Insights to Impact

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Insights to Impact

June 1, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

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. 

September 30, 2016
Sarah Shannon
Chief Operating Officer

Thank you to our outstanding speakers—Jose Antonio Vargas, Linda Sarsour, and Opal Tometi—and our generous Dinner Committee and Board of Directors for making the evening such a success!

September 29, 2016
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

On September 24th, national and local advocates and practitioners came together at the Brooklyn Museum in front of an audience of over 200 people to discuss the school-to-prison pipeline and innovative alternatives to combat this crisis. 

September 22, 2016
Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

This year, 12 powerhouse Brooklyn Youth Fellows will be engaged in 8-months of community work in four key areas

    September 15, 2016
    Sandra Friedman
    Neighborhood Strength Fellow, Crown Heights

    Our first-ever Neighborhood Strength Fellow, Sandra Friedman, shares what she loves about her neighborhood of Crown Heights and what she's learning along the way

    August 11, 2016

    Learn how we engage grantees and communities in our work and why it's critical to achieving our vision for a fair and just Brooklyn.

    August 9, 2016
    Liane Stegmaier
    Vice President of Communications and Strategy

    A report released today by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Corporation for Enterprise Development, 

    August 4, 2016
    Cecilia Clarke
    President & CEO

    Our new annual INSIGHTS TO IMPACT report celebrates our firm belief that when we are equipped with direct insights from Brooklyn’s communities we can make a significant impact on Brooklyn’s most pressing challenges.

    July 27, 2016
    Piper Anderson
    Founder, Create Forward

    Piper Anderson, the founder Create Forward, shares how a “design thinking” approach to community engagement will enhance the next phase of our Neighborhood Strength initiative.

    July 22, 2016
    Liane Stegmaier
    Vice President of Communications and Strategy

    How are you spending your summer vacation? 

    July 20, 2016
    Sarah Williams
    Board Member, Brooklyn Community Foundation

    The more we know about the adolescent brain, the more we understand how hard it is for young people to assess risk, problem-solve, and control their impulses. It is no wonder that this stage of brain development puts young people in a world of trouble on a regular basis.

    July 18, 2016

    In response to the unceasing assaults on black women and men across our country, Brooklyn Community Foundation invited all of our grantees to join in a circle for reflection last Friday morning.

    July 7, 2016

    The Mohbat Prize for Writing, supported through the Joseph E. Mohbat Fund, recognizes a talented Brooklyn high school senior.

    June 29, 2016

    We’re excited to see national attention for our work so early on, and look forward to sharing our progress more fully in the coming months and years.

    June 23, 2016

    While GOS may be music to many nonprofits’ ears, for a lot of donors and philanthropists it’s not necessarily a familiar concept.

    June 15, 2016
    Liane Stegmaier
    Vice President of Communications and Strategy

    Congratulations to Anurag Gupta of Be More America!

    June 14, 2016
    Liane Stegmaier
    Vice President of Communications and Strategy

    The applicant pool for the inaugural Spark Prize is a dynamic mix of organizations representing the diversity, history, and depth of our borough’s nonprofit sector. Here are some highlights.

    June 8, 2016

    The visit was a valuable opportunity to see restorative practices first-hand, talk with school leaders, and experience the transformational power of Restorative Justice.

    June 3, 2016
    Sarah Shannon
    Chief Operating Officer

    Like many nonprofits, we rely on the generosity of for-profit institutions’ pro bono support.

    May 11, 2016
    Liane Stegmaier
    Vice President of Communications and Strategy

    Last night we welcomed members of our inaugural Spark Prize Committee to Crown Heights to celebrate the exciting launch of this first-of-its-kind honor for Brooklyn nonprofits. 

    May 9, 2016
    Anne Gregory, Phd
    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University

    In this blog, Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project evaulator Anne Gregory shares lessons from her previous research and why they're critical to our success with the Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project.

    May 5, 2016
    Suzanne Hitchman
    Restorative Practices Coordinator, Partnership with Children

    Suzanne Hitchman, Restorative Practices Coordinator at Ebbets Field Middle School in Crown Heights, shares insights from the early stages of implementation through our Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project.

    May 2, 2016

    Last Friday night, Brooklyn Community Foundation played proud host to the first-ever Youth Voice Awards—a celebration of youth-led grantmaking.

    April 28, 2016
    Liane Stegmaier
    Vice President of Communications and Strategy

    Executive Directors of Brooklyn nonprofits are invited to sign up for one or more introductory breakfast meetings.

    April 27, 2016
    Liane Stegmaier
    Vice President of Communications and Strategy

    Application Clinics will take place on Monday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 17th.

    April 19, 2016
    Liane Stegmaier
    Vice President of Communications and Strategy

    Today, we are pleased to announce Brooklyn Community Foundation's inaugural Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits. 

    April 14, 2016
    Sarah Shannon
    Chief Operating Officer

    With Tax Day just around the corner, The Non-Profit Times reports on a new study that reveals most donors don't know about or take advantage of the many non-cash charitable resources available to them that can help them better support the charities they love.


    April 12, 2016
    Skye Roper-Moses
    Restorative Justice Coordinator, New York Peace Institute

    Guest blogger Skye Roper-Moses from New York Peace Institute writes about the way she's working with students, teachers, and staff at Rachel Carson High School in Coney Island to create a Restorative Justice program molded to their individual needs.

    April 1, 2016
    Ashley Ellis
    Restorative Justice Coordinator, Good Shepherd Services

    Guest blogger Ashley Ellis from Good Shepherd Services writes about their holistic, racially just approach to changing culture and discipline at The School for Democracy and Leadership. 

    March 30, 2016
    Nicole Lavonne Smith
    Restorative Justice Coordinator at Sweet River Consulting

    Guest blogger Nicole Lavonne Smith from Sweet River Consulting shares their approach to Restorative Justice and how they're helping to build a new model for school discipline through our Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project. 

    March 30, 2016

    Last year we launched an ambitious leadership initiative to change the way children are disciplined in our schools.