New York Times Neediest Cases

$5,032,930 of $6.5M goal

Raised by 5,041 people in 11 months
Created February 5, 2018
The 2018-19 New York Times Neediest Cases Fund campaign has begun. Read about how your donations  helped people  struggling in New York and beyond. All donations via this page will be distributed to our partner organizations. The New York Times Company underwrites all administrative costs incurred by the fund.

Starting with this campaign, our profiles of those who have benefited from the fund are outside The Times’s metered paywall. We hope you will read the stories and share them.

To read past articles, visit The Neediest Cases Fund page.
To contact The Fund, email

About The Neediest Cases Fund

Established in 1911 by Adolph S. Ochs, publisher of The New York Times, The Neediest Cases Fund has raised over $300 million since its inception.

In its 107th year, the Fund provided direct assistance to those who are facing tough times in New York and beyond.

Many of the profiles in The New York Times featured an individual or family who benefited from the Fund and illustrated the difference that even a modest amount of money can make to those who are less fortunate. The money is distributed through the Fund’s eight participating organizations, often in small amounts targeted to specific needs.

The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a not-for-profit public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Neediest Cases Fund are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Federal Identification Number: 13-6066063. A copy of the Neediest Cases Fund's latest annual financial report may be obtained, upon request, from the Fund or from the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, New York 10271.

Beneficiary Organizations

Brooklyn Community Services

Brooklyn Community Services provides early-childhood and after-school education, youth development, child abuse prevention services, job training and services for people with mental illness and those who are disabled. It has 25 locations throughout Brooklyn, including the Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service, where at-risk students receive on-the-job training. Money raised through the Neediest Cases Fund goes to support one-time needs and service development.

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York was founded in 1917, and is currently a federation of around 90 charitable agencies in the New York area, serving up to 400,000 people every year. The organization focuses primarily on children, while supporting families coping with hunger, homelessness and other hardships. The organization also works to welcome new immigrants to the U.S., including refugees hoping to make New York their home.

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens

Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens started in 1899 with a concentration on child welfare, serving families in need, particularly those in immigrant communities. While the organization continues to assist immigrants, it has expanded its mission to include, among other things, aiding those with mental illness and housing homeless people. Money raised through the Neediest Cases Fund goes largely to emergency relief services, especially housing assistance. 

Children’s Aid

Children’s Aid was founded in 1853, and is linked to the development of the American child welfare system. Today, the society focuses on early education, health and wellness, family and home, and social and emotional development at more than 50 locations across the five boroughs and in Westchester County, N.Y. Money raised through the Neediest Cases Fund provides children with sundry items, from prom dresses to textbooks, that help them live normal lives.

Community Service Society

The Community Service Society of New York is an informed, independent and unwavering voice for positive action on behalf of more than three million low-income New Yorkers. C.S.S. draws on 175 years of excellence in addressing the root causes of economic disparity. We respond to urgent, contemporary challenges through applied research, advocacy, litigation, volunteerism, and innovative direct-service programs that strengthen and benefit all New Yorkers.


FPWA is an antipoverty policy and advocacy organization committed to economic opportunity and upward mobility for low-income communities. A prominent New York presence for nearly 100 years, FPWA has long served New York City’s social service system, providing support grants to help low-income groups meet basic needs while advocating for fair public policies on behalf of people in need and the agencies that serve them. FPWA’s member network of 170 human service and faith-based organizations reaches some 1.5 million people in New York’s underserved communities each year.

International Rescue Committee

Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee’s mission is to restore health, safety, education and economic well-being to people affected by conflict and disaster. It works in 29 cities across the United States and in more than 40 countries. In 2016, more than 23 million people around the world benefited from the efforts of the committee and its partners. 

UJA-Federation of New York

UJA-Federation of New York supports a network of hundreds of nonprofits that serve New Yorkers of all backgrounds and Jewish communities worldwide. With our partners, UJA helps people who are facing poverty and food insecurity, provides life-enhancing services for older adults and Holocaust survivors, supports legal and mental health assistance, and mobilizes our community to respond in times of crisis caused by natural disasters, terrorism, violence and hatred.
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Update 3
Posted by Neediest Cases
23 days ago
The New York Times is grateful for your tax-deductible support of The Neediest Cases Fund ( And we hope you will consider sharing our campaign link ( with friends and family who may be looking for a good cause to contribute to as the year comes to a close.

Thank you for your consideration and support.
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Update 2
Posted by Neediest Cases
28 days ago
The New York Times is grateful for your tax-deductible support of The Neediest Cases Fund
( And, as our annual campaign reaches its final weeks and the year closes, we hope you will consider sharing our campaign link
( with friends and family who may be looking for good causes to contribute to at the end of 2018.

The pieces in this year’s campaign are outside The Times’s paywall, so you can see the reach of our fund, and let your community know how we are making a difference together.

Among our favorite articles this month are:

“Stabbed by Her Husband, She Tries to Keep the Lights On for Her Children”

“He Struggled at School, but Now Success Is Adding Up”

“In a Serbian Refugee Camp, Women Tackling a Taboo Topic”

Thank you again for your support, and thank you for your time.
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Update 1
Posted by Neediest Cases
1 month ago
We are incredibly grateful for your support so far in the 2018-19 New York Times Neediest Cases Fund campaign.

We are also excited to highlight that all N.C.F. articles featured this year are outside our paywall, so even your friends and family who do not subscribe to The New York Times can read them. We hope as many people as possible can hear about the amazing work of our beneficiary organizations through these stories. Would you consider sharing an article that has inspired you?

Here are a few wonderful pieces that we would love for you to consider sharing through social media or email. Sharing the link to donate is also very helpful:

Thank you again for all your support.

“Facing mounting costs at Cornell, Samuel Issiah Williams decided to skip a meal plan his senior year and think creatively to get by.”
Full story by Andrew R. Chow -

“Bakers From Baghdad, Who Fled Violence Against Christians, Pursue a Sweet Dream”
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“He Wanted to Prove He Could Stay Sober. So He Kept Vodka in His Closet.”
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“Mr. Warner has lost nearly 400 pounds since 2012.”
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