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July 30, 2019

ICYMI: Our 2019 Insights to Impact Report 

We've just released our new Insights to Impact Report, showcasing our investments in local leadership and programming in Brooklyn. Check out the report to learn about the amazing work of our grantees and donors, and to see how Brooklyn's community foundation is sparking change throughout the borough.

Meet Our Newest Board Member, Susannah Taylor

This month we officially welcomed Susannah Taylor as the newest member of our Board of Directors. Susannah is Chief Operating Officer and Director of Development at READ 718, a literacy nonprofit in Brooklyn. “I am honored and proud to stand alongside the staff and board of the Foundation in fighting for a fair and just Brooklyn,” said Susannah.

New Grants Through Our Immigrant Rights Fund

We are delighted to announce seven new grants from our Immigrant Rights Fund that address long-term issues affecting Brooklyn's immigrant communities:

  • Arab American Association of New York - $25,000 to support immigration legal services for the Arab American community that has been deeply impacted by ongoing policy changes targeting immigrants from Muslim majority nations;
  • AsylumConnect - $10,000 to support the development of their resource catalog for LGBTQ individuals seeking asylum across Brooklyn and New York City; 
  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration - $15,000 to support community organizing, legal clinics and language access for Black Muslim immigrants;
  • Brooklyn Defender Services - $25,000 to support rapid response legal efforts and their role in suing ICE to improve legal representation for those in custody;
  • Desis Rising Up & Moving (DRUM) - $15,000 to support advocacy, organizing, community-defense and the “Hate Free Zone” initiative launched in Kensington, Brooklyn;
  • Muslim Community Network - $15,000 to support community outreach and education efforts, and self-defense workshops in response to rising Islamophobia and increased incidents of harassment particularly affecting Muslim women; and
  • Sakhi for South Asian Women - $15,000 to support community outreach efforts for planned expansion of services for Bangladeshi women in Kensington, Brooklyn.