Donor Spotlight

Brooklynite Doug Freedman has been a longtime partner of Brooklyn Community Foundation, starting in 2012 when he and his wife opened a Donor Advised Fund as a tool to give to local charities with their children. As Doug saw firsthand how DAFs made giving easier, he began to see it as a potential benefit for the company he works for as well. 

For Fort Greene residents Meera and Harsha Marti, forming a partnership with the Foundation was largely about deepening their family’s commitment to the place they’ve called home for more than a decade.

Brooklyn Community Foundation Donor Advisor Mamie Kanfer Stewart grew up in a family that values working together and giving together. Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Mamie’s family business, GOJO Industries (the inventor of Purell Hand Sanitizer) has fostered generations of philanthropists. Mamie, her husband Justin, and their two young daughters now call Brooklyn home, where they are carrying on their family traditions. 

"Brooklyn is where I grew up, spent my business career, and learned the importance of giving back. So it’s important to me that I keep my philanthropy rooted here."

"ALLINBKLYN is committed to advancing philanthropy in Brooklyn in a way that we feel is greater than the sum of its parts—a mission we share with Brooklyn Community Foundation."

"We have made Brooklyn our home and are focused on finding ways to give back to our community."

"Brooklyn, to me, is the perfect mix of a vibrant city and a connected community."

"The Foundation provides excellent information about Brooklyn organizations which are doing particularly well as they serve the residents of Brooklyn and New York City."


"I would love to see Brooklyn continue to be an economic, cultural and innovation magnet but also a model for what a fair and equitable society can look like."