Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation

Donor Advised Funds

Sarah Shannon
Chief Operating Officer

The passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in the final weeks of 2017 left many Americans scrambling for advice on how the new legislation will affect what they pay—and what they can deduct—on their federal income taxes. In the past few weeks, a clearer picture has emerged, and it’s one that may be cause for concern for nonprofits around the country. But there are some silver linings.

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

In 2017, Brooklyn Community Foundation invested $5.4 million in nonprofit programs through our Community Fund and Donor Advised Fund programs—$1.5 million more than the previous year!

Jenny Walski
Director of Individual Giving

For many of us, this has been a year when charitable giving has been top of mind even more so than in past years. But when the world feels unpredictable and the need greater than ever, it's important to give in a way that achieves the greatest impact.

Jenny Walski
Director of Individual Giving

November is the time to focus on planning your year-end giving, and establishing a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at Brooklyn Community Foundation may be the right choice for you. 

Casey Perez
2017 Mohbat Prize Winner

Casey Perez, a graduating senior at Benjamin Banneker Academy in Clinton Hill, is the winner of the 2017 Joseph E. Mohbat Prize for Writing in Memory of Verdery Knights. Casey's essay, reprinted here, earned him the award and a $1500 check, which will be presented to him at the 2017 Benjamin Banneker graduation on June 28th. 

Jenny Walski
Director of Individual Giving

Personality type matters, even when it comes to supporting community causes and especially if you're considering opening a Donor Advised Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation.

Your community foundation helps you take it to the next level, so both you and your community get the most out of your family's social impact experiences. Here are four steps that make it all work.

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

First, thank you. In 2016 you gave over $3.2 million to support the work of vital nonprofits and it has made a big difference. I'd like to take a moment to reflect on all that we have accomplished together.  

Sarah Shannon
Chief Operating Officer

This year, the act of giving seems more meaningful than ever before.

Last week, The New York Times published an article on honoring the life of a loved one with a memorial fund. Here at Brooklyn Community Foundation, we’ve had the honor of working with a few families to create funds that preserve the legacy of their loved ones.

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