In the News

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.
November 24, 2009
The Caring Neighbors Holiday Campaign provides homeless children with a “Caring Neighbors Kit” filled with educational books, toys and other resources to help ease the stress of being homeless. Learn more about how you can help. Click here to help make a difference in a homeless child's life today. Just $35 provides help and hope for one homeless child.
October 27, 2009
They've had to tighten their purse strings, but a musical Brooklyn family has not let hard times throw their heartstrings out of tune. Despite both being out of work, Sherri and Sean DeBarry have kept harmony in their Bedford-Stuyvesant home by supporting their children's love for string instruments. "There are sleepless nights ... nights holding your head and saying how can I get this together," said Sean DeBarry, 41, a laid-off hospital administrator. "And when I listen to my kids; it's like a getaway."
October 20, 2009
The Brooklyn Community Foundation was honored on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at the Pratt Area Community Council's (PACC) "Celebrating 45 Years of Building Community Together." The event was held at the Irondale Center in Forte Greene, Brooklyn.
October 5, 2009
The actors ran barefoot on a sandy beach and projected their lines over the cries of seagulls. The audience sat in 1,500 white folding chairs on a boardwalk across from a mural of Henry Hudson’s landing on Coney Island.This was not a typical production of The Tempest.Brave New World Repertory Theatre, which takes its name from one of the most famous lines in the play, staged Shakespeare’s tropical classic on the final Saturday and Sunday of September—outside, on the boardwalk and beach of Brooklyn’s Coney Island.The cast of seagulls. Photos by Eleanor Miller.
October 2, 2009
A new charity aimed at serving the borough of Brooklyn was officially unveiled Thursday. The Brooklyn Community Foundation is the first organization of its kind in the borough.The goal is to guide donations to five areas that greatly need funding, such as "green communities" and "arts for all."
September 30, 2009
BROOKLYN — Brooklyn will no longer be a poor cousin to Manhattan when it comes to spreading grant money around.After more than a year of review, evaluation, and extensive consultation with Brooklyn leaders, the principals of the Independence Community Foundation have changed its name, its operating practices and its scope.
September 30, 2009
OCEAN HILL — The owners of 41 new affordable eco-friendly homes in Ocean Hill/Brownsville received their keys at a Habitat for Humanity-New York City-sponsored celebration last weekend.The ribbon-cutting at the complex — known as the Atlantic Avenue Residences, 2331 Atlantic Ave. at Eastern Parkway — marked an historic first for Habitat-NYC. This is the largest and greenest multifamily complex ever built by a Habitat affiliate in the nation, according to Josh Lockwood, executive director of Habitat-NYC. It is expected to receive LEED Gold certification, one of the highest green building ratings.
September 29, 2009
Brooklyn, which never fully recovered from merging with Manhattan and losing the Dodgers, is about to get new fuel to stoke its stubborn brand of local pride: It is now rich enough to support a major charity of its own. The Independence Community Foundation, long the largest private charity based in the borough, is changing its tax status so it can raise money rather than simply rely on income from its roughly $50 million endowment.

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