Change Starts Here: Please Support Our Phase 2 COVID Response
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.
For Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, barriers to quality healthcare, education, housing, and financial security do not go away just because the pandemic subsides.
Informed by the findings of our months-long community engagement process, Brooklyn Insights 2020, we are making new commitments to address the urgent needs of Brooklynites—prioritizing funding for health outreach and vaccination support—and making long-term investments so we can change the unjust policies and conditions which exacerbated this pandemic’s impact.
As we move into our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Phase 2, we are pleased to share with you our next steps:
» Community Health Outreach and Vaccination Support
We recently committed $250,000 to support community-based organizations who provide culturally relevant, medically accurate information and services—including support around vaccine access.
» Continued Support for Urgent Needs
We are also providing $250,000 in continued support for urgent needs in the community districts most impacted by the pandemic—including funding for food, lost wages, and PPE.
» Investment in Structural Change
Real change doesn’t happen overnight and that’s why we are excited to announce an investment of $2.5 million over five years for community-led advocacy and organizing to advance our collective vision for a fair and just Brooklyn.
We know change starts here, and it starts with you.
Please consider making a donation today to invest in a better future for Brooklyn.
Pictured: Sistas Van Mobile Healing Unit, a project of our grantee partner Black Women’s Blueprint. / Image Courtesy of Black Women's Blueprint.