York Street Project
York Street Project

Hudson County nonprofits and donors alike can mark their calendars for May 11th, when #HudsonGives is back with its 24-hour Giving Day event. 

#HudsonGives, a program of the Hudson County Chamber Foundation, “is a 24-hour, online fundraising campaign and competition that unites the community in support of local causes.” This year marks the fifth annual edition of the event, and it provides the opportunity for nonprofits that serve the county to connect with new donors.

While the main event is on May 11th, donations can be made online at hudsongives.org anytime, starting on May 2nd and until May 18th. 100% of donations are tax deductible for the person who gives, and they have the option to cover processing fees so that the nonprofit will also receive 100% of the gift. Anyone can give as long as they have internet access and a credit or debit card. 

Last year, over 4000 donors gave to more than 100 nonprofits, raising a total of over $750k, with an average donation size of $140.26. This year, the program has the goal of raising $1 million. 

In order to maximize the opportunity of the Giving Day event for nonprofits, the co-chairs of the HudsonGives Steering Committee, Robinson Holloway of Art Fair 14C and Christine Perez of York Street Project, have been leading regular strategy sessions with participants. 

More than 60% of the nonprofits that have participated each year have been based in Jersey City. This year there are 62 Jersey City organizations involved, including: Art Fair 14C, Art House Productions, ArtWall JC, Barrow Mansion, Bike JC, Cantigas Women’s Choir, Friends of Liberty State Park, Historic Downtown Special Improvement District, Hudson County Community College, Hudson Pride Center, Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation, Jersey City Theater Center, Nimbus Dance – JC Summer Arts Camp, Pro Arts Jersey City, Saint Peter’s University’s Campus Kitchen, and Sustainable Jersey City. 

As the event site notes, “It takes a community to ensure that no nonprofit is left behind. Join the movement and be part of something great.”

Emily was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in architecture. She has a background in design, public health, radio, and comedy.