Save the dates! The 2021 Great Give® is May 4-5; advance giving begins Fri., Apr. 23

Save the dates! The Great Give® 2021 takes place from 8 AM, May 4, through 8 PM, May 5. (Advance giving begins Apr. 23.)

The Great Give®, a 36-hour fundraising marathon coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, is a financial lifeline for hundreds of cultural and social action non-profits in the greater New Haven area. And BVFCC is no exception.

Last year, we raised some $50,000 in The Great Give®, almost doubling our previous best performance. (The Great Give® overall saw an outpouring of generosity in 2020.)

Those funds were crucial to sustaining us through the (still ongoing) lean pandemic months. They enabled us to:

• invest in a beautiful outdoor deck so we could present music shows safely last fall; the shows begin again in mid-April;

• help organize this past fall’s Hamden Black Film Mini-Series;

• and to continue to expand our renowned movie library.

Planning on supporting Best Video and like for your support to go even further? Please consider becoming one of our Best Video Great Give® “fundraisers.” There are thousands of dollars in additional prizes for the organizations with the most fundraisers raising $200 or more. Last year, BVFCC won $4,000 for second place in The Great Give®’s “You’ve Got Friends” prize by having over 60 fundraisers who brought in $200 or more. This year, we would like to get that number up to 100 fundraisers. Please contact us at info [AT] bestvideo.com for information on being one of our friendly fundraisers!

And please join us on our deck—paid for by the 2020 Great Give®—for Great Give® Happy Hours on Tuesdays, Apr. 27 and May 4!

We look forward to continue to work on our mission of bringing people, film, and music together and it’s your support in The Great Give® that makes that possible.

Some ways to support Best Video without spending an additional dollar!

There are some ways you can support Best Video Film & Cultural Center without spending an additional dollar! Here are three:

• Like our Facebook pages for Best Video Film & Cultural Center and Best Video Performance Space and share our posts. Word of mouth was always huge for the original Best Video and it is just as important for Best Video Film & Cultural Center. When you talk up your love for Best Video and its mission of “bringing film, music, and people together,” it is invaluable to keeping us around for the long term!

• You can support Best Video Film & Cultural Center through purchases on Amazon.com. This isn’t one we talk up a lot but if you make your Amazon purchases through smile.amazon.com rather than Amazon.com, you can designate a portion of the proceeds to go to a non-profit, including Best Video Film & Cultural Center (see image above).

• Best Video Film & Cultural Center has begun generating donations through the Stop & Shop Giving Tag Program. The Stop & Shop Giving Tag Program, which launched in May 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. When a shopper purchases the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at any Stop & Shop store, they have the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to a local non-profit by using the attached Giving Tag. BVFCC has already begun generating donations through the use of the Giving Tag.

Please support Best Video Film & Cultural Center on GivingTuesday, Dec. 1

This December 1 is #GivingTuesday. Please support Best Video Film & Cultural Center on this day and throughout the final month of this historic and difficult year.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. GivingTuesday was born and incubated at the 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City. GivingTuesday is now an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Consider renewing a soon-expiring membership, purchasing a gift membership for a friend and buying a gift certificate for anything and all we offer. Please consider a donation as well as year end nears. Remember, we are a not-for-profit charitable cultural organization and any donation to Best Video is completely tax deductible. You can join as a member or donate at BestVideo.com or in person at BVFCC.

We appreciate and thank all for another year of support in the midst of incredible difficulties, struggles, and tragedy for so many. We could not be making it without your interest and participation.

This holiday season please keep us in your holiday gift giving plans. Every little bit helps. The dead of winter is likely to be a challenge for us so coming out now for a coffee, a pop-up show when the weather permits, a holiday special order or purchase can all add up to a happy and sustaining season for Best Video Film and Cultural Center. Best Video t-shirts make for great gifts!

We wish all a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and hope to see you at BVFCC sometime soon. And thanks again for your continued support. We’ll give it all back to you in the coming year, adding more films to our vast library, more live music as circumstances permit, beautifying our space, and having a place for you, your families and neighbors to meet (safely!) and feel the sense of community that is yours and ours. Here at Best Video Film and Cultural Center.

Thanks to our supporters for an overwhelmingly successful 2020 Great Give!

We at Best Video Film & Cultural Center wish to express our deepest appreciation to the community for the tremendous outpouring of support we received in this past week’s Great Give. The generosity of the greater New Haven community—not just towards us but to hundreds of other organizations as well—is remarkable, particularly considering the struggles so many people are having.

Between the direct donations we received through The Great Give, the $3,000 we won in prizes for having the third highest number of peer-to-peer fundraisers who raised $200 or more, the approximately $3,000 in matching funds we got from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and Bank of America, and the donations made directly to BVFCC through checks or our Web site, we raised more than $50,000.

That is almost double what we have raised in any previous Great Give. And we had considered those Great Gives to be successful.

Out of 398 organizations, we finished 12th in amount raised and a stunning 2nd place in number of unique individual donors. Clearly, our mission of “Bringing film, music, and people together” touches a powerful chord in a time of self-isolation and social distance.

At a time when our income stream has been drastically cut back due to the temporary closure, those funds will provide an invaluable lifeline and bridge to our return to fully serving the community that we embrace and that has embraced us in return.

Thanks to all who gave, who spread the word, who participated as fundraisers, who wished us well, and thanks also to The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for its superb job organizing The Great Give. We look forward to hopefully seeing you soon as the state takes the initial steps to reopening. In the meantime, please stay safe.

Support Best Video in The Great Give, May 5-6; advance giving has already begun!

Can you pledge to donate? Email us to let us know—details below!

The Great Give®—an annual 36-hour online fundraising marathon coordinated by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in the first week of May—is Best Video Film & Cultural Center’s most important fundraiser. Given the ongoing expenses we are incurring (rent, utilities, insurance, etc.) while having much of our daily income stream cut off, The Great Give® is more important than ever this year.

• GREAT GIVE RUNS MAY 5-6 BUT ADVANCE GIVING HAS ALREADY BEGUN

The Great Give® runs from May 5-May 6, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Advance giving for The Great Give® began April 6, 2020. We recognize times are difficult for many people—your best gift can to help us continue to bring film, music, and people together.

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.

• CAN YOU PLEDGE TO GIVE?

Our intention—before we had to temporarily close our premises—had been to collect names, email address, and cell numbers on a pledge sign-up sheet so we could text supporters when the event was under way. If you want to pledge to donate—you needn’t say how much although it does have to be $5 or more—you can email us your info at info [AT] bestvideo.com. Put “pledge” in the subject line.

• HELP US AS A PEER-TO-PEER FUNDRAISER

Donating is great! But if you want to help us even more, become one of our fundraisers and let your friends and family know how important you feel Best Video is to you and the community. The more fundraisers we have, the better our chance of winning additional thousands of dollars in prize money.

Just go to our Great Give® page and click the “Fundraise” button right next to the “Donate” button. It will ask for your name, email address, and to create a password. When you press “Submit,” you have created YOUR page, which you can share on social media and emails.

It’s fun! It’s competitive! Rally your friends and family to support a local cultural icon.

Although it isn’t necessary, you can customize your page by clicking on “Toolkit” on your fundraiser page. At the top of your “Toolkit” is an option to “Tell your story.” Opening that allows you to put in a picture of yourself, personalize the text on your fundraising page, and put in an image that relates to the reasons why you support Best Video. (If you need help customizing your page, contact us at info [AT] bestvideo.com.)

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

You can start giving now!

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, The Great Give®—an opportunity to unite our community around causes in which we truly believe and help nonprofit organizations connect to the larger community.

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!

The Great Give®, organized by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, runs from May 1-May 2, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Advance gifts can be made for The Great Give® beginning April 19, 2019; advance gifts will count toward grand prize calculations, but will not be counted toward hourly prize incentives.

To contribute to Best Video Film & Cultural Center during The Great Give®, go to TheGreatGive.org and enter “Best Video” in the Search field to find our page. Or just click on the graphic in this post to be taken directly to our Great Give® page.

BVFCC will endeavor to stoke enthusiasm for The Great Give® with two Happy Hour events, one on Wed., Apr. 24, from 5-7 PM, and the second on the first day of The Great Give®, Wed., May 1, from 5-7 PM. Come on down to BVFCC on those days for drink specials, tasty snacks, socializing, and—if you can—your laptop or smartphone to make a Great Give® donation to support BVFCC!

Now you can use an Advance Gift Form to schedule your support for BVFCC in The Great Give

Now you can use the form below to schedule your gift to Best Video Film & Cultural Center in advance of The Great Give®! See the secure form on the bottom of this post.

• The Great Give® is an annual 36-hour online-giving event to support local nonprofits sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

• YOUR support—and the support of your family members and friends—could help us win thousands of additional dollars in prizes.

• During the 36-hour giving marathon, visit TheGreatGive.org Website, find Best Video Film & Cultural Center, and click “Donate Now.”

The Great Give® is New Haven County’s spring non-profit online fundraiser. And ours! Overseen by the 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 our 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!).

We cannot make this any clearer: Our continued existence depends on your generosity.

Fulfilling BVFCC’s mission of bringing film, music, and people together requires the support of the community.

The Great Give® starts on Tuesday, May 2, at 8 AM and lasts until Wednesday, May 3, at 8 PM. 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®.

Your donations to BVFCC during The Great Give® are fully tax-deductible.

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!

Thanks for your support!

SCHEDULE YOUR DONATION NOW:

Happy Hour event for The Great Give Tues., May 2, 4-7 PM

You can support Best Video Film & Cultural Center online in the 36 hours of The Great Give.

You can schedule your gift in advance of The Great Give.

AND, now, you can have the option of supporting BVFCC in a social setting with real live friends and neighbors!

FUN! COMMUNITY! MUSIC! SNACKS! DRINK SPECIALS!

BVFCC will host a Great Give Happy Hour from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, May 2. We invite supporters to come over, bring your laptops (we supply the wi-fi!) and donate, enjoy snacks and drink specials, as well as live music. Socialize with your neighbors in person and support BVFCC online at the same time!

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 our 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!).

Our continued existence depends on your generosity.

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!

BVFCC First Anniversary Gala Concert & Benefit Thurs., Nov. 10, at The Ballroom at The Outer Space

anniversary_gala_graphic_webPlease join us on Thursday, November 10, 2016, from 7—10 PM, in celebration of the first anniversary of Best Video Film and Cultural Center (BVFCC), a non-profit created to preserve Best Video’s rich archive and explore new ways to bring people, film, and music together. On November 1, 2016, BVFCC purchased Best Video from founder Hank Paper and began running it as a cultural non-profit. The celebration will take place at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden.

• A lineup of superb local artists have offered to donate their talent for this event: jazz group Jeff Fuller & Friends, indie rock group Mercy Choir, roots rock trio The Bandidos and swing/blues group The Red Hots.

• We will be showing some locally made short films.

• There will also be munchies—wings, cheese platter, veggies and hummus, bruschetta.

Tickets are $25 but please consider making a donation over and above that amount. Supporters who donate over $100 will receive complimentary admission to the show. Donations in excess of the value of admission are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets.

Or, you can purchase tickets at BVFCC at 1842 Whitney Avenue in Hamden. Tickets will also be available at the door. If you can afford to make a donation over and above the ticket price, it is both tax-deductible and much appreciate. It is support like that which has enabled us to maintain the archive and expand our programming!

In the past year:

• BVFCC was officially recognized as a tax-deductible non-profit by the IRS.

• We have increased our programming with over 120 music events; more film screenings with larger turnouts and great discussions;more lectures on films by Yale Prof. Mark Schenker; and increased use of the Performance Space by community groups.

• We have organized a film festival — BestFest Student Films — to showcase the work of local high school students this fall.

Steve Rodgers, owner of The Space and The Outer Space, has generously donated use of The Ballroom for our inaugural event.

About BVFCC

Best Video Film and Cultural Center (“BVFCC”) was created to preserve Best Video’s rich archive and explore new ways to bring people, film, and music together. On November 1, 2016, BVFCC took over BEST VIDEO, a valued community space serving Greater New Haven with its world class film archive, performance space and coffee bar.

The entire film archive — one of the finest such collections in the country – remains in place and continues to grow with additions of more foreign and domestic films, documentaries, and television series. In addition, the music events, film screenings and other presentations in the performance space have been expanded to reach a broader community audience.

New Membership Options

Our goal is to bring good movies and good people together.  For customers who like the way we do that now, nothing will change. For just a few dollars, you will still be able to rent any movie in our archive. However, we now offer new membership formats that we believe better serve BEST VIDEO’s diverse customers and provide more value and simpler access to our expansive archive.

Our Success Depends on You

We invite the support of every member of the BEST VIDEO family. If you are unable to make it to the concert, please consider making a donation. All amounts are greatly appreciated. We look forward to the participation of all of our existing members and are excited to welcome new members to our family as we continue in our efforts to enrich the cultural wealth of the greater New Haven region.