about us

RIVER FUND is a Frontline Poverty Center in New York City that fights poverty employing a “Family by Family Approach” with three channels:

  1. Food Access Services;
  2. Benefits Access Services;
  3. and our unique Cradle to College Initiative.

Breaking the Cycle

Channels one and two stabilize the family, and stop the deeper descent into the quicksand of poverty. Channel three breaks the cycle of poverty through education-related support to children. We provide these supports from as early as birth and persist with perseverance all the way through the child’s school life. Then we continue through college or trade school until we get the child into a proper income-generating occupation.

Hence, RIVER FUND positions children of poor families on a trajectory for success as adults. And they in turn become the engine that pulls their families and neighborhoods forward.

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Our History Timeline

With a Mission “to feed and empower those we serve to move beyond the lines of poverty,” the RIVER FUND is a leading Poverty Frontline Center serving more than 40 zip codes in all five boroughs of New York City.

Board of Directors

Board of Directors Riccardo Benedetti Senior Partner, Perella Weinberg Partners Riccardo is a senior partner at Perella Weinberg Partners, an independent financial advisory services firm. He has worked in investment banking for more than 30 years in London and New York. Riccardo lives with his wife and three daughters in New York. Danielle Bernstein Entrepreneur,…