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Insights to Impact

October 7, 2021
Sarah Shannon
Acting President & CEO (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.

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.

March 12, 2021
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

With your help our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund has become the single largest community-funded effort in the Foundation’s history, but this work is far from over. You can help your Brooklyn neighbors by investing in a better future for our borough.

February 25, 2021
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

New grants from our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund will support trusted community-based organizations to address inequities in access to information and health care services—including vaccines

 
February 10, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We're proud to share the stories of our supporters who helped make this critical work possible. We spoke with Maria Buck about what inspired her to give to the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, and why she decided to become a monthly donor to Brooklyn Community Foundation. 

February 4, 2021
Marcella J. Tillett
Vice President of Programs and Partnerships (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn is home to the largest Black community in North America. Nearly 70 percent of the borough’s residents are non-white. For our staff at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the events of the past year have revealed in the starkest terms that systemic racism is the greatest threat to the health and well-being of our communities.

February 3, 2021
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

 We spoke with social change strategist Dave Algoso about what inspired him and his wife, Annie Coombs, to give to the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, and why they decided to become monthly donors to the Fund. 

January 13, 2021

2020 was a year of extraordinary grassroots generosity, enabling us to distribute $12.7 million to nonprofits, breaking all Foundation records. The remarkable scale and urgency of this grantmaking to address overwhelming community need was made possible by over 3,000 donors, also a milestone for our institution.

January 7, 2021

In 13 days we start a new chapter of American history, led by courageous organizers and movement builders who have not given up on their belief in a better future for us all.

December 29, 2020

This moment demands a renewed commitment to a fair and just Brooklyn. Join us and deepen your investment in community-led change.

December 23, 2020
Marcella J. Tillett
Vice President of Programs and Partnerships (She/Her/Hers)

As part of our institutional commitment to racial justice, we are here to work with you to increase giving to Black-led and other people of color-led organizations working on the frontlines of the fight for social change.

December 21, 2020

As we look ahead to a new Presidency, we know that there is an incredible amount of work to be done. And we need to equip nonprofits with the funding and resources to get started on day one.

 

December 17, 2020

This week we are launching the next phase of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, which begins with an ambitious community engagement process we’re calling Brooklyn Insights 2020.

 

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