The partners of the Brooklyn Recovery Fund—Brooklyn Community Foundation, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President—present this report to the community on the fund's impact, as we reflect on the year that has passed since Superstorm Sandy devastated Brooklyn's coastal communities.
The fund began with a $100,000 pledge from the Brooklyn Community Foundation, and we called upon the community to give, both as donors and as volunteers, to help our neighbors in need. To date, more than $3.5 million has been donated, with significant early support from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, and Forest City Ratner, as well as an additional $1.25 million infusion from the American Red Cross. Just as critically, thousands of you gave in amounts of $20, $50, and $100—an amazing collective effort that has become one of the largest grassroots fundraising campaigns in our borough's history.
Thanks to your support, the fund has become the nexus of recovery in Brooklyn, and has fostered the work of six Community Collaboratives now leading local efforts in Red Hook, Coney Island, Gerritsen Beach, Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, and Canarsie. There is still much work to be done across our communities, but the Brooklyn Recovery Fund has shown how much we can accomplish together when we share an urgent need.
We ask that you read and share this new report, which is a true testament to the power of local philanthropy and Brooklyn's strength.
Excerpt from the report: