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January 09, 2015

N.Y. Festival Nonprofit Beefs Up Giving

The organization that runs the Feast of San Gennaro in New York's Little Italy announced Wednesday that it gave $149,500 to charity last year, a hefty boost from recent years when little or no proceeds from the popular street festival were donated, writes the New York Daily News.

The newspaper reported in September that the nonprofit Figli di San Gennaro, which puts on the annual feast, gave away less than 5 percent of some $4.4-million in revenue from 2007 through 2012. The organization acknowledged Wednesday that it also made no charity contributions after the 2013 event but said it has now donated $72,500 raised that year and $77,000 from 2014.

Figli has said in the past that almost all of its revenue, which comes mostly from charging rent to vendors, goes into putting on the festival. The group did not say how much it earned from the 2013 and '14 events but said the recent donations support churches, Catholic schools, and community groups serving children and seniors.