This Thanksgiving NSSA is Grateful to Tyler Fazzari & All Our Generous Supporters

This Thanksgiving NSSA is Grateful to Tyler Fazzari & All Our Generous Supporters

Several years ago we made the acquaintance of a darling young man named Tyler Fazzari. Tyler arrived at NSSA, shortly after celebrating his 10th birthday, to donate almost $1000 that he had raised for us through his organization BirthdayBack. BirthdayBack is dedicated to inspiring people to use their birthdays as an opportunity to give back. It started with Tyler’s desire to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy and has since developed into something much greater. Since starting the organization, Tyler and BirthdayBack have raised over $50,000 for various local organizations!

In recognition of his generous achievements, we nominated him for the “Leader of Tomorrow” honor at Long Island’s Association for Fundraising Professional’s Annual Philanthropy Day. We were so pleased and proud to hear that he would be the recipient of the award!


We would like to share Tyler’s good news and to say THANK YOU again for all that he has done for NSSA, and for so many others. We are deeply grateful for Tyler’s friendship.

At this time of year, we remember all the people and organizations that have been a friend to us by making a donation, raising money on our behalf, volunteering at an event, or spreading the word about NSSA and autism awareness. We are so thankful and grateful for the wonderful people who support our organization and mission.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our friends!



Tyler Fazzari has a big heart. When Hurricane Sandy tore through Long Island, forcing his great grandparents out of their home, he wanted to make a difference and created “BirthdayBack.” Instead of gifts, guests were asked to make donations to Long Beach’s East Elementary School. Tyler raised over $20,000, including a donation of a SMART Board. In 2013, Tyler “BirthdayBacked” Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism, raising almost $1,000. In 2014, Tyler invited his entire fifth grade class to support The Wounded Warrior Project. More than 100 kids raised over $3,000 and WWP named Tyler a Student Ambassador. For Tyler’s twelfth birthday, he raised more than $30,000 in much-needed products and monies for The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network).

Way to Go! Tyler Fazzari of Port Washington

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NEWSDAY October 24, 2016 11:37 AM

By Michael R. Ebert

A Port Washington student who uses his birthday as an opportunity to raise money for those in need is being recognized for his generous efforts.

Tyler Fazzari, a seventh-grader at Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School, was selected to receive the 2016 Leaders of Tomorrow Award from the Long Island Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for “making philanthropy an integral part of his life,” the organization said.Since 2012, Tyler has raised nearly $15,000 through his program, called “BirthdayBack,” for various charities, including the Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism, the Wounded Warrior Project and The INN, or Interfaith Nutrition Network. He also received donations of a SMART Board for East Elementary School in Long Beach after superstorm Sandy and about $30,000 of Pharmapack feminine products for The INN.

“My great-grandparents were affected by the storm and I realized I didn’t need birthday gifts,” said Tyler, 12. “I’d rather help other people.” Of the award, he said: “It’s verymeaningful and I feel so happy tobe getting it.”

He is planning a Dec. 4 fundraiser in Port Washington featuring 13 music acts to benefit The De Rosa Foundation in Manhasset, which promotes colon cancer research.
Tyler also plays guitar in his school’s jazz band and is involved in Port Rowing, a community-based rowing program.