News from the Brooklyn Community Foundation
Last week, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy announced Brooklyn Community Foundation as a recipient of its 2015 Impact Award! We are one of just five foundation winners nationwide, and the only community foundation to be recognized. Thanks to all who participated in Brooklyn Insights for elevating our efforts to the national stage!
Today, we’re thrilled to share that Brooklyn Community Foundation will receive the 2015 Impact Award from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).
We are grateful to the young artists of Groundswell for envisioning and creating the beautiful mural that now graces the walls of our Community Room! With imagery that captures our new mission and vision for Brooklyn, the vibrant mural will bring energy to meetings and community conversations in the space for years to come.
Last week, we launched Brooklyn Accelerator, a unique component of our new community impact strategy. Among its many functions, the Accelerator will aim to connect community-based nonprofits to new donors and board members and provide training and technical assistance to nonprofits.
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.