Brooklyn Nonprofits Get a Spring in their Step with Donor Advised Grants
We are proud to share that two Donor Advised Funds based at Brooklyn Community Foundation announced grants to 22 organizations this spring!
Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF), a collective of philanthropists supporting Black arts organizations, and ALLINBKLYN, a women’s philanthropic initiative, each make annual grants to nonprofits with our administrative support.
BAFF founder DéLana R. Dameron started the fund last year with the goal of supporting small and mid-sized organizations focused on Black arts and culture. The group’s first round of grants is already receiving attention from the art world, and Dameron says she hopes that the fund will help not only artists but also provide a community for emerging philanthropists who want to be involved in common interests.
“I felt that my skills in fundraising and organizing could be a perfect match to begin the foundations for what could be an instrumental and force for funding Black arts—a significantly underfunded field, but one that contributes so much to the artistic and creative community at large,” she said.
Black Art Futures Fund founder DéLana R. Dameron
BAFF granted a total of $15,000 to four nonprofits. The Center for Afrofuturist Studies in Iowa City, Iowa, I, Too Arts Collective in New York, Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance in Brooklyn, and The Watering Hole in Columbia, South Carolina all received funding.
ALLINBKLYN has been making annual grants to organizations in Brooklyn since 2014. Founded by Eliza Winans Rossman, the group of 60 women meets four times each year to learn about local nonprofits with the goal of supporting those who are strengthening the borough. Since its founding, the group has given nearly $1 million to 35 Brooklyn organizations.
ALLINBKLYN founder Eliza Winans Rossman
This year, 18 grantees received a total of $300,000. They include The Alex House Project, Beam Center, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger (BSCAH), Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, Common Justice, Cora Dance, Emma's Torch, Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Heights and Hills, Jeremiah Program, Kings County Tennis League, New York Peace Institute, Power of Two, READ 718, The Service Learning Project, and Reconnect Brooklyn.
Congratulations to all BAFF and ALLINBKLYN 2018 grantees!