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Insights to Impact

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.

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

Brooklyn Community Foundation is thrilled to celebrate Black Philanthropy Month, this year with the theme of “Fierce Urgency of Now: From Dream to Action”! 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
Maria Gutierrez
Donor Services Coordinator (She/Her/Hers)

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 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
Maria Gutierrez
Donor Services Coordinator (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.

April 11, 2022

Two years later, it’s still hard to believe the challenges we faced in the lead up to, and implementation of, the 2020 Census: decreased funding for the Census Bureau, the politically-motivated introduction of a citizenship question, the roll-out of a new online survey, and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic, which had taken hold of New York City right as the 2020 Census launched.

April 7, 2022
Ximena Gallego
Communications Intern

Through our Community-led Social Change grants, we’re partnering with the Center for Law and Social Justice over five years as they dismantle and reimagine policies and systems that have prevented Black, Indigenous and other communities of color from thriving both prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re excited to share a look at some of their recent work, and the impact of our partnership.

April 5, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

As her internship comes to a close, we're spotlighting our Communications Intern Ximena Gallego, who over the past several months has provided our team with support around digitial content development, website maintenance, and special Communciations projects.

March 31, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Foundation President & CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey and Invest in Youth Advisory Council Member Daniel-José Cyan were recent guests on Fox 5 New York's Good Day Street Talk. 

March 29, 2022
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

The Fund supports nonprofits nationwide that work to dismantle barriers to building a successful small business by fostering equal opportunities to creative entrepreneurship. 

March 23, 2022

Together with the Office of the New York State Attorney General Leticia James, we are pleased to announce the 10 community-based organizations receiving $2.2 million in grants from our new Wellness and Recovery Fund for substance treatment programs, harm reduction services, and policy and systems change. 

 

March 17, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We spoke with Mordecai (Mordy) Walfish, Chief Operating Officer at Leading Edge, about his commitment to supporting local, community-led work in the borough, and how his connection with Brooklyn Community Foundation has impacted his giving and community engagement. ​

March 14, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

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

 
March 10, 2022
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

Thank you to all who attended our 2022 Spark Breakfast hosted by the incomparable Ana Gasteyer!

February 21, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We spoke with Tarik Ward, Director of Music Programs and Strategic Operations at The ELMA Philanthropies Services (U.S.) Inc., to discuss the intention and origins of his Donor Advised Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Stanford GSB Alumni for Black Lives Fund. 

February 15, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

In part two of our conversation with Kendall Christiansen and Tom Bettridge, we discuss issues that interest them in the aging space and how their fund will continue the original New York Congregational Nursing Center’s legacy in the borough and beyond.

February 15, 2022

Spectrum News NY1 recently covered the work of our Invest in Youth Fund, including our Invest in Youth Advisory Council who helped decide $2.5 million in grants in late 2021.

February 14, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We spoke with Kendall Christiansen and Tom Bettridge, two of the advisors of the Congregational Home Legacy Fund, an Endowed Field of Interest Fund at the Foundation, to tell us about their experience opening a fund with Brooklyn Community Foundation.

February 10, 2022
Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Associate (She/Her/Hers)
We’re excited to announce that actress, comedian, and singer Ana Gasteyer will be joining us to host the Spark Breakfast on March 8th! Don’t miss the opportunity to join us for this special event. Purchase your ticket today!

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