In the News

November 28, 2022
Giving Tuesday, the charitable cousin of Cyber Monday and Black Friday, is almost here! This Tuesday on Nov. 29, donate to one of the many Brooklyn-based nonprofits and service organizations that have shown up for the communities of Brooklyn through thick and thin with free resources including accessible career building, legal representation, home repairs, mental health services, anti-gun violence initiatives and so much more to ensure that the future of the borough remains bright.
November 24, 2022
20 Brooklyn nonprofit organizations have been announced as finalists for this year’s Spark Prize. The announcement was made by the Brooklyn Community Foundation — a local foundation that partners with donors and community leaders to support vital nonprofits.
October 25, 2022
The Brooklyn Community Foundation is the only foundation that focuses primarily on Brooklyn, and it is led by someone who was born and raised in the borough: Jocelynne Rainey. As president and CEO of the foundation, she aims to grow the number of nonprofits the foundation serves by centering on community and ensuring that the foundation commits to grant making through a racial justice lens.  The nonprofit veteran also hopes to lead with trust in leadership through the foundation’s Spark prize, which awards unrestricted funding. 
October 19, 2022
Community-led action was in the limelight at the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s inaugural ball. On Oct. 12, the Brooklyn Community Foundation held its first Brooklyn Changemakers Ball at the Weylin, an event venue in Williamsburg. Activists Alicia Garza, Ai-jen Poo and the chair of the foundation, Alan Fishman, spoke throughout the evening. Garza is the co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, and Poo is the president of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
September 22, 2022
Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation and the Center for Law and Social Justice won the $100,000 Spark Prize from the Brooklyn Community Foundation back in 2019, an unrestricted grant awarded to organizations that hope to spark change for a “fair and just Brooklyn”, as mentioned on the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s website, and have been able to grow exponentially since then.
September 21, 2022
Crain's Power Corner profiles prominent leaders in politics and policy. In each edition, reporter Brian Pascus unpacks how each person defines power and how that person plans to help change the city. 
September 12, 2022
Interest in participatory grantmaking has grown over time, but few have embraced it like the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Here’s a look at how the Foundation centers community decision-makers in its elder funding and elsewhere.
September 6, 2022
NY1 Spectrum News aired a feature on our Spark Prize and its impact on past winning organization, The Campaign Against Hunger. Watch below:
August 26, 2022
Teens are taking over the streets and it’s a good thing. They’ve partnered with seniors to grow community gardens in underserved New York neighborhoods and they’re making a big impact. The two organizations that brought them together are the Green Guerillas and the Brooklyn Community Foundation.
August 17, 2022
Mayor Adams’ recent announcement that the city’s “Clear the Backlog” initiative has unlocked more than $4.2 billion in contractual dollars for nonprofits is groundbreaking news for nonprofits and city residents. I am grateful the mayor is committed to supporting nonprofits that act as lifelines to the communities and people they serve. I hope his administration continues to quickly register contracts and pay nonprofits — as there is still much work to be done.

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