New York, NY, March 19, 2024 – Today, Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York received a $2 million grant from MacKenzie Scott’s Yield Giving. Boys Hope Girls Hope is one of the Yield Giving Open Call’s awardees which works with people and in places experiencing the greatest need in the United States.

Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York helps motivated high school students rise above disadvantaged backgrounds. The organization works hard to strategize different ways it can bridge gaps to resources that help better prepare our scholars for their future. These resources consist of internships, academic programming, career-readiness, college preparation and providing safe spaces for their development.

Boys Hope Girls Hope firmly believes that young people have the power to overcome adversity, realize their potential, and help transform our world. They create these successes when we remove obstacles, support, and believe in them, and provide environments and opportunities that build on their strengths.

In March 2023, Yield Giving launched an Open Call for community-led, community-focused organizations whose explicit purpose is to enable individuals and families to achieve substantive improvement in their well-being through foundational resources.

“We are profoundly grateful for the generous support of Mackenzie Scott and Yield Giving. This transformative grant will empower Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York to expand our reach and provide even more opportunities for the young people we serve to realize their full potential and thrive. However, our work is far from done, and we continue to rely on the generosity of our community to ensure every child has the support they need to succeed,” said Christina Hall, Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York.

Boys Hope Girls Hope is thrilled and honored to have Mackenzie Scott and Yield Giving recognize our fantastic team and mission in New York.” says Network President & CEO Kristin Ostby. “It is our hope that this recognition will inspire and fuel even more support to expand our impact in New York and across our 15-city Network as we help more youth to achieve their full potential.”

The Open Call received 6,353 applications and initially planned for 250 awards of $1 million each. In the Fall of 2023, organizations top-rated by their peers advanced to a second round of review by an external Evaluation Panel recruited for experience relevant to this cause and underwent a final round of due diligence. In light of the incredible work of these organizations, as judged by their peers and external panelists, the donor team decided to expand the awardee pool and the award amount.

“We are excited that our partnership with Yield Giving has resonated with so many organizations,” said Cecilia Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change. “In a world teeming with potential and talent, the Open Call has given us an opportunity to identify, uplift, and empower transformative organizations that often remain unseen.”

More information on Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York can be found at  To help Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York provide its scholars with their school supplies and basic needs please consider donating at


Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York
Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York is a proud member of the Boys Hope Girls Hope Network. Our Network Headquarters, located in St. Louis, Missouri, connects, provides leadership to, and offers signature college-preparatory programming to 15 affiliates.  Each affiliate is independently incorporated, governed by its own board of directors, and responsible for its own fundraising. Affiliation and services agreements link the Network to ensure mission and brand fidelity, quality operations, maximum functional capacity, and consistency in training, programmatic standards, and best practices.

Yield Giving
Established by MacKenzie Scott to share a financial fortune created through the effort of countless people, Yield Giving is named after a belief in adding value by giving up control. To date, Yield’s network of staff and advisors has yielded over $16,500,000,000 to 1,900+ non-profit teams to use as they see fit for the benefit of others. To learn more, visit

Lever for Change
Lever for Change connects donors with bold solutions to the world’s biggest problems—including issues like racial inequity, gender inequality, lack of access to economic opportunity, and climate change. Using an inclusive, equitable model and due diligence process, Lever for Change creates customized challenges and other tailored funding opportunities. Top-ranked teams and challenge finalists become members of the Bold Solutions Network—a growing global network that helps secure additional funding, amplify members’ impact, and accelerate social change. Founded in 2019 as a nonprofit affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Lever for Change has influenced over $1.7 billion in grants to date and provided support to more than 145 organizations. To learn more, visit

Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York
Christina Hall, Executive Director