Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Racial Justice

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

An Interview with Meg Massey and Ben Wrobel, authors of Letting Go: How Philanthropists and Impact Investors Can Do More Good by Giving Up Control

Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Associate (She/Her/Hers)

We're ready to support you—our generous donor and donor advisor community—as you plan your year-end giving. Read on for tips and guidance to help maximize your support for racial justice and your impact in Brooklyn, and key dates for giving within the 2021 tax deadline.

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

There are deep-seated reasons why the vaccination numbers are much lower in certain neighborhoods, and those reasons explain why the broader, well-funded effort to increase vaccination rates — including ad blitzes and cash and cash-equivalent giveaways — has failed in pockets across the city.

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

From the start of the pandemic, we have focused on Black communities and communities of color across Brooklyn who have suffered immense economic hardships while enduring higher case rates and fatalities. And we have heard their urgent call to invest in long-term change.

Marcella J. Tillett
Vice President of Programs and Partnerships (She/Her/Hers)

We are taking aim at the root causes of the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Black communities and communities of color across our borough with an unprecedented five-year commitment for advocacy and social change. Your support makes this work possible.

Your support helped Brooklyn’s community foundation rise to the challenges of this past year with over $11 million in grants to date for nonprofits—and we hope you will continue to partner with us to create a new way forward under the visionary leadership of our incoming President and CEO Jocelynne Rainey. 

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett joined this week's conversation on "The Argument," a New York Times Podcast, to discuss the benefits and risks of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.


We are pleased to join the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s call to action among community foundations to commit to funding Black communities, at a minimum, equal to their representation in our overall population. 


Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Rabbi Rachel Timoner joins author Heather McGhee to discuss her new book 'The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.'