Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Insights to Impact

June 21, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn

June 26, 2017
Casey Perez
2017 Mohbat Prize Winner

Casey Perez, a graduating senior at Benjamin Banneker Academy in Clinton Hill, is the winner of the 2017 Joseph E. Mohbat Prize for Writing in Memory of Verdery Knights. Casey's essay, reprinted here, earned him the award and a $1500 check, which will be presented to him at the 2017 Benjamin Banneker graduation on June 28th. 

June 22, 2017
Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

Daniel-Joseph Cyan is a two-time Brooklyn Youth Fellow joining our Communications team this summer to learn more about storytelling and the work of Brooklyn nonprofits

June 21, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Today, we are proud to announce new grants through our Immigrant Rights Fund, a special initiative created by our donors in the weeks after the 2016 presidential election to build a boroughwide response to unjust government policy changes threatening Brooklyn’s immigrants and their families.

June 8, 2017
Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

On Friday, June 2nd, our Brooklyn Youth Fellows honored the eight winning projects submitted by young people in partnership with local nonprofits, at an event filled with performances, a professional photo-booth, delicious local food, and lots of fun.

June 5, 2017
Jennifer Magida
Founder and Director, Youth Advocacy Corps

As the Founder of Youth Advocacy Corps, I feel especially fortunate to have been selected by the Brooklyn Community Foundation to be part of the 2017 Incubator Project.

June 1, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

In February, we announced that our Immigrant Rights Fund would support ongoing civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, bystander training, public education, action planning, and event logistics—through a new Action Fund with grants up to $2,500.

May 26, 2017
Kei Williams
Project Coordinator, Movement Netlab

Movement Netlab applied for Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Incubator Project late in the game, and as such we were truly surprised when we got the call back to come in for interview. 

May 12, 2017

The New York Civil Liberties Union has published a stunning analysis of new data made public through the Student Safety Act, which requires the New York City Police Department to issue quarterly reports on arrests, summonses, and other police-involved incidents in New York City public schools.

May 1, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)
Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke joined VP of Programs Kaberi Banerjee Murthy and Senior Program Officer Prachi Patankar to discuss our major milestones, including the Immigrant Rights Fund and criminal justice advocacy victories.
April 28, 2017

When we launched our Immigrant Rights Fund, we committed to easing the burden on nonprofits seeking support by focusing on responsive conversations rather than a lengthy application process. Our Senior Program Officer Prachi Patankar shares 6 key takeaways from these conversations so far.


April 25, 2017

Earlier this month, a few of our staff members and donors had the pleasure of joining our Invest in Youth grantee Footsteps for a special look at artist Sara Erenthal’s solo show Moving On at FiveMyles Gallery in Crown Heights. 

April 13, 2017

Neighbors Together takes a multifaceted approach to poverty and hunger relief through its storefront soup kitchen, community center, and social service programs.

April 10, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Today, together with criminal justice advocates across New York State, we are celebrating a landmark reform victory: the State Legislature has passed legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18-years-old. 

April 7, 2017
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

Personality type matters, even when it comes to supporting community causes and especially if you're considering opening a Donor Advised Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation.

April 7, 2017

We are pleased to introduce the newest members of our Incubator Project cohort! These three emerging organizations will be working in our spacerent free!over the next 18 months.

April 3, 2017

All across New York City, criminal justice advocates and organizers are celebrating one of the biggest victories in recent memory: the Mayor’s announcement of a plan to close Rikers Island by 2027.

March 29, 2017
Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

On Sunday, March 5th, our Brooklyn Youth Fellows led their first-ever conference, designed for youth, by youth. The Youth Resistance Conference  aka #YouthResist2017 — was held in partnership with youth leaders at the YWCA Brooklyn. 

March 28, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Today we are proud to announce the return of our annual $100,000 Spark Prize. Eligible Brooklyn nonprofits are invited to apply Monday, April 10th - Friday, May 12th at

March 24, 2017

Today, with the support of 19 other private, public and community foundations, we are sending a letter to New York elected officials urging them to Raise the Age of criminal responsibility in our state. 

March 23, 2017

Through our Immigrant Rights Fund, we’re supporting BAJI’s comprehensive outreach to Black Muslim immigrants.

March 22, 2017

Your community foundation helps you take it to the next level, so both you and your community get the most out of your family's social impact experiences. Here are four steps that make it all work.

March 20, 2017

First, thank you. In 2016 you gave over $3.2 million to support the work of vital nonprofits and it has made a big difference. I'd like to take a moment to reflect on all that we have accomplished together.  

March 15, 2017

Through our Immigrant Rights Fund, we’re supporting AAANY’s advocacy and organizing in Brooklyn’s Muslim immigrant communities.


March 7, 2017

The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all.  

February 22, 2017

We are proud to join foundations across the country in a joint statement of support for our immigrant communities.

February 17, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Thursday, February 16th, as we honored five Brooklyn nonprofits with our first annual $100,000 Spark Prize, at a ceremony at 501 Union in Gowanus.

February 14, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

More than 500 people came out to the Brooklyn Museum last week in spite of nearly a foot of snow for "Defending Immigrant Rights: A Brooklyn Call to Action," which featured a critical conversation with local leaders working on the frontlines of the fight for immigrant rights.

February 6, 2017
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce nearly $100,000 in grants to support the critical response of 8 local nonprofits to challenges triggered by the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on immigration, deployed through our recently launched Immigrant Rights Fund.

January 19, 2017
Anne Gregory, Phd
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University

Restorative approaches to conflict have a long history rooted in cultural healing of indigenous communities.

January 17, 2017

My first national march on Washington, DC was as a teenager and it instilled in me a lifetime of activism.