"In unity there is strength."

July 13, 2012


When it comes to our appetite for philanthropic giving, we’re locavores. Our favorite projects and programs are rooted in neighborhoods, grown through experience working within a community, and nurtured by input from residents and community leaders.

Naturally, we see the Brooklyn Community Foundation as the necessary water, sunlight, and pollination that helps them flourish.


Our class of 2012 is a rich crop of complimentary, locally-sourced ideas and initiatives, with the majority harvested by neighborhood—100 grants are directed at a specific part of our borough.

This week, the NY Times featured a much-discussed article looking at the apparent widening breach between the neighborhoods that have felt the effects of development and those being left behind. Yet, it’s our driving purpose at the Brooklyn Community Foundation to see that all the benefits of Brooklyn’s growing wealth and influence reach throughout Brooklyn.

Of course, not every neighborhood needs its own artisanal cheese shop, but every neighborhood does need good schools, affordable housing, job opportunities, green space, senior services, and cultural outlets.

With a gift to the Brooklyn Community Foundation, you ensure that local philanthropy touches each corner of our borough, to strengthen all of our communities.

Here are just a few examples:

In Bed-Stuy, a vibrant community fighting for better schools, more job opportunities, better services for seniors, and an increase in open space, we’re supporting more than 30 organizations that service the community, including 16 neighborhood-specific grants totaling nearly $275,000.

It’s an investment in emergency food providers like St. John’s Bread and Life and the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger; in improving lifelong educational outcomes with the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation and the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society; in family stability with Brooklyn Community Services and Housing + Solutions.
In Red Hook, home to Brooklyn’s largest public housing development, we’re giving $163,000 through 10 neighborhood-directed grants to ensure that positive changes continue to be seen in this once written-off community.

It includes two grants to support a new partnership between Added Value Community Farm and Green City Force for an urban farm on New York City Housing Authority property to provide residents with fresh food and job skills training. We’re also fostering the work of Good Shepherd Services, Red Hook Initiative, and PS 15 to see that education empowers neighborhood youth toward achievement.

In Borough Park, Midwood, Williamsburg, and Canarsie, eight of our grants back the work of groups with deep local cultural roots, including Ohr-Halimud, a school for dyslexic girls, Chai Lifeline, a provider of free transportation for families of seriously ill children to medical appointments, and the Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, in support of their volunteer-run emergency kosher food pantry serving southeastern Brooklyn.

It doesn’t stop there. Our grants are also at work in Ft. Greene and Flatbush, Crown Heights and Coney Island, Park Slope and Sunset Park, Downtown Brooklyn and East New York, and dozens of others. See the complete listing here.

We’re a borough of distinct neighborhoods, it’s true. And that’s what makes life here unique and wonderful. But we’re also a borough of Brooklynites: proud, loud, creative, and colorful.
It’s a spirit that links all 2.5 million of us, from Brownsville to Brooklyn Heights.

Brooklyn's official motto is Een Draght Maeckt Maght: "In unity there is strength." As Brooklynites and neighbors, we’re all responsible for making sure that our one, shared Brooklyn is the best place it can be.


Let’s make it stronger, together.


What's "Good" in 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 Facebook.com/DoGoodBklyn and follow us at Twitter.com/DoGoodBklyn.

Featured Do Gooder: Gallop NYC's Deborah Abel
Through our new community service initiative, Do Good Right Here, we're recognizing Brooklyn's dedicated volunteersand hoping they inspire you to become a volunteer, too! This week, we're featuring Deborah Abel, who is a side-walker with GallopNYC, an organization that provides therapeutic horse riding opportunities to people with special needs. Read her story at DoGoodRightHere.org and sign up to become a Brooklyn volunteer!

Designing a Roadmap for Brooklyn's Tech Sector
With the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the DUMBO BID, we're supporting a strategic plan to identify improvements to transportation, infrastructure, and land-use for Brooklyn's "Tech Triangle." Read this article from Crain's to learn more.

Brooklyn Review Profiles Community Foundation Grantees
The bi-monthly news program produced by Brooklyn Independent Television recently featured segments on our grantees Brooklyn Young Mothers Collective, Reel Works Teen Filmmaking, The HOPE Program, and Brooklyn Greenway Initiative. Watch these stories and more at http://www.bricartsmedia.org/community-media/brooklyn-independent-television/brooklyn-review.