The Albany Institute of History & Art will leverage #GivingTuesdayNow with a Board of Trustees match to raise needed funds for museum and non-profit partner Community Caregivers.

The Albany Institute of History & Art is participating in the global fundraising effort #GivingTuesdayNow this May 5.

#GivingTuesday, traditionally the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, comes early this year as non-profits are reeling from the economic impact of COVID-19. Each gift made to the Albany Institute as a part of this campaign will be matched up to $15,000 by the museum’s Board of Trustees. In addition, to give back to another organization at the frontlines of the pandemic, the museum will donate 5.18% of the proceeds to Community Caregivers, a non-profit providing critical services to isolated seniors and disabled populations in the Capital Region.

Make Your Donation

Make your donation online or text ‘GiveTuesNow’ to 76278. Donations are also being accepted by check through May 18. Please send your check to Albany Institute of History & Art, 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY, 12210 with Giving Tuesday in the memo line.

The Albany Institute of History & Art and #GivingTuesdayNow

The Museum Association of New York asserts that New York State museums are losing an estimated $3.5 million per day while they are closed. We estimate that we are losing $20,000 per week during the closure. While the museum’s doors are closed, its staff remains hard at work to engage people on digital platforms in new, and creative ways. Through our Museum at Home initiative, a first in the organization’s 229-year history, families can make connections virtually, access lesson plans, take digital tours of galleries and exhibitions, and experience the therapeutic relief of art.

A message from the museum's Executive Director Tammis Groft:

“Arts and cultural organizations are a critical part of the fabric of any community. At this time of great stress, we are doing what we can to weather this storm, provide connections and resources to our community, and prepare to re-open. Much is uncertain, but we know that we need financial support to survive. On a day like #GivingTuesdayNow, donations of all sizes can come together and make a big difference. And with the committed match from our Board of Trustees those donations will not only go farther than they would at another time, but they will also help the Albany Institute highlight the important work of a front line organization like Community Caregivers that needs financial support as well.”

The Albany Institute of History & Art is happy to partner with Community Caregivers, a local organization that provides critical services to isolated seniors and disabled populations in the Capital Region. During these challenging times, they are making assurance phone calls and hosting weekly telephone support groups. The museum will donate 5.18% of the proceeds of #GivingTuesdayNow to this non-profit offering connection in a time of isolation.

A message from Lee Lounsbury, Executive Director of Community Caregivers, Inc.:

"Unfortunately, many in our communities suffer in the silent grip of isolation. And that is why, for over twenty-five years, our volunteers have been there - reaching out with an assuring phone call, a friendly visit or transportation to an appointment. So now, more than ever before, our frontline experience is playing a critical role in helping vulnerable and isolated individuals remain positive and engaged.”


About GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past eight years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts and everyone has something to give. GivingTuesday strives to build a world in which the catalytic power of generosity is at the heart of the society we build together, unlocking dignity, opportunity and equity around the globe.

#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. It is a chance for communities to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end.

The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and non-profits around the world.

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways during #GivingTuesdayNow, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes, every act of generosity is important. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis.

#GivingTuesdayNow is organized by GivingTuesday, in partnership with its global network of leaders, partners, communities and generous individuals. GivingTuesday is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the