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The New York Building Foundation

Mission Statement

The New York Building Foundation was formed in 1998 to promote the long-term growth and well being of the industry through a program of research, educational and philanthropic activities.

Examining the impact of building on New York's economy, its workforce and residential quality of life.

Highlighting the industry's critical contributions to the City and recognizing its unsung heroes.

Assisting tomorrow's builders through educational and mentoring programs.

Encouraging industry leaders to use their skills, time and resources to make New York City a better place for all.


Research & Analysis

In seeking to better serve the industry and contribute to public debate on issues concerning design and construction, as well as the City's economic future, the New York Building Foundation has made research and analysis a major part of its efforts.

Construction Outlook
The Building Foundation and its parent organization, the New York Building Congress, sponsor research and publish periodic reports on construction in New York City. These reports analyze the impact of current design, construction and real estate activity on the
City's economy and quality of life, and provide valuable forecasts of job creation and construction spending in the years ahead. (more)

Special Issue Reports
As a partner in various reports prepared to encourage responsible development, coordinate capital investment and to analyze industry trends, the Building Foundation continues its mission to provide tools to industry and political leaders that can help foster progressive, comprehensive planning for New York. Reports recently produced include:

  • Building Innovation: This report highlights the work and recommendations of the Building Congress Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices, which spearheaded a wide-ranging initiative to promote construction innovation and improve the way New York City builds. (more)
  • Building a Better NYC Capital Budget: Building a Better NYC Capital Budget addresses New York City's Growing infrastructure needs and recommends specific strategies government can take to meet them. (more)



The New York Building Foundation was created by construction industry leaders in part to marshal the diverse talents and energies of local firms and trade unions toward projects that give back to the community. In the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the Foundation established its World Trade Center Memorial Fund which raised more than $400,000.  The Building Foundation also mobilized its philanthropic efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 through its Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fund.

In the past two decades, the Foundation has supported: organizations focused on New York City's vulnerable populations, including Peter's Place, the Center for the Elimination of Violence in the Family, and Sanctuary for Families; community-based organizations such as Red Hook Initiative, Out 2 Play, and Rebuilding Together NYC; and other notable non-profits in the metropolitan area.



To help fulfill its mission to promote the long-term growth and well-being of the New York City building industry and the wider community, the Building Foundation issues grants to non-profit organizations involved with, or relating to, the design, construction and real estate industry in New York City and engaged in activities for the benefit and welfare of the industry and/or residents of New York State.

The Foundation will accept grant applications twice during each calendar year.  The spring submission period is typically March 1 - May 31, and the fall period is typically August 1 - October 31.  The Board will select grants at its next scheduled meeting following these time periods.

If interested in applying for a Building Foundation grant, please first review our Grant Request Guide to see if your organization meets our eligibility requirements.  To apply for a grant, please see the Grant Proposal Format.

For the full Grant Request and Evaluation Guidelines, please click here.

For questions or more information, please contact Alanna Draudt, Director - Foundation and Events, at 212-481-9099 or adraudt@buildingcongress.com.


Biennial Report

2017-2018 Biennial Report



Encouraging the development of the next generation of industry leaders is a primary goal of the New York Building Foundation. The Foundation supports opportunities for students of all ages by sponsoring several annual scholarships through the ACE Mentor Program and other organizations and awarding grants for education programs provided by the Salvadori Center, Manhattan College, the Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, the Center for Architecture, and the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction.  In addition, the Foundation provides funding to vocational training organizations such as Nontraditional Employment for Women and Pathways 2 Apprenticeship.



The Building Foundation depends on the support of firms and individuals committed to leveraging the building industry's talents and vast resources for the betterment of all New Yorkers.

Committment Levels

Governor: Give/get guideline of $10,000 annually

Benefactor: Give/get guideline of $2,500 annually

Friend: Gift of any amount entitles you to receive all Foundation mailings and invitations.