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Working Together to Ignite Change

Brooklyn Org is part of a dynamic community of foundations, businesses, and civic leaders working to back the borough

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Clara Wu Tsai (center) and Brooklyn Org President & CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey (right) take a selfie with the winners of The Just Brooklyn Prize

Over the years, we have built strong relationships with government and philanthropy. Our partnerships have supported community-specific and borough-wide efforts to celebrate local changemakers and Brooklyn-born ideas.

Brooklyn Org is only one thread in the fabric of social justice work being done across the borough. We’re building bridges between our organization and the individuals who are already enthusiastically investing in Brooklyn, whether it’s government officials, civic leaders, or larger institutions. We believe that this coalition building is key to helping Brooklyn’s nonprofits bring community-led solutions to their full potential and to have a seat at every table.

Business Partners

As the borough’s go-to giving partner, Brooklyn Org is proud to collaborate with local and national companies to spread love across our communities through corporate social responsibility programs, round-up campaigns, and more.

The Etsy Uplift Fund

We are proud to partner with Etsy, the global marketplace for unique and creative goods that is headquartered right here in Brooklyn.

Etsy established the Uplift Fund as a donor advised fund to support nonprofits nationwide that work to dismantle barriers to building a successful small business by fostering equal opportunities to creative entrepreneurship.

Etsy buyers in the United States can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar amount at check out, and the change is donated to the Uplift Fund. These buyer donations, as well as direct grants from Etsy, will be distributed by Brooklyn Org to nonprofit organizations across the country working directly with creators who need support building their own businesses.

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Brooklyn Org has a longstanding commitment to building a fair Brooklyn that is a vibrant and prosperous borough for all of its residents. The goal of the Uplift Fund is to break down barriers that prevent equitable access to entrepreneurship. In choosing Brooklyn Org, we knew we would be working with a team that’s committed to leveraging creative solutions to build positive change in Brooklyn and beyond. Dinah Jean, Etsy’s Senior Manager of Social Innovation

BKO Backers

We are grateful for the investment of corporate and foundation partners whose critical, unrestricted support backs our events and grantmaking programs.

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Creators of our new Brooklyn Org brand

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Donald a pells charitable trust.
Edward s moore family foundation.
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Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust

Mary J. Hutchins Foundation

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The Richard and Barbara Moore Family Foundation

The Seedworks Fund

Program Partners

Through our sector-leading approach grounded in racial justice, we work with government, philanthropic, and private institutions to develop strategic initiatives that touch every corner of Brooklyn.

The Just Brooklyn Prize aims to shine a spotlight on Brooklynites who are leading the fight for racial justice and the important work they’re doing to improve the borough. We are proud to partner with Brooklyn Org to honor five changemakers building power in their communities. Clara Wu Tsai, Founder of the Social Justice Fund, Owner of the Brooklyn Nets, New York Liberty, and Barclays Center

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The Just Brooklyn Prize

Presented in partnership with The Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation’s Social Justice Fund, the Just Brooklyn Prize is a $100,000 annual award to celebrate five outstanding BIPOC champions in the fight for racial justice in Brooklyn.

Each winner of the Just Brooklyn Prize receives an unrestricted $20,000 grant in recognition of their contributions to the pursuit of racial and social justice in the borough.

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Explore our other partnerships:

Office of the Attorney General

Brooklyn Org partnered with the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) of New York State to distribute $2.2 million to organizations working to ensure that those who navigate the difficult road of substance abuse and addiction do so with reliable support that honors their agency and dignity.

The OAG designated Brooklyn Org as the recipient and steward of charitable assets that remained from the dissolution of Canarsie A.W.A.R.E., Inc., following its leaders’ conviction for a scheme that exploited some of New York’s most vulnerable residents and defrauded Medicaid. An advisory council of eight Brooklyn residents, who are personally impacted by substance misuse and/or have worked with impacted communities, reviewed grant applications and selected 10 community-based nonprofits to each receive grants of $217,500.

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Fishman Family Fund for Economic Opportunity
Judy Fishman, Brooklyn Org President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, and Alan Fishman

Funded through donor contributions honoring the service, vision, and leadership of Brooklyn Org Chair Emeritus Alan Fishman, the Fishman Family Fund for Economic Opportunity is designed help close the racial wealth gap in Brooklyn by tackling structural barriers that limit BIPOC Brooklynites’ access to financial and economic stability.

The Fishman Family Fund for Economic Opportunity is made possible by the generous support of the following donors:

  • Antonia and David Belt
  • Robert Catell
  • Isaac Chera
  • Jolie Curtsinger Schwartz and Gabriel Schwartz
  • Katharine and Peter Darrow
  • Katharine and Rohit Desai
  • MaryAnne Gilmartin
  • Lauren Glant and Michael Gillespie
  • Sandra and Colvin Grannum
  • Karoly and Hank Gutman
  • Ralph Herzka
  • Karen Brooks Hopkins
  • Hilary and Edwin Jager
  • Melissa and Zul Jamal
  • Abbe and Dan Klores
  • Margo Levine and Robert Cantor
  • Vivian Liao Korich and Daniel Korich
  • Meera and Harsha Marti
  • Diane L. Max
  • Noa Meyer and Edward Minoff
  • Bonne and John Mogulescu
  • Barbara and Richard Moore
  • Joshua Muss
  • Andi Phillips and Paul Hinton
  • Susan and William Rifkin
  • Carley Roney and David Liu
  • Constance and Theodore Roosevelt
  • Hildy Simmons and David Sprafkin
  • Diane and Joseph Steinberg
  • Mamie Kanfer Stewart and Justin Stewart
  • Susannah Taylor and Phil Marriott
  • Sarah Williams and Andrew Kimball
National Grid

The National Grid Youth Spaces Competition is a Brooklyn-based program that grants $50,000 to small local nonprofits with the aim of developing physical spaces dedicated to young people in the community. It is the newest initiative of National Grid’s ongoing Project C, which is committed to building a more equitable future for community youth. We were delighted to provide advisory services for the competition’s inaugural year. After the judging committee selected the six finalists, community members voted to select the final award winner.

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