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The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Resident-led Grantmaking

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.
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.

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. 

At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we believe that residents of Brooklyn, those directly affected by the challenges, hold the wisdom, the ideas, and the power to transform them too.