Dream. Imagine. Resist.

Dear Friends and Supporters:

What is a fair and just Brooklyn worth to you? At Brooklyn Community Foundation, your generosity can spark lasting change every day.

As the only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn, we work in partnership with generous donors like you to bolster vital nonprofits, strengthen local neighborhoods, and increase opportunities for Brooklyn youth.

No time is more urgent than now for your support. The past year has been filled with divisive rhetoric and unjust policies that, despite our best efforts, affect our beloved Brooklyn—especially our most vulnerable neighbors.

That’s why Brooklyn Community Foundation has been working harder than ever to support organizations and leaders on the frontlines of change. Here are some highlights from the past year:

  • Dream: Through our Brooklyn Youth Fellowship, we amplify the voices of young people and train them to be grantmakers. The Fellows identify, vet and invest in youth-led projects from across Brooklyn through our annual Youth Voice Awards. Funded projects cover a wide range of social and civil rights issues, including peer support groups for young people with incarcerated parents, “Know Your Rights” education for undocumented youth, and leadership development programs that empower young people to be decision-makers in their community.
  • Imagine: In 2017, our Invest in Youth grants provided over $2.5 million to community-based nonprofits that transform and support Brooklyn’s next generation. Recent youth-focused grants include job training for youth coming out of Rikers, services and empowerment for young mothers, and mentorship programs for LGTBQ youth in foster care.
  • Resist: Our Immigrant Rights Fund is an ongoing response to mounting uncertainty and fear in Brooklyn’s immigrant communities following the damaging and confusing executive orders of the past year. Did you know that nearly 40% of Brooklyn residents are foreign-born and almost half of our local businesses are immigrant-owned? Since last November, we have made over $350,000 in grants to organizations providing legal assistance, mental health support, and protection for families threatened by deportation.

Working with Brooklyn nonprofits proves time and again that our local organizations are some of the most diverse, resilient, and courageous in the country—dedicated to finding Brooklyn solutions to Brooklyn’s challenges.

As 2017 comes to a close, we look to the future with hope because we have seen firsthand what the best and brightest in Brooklyn can do. When our community comes together to resist, dream, and imagine—we see action!

I urge you to make a donation to show what a fair and just Brooklyn is worth to you. I can assure you that 100% of your donation will go directly to local nonprofits. Let’s spark change together.

Cecilia Clarke

PS: Great news for Brooklyn! If you increase your annual gift, or are a new donor to the Foundation, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by two of our generous board members.