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Rising Ground & Edwin Gould – A New Day

A Message to the community from Alan Mucatel, CEO

August 16, 2018

I am delighted to share exciting news with you. Rising Ground and Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families are formally joining together. Through this partnership, Edwin Gould has become a subsidiary of Rising Ground with Rising Ground assuming all administrative functions for the two organizations. Henceforth, both our organizations will operate under one uniform set of policies and practices, guided by the same mission, values, expectations, and vision, as we expand services to more New Yorkers facing adversity.

Thus begins a new day for our two organizations' long dedication to helping New York’s children, adults, and families to move forward and upward in their lives. The consolidation will strengthen and broaden the supports we provide to a total of 25,000 children, adults, and family members throughout the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Westchester County. Our new partnership will benefit the individuals and families we support by giving them access to a broader range of health, mental health, developmental, family empowerment, and supportive services. We also expect to use our combined expertise to develop new services in response to community needs. With a combined workforce of 1,800 employees and an annual budget of $130 million, the resulting larger, stronger, and more diversified organization will spur new and innovative ways to deliver services. This will ultimately redirect millions of dollars in savings toward improved and additional programs.

With this merger, Rising Ground will increase our critical work in the areas of child welfare (foster care and preventive services), services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and care management. We are pleased to welcome Edwin Gould’s STEPS to End Family Violence program, one of New York City’s more renowned, comprehensive services to support victims of intimate partner violence, to our portfolio of supports. Intimate partner violence often impacts the families and children supported by Rising Ground across its varied programs, making this added expertise a huge asset to the Rising Ground community.

The decision to bring these two organizations together is a bold effort that Rising Ground and Edwin Gould started some time ago, building upon a strong historical connection between the organizations. Edwin Gould’s nieces and nephews were adopted through Rising Ground (then named Leake &Watts) in the early 20th century. He provided significant personal financial support to Rising Ground, which led to the construction of buildings on our campus that stand to this day, as well as an enduring endowment fund. Two years ago, Rising Ground assumed operation of Edwin Gould’s day habilitation program for adults with IDD. You may also remember that we shared our Annual Gala last fall.


A shared history: Edwin Gould and wife Sarah joined children supported by Rising Ground (then Leake & Watts) at the opening of Shrady Cottage, named for Sarah's mother Hester Shrady, on our Yonkers campus in 1922. Inspired by his mother in law's work with the Messiah Home for Children, Edwin Gould made regular contributions of money, food, and clothing to a number of charitable organizations, including Rising Ground, while also founding the organization that would then bear his name.


The merging of our organizations takes place in a dramatically changing landscape where nonprofit human services organizations are under increasing pressures to be efficient and demonstrate results. Partnership and consolidation are increasingly common. We are grateful to several of our foundation partners for lending their support to this partnership. The New York Merger, Acquisition, and Collaboration Fund (NYMAC) awarded us an $80,000 grant to help cover the administrative costs of the merger. A $45,000 grant from the Redlich Horwitz Foundation is helping with the integration of our two foster care programs. A $250,000 grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation is supporting the development of a new Centralized Access and Referral Department to ensure an individual or family that enters a single program can be assessed for other needs and receive coordinated support.

I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome the dedicated professionals of Edwin Gould to Rising Ground, including three former Edwin Gould Board members to the Rising Ground Board of Directors. We believe that through affiliation of these two organizations we are advancing our work and creating a stronger, more sustainable long-term structure that gives us the depth, expertise, and adaptability that will benefit the people and communities we support. It is a winning strategy.

If you have any questions about this new partnership or simply want to learn more, please reach out to me directly at [email protected] or contact [email protected].

Sincerely,

Alan Mucatel
Chief Executive Officer