Giving Matters: News from the Brooklyn Community Foundation
East Brooklyn, bordering Queens, is increasingly home to new Americans. More than 75,000 residents of the neighborhoods of Cypress Hills, City Line, and East New York were born in another country. They’re here to work, raise their children, and find opportunity. But for many, their first challenge is finding help.
This year, as part of Brooklyn Insights, we had the pleasure of working alongside seven young people who filled us with hope and excitement about Brooklyn’s future.
Setting up a Donor Advised Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation—rather than at a commercial gift fund (such as Fidelity or Vanguard)—serves both our donors and the place they call home. As a community foundation, we partner with donors, nonprofits, and community leaders to help Brooklyn thrive now and into the future. We are a nimble and highly personal team, dedicated to our communities.
Through Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Donor Advised Fund (DAF) Program, you can receive an immediate 2014 tax deduction while taking your time to decide where to give—all in partnership with your community foundation.
In every neighborhood across Brooklyn, residents are stepping up to make a difference for their communities. Together with donors to our Community Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation is here to be the spark that ignites their work.
Today is a day for giving globally, but sometimes the needs in our very own community can go unnoticed.
Since we released the findings from Brooklyn Insights last month, we’ve been overwhelmed by both the local and national response to our boroughwide community engagement effort.
Today, we are thrilled to release the Final Report from our Brooklyn Insights community engagement project, alongside a bold new vision for our work.
Dear Friends: It has been a little over a year since I joined Brooklyn Community Foundation as its second President and CEO, and what a year it’s been! Since last September, the Foundation has been on a wonderful journey of exploration and transformation. And I personally have had the pleasure and privilege of constant learning about Brooklyn—a place I’ve called home for 25 years—and the role we can play.
Foundation Launches Partnership with City Council’s Brooklyn Delegation
We're heading to Crown Heights! Reach us at our new address starting September 5th.
Here in two parts we present the final Stories of Brooklyn Insights.
In less than five years, Brooklyn Community Foundation has impacted nearly every corner of our borough—from funding a recovery coalition in Gerritsen Beach to sustaining job training programs in Gowanus and helping emerging artists perform in Greenpoint. Through hundreds of grants, we’ve built countless partnerships with residents, activists, civic leaders, foundations, and donors. Next month, we will take our work to a new level based upon the results of our ambitious Brooklyn Insights project launched last January.
We're giving away dozens of pieces of furniture that we can't take with us to our new office!
We are pleased to announce that Brooklyn Community Foundation fund holders directed over $200,000 in grants—more than 90% going to Brooklyn nonprofits—during the first half of 2014, marking a tenfold increase over the same period last year.
Our fourth installment of Stories of Brooklyn Insights features the growing Bangladeshi community in East New York and one local leader's efforts to help immigrant families navigate their new home while building bonds across cultures with their fellow Brooklynites.
The latest news from Brooklyn Community Foundation
Through our Neighborhood Dialogues in East New York, we've met with over 100 residents—gardeners, grandparents, students, artists and activists—commited to building local strength in a community facing many challenges, but rich with opportunity. In the third installment of Stories of Brooklyn Insights, we're sharing the voices of ARTs East New York, a storefront gallery and neighborhood hub using the arts to create community-led change.
Over 600 Brooklynites have participated in Brooklyn Insights since we launched in January, each with their own unique Brooklyn story—and we want to share a few of them with you. Visit BrooklynInsights.org for the first of these stories, featuring Abdu Rodney, a 20-year-old Boerum Hill resident whom we met in our Young Men’s Roundtable.
This week, The Chronicle of Philanthropy highlights the Foundation’s latest initiative in a story on the emerging trend of foundations utilizing community engagement strategies in order to increase the impact of foundations' work.