Opinion: Giving Outsiders More Power Can Help Grant Makers Solve Problems

 

Philanthropy is many things, but at the core, it’s people making decisions about money.

For philanthropy to be effective, it matters who those people are, how they make those decisions, and who gets the money. In short, it’s about power and who has it.

It stands to reason, then, that thoughtful decision making will involve the people most affected by the problems that foundations are trying to solve. Yet this practice is far from the norm among foundations, especially larger ones.

Cecilia Clarke
President & CEO

Last week we officially welcomed Carley Roney and Zul Jamal as the newest members of our Board of Directors. Both are long-time Brooklyn residents who are enthusiastic about our mission to spark lasting change in the borough.

 
Sarah Shannon
Chief Operating Officer

The passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) in the final weeks of 2017 left many Americans scrambling for advice on how the new legislation will affect what they pay—and what they can deduct—on their federal income taxes. In the past few weeks, a clearer picture has emerged, and it’s one that may be cause for concern for nonprofits around the country. But there are some silver linings.

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

The Spark Prize recognizes outstanding pioneering nonprofit organizations rooted in the borough that have demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing racial and social justice.

Brooklyn Community Foundation Announces 5 Winners of $100,000 Spark Prize

Today, Brooklyn Community Foundation announces the five Brooklyn nonprofit organizations selected to receive its annual Spark Prize, the only honor of its kind celebrating excellence and impact in the borough's thriving nonprofit sector. The winners are Cave Canem Foundation, the Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, Exalt Youth (exalt), GRIOT Circle, and Red Hook Initiative.

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