May News: Census 2020, Donor Advised Funds Generate New Support for Local Nonprofits, and More from Your Community Foundation

May 21, 2018


TONIGHT: Census 2020: Will Brooklyn Count?

Monday, May 21, 7-8:30PM at BRIC

Join us tonight at 7PM at the BRIC Arts Media House to discuss how Brooklyn should take on the myriad challenges facing our communities in the upcoming Census. With our President and CEO Cecilia Clarke moderating, an expert panel will break down the issues, share emerging strategies, and answer your questions:

  • Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq., General Counsel, Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College

  • Pastor Gil Monrose, Director of Faith-based and Clergy Initiatives, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President

  • Betsy Plum, VP of Policy, New York Immigration Coalition

  • Steven Romalewski, Director, CUNY Mapping Service


Mother's Day Bail Out

Earlier this month we provided a $10,000 donation match to The Mama's Bail Out NYC campaign, which aimed to get as many black mothers out of jail on bail as possible in time for Mother’s Day.

Led by Vocal-NY in partnership with the National Black Mama's Bail Out Day, the campaign highlighted the intersections of race, gender, and class and their impact on black women’s experiences in the criminal justice system.

Thanks to our match, VOCAL-NY doubled their initial fundraising goal, raising more than $60,000 in less than one week!


Announcing Our Inaugural Fellow Heather McGhee

We are proud to announce the appointment of Heather McGhee as the inaugural recipient of our Brooklyn Community Foundation Fair and Just Fellowship. McGhee is a national advocate who gained widespread recognition for her response to a caller on live TV who asked her how to overcome his racial biases (the video has had over 10 million views). As a Fellow, McGhee will inform our strategic grantmaking and leadership initiatives aimed at advancing racial justice and social change across Brooklyn during her year in the role.
“Brooklyn Community Foundation rightly believes that Brooklyn—one of the most racially and ethnically diverse areas of the country—can be a leading laboratory for ideas advancing fairness and justice, and I’m proud to be named as their inaugural fellow,” said McGhee

Brooklyn Nonprofits Get a Spring in Their Step with Donor Advised Grants

We are proud to share that two of our Donor Advised Funds announced grants to 22 organizations this spring: Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF), a collective of philanthropists supporting Black arts organizations, and ALLINBKLYN, a women’s philanthropic initiative

BAFF founder DéLana R. Dameron started the fund last year with the goal of supporting small and mid-sized organizations focused on Black arts and culture. The group’s first round of grants is already receiving attention from the art world, and Dameron says she hopes that the fund will help not only artists but also provide a community for emerging philanthropists who want to be involved in common interests.

ALLINBKLYN has been making annual grants to organizations in Brooklyn since 2014. Founded by Eliza Winans Rossman, the group of 60 women meets four times each year to learn about local nonprofits with the goal of supporting those who are strengthening the borough. Since its founding, they have given nearly $1 million to 35 Brooklyn organizations.

Working Hand-in-Hand with Local Foundations to Increase Support for Young Women of Color 

On our blog, learn about our role in The NYC Girls of Color Fund, a collaborative of foundations that have directed more than $5 million to organizations run by and for young women of color over the past three years. Dancing in protest, teaching leadership through improv, and campaigning to end discriminatory policing practices are just a few things that grantee organizations have done with funding.