September Update: Immigrant Rights Fund, Meet Our Donors, and More from Your Community Foundation

September 26, 2017

Insights to Impact 

If you haven’t seen it yet, our Insights to Impact Report 2017 is now out in print and on our website. This annual update on our community leadership and funding work provides an in-depth view into innovative efforts to position residents as grantmakers and youth as community leaders, as well exciting initiatives to spotlight Brooklyn nonprofits.

Plus: We are proud to highlight the success of our Neighborhood Strength model, launched two years ago in Crown Heights, in this new video – featured in our online Insights to Impact Report:

Donor Spotlight

“My dad really believes in creating opportunities for family to work together, not just in business. Philanthropy is a space where we can come together as a family to do meaningful work in the world.”

Our Donor Advised Fund holder Mamie Kanfer Stewart shares her story, from growing up in a philanthropic family in Ohio to moving to Brooklyn to raise her own family, and why she loves working with our team to deepen her connection to her new home.

Immigrant Rights Fund Update  

Earlier this month, we announced $50,000 in Immediate Response Grants to support Brooklyn advocates as they work to protect Dreamers at risk of deportation after the Trump Administration’s announced plan to rescind DACA. 

This week, we're proud to announce a $2,500 Action Fund grant to Arab American Family Support Center’s upcoming “Stomp Out the Muslim Ban!” protest and dance rally at Brooklyn Borough Hall, led by members of the Audacious Young Women of Action! (AYWA!) Initiative.

Advocacy Victory: State Agencies Can No Longer Ask About Immigration Status

On September 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order barring New York state agencies—including the State Police—from asking about a person’s immigration status. This means that immigrant New Yorkers can interact with state agencies without fear of having their information turned over to ICE.

The policy change is a big win for our grantee Make the Road New York, whose members have been organizing and advocating for this policy for more than a decade.

Reproductive Justice Activists

“I know that our youth activists will discover something exciting and new that will revolutionize how we organize and message around reproductive justice.” 

We are pleased to welcome Renée Joslyn as the coordinator for our new Reproductive Justice Activists initiative, supported through our Girls of Color Fund. Renée brings over a decade of experience in advocating for girls and women’s rights at the Ms. Foundation for Women, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Tides Foundation.

Join Us: Film Screening & Panel at Brooklyn Public Library 

Join us Thursday, October 19 at Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center for a screening of the Sundance-winning documentary short film “Alone” followed by a conversation with filmmaker Garrett Bradley and members of The Alex House Project, a grantee through our Incubator Project and Invest in Youth initiative.  

The film, which investigates the layers of mass incarceration and its shaping of the modern black American family, is seen through the eyes of a single mother in New Orleans. Free to attend.



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