About Candlelight​​



​Founded in 2​00​7, the Alger Candlelight Giving Committee is an employee-supported program with the mission of giving back to the community and those less fortunate. Our employees proudly support numerous charities and non-profit organizations through donations and active volunteering. The Committee was founded with the goal of creating worthwhile and meaningful volunteer experiences for employees. We also encourage employees to donate to personal causes of their choosing through Alger’s Matching Program.

Since 2015, we have partnered with Habitat for Humanity® to assist with building new homes for deserving families, from post-Sandy recovery in Coney Island to building a condo complex from the ground up in Queens.

​In 2019, we created a partnership with the ParentChild+​ Program, whose mission is to see that every child enters school ready to succeed. This focus on education will prevail throughout the year as we continue to find ways to make a difference in the community around us.


Charitable O​rganizations​​

View list of charitable events

Employees have participated in, donated to and had a helping hand in many events throughout the tri-state area​

  • ​Sponsored "Alger Science Fun" at P.S. 63 on the Lower East Side for an under-served NYC public school
  • Sponsored a clothing event at Baby Buggy for children in women's shelters in NYC
  • Sponsored a "Bike Assembling Event" for children in need during the holidays
  • Sponsored several "Casual Monday Charitable Blues" to raise money for an employee's personal choice of charity
  • Sponsored several "Chances for Charity" raffles to raise money for an employee's personal choice of charity
  • Sponsored "Alger MiniOlympics" at Chelsea Piers for an under-served public school in Brooklyn, NY
  • Sponsored regular Food Drives with City Harvest, raising over 2,000 pounds of food for NYC's homeless
  • Sponsored "Kids Zone Night" at the Father's Heart Ministries, a homeless shelter on the Lower East Side
  • Sponsored several successful blood drives in New York and New Jersey using the Gregory Wachtler Bloodmobile, a 9/11 Memorial
  • Sponsored "Vertical Express" event for The Huega Center for Multiple Sclerosis for the past several years
  • Sponsored Central Park tours with senior citizens at Lott Assisted Living in Upper Manhattan
  • Sponsored employees who participated in the Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" and "Avon Walk for Breast Cancer"
  • Sponsored "Tyler's Court"​ in Springfield, MA in coordination with the Tyler Ugolyn Foundation, which was recognized by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Sponsored four "Central Park Zoo Tours" with PS 375 kindergarten students, the Encarnacion School 3rd graders, and PS184M, and PS52K
  • Sponsored firm-wide fundraising and matching events for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Oklahoma tornadoes, Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillippines, and the Nepal earthquake
  • Sponsored Alger’s First Annual Charity Bingo game, with winnings benefiting ​St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital
  • ​Participated in the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge for the past nine years
  • Donated used sneakers through "Share Your Soles" which provides footwear to Third World Countries
  • Participated in several annual "Run for Rose" races on Fire Island, NY, benefiting the American Brain Tumor Association and the Rose DiGangi Foundation
  • Worked with New York Cares and their Winter Wishes Program for the past nine years, answering letters from children in all boroughs of New York and providing holiday gifts to those who would otherwise not be receiving gifts during the holidays
  • Partnered with the New York Restoration Project and planted trees in East New York, Brooklyn for Earth Day 2011: planted trees in Queens for Earth Day 2012, beautified the 211th Street Community Gardens in the Bronx for Earth Day 2013; planted trees and restored gardens in Brooklyn for Earth Day 2014, and in 2015, helped plant trees and clean up Sherman Creek Park​
  • Partnered with Dress for Success and Career Gear on an annual basis and have collected over 700 items of business clothing from both the New York and New Jersey Offices
  • During Reading is Fundamental Week, collected over 150 books which were distributed to various children's and adult facilities, including homeless shelters, daycare and community centers, public schools, and after-school programs
  • Held annual Bowling for Charity tournaments at Bowlmor Lanes. All proceeds were donated to the winning team's charity of choice. In 2010, proceeds went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, in 2011 to Aids United, in 2012 to American Patriot Heroes Fund, in 2013, 2014, and 2015 to Rose DiGangi Foundation and Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, in 2016, to City Harvest, and in 2017 to Doctors Without Borders
  • Donated several hundred backpacks over the past four years, filled with essential school supplies to Senator Joseph Vitale's (NJ) office, who works in conjunction with Foster and Adoptive Family Services Foundation, and several other worthy school districts
  • Partnered with VOICES of September 11th (“VOICES”) to commemorate the life of every Alger employee lost on 9/11 and document the stories of employees who survived
  • Held "Operation Military Giving", where employees packaged and shipped 75 boxes, filled with food, snacks, magazines, games, etc. to U.S. military troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan during the holidays (December)
  • Donated $350 to the New York City Coalition Against Hunger as part of a year-long initiative of tracking all food deliveries to Alger
  • Volunteered at Covenant House, a non-profit organization that helps homeless youth in NYC, by sorting through a variety of donations the House receives daily​
  • Participated in Hands on New York Day, in collaboration with New York Cares, planting trees and greenery at the Harlem Rose Garden
  • Volunteered at Animal Haven, a no-kill animal shelter in Soho, in 2011, 2012 and 2014, socializing cats and walking dogs; and in 2013, with the The Humane Society in New York City socializing and bathing dogs and playing with puppies
  • Held Alger Game Night at the Kateri Residence, an assisted living facility for the elderly on NY's Upper West Side
  • ​Held "New Eyes for the Needy" events to collect used eyewear for those in need
  • Held three annual Halloween events at Alger offices, inviting NYC schoolchildren to dress up and enjoy a day of games​
  • Held a teambuilding event at Alger's offices in December 2012 for Hurricane Sandy relief, packaging over 350 kits for Sandy victims in NY and NJ; partnered with New York Cares
  • Partnered with Rebuilding Together to help renovate and restore a women’s home in Jersey City, NJ in April 2013
  • Participated with Habitat for Humanity for a home building project in Charleston, SC, in October 2013, a post-Hurricane Sandy home restoration project in Coney Island, NY in April 2015, a "Brush with Kindness" painting project in Manhattanville in 2016, and Dean Street, Brooklyn in 2017
  • Partnered annually since 2014 with City Harvest as part of their "Skip Lunch Fight Hunger" campaign that asks New Yorkers to donate what they would normally spend on lunch to help feed hungry children and their families during the summer
  • Held several Easter Basket Making Team Building events, donating over 300 baskets to local shelters in the Bronx, Harlem, and Jersey City, NJ
  • Created "Spring into Jeans" Mondays, a weekly fundraiser which raised over $2,300, which was donated to Catholic Relief Society and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy
  • Held several team building events for National Senior Citizens Month, donating over 200 care packages to a local nursing home in New York City 
  • Created the "Change for Change" initiative, collecting employee's spare change to be donated to a worthy charity once the container fills
  • In 2017, Alger began the "Donations for Denim" initiative, raising funds by encouraging employees to wear jeans. During the year, donations will be made to American Heart Association, Autism Cares Foundation, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, City Harvest, Susan G. Komen Foundation,and The Nature Conservancy
  • Held Alger's first "Women's Build" Habitat for Humanity event in May 2017, bringing together over 20 Alger women for a day of biulding and team-building in Brooklyn.  Groundbreaking on the apartment complex is scheduled for December 2017
  • ​Partnered with the Parent-Child Home Program​ and donated over 55 gifts to 2-3 year olds to be used as part of an education initiative

View list of charitable organizations Alger has partnered with​​

We've supported over 200 charitable organizations throughout the years​​​

  • 9/11 Memorial 5K
  • A Midwinter Night's Dream
  • A Room to Grow
  • Accion International
  • Achieve Foundation
  • Achiezer
  • ​AHRC New York City
  • AIDS United
  • Alger 9/11 Memorial Fund
  • ALS Association
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • American Brain Tumor Association
  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Americares
  • Amigos de Jesus Orphanage
  • AMIT Children
  • Animal Haven
  • Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund
  • ASPCA
  • Autism Cares
  • Autism Society of America
  • Autism Society of Nebraska
  • Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
  • Bachmann Strauss Dystonia-Parkinson's Foundation
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morris/Bergen
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters SE Pennsylvania
  • BlinkNow
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music​
  • Care
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Central Queens Academy Charter School (CQA)
  • Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • Child Study Center Foundation
  • Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
  • Children's Tumor Foundation
  • Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation Limited
  • City Harvest
  • Clinton Foundation/Haiti Relief Fund
  • Coalition for the Homeless
  • Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation
  • Community Food Bank of NJ
  • Concerned Parents Association of PS 16
  • Consano
  • Covenant House
  • Cure Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Dan and Virginia Carreno Family Foundation
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute/The Jimmy Fund
  • Diller-Quaile School of Music
  • Direct Relief
  • Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust
  • Doctors Without Borders
  • Double Angel Foundation
  • ​Down the Block​
  • EMPower
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York
  • Episcopal Relief & Development
  • Expect Miracles Foundation
  • Fabretto
  • Families of SMA
  • Family Care International
  • Fearless Angel Project
  • Feed Foundation - World Fund Programme School - Feeding for Haiti
  • Feed the Children
  • First Friends of NY & NJ
  • First Graduate
  • Fisher House
  • Food Bank for New York City
  • Food for the Poor, Inc.
  • Fort Greene Association​
  • Fort Greene Park Conservancy Inc.
  • Fresh Air Fund
  • Friends of St. Malachy// Run for Johanna
  • FSH Society
  • Fund for the City of New York/Day One​
  • GBPLF One America Appeal
  • Give to the World
  • Giving Project
  • Global Giving
  • Glorious - Kate Carey's Classroom Campaign
  • Go the Distance - For Autism
  • God's Love We Deliver
  • Grateful Nation
  • Greater Newark Holiday Fund
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Haiti Mission, Inc.
  • Harvey Cedars Beach Club
  • Heart of Florida United Way
  • Hetrick-Martin Institute
  • High Point Volunteer Fire Department
  • High Water Women Foundation
  • Hispanic Federation
  • Hoboken Shelter
  • Hope for New York
  • Houston Food Bank
  • Houston Humane Society
  • Huntington's Disease Society of America
  • In the Pink - YWCA Princeton
  • JDRF
  • Jersey Cares
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Houston
  • Jewish Federation of Middlesex County
  • Johnny Mac Tennis Project
  • ​JP Morgan Corporate Challenge
  • Jubilee Center
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Kasina Youth Foundation
  • Kipp:MA
  • Komen NYC Race for a Cure
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Lexiebean Foundation
  • LGBT Community Center
  • Limbs for Kids
  • Livestrong Challenge Team
  • Long Island Cares, Inc.
  • Lupus Foundation of America
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Manhattan Children's Center
  • March of Dimes
  • Masakhane Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City
  • MDA
  • Meals on Wheels America
  • Melanoma Foundation of New England
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center​
  • Mercy Corps
  • ​Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges, Inc.
  • Michael J. Fox Foundation
  • Millay Colony for the Arts
  • Miracle Netwowk - Dance Marathon
  • Movember Foundation
  • Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
  • Nassau County Police Activity League
  • National Foundation for Cancer Research
  • National Kidney Foundation
  • National MS Society
  • National Park Foundation
  • Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Nepal Red Cross Society
  • Network for Good
  • New Jersey Audobon
  • New Jersey Relief Fund
  • New Jersey Sharing Network
  • New York Asian Women's Center
  • New York Cares
  • New York Restoration Project
  • New York-Presbyterian Fund Inc.​
  • Newark Public Radio
  • Newark Renaissance House
  • ​NJ Audobon
  • NJ Boxer Rescue
  • North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System Foundation
  • Norwich Bulletin Tommy Toy Fund
  • Oasis - A Haven for Women & Children
  • OCC Norwell
  • Oklahoma Tornado - Matching
  • OneStar Foundation
  • Open Arms for Children
  • Operation Military Giving
  • Ovarian Cycle Inc.
  • Pan African Sanctuary Alliance
  • Pan Mass Challenge
  • Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
  • ParentChild+
  • Pete Frates #3 Fund
  • Philabundance
  • PlayPumps International
  • Port Reading Saints
  • Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • PS 150 (Fund for Public Schools)
  • Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund
  • Rebuild Texas Fund
  • Rebuilding Together
  • Relay for Life - American Cancer Center
  • Riley Children's Hospital
  • Ripa Ladrang Foundation - Pure Water Project
  • Robin Hood Relief Fund
  • Rose DiGangi Foundation
  • Run for Johanna Sigmund
  • Salvation Army
  • Save Darfur Coalition
  • Save the Children
  • Shannon Daley Memorial Fund
  • Share Your Soles
  • Shriner's Hospital for Children
  • Shulamoth School for Girls
  • Skip Lunch Fight Hunger Match
  • St. Baldrick's Foundation
  • St. Barnabas Medical Center Foundation - 12th Annual Miracle Walk
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society Food Pantry
  • Students Bridging the Information Gap
  • Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation
  • Team Continuum
  • The Jimmy Fund
  • ​The Nature Conservancy
  • UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey
  • UNCF
  • UNICEF
  • United Way of Greater Houston
  • United Way of Southeast Louisiana
  • Walk Now for Autism
  • WBGO
  • We Players
  • Whitman-Walker Health
  • Wilderness Society
  • World Food Programme, United Nations
  • World Fund
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Wounded Warrior Project
  • WTC Run to Remember (Mike Tamuccio)
  • Yachad
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