While the HCNY Foundation started with a focus on providing scholarship funds for Harvard College students, it has since expanded its activities.
In 2013, the Foundation offered a $20,000 grant to the Graduate School of Design, and specifically to Dr. Joyce Rosenthal and her graduate and undergraduate students for a fieldwork course on disaster planning in New York City associated with Hurricane Sandy. Their work examines ways to create a more resilient city through hazard mitigation efforts and post-disaster recovery in planning and disaster. In June 2013, Dr. Rosenthal and six of her students came to speak to members about their critical research.
As an extension of the grant to the Graduate School of Design, an additional $5,000 grant was directed to Trevor Johnson GSD ’14 for the continuation of his community service project over the summer. Having participated in Dr. Rosenthal’s fieldwork course, Mr. Johnson’s fellowship was at NYC Department of City Planning, Waterfront & Open Space Division. His work focused on the vulnerability of historic resources to coastal climate change, case studies of strategic retreat from flood zones, and mitigation measures for maritime industrial sites.