Special Initiatives

In addition to our Core Programs, the Foundation takes on special initiatives to respond to unique challenges and opportunities across Brooklyn.


Substance Abuse - Harm Reduction Fund

The Substance Abuse - Harm Reduction 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.

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. 

Brooklyn Elders Fund

A permanent fund seeded by $10 million to promote the care and welfare of older adults in Brooklyn. The first of its kind to tackle issues affecting aging Brooklynites, the fund brings together older adults, policymakers, and community-based nonprofits to support both proven strategies and innovative approaches to providing the care and support that our aging population needs.

Census 2020: #MakeBrooklynCount

To ensure that Brooklyn communities receive their fair share of resources—including $800 billion in federal and state grants allocated each year based on census data—we are supporting local and statewide campaigns dedicated to overcoming complete count challenges.