Projects


Empowering our Communities

The Fund for Public Housing supports the New York City Housing Authority with programming that uplifts NYCHA 's residents. Joanne Wilson sits on the board and co-chairs the communications committee which aims to share stories about the 1 in 15 New Yorkers who live in NYCHA. These residents, many of whom are are essential workers or in public service, are the engine that makes New York thrive.


Gotham Gives is a founding funder of this initiative at Medgar Evers College (MEC), part of the CUNY system. MEC is one of the only colleges in the country that has developed curricula to prepare its students and community members for success in cannabis-related careers. Minor degree courses include: Chemistry, Botany & Cultivation, Business & Entrepreneurship, and Health.


Generation USA addresses structural racism by preparing, placing, and supporting unemployed people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. Gotham Gives is supporting Generation's expansion into the New York City market, with an emphasis on Black, Latinx, and female individuals. This expansion includes partnering with CUNY schools that provide new learners with IT skills so they can access jobs in the tech sector.

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The Jed Foundation is a leader in supporting and improving mental health in youth. JED combines deep subject matter expertise with local, school- and community-based knowledge. Gotham Gives is partnering with JED for the rapid implementation of a public health initiative to protect the emotional health and well-being of New York City’s high school students.

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Gotham Gives is partnering with STRIVE, a career development organization, to deliver Fresh Start so adults leaving incarceration can find lasting careers with real growth opportunities. STRIVE’s holistic training model helps students address employment barriers and offers support for housing, food insecurity, child care, and mental health issues.

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Investing in Knowledge

In 2015, Fred Wilson launched Computer Science for All (CS4All), a 10-year public/private initiative to bring computer science education to every New York City public school, representing 1.1 million students, with an emphasis on female, black and Latinx students. At the end of last school year, CS4All had trained 2,400 teachers from 900 schools, and more than 220,000 students received instruction in computer science.

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In 2020, Gotham Gives piloted a program with Hunter College for CS4All teachers to get state certification in computer science. The goal is to create a representative pool of NYS Certified teachers who can deliver high-quality instruction to NYC public school students. Special efforts are made to recruit teachers of color and/or those who teach students of color. The graduates of this program are among the first accredited Computer Science teachers in New York State.

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Gotham Gives co-hosts the NYC Computer Science Opportunity Fair, NYC's largest annual college and career inspiration event for public high school students studying computer science. In November 2020, the Fair was hosted on a virtual platform, and a website of resources was developed for students. The Fair will return to an in-person setting in 2023, and over 2,000 students will attend and interact with booths hosted by companies, colleges and universities, and non-profit organizations.

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Hood Code brings the power of technology to underestimated communities by offering free coding classes to youth living in NYCHA public housing. Fueled by the vision of founder Jason Gibson, Hood Code helps children from marginalized communities learn the digital skills necessary to participate in today's society.

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Expanding Cultural Opportunities

The High Line is an innovative public space on the reclaimed elevated rail line on NYC's West Side of Manhattan. It is both a park and an outdoor art gallery that creates a unique experience and unusual perspective that is open to all. As a board member, Joanne Wilson has guided the High Line since its inception, including maintaining a focus on community connections, and continues to champion the organization's expansions.


The new Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC) will open in downtown NYC in Fall 2023. Gotham Gives is supporting both the capital campaign and program development. Programming will include topics about communities of color and works by artists of color; free performances in a public space will be offered. The PAC will directly engage with NYC's diverse neighborhoods to encourage involvement and attendance.

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The Shed offers performing arts, visual arts, and pop culture exhibits that push boundaries, and actively seeks work from emerging artists of color. Fred Wilson chairs the Board's Technology Committee and was instrumental in the installation of public multi-media screens that showcase cutting-edge art.