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December 1, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Over 3,100 donors have contributed $1 million (and counting!) to 113 nonprofits at BrooklynGives.org. This is the most ever raised through the campaign, and proof of what is possible when you GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE!

 
November 30, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

It's the year's biggest day of giving—make sure to GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! Search, discover, and support more than 200 local nonprofits at BrooklynGives.org. We've already halfway to our $1 million goal! 

 

November 23, 2021
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

As your community foundation, we’re here to provide tips and guidance on your giving to maximize your impact in Brooklyn and beyond. Read on for some of the many ways you can plan your giving.

 
November 18, 2021
Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Associate (She/Her/Hers)

We are thrilled to announce this year's #BrooklynGives Door Prizes, available to participating nonprofits at BrookynGives.org!

November 18, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

With only a few weeks until #BrooklynGives, there’s still plenty of time to make sure your #BrooklynGives campaign is ready to go. 

November 8, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Jocelynne Rainey will join Brooklyn Community Foundation as President and CEO on December 6, 2021. She follows Cecilia Clarke, who departed in July after holding the position since 2013.
 

November 1, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

This year’s giving season is even sweeter because #BrooklynGives and The Social are partnering to launch a new ice cream flavor to benefit local nonprofits!

October 26, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Matching Funds and Peer-to-Peer Fundraising are two Giving Day features that can expand your reach for #BrooklynGives 2021 by both doubling the donations your organization receives and utilizing your most passionate supporters to share their stories and fundraise on behalf of your organization.

October 21, 2021
Marcella J. Tillett
Vice President of Programs and Partnerships (She/Her/Hers)

After being on pause last year, our Brooklyn Community Foundation $100,000 SPARK Prize has returned for 2021—and we are thrilled to share the 20 nonprofit finalists selected by our Spark Prize Committee.

 
October 21, 2021
Kimberly Izar
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

The act of redistributing wealth is a powerful tool for community change — and a recent study, the

October 7, 2021
Sarah Shannon
Chief Operating Officer (She/Her/Hers)

To pay tribute to the leader who shaped nearly a decade of growth and transformation for our institution, we are proud to announce the Cecilia Clarke Fund for Nonprofit Leaders.

September 26, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Learn everything you need to know about #BrooklynGives, including how to register your organization for the big event and the features available to make your organization as successful as possible.

August 31, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We spoke with Jacquel Clemons Moore, Interim Executive Director at Kings Against Violence Initiative, Inc. (KAVI), an organization that connects with youth of color in various settings—at their schools, in their communities, and in hospitals—as part of a holistic approach to violence intervention that begins and ends with recognizing their humanity.

August 25, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett joined this week's conversation on "The Argument," a New York Times Podcast, to discuss the benefits and risks of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

August 25, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

"From that moment on, I was destined to follow my heart, to continue to live my truth as a Black gay man, to always stand up for what I saw as right, even if I stood alone." - Uchechukwu Onwa

August 23, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We spoke with Yamilée Toussaint Beach, Founder and CEO of STEM From Dance, an organization that uses dance to empower, educate, and encourage girls of color to purse their interests in fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

August 18, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

To celebrate this year's Black Philanthropy Month, we reached out to several Black leaders in our nonprofit

July 22, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Today, we are excited to announce over $4.4 million in multiyear grantmaking commitments to 25 nonprofits advancing racial justice and advocating for long-term change in our borough, made possible with the critical continued support of our donors.

July 19, 2021
Kimberly Izar
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Economic justice is racial justice - and a Donor Advised Fund is a unique tool that can help you mobilize critical resources to support grassroots nonprofits at the forefront of lasting social change.

June 17, 2021

We are pleased to join the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s call to action among community foundations to commit to funding Black communities, at a minimum, equal to their representation in our overall population. 

 

June 16, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce the addition of Shelley Stewart III to our Board of Directors this spring. 

June 9, 2021
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

Because structural change doesn't happen overnight, we are investing an additional $2.5 million in community-led advocacy and organizing over the next five years. Join us in the fight for a fair and just Brooklyn by donating today.

May 25, 2021
Marcella J. Tillett
Vice President of Programs and Partnerships (She/Her/Hers)

We are thrilled to announce the return of our $100,000 Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits! The application is now open through Friday, June 25th.
 

May 20, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Rabbi Rachel Timoner joins author Heather McGhee to discuss her new book 'The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.' 

April 29, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

In this conversation qw discuss the findings of our Brooklyn Insights 2020 community discussions, including community-led solutions to barriers of systemic inequity.

April 21, 2021

Yesterday evening, in the moments before a Minneapolis jury read their verdict declaring that George Floyd had indeed

April 20, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

As the COVID-19 pandemic surpasses the one-year mark, we are announcing $541,000 in new grants from our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund to address ongoing health, economic, and social challenges in communities of color. 

April 1, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to share the findings from our Brooklyn Insights 2020 process, which is informing over $3 million in new grants through the next phase of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund. 

March 17, 2021

It is with a full heart that I write to share that I will be leaving the Foundation this summer to embark on a new personal and professional chapter.
 

March 17, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett joined WNET's MetroFocus for a critical conversation on vaccine access, hesitancy, and healthcare equity in communities of color. 

March 13, 2021
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

A year ago today we launched our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, and you—our incredible frontline grantee partners, our donors, our neighbors—rallied to support our beloved borough.

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