Foundation Overview

Inspiring local giving that supports and ignites community-led change in Brooklyn. 

Brooklyn Community Foundation is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community. 

The Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership programs are informed by a long track record of philanthropic excellence. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided over $20 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits throughout the borough, bolstering vital programs and services while responding to urgent community needs and opportunities to fuel community-led change. 

As New York City’s largest and fastest growing borough, Brooklyn is a center of vibrant culture, political power, and economic growth and innovation. Yet for all of the benefits of Brooklyn’s prosperity, nearly half of all residents live in or on the verge of poverty, setting up a defining challenge for the borough’s first community foundation. 

Connecting Assets with Need

The Foundation serves as an important bridge and voice between Brooklyn’s rapidly expanding base of wealth and commerce, and its communities in need. 

Cecilia Clarke joined the Foundation as its second President & CEO in Fall 2013. Under Cecilia's leadership, the Foundation has launched a set of initiatives that will foster a new vision and strategic direction: 

Brooklyn Insights: A six month community engagement project bringing together leaders and advocates across disciplines to discuss pressing needs of our communities and strategies for collective action.  Results of this initiative will guide the Foundation’s new grantmaking and community leadership strategies which will launch in early Fall 2014.

Donor Advised Funds: In addition to annual fundraising that supports the Foundation’s Community Fund, the Foundation is launching a new donor advised fund program and Professional Advisory Network to better serve families and donors and to stimulate philanthropy in the borough.

Leadership Groups: New donor groups include Brooklyn Now, a leadership council of young professional ages 25 to 40, and a women’s giving circle, slated to launch this fall.


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