Your Community Foundation

September 30, 2011



Helping You Give Back

Last week we made a whirlwind trip to San Francisco—Brooklyn’s sister city in many ways—for the annual Council on Foundation’s Community Foundations Conference. More than 700 organizations from around the country gathered to talk about challenges and strategies for improving our communities, from Akron to Austin, Brookline to Brooklyn!

As we mark our second anniversary as a community foundation, we pause to consider that many of our neighbors and community members have yet to learn about our role and our resources for helping Brooklynites do good right here.

You may even be asking, “What exactly is a Community Foundation?”

Simply put, it’s a fund for philanthropy created by the people of a community to benefit the people of the community.

The Brooklyn Community Foundation provides a range of ways for you to deepen your knowledge of Brooklyn, its needs, and how to help.

We are a community catalyst that raises awareness of the vital work of local nonprofits, using our endowment to raise more money for them, and finding common ground to build lasting partnerships to effectively address Brooklyn’s issues.

We truly believe everyone can be philanthropists and give to the causes they care about in their communities, whether it’s through a gift of $25 or by setting up a donor advised fund.

Today, to help us mark two years of service (and nearly $11 million in community grants), we ask that you forward this email to someone you know in Brooklyn who doesn’t know about us.

We’re here for all Brooklynites, and we invite all Brooklynites to get involved in giving back!  

Meet us in person this weekend!

Saturday: Bedford Stuyvesant Food and Family Day
at Restoration Plaza [1368 Fulton St] | 9:30am – 4pm | FREE!

As sponsors of this first-time event, we’re helping bring together local residents, food justice advocates, urban farmers and gardeners, local businesses, educators and community organizations to examine wellness and access to healthy foods in Bedford-Stuyvesant. We'll also be unveiling the new Brooklyn Food Atlas, a mapping of needs and resources across the borough.

Sunday: 37th Annual Atlantic Antic

Atlantic Avenue between Clinton and Court Streets | 12pm – 6pm

Stop by our booth at Brooklyn’s largest street festival to learn more about our work and our new volunteer initiative! Participate in Brooklyn neighborhood trivia for a chance to win "Do Good Right Here" swag.