Special Initiatives

In addition to our core Grantmaking Programs, the Foundation takes on special initiatives to respond to unique challenges and opportunities across Brooklyn. Explore past initaitives here.

Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund

Launched in mid-March, the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund provides immediate and longer-term resources to to address the social, health, and economic impacts of the coronavirus on Brooklyn's most vulnerable communities, with an explicit focus on supporting communities of color. 

Fishman Family Fund for Economic Opportunity

Funded through donor contributions honoring the service, vision, and leadership of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Chair Emeritus Alan Fishman, The Fishman Family Fund for Economic Opportunity is designed help close the racial wealth gap in Brooklyn by tackling structural barriers that limit BIPOC Brooklynites’ access to financial and economic stability. 

The Just Brooklyn Prize

In partnership with The Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation’s Social Justice Fund, this $100,000 annual award celebrates five outstanding BIPOC champions in the fight for racial justice in Brooklyn. Each winner of The Just Brooklyn Prize will receive0 $20,000 in recognition of their contributions to the pursuit of racial and social justice in the borough. 

Wellness and Recovery Fund

The Wellness and Recovery Fund seeks to support organizations that are working on the frontlines of change to ensure that those who navigate the difficult road of substance abuse and addiction do so with reliable support that honors their agency and dignity.