If we could
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This is the story of how the foundation began, what it has accomplished, and how it has exerted influence well above its size and beyond its Long Island base. The purpose of this history is not only to record those accomplishments, but to offer lessons learned to anyone who reads it—especially leaders of other foundations.
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The Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund
Discovering how to use their fortune for something good to give back to the community.
The Birth of the Foundation
The decision to go off and start a foundation in dedication to the Hagedorn name...
The Hagedorn Foundation: Getting Started
Launching a foundation can be complicated. But some aspects of this launch were easy.
Families, Children, and Youth
Amy knew from the start that she wanted the foundation to focus heavily on early childhood education.
Home Visitation to Help Parents
They walk in as an equal...They sit on the floor with the child, to show the parent, but not tell the parent, ‘This is what you do.’ They do not replace the parent.” - Lynda Parmely, Program Director
Training Parents As Advocates
Parents have always been at the heart of the Hagedorn Foundation's mission.
Paid Family Leave
Another initiative that became a constant concern of the foundation was the struggle to get New York State to adopt legislation creating paid family leave.
Amplifying the Voice of Nonprofit Youth Agencies
The foundation’s work on families, children, and youth has not always involved actual grant-making.
It was her family’s history that gave Amy a natural inclination toward making immigration one of the foundation’s signature issues.
Working to change public opinion about immigrants and immigration on Long Island.
Defending Immigrants’ Rights
Another crucial piece of the immigration grant-making strategy was developing leadership...
Anti-Bullying: The Fight Against Hate
In the story of the foundation’s commitment to doing philanthropy differently, Joselo Lucero is a shining example.
The foundation strongly believes that the work of its grantees has “moved the needle” of social change.
Enhancing the Capacity of Grantees
Many of the foundation’s grantees are relatively small organizations, passionately dedicated to the work.