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