24-Hour Local Giving Day Created by Brooklyn Community Foundation Encourages Donors to Give Where They Live with $100,000 Match
(Brooklyn, NY) – Brooklyn is setting out to prove that it’s New York City’s most generous borough this holiday season with #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday, a 24-hour giving day that aims to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.
Taking place on Tuesday, November 28—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving celebrated around the world as Giving Tuesday—#BrooklynGives is led by Brooklyn Community Foundation, which is matching up to $100,000 in donations made that day to select nonprofits at www.BrooklynGives.org. #BrooklynGives is presented in partnership with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by TD Bank with support from National Grid.
To encourage Brooklyn residents to give where they live and learn about often overlooked local nonprofits, Brooklyn Community Foundation is issuing the donation challenge in support of 20 organizations that are finalists for its Spark Prize, which honors Brooklyn’s leading nonprofit changemakers. In 2016, the inaugural #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign raised nearly $275,000 from more than 900 donors.
“#BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday is on track to become the most charitable 24 hours in Brooklyn thanks to the incredible generosity of all those who care deeply about Brooklyn’s communities and the nonprofits who make our borough great,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. “This campaign makes it easy to discover and support some of the most effective and inspiring organizations right in our own backyards, while participating in the largest single day of giving in the world, Giving Tuesday.”
For 24 hours on November 28—from midnight to 11:59PM—Brooklyn Community Foundation will match total donations up to $5,000 to each of these Brooklyn nonprofits at www.BrooklynGives.org:
- After Hours Project
- Arab American Family Support Center
- Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
- Black Women's Blueprint
- Brooklyn Community Housing and Services
- Cave Canem Foundation
- Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College
- El Puente
- Girls For Gender Equity
- Griot Circle
- Grow Brooklyn
- Participatory Budgeting Project
- Red Hook Community Justice Center
- Red Hook Initiative
- Southside United HDFC - Los Sures
- United Community Centers
- Weeksville Heritage Center
The #BrooklynGives beneficiaries represent the diversity, scope, and excellence of the borough’s nonprofit sector, with programs that serve immigrant communities, promote women’s rights, provide affordable housing, advance criminal justice reforms, strengthen neighborhoods, tackle food insecurity, celebrate the arts, and protect the environment.
"When Brooklyn gives, the world wins,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “Our borough has more than 2.6 million generous hearts, and those among us with the means to contribute a little or a lot on this #GivingTuesday will see the power of their donations grow, all thanks to Brooklyn Community Foundation and the finalists of our Spark Prize."
"We are honored to be a part of this amazing event," said Peter Meyer, Market President, TD Bank. "Our world is always changing and changing fast, so campaigns like #BrooklynGives that provide a platform to demonstrate innovative ways to improve our community are vital and extremely important."
“National Grid is committed to making a positive impact and lasting contribution to the communities we have proudly served for over a century,” said Ken Daly, President, National Grid New York. “We support programs designed to help improve the way our customers live, work and play in our local communities, focusing in the areas of education, energy and environment. We are pleased to help lead Brooklyn Community Foundation’s effort to shine a spotlight on organizations that have a shared commitment to making the Brooklyn community stronger.”
“Brooklynites know how to embrace the spirit of giving. We encourage them to take part in Brooklyn Gives, which supports important programs that strengthen our neighborhoods and increase opportunities for our residents,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “We are proud to support the Brooklyn Community Foundation and congratulate them as they continue to ‘spark lasting social change’ in Brooklyn and beyond.”
The official #BrooklynGives Kickoff Event will take place from 8-10am on November 28 at TD Bank’s 211 Montague Street branch in Downtown Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Young BK Professionals group is hosting a “Last Call” #BrooklynGives fundraiser from 6-9pm at The Gotham Market, 590 Fulton Street in Fort Greene; tickets are just $20 and can be purchased at http://weblink.ibrooklyn.com/events/Young-BK-and-Brooklyn-Community-Foundation-Last-Call-2380/details
For more information on ways to get involved, visit http://sparkprize.org/brooklyn-gives/.
About Brooklyn Community Foundation
Brooklyn Community Foundation is on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. It is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to bolster vital nonprofits, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase opportunities for youth. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided over $30 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org.
About the Spark Prize
The Spark Prize is named for Brooklyn Community Foundation’s mission to spark lasting social change and awards $600,000 annually to Brooklyn nonprofits. To apply for the Spark Prize, organizations submitted a 1,000 word essay demonstrating their deep history in Brooklyn; commitment to racial equity; strong values; and a dynamic vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond. In 2016, the inaugural Spark Prize awarded $100,000 each to recipients The Audre Lorde Project, MoCADA Museum, Make the Road New York, Neighbors Together, and Common Justice. Learn more at www.SparkPrize.org.
The Spark Prize is a signature program of the Foundation’s Brooklyn Accelerator, a hub for building capacity and resources in Brooklyn’s nonprofit community. Reaching a diverse cross-section of Brooklyn nonprofits, the Prize also strengthens the Foundation’s services to its donors who depend on its expertise and knowledge of the borough’s nonprofits to help guide their local giving and philanthropy.
About Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Occurring this year on November 28, Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. Giving Tuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.
Liane Stegmaier, Director of Communications
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