With the grant, the foundation has awarded $25 million in support of childhood bereavement initiatives since 2007, including support for bereavement camps, children's recreational groups, assistance for military families, research, convenings, and capacity- building efforts. Grantees include the National Alliance for Grieving Children, which nearly doubled its membership between 2012 and 2015; the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, which formed the Coalition to Support Grieving Students with the foundation; and Scholastic, Comfort Zone Camp, the Moyer Foundation, and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).
"The childhood bereavement support field is grateful for the generous support provided by the New York Life Foundation," said National Alliance for Grieving Children CEO Andy McNiel. "Their support is wide-reaching and has had a direct impact on the expansion and advancement of services provided to bereaved children and teenagers across the United States.
"Grief affects nearly everyone at some point in time — but in our death-averse society, community support systems are often lacking for children who suffer a loss," said New York Life Foundation president Heather Nesle. "Despite its prevalence and poignancy, childhood bereavement is still considered a 'niche' funding area. As one of the largest national corporate funders of childhood bereavement, New York Life is actively working to increase capacity in the field by building communication and collaboration among grantees and helping to raise national awareness of the issue."