The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation


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.

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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.

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Nicotra Foundation tops $1 million in awards to not-for-profits around Staten Island

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Nicotra Foundation hosts October 16 Awards Ceremony at the Nicotra operated COMMONS café, which donates 100% of the profits to benefit Staten Island

On October 16th, 2019 philanthropists Lois and Richard Nicotra gathered at the COMMONS café, their Bloomfield social enterprise eatery where 100% of the profits are awarded in grants and scholarships. More than 50 grant and scholarship recipients attended the event, as The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation presented $58,843 in awards.

The Nicotra Foundation continues to partner with Joe Dai, President of MacKenzie Door Company to gift each grant recipient with a $50 American Express Gift Card so that they can show an act of kindness to others. This ‘Pay It Forward Project’ has empowered the grant recipients to be philanthropists and cause a ripple of kindness in the community.

Friends of the Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation, Linda Burgos and Gary Skolnick, representing Americare Systems, generously presented the Foundation with a $2,500 check to support the Nicotra Foundation’s efforts.

Richard Nicotra shared, “Just by buying a tray of cookies for a group of veterans or bringing some flowers to a nursing home; with $50, you can change someone’s day.” Nicotra shared, “There should be more niceness in the world. We always try our best to be nice.”

The Nicotras shared their pride in gifting a total of  $908,608 to 423 Staten Island based non-profit organizations and scholarship recipients from the café since it opened in 2011. Expanding on their “Eat Good. Do Good.” mission, they discussed plans for their next social enterprise eatery, “Pienza Brick Oven Pizza”, which will also gift 100% of the profits. This new eatery is expected to double the Nicotra Foundation’s annual giving once that eatery opens in their newest building, Corporate Commons Three. The Nicotras also shared that they are on target with their philanthropic giving goal of awarding $1 Million by the end of 2020.

Lois Nicotra congratulated the nonprofit grant recipients on, “the good they do for Staten Island.” She shared, “You know what it means to be socially responsible. You also know how rewarding it is to do something for someone else.”

October 16th Nicotra Foundation Grant Recipients Included:

  • Beacon Christian Community Health Center
  • Camp Good Grief of Staten Island Inc.
  • CPL Allan F. Kivlehan Chapter K.W.V.A. Inc.
  • Friends of Alice House
  • Girl Scout Troop 5114
  • I Am Empowering Inc.
  • Illuminart Productions
  • Integration Charter Schools
  • I.S. 49 Dreyfus Intermediate School
  • I.S. 75
  • Maker Park Radio, Inc.
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association Inc.
  • Our Lady of Pity- St. Anthony of Padua Church
  • Pakistani Civic Association of Staten Island, Inc.
  • Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
  • P.S. 10 Fort Hill Collaborative Elementary
  • P.S. 18
  • P.S. 19
  • P.S. 21 R The Margaret P Emery Elm Park School
  • P.S. 30 The Westerleigh School
  • P.S. 37r- David Marquis School of The Arts
  • P.S 42 PTA Eltingville School
  • P.S. 57
  • P.S. 78
  • RB2KIDS, Inc.
  • Rhema Prayer Ministries, Inc.
  • Richmond County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers’ Project, Inc.
  • Special Olympics New York- New York City Region
  • St. Peter’s Boys High School
  • Staten Island Center for Independent Living, Inc.
  • Staten Island Children’s Museum
  • Staten Island Museum
  • Staten Island Multiple Myeloma Support Group
  • Staten Island NFP Association, Inc
  • Staten Island Reading Association
  • Staten Island Slim Down, Inc.
  • Staten Island South Shore YMCA
  • The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • The Staten Island Youth Soccer League, Inc.
  • Tottenville High School
  • United States Sierra Leonean Association
  • Unity Games
  • Urban Hope
  • Visions/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Walk to End Alzheimer’s (2019) Staten Island
  • Where to Turn

Previously Awarded:

  • Catholic Charities of Staten Island
  • Out of the Darkness Community Walks
  • St. Benedetta
  • Sunrise Day Camp – Staten Island

Thirteen scholarships were awarded to the following children/grandchildren of Nicotra Group employees:

  • Arbesa Avdalovic
  • Alba Cami
  • Mya Cook
  • Gabriella Gonzalez
  • Brianna Marfa
  • Gianna Marino
  • Maria Mazzola
  • Sophia Paone
  • Raphael Pollante
  • Anthony Rao
  • Katrina Scarimbolo
  • Laura Scarimbolo
  • Vincent Tavella

Making A Difference In The Community!

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

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Words Of Thanks From Recipients

Foundation Testimonial Quotes

“On behalf of the National Lighthouse Museum, I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation for their grant which will be used to host four temporary lighthouse art/history exhibitions using movable display panels.”

-National Lighthouse Museum

“This was an incredible year for LINC and the children and families of New York City. Across the five boroughs, our programs reached 9,920 children and 5,631, our staff distributed 12,000 books and coordinated nearly 1000 literacy workshops. These feats would not have been possible without The Foundation’s generous donations.”

-Literacy NYC

“We have used this generous donation for our Weekend Food Backpack program. Staten Island Giving Circle started this project and have been filing and distributing ten food backpacks to underprivileged students at P.S. 74 through this school year. The project has been an overwhelming success and has generated a lot of interest with other schools seeing the same food deprivation problems.”


“On behalf of The New York Public Library and the Stapleton community, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for bringing your dance performance with Annabella Gonzalez Dance Theater to our space. It was a great success and all in attendance had a wonderful time. It even brought new patrons into the library for the first time!”

-NYPL: Stapleton Library

“On behalf of the South Shore YMCA, I would like to thank The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation for its generous donation. The funds help us to enhance the current outdoor space with a more permanent structure for the summer campers. Our camp program helps children in our borough grow academically, socially, mentally and physically, while participating in a range of activities to sports to arts and crafts to thee exploration of science and nature.”

-South Shore YMCA

“Since its inception, On Your Mark has been committed to the belief that all people with disabilities deserve the opportunity to live a normal and enriched life. The funds raised by your generous donations will enable us to continue the outstanding programs and services we provide for so many people who depend on us.”

-On Your Mark

“The Fab for Life Foundation would like to thank The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation for their generous grant to support our mission of awarding scholarships to instructional support students graduating from own Staten Island High Schools. The Fab will give out twelve scholarships to students from 11 of our Staten Island high schools.”

-Fab for Life Foundation

“Thank you for your generous donation to I.S. 24. This grant will continue to fund our annual “Warm Up to a Good Book” night. This event provides an opportunity for our parents to take part in their child’s learning in a fun and interactive environment.”

-I.S. 24

“Thank you for your generous and heartfelt donation to the St. Adalbert – St. Roch Parish’s Renew and Rebuild Campaign. This grant will help us make capital improvements in both churches. The gift card will be used in our food pantry to feed people in our parish and the Port Richmond Community.”

-St. Adalbert – St. Roch Parish

“On behalf of the officers and members of Volunteer Heart Ambulance we would like to thank you for your continued support. Due to your generous support and donations we have been able to provide continued care for the Staten Island community since 1971. Being a community funded ambulance corps, we wouldn’t be here if not for you.”       

-Volunteer Heart Ambulance