Our Annual Appeal
The last three years have been a crisis of unprecedented proportions. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and exacerbated the stark gap of wealth and resources between our communities—resulting in dire impacts on communities of color—and in many ways we’re still backsliding.
There is less food for our pantries, rents are the highest they’ve ever been, wages are not matching inflation, older adults are coping with crippling isolation, and the student learning loss is immense.
As we reflect on this past year, we are deeply proud of what we have accomplished with you, our generous donors, as we continue to work together towards a more fair and just Brooklyn. We remain humbled and inspired by the unshakable resilience, determination, and compassion of nonprofits, leaders, and residents across our borough. But we also recognize that we are at a critical point.
Our work is more important today than it has ever been. Investing in community-led organizations is essential to Brooklyn’s recovery and its future. They not only feed our bodies, they nurture our spirits and expand our horizons. They are the backbones of our neighborhoods and the lifeblood of our borough.
Brooklyn Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to mobilize the critical resources required in this moment. Your support fuels urgently needed direct programs and services—including support for asylum seekers; distribution of fresh, culturally appropriate food; solutions to gun violence and mass incarceration—as well as community organizing, advocacy, and movement building for lasting change.
We are a borough of changemakers, and together we can—and must—do more.
Since March 2020, your generosity has helped us distribute over $25 million to nonprofits that have protected our Brooklyn neighbors, met their needs, and ultimately transformed their lives. With your continued support, we will grow our investment in these critical community-led organizations on the frontlines of social change.
We ask that you please give today. We can’t do this work without you!
In partnership & gratitude,
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President and CEO
Brooklyn Community Foundation