Brooklyn Org

The Foundation of Our Future

aka Brooklyn Org   |   Brooklyn, NY   |


Brooklyn Org is a champion for Brooklyn. We celebrate Brooklyn’s brilliance and resilience, its incomparable culture and uncompromising grit—and we demand more for our communities. We are on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. With a new model for community philanthropy, we are bringing together Brooklynites, Brooklyn backers, businesses, and broader believers in equity and justice to make Brooklyn a beacon for the world.

Ruling year info


President & CEO

Dr. Jocelynne Rainey

Main address

1000 Dean Street, Suite 307

Brooklyn, NY 11238 USA

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Formerly known as

Independence Community Foundation

Brooklyn Community Foundation



NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Brooklyn Org was founded in 2009 as Brooklyn Community Foundation, the first and only public foundation dedicated to New York City’s largest borough. Brooklyn is home to a vast community of high-impact, innovative, locally-led nonprofits. Nevertheless, only 8% of New York City’s philanthropic dollars reach Brooklyn organizations. Since our founding, we have made it our mission to address this alarming disparity. In Fall 2023, we announced our evolution to Brooklyn Org as part of our renewed commitment to galvanizing giving to Brooklyn. As Brooklyn Org, we are affirming our long-term commitment to racial justice and community engagement, including our exemplary participatory grantmaking approach that gives Brooklyn residents power in deciding where funding goes. In 2022, nearly 75% of organizations funded through our strategic grantmaking programs were BIPOC-led.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Brooklyn Org Grants

At Brooklyn Org, we know that supporting our nonprofit partners goes beyond a grant payment — and we continually strive to offer nonprofits robust opportunities to strengthen their organizations. From holding nonprofit gatherings, workshops, and coaching sessions, to investing in online resource libraries and platforms for visibility, we aim to help our partners grow their reach to other funders and donors, and ultimately advance their work across the borough.

We will be launching a new, more inclusive racial justice grantmaking process in early 2024! Sign up for our mailing list to be notified of future funding opportunities.

We are proud to invest in work that puts Brooklyn people, neighborhoods, and communities first across a range of issues. Explore our areas of impact here and learn more about our grantee partners here.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Goal: Build the capacity and power of organizations that serve Brooklyn
Our grantees, donor partners, and staff have encouraged us to reimagine our grantmaking approach, creating opportunities for a more diverse range of nonprofits working towards racial justice. Our grantee partners have expressed interest in additional support for bolstering their organizational capacity and attracting new funding sources. Over the next five years, we will expand and align our grantmaking with pressing community issues, strengthen our capacity building services, and leverage our civic influence to achieve systemic change for Brooklyn.

Goal: Activate and mobilize greater resources for community impact
To build the capacity and power of nonprofits, we will need to mobilize greater resources for Brooklyn. Our donor partners turn to us to identify impactful community-based organizations that are often overlooked. We have solidified a reputation as a trusted resource for those who want to support Brooklyn quickly and effectively. Still, there are many potential Brooklyn champions that are not yet engaged in our work. Over the next five years, we will build on our reputation to reach a broader network of donors, develop new strategic partnerships with government and other philanthropic organizations, and consider new approaches to investing our assets in ways that align with our values.

Expand our grantmaking and align our grantmaking efforts with Brooklyn’s most pressing issues

+Redesign our grant application process to expand beyond our current focus areas
+Ground our giving in community voices and data on neighborhoods
+Adapt our grantmaking to evolving conditions in communities

Strengthen Brooklyn’s nonprofit ecosystem with a continuum of capacity building services to help nonprofits grow and become resilient

+Expand our capacity building services offered, beyond our grantee network, to the broader nonprofit community in Brooklyn
+Expand the range of capacity building services offered to reflect the varied and evolving needs of nonprofits
+Regularly assess the impact and relevance of our capacity building services to adapt as needed

Support grantees in telling the story of their impact and success

+Strengthen our internal systems and processes for capturing, analyzing, and communicating the impact of our grantees
+Engage grantees in deeper conversations about their successes and challenges by better leveraging our existing tools and touchpoints
+Continue to connect grantees to new potential funders

Leverage our influence to elevate awareness of specific issues affecting Brooklyn

+Identify a select set of Brooklyn issues that are ripe for our support and align with our vision for the borough
+Supercharge existing efforts to bring systemic change by releasing public communications, commissioning research, and organizing convenings between policymakers and communities

Grow the base of champions who support Brooklyn

+Expand outreach to a broader base of supporters through marketing and communication efforts
+Develop new partnerships with corporations and businesses
+Grow our network of professional advisors—attorneys, financial advisors, and accountants—whose clients are committed to investing in Brooklyn

Formalize an advisory service for giving in Brooklyn

+Establish an advisory service to provide tailored recommendations to donors
+Curate meaningful events and materials for donors to learn about specific issues
+Create unique co-investment opportunities for donors interested in specific issues

Establish partnerships with government and larger philanthropic institutions

+Proactively engage with policymakers and philanthropic leaders to understand their priorities and explore opportunities where partnership would add value
+Solidify our position as a leader in the Brooklyn charitable landscape

Strengthen our ability to galvanize resources in response to urgent community needs

+Launch an Emergency Fund to respond to real-time, urgent needs of nonprofits that cannot be supported through our existing grantmaking opportunities

Enact a values-aligned investment approach

+Undergo a planning effort that explores and implements balanced investment approaches that deliver a measurable financial and social return

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time


Brooklyn Org

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.


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Brooklyn Org

Board of directors
as of 11/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Harsha Marti

Warburg Pincus

Board co-chair

Nicole Gueron

Clarick Gueron Reisbaum LLP

Michelle DeFossett

Girls Who Invest

Thomas Bettridge

Katharine Darrow

Michael Gillespie

Debevoise & Plimpton

Nicole Gueron

Clarick Gueron Reisbaum LLP

Lesleigh Irish-Underwood

Vibrant Emotional Health

Hilary Ley Jager

A Better Way

Zul Jamal

Moelis & Company

Mamie Kanfer Stewart


Lawanna Kimbro

The Stardust Fund

Vivian Liao Korich


Harsha G. Marti

Warburg Pincus

Noa Meyer

BDT & Company

Andi Phillips

Maycomb Capital

Carley Roney

The Knot

Shaheen Rushd

Connie Sargent

Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University

Vishal Sheth


Timothy Simons

Forethought Advisors, LLC

Shelley Stewart III

McKinsey & Company

Susannah Taylor

READ 718

Rabbi Rachel Timoner

Congregation Beth Elohim

Carmencita Whonder

Brownstein Hyatt Faber Schreck

Sarah Williams

Propel Capital

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data


No data

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/19/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.