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Gotham Gives Back

November 24, 2015  

Source: GivKwik

GIVNYC, empowered by Givkwik, announces Top 25 Local Nonprofit favorites for #GivingTuesday along with sponsor partner, the Vodafone Americas Foundation

New York - November 24, 2015 - Twenty-five (25) local New York City nonprofits have gained public support for GIV.NYC and are eligible to receive the $10,000 grand prize funded by corporate grants and public donations, along with other grants and in-kind donations to be announced on December 1.

"The event provides an opportunity for Vodafone employees to get involved with non-profits in their local community and help drive social impact through our foundation," said June Sugiyama, Director, Vodafone Americas Foundation.

The participating organizations received the most support since the GIVNYC campaign launched on October 20 and represent a broad range of causes and missions across the 5 boroughs. See the full list of participating nonprofits below.

"Nonprofits work so hard to serve their missions. We wanted to make it easier for more New Yorkers to discover and support them," says Jason Rosado, CEO of Givkwik, a New York City-based software company that created the first-ever premier LIVE NYC event for #GivingTuesday in 2014 in partnership with Impact Hub NYC.

"Giving Tuesday, Live in NYC 2015" (known as "GIVNYC")will bring together companies, causes, and communities to create personal connections through philanthropy on December 1. The ten (10) nonprofits with the most favorites received at by 11:59:59PM on Sunday, November 29 will be invited to pitch.

Held in a salon-style format at the Impact Hub NYC, GIVNYC will help facilitate discovery and dialogue across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to inspire support and charitable giving in a unique way, as part of the broader #GivingTuesday movement.

Givkwik is a purpose-driven software company, with a mission to connect companies, causes, and communities. Learn more at

Impact Hub NYC, a certified B Corporation, is a coworking and events space for a community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change. Learn more at

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