A project by Brooklyn Community Foundation

Next Steps

Vision

In January 2014, Brooklyn Community Foundation launched Brooklyn Insights to develop a new approach for our grantmaking and leadership programs, directed by the input and ideas of Brooklyn’s communities, and aimed at sparking lasting social change.

In nearly every Brooklyn Insights conversation, we heard about the dramatic pace of real estate development and gentrification around the borough, resulting in greater fragmentation and inequality within and across neighborhoods—a particularly acute concern in the lives of young people in poverty, who are viewed as both the greatest asset and vulnerability for the future of their communities.

We have an opportunity to be a transformative force for a more just and fair Brooklyn by focusing our efforts where we can meaningfully impact outcomes: investing in the next generation, strengthening neighborhood cohesion, boosting and coordinating the work of successful local nonprofits, and connecting people from across communities and organizations to maximize Brooklyn’s diversity, capital and expertise.

Invest in Youth

Brooklyn Community Foundation believes that empowering Brooklyn’s next generation is the key to achieving greater equity of opportunity and outcomes in low-income communities. Through the Invest in Youth initiative, we will initially focus on three “anchors of change”—areas of measurable impact, indicated by findings from Brooklyn Insights: youth development and leadership, juvenile justice, and immigrant youth and their families.

Rather than close the “achievement gap,” we seeks to close the “opportunity gap,” recognizing that it has been a failure of systems—not individuals—that has led to the challenges faced by Brooklyn youth living in low-income communities, particularly young people of color. At its heart, Invest in Youth will focus not only on the needs of youth and their families but also on the power they can bring to creating and sustaining positive change for themselves, their families and their community. A majority of our competitive grantmaking, new initiatives, and advocacy will focus in this area.

Brooklyn's Best

Brooklyn Community Foundation will continue to support the rich diversity of nonprofits that are distinctively improving life in Brooklyn. Through both our initiatives and guidance to donors, it is critical that we remain consistently knowledgeable about and connected to the excellent work happening across all sectors in all parts of the borough.

With a focus on identifying effective models and promising new ideas, each year we will make operating grants to a cross-section of groups and leaders identified by their peers as being exemplary in the quality and impact of their programs, and in their unique contributions to the character and people of Brooklyn.

Focus on Neighborhoods: Crown Heights

Neighborhoods are a core part of the Brooklyn identity; social cohesion and strength is a priority for residents. To launch our commitment to supporting outstanding work happening in neighborhoods by and for local residents and leaders, we will begin in Crown Heights, our new home.

Crown Heights is ground zero for rapid gentrification, where data also indicates some of the lowest outcomes for young people in Brooklyn. Initiating this work in one neighborhood will help us learn how to work respectfully and effectively with local leaders and young people to affect positive change on a local level. Finally, acknowledging the strength of local leadership and work informed by those who know best—residents—the Focus on Neighborhoods will be an area of emphasis throughout all programs.

Brooklyn Accelerator

An idea taken directly from one of our roundtables in Brooklyn Insights and repeated in various forms throughout the process, Brooklyn Community Foundation will launch the Brooklyn Accelerator to increase expertise for the Foundation, nonprofits, local leaders, and donors through a variety of platforms that mobilize people, capital, and expertise.

The Brooklyn Accelerator will be a vital hub for information, idea exchange, and gathering of philanthropic resources. Among its many roles, the Brooklyn Accelerator will connect donors and potential board members to local nonprofits; sponsor capacity-building efforts and technical assistance services; provide training on equity, cultural competence and anti-racism; and—using our new office space in Crown Heights—incubate and support promising local leaders and organizations.

Focus on Racial Justice

Brooklyn Community Foundation recognizes that institutional and structural barriers have long prevented equitable opportunities and outcomes for people of color in Brooklyn. In response, we will establish a Racial Justice Committee to educate ourselves on the underlying causes of racial disparities and to develop an action plan for our role in advancing racial equity and justice.

Evaluation and Tools

While we are only beginning this work and do not yet have a full understanding of how best to measure success, we aim to generate meaningful change around high school graduation rates, youth arrests and school suspensions, community and civic engagement, youth employment, and access to legal and language services among other issues for immigrant communities. In designing our evaluation plan, we will not only refer to these indicators, but also examine our own effectiveness as a funder through feedback from our partners.

Our tools will include research and data to inform our own work and the work of others in this field; grantmaking to propel the work of organizations and leaders aligned with our goals; advocacy to change harmful policies; leadership initiatives to advance effective models and test smart ideas in keeping with our desired outcomes; and donor partnerships to build financial resources necessary to effect and sustain change.

Brooklyn Community Foundation Thanks the Participants

Thank You

to the 942 residents, experts, educators, students, artists, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, and community advocates who participated in Brooklyn Insights:

  • Mercedes Abrey
  • Tania Acevedo
  • Yaniris Acevedo
  • Melissa Aese
  • Froylan Aguilar
  • Ana Aguirre
  • Chitra Aiyar
  • Leticia Alanis
  • Lena Alhusseini
  • Onleilove Alston
  • Roxanna Alvarado
  • Blanca Alvarez
  • Maria Alvarez
  • Ty Ambrose
  • Margaret Ames
  • Mikal Amin Lee
  • Zakiya Ansari
  • Domonique Antoine
  • Marco Antonini
  • Genisis Aquino
  • Kwayera Archer-Cunningham
  • Leah Archibald
  • Caron Atlas
  • Steve Ausbury
  • Richard Aviles
  • Maria Baez
  • Donell Baird
  • Christopher Banks
  • Jessica Banks
  • Erin Barnes
  • James Bartlett
  • Elizabeth Basile
  • Maria Bauman
  • Eddie Bautista
  • Jamie Bennett
  • Andy Birsch
  • Sarah Bishop
  • Mackendy Blanc
  • Mackendy Blanc
  • Yanery Borilla
  • Martha Bowers
  • Cathy Bowman
  • Elizabeth Brady
  • David Brawley
  • Will Bredderman
  • Tiyi Brewster
  • Joaquin Brito
  • Julie Brockway
  • Lesly Bronfield
  • Karen Brooks Hopkins
  • Amanda Brown
  • Isidora Brown
  • Josephine Brown
  • Matt Brown
  • Nina Browne
  • Dominique Bryant
  • E Bui
  • Michael Burke
  • Alba Burro
  • Julissa Caba
  • Waleska Cabrera
  • Saide Calixto
  • Patrick Callaghan
  • Shavonne Campbell
  • Tracey Capers
  • Ivette Carbrera
  • Clementina Cardora
  • Mercy Carpenter
  • Gwendolyn Carroll
  • Dawn Casale
  • Carolina Castillo
  • Manuel Castro
  • Nancy Castro
  • Rosa Castro
  • Alda Chan
  • Jackie Chang
  • Manolia Charlotin
  • Sasha Chavchavadze
  • Cecilia Chaverro
  • Steven Chu
  • Kate Collignon
  • Jessica Colon
  • Vince Contarino
  • Amy Crawford
  • Margaret Crotty
  • Anastacio Cruz
  • Rosemery Cruz
  • Samuel Cruz
  • Mercedes Cuapa
  • Benia Darius
  • Peter Darrow
  • Benia Daruis
  • Michelle de la Uz
  • Claro de los Reyes
  • Jenny DeBower
  • Neil deMaus
  • Kate Dempsey
  • Anthony Deng
  • Carmen Diaz
  • Elder Kevin Dickenson
  • Jake Dobkin
  • Tanisha Douglas
  • Erin Drinkwater
  • Dexter Dugar
  • Benjamin Dulchin
  • Jeffrey Dunston
  • Olga Duran
  • Timothy DuWhite
  • Sara East Johnson
  • Harris Edelman
  • Adrian Edward
  • David Ehrenberg
  • Willis Elkins
  • Amy Ellenbogen
  • Don Elliot
  • Vicki Ellner
  • Althea Erickson
  • Maria Espiral
  • Jim Esposito
  • Teri Fabi
  • Rachel Falcone
  • Susan Feldman
  • Meg Fellerath
  • Bobby Ferazi
  • Alexandra Ferguson
  • Yris Fernandez
  • Laura Fernandez
  • Jonathan Ferrer
  • Maria Ferrera
  • Alan Fishman
  • Alison Fleminger
  • Rosamond Fletcher
  • Rachel Forsyth
  • Mark Fowler
  • Joanna Frank
  • Adam Friedman
  • Jenie Fu
  • Penny Fuijko-Willgerodt
  • Cruz Fuksman
  • Mary Gainey
  • Jennifer Galatioto
  • Rachelle Gaspard
  • Heather Gay
  • Karen Geer
  • Henry Goldschmidt
  • Viviana Gordon
  • Gibran Grant
  • Justin Green
  • Catherine Green
  • Marquis Greggs
  • Terry Greiss
  • Annaliese Griffin
  • Michelle Grimes
  • Brigitte Griswold
  • Ligia Guallpa
  • Josmene Guerrier
  • Violeta Guiterrez
  • Laurel Gwizdak
  • Craig Hammerman
  • Radiah Harper
  • Tia Harris
  • Judy Harris Kluger
  • Heather Hart
  • Melanie Hart
  • Kathryn Haslanger
  • Dozier Hasty
  • Rebecca Haverson
  • Anne Heller
  • Bill Henson
  • Vilma Heramia
  • Penelope Hernandez
  • Elizabeth Hill
  • Tracy Hobson
  • Bekim Hoti
  • Deb Howard
  • Dwayne Hughes
  • Connie Hula
  • Jack Hulla
  • Kemi Ilesanmi
  • Jennifer Irwin
  • Tanwi Islam
  • Ishmel Islam
  • Michelle Jackson
  • Wes Jackson
  • Diane Jacobowitz
  • Bonnie James
  • Clarisa James
  • Donovan James
  • Kirk James
  • Tiloma Jayasinghe
  • Julia Jean-Francois
  • Gena Jefferson
  • Kevin Jeffrey
  • Edyth Jenkins
  • Diane John
  • Clay Johnson
  • Dedra Johnson
  • Katrina Jones
  • Jennifer Jones Austin
  • Rose Jones-Wilson
  • Blaze Jones-Yellin
  • Joseph Joque
  • Emma Jordan-Simpson
  • Michael Jukoski
  • Robert Kaplan
  • Elisa Kaplan
  • Purnima Kapur
  • Jessica Katz
  • Gillian Kaye
  • Margaret Kelley
  • Martin Kessler
  • Shanti Ketema
  • Khader Khalilia
  • Naela Khan
  • Coco Killingsworth
  • Byron Kim
  • Janet Kinney
  • Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
  • Michele Kirshbaum
  • Matt Klein
  • Tova Klein
  • Elizabeth Koch
  • Nancy Kohn
  • Lilian Kreutzberger
  • Ailun Ku
  • Christopher Kui
  • Richard Kuo F Lafrontant
  • Dal Lamagna
  • Steve Larosiliere
  • Jay Laudato
  • Harvey Lawrence
  • Manuel Lazo
  • Amanda Leis
  • Betsy Lewin
  • Ted Lewin
  • Lynn Lewis
  • Lynette Lewis-Rogers
  • Perryne Lokhandwala
  • Jose Lopez
  • Andrea Louie
  • Virginia Louloudes
  • Narcisa Loza
  • Frances Lucerna
  • Rukia Lumumba
  • Dave Lutz
  • Katie Lyon
  • Malcolm Mackay
  • Paul Mak
  • Shreya Malena-Sannon
  • Joan Malin
  • Fekkak Mamdouh
  • Joshua Mandelbaum
  • Kenneth Marable
  • Jay Marcus
  • Sarah Marcus
  • Pedro Martinez
  • Ednica Maxineau
  • Emily May
  • Simone Mayfield
  • B. Mayo
  • Esperanza Mayobre
  • Suzanne McClelland
  • Kate McDonough
  • Tynesha McHarris
  • Steven McIntosh
  • Joseph McKellar
  • Rashad Meade
  • Scot Medbury
  • Freddie Melendez
  • Yamilka Mena
  • Savannah Mendes
  • Jennifer Messier
  • J. Miller
  • Demetrice Mills
  • Samantha Mills
  • Jennifer Mitchell
  • Regina Mitchell
  • Esther Monlton
  • Gilford Monrose
  • Meledi Montano
  • Lidia Montilla
  • Marcus Moore
  • Michael Morales
  • Ruth Morales
  • Nancy Moricette
  • Joseph Morilto
  • C. Zawadi Morris
  • Paul Moses
  • Joel Moskowitz
  • Maria Mosquera
  • Carlos Mosso
  • Wael Mousfar
  • Lisa Mueller
  • Jarrett Murphy
  • Tawana Myers
  • Chris Myers
  • Sharon Myrie
  • Daphnee Napoleon
  • Marty Needleman
  • Jeff Nemetsky
  • Stephanie Nilva
  • Mwata Nubian
  • Nicole Nulton
  • Sonja Okun
  • Ira Okyne
  • Jonae Oldham
  • Joanne Oplustil
  • Miguel Orlando
  • Anna Ortega-Williams
  • Juan Ortiz
  • Roberto Ortiz
  • Cara Page
  • Posheda Panchoo
  • Paul Parkhill
  • Cris Parque
  • Karen Patterson
  • Michelle Paulino
  • Shelby Pearl Chestnut
  • Ramon Peguero
  • Emmanuel Perch
  • Aurora Perez
  • Stuart Pertz
  • Alijah Peters
  • Marlon Peterson
  • Meredith Phillips-Almeida
  • Ellie Pinckney
  • Carmen Pineda
  • Maria Pintor
  • Sarah Plowder
  • Chinita Pointer
  • Raphael Pope Sussman
  • Krystal Portalatin
  • Stuart Post
  • S. Priman
  • Ferila Primus
  • Divine Pryor
  • Dior Punsammy
  • Brigitte Purvis
  • Sonia Quezado
  • Anna Quinn
  • Marisol Quinones
  • Rovika Rajkishunm
  • Jeanine Ramirez
  • Angela Ramos
  • Ninaj Raoul
  • Audacia Ray
  • Robin Redmond
  • Eileen Reilly
  • Caryn Resnick
  • Susan Restler
  • C Reyes
  • Yan Carlos Reyes
  • Amali Richard
  • Sharon Richards
  • Rosina Riley
  • Fatima Rivera
  • James Roberson
  • Liz Roberts
  • Esther Robinson
  • Knigh Rodney
  • Abdu Rodney
  • Maria Rodriguez
  • Aiva Romero
  • Connie Roosevelt
  • Tasiya Roseborough
  • Kendra Ross
  • M. Ross
  • JP Ross
  • Eliza Rossman
  • Peter Rostovsky
  • Regine Roumain
  • Jon Roure
  • Katy Rubin
  • Rick Russo
  • Rebecca Rybaltowski
  • Guerschmide Saint-Ange
  • Karina Saltman
  • Brad Samuels
  • Nora Samuels
  • Amy Sananman
  • Maguly Sanchez
  • Camida Santana
  • Lani Santo
  • Linda Sarsour
  • Karla Schickele
  • Julianne Schrader
  • Lisa Schreibersdorf
  • Rachel Schuder
  • Leslie Schultz
  • Deborah Schwartz
  • Trina Scotland
  • Paula Segal
  • Danielle Sered
  • Elsa Sevillano
  • Erin Shakespeare
  • Lucas Shapiro
  • Sueli Shaw
  • Michael Sherman
  • Emily Sherrod
  • Claire Silberman
  • Alexandra Silversmith
  • Hildy Simmons
  • Tulani Sinclair
  • Cheyanne Smith
  • Joanne Smith
  • Terry Smith
  • Terri Smith Caronia
  • Jennie Smith-Peers
  • Michael Sniffen
  • Greg Snyder
  • Jennie Soler-McIntosh
  • Jesse Solomon
  • Jacqueline Solorzono
  • Santiago Soriano
  • Isemene Speliotis
  • Ellis Stephens
  • Liz Stevenson
  • Andy Stone
  • Jason Storbakken
  • Martin Stroman
  • Robyn Stylman
  • Kajon Suckra
  • Ann Sullivan
  • Claire Sylvan
  • Farah Tanis
  • Marina Tara
  • Jasmine Tavarez
  • Vaughn Taylor-Akutagawa
  • Lawrencia Terris
  • Maria Thomas
  • Timothy Thomas
  • Tupper Thomas
  • Hanne Tierney
  • Linda Tigani
  • Laura Timme
  • Maria Toledo
  • Jasmine Tomerez
  • Alex Tronolone
  • Joan Tropnas
  • Lee Trotman
  • Renee Turner Gregory
  • Nancy Umanoff
  • Nelly Vaca
  • Veronica Valencia
  • Jennifer Vallone
  • Carol Van Atten
  • Shay Wafer
  • Steve Waldman
  • Marya Warshaw
  • JoAnne Wasserman
  • Tom Weber
  • Nancy Webster
  • Michael Weisberg
  • Ella Weiss
  • Charlotta Westergren
  • Susan Whoriskey
  • Moshe Wiener
  • Margaret Williams
  • Judy Willig
  • Martha Wilson
  • Alicia Winnnicki
  • Mark Winston-Griffith
  • Franz Wisner
  • David Woloch
  • Nayiba Wong
  • Kristin Woods
  • Carolin Woolard
  • DeeArah Wright
  • Tremaine Wright
  • Peggy Wyns-Madison
  • Elizabeth Yeampierre
  • Sondra Youdelman
  • Lester Young, Jr.
  • Tamara Zahaykevich
  • Kate Zidar
  • Rita Zimmer
  • Aaron Zimmerman
  • Christian Zimmerman
  • Sara Zuiderveen