The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation


Nicotra Foundation Presents A Total Of $34,434 In Awards And Scholarships

Philanthropists Richard and Lois Nicotra gathered with 34 of The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation grant recipients at their Bloomfield social enterprise eatery, the COMMONS café, on October 18, 2017, to present a total of $34,434 in awards and scholarships; 100% of the profits from the COMMONS café contribute to the funding for these non-profit organizations and scholarship students. Since 2011, The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation has awarded $629,864 to more than 329 Staten Island-based non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients.

Today, the Nicotras welcomed Diana Echevarria from the Newman’s Own Foundation and noted during the ceremony that Newman’s Own Foundation, founded by Paul Newman, also gives 100% of the profits to charity, inspired their philanthropic model for the COMMONS café. The Nicotras announced plans for a second social enterprise eatery, also located at the Teleport, which will be a part of their newest development, Corporate Commons Three. The new eatery, “Pienza – Pizza • Pasta • Porchetta”, will be three times the size of the COMMONS cafè and joins the cafè’s mission to “Eat Good. Do Good.”, giving 100% of the profits to charity. Corporate Commons Three will be a 8-story, 330,000 square foot Class A office building with a 40,000 square foot rooftop organic farm, beehives to make honey and a vineyard.

“Having the Newman’s Own Foundation join us and identify the COMMONS café as a leader in the social enterprise movement is not only validating, it’s poetic in a sense – we were inspired by their impact on the community and consider Paul Newman a role mode. For the Newman’s Own team to ask us to join them in spurring others on to replicate this “do good” movement – well, that’s just the stuff Hollywood scripts are made of,” shared COMMONS café Founders Lois and Richard Nicotra.

Special thanks to Partners In Sound Productions for their support of our Fall Awards Ceremony. Also, heartfelt thanks to Gary Skolnick of Americare Systems who is creating a “ripple of good” and sharing our message and mission.




Scholarships For Employees’ Children
Sponsored by The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation for the children and grandchildren of employees of the Hilton Garden Inn, the Hampton Inn & Suites, The Nicotra Group and Corporate Commons.

Download the application here.

Grants For Non-for-profit Organizations
The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation provides support for non-for-profit organizations primarily located in the Borough of Staten Island and aids in the support of higher education for the children and grandchildren of the employees of The Nicotra Group, the Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island and the Hampton Inn & Suites.

Download the application here.

Making A Difference In The Community!

The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation is helping local organizations by providing necessary funding and support.



Staten Island
Children’s Museum

Fire Association

The Sandy Ground
Historical Society

Richmond County

Musical Chairs
Chamber Ensemble, Inc.

Sisters of
St. John the Baptist, Inc.

Words Of Thanks From Recipients

Seamen’s Society for Children and Families

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Richard Nicotra,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the Seamen’s Society for Children and Families we want to express our sincere thanks for your efforts in helping us meet the Challenge Grant that President Clinton issued at the Black and White Gala on October 27th, 2011.

Your gift of $1,000 will help us achieve our goal of $50,000 that will be matched dollar for dollar by President Clinton. We appreciate your commitment to the Seamen’s Society and your desire to help us maintain the support that is essential to deliver the programs our kids need and deserve.

Thank you for accepting President Clinton’s challenge and investing in our children. The children that stood before him at the event prompted him to remind all of us that, “these are all our children, and we have got a big stake in their becoming what God meant them to be, to be able to live their dreams.” This grant will enable these kids to see their dreams become a reality.

With heartfelt thanks,
Nancy R. Vomero

ECHO (Emergency Children’s Help Organization)

“The Emergency Children’s Help Organization (ECHO) is truly honored to be a recipient of a most generous grant from The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation. The grant enabled ECHO to assist a family in crisis with living essentials, along with providing tuition assistance for their child’s special needs therapy program….”

Pasquale Loporcaro
Executive Director, ECHO

Amazing Grace Interfaith Ministry

Dear Lois & Richard Nicotra,

When you first opened the Hilton until today, you have been warm and giving to all people, big organizations and small outreaches.

I was so very moved receiving the grant of $1,000 from both of you—you are true earth angels. I bless your foundation and will always pray for both of you and hold you in my heart.

One last note, Richard—you have it all over Paul Newman!!

Rev. Mary Hansen
Rev. Robert Hansen
Rev. Dr. Jerylyn Jacob
Rev. Francine Hillpot

Dear Kristine,

Thank you for your donation of $1,000 to support needy children in the Port Richmond area of Staten Island.

February 4, 2012 will be designated as a Nicotra-Give-A-Way of new clothing items that cannot be recycled.

We will send you more information and pictures after the event.


Rev. Mary Hansen
Rev. Robert Hansen
Rev. Dr. Jerylyn Jacob
Rev. Francine Hillpot