Investing in dignity. Empowering communities. Cultivating systemic change.

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) dismantles the structural and systemic barriers that impede economic security and well-being, and strengthens the capacity of New York’s human service and faith organizations so New Yorkers with lower incomes can thrive.

A Look At the Numbers


million working-age households in New York are unable to meet basic needs.


a year falls far short of providing a family of four with the necessary resources to thrive and meet their basic needs. Unfortunately, this is the poverty threshold established by the federal government.


decrease in Federal and State funding over the last year for critical human services to children and families in NYC.


of the 125,000 human services workers are people of color, many of whom do not earn but deserve fair, livable wages.

Creating Systemic Change

Eradicating poverty is a unique challenge that requires strong partnerships and innovative, bold solutions to systems that were built to keep so many of us from ever achieving financial stability.

FPWA In Action

Discover how we serve the communities made vulnerable by the injustice and economic inequity that permeate our city’s policies, practices, and institutions.

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Stay up to date with FPWA’s policy, advocacy, research work, current initiatives, special projects, and more!

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Impacting the Lives of New Yorkers Facing Barriers

Our goal is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to live with dignity and thrive.


Latest Initiatives

NYC Funds Tracker

Faith in Education Initiative

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A Look At The March on Washington 60 Years Later

Capacity Building Written Resources

Get in Touch

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NYC Funds Tracker Dashboard and Analysis

The interactive open data dashboard helps you visualize and track the city budget, with a specific focus on the critical human services funding we rely on.

Don’t forget to also check out our new analysis

FPWA has recently been receiving claims from members of the public emailing and calling our offices that individuals posing as FPWA agents have contacted them claiming that in order for the recipient to claim grant monies from FPWA they must first send the agent personal information, a cell phone number, gift card codes or money.

FPWA does not use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), text messages or direct phone contact to solicit, review, or make awards. FPWA staff will not call or message you requesting money in order to be eligible for an award.

Further, FPWA does not make grants directly to individuals. FPWA works with its member agency partners and other reputable community-based organizations to direct support to families and individuals in our community.

If you or someone you know has been contacted by someone posing to be an “FPWA Agent” or staff person requesting money to release a grant, please do the following:

If you have questions prior to reporting your incident, view the IC3 FAQs for more information.

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