On September 11, 2001 the world changed. For Robin Hood and for all New Yorkers, 9/11 marks an anniversary of reflection. Today we’re remembering the lives that were lost through these heartfelt letters we received from families of 9/11 victims. The gratitude shown from those who experienced such tremendous loss is inspiring and drives us to be even stronger and more successful in our fight against poverty in New York City.
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“In 1987, just after the financial markets crashed, I was lucky to be one of the five New Yorkers who sat down over cartons of take-out Chinese food in Paul Jones’ apartment to discuss how we could help our neighbors and the city we loved. That night, Robin Hood was born.” – David Saltzman
More than 25 years later, that quixotic idea has grown into a movement of tens of thousands of people helping our neighbors earn and learn their way out of poverty. And one man has been on the front lines of poverty fighting: David Saltzman.
Stepping up to the role of Executive Director 1989, David has fearlessly led the movement for the past 25 years to make New York City a better place. Over the years he has helped Robin Hood raise and grant nearly $1.5 billion to the city’s top poverty-fighting nonprofits. And he’s touched countless lives.
Last week Robin Hood’s original founders, Paul Tudor Jones, Glenn Dubin, and Peter Borish honored David’s work by brining things full circle with a Chinese dinner celebration.
Other board members in attendance included Alan Schwartz, Barry Sternlicht, Victoria Bjorklund, Scott Bommer, Larry Robbins and Tom Brokaw. A few individuals representing some of Robin Hood’s longest standing partners were included in the celebration as well: Michael Carrera (Children’s Aid Society), Gretchen Buchenholz (Association to Benefit Children), Norm Atkins (former Robin Hood Co-Executive Director, Founder, Uncommon Schools and Co-Founder and President, Relay Graduate School of Education) and Lisa Smith (former Robin Hood employee). David’s family rounded out the special guests for the evening.
While David and Robin Hood have done a tremendous amount of good, so much more remains to be done.To quote our fearless leader as he ends every staff meeting, “let’s go save some lives.”
We’re pleased to learn that the NBC halftime broadcast of tomorrow’s Notre Dame vs. Rice University college football game (3:30 PM EST) will feature a unique story. Tune in to learn about the architect who designed the Robin Hood funded, hurricane resilient housing implemented in Union Beach after Hurricane Sandy.
Shopping for school supplies? You can support Robin Hood by using Amazon Smile! A portion of your order’s purchase price will go directly to fighting poverty in NYC.
How it works:
New to Amazon Smile
- Visit smile.amazon.com and log in with Amazon account information.
- When asked which charity you’d like to support, simply type “Robin Hood” into the search bar and choose the first selection.
Every penny counts and even the smallest donations to Robin Hood can have a big impact:
- $1.20 provides a meal for a hungry New Yorker
- $30 pays for a weekly MetroCard, allowing a poor New Yorker to travel to and from work
- $75 feeds a New York family of three for a week
- $100 shelters a homeless New York family for a night
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