Marcella J. Tillett felt a calling to social work as a college student intrigued by the Afrocentric perspective of the classes. The experience provided the inspiration for the rest of her career. "I work from a social justice framework for all people," she said. "And all my professional roles have allowed me to work toward the betterment of Black people's lives."
July 1, 2020
In one of the country’s hardest hit neighborhoods, the coronavirus pandemic left Elzie Wright and her small Brooklyn-based nonprofit feeling afraid and alone. They were under-resourced and serving a high risk population; they had to look for help in new places. In a time when so much money was being funneled into the nonprofit sector — yet none of it seemed to trickle down to the smaller $100,000 organizations such as Wright’s — the nonprofit found support in their own backyard.
May 21, 2020
This piece originally appeared at newyorkdailynews.com
May 7, 2020
What is typically a post-Thanksgiving tradition, some in Brooklyn are marking “Giving Tuesday” now as part of a global day of unity in response to the unprecedented need c
October 22, 2019
Alloy Development’s new building in Dumbo will ask condo owners to make a donation to the Brooklyn Community Foundation and help make decisions about where in the community the money should go. When a new condo development opens in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood in late 2020 or early 2021, residents will get a unique request when they move in: an invitation to donate to a new philanthropic fund to support social causes in neighboring communities.
September 10, 2019
Excerpt: Restorative justice asks “after a harm is committed, how do you repair the harm that has been done by bringing all parties into a conversation,” says Amy Chou, project officer for a restorative-justice pilot program launched by the Brooklyn Community Foundation at two high schools and a middle school.
Op-Ed: Making New Yorkers count: To ensure New York City doesn’t suffer a 2020 Census disaster, get money flowing to community organizations
June 19, 2019
New York state and city governments have turned the 2020 Census into a slow-moving train with no conductor. Given the major challenges tied to this Census — including the likely inclusion of a citizenship question that recent evidence indicates was explicitly designed to suppress the count in cities with large immigrant communities — we are desperately behind where we should be.
March 24, 2019
When Amazon announced they were pulling their new HQ2 from New York, taking with it the promise of billions of dollars in new revenue, many in the state Assembly celebrated while Gov. Cuomo railed on Twitter. But in the midst of this blame game, a new $50 billion dollar windfall is being almost entirely ignored by the same New York state officials.
January 23, 2019
As Brooklyn does better, so do its nonprofits. Brooklyn Community Foundation — the first and only public foundation totally dedicated to Brooklyn — distributed a whopping $7,068,413 in grants to local charities and nonprofits in 2018.
October 24, 2018
More than 80 percent of Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents live in areas identified as “hard to count,” according to the City University of New York (CUNY) Mapping Service. This could come back to haunt the borough in the 2020 Census. Census figures factor in obtaining federal funding for health care, schools, housing, security, infrastructure, transportation and more. An undercounted population means Brooklyn loses out on much-needed funding it is entitled to.