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Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

Here in Brooklyn—home to the largest Black community in North America—tens of thousands of activists have taken to our streets to demand an end to the same conditions that have both led Black Brooklynites to die from COVID-19 at twice the rate of whites and taken the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many more. 

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

As the Mayor and City Council finalize New York City’s 2021 Budget with the pledge to divert funding from the NYPD to youth services and social services⁠ — we are calling on them to prioritize Black-led and POC-led organizations in this critical reinvestment.

 

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we are deeply committed to achieving our vision for a fair and just Brooklyn. And in this moment, we are seeing momentum build for that vision in new and powerful ways. 

 

Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate

Older adults across the country and around the world are at a heightened risk of contracting and becoming seriously ill from COVID-19, often facing life-threatening complications from the spread of the disease. Brooklyn has the largest population of older adults of any county in New York state—13.5 percent of the borough’s population—and more than one in five live below the poverty line.

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

As we demand an end to police brutality and respond to the destructive impact of COVID-19 in communities of color, we should also ask: What does safety, health, and justice look like for Brooklyn?

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Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate

Economic, social, and health inequities are rooted along racial lines due to historic and ongoing policies that maintain structural racism—and in Brooklyn, we are seeing critical nonprofits working hard to mitigate the heightened impact of COVID-19 on communities of color.

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

As we mark 10 weeks of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, we want to share a snapshot of grantmaking so far. 
 

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

Join us this Thursday, May 21st for “The Impact of COVID-19 on Black Communities,” a live conversation with Heather McGhee and Lurie Daniel Favors. They will offer their analysis of what steps governments and communities can take to address the crisis and ensure a racially just recovery. 

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

We are pleased to announce that, thanks to an outpouring of donations to the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, we have surpassed $3,000,000 from 1200+ givers.

 

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