Love for Green Thumbs

February 8, 2013



Image courtesy of the Bushwick Farmers Market  

Continuing a month of spreading love for Brooklyn’s nonprofit community, this week we’re recognizing the work of organizations dedicated to making our borough greener and healthier for all.

Because of them, our hearts – and stomachs and lungs – are getting stronger.

From retrofitting homes to be more energy efficient and training young people for careers in the green economy, to cultivating the city’s most beautiful blocks and new ways to bring healthy food to under-served neighborhoods, Brooklyn’s green thumbs are ensuring that every inch of our soil and shoreline is becoming more sustainable.

That’s why we created the Green Communities Fund to give donors a way to directly nurture local environmentally-focused nonprofits.

Since our founding, nearly $5 million has been awarded through the fund for projects at these organizations:


From $500 micro grants for garden trowels and chicken coops to backing large scale expansions at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the Prospect Park Alliance, our donors are seeding vital local projects.

We’re also growing our own initiatives:

  • Brooklyn Greens – We’ve joined forces with the Pratt Center for Community Development to build collaboration between three neighborhoods as they implement community-wide sustainability effort. Over a three year period, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, and El Puente of South Williamsburg are sharing ideas and lessons learned to develop a green master plan for future environmental work across the borough. Read about their latest efforts here!
  • Healthier, More Equitable Communities – Backed by a national Innovation Fund award, this new three-year initiative will focus on building a network of healthy food and healthy living strategies in public housing communities in Red Hook, Fort Greene, and Brownsville. Learn more here about how we’ll be working with local residents, city agencies, and community-based partners to create farms on public housing property, green jobs for young adults, walking and bike paths, and in-school programs.

Join us in supporting these critical endeavors for a healthier Brooklyn.
Become a donor to the Green Communities Fund today.

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Brooklyn Love
Join us Thursday, February 21st from 7-10PM at the Five Myles Gallery in Crown Heights for the first annual Brooklyn Love to benefit Brooklyn Community Foundation's Arts for All Fund. Enjoy complimentary local bites and beverages, and performances from our Arts for All Fund grantee partners! Tickets and details here.  

BBB Charity Effectiveness Symposium: Resilient New York
Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber will speak at the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York's event "Resilient New York: How Nonprofit Leaders Are Managing the Unexpected" on Tuesday, February 26th from 8AM-12PM to discuss lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy with representatives from PhilanthropyNY, Robin Hood Foundation, and Long Island Community Foundation. Details and registration here.

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