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Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (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
Communications Manager (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. 

This week we are launching the next phase of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, which begins with an ambitious community engagement process we’re calling Brooklyn Insights 2020.


Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

In the face of a crisis, it’s common to be overwhelmed and unsure of where to start, so below we’ve compiled a list of easy, actionable steps you can take to support our beloved borough for the long-term.

In total, 214 weekly Immediate Response grants have gone to organizations that have been lifelines to our communities, providing desperately needed food, PPE, direct cash assistance, mental health services, remote learning support, healthcare, small business loans, legal aid, safe housing, and so much more. 

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.


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
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

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.

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?