About Us




Mission: FPWA promotes the social and economic well-being of greater New York’s most vulnerable by advocating for just public policies and strengthening human services organizations.

Vision Statement

FPWA envisions New York City as a City of Equal Opportunity where children and youth are well educated, families are adequately housed and fed, workers are employed at a living wage, seniors have the means to live comfortably and stay engaged with their community, quality health care is accessible to all, and neighborhoods are thriving.

Who We Are

FPWA is an anti-poverty, policy, and advocacy nonprofit with a membership network of nearly 170 human services and faith-based organizations. For more than 95 years, FPWA has been a prominent force in New York City’s social services system, advocating for fair public policies, collaborating with partner agencies, growing our community-based membership network, and mobilizing our faith-based providers to meet the needs of New Yorkers of all ages, ethnicities, and denominations.

FPWA strengthens low-income communities, elmininates barriers to upward mobility, and fights entrenched poverty by fostering economic equity in three critical ways:

Creating Ground Breaking Change

Advocating for policy changes that improve the lives of millions of New Yorkers.

Supporting Nonprofits from the Ground Up 

Strengthening the capacity of the human services sector to better meet the needs of the communities they serve.

Strengthening Individuals and Families at the Ground Level

Ensuring targeted financial support to help thousands of New Yorkers meet basic needs.