To the Editor;
Re “The First Rule of Fund-Raising: Show Up” (editorial, June 3):
As chairman of the advisory board of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for the last 12 years, I have had the privilege of working with two mayoral administrations and a diverse array of civic-minded professionals to help create a brighter future for all New Yorkers.
Throughout my tenure, I have experienced the unwavering commitment of the city’s government, business and philanthropic leadership to leverage private resources on behalf of innovative public programs intended to address society’s most difficult challenges and lift up our most vulnerable populations.
Over the last four and a half years, I have had the pleasure of working alongside Chirlane McCray, New York City’s first lady. Thanks to her strong leadership and passionate advocacy, we have raised about $90 million over this period and efficiently directed those funds to more than 300 separate initiatives.
These include important, yet often overlooked, priorities like mental health, youth employment, immigrant services and relief efforts both in New York City and abroad.