Stephen Warnke

Partner, Ropes & Gray

Why Brooklyn Community Foundation?

I was immediately taken by the vision for a Brooklyn-centric foundation that made strategic grants to the Brooklyn I’ve loved for almost 30 years.

What about Brooklyn inspires you?

The neighborliness, the human scale, the grittiness, the diverse cultures, and the breadth of it. Brooklyn has 2.6 million people, and there are always new corners to discover.

What does giving in Brooklyn mean to you?

Protecting immigrant rights, fostering youth empowerment and racial justice, and supporting people who are emerging from the criminal justice system are my commitments. I like the Foundation’s thoughtful approach to using seed capital to reward neighborhood-focused organizations.

What is one Brooklyn nonprofit you’d like others to know about?

The Arab American Family Support Center