As part of our institutional commitment to Racial Justice, Brooklyn Community Foundation actively encourages our Donor Advised Fund holders to mobilize money and resources to dismantle systemic racism and repair centuries of devastation and injustice done to Black communities and other communities of color.
We are here to work with you, our Donor Advisors, to dramatically increase your giving to Black-led and other people of color-led organizations working on the frontlines of the fight for social change. What guides all of the Foundation’s work is the belief that those who are closest to the challenges faced by our communities are closest to the solutions for our communities.
Across our Community Fund grantmaking portfolios, over 70% of grantees are led by people of color. This is in striking contrast to the philanthropic sector as a whole, which largely favors funding white-led organizations:
From 2005-2014, total foundation giving focused on reaching people of color never exceeded 8.5% for any year—and only 1% of those grants were specifically for racial justice.
Revenues of Black-led organizations are 24% less than white-led counterparts, and unrestricted net assets of Black-led organizations are 76% lower than white-led organizations, according to a recent study
As part of our service to you, our team has curated a list of racial justice learning resources and a list of local racial justice organizations supported through our Racial Equity Fund.
Please get in touch with us directly to discuss how your Donor Advised Fund can advance racial justice and equity in Brooklyn and beyond:
Sarah Shannon, Chief Philanthropy Officer
Brooklyn/NYC Racial Justice Organizations:
*This list will be updated and refreshed on an ongoing basis. Explore our Community Fund grant database here.
Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area.
Black Alliance for Just Immigration educates and engages African American and black immigrant communities to organize and advocate for racial, social and economic justice.
Black Excellence Collective uses art, activism and awareness to end violence against LGBTQ people of color.
Black Trans Media exists to reframe the value and worth of black trans peoples by building community/media/education for racial and gender justice.
Black Women's Blueprint works to place Black women and girls’ lives, as well as their particular struggles, squarely within the context of the larger racial justice concerns of Black communities.
BlackSpace is a group of Black urban planners, architects, artists, activists, designers, and leaders working to protect and create Black spaces.
Brooklyn Movement Center is a community organizing group based in Bed-Stuy that helps to bring together residents of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights to identify issues of importance to them, build power and improve conditions in their community.
Brownsville Community Justice Center works to reduce crime and incarceration, and strengthen community trust in justice in central Brooklyn.
Churches United for Fair Housing is a grassroots organization that works towards community empowerment through community organizing, youth engagement and by providing sophisticated social services.
DRUM was founded to build the power of South Asian and Indo-Caribbean low wage immigrant workers, youth, and families in New York City to win economic and educational justice, and civil and immigrant rights.
Equality for Flatbush is a people of color-led, multi-national grassroots organization that does anti-police repression, affordable housing and anti-gentrification/anti-displacement organizing in Flatbush, East Flatbush and Brooklyn-wide.
Fearless Femme 100 is a movement of extraordinary QTIBIPoC femmes who are creating a legacy of infinite self love through mental wellbeing, holistic wellness, arts, and activism for their community.
GRIOT Circle is a community-based, multigenerational organization serving LGBTQ elders of color with a mission to respond to and eliminate all forms of oppression, including: ageism, racism, sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, poverty, xenophobia, and their intersections.
Groundswell is a NYC-based organization that brings together youth, artists, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change, for a more just and equitable world.
Incredible Credible Messengers is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help returning citizens and their families by employing methods of Trauma-Informed Practices related to incarceration.
Made In Brownsville is a youth creative agency and innovation hub providing a gateway for young people to learn marketable hard skills in STEAM, access post-secondary education, achieve economic mobility, and engage in placed-based community revitalization.
New York State Youth Leadership Council is an undocumented, youth- led organization in New York that works to empower immigrant youth through leadership development, grassroots organizing, educational advancement, and self-expression.
Translatina Network has both a local and national focus, with a mission to promote the healthy development of trans people through promotion, outreach in education, and capacity-building.
UPROSE is an intergenerational, multi-racial, nationally-recognized, women of color led, grassroots organization that promotes sustainability and resiliency through community organizing, education, leadership development and cultural/artistic expression in Brooklyn, NY.
VOCAL-NY is a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war, mass incarceration, and homelessness in order to create healthy and just communities.
Additional Resources for Racial Justice Learning:
Local and National Racial Justice Organizations [Funders for Justice]
Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap [Building Movement Project]
Leaders of Color Speak Out [The Chronicle of Philanthropy]
Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villenueva
Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
How to Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
Code Switch [NPR]
1619 Project [NY Times]