Insights to Impact

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Insights to Impact

May 11, 2023
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President & CEO highlights the power of local leaders, and shares updates on The Just Brooklyn Prize. 

August 15, 2019

We have come a long way in our 10 years as Brooklyn’s community foundation. In our annual Insights to Impact Report, you will learn more about our work meeting the needs of our borough’s most vulnerable communities and supporting nonprofits on the frontlines of change.

August 14, 2019

For our Black Philanthropy Month series we spoke with BlackSpace about philanthropy, legacy, and their work to protect and create Black spaces. BlackSpace is a collective of Black residents, changemakers, urban planners, architects, artists, activists, designers, and leaders, and one of the Foundation’s 2019-2020 Incubator Project Winners.

August 12, 2019

The moment demands that every institution with a platform use it to speak out. Together, we must raise our voices to drown out the hate and call it out for what it is. This is racism. We must not tolerate or normalize it. We must condemn it, and then we must connect that rhetoric to the policies that are ruining the lives of people of color and holding back progress for us all.

August 5, 2019

For Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) we are highlighting stories of those who are committed to informing, inspiring, and investing in Black communities. Our first spotlight is on Jocelynne Rainey, Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and member of the Foundation’s Spark Prize Committee.

July 29, 2019
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to officially announce the addition of Susannah Taylor to our Board of Directors, effective Friday, June 7, 2019.

July 25, 2019
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

In advance of the ICE Raids announced for Sunday, July 14th donors responded quickly and stepped up to defend our immigrant friends and neighbors, raising $35K for our Immigrant Rights Fund

July 11, 2019

With the announcement of imminent ICE raids and deportations this weekend, Brooklyn’s 170,000 undocumented residents are in real danger. Families risk being ripped apart—but you can help.

July 3, 2019

We are delighted to announce seven new sustained response grants from our Immigrant Rights Fund that address long-term issues affecting Brooklyn's immigrant communities.

June 27, 2019

Our statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling that the Department of Commerce must provide stronger justification if they are to proceed with the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 Census.

June 27, 2019
Sabrina Hargrave
Director of Programs (She/Her/Ella)

We are excited to announce the 6 organizations chosen for our next Incubator Project cohort! Through the Incubator Project we help build the capacity of start-up, innovative organizations at the earliest stages of development dedicated to sparking change for a more fair and just Brooklyn.

June 25, 2019
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce the addition of Marcella J. Tillett to our staff as the new Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, effective Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

June 13, 2019

Don't miss our NY Daily News op-ed on why our elected leaders must get critical Census 2020 funding out to trusted local messengers today.

June 11, 2019
Hannah Jatsch
Guest Author

Hannah Jatsch, a student at The Packer Collegiate Institute, writes about a panel event hosted by the Foundation that centered on race, equity, and community engagement, and how communication between youth and adults plays an important role in the journey to build a more fair and just Brooklyn.

May 17, 2019
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

Made up of 35 members all hailing from Brooklyn, the Committee includes local business owners Jackie Cuscana (Ample Hills Creamery), Andrew Tarlow (Marlow & Sons, Diner, Roman's) and Kai Avent-deLeon (Sincerely, Tommy), comedic actress Ana Gasteyer, and many more.


May 9, 2019

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy published a striking report recently on funding for pro-immigrant movements by U.S. foundations.  Among their findings is that barely 1% of all money granted by the 1,000 largest U.S. foundations was intended to benefit immigrants and refugees

May 6, 2019
Lisa Cowan
Fund Adviser, The College Opportunity Fund

On College Decision Day and in the aftermatch of the college admissions scandal, fund advisor Lisa Cowan shares how her own son's path to college has motivated her to help establish the College Opportunity Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation.

April 29, 2019
Jeanne Landers
Communications Intern

Our Brooklyn Youth Activists organized their 3rd annual conference on Saturday, April 20th at the YWCA Brooklyn, with this year’s theme “Youth Open Up”

April 23, 2019

Our statement in response to today’s oral arguments before the Supreme Court on whether Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross can legally add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

April 22, 2019
Iman Abdul
Guest Author

Iman Abdul, Director of Educaiton and Engagement for our Invest in Youth grantee IntegrateNYC, writes about their mission to promote integration and equity in NYC’s public school system and #RetireSegregation.

April 17, 2019
Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to officially announce the addition of Mamie Kanfer Stewart and Vivian Liao Korich to our Board of Directors. Mamie and Vivian both have strong ties in the borough and are dedicated to our mission to strengthen neighborhoods and increase opportunities in Brooklyn.

April 11, 2019

Applications are now being accepted for our 18-month Incubator Project, which will award up to five emerging, innovative organizations at the early stages of development with free co-working space and a $5,000 grant for general operating costs.

April 10, 2019

Every April—thanks to the tax deadline—we look back and assess the past year, including the tools used for our charitable giving

April 2, 2019
Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)

Want to learn more about how we came to put racial justice at the center of our work? Inside Philanthropy's Michael Hamill Remaley digs into our journey in this interview with our President and CEO Cecilia Clarke.

April 1, 2019

While we are pleased to see that advocates were able to successfully push Governor Cuomo and state legislators to fund Census 2020 outreach in the state budget, the $20 million that they have allocated is woefully insufficient and just half of the $40 million needed. Even $40 million would have put New York far behind the $150 million California has invested in Census 2020.

March 28, 2019

We recently visited the Brownsville Community Justice Center (BCJC) to learn more about their inspiring work supported by our Invest in Youth grant program. 

March 27, 2019
Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)

We're pleased to announce the launch of the Brooklyn Elders Fund, a permanent fund seeded by $10 million to promote the care and welfare of older adults in Brooklyn. 

March 26, 2019

Read BKLYNER's profile of 2019 Spark Prize winner Red Hook Community Justice Center

March 19, 2019

We are pleased to join together with the Amalgamated Foundation and its partners for the Hate is Not Charitable Campaign, an initiative to prevent funding groups that promote hatred.

March 7, 2019
Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)

It’s been a busy few weeks as we approach the one-year countdown to Census 2020 — which has included an op-ed in the New York Daily News authored by our President and CEO Cecilia, the second meeting of the Brooklyn Complete Count Committee, and a trip to Albany to advocate for $40M in this year’s state budget.

March 4, 2019

Don't miss our NY Daily News op-ed on why New York needs to fund Census 2020 outreach now.