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Immigrant Rights Fund

Dorothy Jiang
Program Intern

As this summer’s Program intern, I have had the opportunity to read applications from organizations seeking funding through our grant programs, as well as reports from grantees on their progress over the past year. Getting to know these organizations has deepened my understanding of the needs of Brooklyn community members. One of my favorite projects has been mapping the neighborhoods and communities our Immigrant Rights Fund (IRF) grantees serve. 

We urge you to take a moment to explore what Brooklyn’s community foundation is doing to address pressing challenges, support inspiring nonprofits, and spark lasting change for our borough.

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

The heart wrenching reports of parents being separated from their children at the border are being echoed right here in Brooklyn. 

Amy Chou
Program Officer

This week we are excited to make five grants totaling $75,000 through our Immigrant Rights Fund

New York’s Lower East Side Chinatown is known for its concentration of Chinese eateries and shops, with bustling sidewalk markets and popular dim sum halls. Although Lower Manhattan is the most visible center of Chinese life in the city, longtime residents and new immigrants alike find themselves more and more far-flung, as high rises and art galleries compete with markets and community centers for space in the neighborhood. 

As we continue the work of our Immigrant Rights Fund—an emergency and long-term response fund launched in the weeks after the 2016 Presidential Election—our communities’ needs are evolving and deepening, creating a “new normal” amidst an almost constant onslaught of urgency and crises.

 
Maria Ylvisaker
Communications Coordinator

We’re pleased to share the latest grant from our Immigrant Rights Fund’s Action Fund to Enlace for the National Freedom Cities Convening.

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

As federal policies on immigration become increasingly restrictive, the work of community organizations supporting immigrants and their families is more important than ever.

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

Today marks one year since we launched our Immigrant Rights Fund in partnership with our donors—a $1 million commitment to defending the rights, safety, and stability of Brooklyn’s immigrant communities under the new Presidential administration.

As I approach my two year anniversary as Vice President of Programs here at Brooklyn Community Foundation, I’ve had the opportunity to not only lead our programmatic work, but also reflect on what is the true power and potential of Brooklyn Community Foundation. 

While grantmaking seems like the obvious answer, as I consider all the tools in our toolbox, the use of advocacy emerges as one of the most important levers that we have as we strive to make Brooklyn fair and just. 

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