The Heart’s Desire Awards

The Heart’s Desire Fund (HDF) makes it possible for vulnerable mothers to pursue post-secondary education. Friends reviews essays from interested mothers and letters of recommendation from their nurses. Then we channel money from donors to pay tuition and necessary additional resources such as Metro Cards, laptops, books and short-term child care.

By removing the financial obstacles that face these moms, donors empower them to gain the education that will launch them on a career path and break the cycle of poverty. Financial assistance also reduces their stress, freeing them to devote their emotional energy and attention to their children during the critical, earliest years.

To be consider for a Heart’s Desire Fund Award women participating in the NYC NFP Program must be recommended by a NFP Nurse. Please see the Nurse Recommendation Guidelines and Nomination Form for further details about eligibility and to nominate a NFP mom for funding. 



Ebony has had to alternate going to school with working and it has taken her 7 years so far with 12 credits still to go.



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Since 2016, Friends of NYC NFP has made awards totaling $176,974 to close to 200 participating mothers who have taken their first steps toward education and career.