In the News

September 29, 2010
Do you know a community service devotee right here in Brooklyn? He or she could be the recipient of the first annual “Brooklyn Do Gooder Awards.” The Brooklyn Community Foundation created a borough-wide initiative that seeks to identify and honor those who embody the highest values of community giving and service.
September 29, 2010
Know a Do Gooder?A decade ago, William Coplin, a professor of public affairs at Syracuse University who also had a hand in starting the Leadership & Public Service High School in New York City, wrote an amusing column about why Americans shun the label “Do-Gooder.”Good question. And one I’ve asked myself time and time again.
August 17, 2010
FORT GREENE -- Tables were piled high with peaches, eggplant, collard greens, carrots, plums, tomatoes, broccoli and more on Thursday in front of Ingersoll Houses on Myrtle Avenue. Behind the farm stand was the “Ingersoll Garden of Eden,” blooming with marigolds, butterfly bushes, lavender and daisies on what used to be a parched lawn in front of the large public housing development.
August 11, 2010
In its first full grantmaking cycle since becoming a public charity in October 2009, the Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $2.5 million to 172 nonprofits throughout the borough.
August 11, 2010
When we started the Brooklyn Community Foundation late last year, we recognized that the economy was in dire straits and that the top priority for Brooklynites would not be opening their checkbooks to a new charity.
August 11, 2010
NEW YORK—When I arrived at Vanderveer Place today, a small street with 27 family homes, Cecil Cuffley and her sisters Cheryl and Anette warmly greeted me, offering orange juice, mini turkey buns, and homemade coconut bread. They were celebrating.
August 11, 2010
BROOKLYN — The Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, a premiere dance company and school, has been selected as a 2010 grantee partner of the Brooklyn Community Foundation.
July 7, 2010
With Independence Day upon us, we are inspired by our remembrance of the Battle of Brooklyn, and the valor and courage of those who sacrificed everything in their pursuit of independence. Our challenge today – building a new community foundation for Brooklyn - clearly does not compare with the challenge of building a new nation.
June 30, 2010
Brooklyn Community Foundation, a new philanthropy focused solely on Brooklyn, will announce Monday its first round of grants totaling $2.5 million.The grants are being made to more than 170 nonprofits throughout the borough to fund initiatives in five fields of interest: arts for all, caring neighbors, community development, education and youth achievement, and green communities.
June 14, 2010
It may come as a surprise that although we have made more than $70 million in grants over the past dozen years, the average grant was “only” in the $25,000 range. Can you have an impact on serious social issues with small grants?