Graham Windham

Brooklyn, NY   |


In full partnership with families and communities, Graham Windham strives to make a life-altering difference with children, youth and families who are overcoming some of life’s most difficult challenges and obstacles, by helping to build a strong foundation for life: a safe, loving, permanent family and the opportunity and preparation to thrive in school and in the world.

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President and CEO

Ms. Kimberly Watson

Main address


Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

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NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Foster Care (P32)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today, Graham reaches over 5,000 children and their families each year in the city’s most under-resourced communities in Harlem, the Bronx, and Brooklyn across 12 sites. These neighborhoods are impacted by systemic poverty and structural racism, resulting in homelessness, food insecurity, inadequate health care, insufficient child care, crime, and impoverished schools. Graham uses data and input from our children, families, staff and other organizations to continually create new practices. Due to our extraordinary success, many of these have been adopted citywide and nationally. Our supports include after-school and youth development, mental health and behavioral supports, college and career access and support, educational support, youth coaching, internships, family foster care, adoption, parenting supports, as well as an innovative Family Enrichment Center in Hunts Point.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family Foster Care & Adoption

Graham serves children in our family foster and adoption program who have been removed from their homes. Our job is to get them back to their families or, if that is not possible, adopted into a new family or, if that is not possible, connected to someone who is willing to be that anchor, that sanctuary, for that child, no matter what, throughout their childhood. To help us do that, we have hundreds of loving and highly qualified foster parents who partner with us in this work. They are supported by a cadre of highly professional case planners, coaches, clinicians, education specialists and medical providers all of whom are working together to find safe, loving and permanent homes for children who need them. We also provide a short-term intervention (approximately 1 year), called Treatment Family Foster Care, to stabilize children with serious emotional, behavioral or mental health needs with a goal of helping achieve reunification/adoption, as appropriate.

Population(s) Served

Graham Windham works with families seeking extra support. Using Solution-Based Casework, we actively work with parents to set goals, build on their strengths, and develop skills to achieve personal growth and overcome challenges. We provide holistic child and family assessments and customized service referrals to build connections to positive resources and supports in their community who will help them sustain their progress. Our services are available to families in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. Specialized support is available for families that are struggling with substance abuse or mental health needs through the Family Treatment and Rehabilitation (FTR) programs. Brief Strategic Family Therapy (in-home family therapy) is also offered in the Bronx. General Family Support Services and Beacon Family Support are available to all families in Hunts Point, the West Bronx, and Harlem.

Population(s) Served

Graham SLAM (Support, Lead, Achieve, and Model) is an innovative strategy we developed to provide young people in the foster care system, as well as those at risk for entering foster care, with long-term, consistent, and comprehensive support from high school, through college or vocational school, and all the way to a living-wage career. We have committed to sticking with young people until age 26, even after they are no longer in the child welfare system. Graham SLAM provides a continuum of intensive, structured supports, centered around a coaching model.

Population(s) Served

Through Scholars of Service (SOS) youth ages 12-21 throughout Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Harlem participate in career-connected learning and internships. SOS helps to create workforce-ready young adults, and engages and develops youth as current and future leaders. Experiences have included creating a podcast to elevate youth voice in the community, creating artwork to express outrage about racial injustice, working as tutors to help youth with their schoolwork, and more. These are structured on an 8-12 week cycle, depending on the project.

Population(s) Served

Graham Windham Mental Health provides quality mental health services to children and youth, and their caregivers. Our services address a range of mental-health-related issues including behaviors that interfere with school success (inattention, hyperactivity, aggression, etc.) as well as child and adolescent depression, anxiety, and ADHD. In addition to addressing and resolving behavior, a primary goal of our licensed clinical staff is to help our children, youth and families address and heal the trauma associated with child and youth maltreatment including physical and sexual abuse

Population(s) Served

Our Beacon and Cornerstone Programs are school and community-based initiatives which provide a range of socially and emotionally enriching programs and opportunities for children, youth, and families. Graham’s Beacon programs are located in Central Harlem at the Mahalia Jackson School (PS/MS 123) and in the South Bronx at the Bronx Academy for Multi-Media (MS 424). Graham’s Manhattanville Cornerstone program is located in West Harlem at the Manhattanville New York City Housing Authority Development. Our programs provide a safe and academically enriching and challenging environment for over 1000 elementary and middle-school children. We also assist kids with admission to competitive middle school, high school, and college programs. In the summer we run full-day summer camps and provide summer jobs for our youth. All of the Beacon and Cornerstone programs and services are provided free of charge to members of the community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Community Ambassador Award 2009

Year Up

Affiliations & memberships

Alliance for Children and Families - Member 2013

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of backpacks filled with school supplies distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

With help of our generous donors and community partners, we distributed over 2,000 backpacks full of school supplies to students in our foster care program.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our Core Service Values
Safety - Children can only thrive if they are safe. Safety first.
Relationships - The humanizing influence of relationships is central to our work. We use strong authentic relationships to promote healing, growth and well-being.
Good Care - We truly and emphatically care about our children and families…every last one. Our care is demonstrated, day in and day out, by our words, our deeds and by addressing the true needs of those we serve.
Belief - We believe in our children and families…in their essential goodness, in their capacity to endure, heal, grow and succeed.
Family - Children grow and thrive best in families. Therefore, a sustained and concentrated focus on family strengthening and permanency planning (permanent and loving homes for all our children) is essential. All our services must be family friendly, family-centered, and whenever possible, family-driven.
Community - The neighborhoods, religious organizations, schools, help groups and individuals who comprise the everyday world of our children and families can provide critical, affirming, life-sustaining support. Graham Windham, therefore, focuses its helping efforts firmly in the community, in solidarity and collaboration with its citizenry.
Education - Education is a primary force for individual and collective progress and achievement in American society. Graham Windham strives to provide our children and families with a broad array of quality opportunities to maximize their personal, academic and vocational potential.
Strength-based - Graham Windham is committed to strength-based services, utilizing a child’s and family’s existing competencies and abilities to shape and implement their individual and family service plans.
High Standards - We set the challenge bar high for the children and families we serve…consistent with the upper limits of their promise and potential.
Rights & Responsibilities - The “rights” of our children and families stand squarely and unambiguously on their own. At the same time, progress can be expected only when those rights are accompanied by an active acceptance of responsibilities, commensurate with their capacity to self-manage. All of our children and families have a voice at Graham Windham, and share with us responsibility for their success.
Advocacy - We use our knowledge and influence to improve social conditions, expand educational opportunities and develop resources for our children and families.

Given our mission, it is critical that we engage families in a different way than what what’s been done in the past. In 2011, we adopted an agency-wide casework practice called Solution-Based Casework, which has been shown to reduce the rates of abuse and neglect among families involved in the child welfare system. This model provides powerful techniques for partnering with families to produce lasting changes that result and safety and stability for children, and it does so through the right mix of empathy, support and accountability – not by pity, charity or condemnation. Graham Windham was the first agency to bring Solution-Based Casework to New York City and it is now being adopted by over a third of the City’s child welfare system.

At The Graham School, we’ve developed a highly successful approach for helping students who have struggled in school because of factors like learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral challenges, and a disrupted family life. We closely integrate academic and therapeutic services in the residential program and Special Act School that are located on the same campus. We’ve also developed innovations like the Bengals, a positive peer group model that we are now expanding across New York City.

Many agencies that are larger in size like us tend to diversify their programs as they grow. Instead, we are intensifying our services for select targeted populations – children and families in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. As part of this, we transitioned away from the early childhood programs we had provided for years, because they weren’t serving our core populations. This intentionality and focus has been key to building a particular model of excellence at Graham Windham.

We’ve also been intentional about ensuring continuity in our approach and values through careful succession planning. When our President & CEO of 15 years – Poul Jensen – made plans to retire by the end 2012, I was brought on to the team a few years in advance. I headed the Program Performance and Planning team, and became involved in shaping our programs and focus. Poul and I then shared the leadership role in 2012; I became President and he provided continued guidance and support as CEO. This arrangement allowed for a remarkably smooth transition at this critical juncture in our history.

One of our key strategies is to maintain a high degree of focus on our performance. We have an in-house Program Performance and Planning team that rigorously assesses our outcomes for the children and families, and we use the data to inform key decision-making around program development. While we focus on strengths as part of our culture, we also know that there is critically important information embedded in our failures, which we can use to improve our practices.

We’ve also made a commitment to focus primarily on models and interventions that have some data backing them, so that we have a well defined approach for all that we do. We also carefully research these models, and assess whether and how they can contribute to

Our numbers indicate that we’ve made significant strides toward our outcomes. In the past few years, we’ve reduced the incidence of repeat child abuse in families in our foster care prevention programs, and are now below the system average. Our numbers for the percentage of children who enter foster care after receiving these preventive services have also been below the system average. In our foster care programs, we’ve significantly reduced the number of times children are moved between foster homes, giving them the stability that all children critically need as they grow. We’ve also maintained very high graduation rates at the Graham School, and are working toward continuing improvement in all of these areas and others.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?


Graham Windham

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


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Graham Windham

Board of directors
as of 08/18/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

R. Kenneth Bryant

Board co-chair

Richard Rothman

Georgia Wall

John Cecil

Sally Durdan

Jennifer Mackesy

Salim Ramji

Richard Rothman

Mark Rufeh

John Sargent

R. Kenneth Bryant

Barbara Marcus

Heather McVeigh

Henry Carnage

André Koester

Eyal Shemesh

June Dwyer

Don Weisberg

Kate Swann

Max von Zuben

Alexandra Ackerman

Garrard Beeney

Evan Grayer

Joan Haffenreffer

Jacqueline Arthur

Joshua Bank

William Gorin

Adam Hemlock

Damyn Kelly

Ju-Hon Kwek

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/10/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/18/2023

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  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.