December News: $2.5M for Brooklyn Youth, New Immigrant Rights Fund Grants, and More

December 13, 2017

$2.5M for Brooklyn Youth  

Today we are pleased to announce 67 new grants for highly innovative and effective programs designed to lift up and support Brooklyn’s most vulnerable youth through our Invest in Youth initiative.

“A more just and equitable future for Brooklyn depends upon investing in young people right now—especially young people of color, whose leadership and voice are critical levers for social change.” 

- Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke

Grants are made in the areas of Youth Leadership, Youth Justice, and Immigrant Youth and Families—providing a critical investment in programs that: 

  • Develop youth leadership through job training, artistic enrichment, environmental education, and community safety, with a focus on girls of color and LGBTQIA youth 
  • Keep young people out of the criminal justice system and provide off-ramps to career opportunities, promote policy change, and foster healing 
  • Empower immigrant youth to be advocates for their families and communities, as well as provide support services and legal protections for undocumented young people 

More than half of the grantees are focused on specific under-resourced Brooklyn neighborhoods, and over a third include advocacy and policy change as a core component of their approach. 

Thank you to our generous donors whose support has made these grants possible, bringing this year's total funding for youth initiatives to nearly $2.5 million!

Advocating for Restorative Justice in Schools 


On our blog, VP of Programs Kaberi Banerjee Murthy writes about a visit by members of the New York City Council to see our Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project in action, which helped to inspire a major $8M investment in school climate reforms.  

Council members including Brad Lander of Brooklyn and Daniel Dromm of Queens joined school staff and coordinators from Partnership with Children at Ebbets Field Middle School to see how we have introduced racially just Restorative Justice practices as an alternative to discriminatory punitive discipline.

The visit was made possible through a special partnership with our Invest in Youth grantee Urban Youth Collaborative. 

Immigrant Rights Fund: New Grants Bring Total Funding to $425,000

Support Includes Immediate Response to Planned Termination of TPS for 60,000 Haitian Immigrants

As we mark the one year anniversary of the launch of our Immigrant Rights Fund, we are awarding five new grants to address immediate and ongoing challenges facing our immigrant communities. 

To date, we have distributed $425,000 to 30 organizations as part of our $1 million commitment to defending the rights, safety, and stability of Brooklyn’s immigrant communities under the new Presidential administration. 

New funding includes an Immediate Response grant for Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees following the announced ending of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 60,000 Haitians in 2019, as well as Sustained Response grants for:

  • Churches United for Fair Housing for legal aid, organizing, social supports, and sanctuary planning for undocumented immigrants 
  • Emma’s Torch to provide a culinary workforce development program for refugees

  • Queer Detainee Empowerment Project for advocacy, legal assistance, and representation for queer immigrant detainees

  • Womankind for direct services and advocacy for immigrant survivors of domestic violence in Sunset Park

The Joys—and Challenges—of Year-End Giving

Along with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season comes the ever-important consideration around charitable giving. 

With so many options, issue areas, and ways to donate, it may seem a little overwhelming—but donating to amazing causes shouldn’t be a chore. It should be simple and rewarding.
On our blog, Director of Individual Giving Jenny Walski shares her tips and advice, including valuable tax-saving tools, for making the most of your year-end giving in Brooklyn and beyond.

Deadlines for Year-End Giving 

Act now to ensure that your gift will be deductible on your 2017 taxes:

  • Donate online by 11:59 p.m. on December 31st
  • Mail a check dated on or before December 31st to Brooklyn Community Foundation, 1000 Dean Street, Suite 307, Brooklyn, NY 11238
  • Call your financial advisor today to explore donating appreciated securities or contributions from your IRA account. Transfers of appreciated securities must be initiated by noon on Thursday, December 28th.  

As always, 100% of your tax deductible contribution supports Brooklyn nonprofits! Contact our team to learn more: 718-480-7500.