Brooklyn Community Foundation

WE SPARK CHANGE

Brooklyn, NY   |  www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org

Mission

Brooklyn Community Foundation is on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. Brooklyn Community Foundation is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn's charitable community. Its grantmaking and community leadership programs are informed by a long track record of philanthropic excellence. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and their donors have provided over $50 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits throughout the borough, bolstering vital programs and services while responding to urgent community needs and opportunities to fuel community-led change.

Ruling year info

1999

President & CEO

Cecilia C. Clarke

Main address

1000 Dean Street, Suite 307

Brooklyn, NY 11238 USA

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Formerly known as

Independence Community Foundation

EIN

11-3422729

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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We are on a mission to spark lasting social change for a fair and just Brooklyn. People of color represent nearly 70% of all Brooklyn’s residents, yet there are significant racial disparities in the distribution of power, resources, and opportunities. We strongly believe addressing systemic racism and injustice is the first step in our mission of building a more fair and just Brooklyn for everyone. Right now, Brooklyn is suffering devastating effects from COVID-19, and the disproportionate effects on Black communities is staggering. Since the launch of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund in March 2020, we have distributed over $1.8-million to more than 180 nonprofits—70% of which are led by People of Color. These grantees are focused on food insecurity, older adults, low-wage workers, domestic violence, LGBTQIA communities, and many more urgent needs. We know the results of this pandemic will be long-lasting, and as Brooklyn's community foundation, we are here for the long term.

Our programs

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

INVEST IN YOUTH

The Foundation’s primary grantmaking and community leadership initiative focuses on creating better opportunities and a stronger future for Brooklyn’s next generation—particularly young leaders of color. Grants and special initiatives support youth development and leadership programs, youth justice reforms, and increased advocacy and services for immigrant youth and families.

Special initiatives include our groundbreaking Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project—aimed at developing a new model for discipline in NYC public schools—and our annual Brooklyn Youth Fellowship, through which a cohort of young people gain leadership training, facilitate their own youth conference, and distribute grants to support the work of other Brooklyn youth. Each year we award more than $2.5 million in grants to 80+ youth-serving nonprofits across Brooklyn.

Population(s) Served

Brooklyn Community Foundation established the Immigrant Rights Fund in late 2016 in response to mounting uncertainty and fear within Brooklyn’s immigrant communities, combined with reports of xenophobic and racist attacks nationwide, and the creation of dangerous and exclusionary government policies. Our initial $1-million commitment has now grown to be a goal of deploying $2 million to take on both the immediate and long-term needs of immigrants in our borough through 2020.

We are committed to helping Brooklyn’s communities move from fear to strength, from trauma to healing, from division to wholeness, and from uncertainty to action.

Brooklyn Community Foundation has created similar rapid-response funds in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and the Haiti Earthquake in 2010. Our approach ensures that we support the most urgent needs of our communities while planning for a long-term response.

Population(s) Served

As wealth and development climb sharply in neighborhoods across the borough, many communities continue to struggle against decades of poverty and neglect. One in five Brooklynites lives below the Federal poverty line, and five of the 10 poorest census tracts in New York City are in Brooklyn.

Through Brooklyn Insights, we learned that residents are the true experts on the challenges and opportunities facing their communities.

Our Neighborhood Strength model seeks to increase our investment in under-resourced neighborhoods by empowering residents to identify key challenges and partner with us to create innovative solutions.

Population(s) Served

Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund provides immediate and longer-term resources to vulnerable residents across our borough. We recognize that as the coronavirus pandemic continues to intensify locally, it will have vastly disproportionate health, economic, and social impacts on communities of color—especially older adults, people with compromised immune systems, low-wage workers, and people who are unhoused.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Brooklyn Community Foundation is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn. The Foundation has long standing relationships with thousands of community based organizations, and thoughtfully and reliably gets funding to where it makes the most impact-- to organizations actively fighting to dismantle the systems harming Black communities and other communities of color.

Since our founding in 2009, the Foundation has provided over $50 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits throughout the borough.

Through our Community Fund, Donor Advised Fund Program, and strategic initiatives, Brooklyn Community Foundation seeks to mobilize people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn.

Our unique approach has three components: first, we listen and engage the community; second, we build on what’s working, funding and supporting successful programs; third, we try new things, and when something works, we invest in its continued success.
• We partner with local leaders to identify and support proven models and accelerate bold new solutions.
• We work with donors and manage resources to meet critical charitable goals and build a long-term asset base.
• We call on a vast network of experts to build on best practices and advance the thinking needed to sustain our work.

Brooklyn has an unprecedented opportunity to build a sustainable source of support for its communities, led by the ideas and resources of its community.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Brooklyn Community Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/23/2020
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Board chair

Alan Fishman

Board leadership practices

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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