Our Fundraising Efforts

We are delighted to announce we achieved the milestone of raising $40,000 to save the Crease Street Garden, triggering the $40,000 challenge grant from the Penn Treaty Special Services District. We started this fundraiser in the spring not knowing what to expect. While hopeful, the task of raising over $40,000 was quite daunting to this very small group of volunteers. But here we are in November – over 375 people have contributed to our efforts with donations ranging from $5-$1,500. This is a true and incredible testament to the generosity and goodwill of our community. While we have a bit further to go until we reach out ultimate goal of $100,000, we would like to express our sincerest gratitude to each and every one of your for your support. Thank you so much for helping us get one step closer to securing the Garden as a permanent green space for our community!

The Crease Street Garden was born 10 years ago when neighbors came together to clear an overgrown, abandoned lot that was inviting crime. It has since grown into a vital community garden. Open to all, it is now public space where we join together and continue to build and nurture our neighborhood.  

As Fishtown is rapidly being developed, the garden is now threatened. Our only hope to keep this precious gem as permanent green space is to purchase it. To achieve this, we have joined in partnership with the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, a recognized leader in Urban Land Preservation. NGT will be supporting us in securing government grants for the bulk of the purchase price, but we still need to raise about $100,000 by the end of 2021.

Can you help? 

If you give now your donation will double! The Penn Treaty Special Services District has awarded us a challenge grant. They will match every dollar of the first $40,000 we raise!

The garden is an important green space for all to enjoy, and this will make it a permanent part of the Fishtown neighborhood. We look forward to enjoying the Garden together for many years to come!

Please visit our GoFund Me page to make a donation to help us SAVE THE GARDEN!

If you would like to receive information about other fundraising efforts and/or updates about the garden, please email us at or fill out the message form on our contact page.

Below you can view our purpose statement, the full details of the fundraiser and how all of the funds will be used, the PTSSD Grant, and endorsements from our neighbors!

The official registration and financial information of Friends of the Crease Street Garden may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania,
1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement. 

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