How Brooklyn Came Together

May 24, 2013

We are pleased to share with you the just-published Brooklyn Recovery Fund Report to the Community, a view into the Brooklyn Community Foundation's response to Superstorm Sandy.




The report features details on fund distributions, stories from five neighborhoods in which we've focused our efforts, and a month by month timeline of our work:

Thanks to support from residents like you, the Brooklyn Recovery Fund has made more than $2.3 million in relief and rebuilding grants and is working with community partners to build capacity and coordinate efforts at the local level. 

The need in our neighborhoods is still very great. As your community foundation, we will not stop until our coastal communities are restored and stronger than ever.

We hope you are encouraged by the way Brooklyn came together during this critical period and see the power of community philanthropy at work. On behalf of the board and staff of Brooklyn Community Foundation, thank you for your generosity and commitment to helping your Brooklyn neighbors.

View the Report

To request printed copies of the report, please contact Kavie Barnes at or 718-246-6884.

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20th Annual Red Hook Fest
Next weekend, celebrate the start of the summer season on the Brooklyn waterfront. Our community partner Dance, Theater, Etc (DTE) will present three days of performances celebrating community and culture at PS 15 and Valentino Park Pier, May 30-June 1. The theme for this year's festival is "Rebuild, Restore, Rebirth: Resilience after Sandy." Visit for details.

Coney Island Is Back in Business
With the reopening of Nathan's on Surf Avenue this week, Brooklyn's legendary seaside destination is ready for summer after months of rebuilding post-Sandy. Lifeguards will be on duty starting Saturday, May 25. Follow the latest Coney Island recovery news at and be sure to visit and support the local business community.

Brooklyn Orgs Lead NYC Innovative Nonprofit Awards
Earlier this week, the Mayor announced the winners of the first ever NYC Innovative Nonprofit Awards, which support pioneering local nonprofits that exhibit creative approaches and exemplary program implementation. Among the winners and finalists are our community partners Green City Force, SCO Family of Services, Center for Court Innovation, and Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow. View the announcement here.