Ways to Give

An Option for Everyone

Brooklyn Community Foundation offers donors a variety of ways to support the community you love. Choose the option that aligns with your goals today, and help ensure a stronger Brooklyn for tomorrow. 

The Community Fund

Support the Foundation’s mission to spark social change across Brooklyn through grantmaking and special initiatives. A permanently endowed fund, the Community Fund is a flexible source of support for the Foundation’s strategic initiatives, grantmaking, and leadership activities. It enables the Foundation to effectively respond to the needs of Brooklyn over time, in partnership with dedicated donors and stakeholders on the frontlines of social change. Learn more about contributing to the Community Fund. 

Establish a Fund

Opening a Donor Advised Fund with the Foundation is the most efficient way to support the organizations you care about (in Brooklyn and beyond) through one simple channel. Our Donor Advised Fund program is informed by years of philanthropic leadership and local grantmaking experience, making it the natural choice for donors who want to strengthen Brooklyn’s communities today and for the future. Learn more about establishing a Fund, including fund options.

Create a Legacy

We offer many options for families to establish a permanent philanthropic legacy in Brooklyn through bequests, endowment funds, and other estate planning vehicles.  Learn more about establishing a bequest.

Become a Monthly Sustainer

Together, we can fuel even more community-led change! Join us as a monthly donor to sustain the incredible work of Brooklyn nonprofits through our Community Fund. Monthly donations provide a steady source of support for our investment in organizations fighting for social and racial justice.

Donor Leadership

We support the philanthropic leadership of donors in Brooklyn seeking to build strategic partnerships around their giving. 

  • Giving Circles enable like-minded donors to pool their resources to address a specific issue or program area they care about. Join an existing giving circle or start your own to see how the power of collective giving can amplify your impact in Brooklyn. Learn more about Giving Circles at Brooklyn Community Foundation.
  • ALLINBKLYN is a women’s philanthropic initiative dedicated to promoting a tradition of giving in Brooklyn. Members pool their funds and make grants to organizations in service to the people and places of Brooklyn. Learn more about ALLINBKLYN.
  • Black Art Futures is a collective of emerging philanthropists promoting the elevation and preservation of Black arts & culture. Through grantmaking, board-matching, and organization-to-donor cultivation, Black Art Futures seeks to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art. Grants are awarded to small and mid-sized ($1.5M or less) nonprofits working to enhance the future of Black arts & culture. DéLana R.A. Dameron founded Black Arts Futures as a philanthropic initiative of Red Olive Creative Consulting in 2017. Donate to Black Arts Futures.

Brooklyn Community Foundation accepts donations of cash, stock, real estate, artwork, and bequests. All non-cash donations are subject to approval by the Foundation and all donations are 100% tax-deductible. 

Read our complete gift acceptance policy here.