Join Us to Work Against Racism in Brooklyn and Beyond

August 15, 2017


To our partners and supporters,

Brooklyn Community Foundation firmly rejects the tragic violence and terrorizing rhetoric of white nationalism witnessed this past weekend in Charlottesville. We recommit ourselves to actively dismantling the deeply rooted systemic and institutional racism that impacts every community in our country.

Today and everyday, we are dedicated to achieving a fair and just future for both Brooklyn and the United States by investing in and lifting up the successful work of communities of color as they lead this movement. We are proud to be an institution dedicated to racial justice, and we invite you to both engage in and contribute to this work.

Please join us or spread the word for the following opportunities to advance racial justice in Brooklyn. 


Cecilia C. Clarke
President & CEO

Tonight: "Whose Streets?" Documentary by Ferguson Activists 

Join us tonight, Tuesday, August 15th, for a screening of the powerful new documentary Whose Streets?, which tells the story of the Ferguson Uprising from the perspective of the activists on the ground—a film even more timely in these days after Charlottesville.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with leaders from Brooklyn Community Foundation grantees Movement Netlab and The Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, introduced by our President Cecilia Clarke.

Tonight at 7pm, Landmark Sunshine Cinema, 143 E. Houston Street in Manhattan. Tickets available online and at the box office.

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Racial Justice Training for Nonprofit Managers

Our free full-day Advancing Racial Justice for Nonprofit Leaders training returns this fall on Thursday, October 5th, facilitated by national experts Cynthia Silva Parker and Nyantara Sen.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use language and analysis of institutional and structural racism 
  • Build buy-in for addressing racism in your organization
  • Identify elements to make an effective case for addressing racism 
  • Understand how to use racial equity primes, tools and protocols 
  • Consult racial equity resources to identify tools and protocols to use 
  • Network with nonprofit leaders who are addressing racial justice
  • Develop action steps for operationalizing racial equity

Nonprofits that wish to participate will be required to send two representatives, either senior staff or Board members. Space is limited, registration is required.

Details and Registration

Seeking Brooklyn Youth for Paid Leadership Programs


We are currently seeking young people for two dynamic leadership programs at Brooklyn Community Foundation:

New! Reproductive Justice Activists 

As a project of our Girls of Color fund, Reproductive Justice Activists seeks to center the voice and leadership of young women, non-binary youth, and allies in an effort to imagine and create a society free from all forms of reproductive oppression. Over a ten month period, a cohort of 10-12 young activists will work closely with our team to build a Reproductive Justice advocacy strategy. Activists will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Reproductive Justice, current local and national issues, and develop their organizing and activism skills.

Applicants should be young people of color in Brooklyn between the ages of 16 and 24 with at least two years of activism or organizing experience and the ability to attend monthly meetings in Brooklyn from September 2017 - June 2018. Participating youth will receive a $1500 stipend. Online applications for our inaugural Reproductive Justice Activists must be submitted by Friday, September 8, 2017.

Brooklyn Youth Fellowship

Now entering its third year, our Brooklyn Youth Fellowship is a youth-led grantmaking program that sees youth as experts and central players in making decisions around supporting youth-centered and youth-led projects. Over a 10 month period, Fellows participate in trainings, strategic planning discussions for the Foundation, and design their own Youth Summit and youth-led grantmaking process called the Youth Voice Awards.

Applications should be young people of color from Brooklyn between the age of 16 and 24 able to commit to attending monthly in-person meetings in Brooklyn and calls as necessary. They should also be 
passionate, self-motivated, collaborative, and committed to achieving racial justice and interested in moving resources to address the impact of racial oppression on young people of color. Participants will receive a $1500 stipend for the Fellowship. Online applications must be submitted by Thursday, August 31, 2017