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The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Immigrant Rights Fund


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.

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

Thanks to the generosity of our community, we're closing in on our goal of raising $50,000 to fuel grassroots support for refugees—if you would like to partner with us, you can donate online or contact us directly to explore other ways to give.

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

We're halfway to our $50,000 goal to support the newest New Yorkers! Your generous support will help provide a lifeline to asylum seekers. Donate now through April 30th to this urgent fundraising effort.

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

This Spring, we're mobilizing Brooklynites to aid the newest New Yorkers. Every dollar donated to our Immigrant Rights Fund now through April 30th will go to further support for asylum seekers.

Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)

This week, we were honored to join NYC City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams and our philanthropic partners to announce a new public-private partnership to support the organizations assisting asylum seekers and communities in New York City. 

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

With your support, we distributed a landmark $15.6 million to nonprofits through our Community Fund and Donor Advised Fund programs last year—surpassing our previous grantmaking record for Brooklyn Community Foundation and bringing our total grantmaking since our founding in 2009 to over $90 million! As we usher in a new year of community-led change, we are proud to share some of the many highlights of the past twelve months.


Sabrina Hargrave
Vice President of Programs (She/Her/Ella)

After an arduous and dangerous journey to the United States, many asylum seekers are now being sent to New York City. As a sanctuary city, New York has long been a welcoming home for those seeking refuge. However, our city and its institutions were not yet prepared for the influx arriving daily. Learn about our partners who have stepped up to support asylum seekers at this critical time.

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.