This week we are launching the next phase of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, which begins with an ambitious community engagement process we’re calling Brooklyn Insights 2020.
Here in Brooklyn—home to the largest Black community in North America—tens of thousands of activists have taken to our streets to demand an end to the same conditions that have both led Black Brooklynites to die from COVID-19 at twice the rate of whites and taken the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many more.
Economic, social, and health inequities are rooted along racial lines due to historic and ongoing policies that maintain structural racism—and in Brooklyn, we are seeing critical nonprofits working hard to mitigate the heightened impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.
As we mark 10 weeks of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, we want to share a snapshot of grantmaking so far.
Join us this Thursday, May 21st for “The Impact of COVID-19 on Black Communities,” a live conversation with Heather McGhee and Lurie Daniel Favors. They will offer their analysis of what steps governments and communities can take to address the crisis and ensure a racially just recovery.
We are pleased to announce that, thanks to an outpouring of donations to the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, we have surpassed $3,000,000 from 1200+ givers.
Low-wage workers across sectors are facing extreme economic vulnerability and exposure to infection, making them especially susceptible to the short- and long-term impacts of the ongoing public health crisis.
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, and we want to put Brooklyn at the forefront of this international call to action.
So much about life in Brooklyn’s communities has changed over the past 7 weeks, starting with the incredible isolation we’re all facing. Yet, while we wrestle with the countless impacts this crisis is having on our communities, we know that Brooklyn has never been more united.
Support of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund allows us to fuel essential relief services across the borough—including critical work to support survivors of domestic violence.
We believe that now is the time to be as generous as possible.
Brooklyn Community Foundation is launching #BrooklynGives for COVID-19 Relief in partnership with #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.
We are working hard to get funds to our communities as quickly as possible. This week’s 25 new grants brings our total to $625,500 for 64 frontline organizations.
As our partners, want to keep you updated on how we are working to get support where it is needed most in our borough.
This week, new funds provide support for vulnerable essential workers, assistance for women and young people recently released or currently detained on Rikers Island, home delivered meals for elders, and much more
Because of your generosity, today we are announcing 17 new grants, bringing the total distributed so far to $253,500 to 25 local nonprofits.
Watch the story for an interview with our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett and a look at one of
We want to keep you—our incredible supporters—informed on this vital work.
Today, thanks to the inspiring generosity of our donors, we are announcing the first grants from the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund.
We are proud to have signed on to this open letter that expresses our deep commitment to, and solidarity with, our vital community partners.
At the Foundation, we believe this is the moment to be as generous as possible. Last Friday, in anticipation of surging community need due to the impact of the coronavirus, the Foundation’s Board of Directors initiated the creation of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund.
Starting March 12th, households around the country will receive their 2020 Census mailers with a unique code to complete the survey online. Now is the time to #MakeBrooklynCount — 100%!
We celebrated the milestone as we honored the five newest winners of our $100,000 Spark Prize and ALLINBKLYN founder Eliza Winans Rossman, along with over 300 guests at BAM Lepercq Space.
Invest in Youth grantee Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) are taking on a source of major injustice they face every day in their own schools. GGE’s new policy brief “Suspending Self Expression” examines the link between school dress codes in NYC public schools and school pushout—and the disproportionate impact it has on Black and Latinx young women and gender non-conforming/non-binary (GNC/NB) youth.
We are pleased to announce $405,000 in grants from our Brooklyn Elders Fund for community-based organizations taking on complex, critical issues of racial and social injustice confronting older adults in Brooklyn.
It happens once every 10 years, and it’s just a month away!
The Census is the largest non-wartime activity that America takes on, and so many things in our day-to-day life are determined by the data it collects—from how well-funded our local schools and public transportation system are, to how many representatives a state sends to Congress.
We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with Brooklyn Borough Hall to distribute New York State funding for Census 2020 outreach in hard-to-count communities.
Since we created the Spark Prize—the first to celebrate social change organizations in Brooklyn—we have awarded more than $2.4 million to 20 winners and 60 finalists. We couldn't have done it without the Brooklynites who shared their time and expertise as members of the Spark Prize Committee.
We are so pleased to introduce to you the first cohort of our Brooklyn Elders Fund Advisory Council—a group that is working hand-in-hand with our Programs team to review grant proposals, conduct site visits, and ultimately recommend which organizations will receive funding.
Thanks to our generous donors and community partners, 2019 set new records for the Foundation’s grantmaking!
We are pleased to announce the five recipients of this year’s $100,000 Spark Prize, the only honor celebrating outstanding social justice nonprofits in the borough.