Hurricane Sandy Relief Information

Brooklyn Recovery Fund

12/07/12, Submitted by Marilyn Gelber - President

Q 1:   What is the approximate dollar amount of donations and pledges that
          your organization has received to date in response to Hurricane Sandy?

A 1:    As of 12/7/12 we have received $1,531,031 in donations and pledges.

Q 2:   Will these funds be used solely for Hurricane Sandy relief? If not,
          approximately what portion will be used for Hurricane Sandy relief and
          what other purposes will funds be used for?

A 2:    100% of the Brooklyn Recovery Fund will be used in support of relief and recovery
          efforts in Brooklyn communities most affected by Storm Sandy. The Fund will provide a
          flexible source of financial support to local nonprofit organizations helping
          individuals, families, businesses, cultural and civic organizations with immediate.
          mid-term and longer term recovery efforts.

Q 3:   Approximately how much has your organization spent to date on Hurricane
          Sandy relief?

A 3:    As of 12/7/12 the Foundation has awarded $608,650 in grants to 43 nonprofit
          organizations.

Q 4:   What services has your organization provided to those affected by Hurricane
          Sandy? What populations or geographical areas are being served by your
          organization in response to Hurricane Sandy? What services does it expect to
          provide in the future?

A 4:    The Foundation does not provide direct services, but rather funding for nonprofits
          serving the impacted communities. In addition. the Foundation helps coordinate
          volunteer efforts through our dedicated volunteer website wwwDoGoodRightHere.com

Q 5:   Has your organization provided funding to other organizations for Hurricane
          Sandy relief efforts? If so, which organizations have received those funds
          and what is the approximate dollar amount provided to them? How does
          your organization determine the need for funding?

A 5:    Please see attached spreadsheet detailing the organizations the Foundation has
          supported through the Brooklyn Recovery Fund.
 
          In order to best determine the need for funding and use of the Brooklyn Recovery Fund,
          the Foundation convened a Community Advisory Committee in partnership with the Office
          of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce comprised of
          nonprofit, business, and civic leaders from affected neighborhoods, as well as leaders
          from fields of disaster relief and human services. Based on their feedback, the
          Foundation issued two competitive Request for Proposals on November 9: one targeting
          fast track funding for immediate relief efforts and the second proposing the creation
          of "Community Collaboratives" - cross sector human service and economic and community
          development networks in the neighborhoods most affected by the Storm.
 
          The Brooklyn Community Foundation's program grant staff conducted the due diligence of
          grant review and selected projects to be funded and made recommendations to senior
          management of the Foundation. These recommendations were shared with the Fund's
          founding partners, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn
          Chamber of Commerce but ultimate grant decision making rested with the Brooklyn
          Community Foundation.

Q 6:   Has your organization provided, or does it intend to provide, direct financial
          assistance to individuals, families or businesses for Hurricane Sandy relief?
          If so, what is the approximate dollar amount that your organization
          has provided to date and approximately how much direct financial assistance
          does it expect to provide in the future? How does your organization
          determine the need for assistance?

A 6:    No, the Foundation does not provide direct assistance to individuals, families or
          businesses. All assistance is provided to not-for-profit organizations.

Q 7:   Does your organization have a plan in place on how to use any surplus funds
          not spent for Hurricane Sandy relief? If so, please describe that plan.

A 7:    The expectation is that 100% of the Brooklyn Recovery Fund will be used to support
          storm relief, recovery and rebuilding efforts in the impacted communities. None of the
          funds will be used for non-storm related projects.

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