A Capital Idea to Help Students Get Ahead

December 9, 2011

Brooklyn Community Foundation was one of the first to support Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School (above). Read about their work in our Holiday Newsletter

A Capital Idea to Help Students Get Ahead

Capital One Bank Pledges Holiday Dollar-for-Dollar Match to Our Education & Youth Achievement Fund, Up to $15,000

We’re thrilled to announce that Capital One Bank has our schools at the top of their list this holiday!

The bank—a Brooklyn Community Foundation supporter since our launch in 2009—has generously pledged to match all donations to our Education & Youth Achievement Fund up to $15,000, as part of our “Gift to Brooklyn” Holiday Campaign.

With the participation of donors like you, we can give an additional $30,000 to schools in Brooklyn's most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, to help more students become stronger readers and learners.

Low-income students in overcrowded, under-resourced schools are much more likely to lack basic literacy skills, perform below grade level, and ultimately drop out. These funds will be aimed at dramatically changing these outcomes. And because we know that successful learning starts at home, funds will also help foster partnerships between parents, students, and their communities.

Make Your Matching Gift Online

100% of your tax-deductible gift goes directly back to the community.

Can you help? Please give whatever you can to make a difference for Brooklyn students. And through December 31st, all gifts up to $250 will also be matched by an anonymous donor—so a donation of $250 to our Education & Youth Achievement Fund is actually $750!

Learn more here about how our Education and Youth Achievement Fund is making a lasting impact in the lives of Brooklyn’s next generation through organizations like the Red Hook Initiative and Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School.  

What's Happening Across Brooklyn 

Here are a few highlights of news and events we’ve shared with our followers this week. Don’t miss a thing! Like us at Facebook.com/DoGoodBklyn and follow us at Twitter.com/DoGoodBklyn.

Planting the Seed for a Sustainable Brooklyn
Brooklyn is home to big-picture thinkers who know that in order to achieve a healthier and more sustainable global environment, we must start here, in the biggest borough of the world’s most influential city. In August, we officially launched our 3-year Brooklyn Greens initiative, a plan to unite the work of three community-based organizations and create a "green master plan" for Brooklyn. See our exciting progress here!

First-Ever Holiday Newsletter
Brooklyn Community Foundation is in print! Don't miss our new Holiday Newsletter featuring stories on the outstanding impact our grantee partners are making across the borough in each of our five field of interest funds, as well as several new initiatives we've sparked this year. You can read it online, download the PDF, or if you'd prefer a print copy (or several for your business or organization) email press@bcfny.org.

Junior's Gives to Brooklyn
Throughout December, Juniors Strawberry Swirl Holiday Cheesecake will benefit the Brooklyn Community Foundation! For every cheesecake sold, Junior's will donate $5 to help us support the best ideas and programs serving Brooklyn. Available at all three NYC locations: Flatbush Avenue Ext. in Brooklyn, Times Square, and Grand Central Station.

Pictured: Junior's Alan Rosen, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber and Board Chairman Alan Fishman.