The Brooklyn Community Foundation made me think

Charity workers and committed activists have found a great way of raising money and providing a service to their communities. Seeing Brooklyn as one giant community, the Brooklyn Community Foundation has formed to raise

 funds and awareness of great small non-profits that are doing good work in the borough.

Something unique about the foundation is the claim that zero percent of its donations go to administrative costs; it all goes "to the field." Beginning in 1998, it has grown to become the largest private foundation in Brooklyn, according to its website, distributing $70 million in grants.

In raising awareness of Brooklyn issues, the foundation has put out an alarming fact list. Most astonishing:

Only 9.5 percent of Brownsville residents over 25 have a bachelor's degree or above. One in four Brooklynites, roughly 500,000 people, live below the poverty line. And 350,000 Brooklynites are adult high school dropouts.

There are 4,151 religious institutions in Brooklyn and 2,233 public charities, but only 60 public libraries. There are some neighborhoods that don't even have one library. Not. One. Library. In a borough that has 2.5 million people, I'm sorry, 60 libraries? Someone needs to redo their math.

With the city of New York pledging to improve the infrastructure of Brooklyn with public parks and transportation improvements, will there also be consideration for jobs, education and an improved standard of living? What are the expectations of a community with no access to basic information?