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New York Urban League Receives Grant from Pfizer Foundation

Arva Rice, President & CEO of the New York Urban League (NYUL) is pleased to announce that the civil rights organization, founded in 1919, has received a grant for COVID-19 funding from the Pfizer Foundation.

The Pfizer Foundation’s $50,000 grant will be used towards NYUL’s Relief Fund for African American children and families which will provide direct cash grants to assist families with rent, utilities and other bill payment during the pandemic. It will also help NYUL continue the role it has undertaken of providing information to dispel myths and untruths about the coronavirus by hosting a series of Virtual Town Halls with local, state and federal officials, civil rights leaders and medical professionals.  

NYUL’s Relief Fund will provide cash grants of up to $1000 to families and college students affected by COVID-19. NYUL will also contribute towards this fund with board member and other donor gifts. Grants will be made available to NYUL education and employment clients and Whitney M. Young, Jr. college scholarship recipients. NYUL’s MSW will also be available to provide additional support and services as needed for families.  

Arva Rice, President and CEO of the New York Urban League said, “We are immensely grateful to the Pfizer Foundation for this generous grant which will allow us to continue our work, ever more crucial during pandemic, which is disproportionately affecting the African American community.”

“Amid this global health crisis, we understand the need for immediate and significant philanthropic and private sector contributions to help support local partners who are working on the front lines,” said Oonagh Puglisi, Executive Director of The Pfizer Foundation. “We are proud to support the important work the New York Urban League is advancing on behalf of the communities that you serve.”

The New York Urban League, an affiliate of the National Urban League, is a 501 (c)(3) civil rights organization enabling African-Americans and other underserved ethnic communities to secure a first-class education, economic self-reliance, and equal respect of their civil rights through programs, services, and advocacy in this highly diversified city. The New York Urban League is leading the way underserved African Americans are educated, employed and empowered across the 5 boroughs of New York City.  For the past 100 years, we’ve inspired, influenced and ignited over 1 million black people to achieve their highest aspirations, continually adapting to need generated by societal changes. Right now our community needs support due to this devastating pandemic.