Long Island Community Foundation

Social justice shines in annual ERASE Racism awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // A civic-minded entrepreneur, a leading Long Island educator and a longtime champion of social-equality causes have been honored by the region’s most progressive civil rights group. Syosset-based ERASE Racism, which formed in 2001 to lead public-policy advocacy and regional initiatives promoting social justice, has saluted its 2019 award-winners, each responsible for promoting equity in education, housing and other critical social arenas. Jericho-based low-income housing developer Georgica Green Ventures earned the ERASE…


When donations are just a drop in the bucket

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you’re going to do it, do it right – especially when there’s a billion dollars at stake. That mother of all clichés factors prominently into Donors Unite Inc., a wide-ranging, Huntington-based nonprofit determined to lend a hand to every registered charity in the country, not to put too fine a point on it. Donors Unite officially launched this month, flipping the switch on a website that catalogees about 2.5 million…


Taking the diabetes fight to the people

A philanthropic Long Island organization and one of the region’s largest hospitals are teaming up to create an innovative diabetes self-management program. The Melville-based Long Island Community Foundation has awarded $50,000 to South Nassau Community Hospital, which the Oceanside healthcare hub will use to create and share the new diabetes-management protocol through its Family Medicine Center. The program will teach patients with “poorly controlled diabetes” about the “lifestyle changes necessary to manage the condition” and…


HIA-LI gala shines light on hunger, LGBT rights

By GREGORY ZELLER // Community-minded Long Island business leaders will take a bow under the HIA-LI spotlight. The Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island has filled an impressive dance card for its annual Those Who Make a Difference Gala, scheduled for Dec. 14 in Smithtown. In addition to posthumous awards for two well-respected Island professionals lost in 2016, the HIA-LI will honor a wide range of volunteers and professionals covering a spectrum of critical social…