Twenty East End Nonprofits Are Awarded $50,000 From The AFTEE Fund At The Long Island Community Foundation


June 12, 2014, Melville, NY – The Long Island Community Foundation and the Board of the All For the East End (AFTEE) Fund announce the first grantees of its Building Stronger Neighborhood Program, supporting organizations serving Long Island’s East End communities of Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, Southold, and East Hampton.

“We received an overwhelming number of proposals from over 80 community organizations and it really validates the extent of the needs out on the Island’s east end,” said David Okorn, Long Island
Community Foundation’s executive director. “We are very excited about this collection of
organizations and feel it addresses those diverse and important set of needs within these

With input from the AFTEE Advisory Committee which included representation from each of the five
east end towns, twenty proposals were approved to support projects and programs in the fields of
health and welfare, the environment, arts and culture, education, youth development, and animal
welfare. The committee members are Vince Taldone, Debra Halpert, Laura Anker, Greg Blass, Ken
Pysher, and Diane Radigan.

“The Long Island Community Foundation provides such needed help of private monies for a variety of nonprofits who are there for the public interest where government is unable to assist,” said Greg
Blass, AFTEE Advisory Committee member and former commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Social Services. “The grant award process is uniquely community-based and I am grateful to have been a part of it.”

Below are the details of each $2,500 grant, listed by town.

East  Hampton
•   Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center – a program to help non-English speaking pre-K kids transition to kindergarten
•   Family  Service  League  of  Suffolk  County  –  an  early  identification  program  of emotional disorders for elementary school aged children
•   Food Pantry Farm – provide access to organic produce for seniors & children
•   Inspirational Triathlon Racing International – self-esteem and mentoring program for young women
•   Project MOST – a Healthy Snack Club program at the Springs School and teach kids how to make delicious and nutritious snacks

•    Aid to the Developmentally Disabled – expansion of a sensory garden program for people with disabilities
•   East End Arts & Humanities Council – Jump StART artist/business collaborative
•   North Fork Spanish Apostolate – leadership development workshops
•   Open Arms Care Center – food purchase to restock pantries
•   Peconic  Community  Council/Maureen’s  Haven  –  safety  screeners  for  homeless outreach program

Shelter Island
•   Shelter Island Historical Society – oyster bed restoration education program
•   Sylvester Manor Educational Farm – educational program on sustainable agriculture

•   Children’s Museum of the East End – Cantemos family literacy program
•   Dominican Sisters Family Health Services – nonmedical support for seniors and people with disabilities
•   East End Hospice – training for caregivers and professionals who work with grieving children
•   Lucia’s Angels – support services for late stage cancer patients
•   Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry – purchase of fresh produce

•    Community Action Southold Town, Inc. – purchase of books & toys for the Parent- Child Home program
•   North Fork Animal Welfare League – provide low/no cost spay and neuter surgeries
•   Southold Free Library – for the purchase of replacement computers

“AFTEE was founded with the goal of providing financial support to the NPOs of the East End,” said
Claudia Pilato, Executive Board Member of AFTEE and VP, Director of Marketing for BNB. “The
announcement of these grants fulfills the mission from our first year of hard earned fund raising,
and we are delighted to see the money going to so many worthwhile organizations. We plan to
continue the AFTEE mission, and with each year increase the number of community organizations that receive support from the AFTEE fund.”

“With the help of the LICF, AFTEE has been able to reach out into the NPO community of the East
End. This is a true community collaboration which involves decision makers, business people,
nonprofit leaders – the entire community coming together for a common cause and in support of this very special place we call the East End of Long Island.” said Bob Edelman, Chief Executive Officer, Dan’s Papers LLC.

AFTEE, a unique 501(c)(3) organization was founded in 2012 with a singular mission: to help, support and showcase the nonprofits that make the East End a place unlike any other.

By publicly showcasing and supporting the NPO’s of the five east end towns, AFTEE is a unifying voice, leveraging strategic assets of collaboration and its regional brand to raise awareness, rally support and launch a new era of fundraising and organizational integration. To learn more about AFTEE, visit our website at

The Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) is the Island’s community foundation, making grants
to   improve   our   region   and   helping   donors    with    their    philanthropy since 1978. We identify current and future community needs, strengthen the Island’s nonprofit sector, encourage philanthropy, and, with our generous donors, build a permanent endowment to address these needs. We have made more than $145 million in grants from hundreds of funds established by individuals, families, and businesses. LICF is a division of The New York Community Trust, one of the country’s oldest and largest community foundations. To learn more about the Long Island Community Foundation, visit our website at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @LICommunityFndt.