Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Racial Justice

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

With your continued support, we will grow our investment in these critical community-led organizations on the frontlines of social change. We are a borough of changemakers, and together we can—and must—do more.


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

Brooklyn Community Foundation is committed to building the capacity of nonprofits across the borough — and we are thrilled to announce an open application to join our Leadership Collective, which will be led by our partner consultant Brooke Richie-Babbage. Leaders will have access to our bi-weekly group coaching, training library, workshops, and related resources over a period of six months beginning in mid-January 2023.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Earlier this year, Brooklyn Community Foundation launched a Listening Tour to visit ten neighborhoods across Brooklyn and meet with residents and leaders to learn about challenges facing the community and foster collaboration. We recently concluded this tour, and are now sharing what we learned from these community conversations.

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

We’re creating an event that’s unapologetically Brooklyn – celebrating the power of community-led change with dinner, dancing, special guests, and so much more on Wednesday, October 12th!

Avery Gilliam
Communications Intern (They/Them/Theirs)

Muslim Community Network (MCN) aims to shape public understanding of Muslim identity while supporting members of New York’s Muslim community through civic education and leadership development.

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

I am grateful the mayor is committed to supporting nonprofits that act as lifelines to the communities and people they serve. I hope his administration continues to quickly register contracts and pay nonprofits — as there is still much work to be done.

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.

Avery Gilliam
Communications Intern (They/Them/Theirs)

This summer, Brooklyn Community Foundation salutes the promotion of our long-time team member Sabrina Hargrave to Director of Programs. 

Ximena Gallego
Communications Intern

The work of our partners at VOCAL-NY is steadily building momentum—and their advocacy is more critical today than ever before.

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

As donors grow more in tune with social impact, they are looking to structure and plan their charitable giving around the causes that they are passionate about, and are considering ways to incorporate philanthropy into financial and estate plans.