Neighborhood Strength Model in National Spotlight
Earlier this month we announced the latest investments from our resident-led grantmaking model, Neighborhood Strength, along with an interactive website that documents this unique process taking place in Crown Heights.
We’re pleased that our local efforts are getting national attention, helping to demonstrate how foundations can work more closely with their communities in making grants and building leadership. Read Inside Philanthropy’s take on Neighborhood Strength, and learn more about what led us to this unique approach on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s blog.
Foundation Staff News
We’re pleased to welcome two new members to the Foundation's team, as well as announce a promotion:
- Andrea MacDonald joins our Philanthropy team as Manager of Donor Services. Andrea has worked in development for the past 8 years, primarily focused on education and schools.
- Chelsea Smith joins our Program team as Program Officer. Chelsea has more than 10 years of local, national, and international grantmaking experience. She began her career with the Altman Foundation, and most recently worked for the Robertson Foundation.
- Liane Stegmaier, who has been with the Foundation since 2011, is now VP of Communications and Strategy. She will continue to oversee all communications, while deepening the Foundation’s commitment to advocacy and community engagement and helping shape long-term strategies.
Recent Community Fund Grants
Here’s a roundup of the latest news from our Community Fund:
- Immigrant Rights Fund: In June, we announced $60,000 in grants to Center for Family Life, Faith in New York, New Sanctuary Coalition, and Safe Horizon to protect Brooklyn families facing deportation, as well as $12,500 through our Action Fund to support ongoing trainings, workshops, and civil resistance across the borough.
- Youth Voice Awards: Our Brooklyn Youth Fellows selected eight youth-led projects to receive $15,000 in total funding through their Youth Voice Awards grant program. Projects will take place this summer in partnership with local nonprofits, and tackle issues from gender and identity to race and criminal justice reform.
- Neighborhood Strength: This month we announced $100,000 in grants to promote inclusive public spaces in Crown Heights, an investment directed by neighborhood residents. Organizations receiving support are 596 Acres, Bethany United Methodist Church, Haiti Cultural Exchange, New York Communities for Change, and Repair the World NYC.
On Our Blog:
Brooklyn Youth Fellow Daniel-Joseph Cyan is reporting on the work of our grantees this summer as our Communications Intern. Read about his recent visits to Global Action Project and Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, both supported through our Invest in Youth Grant Program.