Your Support Can Change a Community

December 21, 2012

Dear friend,

Before Superstorm Sandy surged into Brooklyn’s coastal communities, 2012 had already proven a transformative year for the Brooklyn Community Foundation.

We launched the Brooklyn Trends civic information series, hosted Greening from the Ground UpBrooklyn’s first-ever environmental sustainability conference, and provided 140 new grants, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, to support essential services and programs across the borough.

The Superstorm intensified the need for Brooklyn’s very own foundation. When we created the Brooklyn Recovery Fund with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, we committed to directing 100% of gifts to nonprofits serving severely affected areas, to invest in community-wide rebuilding and make Brooklyn stronger than ever.

This week, we released our Holiday/Winter Newsletter, recounting the progress of the Brooklyn Recovery Fund and the ongoing boroughwide impact of our five Field of Interest funds: Education & Youth Achievement, Arts for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, and Green Communities.

Read It Here

We hope you will help continue these essential community-backed efforts as a Brooklyn Community Foundation contributor.

Next year will be the most important yet for Brooklyn’s foundation, and we want you to be a part of it.

There’s no better time than now to join us: all donations up to $500 before December 31st will be matched one to one by the Foundation’s Board Leadership.

Thank you from all of us at the Brooklyn Community Foundation, and please enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

Very sincerely yours,  

Marilyn Gelber
President, Brooklyn Community Foundation 

Brooklyn Recovery Fund Update: A Powerful Donation from 5,000 Miles Away & More

Thank you to everyone who has supported our communities, here in Brooklyn and around the country!

  • This week, we received a donation from the students at Hale Kula Elementary School in Hawaii, who held a school-wide coin drive - "Coins Can Change a Community" - to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Here's the letter they sent to explain why they chose to give to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund:


  • On Thursday, January 17th, THINK Conservatory and House of Genius are hosting a Vaudeville fundraiser at 65 Jay Street in DUMBO, with entertainment by Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra. 1920's attire encouraged! Tickets and details:

 Please continue to support Brooklyn’s coastal communities. Our neighbors need you.

Donate at or text BROOKLYN to 25383 to give $10