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The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Immigrant Youth

Elizabeth Park
Donor Engagement Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Funding from our Welcome NYC partnership has come at a critical time: Title 42 expired last month, setting countless refugees and asylum seekers — whose lives and well-being already hang in the balance — along increasingly uncertain paths.

Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

We're halfway to our $50,000 goal to support the newest New Yorkers! Your generous support will help provide a lifeline to asylum seekers. Donate now through April 30th to this urgent fundraising effort.

Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

This Spring, we're mobilizing Brooklynites to aid the newest New Yorkers. Every dollar donated to our Immigrant Rights Fund now through April 30th will go to further support for asylum seekers.

We are proud to announce $2.5M in grants to 55 organizations through our Invest in Youth initiative in 2021, determined for the first time in partnership with our new council of youth advisors. 

The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy published a striking report recently on funding for pro-immigrant movements by U.S. foundations.  Among their findings is that barely 1% of all money granted by the 1,000 largest U.S. foundations was intended to benefit immigrants and refugees

Daniel-Joseph Cyan
Communications Intern

As a Brooklyn Youth Fellow, I got to see one side of grantmaking by helping in the process of creating, reviewing, and accepting applications for the Youth Voice Awards. Now as a Foundation intern, I get to see another important side of grantmaking: going on site visits to see our grantees programming firsthand, starting with El Puente in Bushwick.

Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)

Today, we are proud to announce new grants through our Immigrant Rights Fund, a special initiative created by our donors in the weeks after the 2016 presidential election to build a boroughwide response to unjust government policy changes threatening Brooklyn’s immigrants and their families.

Through our Immigrant Rights Fund, we’re supporting BAJI’s comprehensive outreach to Black Muslim immigrants.

Through our Immigrant Rights Fund, we’re supporting AAANY’s advocacy and organizing in Brooklyn’s Muslim immigrant communities.


Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)

More than 500 people came out to the Brooklyn Museum last week in spite of nearly a foot of snow for "Defending Immigrant Rights: A Brooklyn Call to Action," which featured a critical conversation with local leaders working on the frontlines of the fight for immigrant rights.