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The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Invest in Youth

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Pix11 highlighted our investment in youth-centered nonprofits on a recent "It's a G Thing" feature, focusing on a new community garden stewarded by our grantee partners at Green Guerillas.

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.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

In times of crisis we find strength in our neighbors—in local violence interrupters—who are leading the movement to grow public safety and communal healing.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Foundation President & CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey and Invest in Youth Advisory Council Member Daniel-José Cyan were recent guests on Fox 5 New York's Good Day Street Talk. 

Spectrum News NY1 recently covered the work of our Invest in Youth Fund, including our Invest in Youth Advisory Council who helped decide $2.5 million in grants in late 2021.

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (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!

We are proud to announce $2.5M in grants to 55 organizations through our Invest in Youth initiative in 2021, determined for the first time in partnership with our new council of youth advisors. 


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

At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we firmly believe young people are fundamental to long-term transformation. 

The project—which focused on a small cohort of Brooklyn secondary schools—aimed to implement restorative justice as an alternative to punitive discipline; with a goal to positively transform schools, repair harm, and promote the equitable treatment of Black students, students with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ students citywide.