Our Vision Statement:

The Gardiner Foundation Making a Difference

  • One community at a time,
  • One family at a time,
  • One child at a time.

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Pop-Up Food Pantry 🛍️🥫🥚🥕

Join us for a Pop-Up Food Pantry in the Mt. Vernon. We will be giving away food to local residents in need. It takes place on February 24, 2022 at 2:00 pm at 453 South Fifth Ave Mt. Vernon, NY 10550

The Gardiner Foundation is a 501(c)(3)

How It Started

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.  

What We Do

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.

The Gardiner Foundation Mission

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.

How We Give Back

The Gardiner Memorial Annual Basketball Tournament

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”Tru Talk” Young Men’s Mentoring Group

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The Gardiner Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

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Annual Holiday Toy Drive

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We Also Offer


Education Enrichment


Employment & Life-Skills Training




Referrals to Services


Activities to the Streets


Healthy relationships

Check out some images and video from our last event