Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Insights to Impact

September 1, 2023
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

At this year's Brooklyn Changemakers Ball we are privileged to honor Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Gabriel Schwartz and Jolie Curtsinger Schwartz for their changemaking commitment to the people of Brooklyn. 

July 21, 2020
Sabrina Hargrave
Vice President of Programs (She/Her/Ella)

We are pleased to announce $390,000 in new support from our Immigrant Rights Fund for 13 immigrant-led organizations that are advocating for systemic change and providing critical services to immigrants across Brooklyn. 


July 14, 2020

In total, 214 weekly Immediate Response grants have gone to organizations that have been lifelines to our communities, providing desperately needed food, PPE, direct cash assistance, mental health services, remote learning support, healthcare, small business loans, legal aid, safe housing, and so much more. 

June 30, 2020
Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

On Saturday, June 27th, streaming live from across Brooklyn, our Brooklyn Youth Activists presented the 2020 Youth Voice Awards, honoring eight exciting projects led by youth that offer innovative solutions to the impacts of COVID-19 and systemic injustice in their communities. 


June 22, 2020

As the Mayor and City Council finalize New York City’s 2021 Budget with the pledge to divert funding from the NYPD to youth services and social services⁠ — we are calling on them to prioritize Black-led and POC-led organizations in this critical reinvestment.


June 18, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn Community Foundation will be closed on Friday in observance of Juneteenth. We encourage you to join us as we use the day to celebrate Black liberation, deepen our knowledge, and take action for racial justice.

June 15, 2020

At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we are deeply committed to achieving our vision for a fair and just Brooklyn. And in this moment, we are seeing momentum build for that vision in new and powerful ways. 


June 10, 2020
Lisa Cowan
Fund Adviser, The College Opportunity Fund

For those of us who have been saving for a rainy day, we don’t need to look out the window to know that it is pouring.

June 9, 2020
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Older adults across the country and around the world are at a heightened risk of contracting and becoming seriously i

June 8, 2020

As we demand an end to police brutality and respond to the destructive impact of COVID-19 in communities of color, we should also ask: What does safety, health, and justice look like for Brooklyn?

June 5, 2020

We hope each and everyone of our partners and supporters is moved to take action right now.

June 1, 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. 

May 28, 2020
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (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

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

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

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
Communications Manager (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

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

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
Communications Manager (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

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


April 20, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (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

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
Communications Manager (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

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

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
Chief of Staff (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
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

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


March 23, 2020

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

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

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.