FAQs


What We Do

 

Q. What is the Fund for the Public Health in New York City (the Fund)?

The Fund is a private nonprofit organization that was formed in 2002 to assist the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department). The Fund enables private sector donors—foundations, businesses, philanthropists, and the general public—to partner in the City’s efforts to improve the health of all New Yorkers. Most of the support needed is funding; however, it can also include expertise, information, leadership, or connections to specific groups. The Fund is managed by a Board of Directors, which is chaired by the NYC Health Commissioner.

Q. What is the Fund’s mission?

To make New York a healthy and safe city by incubating innovative initiatives for improving public health. The Fund uses its fundraising expertise, collaborative public/private partnerships, and agile management model to help the NYC Health Department do more, more quickly, to improve the health of all New Yorkers. The Fund also educates New Yorkers about the role they can play in protecting their own health and the health of their families and communities.

Q. Why does the Fund raise money for the NYC Health Department when our tax money pays for Health Department services?

Tax money is generally reserved for standard operations (such as studying disease data, inspecting restaurants, and processing birth and death certificates) and programs that have proven effectiveness. The Fund raises money for projects that explore and evaluate innovations and new model approaches to solving health challenges. If these projects prove to be effective, the City may allocate tax levy dollars to expand the projects across the city. For example, the Fund raised foundation funds to support a model component of the Nurse Family Partnership that served women who were incarcerated, former foster children, or homeless. This model included more intensive case management and mental health support. Due to the success of this approach, the City has now taken over the funding of the program.

How We Work

 

Q. What is the Fund’s relationship with the NYC Health Department?

The Fund works independently and in partnership with the NYC Health Department to conceive and shape new health initiatives, forge partnerships, raise private sector funds, provide administrative management and project oversight, accelerate startup for pilot programs, and communicate public health information and education. Health Department staff are the programmatic experts, and the team at the Fund raises the required funding, manages and stewards partner relationships, oversees implementation, and disseminates public health information. This collaboration is a powerful vehicle for connecting public-private partners to innovative public health initiatives and opportunities for citywide implementation.

Q. Does the Fund give grants?

No. The Fund is not a foundation and does not accept unsolicited requests for funding. It raises money from businesses, philanthropists, nonprofit foundations, and the public through grants and donations, and from federal and state government sources. Money and grants administered through the Fund are directed to NYC Health Department programs.

Q. What kind of partnerships does the Fund create?

To support specific initiatives, the Fund will create partnerships with key stakeholders, such as funders, community-based organizations, health providers, insurance companies, and other corporations. One example is the Check Hep C project partnership, which includes 11 pharmaceutical and diagnostic and testing companies, the NYC Health Department, seven community-based organizations, a clinical center, and an academic medical center. All of these entities are members of the Fund’s partnership for Check Hep C.

Q. Does the Fund provide health services?

No. The Fund’s focus is on improvements in population health—the health of the entire city—rather than individual clinical health services. Initiatives incubated by the Fund may involve health providers as well as community organizations, schools, social service providers, other City agencies, and many other organizations that may have an impact on health.

Contract Administration

 

Q. What types of organizations can receive contracts from the Fund?

The Fund contracts with a variety of organizations on behalf of the NYC Health Department and other City agencies to further the goals of funded projects. While some organizations, including hospitals, community-based organizations, vendors, or consultants are known partners to the Health Department, the Fund also releases competitive Requests For Proposals (RFPs) to identify appropriate entities for partnerships.

Q. For what geographic areas does the Fund award contracts?

Typically, the Fund contracts with organizations that conduct their work within the five boroughs of New York City. However, some projects require working with subject matter experts from outside the city.

Q. How does the Fund review and select contractors?

In partnership with the NYC Health Department, the Fund generally develops and releases RFPs for competitive solicitations. Based on the work needed, each RFP has its own eligibility criteria, proposal requirements, and evaluation specifications. The NYC Health Department program lead assembles a review committee to rate the submitted proposals according to the published evaluation criteria and selects an awardee. The Fund then contracts with that awardee for the proposed work. For both competitive solicitations and named partners, the Fund conducts a rigorous review of contractor credentials to meet any legal requirements.

Q. How do I apply for a contract from the Fund?

The Fund publically posts open solicitations on our website as they are released. Interested organizations are encouraged to check our website periodically for new opportunities, and to follow the application instructions for projects for which they are qualified.

Donations and Grant Support

 

Q. Does the Fund accept donations?

Yes. To donate, visit our Donate page.

Q. Can I designate how my donation is used?

Yes. However, the Fund encourages unrestricted giving which allows the organization to allocate funding based on priority areas and needs.

Q. Are all donations tax deductible?

Yes. The Fund for Public Health in New York City is an independent, 501(c)(3) public charity, and donations are eligible for charitable deductions under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. View our Form 990. To request donor reports, please email Aviva Goldstein at agoldstein@fphnyc.org.

Q. I represent a corporation. How can I provide financial support through the Fund?

Please email Aviva Goldstein at agoldstein@fphnyc.org to discuss your areas of interest and the priority projects for the Fund to explore areas of alignment.

Q. I represent a philanthropic foundation. How can I provide financial support through the Fund?

Please email Aviva Goldstein at agoldstein@fphnyc.org to discuss your areas of interest and the priority projects for the Fund to explore areas of alignment.

Miscellaneous

Q. What volunteer opportunities does the Fund offer?

The Fund does not organize volunteers on behalf of any of the programs it administers. Visit Join Our Team for job and internship opportunities.

Q. What is public health and why does it matter to me?

We all benefit from public health. It is the science of promoting and protecting the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play. It improves health for entire populations—as small as a neighborhood or as big as a whole city—through facilitation of healthy behaviors; detection, prevention, and control of infectious diseases; and education on health matters. Public health also works to limit health disparities and enable all of the city’s people to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives.