The Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe, Inc. was founded on October 2, 1919, as The Community Welfare Fund, Inc., to support Lawrence Hospital, The Associated Charities of Eastchester, and other charitable agencies or welfare work in the community. The Fund served the community during the depression and World War II, providing basic support to families and the war effort.
From 1919-1979, The Community Welfare Fund underwent several name changes. In the 1940’s and early 1950’s the name became The Community Chest (the Red Feather for those who remember). In 1954 the name was changed to the United Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe, Inc. Later, in 1965 the organization affiliated with the United Fund of Westchester which became known as the United Way of Westchester in 1978.
On July 1, 1980, The United Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe severed its affiliation with the United Way of Westchester to ensure that all funds raised locally would remain in the three communities. It re-established itself under its original charter of 1919 and changed its name to The Community Fund of Bronxville Eastchester Tuckahoe, Inc., thereby reaffirming the organization’s original objectives.
The Community Fund currently supports 26 social service agencies and community programs which provided critical services to Bronxville, Eastchester, Tuckahoe and the area within the Bronxville 10708 zip code (the BET community). In addition to funding, The Community Fund also provides administrative support to the agencies it supports through on-going site visits, consultations, workshops and forums.
I want to start by thanking all of you who have supported the Community Fund of BET. Without you the Community Fund could not exist, so thank you! The Community Fund had a busy year. In addition to our regular grant process, we allocated $250,000 to a COVID relief fund to support local agencies providing vital resources during this unprecedented time. I am so proud to be a part of this community and organization; we rallied around our neighbors in a time of great need.
As you will see documented in this Annual Report, the Community Fund has touched all ages and areas of our community. We provided funds senior organizations, youth organizations, counseling organizations, and the list goes on. The Fund provides these important organizations with vital resources to keep their programs operating, and this past year the Fund’s support was needed more than ever. We provided more than just monetary support. The Community Fund helped agencies coordinate during the pandemic and learn from each other as they pivoted to online and alternative programming.
As we turn to a new fiscal year, the Board is excited and energized for the work ahead. We just completed our strategic plan, which will help shape the future direction of the Fund. We have a revised mission and vision statement and will be conducting a needs assessment to help us identify the pressing needs in our community. We are also looking at our evaluation process to ensure we continue to allocate our dollars wisely. The Board is being revamped to make sure we are functioning effectively, and we are modernizing our fundraising to make it as easy as possible for people to donate. All of this while continuing to support the local agencies with which we already work and reaching out to new organizations.
Please follow The Community Fund of BET and the Youth Community Fund of BET on Instagram and Facebook for updates of all the impactful ways your donations are being used. Finally, do not hesitate to reach out if you would like to learn more or become involved. We would love to have you!
Robin Lewis, President
Phillip Preis, President-Elect
Susan Conniff, Secretary
Elizabeth Peacock, Treasurer
Christopher Bush Investments, Co-Chair
Pam Morrisroe, Marketing Chair
Tony Sayegh, Campaign Co-Chair, Eastchester/Tuckahoe
Jeff Ungvary, Campaign Co-Chair, Bronxville
Kiri Wolfe, Special Event Chair
Amy Atkeson, Evaluations Co-Chair
Elizabeth Peacock, Evaluations Co-Chair
Susie Hook Frigon
Thomas V. Giordano
Amy Rutter Korb, Executive Director
Sheridan Denfeld, Finance Administrator