North Star Fund

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North Star Fund "is the community foundation that advances the collective good. For 28 years, we have been the first to fund the fight for equality, economic justice and peace in New York City.

"By organizing donors, raising money for grants, and providing technical assistance, we support activism that focuses on the root causes of poverty, racism, homophobia and gender discrimination.

"Since our founding in 1979, North Star has distributed over 27 million dollars to 3,709 groups working to ensure a more equitable and democratic city for all New Yorkers. From kitchen table activists to national coalitions, North Star’s courageous grantees have led efforts on issues ranging from better schools, housing and health care, to protecting civil liberties, stopping domestic violence, creating living wage jobs, and advocating for peace, freedom and human rights." [1]


Accessed August 2008: [2]

  • Elise Boddie - Visiting Assistant Professor, Fordham University Law School, 2006-2007; former NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney
  • Oona Chatterjee - Co-Director, Make the Road by Walking
  • Jason Franklin - Lecturer On Public Administration, NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service; Deputy Director for Program Development, 21st Century School Fund
  • Kathy Goldman - Founder of Community Food Resource Center; community activist
  • Marcela Hahn, Secretary - VP of Development, Americans for UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)
  • Sarah Hansen - Philanthropic Advisor
  • Hugh Hogan - Executive Director, North Star Fund
  • Sarah Ludwig - Co-Director, Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (NEDAP)
  • Tara Mack - Director, Education for Liberation Network
  • Sheila McDaniel - Deputy Director of Finance and Administration, Studio Museum in Harlem
  • Randall Quan, Treasurer - Managing Director, Community Resource Exchange
  • Julissa Reynoso - Associate, Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
  • Arva Rice, Chair - Executive Director, Project Enterprise
  • Kevin Ryan - Program Officer, New York Foundation
  • Jonathan Schorr
  • Maxim Thorne
  • Betty Kapetanakis - In memoriam, 1952 - 2002



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. About, North Star Fund, accessed August 17, 2008.
  2. Directors, North Star Fund, accessed August 17, 2008.