Greening Up Brooklyn

July 15, 2011

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 icon_greenfund 6What's Happening:
A Leaf Grows in Brooklyn
Walk for Prospect Park 
Hungry in the 'Burg

icon_greenfund 11  Greenbacks to Green Up Brooklyn!

Through a partnership with ioby and Green Guerillas—and with donations from you—we’re giving 35+ community gardens and conservation projects in Brooklyn a boost this summer.

50% of New York City’s community gardeners call Brooklyn home. They're volunteers, with limited budgets and few fundings resources. They're working hard for a healthier and greener boroughand making a significant, positive impact in their communities. 
As a tribute to their efforts, last March we created two new "outside the (planter) box" funding channels to help our neighbors continue to improve Brooklyn's gardens and open spaces, and to encourage environmental education and conservation efforts.

In total, we’re funding 37 neighborhood groups at nearly $15,000 through the Brooklyn Community Garden Fund and the Brooklyn Spring Match.

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Brooklyn Community Garden Fund with Green Guerillas: 29 grants from $250-$500 to GreenThumb gardens for new tools, sheds, wheelbarrows and chicken coops, as well as events and programs for garden neighbors.

“We wanted to redo the front garden to make it more inviting to anyone passing in front so that they would want to come in and take a look, sit and relax, and maybe become a member and get involved in growing healthy food and vegetables.”

- Gemma Garcia, St. John Cantius Community Garden in East New York

“We don’t really have a huge budget. Like most community gardens we depend on volunteers and donations. We’ve been spending a lot of money on free standing gazebos over the years and this will allow us to build something sturdier and permanent that has the added environmental feature of being a water collector.”

- Jon Crow, Brooklyn Bear’s Community Garden on Pacific Street

Brooklyn Spring Match with ioby: We matched online donations to eight Brooklyn projects on (a crowd-fundraising website) dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000 total.  

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We hope these greenthumb neighbors inspire you to give back on your block. Happy planting!

icon_greenfund 7  “A Leaf Grows in Brooklyn"

In its latest issue, Nature Conservancy Magazine writes about the life-changing Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program, which guides urban high school students towards careers in ecology. We've supported the programwhich has its roots in Brooklynsince 2005.

Read the story

“The Brooklyn Community Foundation planted the seed for The Nature Conservancy to envision and ultimately implement a larger programmatic impact than we had ever imagined. We owe much of our current success around our national expansion to the early guidance, insight and challenge from the Brooklyn Community Foundation to dream bigger.”

– LEAF Program Director Bridgette Griswold

icon_greenfund 8  Walk for Prospect Park!
We’re the community partner for the Walk for Prospect Park on Sunday, September 18th, a Prospect Park Alliance fundraiser to keep Brooklyn’s biggest public space beautiful.

We’re helping walkers' donations go twice as far by matching each dollar raised up to $25,000!

Learn more at

icon_greenfund 9  A Craving for Fighting Hunger at Smorgasburg

BCF 007 2Thanks to all who stopped by our booth last Saturday at Smorgasburg, the weekly food market on the Williamsburg waterfront.

While loads of good eats were enjoyed by all, we recruited 50 new “Do Gooders” to join the fight against hunger in Brooklyn with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger.

Stay tuned for more ways to meet the Brooklyn Community Foundation in your neighborhood...