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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.

About the NYUL Virtual Town Halls

Three virtual town halls have taken place and two more are scheduled. Upcoming town halls are as follows:

Thursday, May 28 - Risky Business: Aid to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

To register: Thursday, June 4 - Outside the Classroom: Educational Support for Parents & Teachers The first session on April 9, How COVID-19 is Affecting the Black Community,” with Harlem Hospital CEO Ebone McIntosh Carrington, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson, State Senator Kevin Parker and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams was extremely well-received and attended by 654 people. The second Virtual Town Hall focused on mental health and well-being   Panelists included Lt Governor - Kathy Hochul, Ebone McIntosh Carrington, Harlem Hospital, Dr. Raji Ayinla, Chief, Department of Medicine, Dr. Michael Lindsey, NYU McSilver Institute, Danielle Belton, The Root and Pastor Kyndra Frazer, The Hope Center Harlem.   About New York Urban League For over 100 years, the New York Urban League (NYUL) has led the way in the education, employment, and empowerment of underserved African Americans across the five boroughs of New York City. During this time, we are proud to have inspired, influenced, and ignited over one million Black people to achieve their highest aspirations. NYUL remains a vital resource for our city’s African Americans and other underserved groups. We invest to transform the lives of over 8,000 families each year by providing quality higher education options, economic opportunity, and community engagement. Visit us at and About the Pfizer Foundation The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. It is a separate legal entity from Pfizer Inc. with distinct legal restrictions. About New York Urban League Sponsorship Opportunities Foundation grants continue to be needed at this time of pandemic. Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available as a one-time or recurring donation. Year-round or program-specific sponsorships can include a multitude of customizable benefits based on a corporation’s needs and initiatives. Sponsorship benefits can include: Naming opportunities / Visibility and company branding in citywide distribution of print, press, and electronic materials / Complimentary tickets and special event invitations / Volunteer opportunities for employee engagement. We also welcome donations of services and infrastructure. Items and services that we seek include Computers, Laptops, Tablets, Printers, Print and design services, Wine and Spirits, Auction items. We welcome individual memberships starting at Friends of NYUL at $0 for a newsletter subscription to Power Broker level at $1000 per year. Learn more  and become a member/donate at or or email or call 212.926.8000 to discuss grant and sponsorship opportunities.  Contact: Lisa Skriloff (for the New York Urban League) Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc. 212-242-3351 For more information visit and Press: To request interviews or photos, please email or simply reply to this email and provide your contact information and request. Corporations/Foundations/Industry:  To request information about sponsorship and grant making opportunities, please email or simply reply to this email and provide your contact information and request

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