About Us




Mission: The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies promotes the social and economic well-being of greater New York’s most vulnerable by advocating for just public policies and strengthening human services organizations.

Vision Statement

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) envisions New York City as a City of Equal Opportunity where children and youth are well educated, families are adequately housed and fed, workers are employed at a living wage, seniors have the means to live comfortably and stay engaged with their community, quality health care is accessible to all, and neighborhoods are thriving.

Who We Are

The Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA) is an anti-poverty, policy, and advocacy nonprofit with a membership network of close to 200 human services and faith-based organizations. For more than 92 years, FPWA has been a prominent force in New York City’s social services system, advocating for fair public policies, collaborating with partner agencies, growing our community-based membership network, and mobilizing our faith-based providers to meet the needs of New Yorkers. Each year, through our network of member agencies, FPWA reaches close to 1.5 million low-income New Yorkers of all ages, ethnicities, and denominations.

FPWA strives to Build a City of Equal Opportunity where children, youth, individuals, families, and neighborhoods are provided with the resources and opportunities needed to thrive. Our work is focused around three central tenets: reducing poverty, advancing upward mobility, and creating shared prosperity.

Reducing Poverty

Ensuring that individuals, children, youth, seniors, and families across generations can meet their basic needs by investing in the public health system and social safety net.

Advancing Upward Mobility

Promoting the ability to move up the economic ladder by providing quality education and training to unemployed, underemployed, and low-wage workers, promoting fair pay and benefits for all, and ensuring families across generations have access to affordable child care, after-school, and senior programs.

Creating Shared Prosperity

Increasing fairness and opportunity by building a strong economy with good jobs and career pathways for all, ensuring government has sufficient resources to promote the social good, and empowering residents to create a positive vision for our city.