The Center for Grieving Children Receives Grief Reach Grant from the New York Life Foundation


Jack Small
The Center for Grieving Children
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PHILADELPHIA, PA January 23, 2017 – The Center for Grieving Children announced today a $100,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation to support expansion of services to 200-250 additional youth in the Strawberry Mansion and South/Southwest areas of Philadelphia.

“We are grateful for the New York Life Foundation’s continued investment in our organization, which will allow more underserved youth across Philadelphia to access our services,” said Darcy Walker Krause, Executive Director of The Center for Grieving Children. “The support will help many grieving children and their families in the city and beyond to begin the healing process.”

“Grief Reach applications have grown exponentially since the program began five years ago, which illustrates that awareness and demand for bereavement services is increasing every year,” said Maria Collins, vice president, New York Life Foundation. “We have responded to the demand by broadening the application parameters and increasing the financial support so that even more grief service providers can reach diverse and disadvantaged youth across the country.”

The New York Life Foundation created the Grief Reach program to help providers overcome barriers to bringing grief support services to youth not served by existing bereavement programs. One hundred and ninety-five Grief Reach grants totaling nearly $6 million have been awarded since the program’s inception in 2011.

About the New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $240 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit

About The Center for Grieving Children
The Center for Grieving Children was founded in 1995 at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 2000. The only organization of its kind based in the City of Philadelphia, The Center helps children grieving a death to heal and grow through their grief while strengthening families, communities and professionals’ understanding of how best to respond to their needs. To this end, The Center runs free grief groups for youth ages 5-25 in four locations and in over 70 schools in the city. It also provides training and support to schools, communities, and professionals who interact with grieving youth and families. To learn more about The Center, please visit