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Announcing the $100,000 Spark Prize Finalists

We are pleased to announce the 20 nonprofit finalists for our 2023 Spark Prize!

  • Arab-American Family Support Center
  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Bridge Street Development Corporation
  • Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center 
  • Carroll Gardens Association
  • Envision Freedom Fund
  • Family Legal Care
  • Green City Force
  • HousingPlus
  • Jeremiah Program Brooklyn
  • Kings Against Violence Initiative
  • Mixteca Organization
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Brooklyn (NHS Brooklyn)
  • New York State Youth Leadership Council
  • Power of Two
  • READ 718
  • Seeds of Fortune Inc.
  • STEM From Dance
  • Street Vendor Project at the Urban Justice Center
  • Worker's Justice Project

The finalists were chosen by the 34-person Spark Prize Committee from a highly competitive applicant pool of grassroots and city-wide organizations. Next, the Committee will conduct interviews with finalist organizations, and then select five winners to each receive the $100,000 “no strings attached” award in January 2023. The Spark Breakfast, a celebration of the winners and finalists, will take place on March 14, 2023, at the Brooklyn Museum.

Now in its sixth year, the $100,000 Spark Prize has awarded a total of $3 million since its launch to nonprofit organizations that have sparked change for a fair and just Brooklyn.

Finalists and winners are chosen based upon their embodiment of the Prize’s four criteria: commitment to equity and racial justice, track record of impact in Brooklyn, strong institutional values, and a dynamic vision for the future of their organization. To be eligible, organizations must have a minimum annual budget of $250,000 and have been in operation for at least five years. Of the 20 finalist organizations, 85% are led by people of color; 63% are led by women, trans, or gender nonconforming individuals; and 40% have annual operating budgets under $2 million.

Each of the 20 finalists will also receive a $5,000 donation match from the Foundation during its #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign. Launching November 8 and culminating on Giving Tuesday, November 29, #BrooklynGives encourages Brooklynites to give where they live on the year’s biggest day of giving.

Go to www.BrooklynGives.org to learn more about the participating local nonprofits and follow the hashtag #BrooklynGives on social media.

Kentara John

Program Officer (She/Her/Hers)