We are proud to support global charities serving underprivileged communities, fighting for animal and environmental conservation, standing up to racial injustice, and on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be donating two dollars from each entry fee to charities currently dealing with these issues, and you can choose where that donation goes on the registration form.  The current charities we are donating to are listed below. If you would like to recommend a charity for future competitions, please email us at feedback@nycmidnight.com.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to everyone on the front lines of these crises!



Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) Global Recovery Fund - The CDP regularly monitors the status of disasters internationally, including the global COVID-19 outbreak, the massive fires in Australia and in the Amazon rainforest; the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo; the far-reaching Venezuelan refugee crisis; the destructive impacts of Tropical Cyclone Idai; and the world’s largest humanitarian disaster in Yemen. The CDP Global Recovery Fund is exclusively for international disasters and allows donors to earmark contributions to meet specific philanthropic goals for any global crisis to support medium- to long-term recovery work.


Color of Change - Color of Change leads campaigns that build real power for Black communities. We challenge injustice, hold corporate and political leaders accountable, commission game-changing research on systems of inequality, and advance solutions for racial justice that can transform our world.


Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) - MSF is an independent, global movement providing medical aid where it’s needed most. Teams are responding on multiple fronts, including caring for patients, offering education and mental health support, and providing training for infection control measures in health facilities. MSF works with local authorities in many countries to prepare for the impact of COVID-19.


Natural Resources Defense Council - The Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life - air, land, and water - and to defend endangered natural places. We seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations. We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment.


Save the Children - We champion the rights of the world’s 2.3 billion children. In the U.S. and around the world, Save the Children does whatever it takes — every day and in times of crisis — to ensure children grow up healthy, educated and safe. We are often the first or only child-focused organization working in the hardest-to-reach places, where it’s toughest to be a child.



Receipts for donation amounts will be updated on this page within 10 days after registration closes.











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