March News from Brooklyn Community Foundation

March 11, 2015



Unveiling Our Community Mural

We are grateful to the young artists of Groundswell for envisioning and creating the beautiful mural that now graces the walls of our Community Room! With imagery that captures our new mission and vision for Brooklyn, the vibrant mural will bring energy to meetings and community conversations in the space for years to come.  

Juvenile Justice Talk this Sunday at BK Museum 

Join our Director of Community Leadership Tynesha McHarris for “Burning Down the House: Rebuilding Juvenile Justice Together,” (based on the book by the same name) this Sunday, March 15 from 2-4pm at the Brooklyn Museum. Tynesha will moderate a discussion featuring the book’s author Nell Bernstein, representatives from the Brownsville Community Justice Center, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, and Vera Institute. 


Update on Foundation Grantmaking

2015 is a big year for Brooklyn Community Foundation as we roll out our new core programs, starting with our Brooklyn Youth Fellowship. Many thanks to the almost 40 organizations that applied to host young leaders in the inaugural cohort, which will be announced in April. 

We also want to thank all who attended the Brooklyn Accelerator Open House last week to learn more about our new “hub” for nonprofits and its Incubator Project. We are accepting applications through March 20 from startup nonprofits and community leaders for the year-long program, which will provide free co-working space in our Crown Heights office and a $5,000 stipend.

Next month we will share the grantmaking priorities of our resident-led Neighborhood Strength program, focused on Crown Heights, and in May, we will release guidelines for our Invest in Youth initiative. 

Brooklyn's Foundation in the Community

Don’t miss YWCA of New York City’s Women’s History Month series, “Leadership and Generosity: A Call to Action.” This week, Cecilia Clarke joined Sheelah A. Feinberg, Executive Director at Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, Maya Wiley, Counsel to the Mayor of New York City, Akiba Solomon, Editorial Director of, and Anne Williams-Isom, Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children's Zone (pictured above, with YWCA Board Chair Marcia Lynn Sells, top center) for a local leaders panel. Follow their conversation at #YWomenKIND. 



This month, Institutional Investor magazine includes a feature story on Brooklyn, which talks about the work of the Foundation, and includes quotes from (pictured above, left to right) our President & CEO Cecilia Clarke, Brooklyn Navy Yard President David Ehrenberg, and Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group Managing Director Margaret Anadu.