Frequently Asked Questions - Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund

FOR DONORS 

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I’d like to donate from my Donor Advised Fund (DAF) that is not administered by Brooklyn Community Foundation. How can I do so? 
To donate from your donor advised fund, contact your DAF administrator and name Brooklyn Community Foundation as the recipient, noting Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund on the memo line. This donation can be mailed to: Donor Services, Brooklyn Community Foundation, 1000 Dean Street, Suite 307, Brooklyn, NY 11238.

How else can I contribute to the Fund besides making an online donation?
Brooklyn Community Foundation staff can assist you with your donation over the phone. Our staff is currently working remotely; please email donorservices@bcfny.org with your phone number and a good time to reach you, and someone will reach out to you as soon as possible. You can also donate by mailing a check to: Donor Services, Brooklyn Community Foundation, 1000 Dean Street, Suite 307, Brooklyn, NY 11238. We are also able to accept gifts of publicly traded securities. Please share this form with your broker and use the instructions at the bottom of the form to complete your transfer. To appropriately allocate your donation, submit the completed form to ddias@brooklyncommunityfoundation.org.

How can I have my gift matched by my employer?
To initiate a matching gift, please obtain the appropriate form from the personnel or human resources department at your and/or your spouse’s employer, complete the form, and send it to: Donor Services, Brooklyn Community Foundation, 1000 Dean Street, Suite 307, Brooklyn, NY 11238.

Can I host a fundraiser for the Fund?
We are grateful for your support and welcome your fundraising efforts on our behalf. However, we do ask that you follow some basic guidelines when including the Foundation in your charitable campaign:

  • Brooklyn Community Foundation is unable to sponsor, endorse, or promote any fundraiser, product, or promotion. We cannot:
    • Cover or reimburse any associated expenses

    • Share mailing lists or contacts

    • Do press outreach

  • Please use only the language “to benefit Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund” in your materials when referring to the Foundation. When naming your fundraiser, Brooklyn Community Foundation should not be used in the title; instead please note the Foundation or the Fund as the beneficiary (i.e. “For the benefit of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund”).

  • Please send a summary of your fundraising efforts to our team along with the amount raised so that we can properly acknowledge your support. Please send a check, cash, or online payment within 30 days of your event. If this is an ongoing effort, please determine the frequency of payment in writing with Foundation staff prior to launch.
     
  • Please contact donorservices@brooklyncommunityfoundation.org if you have any additional questions.

 


FOR GRANTSEEKERS

My organization is interested in resources from this Fund. Can we be considered? Is there a geographic area of focus for the Fund?
We understand that COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on many nonprofits and nonprofit services. The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritize community-based organizations serving vulnerable populations in the borough who face disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts, especially communities of color at the margins of power and access, who have been systematically denied the material resources to buffer from the emerging threats this pandemic presents.

Only organizations with 501(c)3 status are eligible to receive funding. If you have additional questions, send your inquiries by email to covid19@brooklyncommunityfoundation.org