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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 pleased to serve as President of the Community Fund for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  During my 6-year tenure on the Board of Directors, I have gained much insight into how our mission positively affects our community.  My numerous roles within the organization have afforded me the opportunity to see firsthand the impact the Fund has on our neighbors.

As we enter the Community Fund’s 98th year in existence, I am proud to share that we continue to enhance the lives of our neediest residents.  With your generous donations, we can assist and support over 20 social service agencies and local community programs that serve the residents of Bronxville, Bronxville P.O., Eastchester, and Tuckahoe.

In the current fiscal year, our grants are being used to fund:

  • More than $500,000 in ongoing support for our member agencies that affect Senior Services, Youth Initiatives, Family Support, Health and Wellness, and Education and Prevention services.
  • Substance abuse awareness programs throughout our schools to address the ongoing addiction epidemic.
  • One time discretionary grants that support archiving historical data on Eastchester, upgraded data software for member agencies, and repair and maintenance work on our playgrounds.

Please consider The Community Fund in your giving plan this year through our annual campaign.  You have either already been touched by an agency we support, or will in the future.  Supporting the Community Fund is an investment in your community.   Due to the continued decline in government funding for social services, agency’s serving our community need our support now more than ever.

One of the greatest benefits of donating to The Community Fund is the comfort of knowing that your donation will have the maximum possible impact on our community.  This is thanks to the extensive due diligence conducted every year on each local agency by our volunteer evaluators and Board of Directors.

We are always looking for volunteers to evaluate our agencies to ensure your donations are being distributed responsibly.  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,

Jim Rotenberg

FY 2017 President

Board of Directors
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

Jim Rotenberg, President
William J. Rizzo, President Elect
Kate Hargrove Ramundo, Secretary
Dana Arrighi, Treasurer
Jennifer Lescott, Investments Co-Chair
William U. Knox, 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
David Scalzo, Campaign Co-Chair, Eastchester & Tuckahoe
Jennifer Buckley, Evaluations Co-Chair
Jonalie Korengold, Evaluations Co-Chair

Ryan Anderson
Lisa Bodell
Robert Castano
Jennifer Nelson Colao
Susan Conniff
Ashleigh Donovan
Kristen Evans
Barbara S. Eustis
Gary Garofalo
Thomas V. Giordano
Frances Harris
Chris Kreig
Rosetta McArdle
Kevin McNeill
Amy Parsons
Thomas Sipple
Jeff Ungvary
Albert Van Ness
Mark J. Welshimer
Kiri Wolfe

Amy Korb, Executive Director
Lizann Coussa, Finance Administrator
Liza Near, Operations Assistant

Click here to download the FY 2018 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.