The New York Foundling & She's the First

At 147 years old, The Foundling is one of New York City’s oldest and largest child welfare organizations, providing a wide range of services to more than 27,000 children and families each year. They teamed up with She’s the First, a younger organization in the nonprofit space, that has a mission to help educate women and girls around the world by providing scholarships, mentorship opportunities and empowerment initiatives to girls in low-income countries.

The two organizations partnered at the beginning of 2016, when The Foundling began serving as a “host” to She’s the First in their Manhattan offices, providing access to desk space, phones, technology support, conference space, and storage. The partnership encompasses mentorship opportunities as well as physical resources. The Foundling staff have provided business advice to She’s the First employees on topics such as how to implement more effective human resources processes, while She’s the First staff have provided The Foundling with valuable insight around social media, including their inaugural social media campaign to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month. Their collaboration demonstrates the positive and mutually beneficial impact that this movement will have on participating organizations across the country.

Bethany Lampland, COO of The Foundling, and Tammy Tibbetts, CEO of She's the First, first met 18 months ago and developed the Adopt a Cause movement inspired by their work together. 


As one of New York City’s oldest and largest charities committed to keeping children safe and giving them the tools they need to thrive in school and beyond, it’s without question that we would partner with She’s the First for the Adopt a Cause movement. In addition to providing their staff with professional mentorship opportunities, we’ve also given them IT support, office and conference space, and a place to call home.
— Bill Baccaglini, President/CEO, The New York Foundling
Over the past year, I’ve shared best practices for running a Human Resources department and helped them develop protocols to keep their organization streamlined and efficient. In return, I’ve had the chance to learn about an amazing organization that provides young women across the world access to education.
— Ysmelda P., Human Resources, The New York Foundling
Through the Adopt a Cause movement, She’s the First gave me step by step guidance on how to improve our social media strategy. It was so beneficial to have collaborative meetings with another team who had a fresh pair of eyes and could help direct our efforts. With their help, we were able to brainstorm unique ways to post on social media that reflected our brand and our successes while also illustrating our program’s engaging stories.
— Alysia P., Communications Associate, The New York Foundling
I was able to learn about She’s-the-First and the remarkable work they do to educate young women worldwide. I also had a chance to meet one of their student scholars from Peru and hear about her experience going to school.
— Altiza C., Evidence Based Community Programs, The New York Foundling
The mission and history of The New York Foundling is rooted in helping others and supporting the community. It’s only natural that The Foundling would embrace the Adopt a Cause movement and open its doors to the remarkable and talented women who created She’s the First.
— Sr. Carol Barnes, Mission Integration, The New York Foundling