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.
In the News
August 13, 2019
July 5, 2019
Brooklyn Community Foundation has selected six local organization for the next cohort of its 2019-2020 Incubator Project. The program boosts emerging social justice nonprofits dedicated to sparking change for a fairer Brooklyn by providing them with a $5,000 seed grant, 18 months of free co-working space at Brooklyn Creative League and professional development support.
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.
April 2, 2019
The Brooklyn Community Foundation announced on Wednesday the launch of a new fund dedicated to the care and welfare of older adults in Brooklyn.
March 24, 2019
When Amazon announced they were pulling their new HQ2 from New York, taking with it the promise of billions of dollars in new revenue, many in the state Assembly celebrated while Gov. Cuomo railed on Twitter. But in the midst of this blame game, a new $50 billion dollar windfall is being almost entirely ignored by the same New York state officials.
January 23, 2019
As Brooklyn does better, so do its nonprofits. Brooklyn Community Foundation — the first and only public foundation totally dedicated to Brooklyn — distributed a whopping $7,068,413 in grants to local charities and nonprofits in 2018.
October 24, 2018
More than 80 percent of Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents live in areas identified as “hard to count,” according to the City University of New York (CUNY) Mapping Service. This could come back to haunt the borough in the 2020 Census. Census figures factor in obtaining federal funding for health care, schools, housing, security, infrastructure, transportation and more. An undercounted population means Brooklyn loses out on much-needed funding it is entitled to.
September 7, 2018
In compiling a list of the borough’s leaders, we came up with so many local movers and shakers that it was hard to whittle down the list to a manageable number.
Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College Wins $100K Vote of Confidence from Brooklyn Community Foundation
February 6, 2018
The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College is a winner of the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Annual Spark Prize, which recognizes exceptional nonprofits rooted in Brooklyn that advances racial and social justice. The center will receive $100,000 in general operating support from the foundation.
February 6, 2018
Philanthropy is many things, but at the core, it’s people making decisions about money. For philanthropy to be effective, it matters who those people are, how they make those decisions, and who gets the money. In short, it’s about power and who has it. It stands to reason, then, that thoughtful decision making will involve the people most affected by the problems that foundations are trying to solve. Yet this practice is far from the norm among foundations, especially larger ones.