Our Approach

As New York City’s largest poverty-fighting philanthropy, we have a track record of working across sectors to achieve large-scale change. Through our unique approach, we’re bringing innovation and urgency to the poverty fight.

Robin Hood brings New Yorkers together to fight poverty. We convene philanthropists, civil society organizations, government, businesses, nonprofits, community members, and those living in poverty to develop and advance programs and policies that can make the American Dream real here in New York City. Our goal is to help New Yorkers permanently exit poverty.

Our Approach

  1. Focusing on results

    We invest in best-in-class organizations operating effective programs. We fund research to understand how poverty persists and what strategies are effective in fighting it. And we track grant outcomes and apply cost/benefit analyses to ensure every dollar we invest demonstrably improves the lives of low-income New Yorkers. ​

  2. Building institutions that transform NYC

    We offer management advice, strategic real estate consulting, board placement services, financial and communications coaching, leadership development, and other technical assistance to help our partners increase scale and impact.​

  3. Driving innovation to solve unmet needs

    We invest in new leaders, new organizations, and new ideas that have groundbreaking potential.​

  4. Scaling what works

    We partner with government and other funders to grow proven solutions in New York City and beyond so more people benefit from investments that work.​

Metrics inform every grant we make, fueling our powerful ambition to spend donor dollars smartly, and without waste.

We analyze the costs and projected benefits of every grant, drawing on research and evidence to estimate the effect of the interventions we fund on lifetime earnings and other important short- and long-term outcomes. This analysis is one important factor we consider as part of a comprehensive due diligence process.