Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Immigrant Rights Fund

As we look ahead to a new Presidency, we know that there is an incredible amount of work to be done. And we need to equip nonprofits with the funding and resources to get started on day one.


Sabrina Hargrave
Director of Programs (She/Her/Ella)

We are pleased to announce $390,000 in new support from our Immigrant Rights Fund for 13 immigrant-led organizations that are advocating for systemic change and providing critical services to immigrants across Brooklyn. 


As we near the three year anniversary of our Immigrant Rights Fund, we are pleased to announce our largest disbursement of quarterly grants from the fund to date: $255,000 to 18 immigrant-serving, immigrant-led organizations across Brooklyn.


Last month, our donors responded to the threats of widespread ICE arrests with an outpouring of support that raised nearly $35,000 for our Immigrant Rights Fund. With those crucial funds, we were able to issue two new Immediate Response grants.


    We have come a long way in our 10 years as Brooklyn’s community foundation. In our annual Insights to Impact Report, you will learn more about our work meeting the needs of our borough’s most vulnerable communities and supporting nonprofits on the frontlines of change.

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

    In advance of the ICE Raids announced for Sunday, July 14th donors responded quickly and stepped up to defend our immigrant friends and neighbors, raising $35K for our Immigrant Rights Fund

    With the announcement of imminent ICE raids and deportations this weekend, Brooklyn’s 170,000 undocumented residents are in real danger. Families risk being ripped apart—but you can help.

    We are delighted to announce seven new sustained response grants from our Immigrant Rights Fund that address long-term issues affecting Brooklyn's immigrant communities.

    The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy published a striking report recently on funding for pro-immigrant movements by U.S. foundations.  Among their findings is that barely 1% of all money granted by the 1,000 largest U.S. foundations was intended to benefit immigrants and refugees

    Today we’re pleased to announce four new grants from our Immigrant Rights Fund that address ongoing community needs stemming from policy changes initiated in 2017 and 2018 by the current presidential administration—including family separation, tightening restrictions on refugees entering the country, the Muslim Travel Ban, and protections for immigrant workers.