Special Initiatives

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

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.

Fair and Just Fellowship

In May 2018, we announced the appointment of Heather McGhee, the outgoing president of the public policy organization Demos, as the inaugural recipient of the Brooklyn Community Foundation Fair and Just Fellowship. During her year in the role, McGhee will inform our strategic grantmaking and leadership initiatives aimed at advancing racial justice and social change across Brooklyn.  

Racial Equity Fund

Learn more about our holistic approach to advancing racial justice in Brooklyn.