Mission

The Douglas B. Gardner Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping disadvantaged kids from the five boroughs of New York City.

 

The Foundation's mission is to establish effective partnerships with worthwhile organizations with proven service to kids in New York’s inner city community. Through financial grants and agreed-upon goals, the Foundation aims to empower these organizations to provide excellent after-school programs for children who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Such programs should offer opportunities for personal and leadership development, provide mentoring and academic support, encourage children to be active participants in their own development and engage kids in fun and challenging activities. In addition, the Foundation may fund academic scholarships and other endeavors to ensure that an individual has a meaningful chance to achieve success in his or her life.

Douglas B. Gardner

Established in 2004 by Jennifer Gardner, The Foundation was created in loving memory of her husband who perished on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. A successful businessman and father of two beautiful children, Doug never took his good fortune for granted. Doug dedicated his efforts to find ways to provide under-privileged kids and teens meaningful avenues for advancement and growth. He served on the boards of several children’s charities that provide after-school activities in safe and supervised environments. An avid basketball player, Doug supported organizations that centered their programs on athletics, leadership, ethics and racial harmony. Doug talked about starting a foundation that would act as an “angel” to a select group of motivated organizations that made a real difference in the lives of the kids they touched. The Douglas B. Gardner Foundation will ensure that Doug will always be that angel, that in his name disadvantaged children will receive real support and opportunities as they pursue their dreams.

To learn more about Doug, please visit www.cantorfamilies.com

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