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Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

As the COVID-19 pandemic surpasses the one-year mark, we are announcing $541,000 in new grants from our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund to address ongoing health, economic, and social challenges in communities of color. 

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Yesterday evening, in the moments before a Minneapolis jury read their verdict declaring that George Floyd had indeed been murdered by Dereck Chauvin, 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant—in need of help in so many ways—was shot four times and killed by a Columbus police officer.

The pain and grief are endless. We will not have peace until we achieve justice.

Each and every one of us must not only declare that Black Lives Matter, but also back up these words with actions.

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to share the findings from our Brooklyn Insights 2020 process, which is informing over $3 million in new grants through the next phase of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund. 

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett joined WNET's MetroFocus for a critical conversation on vaccine access, hesitancy, and healthcare equity in communities of color. 

Jenny Walski
Director of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

A year ago today we launched our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, and you—our incredible frontline grantee partners, our donors, our neighbors—rallied to support our beloved borough.

Jenny Walski
Director of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

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. You can help your Brooklyn neighbors by investing in a better future for our borough.

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

New grants from our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund will support trusted community-based organizations to address inequities in access to information and health care services—including vaccines

 
Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

We're proud to share the stories of our supporters who helped make this critical work possible. We spoke with Maria Buck about what inspired her to give to the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, and why she decided to become a monthly donor to Brooklyn Community Foundation. 

Marcella J. Tillett
Vice President of Programs and Partnerships (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn is home to the largest Black community in North America. Nearly 70 percent of the borough’s residents are non-white. For our staff at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, the events of the past year have revealed in the starkest terms that systemic racism is the greatest threat to the health and well-being of our communities.

Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

 We spoke with social change strategist Dave Algoso about what inspired him and his wife, Annie Coombs, to give to the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, and why they decided to become monthly donors to the Fund. 

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