as of sept. 2018 beacon's closet has donated $53,815.00 through our clothing drop off program and our BYOBag program to the following charities:
- build a boma
- coalition for the homeless
- cooke institute
- doctors without borders
- emerge new york
- equal justice initiative
- everytown for gun safety
- los angeles fire dept
- malala fund
- national audubon society
- national fragile x foundation
- orkestai farm
- planned parenthood
- safe horizon
- sierra club
syliva rivera law project
- waggytail rescue
- world wildlife fund
read more about our fundraising efforts below
clothing drop off program
unwanted clothing that customers drop off at beacon's closet provides cash for non-profits. here's how: some clothing is sold to jomar stores in philadelphia. 50% of proceeds from these sales goes to the above listed organizations. 50% goes directly to beacon's for storage and processing. the other portion of clothing left is given directly to non-profit organizations and subsequently sold by them to raise money for their missions.
FDNY family assistance unit (FAU). items collected from us are sold at not-for-profit thrift stores and money is donated to benefit FAU. the FAU assists FDNY families when there is a death, accident, or serious illness. 501(c)(3) verified
the alliance for positive change. an organization that works to transform lives of new yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. they help people access medical care, manage and overcome addiction, escape homelessness, get back to work, and find community. by addressing the underlying issues that contribute to poor health, the alliance’s individualized, full-service approach and harm reduction philosophy help new yorkers lead healthier, more self-sufficient lives. the alliance believes everyone deserves the chance to feel better, live better, and do better
garage sales against violence. assists larger non-profits such as horizons, and women with cause, in bringing goods and much needed counseling services to their clients who have been displaced due to abuse. because of displacement, clients are in need of clothing and assistance. gsav maintains a storage closet that provides the ability to dress distressed people of all shapes and sizes on short notice 501(c)(3) verified.
- dominick's mobile ministry. a not-for-profit mobile service established in 1995, which distributes customer clothing to the needy, homeless, and to churches throughout new york and pennsylvania. items are both given away directly to individuals, and sometimes sold with a request for donations, to pay for this not-for-profit's operational expenses. this clothing is distributed through churches and through the mobile unit. any proceeds which this charity collects go toward fulfilling the mission of its own organization. director, joseph dominick.
shopping bag program
in an effort to encourage our shoppers to bring their own bags, beacon's closet charges .25 for our brown paper bags, and donates .15 of that cost to one of the charities listed below. as an alternative, we offer adorable and durable reusable bags from baggu, and reusable beacon's closet bags made from recycled materials.
cooke center academy: internship program. a non-profit learning and development provider for special education services in new york city offering a school for students ages 5 through 21, and consulting and training services. the academy's mission is to educate people with special needs so that they can lead independent, purposeful lives. to that end, beacon's closet hosts cooke center interns, providing students with the opportunity to gain confidence and practical skills that they can apply within the broader workforce when they graduate.
ny cares: annual coat drive and winter wishes program:
-the ny cares coat drive has provided new yorkers in need with warm winter coats every year since 1988. each winter we collect coats from our customers, and pull from our own inventory, to donate to this cause.
-the winter wishes program provides gifts to children and teens in need each holiday season. we volunteer in this program by receiving and fulfilling gift requests. both customers and employees can participate, taking the children's letters and personally shopping for each gift.
- junior league of brooklyn: belle & beau of the ball program. an annual dress drive that provides formal attire for teenagers preparing for senior prom, graduation and other formal events. the goal is to promote self-confidence while relieving the attendees of financial stress and promoting advancement by way of educational or professional independence. each year, since 2013, we donate a portion of our inventory for this cause.