The Spark Prize recognizes outstanding pioneering nonprofit organizations rooted in the borough that have demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing racial and social justice.
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In 2017, Brooklyn Community Foundation invested $5.4 million in nonprofit programs through our Community Fund and Donor Advised Fund programs—$1.5 million more than the previous year!
Of the 67 organizations funded through this year's Invest in Youth grant program, we are proud to welcome 13 new grantees to the cohort. We're excited to share highlights of the work we're now supporting thanks to the generosity of donors like you.
Today marks one year since we launched our Immigrant Rights Fund in partnership with our donors—a $1 million commitment to defending the rights, safety, and stability of Brooklyn’s immigrant communities under the new Presidential administration.
For many of us, this has been a year when charitable giving has been top of mind even more so than in past years. But when the world feels unpredictable and the need greater than ever, it's important to give in a way that achieves the greatest impact.
Along with the hustle and bustle of the holiday season comes the ever-important consideration around charitable giving. This has been a year when charitable giving has been top of mind more than past years, and continues to be crucial support for affected communities right here in Brooklyn.
We are thrilled to announce this year's #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign has raised over $360,000 in just 24 hours!
Building on our commitment to advocacy and our desire to be led by our grantees, we were thrilled when Kesi Foster, f
November is the time to focus on planning your year-end giving, and establishing a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at Brooklyn Community Foundation may be the right choice for you.
On Saturday, November 4th, dozens of brawny Brooklynites formed teams to compete for the top spot in CrossFit South Brooklyn’s annual Fight Gone Bad, raising $21,744 to support high-impact initiatives through our Community Fund!
As I approach my two year anniversary as Vice President of Programs here at Brooklyn Community Foundation, I’ve
Yesterday, a federal judge temporarily halted the Trump Administration’s new Muslim Ban 3.0 – the latest in a series of unjust and chaotic policies targeting immigrant communities that includes the recent rescinding of the DACA program.
Today we are thrilled to announce the 20 finalists for our Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits—the only award of its kind to honor local nonprofit changemakers!
Brooklyn Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Renée Joslyn as the coordinator for our new Reproductive Justice Activists initiative, supported through our Girls of Color Fund.
On Friday, September 15th, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order barring New York State agencies—including the New York State Police—from asking about a person’s immigration status.
Today we are deploying $50,000 in Immediate Response Grants through our Immigrant Rights Fund to enable advocates here in Brooklyn to fight back and protect our Dreamers.
Our summer intern interviews leaders of the Youth Voice Award-winning "No Eye Candy" project, supported by YWCA Brooklyn, to discuss their project.
Today, we are thrilled to announce our new Reproductive Justice Activists (RJA) program along with the opening of the online application for the inaugural cohort.
As a Brooklyn Youth Fellow, I got to see one side of grantmaking by helping in the process of creating, reviewing, and accepting applications for the Youth Voice Awards. Now as a Foundation intern, I get to see another important side of grantmaking: going on site visits to see our grantees programming firsthand, starting with El Puente in Bushwick.
Today we are proud to announce $100,000 in grants to five nonprofits that are expanding or advocating for inclusive public spaces in Crown Heights. The grants were directed by residents of Crown Heights through our Neighborhood Strength model.
Global Action Project (GAP)—an Invest in Youth grantee—is an intersectional youth organizing and activism
This summer, our Communications Intern Daniel-Joseph Cyan is writing about the Foundation's grantees as he experiences their work first-hand.
Casey Perez, a graduating senior at Benjamin Banneker Academy in Clinton Hill, is the winner of the 2017 Joseph E. Mohbat Prize for Writing in Memory of Verdery Knights. Casey's essay, reprinted here, earned him the award and a $1500 check, which will be presented to him at the 2017 Benjamin Banneker graduation on June 28th.
Daniel-Joseph Cyan is a two-time Brooklyn Youth Fellow joining our Communications team this summer to learn more about storytelling and the work of Brooklyn nonprofits
Today, we are proud to announce new grants through our Immigrant Rights Fund, a special initiative created by our donors in the weeks after the 2016 presidential election to build a boroughwide response to unjust government policy changes threatening Brooklyn’s immigrants and their families.
On Friday, June 2nd, our Brooklyn Youth Fellows honored the eight winning projects submitted by young people in partnership with local nonprofits, at an event filled with performances, a professional photo-booth, delicious local food, and lots of fun.
As the Founder of Youth Advocacy Corps, I feel especially fortunate to have been selected by the Brooklyn Community Foundation to be part of the 2017 Incubator Project.
In February, we announced that our Immigrant Rights Fund would support ongoing civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, bystander training, public education, action planning, and event logistics—through a new Action Fund with grants up to $2,500.