Special Initiatives

In addition to our Core Programs, the Foundation takes on special initiatives to respond to unique challenges and opportunities across Brooklyn.

Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund

Launched in mid-March, the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund provides immediate and longer-term resources to to address the social, health, and economic impacts of the coronavirus on Brooklyn's most vulnerable communities, with an explicit focus on supporting communities of color. 

Brooklyn Elders Fund

A permanent fund seeded by $10 million to promote the care and welfare of older adults in Brooklyn. The first of its kind to tackle issues affecting aging Brooklynites, the fund brings together older adults, policymakers, and community-based nonprofits to support both proven strategies and innovative approaches to providing the care and support that our aging population needs.

Fishman Family Fund for Economic Opportunity

Funded through donor contributions honoring the service, vision, and leadership of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Chair Emeritus Alan Fishman, The Fishman Family Fund for Economic Opportunity is designed help close the racial wealth gap in Brooklyn by tackling structural barriers that limit BIPOC Brooklynites’ access to financial and economic stability. 

Wellness and Recovery Fund

The Wellness and Recovery Fund seeks to support organizations that are working on the frontlines of change to ensure that those who navigate the difficult road of substance abuse and addiction do so with reliable support that honors their agency and dignity.