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January 12, 2022
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2022 Spark Prize, the only honor celebrating nonprofits advancing racial justice in the borough. 

January 19, 2022
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

An Interview with Meg Massey and Ben Wrobel, authors of Letting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do More Good by Giving Up Control.

 
January 18, 2022
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

2021 continued the extraordinary generosity we have seen since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This enabled us to distribute over $13 million to nonprofits from our Community Fund and Donor Advised Fund programs last year—a new grantmaking record for Brooklyn Community Foundation!
 

December 31, 2021

We are so thankful for our phenomenal community of partners and supporters, and look forward to another year of working together to further racial justice and spark change in our beloved borough of Brooklyn. 

December 28, 2021
Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Associate (She/Her/Hers)

We're ready to support you—our generous donor and donor advisor community—as you plan your year-end giving. Read on for tips and guidance to help maximize your support for racial justice and your impact in Brooklyn, and key dates for giving within the 2021 tax deadline.

December 24, 2021
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

There are deep-seated reasons why the vaccination numbers are much lower in certain neighborhoods, and those reasons explain why the broader, well-funded effort to increase vaccination rates — including ad blitzes and cash and cash-equivalent giveaways — has failed in pockets across the city.

December 23, 2021
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

From the start of the pandemic, we have focused on Black communities and communities of color across Brooklyn who have suffered immense economic hardships while enduring higher case rates and fatalities. And we have heard their urgent call to invest in long-term change.

December 20, 2021
Marcella J. Tillett
Vice President of Programs and Partnerships (She/Her/Hers)

We are taking aim at the root causes of the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Black communities and communities of color across our borough with an unprecedented five-year commitment for advocacy and social change. Your support makes this work possible.

December 16, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Get to know our new President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey in this series of videos where she talks about her deep connection to Brooklyn, her experience and leadership style, and why this is her dream job.

December 15, 2021
Le Anne Alexander
Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)

We are proud to announce $2.5M in grants to 55 organizations through our Invest in Youth initiative in 2021, determined for the first time in partnership with our new council of youth advisors. 

December 13, 2021
Beatriz Beckford
Program Officer (She/Her/Ella)

We are now accepting applications for our new Wellness and Recovery Fund, which will support organizations working to ensure that those who navigate the difficult road of substance abuse and addiction do so with reliable support that honors their agency and dignity. 

December 9, 2021
Maria Gutierrez
Donor Services Coordinator (She/Her/Hers)

As we head towards the new year and you plan your year-end giving, please refer to our upcoming deadlines and instructions for giving at Brooklyn Community Foundation.

December 8, 2021

Your support helped Brooklyn’s community foundation rise to the challenges of this past year with over $11 million in grants to date for nonprofits—and we hope you will continue to partner with us to create a new way forward under the visionary leadership of our incoming President and CEO Jocelynne Rainey. 
 

December 1, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Over 3,100 donors have contributed $1 million (and counting!) to 113 nonprofits at BrooklynGives.org. This is the most ever raised through the campaign, and proof of what is possible when you GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!

 
November 30, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

It's the year's biggest day of giving—make sure to GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! Search, discover, and support more than 200 local nonprofits at BrooklynGives.org. We've already halfway to our $1 million goal! 

 

November 23, 2021
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

As your community foundation, we’re here to provide tips and guidance on your giving to maximize your impact in Brooklyn and beyond. Read on for some of the many ways you can plan your giving.

 
November 18, 2021
Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Associate (She/Her/Hers)

We are thrilled to announce this year's #BrooklynGives Door Prizes, available to participating nonprofits at BrookynGives.org!

November 18, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

With only a few weeks until #BrooklynGives, there’s still plenty of time to make sure your #BrooklynGives campaign is ready to go. 

November 8, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Jocelynne Rainey will join Brooklyn Community Foundation as President and CEO on December 6, 2021. She follows Cecilia Clarke, who departed in July after holding the position since 2013.
 

November 1, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

This year’s giving season is even sweeter because #BrooklynGives and The Social are partnering to launch a new ice cream flavor to benefit local nonprofits!

October 26, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Matching Funds and Peer-to-Peer Fundraising are two Giving Day features that can expand your reach for #BrooklynGives 2021 by both doubling the donations your organization receives and utilizing your most passionate supporters to share their stories and fundraise on behalf of your organization.

October 21, 2021
Marcella J. Tillett
Vice President of Programs and Partnerships (She/Her/Hers)

After being on pause last year, our Brooklyn Community Foundation $100,000 SPARK Prize has returned for 2021—and we are thrilled to share the 20 nonprofit finalists selected by our Spark Prize Committee.

 
October 21, 2021
Kimberly Izar
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

The act of redistributing wealth is a powerful tool for community change — and a recent study, the

October 7, 2021
Sarah Shannon
Chief Operating Officer (She/Her/Hers)

To pay tribute to the leader who shaped nearly a decade of growth and transformation for our institution, we are proud to announce the Cecilia Clarke Fund for Nonprofit Leaders.

September 26, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Learn everything you need to know about #BrooklynGives, including how to register your organization for the big event and the features available to make your organization as successful as possible.

August 31, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We spoke with Jacquel Clemons Moore, Interim Executive Director at Kings Against Violence Initiative, Inc. (KAVI), an organization that connects with youth of color in various settings—at their schools, in their communities, and in hospitals—as part of a holistic approach to violence intervention that begins and ends with recognizing their humanity.

August 25, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett joined this week's conversation on "The Argument," a New York Times Podcast, to discuss the benefits and risks of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

August 25, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

"From that moment on, I was destined to follow my heart, to continue to live my truth as a Black gay man, to always stand up for what I saw as right, even if I stood alone." - Uchechukwu Onwa

August 23, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We spoke with Yamilée Toussaint Beach, Founder and CEO of STEM From Dance, an organization that uses dance to empower, educate, and encourage girls of color to purse their interests in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

August 18, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

To celebrate this year's Black Philanthropy Month, we reached out to several Black leaders in our nonprofit

July 22, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Today, we are excited to announce over $4.4 million in multiyear grantmaking commitments to 25 nonprofits advancing racial justice and advocating for long-term change in our borough, made possible with the critical continued support of our donors.

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