Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Immigrant Rights Fund

Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (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!

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

"From that moment on, I was destined to follow my heart, to continue to live my truth as a Black gay man, to always stand up for what I saw as right, even if I stood alone." - Uchechukwu Onwa

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

Today, we are excited to announce over $4.4 million in multiyear grantmaking commitments to 25 nonprofits advancing racial justice and advocating for long-term change in our borough, made possible with the critical continued support of our donors.

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
Vice President 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.