The Brooklyn Challenge

With Independence Day upon us, we are inspired by our remembrance of the Battle of Brooklyn, and the valor and courage of those who sacrificed everything in their pursuit of independence. Our challenge today – building a new community foundation for Brooklyn - clearly does not compare with the challenge of building a new nation. But, like our forebears, it is inspired by a passion for social and economic independence and justice. When we first launched in October 2009, we challenged ourselves to build a sustainable new civic and charitable institution to improve the lives of people in Brooklyn. We challenged ourselves to serve as champions of the nonprofit community; we challenged our grantee partners to continue and build upon their important work, and we challenged—and invited—Brooklynites and those who love Brooklyn to join us in our efforts to Do Good Right Here.

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