Brooklyn Public Library relies on the support of corporate partners to meet the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the borough’s 2.6 million residents.
Brooklyn Public Library’s role in the community is to nurture and encourage all Brooklynites to fulfill their potential by providing them with free resources and opportunities to pursue their educational objectives, realize their potential and grow their businesses. Brooklyn Public Library reaches millions of Brooklynites each year through a diverse range of public programs, events and classes that offer unique sponsorship and employee engagement opportunities. Whether you are interested in providing capital support, underwriting a specific program, forming a corporate team for Bike the Branches or attending our annual gala, corporate partners receive a range benefits that can be tailored to meet your company’s unique goals and interests while providing critical support for the library.
Whether you are a longstanding corporate partner or you are considering joining BPL for the first time, we look forward to working with you.
BPL hosts several benefits and large scale events each year that are excellent opportunities for visibility, employee engagement and client entertainment while also supporting the vital work of one of Brooklyn’s most important institutions.
The Annual Gala, held each spring, is the Library’s largest fundraiser of the year. The event celebrates the extraordinary contributions of individuals and corporate partners. More than 450 guests attend an evening of conversation, dinner and dancing at Weylin, the historic Williamsburgh Savings Bank, and raise significant funds to support BPL’s work.
Bike the Branches is BPL’s signature community event each May. Thousands of participants, including many corporate teams, bike to BPL’s network of 60 branches to discover Brooklyn in an exciting new way and support the library. BPL hosts hundreds of free borough-wide “homecoming events” and a Central Library block party and awards ceremony.
The Brooklyn Classic, hosted by the Brooklyn Eagles, celebrates Brooklyn’s lively literary scene. Held in October, the even includes the awards presentation for the Brooklyn Eagles Literary Prize, followed by cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dancing at the historic, stunningly renovated Park Slope Library branch with more than 300 library supporters.
A Night of Philosophy and Ideas is Brooklyn Public Library’s newest large-scale event, an all-night marathon of philosophical debate, performances, screenings, readings, and music in January at Central Library. More than 7,000 attendees attend this free, 12-hour exchange of ideas featuring top philosophers from around the world.
BPL hosts more than 64,000 public programs each year including after-school tutoring and adult classes, author readings, outdoor festivals, film screenings, visual art exhibitions, music, dance, and theater performances, and business and entrepreneurial forums. Our program funders enjoy benefits such as naming rights, speaking opportunities, logo placement, invitations to exclusive events, and opportunities for employee volunteerism. Corporate support helps underwrite many public programs including:
Summer Reading is BPL’s signature program to promote reading and prevent “summer slide,” the loss of children’s academic skills during the summer months. BPL hosts 13,000 programs over the summer with more than 200,000 attendees.
Now in its fourteenth year, PowerUP! is Brooklyn’s biggest public competition for entrepreneurs and their local start-ups, as well as a model for libraries and local community organizations nationally. This innovative program empowers individuals to learn how to start a business by providing them with free educational classes and business counseling, by showing them how to apply the use of library resources to their nascent business plans and by offering seed funding to the most promising enterprises.
T4, BPL's highly successful teen internship program, provides Brooklyn youth ages 14-18 with hands-on technology training and meaningful volunteer experiences as an introduction to the information technology field and to enhance library services for the public through technical assistance and teen-led programming.
Brooklyn Public Library is currently engaged in several exciting large-scale capital projects including the Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center [link and open in new window] and a permanent home for the Business & Career Center at Central Library. Children’s areas and meeting rooms at the library’s 60 branches are often updated. Naming and other recognition opportunities are available for these and other capital projects throughout the borough.
BPL welcomes many kinds of in-kind donations including technology and furniture as well as refreshments, promotional/media support and in-kind printing services.
The mission of the volunteer program at BPL is to enhance public service through the engagement of diverse and dedicated volunteers. Corporate volunteerism [link to corporate volunteer page] provides opportunities for team building, to give back to the community and to fulfill Corporate Social Responsibility objectives. Volunteering at BPL is a great way for your employees, clients, colleagues and their families to contribute their unique talents, skills and knowledge and assist staff. Volunteers provide personalized attention to patrons, support library initiatives through public programming and events, and share information about the library.
Fiscal Year 2016-17 Corporate Supporters (as of March 31, 2017)
We are deeply grateful to our corporate partners at every level who make it possible for Brooklyn Public Library to continue offering essential services to Brooklynites.
- Altice USA (formerly Cablevision)
- Amazon.com, Inc.
- Apple Bank
- Astoria Bank
- Baker & Taylor
- Baumrind & Baumrind
- Bay Ridge Honda
- Beatty Harvey Coco Architects, LLP
- BerlinRosen Public Affairs
- BET Networks
- Bloomberg Philanthropies
- Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
- Brompton Bicycle
- Brown Harris Stevens
- Brunswick Group
- Cantor Fitzgerald/BGC Partners
- Charter Communications (Formerly Time Warner Cable)
- Citi Foundation
- Con Edison
- Cosentini Associates
- Crystal & Company
- Daly Gonzalez
- Dime Community Bank
- Disney Publishing Worldwide
- Doul Construction Corp.
- East Church Avenue Business Association, Inc.
- EBSCO Information Services
- EisnerAmper LLP
- Enterprise Lighting Sales Corp.
- ESP Performing Arts Center
- First Data Corporation
- Forest City Ratner Companies
- GNYHA Ventures, Inc.
- Goldman Sachs
- Google Inc.
- Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP
- HarperCollins Children’s Books
- Hudson Companies
- Industry City
- Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
- Investors Bank
- Jackson Lewis P.C.
- Jenner & Block, LLP
- JRM Construction Management, LLC.
- Macy’s Backstage – Sheepshead Bay
- Maimonides Medical Center
- Marble Fairbanks Architects
- Marvel Architects PLLC
- Medco Electrical Contracting, Inc.
- "Midwest Tape
- Nasdaq, Inc."
- National Grid
- National Grid Foundation
- NSP Enterprises, Inc.
- OverDrive Inc.
- Penguin Random House
- Pharos Systems International Inc.
- Red Hook Winery
- Ridgewood Savings Bank
- Rockefeller & Co., Inc.
- Sentrum Marketing, LLC
- Sheep Shore Realty Corp.
- Sixpoint Brewery
- St. Francis College
- Stop & Stor Charitable Fund
- The Brooklyn Montessori Ltd
- The Durst Organization, L.P.
- The Grainger Foundation
- The LiRo Group
- Tiller, LLC
- Toshiko Mori Architect PLLC
- Two Trees Management Co., LLC
- U3 Advisors
- United Community Centers, Inc.
- Venable LLP
- VVA Project Managers and Consultants
- Westerman Construction
- Whole Foods Market
- William Morris Endeavor Entertainment
- XAC Automation Corporation
- Yelp Foundation
- Yoswein New York