$100,000 for Census 2020 Planning, Immigrant Rights Fund Responds to Crisis + More News from Your Community Foundation

June 13, 2018


Let's Make Brooklyn Count: Announcing Our $100,000 Commitment to a Fair and Accurate Census 2020

We are excited to announce $100,000 for Census 2020 organizing in Brooklyn. With grants to the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College and the New York Immigration Coalition, we will help to ensure that the $600 billion in federal funding allocated through the Census count information is distributed fairly and accurately.

Immigrant Rights Fund Grants Take on Growing Crisis

This Spring, our Immigrant Rights Fund has deployed six new grants totaling $90,000 to support intensifying legal needs of Brooklyn residents at risk of deportation, including the repeal of Temporary Protected Status for Nepalese immigrants and the new refusal to allow asylum for victims of domestic violence

These local organizations are making a significant impact. Last Friday, our grantee Legal Aid Society won an emergency stay of deportation for Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, the pizza deliveryman detained at the Fort Hamilton Army Base. 

To date, we have supported Brooklyn's frontline response with over $600,000 in grants as part of our now $2 million commitment. Learn more about these new grants:

  • Legal Aid Society: To support immigrant clients within the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, Immigration Representation Project, and Immigrant Youth Project 

  • RIF Asylum Support: To expand legal and social services for asylum seekers  

  • Adhikaar: To support community legal clinics and advocacy efforts for Nepali immigrants with Temporary Protected Status

Tonight: "En el Séptimo Día" at BAM

Join us tonight at 7PM at BAM for a special screening of En el Séptimo Día, followed by a Q&A with director Jim McKay. The film follows the experiences of a group of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in Sunset Park over the course of one week. 

Purchase Tickets (Use promo code BCF2018 for reduced admission)

Next Generation Grantmakers: Brooklyn Youth Fellows Support Projects for Youth, by Youth

The Youth Voice Awards is an annual celebration of youth-led projects selected for funding by our Brooklyn Youth Fellows, which focuses on elevating the powerful voices of young people through a 9-month long leadership and youth-led grantmaking program.

While celebrating the theme of justice and healing, Fellows honored the eight dynamic and diverse youth-led projects they selected to receive funding.

2017-18 Spark Prize winners Red Hook Initiative 

Meet the 2018-19 Spark Prize Committee 

We are excited to introduce our 2018-2019 Spark Prize Committee, who will work together to select the 20 finalists and 5 winners of our $100,000 prize for Brooklyn nonprofits. Made up of 35 members, this year’s Spark Prize Committee includes filmmakers, writers, and even an Olympic medalist!