Denis Torlic

Each November, runners from across the world line up in Staten Island to race through the five boroughs in the annual TCS New York City Marathon. The 2019 marathon on Sunday, November 3 is not only an opportunity for athletes to compete in the world-renowned 26.2-mile race, but also a special opportunity for nearly 400 charity partners to fundraise through the support of running teams.

For the third year in a row, The Foundling is an Official Charity Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon with a team of five official runners! By helping our team in their efforts, you’ll also be helping the 30,000 children, youth, individuals, and families who rely on The Foundling’s programs and services each day. A donation to any of our runners’ campaigns will help support our team as they gear up for the big race.

Meet our runners and learn more about what motivates them to run for The Foundling!

Laurene Coral

Laurène Coral

From her home in Eastern France, Laurène didn’t imagine that she would be running the NYC Marathon anytime soon. When her friend Claire told her there was an open slot on Team Foundling, she leapt at the opportunity to support us! Here are some words from Laurène herself:

Hi all! My name is Laurène and I’m a young French woman. I am inspired by the strength of children and families in the foster care system and I’m happy to spread awareness for everything that The Foundling does.

Every January 1st, I wrote my list of resolutions. Every day gives us the opportunity to be better and do something different, but the new year is special in that it feels like a clear turn of the page. Running a marathon has always been part of the list but I never thought that 2019 would be THE year. A couple of weeks separates us from the TCS New York Marathon now and I am both nervous about being able to complete it and proud to run for The New York Foundling. This is my first marathon but this is also my first real fundraising experience and it makes the training so much more meaningful. Running has helped me a lot and helping others is a great way to give back!

Claire Tetart

Claire has been a close friend of The Foundling since joining the development team of our supporters French-American Aid for Children. This will be Claire’s first marathon, and she’s excited to be joined by her dear friend from home, Laurène.

Ryan Dougherty

Ryan Dougherty

For several years, Ryan has witnessed The Foundling’s work from the periphery through the eyes of his girlfriend Kelly, a member of our Junior Board. As a 2019 marathon runner, he now officially joins our Foundling family.

Kate Wheelock and Holt Baker

A member of our Junior Board since 2017, Kate and her fiancée Holt have generously dedicated their time to The New York Foundling in between their busy legal careers. For Kate and Holt, being part of Team Foundling is an opportunity to become closer to The Foundling community.

Several New York-area social justice nonprofits received generous donations from The New York Jets in December 2018, including The New York Foundling for its Mott Haven Academy charter school in the south Bronx. READ MORE

The New York Jets announced today that players, coaches, and ownership are committing a total of $800,000 to The New York Foundling and four other non-profit social justice organizations that aim to combat social inequality and reduce barriers to opportunity.  As part of that total, New York Jets players and coaches have committed $200,000, which the organization will match, in addition to a $250,000 donation from New York Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson. Additional funds were donated by the New York Jets Foundation and the NFL Foundation’s Player Matching Grant. 


The New York Foundling, alongside The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, JustLeadershipUSA, Breakthrough New York and The Legal Aid Society’s Decarceration Project will receive $160,000 grants to support programs focused on education, community/police relations, criminal justice reform, or other initiatives including reducing poverty, racial equality and workforce development.  For The Foundling, funds will go to support its Mott Haven Academy, a first of its kind charter school based in the Bronx with two-thirds of its student body consisting of children actively in the child welfare system.  A select group of kids from the school received an early peek at the team’s generosity and commitment to community earlier this week when 13 players –led by linebacker Brandon Copeland, and including Avery Williamson, Dieugot Joseph, Jordan Leggett, Isaiah Crowell, Jonotthan Harrison – treated 20 Mott Haven students to a pizza dinner followed by a Target shopping spree to spread some holiday cheer just in time for Christmas (click here to view photos).


“We are very excited that as part of their commitment to education, the New York Jets organization has chosen The Foundling and Mott Haven Academy for this grant,” said Bill Baccaglini, President & CEO of The Foundling.  “Because of the challenges they’ve faced, the educational journeys of these young scholars are not often linear.  This support will help us continue the necessary work of helping them to advance and be successful in their educational paths.” 


“I am extremely proud of our team for their commitment to empowering our communities through their donations and participation in outreach programs,” said New York Jets Chairman & CEO Christopher Johnson. “While it was a collective effort within the organization to make this donation possible, the players desire to make a difference fueled this endeavor. We are excited to help position these five organizations to continue their work in our communities.”


“Inadequate access to resources for education, poverty reduction, or racial equality has effected every member of our locker room,” said Kelvin Beachum. “From the communities we came from, to the one we now call home – it is abundantly clear that these organizations are not only needed but are causing direct change in the fight against social inequality.”


To view a video about the New York Jets Social Justice program, please click here.


The New York Foundling was awarded $1.545 million by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to support its Road to Success tutoring program for youth in foster care. READ MORE

Players, coaches and owners of the New York Jets have committed to donate $800,000 to five non-profit social justice organizations that “aim to combat social inequality and reduce barriers to opportunity,” the team announced Thursday. Players and coaches combined for $200,000 of the commitment, which was matched by the Jets organization. READ MORE

Players, coaches and owners of the New York Jets have committed to donate $800,000 to five non-profit social justice organizations that “aim to combat social inequality and reduce barriers to opportunity,” the team announced Thursday. Players and coaches combined for $200,000 of the commitment, which was matched by the Jets organization. READ MORE

“New York Jets Linebacker Brandon Copeland gathered up some of his teammates to surprise 20 kids from the The Foundling’s Mott Haven Academy in the South Bronx and 20 high school students from Newark with a pizza party.” WATCH HERE

We all strive to impact our communities in a positive light. But sometimes it may feel daunting to find the perfect opportunity.  At The Foundling, there are myriad of ways to get involved and help out! In this 3-part series, we will share how a little bit of time and energy can make a huge difference for the 30,000 children and families served by The Foundling each year.


  • Young Mothers Support: Help care for young children and babies while their mothers are working or completing their schoolwork.
  • Build Baby Bundles: Assemble care bundles with necessities for new families; include items like diapers, wipes, bottles, new clothes & infant formula. (This is a great opportunity for groups!)
  • Host Your Personal Baby Shower & Donate: Are you having a baby? Congratulations! It’s exciting and fun to celebrate the birth of a baby with a baby shower but some moms having their second and third children feel that they do not need more supplies, clothing or gear. A great solution is to ask guests to bring new baby items for one of the babies in The Foundling’s care instead!
  • Foster Parent Appreciation: Support Foundling staff by helping to coordinate and manage the annual appreciation party, giving well-deserved thanks to foster parents in Foundling homes.
  • Join Our Lunch List: Share what you do with our kids! Host a Foundling teen for an afternoon at your office where they can experience firsthand the ins and outs of your professional life.

Interested in helping out? Please email and keep an eye out for the next segment in this series for more opportunities!

Employees gathered at 27 Christopher Street, once known as The Vincent J. Fontana Center for a movie “under the stars” as a last hurrah and final goodbye to the beloved building and all it encompassed. Foundling staff brought blankets and pillows from home and settled in to watch Home Alone 2 and enjoy a low-key evening with colleagues.


Dr. Mel Schneiderman and Sister Carol remarked about the history of 27 Christopher Street. Though the building itself was built in 1911, it was established as The Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection in 1999 by The New York Foundling to honor Dr. Fontana’s contributions to the field of child abuse prevention. 27 Christopher Street also served as a Catholic Elementary School, a nursing school and in its later years, it served as a multi-purpose office and meeting center for many of the Foundling’s staff from varying programs and departments.


Though 27 Christopher Street is officially closed, the love, strength, and passion to aid underserved children & families lives strong in our staff and the community.

It’s officially the holiday season and The Foundling is celebrating throughout the month of December with cheer! In this two part series, we’ll highlight the ways different programs are getting into the holiday spirit.  It’s been inspiring to see so much joy, love and generosity demonstrated by employees, clients and volunteers.


Starting off the celebrations was the Junior Board Holiday party on December 9 at Fiddlesticks Bar. Fiddlesticks is a friend of The Foundling and have hosted events in the past.  It was a fantastic evening to socialize and enjoy the merriment of friends during the holidays.


On December 10, Macy’s decorated and hosted the Crisis Nursery’s holiday party. Families and children of the Foundling gathered for a catered dinner and everyone received personalized gifts delivered by Santa himself! Stevan Ridley and Bilal Powell from the New York Jets stopped by to visit and take pictures with the kids! There was also a concert from the Lee Strasberg Youth Choir that filled the room with Christmas carols.


100 children and families from The Foundling’s Deaf Services program enjoyed a special holiday breakfast on December 12. Children visited Santa and were given gifts donated by the generous employees of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.


Also on December 12, 50 families and children from our Foster Care programs were treated to a wreathe decorating party at PJ Clarke’s Sidecar and enjoyed a lavish brunch. Kids picked out a real evergreen wreaths donated by Starbright Floral Design and decorated them with tinsel, bows and ornaments.  Junior Board members, Foundling board members and PJ Clarke’s staff volunteered to help facilitate the decorating. The beautiful, creative, and unique wreaths made by the children will be on display at PJ Clarke’s all holiday season long.


Help us spread holiday cheer! If you are interested in participating in the Foundling’s holiday spirit, please visit . There are so many ways to give back to the Foundling community this holiday season!


COMING UP: Holiday Season at The Foundling Part II: Haven Academy’s presentation of The Nutcracker, The Foundling’s Staff Holiday Party, Santa Bob, We Work Holiday Party, and much, much more!