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January 2023

Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn Community Foundation grieves for Tyre Nichols and we send our deepest condolences to his mother, stepfather, his entire family and community.

Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)
At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we transitioned all our strategic grantmaking—over $4 million annually—to the participatory model in 2021. To help others take on this transition, we are sharing a number of lessons learned—both what we did right and what we wish we knew before starting.
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President & CEO reflects on 2022 and shares a look at what to expect in 2023.

 
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn Community Foundation mourns the passing of our friend and colleague John Wright.

John was a proud Brooklynite, immigrant, father, and nonprofit champion. He served on the Foundation's Board from 2015-2020 and was a critical voice in steering our growth while deepening our commitments to racial justice and community-led change.

His passing is an immeasurable loss, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Your partnership helped make 2022 an incredible year for Brooklyn Community Foundation and our communities. With your support, we distributed a landmark $15.6 million to nonprofits through our Community Fund and Donor Advised Fund programs last year—surpassing our previous grantmaking record for Brooklyn Community Foundation and bringing our total grantmaking since our founding in 2009 to over $90 million!

As we usher in a new year of community-led change, we are proud to share some of the many highlights of the past twelve months:

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

The Brooklyn Power List recognizes those named for their continued commitment, impact, and influence they have sustained on the borough over the past year. In this conversation, Schneps Media speaks with Dr. Rainey about her career, her commitment to equity, and her inspiration. 

Sabrina Hargrave
Director of Programs (She/Her/Ella)

We know Brooklynites are experts on their communities and the issues they face, which is why we are thrilled to invite our neighbors to be part of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s grantmaking advisory councils.

Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

When people from across our community can share in the joy of philanthropy, everyone wins. As we dive into the new year, we wanted to share a few stories of altruism that we’ve particularly enjoyed, which we think are worth checking out if you happened to miss them.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

This Monday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the New York Knicks honored our President & CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey with the Sweetwater Clifton ‘City Spirit’ Award.

Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to a $500,000 investment in five outstanding nonprofits advancing racial justice in New York City’s largest borough through our 2023 Spark Prize. The winners are...

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