Our Mission

We ignite growth in community-based programs to expand opportunities for the young people of New York City.

Our Values

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Our History

We are SparkYouth.

SparkYouth NYC (formerly The Catalog for Giving) was founded in 1994 by Sally Berg and Barbara Kronman, inspired by the idea that donors would like to support the best emerging youth-development programs in NYC—local organizations that are transforming young lives. Over the years SparkYouth has funded and provided technical support to more than 75 emerging programs, which in turn have served thousands of young people with programming in arts, sports, academics, mentoring, technology and more.

Every three years we scour the City to unearth small organizations that have the potential to grow and serve more children for years to come. We believe that providing support, both financial and operational, is key to encouraging expansion and sustainability. We choose wisely, monitor carefully and guide thoughtfully, all with an aim to closing the opportunity gap for NYC children from under-resourced communities.