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January 24, 2023
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President & CEO reflects on 2022 and shares a look at what to expect in 2023.

 
January 29, 2023
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn Community Foundation grieves for Tyre Nichols and we send our deepest condolences to his mother, stepfather, his entire family and community.

January 25, 2023
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)
At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we transitioned all our strategic grantmaking—over $4 million annually—to the participatory model in 2021. To help others take on this transition, we are sharing a number of lessons learned—both what we did right and what we wish we knew before starting.
January 23, 2023
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn Community Foundation mourns the passing of our friend and colleague John Wright.

January 20, 2023
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Your partnership helped make 2022 an incredible year for Brooklyn Community Foundation and our communities.

January 20, 2023
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

The Brooklyn Power List recognizes those named for their continued commitment, impact, and influence they have sustained on the borough over the past year. In this conversation, Schneps Media speaks with Dr. Rainey about her career, her commitment to equity, and her inspiration. 

January 18, 2023
Sabrina Hargrave
Director of Programs (She/Her/Ella)

We know Brooklynites are experts on their communities and the issues they face, which is why we are thrilled to invite our neighbors to be part of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s grantmaking advisory councils.

January 18, 2023
Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

When people from across our community can share in the joy of philanthropy, everyone wins. As we dive into the new year, we wanted to share a few stories of altruism that we’ve particularly enjoyed, which we think are worth checking out if you happened to miss them.

January 17, 2023
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

This Monday, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the New York Knicks honored our President & CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey with the Sweetwater Clifton ‘City Spirit’ Award.

January 17, 2023
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to a $500,000 investment in five outstanding nonprofits advancing racial justice in New York City’s largest borough through our 2023 Spark Prize. The winners are...

January 11, 2023
Kentara John
Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)

 We are pleased to announce that the application for our next round of funding from our Brooklyn Elders Fund is now open. 

December 21, 2022
Sabine Frid-Bernards
Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)

Our grantee partners at YVote have a wide range of new and exciting initiatives on the horizon, including working with community boards to learn how to engage young people and encourage them to run for office. 

December 19, 2022
Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

If you already have a DAF, you can transfer it to Brooklyn Community Foundation, where our 1% management fee supports grants to nonprofits working for racial justice in Brooklyn and our investment options offer the potential to grow your fund, tax-free.

December 13, 2022

Funded by $1.2 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Greenwood Initiative and Donor Advised Funds at Brooklyn Community Foundation, this new Community Scholarship utilizes NYC Kids RISE’s Save for College Program as a community- driven wealth-building platform and is the largest Community Scholarship in the Program's history.

December 12, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Many local nonprofits are grappling with an increased demand for services, fewer donations, and the impacts of inflation. Our CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares with NY1 how we can address this concerning trend.

December 12, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President & CEO shares how we're backing Brooklyn's next generation with large-scale funding support.

December 11, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

As their internship comes to a close, we're spotlighting our Communications Intern Jasmine Chrispin (they/them/she/her), who over the past several months has provided our team with support around digital content development, most notably in graphic design and animation. 

December 5, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

With your continued support, we will grow our investment in these critical community-led organizations on the frontlines of social change. We are a borough of changemakers, and together we can—and must—do more.

 

December 5, 2022
Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Important year-end giving deadlines and contribution instructions for our Donor Advisors

December 2, 2022
Sabrina Hargrave
Director of Programs (She/Her/Ella)

Brooklyn Community Foundation is committed to building the capacity of nonprofits across the borough — and we are thrilled to announce an open application to join our Leadership Collective.

December 2, 2022
Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Our donor services team is here to support you as you map out your year-end giving, to determine the most powerful, tax-efficient ways to maximize your impact. 

December 1, 2022
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

On behalf of all participating organizations, we want to extend our sincere gratitude for your generosity and your commitment to your community.

November 28, 2022
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Calling all nonprofits at BrooklynGives.org! Giving Tuesday is just ONE DAY AWAY - here’s what you need to know for tomorrow.

November 23, 2022
Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Associate (She/Her/Hers)

We are delighted to announce this year's #BrooklynGives Door Prizes, available to participating nonprofits at BrookynGives.org! 

November 21, 2022
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)

In her monthly column, Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from our work across Brooklyn

November 21, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

With one week left until Giving Tuesday, there’s still time to go over last-minute tips and best practices to engage with your supporters and have a successful #BrooklynGives campaign.

November 16, 2022
Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

As Giving Tuesday 2022 approaches, our donor services team put together the below guide with five simple steps to help you reduce the noise and increase your impact right here in your own backyard.

 
November 15, 2022
Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce that Monique Nieves has joined our team as our new Chief Operating Officer.

November 7, 2022
Melissa Pawlak
Donor Services Manager (She/Her/Hers)

As we approach the end of the year, we wanted to share the many ways you can incorporate #BrooklynGives into your annual giving. 

November 2, 2022
Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

Brooklyn Community Foundation is conducting a short survey to gain insight into the current state of nonprofit fundraising and operating costs.

October 28, 2022
Sabrina Hargrave
Director of Programs (She/Her/Ella)

After an arduous and dangerous journey to the United States, many asylum seekers are now being sent to New York City. As a sanctuary city, New York has long been a welcoming home for those seeking refuge. However, our city and its institutions were not yet prepared for the influx arriving daily. Learn about our partners who have stepped up to support asylum seekers at this critical time.

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