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Brooklyn Community Foundation Launched Ambitious $1Million Donation Challenge on Giving Tuesday
Press Release – Brooklyn, NY–On Tuesday November 27th, Brooklyn Community Foundation launched their most ambitious donation challenge to date–a $1Million giving campaign supporting nearly 100 organizations across Brooklyn.
The marathon day of giving kicked off at an event in Downtown Brooklyn, featuring a rousing speech from Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez followed by exhilarating panels comprised of some of Brooklyn’s finest thought leaders including NY1’s Errol Louis, Activist and Brooklyn Community Foundation Fellow, Heather McGhee, Melanie Samuels of the Bed-Stuy Against Hunger and many more. The campaign, #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday, is headquartered at www.BrooklynGives.org.
“We are reclaiming our values here in Brooklyn. We are not allowing anyone to define who are–we know who we are. I’m so proud of Cecilia and the Brooklyn Community Foundation for launching this effort. We must commit ourselves to making Brooklyn the best borough!,” said Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.
“Only 4% of NYC philanthropic dollars make it to Brooklyn. #BrooklynGives gives us a chance to bring recognition and celebrate the incredible work that is happening in our borough”, said Cecilia Clarke, President and CEO of Brooklyn Community Foundation.
#BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday was created by Brooklyn Community Foundation in 2016. This year’s campaign is sponsored by National Grid, Santander Bank, Sugar in the Raw, Kirkland & Ellis, Cleary Gottlieb, and Industry City.
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 2017, nonprofit organizations raised over $300 million online on Giving Tuesday.
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