Today the Brooklyn Community Foundation released a civic engagement report examining the trends of voter participation, campaign donations, charitable giving, religious affiliation, and community service in the borough. There’s a lot of good stuff in the 23-page report, but here are a few interesting factoids:
- According to CouncilStat and 311 calls, Brooklyn residents care most about housing, transportation, and noise levels.
- There are approximately 400 neighborhood and block associations, recreation and sports clubs, youth clubs, garden clubs, and other community service organizations in the borough.
- One in five employed Brooklynites works in either the nonprofit or public sectors.
- Borough Park and Flatbush/Midwood residents gave the highest contributions as a percentage of income to charity. Greenpoint and Sunset Park rank lowest.
- One in five adults who live in Brooklyn is not eligible to vote due to non-citizen status; in Community District 7 (which includes Sunset Park), it is nearly 40 percent.
- 71.6 percent of Brooklynites are affiliated with the Democratic party, 9.2 percent with the Republican party.
- 63 percent of Brooklynites are affiliated with a religious congregation.
- Brooklyn residents are the most generous in the city, contributing a greater proportion of their income to charity than any other borough.