Brooklyn Insights Next Steps, Meet Tynesha McHarris, and More

June 5, 2014

Meet Tynesha McHarris, Director of Community Leadership

Help us welcome Tynesha McHarris to the Foundation! Tynesha has spent the past six months working with us on Brooklyn Insights. As Director of Community Leadership, she will develop the Foundation's community empowerment and grantmaking strategies, as well as spearhead major initiatives and projects.

A Bronx native and Bed-Stuy resident, Tynesha is a passionate education, community, and youth development leader. Her work in Newark, NJ for the Newark Education Trust, Children's Defense Fund, and Sadie Nash Leadership Project has garnered national praise, and she is currently a subject of the HBO documentary, Another Night in the Free World, featuring young women activists.

Brooklyn Insights Update: 800+ Participants,
30 Sector Roundtables, 20 Neighborhood Dialogues, and Ne
xt Steps

As we wrap up the final Roundtables and Neighborhood Dialogues, we hope you will explore what we've heard in notes from each meeting at Later this month, we will reconvene smaller groups of previous participiants to discuss our findings and how we plan to move forward. We aim to release a detailed report on the project and future strategies later this summer.

Foundation Joins Change Capital Fund, Part of New Initiative to Address Persistent Poverty

This week, the Change Capital Fund, a collaboration of 17 foundations and financial institutions, announced the launch of a new initiative to harness the financial savvy and long-time community connections of community development corporations (CDCs) to reduce persistent and concentrated poverty in NYC. Five CDCsfour in Brooklynwill receive up to $1 million each over the next four years. Learn more here.


  Giving Impact: #100DaysinBrownsville

When a resident told her she was not visible enough in the community, Brownsville Partnership Director Rasmia Kirmani-Frye pledged to spend more time on the streets instead of behind her desk. For 100 days she will be tracking the places she goes, people she meets, and what she learns in Brownsvilleincluding her work on our Healthy Communities and Change Capital Fund initiatives. Follow her daily insights on Twitter.

Upcoming Events:

Sip & Shop at By Brooklyn, Sunday, June 8, 12-3PM – Join our young professionals group for Smith Street shopping that gives back. Enjoy 15% off purchases (including Father's Day gifts!) and complimentary wine, plus all donations made in store will be tripled by By Brooklyn and Brooklyn Community Foundation in support of local nonprofits.

Can't make it? Shop Father's Day gift boxes at a portion of the proceeds from each gift box purchase will support the Foundation.

Go Eat BBQ!– Every Monday, Hill Country BBQ in Downtown Brooklyn will donate $1 from each "All You Can Eat" order to the Foundatin's Community Fund, supporting our critical annual grantmaking and community leadership initiatives.