There's No Better Place to Give

December 16, 2011

Brooklyn Borough Hall (above)  | Image by j_bary 

There's No Better Place to Give

Final Round of 2011 Grants Totals $668,000 to 37 Brooklyn-serving Nonprofits

$4.5 Million. With the announcement of our final round of 2011 grants this week, that is the total amount the Brooklyn Community Foundation has given to support the best ideas and programs serving our communities this year.

It represents nearly 150 competitive grants, dozens of microgrants, ongoing support for multi-year initiatives like Brooklyn Greens and Central Brooklyn STEM, renewed aid to the NYC Haitian Community Hope and Healing Fund, and backing for the information-generating work of The Brooklyn Bureau and the Center for the Study of Brooklyn.

If you had $4.5 million to give away, where would you give it?

As a contributor to the Brooklyn Community Foundation, you are part of this $4.5 million fund for your community, to make it stronger, to make the lives of your neighbors better, and to make the future brighter for everyone who calls Brooklyn home.

This week, we made the last of our grants for 2011: $668,000 to 37 nonprofit organizations whose work is changing lives and creating opportunity.

These new grants were awarded through our five community impact funds. Here are a few highlights:

  • Education and Youth Achievement Fund: 13 grants at $267,500 for afterschool, college readiness, literacy, and youth development programs, including $50,000 to the Brooklyn Movement Center to support the development of a turnaround plan to improve academic achievement levels in Community School District 16, the lowest performing school district in Brooklyn, which includes parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and Brownsville.
  • Community Development Fund: 4 grants at $130,000 for housing and workforce development programs, including $30,000 to Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation to support three green community development projects including new affordable housing for seniors in Cypress Hills/East New York. 
  • Caring Neighbors Fund: 7 grants at $108,000 for food access, health, senior independence, and homeless services, including $25,000 to Brooklyn Community Housing and Services for a nationally recognized supportive housing initiative to prevent homelessness among Brooklyn’s most at-risk populations, including formerly homeless seniors, many of whom struggle with mental illness and substance abuse issues.
  • Green Communities Fund: 5 grants at $95,000 for environmental advocacy, education, and job training programs, including $35,000 to Added Value to support a unique “green collar jobs” training program for young adult residents of Red Hook on a community farm located on NYCHA property.
  • Arts for All Fund: 8 grants at $67,500 for community engagement and youth arts programs, including $5,000 to PS 217 in Flatbush to sustain visual arts, theater, music, dance, and writing programs for 1400 students originally made possible through a Federal Magnet grant, which ended in September.

View the complete list here.

What's Happening Across Brooklyn 
Here are a few highlights of news and events we’ve shared with our followers this week. Don’t miss a thing! Like us at and follow us at


Brooklyn Community Foundation Welcomes Michael Burke as New Chief Operating Officer
Burke was formerly the Chief Operating Officer of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, where for the last decade he helped shape an unprecedented period of investment in business, real estate, and cultural development in New York City’s third largest commercial district. More.


Marty Gives Junior's Holiday Cheesecake to Good Day New York!
Tuesday morning, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented Good Day New York anchors Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly (pictured at right) with their own Strawberry Swirl Holiday Cheesecakes! Available throughout December at all three Junior's NYC locations, $5 from each sold will benefit the Brooklyn Community Foundation! Details.

First-Ever Holiday Newsletter
Brooklyn Community Foundation is in print! Don't miss our new Holiday Newsletter featuring stories on the outstanding impact our grantee partners are making across the borough in each of our five field of interest funds, as well as several new initiatives we've sparked this year. You can read it online, download the PDF, or if you'd prefer a print copy (or several for your business or organization) email