Our Vision Statement:
The Gardiner Foundation Making a Difference
- One community at a time,
- One family at a time,
- One child at a time.
Our purpose is to Build & Lift up communities and Families through sports, recreation, and educational empowerment; by providing support, guidance and mentoring to youth and families in lower-income neighborhoods, to decrease gang violence, substance abuse, mental illness, teen pregnancy, STD's and school dropout rates.
In 2006, our founder, Dexter Gardiner, lost six of his family members in a single car accident on the Bronx River Parkway in the Bronx, New York. Tragically, his mother and youngest sister also died that year. From his pain and suffering, the communion of families and communities was born.
The Gardiner Foundation, Inc., was formed in his family’s honor and memoriam to help other families who have been struck by tragedy to manage the grief and bereavement process by providing them with the support system and tools to move forward.
While recognizing the needs of other families in the community who have also suffered a sudden and tragic loss, The Gardiner Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3), embarked on an outreach initiative that offers a variety of support to community members experiencing various social and financial needs ranging from burial assistance and spiritual mentoring and guidance to computers, school supplies and college scholarships.