In the News

January 27, 2023
Dance and math have been intertwined in Yamilee Toussaint Beach’s life since her childhood in Long Island. So, in 2010, the MIT grad combined these passions and became the founder and CEO of Brooklyn’s STEM From Dance. For over 12 years, she’s electrified the lives of Brooklyn’s girls of color by combining creative dance with high technology.
January 27, 2023
Hundreds of supporters cheered and danced throughout the night as the 2023 Power List of Brooklyn honorees were celebrated at El Caribe Caterers on Thursday. The individuals selected for the Power List make Brooklyn the thriving and vibrant place it is to live, work and play. The lively networking event celebrated extraordinary men and women from a broad spectrum of the business and nonprofit world who were recognized for their commitment, impact and influence in the Brooklyn community.
January 26, 2023
On the expansive walls of a building in Brooklyn, surrounded by vibrant colors, two young men find themselves in a tender embrace. Extending across the surface, another young man looks at the screen of a phone, with a computer next to him reading, “looking for hope, loading.” These are the protagonists of a mural that encompasses issues of public interest in the community, such as gentrification, the alt-right, or the history of the United States. “The Rise of Consciousness” is one of many murals that enrich the geography of Williamsburg.
January 20, 2023
NEW YORK — At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Open Society Foundation granted $20 million to New York City organizations helping with the response. Haitian groups, including Haitian-Americans United for Progress, felt left out. 
January 17, 2023
The Brooklyn Community Foundation has awarded grants to organizations in the borough, including the Workers Justice Project, which aids delivery workers.
January 12, 2023
Since the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, foundations nationwide have increased their funding to address injustice and inequity. But philanthropy can and should do more, by changing the very way these funding decisions are made. Participatory grantmaking, which centers community members in the process, does just that.
January 12, 2023
The sentencing last week of the man who orchestrated the “Varsity Blues” scheme was a striking reminder of the deep inequities of college admissions. Unfortunately, despite all of the media attention generated by the scandal, and the high-profile prosecutions, little has been done to address the root of the problem. 
December 23, 2022
In January, all New York City’s public school kindergartners will receive a seed investment of $100 in their city-sponsored college savings accounts. 
December 20, 2022
The Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF) has invested $2.5 million into the borough's youth as part of its Invest in Youth initiative (IIY). Hoping to ignite social charge, BCF has distributed its millions among 56 youth-serving organizations. “These long-term investments are amplifying the power of youth voices and the leadership of young people as key players in building a fair and just future for Brooklyn,” said Jocelynne Rainey, president and CEO of BCF.
December 15, 2022
Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey shares reflections and stories of impact from the organization’s work across Brooklyn.

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