ABC receives 11th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator

Association to Benefit Children is honored to receive its 11th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is their highest possible rating and demonstrates strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Only 1% of the charities evaluated by Charity Navigator have received at least 11 consecutive 4-star evaluations, reflecting ABC’s exceptional and continued commitment to providing compassionate, cost-effective, and innovative programs in urgent response to the needs of the children and families we serve. 

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ABC welcomes Senior Minister of Singapore

ABC was honored to receive a visit from the Senior Minister of Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, and representatives of the Singapore Ministry of Education. Children at the Graham School – located at Echo Park, ABC’s multi-service hub in the heart of East Harlem – welcomed the group with hugs, play-dough demonstrations, and handmade Singaporean flags. The visit marked the beginning of an exchange between Singapore agencies and ABC to share best practices in early childhood education for families with young children who face complex and compounded barriers to accessing education.

ABC’s early childhood model is grounded in a “whole family” approach that offers interventions and services not only for children, but also parents and caregivers, who are a child’s first teachers. ABC’s programs incorporate evidence-based models and assessments, data-driven outcome indicators, and comprehensive supports that help children build the core skills they need for school readiness and a lifelong love of learning.

All of us at ABC look forward to working with Singapore agencies to ensure a joyful and rigorous education for the youngest and most vulnerable children.

Highlights from Camp Calvin 2019

This summer, ABC’s kids had the time of their lives at Camp Calvin, ABC’s annual six-week summer camp for children and youth in East Harlem. With daily enrichment activities like ballet, LEGO machine building, and cooking as well as field trips to museums, Alstede Farms, and exciting New York sites like the Hudson Yards Vessel, Camp Calvin offered a summer full of adventure, friendship, and experiential education. We’re proud to share this video with all the highlights from this summer — made by one of our very own ABC youth, Enoch Bekoe.

ABC’s Cassidy’s Place featured on TODAY Show

ABC was delighted to welcome Kathie Lee Gifford at Cassidy’s Place, ABC’s preschool for children who are medically fragile, live in poverty, have serious disabilities, are homeless, in foster care, or have suffered abuse and neglect. Founded in 1996 with the support and dedication of the Gifford family, Cassidy’s Place has been serving some of NYC’s most vulnerable children for 23 years. The Gifford family were also treasured partners at Cody Gifford House, which was a home for medically-fragile infants and toddlers and continues to offer early intervention services today.

In partnership with GrowNYC, Gifford helped children plant basil, rosemary, and more in the Cassidy’s Place playground to celebrate the beginning of spring. Across ABC’s programs, we encourage children to learn about the natural world, including the science behind food and nutrition – engaging children directly in the process of growing their own food, preparing it, and incorporating it into their everyday food choices.

Children at Cassidy’s Place dedicated a bench in her honor as thanks for her years of advocacy. Gifford’s Garden will be a symbol of hope for years to come!

Watch the video here.

Sixteenth Annual Thanks for Giving

Last night, our annual Thanks for Giving Benefit was a wonderful celebration of the ABC family. We were thrilled to premiere the film Benevolent (Producer: Mark Scudese, Director and Filmmaker: Leah Galant, Sound Design: Maya Cueva).

We are so grateful to everyone who attended and supported ABC’s Thanks for Giving – with your support, ABC can continue to provide critical services for the children and families we serve.

To view photos from the event, see our Facebook photo album.

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Women Leaders: Promoting Peace & Security

Gretchen Buchenholz and Dr. Eri Noguchi, ABC’s Chief Operating Officer, along with some of the delegates, from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Burma, Estonia, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Republic of Kosovo, Latvia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Nepal, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom

Gretchen Buchenholz and Dr. Eri Noguchi, ABC’s Chief Operating Officer, along with some of the delegates, from Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Burma, Estonia, France, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Republic of Kosovo, Latvia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Nepal, Pakistan, People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom

Association to Benefit Children's Founder and Executive Director Gretchen Buchenholz led a delegation from South & Central Asia, and Europe at the request of the U.S. Department of State for their sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program.

Women Leaders: Promoting Peace and Security examines the vital role that women play in preventing conflict and conflict resolution to build global peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence, and insecurity. ABC showcased instances of active engagement in mediating disputes arising from political, socioeconomic, ethnic, religious, and regional differences. 

ABC has been working in global peace efforts and conflict resolution. ABC families were featured in a Women, Peace, and Security photography exhibit that highlighted women's everyday experiences and thoughts about security, peace, and community in New York City and Maputo, Mozambique.