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July 28, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn.

February 15, 2022

Spectrum News NY1 recently covered the work of our Invest in Youth Fund, including our Invest in Youth Advisory Council who helped decide $2.5 million in grants in late 2021.

February 14, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We spoke with Kendall Christiansen and Tom Bettridge, two of the advisors of the Congregational Home Legacy Fund, an Endowed Field of Interest Fund at the Foundation, to tell us about their experience opening a fund with Brooklyn Community Foundation.

February 10, 2022
Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Associate (She/Her/Hers)
We’re excited to announce that actress, comedian, and singer Ana Gasteyer will be joining us to host the Spark Breakfast on March 8th! Don’t miss the opportunity to join us for this special event. Purchase your ticket today!
February 4, 2022
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

The new members, with strong ties to neighborhoods across Brooklyn, are leaders in the fields of impact investing, nonprofit management, politics, and social justice philanthropy. 

February 3, 2022
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

Join us on Tuesday, March 8th as we celebrate our Spark Prize Winners and honor Clara Wu Tsai for her commitment to racial justice in Brooklyn.

January 24, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

A Message from Our President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey

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!
 

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. 

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

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

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

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
Sarah Shannon
Chief Philanthropic Officer (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 Philanthropic 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.

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