From Our President and CEO

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Welcome.  Thanks for visiting Graham Windham, the nation’s oldest nonprofit, non-sectarian child welfare agency, founded in New York city in 1806 by a group of dedicated forward-looking women, including Isabella Graham and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton.  Throughout the course of our long and illustrious 208 year history, we have been holding steady to our founding purpose…meeting the needs of New York City’s poorest, most vulnerable children.

This doesn’t mean we haven’t evolved, however.   Our mission today has been re-engineered to reflect more fundamentally the importance of loving families and education achievement in the life of every child we serve, and the importance of community in the lives of every family we support.

We have also come to understand that there is sometimes a gap between our best intentions and our actual service outcomes.  Thus, we have cultivated a strong performance-based organizational culture, supported by clear goals, targeted action planning, accurate measurements and a unique merit-based employee evaluation system, that keeps us engaged in a sustained and disciplined effort to get better, so our children and families can get better.

Graham Windham has been built to last, and continuously rebuilt to make a substantive and positive difference in the lives of each and every child and family we are privileged to serve.

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Jess Dannhauser
President and CEO