Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


June 2023

Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Today’s Supreme Court decision will roll back the progress our country has made in the fight for racial justice and educational equity. 

Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Funding from our Welcome NYC partnership has come at a critical time: Title 42 expired last month, setting countless refugees and asylum seekers — whose lives and well-being already hang in the balance — along increasingly uncertain paths.

Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Like many of you, I’m looking forward to this summer as a return to normal — life in Brooklyn is back in full force with cookouts, block parties, parades, and a bustling boardwalk. But behind that joy is a persistent truth that far too many of us are still coping with the impacts of the last three years, particularly when it comes to keeping food on the table.  

Hà Huỳnh
Donor Engagement Assistant (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce the members of our 2024 Spark Prize Committee, a dynamic group of 30 Brooklyn leaders who represent a cross-section of the borough and span various industries. 

Sabrina Hargrave
Vice President of Programs (She/Her/Ella)
Last week, we were joined in conversation by our grantee partners Muslim Community Network and YVote to discuss the New York City Primary Elections. 
Rodlyn-mae Banting
Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

Dr. Rainey and Cowan spoke with host Lurie Daniel Favors about reframing philanthropy in a way to uplift and materially support BlPOC leaders in their work towards collective liberation. 

Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

We are thrilled to invite you to Brooklyn Community Foundation's Brooklyn Changemakers Ball on October 12, 2023 at the beautiful Weylin in Williamsburg.

After three years of public campaigning, Los Deliveristas Unidos—an organizing arm of our 2023 Spark Prize winner Worker's Justice Project—are celebrating a huge legislative win for app-based delivery workers’ minimum pay rates.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn Community Foundation is pleased to share that our team has grown to include a number of new staff members across departments in recent months.

Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

So often, the broader conversation on financial planning is focused on a fixed goal on the horizon: retirement. However, it’s just as important to look beyond retirement.