Kaberi Banerjee-Murthy
Vice President of Programs

In a surprise announcement this week the Mayor indicated that the projected 10-year timeline to closer Rikers Island may be shortened as he and newly appointed City Council Speaker Corey Johnson announced a public review process of four alternate detention facility sites near local courthouses. 

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy

On Thursday morning we awarded $500,000 to 5 Brooklyn nonprofits for their commitment to racial and social justice while honoring philanthropic leader Hildy Simmons

‘Spark Prize Celebration’ Salutes Brooklyn Nonprofits Advancing Racial and Social Justice

$500,000 Awarded to 5 Brooklyn Nonprofits; Ceremony Featured Tribute to Philanthropic Leader Hildy Simmons

(Brooklyn, NY) – Brooklyn Community Foundation honored the five Brooklyn nonprofits each receiving its annual $100,000 Spark Prize at a ceremony held Thursday morning, February 8th at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Palm House. Nearly 275 guests attended the Spark Prize Celebration breakfast, emceed by actress and comedian Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls).

Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College Wins $100K Vote of Confidence from Brooklyn Community Foundation

The Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College is a winner of the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Annual Spark Prize, which recognizes exceptional nonprofits rooted in Brooklyn that advances racial and social justice. The center will receive $100,000 in general operating support from the foundation.

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.