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Insights to Impact

September 29, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In our new annual Impact Report, we want to introduce you to our Brooklyn approach to philanthropy aimed at racial justice and community-led change, as told through the voices of our partners who are critical to this work. 
 

September 8, 2022
Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Associate (She/Her/Hers)

Join us on Wednesday, October 12th at the Weylin in Williamsburg for an ‘only in Brooklyn’ celebration of community-led change. 

September 8, 2022
Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

If you’ve not yet considered establishing a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at Brooklyn Community Foundation to organize your charitable giving, you may be missing out. And if you’re already using a DAF at the Foundation to organize your giving, it never hurts to review the benefits of having your fund with us.

September 6, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

NY1 Spectrum News shone a spotlight on our Spark Prize and the impact of our investment on past winning organization, The Campaign Against Hunger.

September 1, 2022
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

We’re creating an event that’s unapologetically Brooklyn – celebrating the power of community-led change with dinner, dancing, special guests, and so much more on Wednesday, October 12th!

August 29, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Pix11 highlighted our investment in youth-centered nonprofits on a recent "It's a G Thing" feature, focusing on a new community garden stewarded by our grantee partners at Green Guerillas.

August 29, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Our Board Member Lawanna Kimbro, Managing Director of the Stardust Fund, shared with us her thoughts on the meaning of philanthropy—acknowledging its history of harm—and the critical need to center community in this work.

August 24, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn.

August 23, 2022
Avery Gilliam
Communications Intern (They/Them/Theirs)

Muslim Community Network (MCN) aims to shape public understanding of Muslim identity while supporting members of New York’s Muslim community through civic education and leadership development.

August 22, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Our Board Member Michelle DeFossett, Chief Operating Officer of Girls Who Invest, shared with us her thoughts on the significance of philanthropy as a means to address injustices of the past.

August 19, 2022
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce the members of our 2022-2023 Spark Prize Committee! To date, the Spark Prize has awarded more than $3 million to Brooklyn nonprofits and continues to support organizations that are committed to racial and social justice. 

August 17, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

I am grateful the mayor is committed to supporting nonprofits that act as lifelines to the communities and people they serve. I hope his administration continues to quickly register contracts and pay nonprofits — as there is still much work to be done.

August 16, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Our Board Member Ingrid Benedict, Director of the Daphne Foundation, shared with us her thoughts on the meaning of philanthropy and the opportunity it provides for community engagement.

August 15, 2022
Avery Gilliam
Communications Intern (They/Them/Theirs)

Brooklyn Community Foundation extends a warm welcome to our new Program Associate, Keyla Davis!

August 9, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn Community Foundation is thrilled to celebrate Black Philanthropy Month. Throughout August we're highlighting leaders within our own organization—and we encourage you to follow the hashtag #bpm2022 on social media and pledge your support for Black-led nonprofits across Brooklyn!

August 3, 2022

Philanthropy means a “love of humanity”—in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing, and enhancing “what it is to be human” for both donors and the groups they want to support. As Brooklyn’s community foundation, we’re here to help you make that connection to explore ways to give in your community, your way.

July 28, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn.

July 20, 2022
Avery Gilliam
Communications Intern (They/Them/Theirs)

This summer, Brooklyn Community Foundation salutes the promotion of our long-time team member Sabrina Hargrave to Director of Programs. 

July 13, 2022
Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Understanding the ideal mix of charitable activities based on your social impact personality type—investorconnector or activator—can be useful as you decide how to spread love in your community. Whatever your type, our team can help you reach your goals.

June 24, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

The Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization isn’t just wrong, it’s discriminatory; it isn’t just a setback for a just and equitable society, it punishes people and families with fewer means.

June 23, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

We don’t need more guns on our streets, but the Supreme Court just gave the green light for people to conceal and carry in New York. 

June 21, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn.

June 13, 2022
Ximena Gallego
Communications Intern

The work of our partners at VOCAL-NY is steadily building momentum—and their advocacy is more critical today than ever before.

June 3, 2022
Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

As donors grow more in tune with social impact, they are looking to structure and plan their charitable giving around the causes that they are passionate about, and are considering ways to incorporate philanthropy into financial and estate plans. 

May 25, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

In times of crisis we find strength in our neighbors—in local violence interrupters—who are leading the movement to grow public safety and communal healing.

May 18, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn.

May 16, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

First, I want to acknowledge the precious lives lost on Saturday in Buffalo–our New York State brethren who were targeted solely on the basis of their skin color while they were trying to do the most essential of life’s routine–getting food for their families.

May 9, 2022
Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

This spring, grow your family’s philanthropy with the gift of giving: consider establishing a Donor Advised Fund as a way to connect with family members across locales and generations. 

May 5, 2022
Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

The College Opportunity Fund—a Donor Advised Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation—was an early investor in NYC Kids RISE’s Queens pilot program, which set the groundwork for the citywide program.  

April 28, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn.

April 28, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We spoke with Isabel Hill to discuss her Donor Advised Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation, and how her partnership with the Foundation has informed her giving.

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