Passing on the philanthropic tradition and keeping donors engaged

Tucked into neighborhoods across New York City, there are over 750 community gardens on city-owned land. With little cash and lots of volunteer muscle, gardeners have converted litter-strewn empty lots into serene places for growing vegetables and flowers. Many are located in low-income communities with little nearby green and open space. Gardens often displace drug dealers and provide children with a safe place to play. And gardens are often informal community centers-hosting cultural events, providing a place for neighbors to come together, and serving as outdoor classrooms for local schools.