The Hudson County Chamber Foundation is a 501(c)3, charitable nonprofit, organization founded in 2018 to assist the Hudson County Chamber of Commerce in advancing its mission to be the leading resource for driving economic growth—providing education, advocacy and access to our members within and throughout each community in Hudson County.
The economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit many sectors of our communities hard. Among those hit the hardest are locally owned restuarants and eateries. Eating out was among the first of many economic activities severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whether it was a family celebration, a wedding proposal, a baby shower, your most important client lunch or dinner ever, a first date or it's the restaurant where you regularly unwind with good food and drink, we all have a story to tell, a memory to cherish when it comes to our favorite restaurant and eateries. This sector, a vital part of the local ecosystem in Hudson County, our communities, and our very lives, continues to be severely impacted by the many limitations social distancing requires.
That's why we have partneres with HudsonImpact! to launch this relief fundraising campaign called Love Your Local, to raise funds to support restaurants and food eateries, like our favorite coffee shops, delis, bakeries, and on and on.
Funds raised through this campaign will support micro-grants to locally-owned restaurants and eateries in Hudson County to assist these businesses with the additional costs imposed by COVID-19 safety guidelines. We will also use funds raised to purchase gift cards that will be used as prizes that we can award to individual donors who support the third annual #HudsonGives on May 13, 2021.
#HudsonGives is a 24-hour, online giving day just for Hudson County. Organized through a centralized giving site, www.hudsongives.org, it is a way to amplify the messaging, visibility, and fundraising of the nonprofit sector.
We hosted our first-ever #HudsonGives, and the first major initiative of the Hudson Chamber Foundation, on May 17, 2019 and partnered with 80 nonprofits to raise $127,097 by engaging 1,207 donors from the wider community. We did it again in 2020, and raised $342,256 by partnering with 76 nonprofits and engaging 2,620 donors.
Join us for a day of community! #HudsonGives 2021 takes place on Thursday, May 13, 2021. Eligible nonprofits serving Hudson County are invited to register to participate in our second-ever day of giving! Registration opens January 25 and closes on April 9, 2021.