Save the dates! The Great Give® May 1-2, The Great Give® Happy Hours Apr. 24 & May 1

Have you dreamed of making history? Of course, we all have. And now we have a chance to be a part of greater New Haven’s day of giving—an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

The Great Give® is BVFCC’s major spring fundraiser—help us make it a successful one to strengthen our bottom line for the rest of the year.

We need your help! Please join our campaign and help us raise the money necessary to continue—and expand—our programming and preserve—and expand!—our incredible film archive! We need you to tell your friends and family members about the value we have for the community and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference.

Get ready to give! On May 1-May 2, starting at 8AM on May 1, visit The Great Give® and make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in greater New Haven. You will have 36 hours to make your donation, and all giving will end at 7:59PM on May 2.

As part of our The Great Give® campaign, we will host two Happy Hours at BVFCC on consecutive Tuesdays, Apr. 24 and May 1. Starting on Apr. 23, supporters can schedule their donations in advance if they think they may be unable to participate in The Great Give® during the official 36-hour event. And on Tuesday, May 1, we will try and shoot for the $1,000 Happy Hour Prize for the most individual donors between 5 and 7 PM on that day. Come to BVFCC for each Happy Hour and enjoy snacks, schmoozing and reduced price drinks at our cafe.

Per above, The Great Give® takes place online over 36 hours Tuesday through Wednesday, May 1-2. Online giving is where most of the action is for this fundraising marathon organized by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. But here at Best Video Film & Cultural Center, we like to encourage real world, interpersonal interaction, too. As part of that, we are holding two Happy Hours—on Tuesday, Apr. 24, and Tuesday, May 1—to stoke enthusiasm for The Great Give®—and have fun at the same time.

Come join us at BVFCC on Tuesday, Apr. 24, from 5-7 PM for our The Great Give® Kick-Off Happy Hour. We’ll have munchies, drink specials and neighborliness. And if you think you won’t be able to give during the Great Give®’s 36-hour window, we can tell you how you can schedule your gift in advance. And then stick around, if you like, for the Stacy Phillips & His Bluegrass Characters show that starts at 7:30 PM.

Support BVFCC in The Great Give May 2-3, 2017

The Great Give is New Haven County’s spring non-profit online fundraiser. And ours! Overseen by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, The Great Give is part of a 36-hour national charity giving marathon.

This—along with our fall Anniversary Gala (scheduled for Nov. 18)—is Best Video Film & Cultural Center‘s most important and significant fundraising event of the year. Last year was our first time participating in The Great Give since we became an official non-profit and we finished in first place with the greatest number of donors for a rookie organization (and 12th overall out of about 400 organizations!).

The Great Give starts at 8 AM on Tuesday, May 2, and lasts until 8 PM, May 3. The charitable donations of you, your family members and friends could make Best Video Film & Cultural Center eligible for thousands of dollars in prizes. In 2016, we won an additional $3,000 for having the greatest number of donors to an organization participating in its first Great Give.

Our continued existence depends on your generosity.

Please plan on participating. During the 36-hour giving marathon, visit The Great Give Web site, find BVFCC, and click “Donate Now.” And pass the word along to your friends, family and associates!