Our Vision Statement:

The Gardiner Foundation Making a Difference

  • One community at a time,
  • One family at a time,
  • One child at a time.

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Thanksgiving Giveaway

Saturday, November 20, 2021. At 9:00 AM. ST. James Park, 193rd street & morris ave. Bronx, NY

The 15th Annual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic Tournament

We are happy to announce that the annual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Tournament is back on this year! It will take place on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, 2021 at St. James Park in the Bronx from 12 PM – 8 PM each day. We are hoping you can help support this inspirational organization.

The Gardiner Foundation is a 501(c)(3)

How It Started

In 2006, our founder, Dexter Gardiner, lost six of his family members in a single car accident on the Bronx River Parkway in the Bronx, New York. Tragically, his mother and youngest sister also died that year. From his pain and suffering, the communion of families and communities was born.

The Gardiner Foundation, Inc., was formed in his family’s honor and memoriam to help other families who have been struck by tragedy to manage the grief and bereavement process by providing them with the support system and tools to move forward.  

What We Do

While recognizing the needs of other families in the community who have also suffered a sudden and tragic loss, The Gardiner Foundation Inc., a 501(c)(3), embarked on an outreach initiative that offers a variety of support to community members experiencing various social and financial needs ranging from burial assistance and spiritual mentoring and guidance to computers, school supplies and college scholarships.

The Gardiner Foundation Mission

Our purpose is to Build & Lift up communities and Families through sports, recreation, and educational empowerment; by providing support, guidance and mentoring to youth and families in lower-income neighborhoods, to decrease gang violence, substance abuse, mental illness, teen pregnancy, STD's and school dropout rates.

How We Give Back

The Gardiner Memorial Annual Basketball Tournament

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”Tru Talk” Young Men’s Mentoring Group

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The Gardiner Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

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Annual Holiday Toy Drive

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We Also Offer


Education Enrichment


Employment & Life-Skills Training




Referrals to Services


Activities to the Streets


Healthy relationships

Check out some images and video from our last event