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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On October 20th, nearly 200 brawny Brooklynites will compete for the top spot in CrossFit South Brooklyn’s annual Fight Gone Bad! This will be the Gowanus-based gym’s 6th year in a row raising funds to support high-impact community initiatives in Brooklyn through our Community Fund.
#BrooklynGives aims to give Brooklyn nonprofits an extra boost by providing them with an innovative and exciting way to both fundraise and build awareness for their work. This year, our goal is to raise more than $1 million for 100+ Brooklyn nonprofits on Tuesday, November 27th from 12:00am to 11:59pm.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, we have deployed $50,000 from our Immigrant Rights Fund to address the ongoing national emergency of immigrant families separated and detained at the U.S.-Mexico border.
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.
Tucked away at 1233 Pacific St. in Crown Heights is the Westbrook Memorial Garden, my last stop of this year’s Neighborhood Strength grantees and the pilot project of Haiti Cultural Exchange’s venture into public gardens.
The second stop on my Neighborhood Strength tour of Crown Heights this summer was to Repair the World NYC, located at 808 Nostrand Ave, where I met with Alli Lesovoy, the nonprofit’s Program Manager.
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.
As the Foundation’s Communications Intern for the summer, I was given the opportunity to dive into Neighborhood Strength. Earlier this Spring, the Crown Heights Council voted to renew three Neighborhood Strength projects. This summer, I’m stopping by each organization to document their space and learn about their process for engaging the community.
The Joseph E. Mohbat Prize for Writing, which is supported through the Joseph E. Mohbat Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation, recognizes a Brooklyn public high school senior who has demonstrated a gift of self-expression through writing.
In the third year of Neighborhood Strength — our resident-led grantmaking model — the Crown Heights Advisory Council has recommended that we renew support for three community-based organizations addressing the challenge of limited public space for community engagement in the neighborhood.
We are excited to announce a $100,000 commitment toward Census 2020 organizing in Brooklyn. With grants to the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College and the New York Immigration Coalition, we will help to ensure that the $600 billion in federal funding allocated through the Census count information is distributed fairly and accurately.
While celebrating the theme of justice and healing, the Brooklyn Youth Fellows presented the 2018 recipients of The Youth Voice Awards in a ceremony held at the Foundation on Friday, June 8th.
The heart wrenching reports of parents being separated from their children at the border are being echoed right here in Brooklyn.
This year’s Spark Prize Committee is made up of people from all walks of life across Brooklyn, including but not limited to filmmakers, writers, attorneys and olympic medalists!
This week we are excited to make five grants totaling $75,000 through our Immigrant Rights Fund.
As of May 21st, VOCAL-NY has bailed out 15 mothers, with bails ranging from $750 to $10,500.
Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF), a collective of philanthropists supporting Black arts organizations, and ALLINBKLYN, a women’s philanthropic initiative, each make annual grants to nonprofits with our administrative support.
We are proud to share a recently released report on the first two years of the NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, a funders collaborative aimed at supporting young women of color and transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth.
New York’s Lower East Side Chinatown is known for its concentration of Chinese
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.
We’re pleased to share the latest grant from our Immigrant Rights Fund’s Action Fund to Enlace for the National Freedom Cities Convening.
This month, we’re bringing you a multi-part update on our Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project. In this post, our evaluator Dr. Anne Gregory discusses the outlook for the second half of the project.
Last weekend, 70 youth came together for the second annual Youth Unite! Conference at the YWCA in Brooklyn. With workshops, an open mic, a community dinner, and more, it was a powerful event that left participants feeling unified in their shared goals.
This month, we’re bringing you a multi-part update on our Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project. Here,Dr. Anne Gregory shares findings from the first two years of the project.
Our 2018-19 Spark Prize selection process kicks off next week as we open online submissions for the $100,000 “no strings attached” award for Brooklyn nonprofits on Monday, April 2.
Since October 2017, 14 youth activists have been learning and organizing as part of our new Reproductive Justice Activists (RJA) program. In June, they will share their advocacy experiences and recommendations with Brooklyn Community Foundation and celebrate the culmination of their 10-month project.
2020 is fast approaching, especially in the eyes of those involved in the upcoming census. Here in Brooklyn, this means organizing and informing Brooklynites about the importance of the census in order to achieve an accurate count in two years.
Our President and CEO Cecilia Clarke reflects on actions taken by corporations and foundations in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, and highlights the Foundation’s 2016 decision to divest from gun manufacturers and our deep commitment to investing in the leadership of young people to advocate for policy change.
This week we’ve seen a spotlight on youth activism around the country that has inspired both hope and action. Here in Brooklyn, youth activists are showing their commitment to justice by rallying for immigrant rights legislation and organizing to invest in local youth leadership.