Where It's Needed Most

December 30, 2011

Happy New Year from the Brooklyn Community Foundation!

The Year Ahead 

As we come to the end of a busy year of giving and service in Brooklyn, we want to thank you once again for your ongoing commitment to your community. We've got big plans for 2012 and look forward to helping even more Brooklynites to Do Good Right Here!

Many of you are considering additional charitable contributions this week in advance of Saturday's tax-deductible donation
deadline. We urge you to make a gift to Brooklyn. What you give today will have a huge impact next year for your community, and every dollar up to $250 will be matched until midnight on December 31st.

Here are just a few ways your donations will go further in 2012. You can support a variety of nonprofits at once through any of our five funds, or you can simply make a gift to where it's needed most:

  • In Community Development: help us invest in the future of Brooklyn as we back affordable housing opportunities and innovative job training programs, particularly in neighborhoods hit hardest by the recession;
  • In Green Communities: support our vision for a greener Brooklyn with healthier homes and businesses, more open spaces, and sustainable practices through efforts like our ongoing Brooklyn Greens initiative at work in Bedford Stuyvesant, South Williamsburg, and Cypress Hills; 
  • In Education and Youth Achievement: give Brooklyn kids more chances to succeed through our partnerships with afterschool, mentoring, and college prep programs working in the schools where students face the toughest challenges;
  • In Arts for All: bring the inspiring power of the arts to more communities in Brooklyn via the outreach of outstanding theater, writing, vocal, and visual arts groups providing free or low-cost programs;
  • In Caring Neighbors: ensure that Brooklyn's most vulnerable residents--seniors, young children, and the disabled--are better protected against poverty, illness, isolation, and hunger as we fund the vital work of social service providers across the borough;
  • And much more...

Make 2012 the Year to Give Local

"Brooklyn to me has a real soul, and it beats every day. It’s a true community. It’s very big, but at the same time, it’s very small. Everyone who lives here feels like it’s theirs."

- Alan Rosen of Junior's Restaurant 

Tell us why you #GiveLocal:

  • Comment on our Facebook page at Facebook.com/DoGoodBklyn
  • Share a post via Twitter – mention @DoGoodBklyn and use #GiveLocal in the tweet
  • Email your reasons to press@bcfny.org and we’ll share them in our next enewsletter (you can remain anonymous if you choose!)


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 Facebook.com/DoGoodBklyn and follow us at Twitter.com/DoGoodBklyn.


In MLK’s Footsteps: Education as a Civil Right
Join us at the Brooklyn Museum on Sunday, January 15th for WNYC's annual Martin Luther King Day discussion sponsored by the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Tickets are free, but space is limited. Program details and RSVP.

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 press@bcfny.org.