Our Mission:Giving Back to Those Less Fortunate with the Help of Our Employees.
Founded in 2007, 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.
The firm contributed $160,000 to charities that focus on social justice or are dedicated to addressing inequality. These donations were made in memory of the 35 colleagues we lost on September 11th. This is the second consecutive year that Alger has donated to these worthy causes.
We also hosted our annual gift drive with the ParentChild+ Program, which provides warm clothes, toys, books and essentials for children in need; we also hosted a separate multi-cultural, ethnically diverse book drive. The books distributed promoted anti-bias and were culturally representative of the families that they serve.
In 2021, Alger hosted a Fitness Challenge where employees chose to walk, run, or ride, with all money raised going to Covenant House New Jersey. CHNJ is the largest provider in the state of services to homeless and at-risk adolescents under the age of 22. In addition to food, shelter, clothing and crisis care, CHNJ provides health care, educational and vocational services. Our employees raised over $5,000 to be matched by Alger.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, we sought to pay tribute to the nurse managers at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. Together Alger and its employees donated $400,000 to pay the outstanding student loan debt of the hospital's nurse managers.
13Years ProvidingHoliday Gifts
10Habitat forHumanity Builds
$1.3 millionTotal Firm andEmployee Donations
Established in 2007, the Alger Candlelight Giving Program is managed by Alger’s employees with the goal of creating meaningful volunteer opportunities and enabling the firm to positively engage with the community. Learn about our featured member below.
I joined in 2006.
Since day one of the committee in 2007 when Dan Chung chose the original group.
Seeing how far we’ve come in terms of volunteerism and charitable giving since the committee began. I’m lucky and grateful to have been a part of it for so long.
The Women’s Build with Habitat for Humanity has always been such a great event. It allows the women of Alger to come together and really make a difference. One year comes to mind specifically when we put up drywall for several rooms in an apartment complex that was newly built. Low-income single women were given the opportunity to move into the complex, so it was a real “feel good” project.
The one nearest and dearest to my heart is the local shelter in my town, The Hoboken Shelter, which serves thousands of meals per day. I’m from the area originally so I have volunteered serving meals to local Hoboken residents since high school. Hoboken is only a mile square, so the homeless residents are often people I see on a daily basis. It’s nice to help out when I can.
I’ve been doing yoga for 20 years and have been teaching it for almost ten. Pre-pandemic, I taught an early morning class at 6:30 a.m. for commuters. Now that in-person classes are hard to come by, I’ve been focusing on yoga at home and learning how to “Peloton” better.
Alger has partnered with over 300 charitable organizations throughout the years. Here are some featured organizations:
Beginning in 2019, we partnered with GrowNYC, whose mission (since 1970) is to improve New York City's quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
Since 2019, we have partnered with ParentChild+, an organization that uses education to break the cycle of poverty for low-income families. Since 1979, they have worked to help toddlers, parents, and family child care providers access a path to possibility.
Since 2015, we have partnered with Habitat NYC and Westchester to assist in a number of construction and critical home repair projects, from post-Sandy recovery in Coney Island to a portfolio of single-family homes in Queens.
One of the ways Alger honors those we lost on September 11 is through the commemorative “Candles” artwork displayed in our office, which reminds us not only of the individuals we have lost but also the causes they and we are committed to.
- Dan Chung