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NY1 Interview: Local Nonprofits Grapple With Increased Need, Fewer Resources

Many local nonprofits are grappling with a punishing combination of circumstances, including an increased demand for services, fewer donations, and the impacts of inflation. In a new interview with our President & CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, NY1 Spectrum News discusses the results of our recent nonprofit survey, with Anchor Rocco Vertuccio noting that findings show "the gap between [nonprofits'] financial resources and the needs of the communities that they serve is widening." 

In the interview below, Dr. Rainey amplifies the challenges facing nonprofits across the borough even as we find ourselves nearly three years out from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that "many people think because the masks came off, the needs have decreased — when in fact, the needs have increased." 
Indeed, among local nonprofit organizations we recently surveyed:
  • Almost 53% report a decrease in donations over the past 12 months

  • Over 98% indicate that expenses have increased during the same period

  • 90% have simultaneously seen an increased demand for their services

Despite this, we have faith that our generous community will give where they live, and support local nonprofits in their time of need. As Dr. Rainey notes: "New Yorkers are the most philanthropic, giving group of people. Our donors are amazing — and when they understand that there's a need, they show up."
You can continue to support local nonprofits across Brooklyn by donating at, or by giving directly to Brooklyn Community Foundation. Together, we are a borough of changemakers — and we can’t do this work without you.

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"Many people think because the masks came off, the needs have decreased — when in fact, the needs have increased."
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, President & CEO, Brooklyn Community Foundation