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December 17, 2020

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.

 

June 1, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

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. 

May 28, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

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.

May 26, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

As we mark 10 weeks of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, we want to share a snapshot of grantmaking so far. 
 

May 18, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

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. 

May 11, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

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.

 

May 8, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

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.

May 4, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

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. 

April 28, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

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.

April 28, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

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.

April 20, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

We believe that now is the time to be as generous as possible.

 

April 20, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

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. 

 

April 13, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

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.
 

April 10, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

As our partners, want to keep you updated on how we are working to get support where it is needed most in our borough.

April 6, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

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

March 30, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Because of your generosity, today we are announcing 17 new grants, bringing the total distributed so far to $253,500 to 25 local nonprofits.

March 27, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Watch the story for an interview with our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett and a look at one of

March 26, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

We want to keep you—our incredible supporters—informed on this vital work.​

 

March 23, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Today, thanks to the inspiring generosity of our donors, we are announcing the first grants from the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund

March 20, 2020
Amy Chou-Sheikh
Senior Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)

We are proud to have signed on to this open letter that expresses our deep commitment to, and solidarity with, our vital community partners. 

 
March 17, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

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.

March 11, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

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%! 
 

February 27, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

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.

February 26, 2020
Mars Ikeda
Communications Intern

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.

February 13, 2020
Sabrina Hargrave
Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)

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.

February 11, 2020
Mars Ikeda
Communications Intern

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.

January 30, 2020
Sabrina Hargrave
Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)

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. 
 

January 30, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

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.

January 22, 2020
Sabrina Hargrave
Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)

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.

January 15, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Thanks to our generous donors and community partners, 2019 set new records for the Foundation’s grantmaking! 

January 9, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

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. 

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