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Racial Justice

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett joined this week's conversation on "The Argument," a New York Times Podcast, to discuss the benefits and risks of COVID-19 vaccine mandates.


We are pleased to join the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s call to action among community foundations to commit to funding Black communities, at a minimum, equal to their representation in our overall population. 


Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Rabbi Rachel Timoner joins author Heather McGhee to discuss her new book 'The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together.' 

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.


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

As part of our institutional commitment to racial justice, we are here to work with you to increase giving to Black-led and other people of color-led organizations working on the frontlines of the fight for social change.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

In this conversation, our President and CEO Cecilia Clarkephilanthropist, social activist, and filmmaker Abigail E. Disney, and author of Decolonizing Wealth Edgar Villanueva discuss the changes that need to be made in order to repair the harm done in the name of philanthropy.

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.


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

Brooklyn Community Foundation will be closed on Friday in observance of Juneteenth. We encourage you to join us as we use the day to celebrate Black liberation, deepen our knowledge, and take action for racial justice.