Spread Love the Brooklyn Way: Give Where You Live!

Dr. Melony Samuels, the executive director of The Campaign Against Hunger, center with supporters.

This holiday season, Brooklyn Community Foundation wants to prove that Brooklyn isn’t just New York City’s largest or hippest borough, it is also its most generous. 

The Foundation’s #BrooklynGives campaign kicked off on November 12th and culminates three weeks later on December 3rd (the Tuesday after Thanksgiving)—known around the world as Giving Tuesday—with the goal of raising over $1 million for community-based nonprofits.

Established in 2016, the annual #BrooklynGives campaign encourages Brooklynites to “Give Where You Live” and make a donation of any size to one or more of the 100+ nonprofits featured on the campaign’s website, www.BrooklynGives.org

#BrooklynGives concludes with a 24-hour celebration on Giving Tuesday, during which Brooklyn Community Foundation and sponsors Santander Bank and Sugar in the Raw will underwrite additional donations, including a $100,000 match for the 20 finalists of the Foundation’s annual Spark Prize, which honors exceptional social justice organizations in the borough.

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez with the President and CEO of Brooklyn Foundation Cecilia Clarke.

Examples of the range of participating nonprofits include:

  • Central American Legal Assistance: Based out of a South Williamsburg church, this organization provide free and low-cost legal aid to Central and South American asylum-seekers
  • Brownsville Community Justice Center: a youth-focused violence prevention initiative that also seeks to improve the neighborhood’s physical landscape
  • COPO: a Midwood-based organization that provides holistic services for low income immigrant families, particularly South Asians and Muslims
  • Grow Brooklyn: helps build financial strength of Bushwick and Bed-Stuy residents through tax prep, home buying, foreclosure prevention and more
  • The Noel Pointer Foundation: String music education programs for school children across Central Brooklyn

See the full list of participating nonprofits.

“Brooklyn is known around the world for its unique neighborhoods and its trend-setting residents. Now we want to set a new trend of generosity starting right in our own backyards, supporting the vital nonprofits that make our borough so extraordinary,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. “#BrooklynGives makes it easy to discover and support effective and inspiring organizations across Brooklyn, and coincides with the largest single day of giving in the world, Giving Tuesday. We hope every Brooklynite will join us and pledge to give locally and give generously this holiday season!”

According to the Foundation Center, less than 5% of New York City’s philanthropic dollars come back to Brooklyn, which means the borough’s nonprofit sector is losing out on much-needed investments in Brooklyn-born programs and services. As the only foundation dedicated to New York City’s largest borough—where more than 2,000 nonprofits are based—Brooklyn Community Foundation aims to take on this critical funding gap by mobilizing thousands of Brooklynites to learn about and support the many great organizations at work in their own backyards through the #BrooklynGives campaign.

Start your giving today at BrooklynGives.org!

This post was made in partnership with Brooklyn Community Foundation. #Sponsored

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