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Center4

May 15, 2013 08:30 ET

Center4™ Awarded Booth Ferris Foundation Grant

Two-Hundred Thousand Dollar Grant Supports New York City Center Dedicated to Accelerating Technology Innovation for Social Good

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 15, 2013) - Center4, an initiative devoted to accelerating technology innovation that strengthens and transforms New York City's health and human services sector to benefit the social good, has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation. This grant, in addition to a seed grant from The Blue Ridge Foundation, will support Center4's activities over the next two years. These activities will include convening industry leaders to identify transformative opportunities in the sector, creating a community of health and human services practitioners and technology and entrepreneurial innovators through workshops, tours and online engagement, and providing mentorship and support to early and mid-stage startups. 

"Center4 is working to capture and leverage the energy of the 'New Tech City' in New York and beyond to help nonprofits work smarter, make dollars go farther and ultimately provide more and better care and support to improve the lives of the people served," said BJ Greenspan, managing director of Center4. "We are grateful to the Booth Ferris Foundation for its support and visionary commitment as a funder to the opportunity that technology provides to strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit sector."

This summer, Center4 will focus on the workforce development vertical within the nonprofit sector. Center4 will convene workforce development agencies, technologists and entrepreneurs to identify opportunities where technology can transform the way career development, job training and job placement services are delivered to thousands of unemployed New Yorkers. Future programs will focus on a variety of health and human services' areas, including health and mental health, disabilities, housing, and youth and family services, among others.

About Center4
Center4's mission is to accelerate technology innovation that strengthens and transforms the health and human services sector to benefit the social good. Center4 was established by leading nonprofit FEGS Health & Human Services, in collaboration with its IT subsidiary company, AllSector Technology Group. By connecting nonprofit health and human services agencies to technologists and entrepreneurs, Center4 will help identify challenges and nurture and facilitate technology solutions that can transform the way services are delivered. Named for the emerging "Fourth Sector," Center4 leverages the convergence of the private, public and nonprofit sectors to benefit the social good. For more information and to sign up for Center4 email alerts, please visit www.center4nyc.org or follow us on Twitter.

About FEGS Health & Human Services
Center4 was founded by FEGS Health and Human Services and is operated by FEGS in partnership with its technology subsidiary, AllSector Technology Group, Inc.® FEGS is one of the largest and most diversified nonprofit health and human service organizations in the country, helping more than 100,000 New Yorkers annually to succeed in school, obtain employment, navigate crisis, improve their health and mental health, manage disabilities and live as independently as possible in the community. FEGS has annual revenues of $250 million, a workforce of more than 8,000 staff, interns and volunteers and fourteen affiliate/subsidiary corporations, including AllSector, a leading provider of advanced technology solutions to the nonprofit sector since 1998. For more information, please visit www.fegs.org or Facebook.

About the Booth Ferris Foundation
The Booth Ferris Foundation was established in 1957 through the wills of Willis H. Booth and his wife, Chancie Ferris Booth. Since that time, approximately $281 million has been contributed from the Foundation to worthy organizations for a variety of charitable purposes. The Foundation supports capacity building activities to build nonprofit infrastructure and sustainability, enabling organizations to achieve greater performance and impact. The Foundation also makes grants in the areas of arts and culture, education and parks and gardens.

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