October News: #MakeBrooklynCount for Census 2020, Meet Our Newest Board Member, and More from Your Community Foundation

October 25, 2018

Census 2020: #MakeBrooklynCount!

On Tuesday, we partnered with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to launch the #MakeBrooklynCount campaign for Census 2020.

Brooklyn is the “hardest to count” county in New York State, with a <70% response rate in the last census. That means Brooklynites are missing out on their fair share of billions in government funding for infrastructure, schools, and healthcare, as well as investments in our communities from government, nonprofits, and businesses that rely on census data to inform decision-making.

Census 2020 will also present unprecedented challenges, including the addition of a citizenship question and a reliance on online responses, both of which could dramatically impact a fair and accurate count.

The #MakeBrooklynCount campaign and creation of a Brooklyn Complete Count Committee aim to jumpstart preparations and coordination around Census 2020 to ensure that Brooklyn is counted 100%. Read more about the event in the Brooklyn Eagle.


Welcoming Ingrid Benedict to Our Board

We are pleased to announce the appointment of esteemed philanthropy professional and community advocate Ingrid Benedict to our Board of Directors.

Ingrid is the Director of the Daphne Foundation, which invests in organizations that empower community residents affected by poverty, violence, and discrimination. She is also a co-founder and co-chair of New York Blacks in Philanthropy and serves on the boards of United We Dream Network, Solidaire, and BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity). 


Tonight: Invest in Youth Dinner

We hope to see you this evening for our Invest in Youth Dinner, which supports our annual investment of over $2.5 million in nonprofit programs that strengthen opportunities and outcomes for young people of color across Brooklyn. This year’s event will feature a dynamic conversation on women’s leadership with leaders from our grantees Girls for Gender Equity and Sadie Nash Leadership Project, moderated by MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid.

Event Details + Tickets


"Fight Gone Bad" Does Great for Brooklyn

Last weekend, dozens of fit and fierce Crossfit competitors gathered across Brooklyn for three separate “Fight Gone Bad” challenges to benefit our Community Fund grantmaking.

CrossFit South Brooklyn in Gowanus, CrossFit 718 in South Slope, and Crow Hill CrossFit in Crown Heights each staged the spirited team competition in which contestants wear inventive costumes while performing a series of physically demanding exercises, raising over $25,000.

CrossFit South Brooklyn founder David Osorio spearheaded the collective effort. The gym has held the fundraiser annually since 2012, and aims to continue to grow the event to include other Brooklyn Crossfits. If you would like to get your gym involved next year, reach out to Jenny Walski at jwalski@bcfny.org to learn more.


ICYMI: Announcing the Finalists for Our Spark Prize

Last week, we announced the 20 finalists for our Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits—the only award of its kind to honor local nonprofit changemakers.

Each organization will now advance in consideration to be one of the five winners of the $100,000 award (to be announced in January), and will also be a beneficiary of our $100,000 donation match ($5,000 to each) as part of #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday, a 24-hour local giving campaign taking place this November 27, 2018.