Last year, on the days before and after Thanksgiving, local nonprofits across New York City actively competed for a chance to pitch their cause to a live audience on Giving Tuesday, December 1, and win a $10,000 grant.

Givkwik, which hosted Giving Tuesday "Battle of the Boroughs" event, live in NYC 2015 (known as “GIV.NYC”), raised over $16,000 through corporate grants, public donations, in-kind donations, and event registration fees. Corporate sponsor Vodafone Americas Foundation donated $5,000, event partner Impact Hub NYC donated the space, and Foursquare provided promotional support.

Of the top ten nonprofits that presented, Life Vest Inside received the most audience votes that night and earned the first place grant. Orly Wahba, Founder/CEO of Life Vest Inside said, "$10,000 will allow us to further develop and expand our virtual Kindness Ambassador program that is currently reaching over 6,000 members spanning across 120 countries; inspiring, empowering and training people of all backgrounds to lead a life of kindness." The remaining grant money was donated to other nonprofit finalists and in-kind prizes were offered by Impact Hub, Catchafire, Community Boost, and AdvoWire.

Held in a salon-style format, GIV.NYC brought together causes, companies, and communities to inspire charitable giving in a unique way, as part of the broader #GivingTuesday movement. The scope of GIV.NYC’s impact can be seen in detail at #GivingTuesday “By the Numbers.” To relive the event, watch this video, produced by Malka Media Group. Other generous event partners included Foossa, Good Scout Group, Impact Assets, Neqtr, OneHope Wine, RadishLab, Rocketure, and TVP.NYC.

This year's GIV.NYC theme, "Building Bridges", is intended to share stories of impact from 100 nonprofits in all 5 boroughs of the city. Representatives from 10 selected nonprofits will ultimately be invited to give a 2-minute pitch about their respective missions. Attendees will then vote for their favorites to receive a grant from the event's sponsors of up to $20,000.  For more information, to support a local NYC nonprofit, and to register for the event, visit www.giv.nyc