Investing in Brooklyn’s Future

July 6, 2012

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138 Grants. $2.3 Million. A Bigger Impact by Giving Together.

We are thrilled to announce Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Class of 2012: 138 highly-effective, locally-sourced ideas and initiatives ready to take on our borough’s most significant social and economic challenges.

The donor-supported investment totals $2,299,600 and is distributed across five funds: Education & Youth Achievement, Arts for All, Community Development, Caring Neighbors, and Green Communities—which so many of you have generously contributed to over the past year.

We’re linking people who love Brooklyn and want to invest in its improvement with the organizations and institutions that are performing this essential work, often out of public view and without substantial resources. They may not all be household names, but they best understand our diverse communities and are getting real results.

- Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber

View the complete list of our 2012 grants here

A Critical Time to Give

Brooklyn is changing. We’ve got a swelling skyline, a professional sports team, and exponential cultural capital. But with that change, the economic disparities among our residents are becoming painfully evident.

“When people talk about Brooklyn, they often speak of the quality of life here. Yet revitalization is leaving a lot of our neighbors behind. We want to ensure that the great ‘Brooklyn life’ many of us know and love is available to all who call Brooklyn home—from Brooklyn Heights to Brownsville to Brighton Beach, and every neighborhood in between.”

- Brooklyn Community Foundation
Chairman Alan Fishman

Today, one in four Brooklynites lives in poverty. And the contributing causes—poor educational outcomes, unemployment, escalating rents, and access to good health care and healthy food—remain deeply rooted in many of our biggest neighborhoods.

Through our interconnected funds, we take a multipronged approach to addressing these factors, to achieve the biggest collective impact. We believe that:

Looking at the grants, you’ll see many exciting new organizations in addition to our borough’s terrific anchor institutions. Over the coming weeks, we’ll introduce you to their ideas for creating lasting positive change within our communities, and how together, they represent our borough’s greatest hope for making Brooklyn a better home for all.  

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What's "Good" in Brooklyn

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For its "Donor of the Day" column, the Journal interviewed Nancy Schuh, who established a fund at the Brooklyn Community Foundation in honor of her late-husband Joseph Mohbat. As a journalist and Brooklynite, Mohbat often sought out opportunities to help young writers develop their talents. The fund will distribute an annual scholarship to a graduating senior at Benjamin Banneker Academy in Clinton Hill. The first award was given out last month to Sasha Fletcher. Read the article here.


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