Voting Underway for Do Gooder Awards


– More than 250 nominated, thousands log on to select finalists for Brooklyn's community-service and philanthropy honor --

BROOKLYN, NY—Gardeners, educators, artists, volunteers, business people, and many more were nominated for the first-ever Brooklyn Do Gooder Awards, an initiative of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the first borough-wide charitable organization focused solely on the borough. Through September 30, nearly 400 people submitted online nominations for individuals who they believe embody the Foundation's motto to “Do Good Right Here” by making Brooklyn stronger and better. Now, it's up to the public to help choose 20 finalists from nominees in five categories (Arts for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement and Green Communities) by voting online at  Voting has been extended through Midnight on October 17, 2010.

The campaign, which invited the broader Brooklyn community to nominate individuals who display an outstanding sense of giving back locally, will culminate at the Foundation's anniversary celebration— Brooklyn Does Good— on November 3, 2010 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) Palm House.  This event will honor the winners and celebrate the first anniversary of the Foundation since its re-launch as Brooklyn’s first community foundation.

“We are moved by the outpouring of enthusiasm from the community to recognize those who are giving back locally,” said Marilyn Gelber, President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. “Our Do Gooder nominees represent the spirit of Brooklyn — a cross section of people and communities where neighbors are working together in their own ways, making our borough stronger and kinder. We hope others are inspired by learning more about the nominees and prompted to support this good work not only by voting, but contributing to this important work over time,” she said.

Once the public helps determine the competition's 20 finalists, a distinguished panel of judges will choose five winners to represent the Foundation's fields of interest. Judges include WNYC’s President Laura Walker, Community Service Society President David Jones, Freelancer Union’s founder Sara Horowitz, MoCADA Gallery founder  Laurie Cumbo, the legendary owner of Sahadi’s middle eastern specialty store, Charlie Sahadi, Brooklyn Brewery founder Steve Hindy,  award-winning author Peter Hedges and other local Brooklyn “celebrities”  For a full list of judges, visit
Each of the five winning Brooklyn Do Gooders will receive an award as well as $5,000 to be used as a reinvestment in a recognized 501(c)3 charitable entity of their choice working in Brooklyn or in a Brooklyn Community Foundation Field of Interest Fund.
Community partners, grassroots campaigning and social media have all played a great role in mobilizing local Do Gooders to celebrate this important work.  Tickets to celebrate at the BBG are now on sale at . A portion of proceeds go directly to support the nonprofit community in Brooklyn.


The Brooklyn Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn through grantmaking and by encouraging local giving and community service. The first and only one of its kind in Brooklyn, the Foundation was founded in 2009 to support the borough’s most effective nonprofits in five Fields of Interest: Art for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement, and Green Communities. Since 1998, operating as the Independence Community Foundation, the Foundation distributed over $70 million in grants throughout New York Metro area, more than half of which was in Brooklyn. Learn more at:; Follow on Twitter @DoGoodBklyn.