Brooklyn Gives on #GivingTuesday!

Brooklyn Community Foundation Launches Campaign to Support Outstanding Brooklyn Nonprofits with $100,000 Match on Global Day of Giving


(Brooklyn, NY) -  New York City’s largest borough is giving local in a big way this holiday season.

On Tuesday, November 29—known around the world as #GivingTuesday—Brooklyn Community Foundation is launching Brooklyn Gives, Brooklyn’s first-ever boroughwide local giving campaign.

#GivingTuesday, held each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to foster philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

To encourage Brooklynites to get involved in giving locally to high-impact charities in their communities, Brooklyn Community Foundation is issuing a $100,000 donation challenge in support of 20 local nonprofits. The organizations are finalists for the Foundation’s inaugural Spark Prize for Brooklyn Nonprofits, and represent the diversity, scope, and excellence of the borough’s nonprofit sector, with programs that serve immigrant communities, promote criminal justice reforms, strengthen neighborhoods, tackle food insecurity, advance the arts, and protect the environment. On #GivingTuesday, the Foundation will match total donations up to $5,000 to each of these organizations:

Supporting Brooklyn Gives is easy: Brooklynites can donate to the above nonprofits individually, or support the entire group with one donation, at www.BrooklynGives.org.

“We are so excited to bring greater attention and recognition to these 20 outstanding Brooklyn changemakers on #GivingTuesday,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. “Through Brooklyn Gives, we want to make it easy for Brooklynites to support some of the most effective organizations right in their own backyard—many often overlooked or not widely known—who are making a lasting difference for communities across our borough.”

Shop Local, Give Local on #GivingTuesday

Major Brooklyn businesses are also participating in Brooklyn Gives. Brooklyn Industries has designed a limited edition Brooklyn Gives t-shirt and will be donating 10% of sales on Giving Tuesday in its NYC stores and online to support the campaign. The Brooklyn Nets will also encourage fans to contribute to the effort at BrooklynGives.org.

The Foundation is hosting an official Brooklyn Gives kickoff breakfast at Brooklyn Industries’ Smith Street store location from 9-10am on Tuesday, November 29. The event is open to the public and is sponsored by Brooklyn-based DOUGH doughnuts. Attendees will have the opportunity to be the first to purchase the official Brooklyn Gives t-shirt and meet representatives of the 20 beneficiary nonprofits. Details and RSVP at www.BrooklynGives.EventBrite.com

Brooklyn Gives: A Civic and Philanthropic Partnership

Brooklyn Gives and the Spark Prize are presented by Brooklyn Community Foundation 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 and the Brooklyn Nets.

"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 the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the finalists of our Spark Prize."

"Brooklyn Community Foundation has made such a positive and sustaining impact in our community, we are excited about our partnership," said Peter Meyer, Market President of New York, TD Bank. "TD is honored to support the Foundation and the 20 finalists of the Spark Prize on #GivingTuesday in honor of their outstanding work that strengthens our neighborhoods and empowers our residents throughout New York."

“National Grid is committed to making a positive impact and lasting contribution to the communities we serve,” said Ken Daly, President of National Grid for New York. “We support programs designed to help improve the way people live, work and play in our local communities, focusing in the areas of education, energy and environment. We are pleased to help lead the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s effort to shine a spotlight on organizations that are committed to uplifting the Brooklyn community.”

 “Through the Spark Prize, Brooklyn Community Foundation is able to support some of Brooklyn’s best organizations and encourage the important roles they play in their communities,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo A. Scissura. “Brooklyn Gives provides an incentive for New Yorkers to support great causes like sustainability, youth development and ending poverty throughout the borough.”

Brooklyn Community Foundation aims to help raise over $100,000 through Brooklyn Gives, for a total of more than $200,000 in new support after the Foundation’s match. For more information on participating nonprofits and local businesses, and ways to get involved, visit www.BrooklynGives.org

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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 $25 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 in Brooklyn and will award up to $600,000 annually to outstanding Brooklyn-serving nonprofits. A diverse committee of distinguished civic, business, and neighborhood leaders all hailing from Brooklyn reviewed applications submitted by a highly competitive pool of 150 applicants to determine 20 Finalists and ultimately five Spark Prize recipients. Five organizations will be awarded grants of $100,000 each in general operating support, to be announced in January 2017.

Applying organizations were asked to submit a 1,000 word essay demonstrating their deep history in Brooklyn and continued commitment to serving the borough; commitment to equity and racial and social justice for all Brooklynites; strong, articulated values that permeate through all aspects of their work; and a dynamic vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at www.SparkPrize.org.

About #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday is a movement to celebrate and provide incentives to give—the 2016 iteration will be held on November 29, 2016. This effort harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—nonprofits, businesses and corporations as well as families and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. #GivingTuesday inspires people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they celebrate and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday harnesses the power of social media to create a global moment dedicated to giving around the world. Learn more at www.GivingTuesday.org

Media Contact: 

Liane Stegmaier, Director of Communications
718.480.7503 | lstegmaier@bcfny.org