Insights to Impact

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Insights to Impact

September 23, 2020

With immense gratitude, we are announcing that Brooklyn Community Foundation Chairman Alan H. Fishman will step down from his position on Friday, September 25, 2020. The Board of Directors will officially welcome Nicole Gueron and Harsha Marti as its new Co-Chairs, and Alan will continue to serve the Foundation as esteemed Chairman Emeritus.

September 17, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

We are proud to award $493,216 in state funding in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adam to community-based organizations to help increase the 2020 Census count. 

August 31, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

In this second installment of our interview with Lola C. West, Managing Director of WestFuller Advisors and member of the Foundation’s Spark Prize Committee, we discussed Lola's giving philosophy and her work in community-based philanthropy.

August 28, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

Lola C. West, Managing Director of WestFuller Advisors and member of the Foundation’s Spark Prize Committee, shared with us about her love for Brooklyn, her history with the Foundation, and the significance of Black Philanthropy.

August 19, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

Katrena Perou, Executive Director of Inspiring Minds NYC and Donor Advised Fund holder with Brooklyn Community Foundation, spoke with us about her experiences as a nonprofit leader, challenges facing nonprofit leaders of color, and how she is making an impact on the borough both personally and professionally.

August 13, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

Katrena Perou, Executive Director of Inspiring Minds NYC and Donor Advised Fund holder with Brooklyn Community Foundation, spoke with us about her relationship to Brooklyn, as well as her giving philosophy.

July 29, 2020
Jenny Walski
Director of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

In the face of a crisis, it’s common to be overwhelmed and unsure of where to start, so below we’ve compiled a list of easy, actionable steps you can take to support our beloved borough for the long-term.

July 21, 2020
Sabrina Hargrave
Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce $390,000 in new support from our Immigrant Rights Fund for 13 immigrant-led organizations that are advocating for systemic change and providing critical services to immigrants across Brooklyn. 

 

July 14, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In total, 214 weekly Immediate Response grants have gone to organizations that have been lifelines to our communities, providing desperately needed food, PPE, direct cash assistance, mental health services, remote learning support, healthcare, small business loans, legal aid, safe housing, and so much more. 

June 30, 2020
Michelina Ferrara
Coordinator, Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

On Saturday, June 27th, streaming live from across Brooklyn, our Brooklyn Youth Activists presented the 2020 Youth Voice Awards, honoring eight exciting projects led by youth that offer innovative solutions to the impacts of COVID-19 and systemic injustice in their communities. 

 

June 22, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

As the Mayor and City Council finalize New York City’s 2021 Budget with the pledge to divert funding from the NYPD to youth services and social services⁠ — we are calling on them to prioritize Black-led and POC-led organizations in this critical reinvestment.

 

June 18, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn Community Foundation will be closed on Friday in observance of Juneteenth. We encourage you to join us as we use the day to celebrate Black liberation, deepen our knowledge, and take action for racial justice.

June 15, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we are deeply committed to achieving our vision for a fair and just Brooklyn. And in this moment, we are seeing momentum build for that vision in new and powerful ways. 

 

June 10, 2020
Lisa Cowan
Fund Adviser, The College Opportunity Fund

For those of us who have been saving for a rainy day, we don’t need to look out the window to know that it is pouring.

June 9, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

Older adults across the country and around the world are at a heightened risk of contracting and becoming seriously i

June 8, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

As we demand an end to police brutality and respond to the destructive impact of COVID-19 in communities of color, we should also ask: What does safety, health, and justice look like for Brooklyn?

June 5, 2020

We hope each and everyone of our partners and supporters is moved to take action right now.

June 1, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Here in Brooklyn—home to the largest Black community in North America—tens of thousands of activists have taken to our streets to demand an end to the same conditions that have both led Black Brooklynites to die from COVID-19 at twice the rate of whites and taken the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many more. 

May 28, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

Economic, social, and health inequities are rooted along racial lines due to historic and ongoing policies that maintain structural racism—and in Brooklyn, we are seeing critical nonprofits working hard to mitigate the heightened impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.

May 26, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

As we mark 10 weeks of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, we want to share a snapshot of grantmaking so far. 
 

May 18, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Join us this Thursday, May 21st for “The Impact of COVID-19 on Black Communities,” a live conversation with Heather McGhee and Lurie Daniel Favors. They will offer their analysis of what steps governments and communities can take to address the crisis and ensure a racially just recovery. 

May 11, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce that, thanks to an outpouring of donations to the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, we have surpassed $3,000,000 from 1200+ givers.

 

May 8, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

Low-wage workers across sectors are facing extreme economic vulnerability and exposure to infection, making them especially susceptible to the short- and long-term impacts of the ongoing public health crisis.

May 4, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Tomorrow is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, and we want to put Brooklyn at the forefront of this international call to action. 

April 28, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

So much about life in Brooklyn’s communities has changed over the past 7 weeks, starting with the incredible isolation we’re all facing. Yet, while we wrestle with the countless impacts this crisis is having on our communities, we know that Brooklyn has never been more united.

April 28, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

Support of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund allows us to fuel essential relief services across the borough—including critical work to support survivors of domestic violence.

April 20, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

We believe that now is the time to be as generous as possible.

 

April 20, 2020
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn Community Foundation is launching #BrooklynGives for COVID-19 Relief in partnership with #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. 

 

April 13, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

We are working hard to get funds to our communities as quickly as possible. This week’s 25 new grants brings our total to $625,500 for 64 frontline organizations.
 

April 10, 2020
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

As our partners, want to keep you updated on how we are working to get support where it is needed most in our borough.

April 6, 2020
Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

This week, new funds provide support for vulnerable essential workers, assistance for women and young people recently released or currently detained on Rikers Island, home delivered meals for elders, and much more

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