The Heart & Soul Charitable Fund supports community-based programs that serve New York's marginalized populations through the investment of time, money and compassion. Together with our partners and supporters we find creative and inspiring ways to sustain the critical work they do by:
- Making grants to emerging and worthy neighborhood-based organizations which serve those whose needs are not being addressed by larger charitable organizations
- Partnering with these organizations so their story can be shared, their volunteer base can expand, and they can become better advocates for the communities they serve
- Recognizing and honoring their volunteers and staff
- Celebrating the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Forrest Church through the annual presentation of the Forrest Church Award
Heart & Soul was founded in 1988 to raise funds for two long-running meal programs, which together serve 28,000 meals annually at All Souls Church. Now over 25 years later, we continue to fund these programs in addition to other youth services and community-based programs in New York City.
The Forrest Church Award is given in memory of the late Rev. Dr. Forrest Church (1948 - 2009) who was an influential liberal theologian, a humanist for our times, and a beacon of light for his service to all. It is presented annually, to a person who demonstrates his same courage, influence, and selflessness in the betterment of our world.
Past recipients of the Forrest Church Award include former President of the United States Bill Clinton, former President of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, the Hon. Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York, medical anthropologist and physician Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners In Health, Gail McGovern, CEO and President of the American Red Cross, filmmaker Ken Burns, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
Forrest Church presents the inaugural Forrest Church Award to former President Bill Clinton at the 2009 Heart & Soul Auction