Insights to Impact

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Insights to Impact

July 17, 2018

We urge you to take a moment to explore what Brooklyn’s community foundation is doing to address pressing challenges, support inspiring nonprofits, and spark lasting change for our borough.

January 24, 2018
Sarah Shannon
Chief Operating Officer

The passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in the final weeks of 2017 left many Americans scrambling for advice on how the new legislation will affect what they pay—and what they can deduct—on their federal income taxes. In the past few weeks, a clearer picture has emerged, and it’s one that may be cause for concern for nonprofits around the country. But there are some silver linings.

January 10, 2018
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

The Spark Prize recognizes outstanding pioneering nonprofit organizations rooted in the borough that have demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing racial and social justice.

January 9, 2018
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

In 2017, Brooklyn Community Foundation invested $5.4 million in nonprofit programs through our Community Fund and Donor Advised Fund programs—$1.5 million more than the previous year!

December 15, 2017
Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy
Vice President of Programs

Of the 67 organizations funded through this year's Invest in Youth grant program, we are proud to welcome 13 new grantees to the cohort. We're excited to share highlights of the work we're now supporting thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

December 8, 2017
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

Today marks one year since we launched our Immigrant Rights Fund in partnership with our donors—a $1 million commitment to defending the rights, safety, and stability of Brooklyn’s immigrant communities under the new Presidential administration.

December 1, 2017
Jenny Walski
Director of Individual Giving

For many of us, this has been a year when charitable giving has been top of mind even more so than in past years. But when the world feels unpredictable and the need greater than ever, it's important to give in a way that achieves the greatest impact.

November 30, 2017
Jenny Walski
Director of Individual Giving

Along with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season comes the ever-important consideration around charitable giving. This has been a year when charitable giving has been top of mind more than past years, and continues to be crucial support for affected communities right here in Brooklyn.

November 29, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

We are thrilled to announce this year's #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign has raised over $360,000 in just 24 hours! 

November 21, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy
Brooklyn is out to prove that it’s New York City’s most generous borough this holiday season with #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday, a 24-hour giving day that aims to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local nonprofits.
November 16, 2017
Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy
Vice President of Programs

Building on our commitment to advocacy and our desire to be led by our grantees, we were thrilled when Kesi Foster, f

November 15, 2017
Jenny Walski
Director of Individual Giving

November is the time to focus on planning your year-end giving, and establishing a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at Brooklyn Community Foundation may be the right choice for you. 

November 7, 2017
Jenny Walski
Director of Individual Giving

On Saturday, November 4th, dozens of brawny Brooklynites formed teams to compete for the top spot in CrossFit South Brooklyn’s annual Fight Gone Bad, raising $21,744 to support high-impact initiatives through our Community Fund!

October 24, 2017
Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy
Vice President of Programs

As I approach my two year anniversary as Vice President of Programs here at Brooklyn Community Foundation, I’ve

October 18, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

Yesterday, a federal judge temporarily halted the Trump Administration’s new Muslim Ban 3.0 – the latest in a series of unjust and chaotic policies targeting immigrant communities that includes the recent rescinding of the DACA program.

October 17, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

Today we are thrilled to announce the 20 finalists for our Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits—the only award of its kind to honor local nonprofit changemakers! 

September 21, 2017
Renée Joslyn
Consultant, Reproductive Justice Activists

Brooklyn Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Renée Joslyn as the coordinator for our new Reproductive Justice Activists initiative, supported through our Girls of Color Fund. 

 
September 18, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

On Friday, September 15th, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order barring New York State agencies—including the New York State Police—from asking about a person’s immigration status.

September 11, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

Today we are deploying $50,000 in Immediate Response Grants through our Immigrant Rights Fund to enable advocates here in Brooklyn to fight back and protect our Dreamers.

August 23, 2017
Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

Our summer intern interviews leaders of the Youth Voice Award-winning "No Eye Candy" project, supported by YWCA Brooklyn, to discuss their project.

August 17, 2017
Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Samora Coles, founder and Executive Director of

August 9, 2017
Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy
Vice President of Programs

Today, we are thrilled to announce our new Reproductive Justice Activists (RJA) program along with the opening of the online application for the inaugural cohort. 

August 1, 2017
Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

Youth Advocacy Corps, a member of the Foundation's

July 28, 2017
Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

As a Brooklyn Youth Fellow, I got to see one side of grantmaking by helping in the process of creating, reviewing, and accepting applications for the Youth Voice Awards. Now as a Foundation intern, I get to see another important side of grantmaking: going on site visits to see our grantees programming firsthand, starting with El Puente in Bushwick.

July 13, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

Today we are proud to announce $100,000 in grants to five nonprofits that are expanding or advocating for inclusive public spaces in Crown Heights. The grants were directed by residents of Crown Heights through our Neighborhood Strength model.

July 10, 2017
Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

Global Action Project (GAP)—an Invest in Youth grantee—is an intersectional youth organizing and activism

July 6, 2017
Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

This summer, our Communications Intern Daniel-Joseph Cyan is writing about the Foundation's grantees as he experiences their work first-hand.

June 26, 2017
Casey Perez
2017 Mohbat Prize Winner

Casey Perez, a graduating senior at Benjamin Banneker Academy in Clinton Hill, is the winner of the 2017 Joseph E. Mohbat Prize for Writing in Memory of Verdery Knights. Casey's essay, reprinted here, earned him the award and a $1500 check, which will be presented to him at the 2017 Benjamin Banneker graduation on June 28th. 

June 22, 2017
Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

Daniel-Joseph Cyan is a two-time Brooklyn Youth Fellow joining our Communications team this summer to learn more about storytelling and the work of Brooklyn nonprofits

 
June 21, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

Today, we are proud to announce new grants through our Immigrant Rights Fund, a special initiative created by our donors in the weeks after the 2016 presidential election to build a boroughwide response to unjust government policy changes threatening Brooklyn’s immigrants and their families.

June 8, 2017
Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

On Friday, June 2nd, our Brooklyn Youth Fellows honored the eight winning projects submitted by young people in partnership with local nonprofits, at an event filled with performances, a professional photo-booth, delicious local food, and lots of fun.

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