In the News

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
COVID-19 has shown us not just our vulnerability to crisis — but laid bare the deep racial inequality that has long existed in New York City. Over the past two months, nowhere have we seen this so starkly as in the city’s largest borough. Brooklyn, home to the largest black population in North America, has emerged as the clearest case study for the disease’s vastly disproportionate toll on black and brown communities.
May 14, 2020
For more than a decade, the Brooklyn Community Foundation, a fund with about $75 million in assets, has distributed donor monies to borough nonprofit outreach organizations that share its vision of, as its website says, "a fair and just Brooklyn."
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.
August 13, 2019
The moment demands that every institution with a platform use it to speak out. Together, we must raise our voices to drown out the hate and call it out for what it is. This is racism. We must not tolerate or normalize it. We must condemn it, and then we must connect that rhetoric to the policies that are ruining the lives of people of color and holding back progress for us all.