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Insights to Impact

January 24, 2023
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President & CEO reflects on 2022 and shares a look at what to expect in 2023.

 
October 26, 2022
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.

 
October 25, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

I know I speak for everyone at Brooklyn Community Foundation when I say that we are overwhelmed by all of the support we received at the inaugural Brooklyn Changemakers Ball. It was truly a celebration of the power of community-led change. And we hope that it was also a call to action. 

October 24, 2022
Kentara John
Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce the 20 nonprofit finalists for our 2023 Spark Prize!

    October 19, 2022
    Jenny Walski
    Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)
    The Brooklyn Changemakers Ball was designed to be both a celebration and a call to action. We walked away from the evening knowing that Brooklyn is truly the center of social change in this nation. And we are so privileged to be a partner to all who share our vision for a fair and just borough.
    October 17, 2022
    Jasmine Chrispin
    Communications Intern (They/Them/She/Her)

    Matching Funds and Peer-to-Peer Fundraising are two Giving Day features that can expand your reach for #BrooklynGives 2022 by both doubling the donations your organization receives and utilizing your most passionate supporters to share their stories and fundraise on behalf of your organization.

    October 6, 2022
    Melissa Pawlak
    Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

    It’s always a best practice to keep complete, accurate, and up-to-date tax records, with special care given to tracking your charitable giving. Establishing a fund with us is an easy way you can organize and track your charitable giving in one place. 

    September 29, 2022
    Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
    President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

    In our new annual Impact Report, we want to introduce you to our Brooklyn approach to philanthropy aimed at racial justice and community-led change, as told through the voices of our partners who are critical to this work. 
     

    September 27, 2022
    Jasmine Chrispin
    Communications Intern (They/Them/She/Her)

    Learn everything you need to know about #BrooklynGives, including how to register your organization for the big event and the features available to make your organization as successful as possible.

    September 8, 2022
    Elizabeth Park
    Donor Engagement Associate (She/Her/Hers)

    Join us on Wednesday, October 12th at the Weylin in Williamsburg for an ‘only in Brooklyn’ celebration of community-led change. 

    September 8, 2022
    Melissa Pawlak
    Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

    If you’ve not yet considered establishing a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at Brooklyn Community Foundation to organize your charitable giving, you may be missing out. And if you’re already using a DAF at the Foundation to organize your giving, it never hurts to review the benefits of having your fund with us.

    September 6, 2022
    Jameela Syed
    Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

    NY1 Spectrum News shone a spotlight on our Spark Prize and the impact of our investment on past winning organization, The Campaign Against Hunger.

    September 1, 2022
    Jenny Walski
    Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

    We’re creating an event that’s unapologetically Brooklyn – celebrating the power of community-led change with dinner, dancing, special guests, and so much more on Wednesday, October 12th!

    August 31, 2022
    Jameela Syed
    Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

    It's that time of year again: nonprofit registration opens September 1st at

    August 29, 2022
    Jameela Syed
    Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

    Pix11 highlighted our investment in youth-centered nonprofits on a recent "It's a G Thing" feature, focusing on a new community garden stewarded by our grantee partners at Green Guerillas.

    August 29, 2022
    Jameela Syed
    Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

    Our Board Member Lawanna Kimbro, Managing Director of the Stardust Fund, shared with us her thoughts on the meaning of philanthropy—acknowledging its history of harm—and the critical need to center community in this work.

    August 24, 2022
    Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
    President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

    In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn.

    August 23, 2022
    Avery Gilliam
    Communications Intern (They/Them/Theirs)

    Muslim Community Network (MCN) aims to shape public understanding of Muslim identity while supporting members of New York’s Muslim community through civic education and leadership development.

    August 22, 2022
    Jameela Syed
    Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

    Our Board Member Michelle DeFossett, Chief Operating Officer of Girls Who Invest, shared with us her thoughts on the significance of philanthropy as a means to address injustices of the past.

    August 19, 2022
    Jenny Walski
    Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

    We are pleased to announce the members of our 2022-2023 Spark Prize Committee! To date, the Spark Prize has awarded more than $3 million to Brooklyn nonprofits and continues to support organizations that are committed to racial and social justice. 

    August 17, 2022
    Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
    President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

    I am grateful the mayor is committed to supporting nonprofits that act as lifelines to the communities and people they serve. I hope his administration continues to quickly register contracts and pay nonprofits — as there is still much work to be done.

    August 16, 2022
    Jameela Syed
    Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

    Our Board Member Ingrid Benedict, Director of the Daphne Foundation, shared with us her thoughts on the meaning of philanthropy and the opportunity it provides for community engagement.

    August 15, 2022
    Avery Gilliam
    Communications Intern (They/Them/Theirs)

    Brooklyn Community Foundation extends a warm welcome to our new Program Associate, Keyla Davis!

    August 9, 2022
    Jameela Syed
    Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

    Brooklyn Community Foundation is thrilled to celebrate Black Philanthropy Month. Throughout August we're highlighting leaders within our own organization—and we encourage you to follow the hashtag #bpm2022 on social media and pledge your support for Black-led nonprofits across Brooklyn!

    August 3, 2022

    Philanthropy means a “love of humanity”—in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing, and enhancing “what it is to be human” for both donors and the groups they want to support. As Brooklyn’s community foundation, we’re here to help you make that connection to explore ways to give in your community, your way.

    July 28, 2022
    Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
    President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

    In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn.

    July 20, 2022
    Avery Gilliam
    Communications Intern (They/Them/Theirs)

    This summer, Brooklyn Community Foundation salutes the promotion of our long-time team member Sabrina Hargrave to Director of Programs. 

    July 13, 2022
    Melissa Pawlak
    Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

    Understanding the ideal mix of charitable activities based on your social impact personality type—investorconnector or activator—can be useful as you decide how to spread love in your community. Whatever your type, our team can help you reach your goals.

    June 24, 2022
    Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
    President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

    The Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization isn’t just wrong, it’s discriminatory; it isn’t just a setback for a just and equitable society, it punishes people and families with fewer means.

    June 23, 2022
    Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
    President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

    We don’t need more guns on our streets, but the Supreme Court just gave the green light for people to conceal and carry in New York. 

    June 21, 2022
    Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
    President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

    In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn.

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