Embracing the Brooklyn Season of Giving

Dear Neighbors,

For most of us the holiday season is an extra special time of year—good meals, gifts, gatherings with family and friends—as we reflect on faith and giving to others.

For many Brooklynites however, this will be a season of greater anxiety about putting food on the table, making rent and mortgage payments, providing for their children, and battling poor health.

The cost of living here is increasing, yet incomes are not. One in five Brooklynites have incomes that are so low that they are unable to afford food at some point during the year. Neighborhoods like East Flatbush, Bedford Stuyvesant, and Canarsie have some of the highest foreclosure rates in the city. Even in an increasingly developing neighborhood like Red Hook, more than half the residents still live in poverty.

We’ve heard the worried voices and received concerned emails from food pantries, social service providers, and dozens of other nonprofit organizations serving our neighbors. We continue to do what we can to answer their calls for help, but we are facing an unprecedented time of increased demand and fewer and fewer resources.

So far in 2011, we’ve provided 119 nonprofits organizations with more than $2.3 million through our five Field of Interest Funds, a sampling of whose stories are told in our Holiday 2011 Newsletter.

View the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Holiday 2011 Newsletter
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This work is made possible because of generous donors like you who want to do something about hunger, who want to help educate children, who want to help seniors stay in their homes, and who want to help people get the skills they need to get good jobs.

This holiday season, we ask that you join us and give a gift to Brooklyn, the place that you have embraced as your home and the place you want to share with your family and friends. During these difficult economic times any gift at any level is more important than ever before.

Through the end of this year a generous anonymous donor will match all gifts of up to $250, and thanks to our legacy operating support from Independence Bank, 100% of your tax-deductible donation goes directly back to the community to support the best ideas and programs serving Brooklyn.

Please make your donation to Brooklyn online here, by mail, or by calling (347)750-2310.

Thank you for joining us to Do Good Right Here during the Holidays and all through the year!


Marilyn Gelber
Brooklyn Community Foundation