Catsimatidis Foundation

Supported Organizations

Since 1914 PAL has been serving New York City’s youth with safe, structured programming designed to engage boys and girls in positive activities that improve their quality of life, present developmental opportunities, and offer the prospect of a brighter future. What started out as the closing of streets by the New York City Police Department to enable the city’s unsupervised youth to play became a city-wide Cops & Kids movement and later national model that brought communities and police together in ways that prevail to this day.

PAL is New York City’s largest independent youth development not-for-profit organization that operates head start/day care, after-school, evening teen, summer day camp, youth employment, truancy prevention, juvenile justice and re-entry, city-wide sports, play streets and part-time centers, food service, and adventure learning programs for pre-school kids, children and adolescents ages 3 to 19. In its 95th year of service, PAL is continuing its evolution and remaining a vibrant and vital NYC institution.

St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters was established to alleviate the physical and emotional hunger of the poor and needy in a dignified and supportive manner.  St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters takes a comprehensive approach in providing and supporting services that eradicate not only hunger, but the structural causes of hunger.  St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters supports a network of over 40 food pantries and shelters that provide a broad range of services for those in need, including the provision of food, clothing, shelter, and related social services for the poor.

St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters also fights hunger through special events for those in need. Each location has customized its program according to the needs of the local community.  Working together with the staff and volunteers at various locations to promote emotional and physical well-being through programs sponsored by banks, hospitals, social service providers, and the corporate community, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters raises awareness of the needs within the community and forges new relationships.

In addition to feeding the hungry, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters works to eliminate hunger and its underlying causes by providing literacy programs, counseling for persons with addictions, support for victims of domestic violence, and training for those who help eradicate the various structural causes of hunger.

JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure type 1 diabetes (T1D). It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with T1D, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research, including $107 million last year. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. We provide services to those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias; advocate for policy change and research funding; and advance research toward prevention, treatment and cure.

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson’s disease research, education and public advocacy. We are working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research while supporting people living with Parkinson’s through educational programs and services. Since its founding in 1957, PDF has dedicated over $90 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world and over $37 million to support national education and advocacy programs.

The Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund

The Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund has awarded over $1.7 million in scholarships to over 700 students from across the United States. The sole fundraiser for the organization is its annual Awards Gala in May. The funds for the Scholarships awarded are principally raised through our journal, raffle and the generosity of members of the community and corporations who purchase tables and make donations. Every cent raised after event expenses and operating expenses goes directly to scholarships for the education of our students. Only 6 cents out of every dollar raised goes towards HTSF operating expenses, which include: telephone, website maintenance, office supplies, tax preparation, and application processing. The Fund does not employ any full-time employees and relies principally on the generosity of its committee volunteers for all aspects of running the organization, including but not limited to event planning, scholarship evaluation, fundraising, type-setting and art design. Through your unwavering support, we look forward to continue educating Greek America.

The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) medical foundation, dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by the neurofibromatoses (NF). The mission of The Children’s Tumor Foundation is to:

  • Encourage and support research and the development of effective treatments for neurofibromatosis types 1 and 2, schwannomatosis and related disorders (hereafter collectively referred to as “NF”);


  • Support persons with NF, their families and caregivers by providing thorough, accurate, current and readily accessible information;


  • Assist in the development of clinical centers, best practices, and other patient support mechanisms (but not including direct medical care) to create better access to quality healthcare for affected individuals; and,


  • Expand public awareness of NF to promote earlier and accurate diagnoses by the medical community, increase the non-affected population’s understanding of the challenges facing persons with NF, and encourage financial and other forms of support from public and private sources.

The Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
For over a century, the BSA has helped build the future leaders of this country by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun. The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation

The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation (FLEF) was established in 1988 by a group of concerned business leaders who recognized that, despite the incalculable contribution law enforcement agents make to our quality of life, the economic protection they receive is often inadequate in the face of disaster.  The Foundation was originally formed to support the Federal Bureau of Investigation by providing financial support to the families of FBI agents killed in action. The Foundation now provides financial assistance to all federal and local law enforcement agencies. Economic assistance is also provided to those suffering from a serious illness or recovering from a natural disaster such as fire, hurricane or earthquake. These programs are in 200 communities and 10 foreign countries. They are possible because of your generosity for which we are deeply grateful.        All of the Directors serve on a non-paid, voluntary basis. Every dollar contributed is put to work for law enforcement support. If you would like to make a donation to FLEF, please mail a check or money order to:

Federal Law Enforcement Foundation
335 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, New York 10017

New York State Trooper Foundation

Police agencies depend on federal, state and local government support to provide law enforcement services to their communities—but the needs of those communities often far exceed the budgetary support. This is particularly true where the New York State Police are concerned. The Trooper Foundation was established in 1984 to help bridge the gap.

By forging partnerships between the State Police and the private sector, the Foundation advances police training, public safety education, special public and professional services and programs, and police technology. We can’t do it without your help. A tax-exempt donation to the Trooper Foundation allows us to keep making a difference for you, our Troopers and our communities.

Situated on a 20-acre campus in the Washington Heights community of Northern Manhattan and accounting for roughly half of Columbia University’s nearly $3 billion annual budget, Columbia University’s Medical Center provides world-class leadership in scientific research, health and medical education, and patient care.

Faculty members from its four schools carry out the school’s core mission of educating and training future generations of health care professionals; they conduct basic research with the ultimate goal of translating discoveries into new techniques for fighting disease and improving health; and they are responsible for a number of significant clinical breakthroughs―among them, the first blood test for cancer, the first medical use of the laser, and the first successful transfer of genes from one cell to another.

Co-founded by heart surgeon and Emmy Award-winning talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa Oz, HealthCorps®, is building a movement to fight childhood obesity by getting to the underbelly of the crisis and discovering what Americans are really hungry for and why and then proposing a remedy. HealthCorps “Coordinators” carry out unique in-school and community programming targeting high-need populations. Coordinatorsare recent college graduates who defer entry into medical school or graduate health programs to serve a two-year full time assignment at a designated public high school.   Using peer-mentoring to deliver an experiential curriculum in nutrition,fitness and mental strength, Coordinators give teens purpose, help develop human character and inspire an interest in health and culinary arts careers.

Outward Bound is a non-profit educational organization and expedition school that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through active learning experiences and expeditions that inspire character development, self-discovery and service both in and out of the classroom. Outward Bound delivers programs using unfamiliar settings as a way for participants across the country to experience adventure and challenge in a way that helps students realize they can do more than they thought possible. Customized courses provide curricula developed for struggling teens, groups with specific health, social or educational needs and business and professional organizations. Expeditionary Learning, a chartered entity of Outward Bound, offers a whole school reform model to more than 150 elementary and secondary schools throughout the country.

We help individuals and teams achieve their potential and develop the leadership skills needed to serve others and care for the world around them. Today Outward Bound serves 70,000 students and teachers annually.


The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club

The Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’, Coast Guard and Airmen’s Club, since 1919 continues to fulfill its mission, as the only private organization in the New York area to provide accommodations at subsidized rates and club-type facilities for servicemen and servicewomen, military retirees and veterans and their families visiting New York City.

Brooklyn Technical

Brooklyn Technical was instituted by a New York State legislative mandate and is open to all students of the City of New York by competitive examination. Its mission is to inspire and challenge potentially high achievers to maximize their talents for the benefit of society.

Brooklyn Technical strives to provide an environment for educational, social and emotional growth in which students with superior scholastic aptitudes can develop their intellectual gifts and become committed to an examination of ethical approaches to solve world problems; provide an environment for the research and development of innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in the areas of mathematics, science, engineering, computer science and the liberal arts; attract and challenge outstanding educators to guide students in achieving the highest standard of academic excellence; and prepare our students for leadership and professional roles at the university level and in our society, with an awareness of social responsibility to the community.

The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) is the organization of choice for those who are serious, passionate and committed to curing diabetes. Its mission – to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now – is a testament to the belief that tomorrow is not soon enough to cure those living with diabetes.

The Diabetes Research Institute has become the world leader it is today through the substantial funding provided by the Foundation. Supported by private philanthropy, the DRIF ensures the jumpstarting of new ideas and the continuation of innovative research projects that remain cure-focused and will ultimately benefit those with diabetes.

The DRIF’s history of commitment dates back to 1971 when it was founded by a small group of parents of children with diabetes who were dedicated to finding a cure. Driven by a shared mission, they banded together to support a promising research program at the University of Miami solely aimed at curing those living with diabetes.