MacKenzie Scott, who just announced the third round of multi-billion-dollar donations from her Amazon fortune, is using her impressive platform to give voice to an evolution in philanthropy, one where gifts come with no strings attached and funding flows to organizations focused on equity and systemic change. We need more of this kind of commitment from foundations, corporations, and wealthy individuals–not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because it is necessary if we want to end racism’s grip on our country once and for all.
March 16, 2021
Tonight our Chasing the Dream initiative on poverty, justice and economic opportunity in America takes us to the Bronx and Brooklyn where local nonprofits and the medical community are teaming up to bridge this divide and provide accurate information about the vaccine and virus.
March 12, 2021
Marcella J. Tillett felt a calling to social work as a college student intrigued by the Afrocentric perspective of the classes. The experience provided the inspiration for the rest of her career. "I work from a social justice framework for all people," she said. "And all my professional roles have allowed me to work toward the betterment of Black people's lives."
July 1, 2020
In one of the country’s hardest hit neighborhoods, the coronavirus pandemic left Elzie Wright and her small Brooklyn-based nonprofit feeling afraid and alone. They were under-resourced and serving a high risk population; they had to look for help in new places. In a time when so much money was being funneled into the nonprofit sector — yet none of it seemed to trickle down to the smaller $100,000 organizations such as Wright’s — the nonprofit found support in their own backyard.
May 21, 2020
This piece originally appeared at newyorkdailynews.com
May 7, 2020
What is typically a post-Thanksgiving tradition, some in Brooklyn are marking “Giving Tuesday” now as part of a global day of unity in response to the unprecedented need c
October 22, 2019
Alloy Development’s new building in Dumbo will ask condo owners to make a donation to the Brooklyn Community Foundation and help make decisions about where in the community the money should go. When a new condo development opens in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood in late 2020 or early 2021, residents will get a unique request when they move in: an invitation to donate to a new philanthropic fund to support social causes in neighboring communities.
September 10, 2019
Excerpt: Restorative justice asks “after a harm is committed, how do you repair the harm that has been done by bringing all parties into a conversation,” says Amy Chou, project officer for a restorative-justice pilot program launched by the Brooklyn Community Foundation at two high schools and a middle school.
Op-Ed: Making New Yorkers count: To ensure New York City doesn’t suffer a 2020 Census disaster, get money flowing to community organizations
June 19, 2019
New York state and city governments have turned the 2020 Census into a slow-moving train with no conductor. Given the major challenges tied to this Census — including the likely inclusion of a citizenship question that recent evidence indicates was explicitly designed to suppress the count in cities with large immigrant communities — we are desperately behind where we should be.