Empowering Social Innovation
WellMet seeks to empower communities to take action and a leading role in their welfare and sustainability. We strive to identify and fund organizations that are taking informed and measured risks to innovate, experiment and engage in finding solutions to New York City’s most vexing social issues. Smart, courageous and creative leaders are the hallmark of our grantees and WellMet applauds their tenacity, initiative and commitment.
In today’s world we know that grit and smarts, alone, do not always move the needle. Innovative organizations need funding and the legitimacy that comes with that. This is the role that WellMet seeks to play.
Through a rigorous grantmaking process, WellMet identifies New York City’s rising stars and gives them a chance to realize success with a one-time unrestricted grant. We are proud of the impact we have enabled through our grantmaking and delight in sharing these quotes with you.
“WellMet's grant enabled PMP to have our evaluation process in place in order to share our results from the summer and provide PMP with the ability to look through the data to see where our program can improve or where it's thriving. The evaluation results from the summer showed that PMP students made 6 month gains in math proficiency and 2 month gains in reading proficiency.”
"The WellMet Philanthropy grant came at a very important time for Drive Change. We were starting our pilot in the spring of 2014; things were financially uncertain, to say the least. Receiving the $20,000 grant allowed us to invest in our Fellowship; we were able to secure the support of leadership staff and we were able to support the employment of our new Fellows (not entirely, but this funding helped us to subsidize the cost). Further, the grant was one of our grants received by way of grant proposal. Winning the grant furthered our confidence as grant writers. Our Fellows also participated directly in the site visit and took ownership over the work, which was a great experience for everyone."
"Starting this project from scratch has been quite challenging, and this grant will be instrumental to our success this summer and in the future. Also, thank you for the very helpful feedback; we really value your insight and perspective."
"Funding from WellMet helped New Direction Services make a significant impact on the vision of the organization and enabled us to launch our fresh produce program.
This preventive program helped empower clients to take a first- hand look at their lives and their health. We felt that once the body is fed with healthy food options, the mind and spirit is able to gain strength to find job and training opportunities, help their children with education or even find suitable housing . . . We found out that clients wanted more fruit varieties, more root products and more leafy vegetables. . . It was extremely easy to provide that variety with funding from WellMet."
"Simply stated, the grant from WellMet allowed us to bring our program to these impressionable young adults."
"Thanks to WellMet, South Bronx United was able to integrate immigrant legal services into our program. This service is a growing need, so essential for so many youth and families in the South Bronx. Yet there was a significant gap in the capacity of existing Bronx organizations to handle this need. Through the grant SBU has been able to help many youth and families gain legal residents, work authorization, or just the stability needed to support their adjustment to a new language, culture, and community."