FCA, a leading health and human services nonprofit organization on Long Island, recently welcomed Keith Scott as its grants director. In this position, Scott will oversee the procurement of grant funding and assist with strategic initiatives including the expansion of programs throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Grants from the federal, state and county governments provide the vast majority of funding for FCA programs. Obtaining these grants is crucial for the continuance of vital programs that serve Long Islanders of all ages.
“Keith is well-known and well-regarded in the health and human services space,” said FCA President and CEO Jeffrey L Reynolds. “His energy, intelligence and experience will be critical to our success as we continue to expand our programs and our reach.”
Scott is no stranger to Long Island’s not-for-profit community, having served in numerous positions at vital organizations that work to protect and empower vulnerable populations. He joins FCA after serving as Director of Education at The Safe Center in Bethpage, a not-for-profit agency that counsels, protects, assists and empowers victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, rape and sexual assault.
The Safe Center also advocates for and offers counseling for children with mental health issues. As director of education, Scott significantly expanded the visibility of the Safe Center through interviews with the press, social media outreach and community presentations.
His commitment to helping people live healthier lives began as a teenager when Scott witnessed the devastating effect of addiction and social injustice in his hometown.
“The loss of people I knew, the loss of opportunity for a full life, and the lack of knowledge and resources that led to tragedy resonated with me. Being involved in community coalition and community service is at the core of who I am today. My experiences have given me the perspective to understand the needs of the community on the micro and macro level and are reflected in what I seek to achieve in my strategic advancement and grant writing work.”
In addition to his position at FCA, Scott continues to serve as a corporate compliance officer at Hispanic Counseling Center, a position he has held for more than two years.
He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Hofstra University and Long Island University, teaching aspiring health professionals about mental health issues, particularly the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on mental health.
A former substance abuse/addiction counselor, Scott was a member of the Nassau County Opioid Crisis Action Plan task force under former Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
He established the first on-demand Narcan program in New York State and wrote revenge porn legislation for Nassau County.
Scott earned a Master of Arts – MA, Public Policy Analysis from Stony Brook University and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, from Long Island University.
A resident of Centerport, Scott is a member of the Centerport Volunteer Fire Department.