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Racial Justice Lens

Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)
At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we transitioned all our strategic grantmaking—over $4 million annually—to the participatory model in 2021. To help others take on this transition, we are sharing a number of lessons learned—both what we did right and what we wish we knew before starting.


Funded by $1.2 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative and Donor Advised Funds at Brooklyn Community Foundation, this new Community Scholarship utilizes NYC Kids RISE’s Save for College Program as a community- driven wealth-building platform and is the largest Community Scholarship in the Program's history.

Sabrina Hargrave
Director of Programs (She/Her/Ella)

Brooklyn Community Foundation is committed to building the capacity of nonprofits across the borough — and we are thrilled to announce an open application to join our Leadership Collective.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Earlier this year, Brooklyn Community Foundation launched a Listening Tour to visit ten neighborhoods across Brooklyn and meet with residents and leaders to learn about challenges facing the community and foster collaboration. We recently concluded this tour, and are now sharing what we learned from these community conversations.

Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

As donors grow more in tune with social impact, they are looking to structure and plan their charitable giving around the causes that they are passionate about, and are considering ways to incorporate philanthropy into financial and estate plans. 

Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

There are deep-seated reasons why the vaccination numbers are much lower in certain neighborhoods, and those reasons explain why the broader, well-funded effort to increase vaccination rates — including ad blitzes and cash and cash-equivalent giveaways — has failed in pockets across the city.

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

Economic justice is racial justice - and a Donor Advised Fund is a unique tool that can help you mobilize critical resources to support grassroots nonprofits at the forefront of lasting social change.

In 13 days we start a new chapter of American history, led by courageous organizers and movement builders who have not given up on their belief in a better future for us all.

This moment demands a renewed commitment to a fair and just Brooklyn. Join us and deepen your investment in community-led change.