Families, Children & Youth: Long Island, State & National
The Hagedorn Foundation (HF) is guided by the belief that all children deserve a happy, healthy and safe start to life. The Foundation considers parents and supportive communities to be essential players in the successful start of a young person's life and transition into adulthood. HF supports parents, community leaders, business leaders and policy-makers who protect and advocate on behalf of the well-being of children and youth. The Foundation supports projects and initiatives that improve early care and education, strengthen families and supportive communities and/or build public and political will to achieve these goals. Special attention will be paid to projects and initiatives that work in all three areas.
HF's primary focus is funding on Long Island. On a state and national level, we support research, policy work and related initiatives that directly benefit Long Islanders.
Giving in Action
Building Effective Advocacy Networks
While the economy recovered from the recession of 2008, children and families continue to struggle. The combination of significant budget cuts that were never restored and the polarized political climate make it difficult for advocates to implement existing programs, let alone advance new policies and funding to keep children and families strong.Download one-sheet
Home Visiting— A Healthy Start to Build Better Families & More Productive Futures
Some of our nation’s costliest social problems—child abuse and neglect, school failure, poverty, unemployment and crime—are rooted in early childhood. Home visiting matches parents with trained professionals to provide information and support during pregnancy and throughout their child’s first three years, a critical development period. This quality interaction not only improves birth outcomes but also results in fewer children in social welfare programs and in mental health and juvenile corrections systems.Download one-sheet