The ‘play,’ using family dolls who are self and family representatives, helps reveal the feeling life of the preschool child.

Margaret Morgan Lawrence MD

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Among Poverty Populations

WAYS TO Support the Harlem Family Institute

The Institute traditionally derives its income from foundations, its trustees and other individual contributors, corporate matching grants, houses of worship, and its students.

Though the Institute is working to increase its revenue from the schools and community organizations that host its clinical-treatment centers, it is also eager to expand its financial support from foundations and individual donors.

To this end, it is working to lift its public profile and is seeking to develop relationships at all levels to increase its financial support.

It is interested in partnering with organizations or individuals who can help it achieve its goals and is preparing products for individuals to encourage them to donate or bequeath funds.

If you would like to work with us to support the Institute's mission, please contact us.

Development Teams

Two teams help support the Institute:

Major Gifts Fund-Raising Committee:
Michael Connolly, HFI President
Michael Salhani, HFI Treasurer
 Rev. Adrienne Croskey
 Sandra Fell
 Stephen Kurtz
 Lori Lerma
 Brian Peterson
 Neanda Salvaterra
 Maura Smolover
 Les Von Losberg
 Thomas Wagner

Friends of Harlem Family Institute:
The Institute will soon announce a leader for this developing group.

To reach either team, please contact:

Michael Connolly
212-920-7965, Option #9

Nonprofit Status

The Harlem Family Institute is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and is a publicly supported organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

All donations are tax-deductible to the extent permited by law.

A copy of the Institute's latest annual report may be obtained upon request from the Institute or from the New York State Attorney-General's Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10271.

Community Resources

LEGAL: The Institute appreciates the pro bono legal assistance delivered by the Lawyers Alliance for New York, whose business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods.

BANKING & FINANCIAL: The Institute is grateful for the support it receives from the unique services of Charity Service Centers, P.A., which connects nonprofits across the nation with banks.

Monetary Donations

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Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Harlem Family Institute and be mailed to:

The Harlem Family Institute
2 Riverside Drive #5D
New York, NY 10023

Support Our Students

The Institute seeks donations to its scholarship fund to support its students' training: the Margaret Morgan Lawrence Fund.

The Margaret Morgan Lawrence Fund honors Dr. Margaret Morgan Lawrence, the HFI founding trustee who was the nation's first African American woman pediatrician and psychoanalyst. She died in December 2019 at 105.

Please click on the Donate button at left and specify the Margaret Morgan Lawrence Fund, or mail a check, made out to the Harlem Family Institute (and specifying the Margaret Morgan Lawrence Fund), to:

The Harlem Family Institute
2 Riverside Drive #5D
New York, NY 10023


Toys, Games and
Art Materials

The Institute welcomes donations of toys, games and art materials:

Art materials: Colored paper, white drawing paper, markers, crayons, scissors, glue, rulers, erasers, tempera paints, brushes, small paint trays, smocks, etc. Collage materials: buttons, yarn, metallic paper, beads, feathers, string, etc.

Toys and games of all kinds, especially for imaginative and therapeutic play, such as dolls' houses and the dolls and furniture for them; families of animals; action figures and Lego or PlayMobile figures and construction kits.