe
Amy Rutter Korb, Evaluations Co-Chair

Steve F. Arcano
Andrea Bates
Jennifer Buckley
Robert Castaño
Jennifer Nelson Colao
Ashleigh Donovan
Kristen Evans
Barbara S. Eustis
Judy M. Foley
Thomas V. Giordano
Frances Harris
William U. Knox
Rosetta McArdle
Kevin McNeill
Cathy Needham
John Dixon Reynolds IV
David Scalzo
Thomas Sipple
John Toker
Albert Van Ness
Mark J. Welshimer
Kiri Wolfe

Melinda Burge, Executive Director
Lizann Coussa, Finance Administrator
Liza Near, Operations Assistant

Click here to download the FY 2017 Board calendar

Publications
Guides
Community Guide

The Community Guide is a resource for local activities including government, school, general community, and social services. Originally published in 2004, the Guide was updated in the fall of 2010. The Community Guide has been distributed through the public and pre-schools/nursery schools in our area.

Senior Guide

The Senior Guide is a resource for local activities and resources for seniors including general community and social services. The Senior Guide has been distributed through the local senior centers.

FAQs

Why a Community Fund?

The Community Fund was founded in 1919 to support qualified agencies and programs that provide vital services within Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe. These services help thousands of our neighbors each year at little or no expense to those least able to pay. With declining government support, these agencies need the help of the Fund more than ever.
The Community Fund is largely staffed and administered by members of our own community volunteering their time and talents. Your donation to The Community Fund is a direct investment in the quality of life in your community. It truly is “local giving for local needs”.

Why should I give to The Community Fund?

In today’s economy, human service needs are growing while government funding sources are diminishing. Each year, the Fund is asked to provide funding in excess of what we have collected. A contribution would enable the Fund to have a greater impact on the growing needs in our community.

Why give to The Community Fund rather than directly to agencies of my choice?

We would encourage you to also give to your favorite agencies! But, there are many reasons to give to the Fund too:

  • A contribution to The Community Fund ensures that the dollars you donate go towards specific programs that provide services directly to the Bronxville 10708, Eastchester and Tuckahoe communities.
  • Some of our member agencies that provide significant services are not as well known or do not receive adequate funding. We ensure that these agencies that provide critical services to community members continue to receive support.
  • The Fund does the due-diligence work for you! Annually, all agencies undergo an on-site review of services and financial viability to ensure that they are operating effectively and that your dollars are spent judiciously.
  • Each year, other community organizations come to the Fund and ask for “one-time” grants in order to provide a new service or handle an emergency. We are there for them during a time of need. Because of our relationships in the community, we are in a unique position to know and address ongoing needs.

What needs do we have?

The need for services and support cuts across all social and economic segments. And these needs often occur unexpectedly during times of financial or physical hardship. Whether it is services for the seniors, our youth or families in crisis, The Community Fund agencies and programs meet an increasing need for their services right here in or own community.

How can I help beyond my contribution?

Join us! We have volunteer opportunities in fundraising, evaluations, administration and more. Call Melinda Burge, Executive Director, at 914.337.8808 to learn more.