As we celebrate Giving Tuesday this year — a year filled with unimagined hardship for so many people — we’ve highlighted some of our favorite organizations and programs to consider as you’re preparing your gift lists. For those who are difficult to shop for or who have everything, consider a donation to their favorite charity, a membership to a museum, performing arts or cultural center, or meals to those most in need.
FEEDING NEW YORKERS
We’ve always been involved in feeding New Yorkers, especially in times of crises. We answered the call after 9/11, after Superstorm Sandy, and most recently, providing meals to the most vulnerable in our city during the Covid pandemic.
WSCAH – West Side Campaign Against Hunger alleviates hunger by ensuring that all New Yorkers have access with dignity to a choice of healthy food and supportive services.
Citymeals on Wheels – Citymeals on Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to our homebound elderly neighbors. Learn more about how they do it and see their work in action.
GrowNYC – Their mission is to improve New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
City Harvest – Mission: City Harvest exists to end hunger in communities throughout New York City. We do this through food rescue and distribution, education, and other practical, innovative solutions.
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen – Our mission is to feed the hungry, comfort the afflicted, seek justice for the homeless, and provide a sense of hope and opportunity to those in need. As New York’s largest food program, we serve a cafeteria-style lunch, Brown Bag Lunch program, Backpack Pantry Program, Sunday Supper, and social services initiatives. We’ve also become food waste prevention advocates.
Salvation Army Greater New York Division – Since 1880, The Salvation Army of Greater New York has been shielding New Yorkers with grace, steadfast determination, and a commitment to providing love and compassion. Across New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley, The Salvation Army serves the most broken among us through a holistic ministry, meeting physical, spiritual, educational, and emotional needs to improve the quality of life for those who have so little.
KEEPING OUR KIDS AND YOUTHS HEALTHY AND SAFE
Among the groups least able to help themselves are kids and youths. Creating a safe learning environment for kids to learn about food and health was the foundation of The Sylvia Center, founded in 2007 by Liz Neumark. We’ve gone on to support a variety of other programs that support kids and youths.
The Sylvia Center – The mission of the organization is to inspire young people to become healthy eaters and advocates for healthy food in their families and communities.
Food and Finance High School – As NYC’s only culinary-focused public high school, Food and Finance High School provides a unique educational opportunity to students and families in the community. Students learn the true reward of hard work, dependability and time management from a staff of acclaimed chefs, educators and business leaders that oversee their curriculum, field trips, and internships.
The Door – The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment.
Big Vision NYC – We are a sober environment where recovering millennials can learn that life isn’t over after you are sober. We give them the chance to connect with others who are experiencing the same struggles, as well as a chance to just have fun.
Lawyers for Children – When children are in crisis, Lawyers For Children is at their side to provide protection, support and hope. In addition to free legal and social work services for children in foster care, Lawyers For Children provides targeted public policy and class action advocacy to achieve system-wide changes in the field of child welfare.
KEEPING OUR CITY VIBRANT
We love New York City. The places, the things to do, and most importantly, the people. We celebrate the organizations that help preserve the city and that help preserve the people who are the backbone of the city. Each and every person in the city is a vital part of the vibrancy and success of New York City.
Open House NY – Open House New York provides broad audiences with unparalleled access to the extraordinary architecture of New York and to the people who help design, build, and preserve the city.
Fund for Public Housing – The Fund for Public Housing creates and leverages resources and relationships to enhance the opportunities and quality of life for New York City Housing Authority residents, while uplifting the importance of public housing to our city. As a nonprofit (501c3) organization, the Fund for Public Housing amplifies and supports NYCHA’s critical mission to provide quality housing for New Yorkers that is sustainable, inclusive, and safe, and to foster opportunities for economic mobility.
GOSO NYC – GOSO partners with people impacted by arrest and incarceration on a journey of education, employment and emotional wellbeing and collaborates with NYC communities to support a culture of nonviolence.
NURTURING OUR SPIRITS
Where would we be without the arts, culture, music, history and gardens that beautify the city, enrich our souls, and provide context for our lives. It’s part of our DNA, from our roots providing artists with jobs to support their passions to our incredible partners.
The Apollo Theater – The Apollo Theater is a commissioner and presenter; catalyst for new artists, audiences, and creative workforce; and partner in the projection of the African American narrative and its role in the development of American and global culture. The Apollo Theater envisions a new American cannon centered on contributions to the performing arts by artists of the African diaspora, in America and beyond.
Asia Society New York – Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.
Brooklyn Academy of Music: BAM – For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas—engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.
Brooklyn Museum – To create inspiring encounters with art that expand the ways we see ourselves, the world and its possibilities.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts – Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is a destination for exceptional music, captivating programs, spectacular gardens and grounds, and wonderful moments with friends and family. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered around music.
Jazz at Lincoln Center – The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. We believe jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it dedicates that freedom to finding and maintaining common ground with others. Because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us to face adversity with persistent optimism.
Signature Theatre – Signature Theatre celebrates playwrights and gives them an artistic home
Wave Hill – Since its founding as a public garden in 1965, Wave Hill has evolved as a unique urban oasis, world-class garden and vital resource. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.
Public Art Fund – As the leader in its field, Public Art Fund brings dynamic contemporary art to a broad audience in New York City and beyond by mounting ambitious free exhibitions of international scope and impact that offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment.