Manhattan’s twenty-something and thirty-something crowds of young professionals have proven to be some of the most influential philanthropic voices contributing to the NYC’s charity and nightlife scene over the past couple of years. Increasingly, scores of youthful do-gooders are finding themselves prepared to cut checks to some of the world’s most famous charities and causes, while attending some of the city’s most exciting cocktail parties and charity events. Best of all, the chance to witness amazing entertainment and savor unlimited drinks while hitting New York's nightlife scene can cost as little as $15-$25 at one of these young professional gatherings. Young, motivated professionals can find themselves supporting incredible causes, while paying less money for a night out on the town!
What’s more, many of the country’s biggest charities are now organizing young professionals committees and other such groups in order to manage fundraising events and initiatives aimed at the increasingly lucrative market for young, professional philanthropy. With both national and New-York based charities in search of dynamic, youthful individuals to run these types of events, New York City has seen a thriving young philanthropist community emerge, with an increasing number of gatherings and happenings aimed specifically at the young professional demographic, with thematic content and pricing which appeals directly to them.
Below are a few of New York City’s most inspiring young professional groups:
Since 1894, the Bowery Mission has fought to impact hunger and homelessness, in addition to providing outreach to at-risk youth through social programs. The Bowery Mission will be holding their annual fundraiser at the Greenwich Country Club in Connecticut on May 7th, featuring a full dinner and the promise of performances and appearances by some of Broadway’s biggest stars.
Every year, the American Heart Association’s team of young professionals helps raise awareness through social media work and volunteering. Among other things, the team hosts three spectacular fundraising events, including the Red Ball, which is scheduled for May this year.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research founded their young professionals division in 2009. This year, the Team Fox Young Professionals will host Sunday Funday, their annual fundraiser, on April 29, at the popular club, The Griffin, from 12:30 pm- 3:30 pm. The event will include an open bar, food donated by some of New York’s most renowned restaurants, live music featuring a performance by DJ Hiro Kone, and auctioning, both the live and the silent variety. Tickets will be very reasonably priced at $70 (advance) and $80 (door).
One of the oldest youth outreach charities around, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been changing the lives of young people through mentoring programs, in addition to their professional training and career development efforts. Their young professionals committee helps organize the marketing, sponsorships, auctions, and other aspects of the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ fundraising initiatives.