The mission of the MCC Community Benefit fund is to support not-for-profit programs in Manhattan that address quality of life issues, cultural and educational institutions.
In 1993, MCC established the Community Benefit Fund (CBF) as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) Fund, which, among other programs, owns and manages two of the largest and oldest street fairs in New York City, the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Community Benefit Festivals on Manhattan's upper east side. The proceeds from these large events are deposited into the MCC Community Benefit Fund. Non-profit agencies in the district submit grant applications for funding from the CBF for programs directly affecting the neighborhoods of Community Board 8. These include programs focused on education, youth, eldercare, health care, the arts, etc. To date over $3.0 million has been donated to the nonprofits through these efforts.
The MCC Community Benefit Fund also organized the first NYC Volunteer Expo in February 2005, drawing over 1400 new volunteers to over 60 small to mid-sized non-profit organizations in Manhattan. Subsequent Volunteer Expos were held in 2006 and 2007. Currently, the CBF supports the grassroots volunteer recruitment efforts through TimeBanksNYC and NYC Service under the Mayor's directive.
In the Fall of 2014, under the umbrella of the CBF, “Friends of Ruppert Park” was established to improve this 1 acre park located in CB8 at 90th St. & 2nd Ave. The park has been neglected and had a rodent problem. The MCC CBF began the group and will continue to work with NYC Parks Department and the local community to bring the park back. You can also get information on the "Friends of Ruppert Park"-Facebook Page.
And the CBF also lends support to the Highline and other not-for-profits in Manhattan.
For 2016, the following dates are reserved for the street fairs:
- 2nd Ave. Street Fair Sunday May 22, 2016
- 3rd Ave. Street Fair Sunday September 11, 2016