Mission and History
Brooklyn Community Foundation improves the lives of people in Brooklyn by strengthening communities through local giving, grantmaking and community service.
Founded in October 2009, the Brooklyn Community Foundation was established to grow local giving and attract new philanthropic resources to New York City's most populous borough, to boost the essential services and innovative programs of its nonprofit community.
The creation of the Brooklyn Community Foundation was led by the board leadership and staff of the Independence Community Foundation, which was the largest private foundation in Brooklyn distributing over $70 million in grants from 1998-2009.
After extensive consultation and research, the ICF Board of Directors elected to transfer its entire endowment to create the Brooklyn Community Foundation, a public charity, and to raise additional funds from all who live in or care about Brooklyn to invest in its future.
Independence Community Foundation's endowment ensures that there are no administrative or fundraising costs to donors of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Every dollar raised supports the work of nonprofits in Brooklyn.