Who We Are

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Scarsdale Foundation is to promote civic welfare in the community of Scarsdale by:

  • providing support for institutions and individuals that encourage educational and human development as well as mutual understanding; and

  • recognizing those individuals in our community who through volunteer service continue to set an example of civic responsibility toward the betterment of the community.


HISTORY, GRANTS, AND FUND ADMINISTRATION

The Scarsdale Foundation was founded in 1923 by a Declaration of Trust, in which several local banks joined to collect and administer a fund for the family of a Scarsdale police officer who had been killed in the line of duty. The Scarsdale Foundation was incorporated by an Act of the New York State Legislature in 1930. The Foundation now operates as a 501(c)(3) entity under the provisions of the New York State Not-for-Profit Corporation law, under authority of special legislation enacted in 2000 as a result of the good efforts of our then Assemblywoman, Audrey Hochberg, and our State Senator, Suzi Oppenheimer.

Over the years, the Foundation has extended the breadth of its giving. Financial aid is available to children attending the Scarsdale Recreation Department summer day camp. Need-based college scholarships are available to students entering their sophomore, junior, and senior years of college who were graduates of Scarsdale High School or resided in Scarsdale during their high school years. The Foundation also makes specific grants for civic purposes, including significant recent grants to the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling Service.

The Foundation also administers a number of educational assistance funds (see Funds We Administer). These include the Casey Ferrone Memorial Fund, the Kathy Froelich Memorial Fund, the Delany Fund, the Corbin Scholarship Fund, the Dartmouth Fund, and the Harvard Book Award; and several community service funds, including the Frank J. and Ruth P. Galvin Fund, the Scarsdale School Personnel and Family Assistance Fund, and the Billy Safian Humanitarian Fund.

The Scarsdale Foundation is the presenter of the Scarsdale Bowl award, given annually to a citizen who has contributed outstanding volunteer service to the community.  The 2017 honorees, Robert (Bob) and Kathy Steves, are dedicated community volunteers. Among their many activities in Scarsdale, Bob has served on both the Scarsdale Board of Education (including one year as its president), and the Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees, with an additional term as Mayor of Scarsdale; and Kathy has served on the boards of the Scarsdale-Edgemont Family Counseling Service, Greenacres Neighborhood Association, and STEP (Student Transfer Education Plan).

Thanks to the generosity of Scarsdale residents past and present, the assets of the Foundation have grown in recent years to approximately $2.1 million at the end of FY 2015-2016. In 2016, the Scarsdale Foundation awarded $118,000 in scholarship monies for the 2016-2017 school year.

Foundation trustees are Emily Sherwood, President; Evelyn Stock, Vice President; Jane Veron, Secretary; Susie Rush, Treasurer; Randy Guggenheimer, Assistant Treasurer; Tom Giordano; David Karp; BK Munguia; and Seth Ross.

To contact us, please write to the Scarsdale Foundation, P.O. Box 542, Scarsdale, NY 10583 or you may contact President Emily Sherwood at sherwood06@gmail.com