September Newsletter: NY Times Discussion on Vaccine Mandates + More News from Your Community Foundation

September 14, 2021

In The News

Last month, our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett was a featured guest on The New York Times podcast, “The Argument,” discussing the nuances of vaccine mandates, equity, and how organizations supported through our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund are engaging with local communities to address concerns and barriers to care. 

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Community Engagement Power 50

City and State selected our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett for its annual "Community Engagement Power 50" list of NYC noteworthy grassroots leaders, alongside current and recent grantee partners including Mohamed Attia of The Street Vendor Project, Bianca Guerrero of Make the Road New York, Maria Viera of RiseBoro Community Partnership, Jawanza James Williams of VOCAL-NY, Elizabeth Yeampierre of Uprose, and Jo-Ann Yoo of Asian American Federation. Congratulations to all!

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Join Brooklyn's Biggest Day of Giving!

Calling all Brooklyn nonprofits: Registration for #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday is now open! Create your profile today so that thousands of donors can search, discover, and support your organization on Giving Tuesday!
Powered by Brooklyn Community Foundation, #BrooklynGives unites donors and nonprofits across our borough in support of social change on the year’s biggest day of giving. Now in its 6th year, #BrooklynGives has raised over $3 million for hundreds of grassroots, community-led nonprofits dedicated to racial justice.
Be sure to sign up for our first nonprofit training next Tuesday, September 21st at 2pm. 
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Black Philanthropy Month 2021

In August, we celebrated Black Philanthropy Month by reaching out to Black leaders in our nonprofit community to learn about what inspires their work, local Black-led organizations they admire, and how the organizations they lead are working to achieve equity in our communities. Here's an excerpt from our conversation with Yamilée Toussaint Beach of STEM From Dance (pictured above):

Who is a leader in the Black community (past or present) who inspires you?

I continue to be inspired by the pioneers. There is a certain fortitude and resilience that comes with being the first to achieve something. I think of someone like Shirley Jackson, who was the first African-American woman to have earned a doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology - my alma mater - and also the second African-American woman in the United States to earn a doctorate in physics. Hearing about her journey encourages me to be just as courageous in my work. 

The series also features Jacquel Clemons Moore of KAVIUchechukwu Onwa of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project, and Toya Lillard of viBe Theater Experience

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