Our Impact

Supporting our Grantees

Every year, CCS awards grants to select nonprofit organizations that reside in a catchment area defined as the area north of West 86th Street, south of West 155th Street, and between 5th Avenue on the east and the Hudson River on the west. Please note, The Neighborhood Fund supports organizations located to the north of West 155th Street. After a propsal review process, CCS awarded grants to 60 community-based organizations in 2019.

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America Scores

A CCS grant for $3,500 to America SCORES New York provided support for their Spring 2019 One Hen Program. The program serves 650 underrepresented youth, ages 5-18, for skill development in soccer, creative expression, and service-learning.

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Friends of the Children, New York

Support from CCS enabled Friends of the Children, New York to engage 9 Harlem youth, in foster care and attending schools in high poverty school districts, with six weeks of professional development and mentorship through the College and Career Readiness Internship Program. 

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CCS grant award to PA'LANTE Harlem supported the 2019 annual housing conference. Over 400 attendees joined the 3 day conference, with access to over 50 workshops as well as one-on-one meetings with tenant attorneys to discuss their housing concerns.

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West Side Campaign Against Hunger

CCS helped WSCAH purchase healthy food for low-income individuals and families living in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. In 2018, WSCAH distributed 1,536,869 pounds of food to 20,546 individuals, equivalent to 1,333,020 meals for 11,379 families. Of that 1.5 million pounds of food, 483,123 pound were fresh fruits and vegetables.

Making A Difference

In the time when they are needed most, New York nonprofits are facing grave uncertainty from the impact of COVID-19.

More than 280 participants and spectators collectively raised $7,248.50 to support the CCS 73rd Annual Appeal. 

For more than 35 years, Broadway Community has offered an open door to neighbors and an array of services and support. 

Over 70 Years of Service

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CCS is one of the oldest and most visible manifestations of Columbia, Barnard and Teachers College's commitment to the vibrant community we call home. CCS was founded when a group of civic-minded women joined together to make a difference both locally and globally. In 1942, while female students were not admitted and only a handful of existing female faculty members at Columbia, Isadore Gilbert Mudge, one of the top 100 library leaders of the 20th century, sold bouquets of flowers from her garden to raise money to benefit the war relief effort. Mudge and friends, Lolita Finch, wife of the Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Elizabeth S. Blake, daughter of a Columbia professor, soon established the Columbia Committee for Community Service to broadly support a range of charitable causes. (Read More)