Our Annual Impact Report
This is an exciting time at Brooklyn Community Foundation as we embark on the next phase of our work. In my first year as President & CEO, I have been inspired every day by the commitment of our partners across the borough—and I’m honored to share some of that magic with you.
In our new annual Impact Report, we want to introduce you to our Brooklyn approach to philanthropy aimed at racial justice and community-led change, as told through the voices of our partners who are critical to this work. The warmth and resilience of our community is woven across the following pages, with our shared love of Brooklyn—our home—as the through line that ties our stories together and makes our work so urgent and effective.
Racial justice is an ongoing practice—a muscle to exercise, a flower brought to bloom. It is economic justice, criminal justice, gender justice. It is standing with our donors, our grantee partners, and all of Brooklyn, mobilizing resources to our communities at the margins of power and access. It is all those things and so much more—but most importantly, it is made possible with your deep partnership and shared dedication to our beloved borough.
Last year continued the extraordinary generosity we have seen since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. This enabled us to distribute over $13 million to nonprofits from our strategic grantmaking and Donor Advised Fund programs in 2021—a new record for Brooklyn Community Foundation.
I have faith in our community: our Board of Directors and staff, our donors and advisors, and of course, our nonprofit partners. Hailing from my home neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant to Brighton Beach, from Sunset Park to Greenpoint, and everywhere in between, you continue to open your hearts and share your time, talent, and treasure with us, without hesitation.
It takes a village, and there is so much we can achieve together. To friends old and new, I say welcome—take your seat at the table.