Human Services

A Little Hope, Inc.

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aka A Little Hope Foundation

New York, NY


A Little Hope, Inc. is a national 501 (c) (3) not for profit, publicly supported foundation whose mission is to provide bereavement support services and grief counseling to children and teens who have experienced the death of a parent, or loved one, regardless of the circumstances of the death.  

Richard H. Schimel, a founding board member and President of ALH (since 2006) has pursued the resources for our mission to extend beyond our local area.  His passion and boundless energy have inspired our volunteer board of directors, gala volunteers and our corporate and individual supporters.
Amy Liebman-Rapp, M.S.Ed.,CT is a nationally known grief educator-counselor and childhood bereavement specialist. She is a founding board member and the former managing director (2006-2014).

Her current professional memberships include ADEC (Association for Death Education & Counseling-Certified Clinical Thanatologist) and ACA (American Counseling Association. She is a past member of the Adjunct Faculty of The College of New Rochelle Graduate School (Human Services Division/Gerontology) and has served as a provider for both the New York State Child Care Educational Incentive Program and CT after the tragic events of September 11th. She also served as a temporary caseworker for the American Red Cross of Greater New York Family Gift Program Long Term Recovery Project.

Ruling Year



Mr. Richard H. H. Schimel

Vice President

Tanhya Vancho

Main Address

c/o Sanford Weintraub One Penn Plaza Suite 3000

New York, NY 10019 USA


children & adolescent grief support, children's grief counseling & education



Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Granting Program - Inclusion Initiative and Suicide Loss Family Camp in Partnership with Comfort Zone Camp

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

To reach as many marginalized and unserved youth in our cities and rural areas as possible.
Expand existing independent bereavement centers to multiple locations with their state - with each location having the ability to sustain itself financially.

1. Partner with existing organizations that are already financially sustainable in location of origin.
2. Bring in our consulting team of NFP experts to facilitate these expansions throughout the county.

While we receive many unsolicited requests to apply for funding, who meet the following criteria:
1. Organization has strong community support;
2. Growth in the number of children attending the program from year to year;
3. Organization offers a School Outreach Program;
4. Extensive training program for volunteers;
5. Verification of credentials of professionals running the program(s);
6. Offer grief counseling or have strong referral sources
7. Camps offer on-going after camp support programming.

The funds we grant are restricted for specific purposes. Grant applications are by invitation only. Interim and year end reports are required as a condition of the grant, describing conclusions, progress and status of the grant objectives, including how funds were expended to attain the objectives.

A Little Hope, Inc., is the first national organization dedicated to raising awareness and the money to advance the growth of children's grief support and the expansion of bereavement centers and camps for grieving children and teens in the United States. In 14 years, we have grown from a regional organization funding 5 bereavement programs in the NY tri-state area, into a national foundation that has funded a total of 90 organizations in 38 states. We have helped provide services for more than 250,000 American children, teens and young adults.

We have been successful due to our experience in children's bereavement, strategic planning and our ability to build close relationships with many community based bereavement organizations.

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