#BrooklynGives 2019 Raises Record $660,000 for Local Nonprofits

Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Annual Local Giving Campaign Has Raised More than $1.8 Million to Date

Giving Tuesday 2019 was Brooklyn’s biggest yet, with more than 2,400 donors raising over $660,000 for local nonprofits through Brooklyn Community Foundation’s #BrooklynGives campaign at www.BrooklynGives.org.

Of the 87 nonprofits supported, The Campaign Against Hunger raised the largest amount, with over $64,950 donated by 346 individuals. Rounding out the top 5 fundraisers are Exalt ($58,106 from 111 donors), Read 718 ($28,684 from 242 donors), New Sanctuary Coalition ($24,593 from 202 donors), and Extreme Kids and Crew ($21,902 from 42 donors).

Established in 2016 as a way of shining a light on local organizations during the world’s largest day of charitable giving, the #BrooklynGives campaign has raised more than $1.8 million to date for Brooklyn nonprofits by encouraging Brooklynites to “Give Where You Live.”                                                          

This year’s marathon giving day began with a kickoff celebration hosted by #BrooklynGives sponsor Santander Bank at its newly renovated Montague Street branch in Downtown Brooklyn, where Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke announced that a Giving Tuesday donation match for the 20 finalists for the Foundation’s annual Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits had been increased to $150,000 by an anonymous donor.

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“As the community foundation for Brooklyn, one of our most important roles is to be a bridge between nonprofits and donors,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke. “Today on Giving Tuesday – the world’s largest day of giving – we are proud to be part of a growing global movement focused on connecting generosity with community.”

Thanks to the support of the #BrooklynGives sponsors—National Grid, Santander Bank, and Sugar in the Raw—$1,000 bonus donation prizes were awarded throughout the day to participating organizations that raised the most money and/or had the most donors during a specific period of time. This year’s prize winners were Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Teens of Color Abroad, and Footsteps.

“We know that businesses, people, and communities prosper when they are financially empowered. We are proud to open our branch and partner with the Brooklyn Community Foundation as we celebrate and assist our community’s nonprofit organizations as they raise vital funds to support their missions and drive prosperity in Brooklyn,” said Seth Goodall, Executive Director, Corporate Social Responsibility at Santander Bank.

“National Grid is pleased to support Brooklyn Community Foundation’s #BrooklynGives event to shine a spotlight on organizations that are committed to uplifting the Brooklyn neighborhoods that we jointly serve,” said Rudy Wynter, President & COO, Wholesale Networks and US Capital Delivery, National Grid. “We have been proud to provide the energy needs of Brooklyn for over a century and we are proud to partner with nonprofit organizations and initiatives that create safer, healthier, and more vibrant communities.” 

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.

Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y as an alternative to the shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday after Thanksgiving. It has since become a global phenomenon and an unofficial kickoff to the holiday giving season, inspiring millions of people to give back and support the causes they believe in. In 2018, nonprofit organizations around the world raised over $400 million online on Giving Tuesday.

 

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 nearly $50 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond.

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.

 

Media Contact: 

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