2009 was not a year for the faint of heart. It was a year in which individuals and organizations were forced to adjust their outlooks, their behaviors and their lives as the effects of the global economic crisis continued to sweep across our country. In Brooklyn—and for us—2009 was a time of change, too. After eleven years as a private foundation quietly supporting innovative, effective organizations throughout the New York Metro area, we made the decision to increase our commitment to Brooklyn and become Brooklyn’s first community foundation.
December 29, 2009
December 24, 2009
The Brooklyn Community Foundation teamed up with the Daily News to raise funds for Brooklyn-focused nonprofits to underscore the plight of homeless families.DONATE TO THE CARING NEIGHBORS CAMPAIGN
December 21, 2009
For more than a year, even Eric Wright's closest friends didn't know that the teen was living in a Brooklyn homeless shelter."I didn't want them to laugh at it or anything, so I didn't want to tell them," said Wright, 19, a Borough of Manhattan Community College student.
December 18, 2009
GRAND ARMY PLAZA — A new publication, “Reinventing Grand Army Plaza: Visionary Designs for the Heart of Brooklyn,” is now available for purchase from the Design Trust for Public Space.In the fall of 2008, the Design Trust, along with the Grand Army Plaza Coalition, mounted a large-scale exhibition in the center of the plaza to showcase 30 visionary plans “for the reinvention of this magnificent civic space.”
December 15, 2009
JUST A few years ago, the American dream seemed within reach for Marvin Cortez and Sorange Reyes.Cortez, 33, and Reyes, 27, who emigrated to Brooklyn from Panama and Puerto Rico in 2005, had a house, a car, two jobs, and a comfortable life for themselves and their kids in Atlanta.
December 11, 2009
Kind-hearted Brooklynites are making the holidays a bit brighter for a family that's hit hard times.The Daily News' story about Charles Green, 35, a jobless Brooklyn native who spent six months in a homeless shelter with his four little girls, has prompted an outpouring of support from across the borough."I feel blessed that people are just looking at what I'm going through and that they may see someone in my situation and say, 'Let me help,'" he said.
December 10, 2009
BROOKLYN — ‘Tis the season for eggnog, nutcrackers, mistletoe and innumerable holiday treats — and for lending a hand to the people and organizations that work to improve the lives of others all year round. There are ample opportunities to give right here in Brooklyn.
December 8, 2009
"It's like a juggling act between the bills and things like clothing," said Bedford-Stuyvesant-raised Butts, 32, who has spent two months in an East Flatbush homeless shelter with her kids after being evicted from their apartment in a Queens housing project. Work, when she can get it, is usually part time and just above minimum wage, bringing in about $900 to $1,200 a month, she said.
December 1, 2009
NEW YORK—Brooklyn last month established its first public community philanthropic organization, Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF), a reworked version of the private and charitable Independent Community Foundation (ICF). ICF was set up in 1998 by Independent Bank, a private company. Over the past 11 years, ICF gave more than $70 million in grants, and became the largest private community foundation in Brooklyn.
December 1, 2009
Charles Green has one big wish for the holiday season: that he and his four young daughters will get to spend it in a home of their own. "I don't want them waking up on Christmas in a shelter," said Green, 35, a single dad from Bushwick who has been homeless with his kids since May.