The Just Brooklyn Prize

The Just Brooklyn Prize. $100,000 just for Brooklyn. Help 5 BIPOC leaders in our community win $20,000 each. Nominations open now through May 15, 2023 at

In partnership with The Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation’s Social Justice Fund, The Just Brooklyn Prize is a new $100,000 annual award to celebrate five outstanding BIPOC champions in the fight for racial justice in Brooklyn. Each winner of The Just Brooklyn Prize will receive $20,000 in recognition of their contributions to the pursuit of racial and social justice in the borough. 

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Nominations for The Just Brooklyn Prize are open to the public until May 15, 2023 at Nominees for the prize should be BIPOC-identifying individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to racial justice and dedication to Brooklyn communities. The winners will represent a diversity of backgrounds and professional pursuits — from artists to activists, teachers to techies, nonprofit directors, healthcare workers, journalists, and others doing the work on the ground in Brooklyn. 

The $20,000 prizes will be awarded without restrictions, as a sign of gratitude for and belief in the recipients’ vision and commitment to the borough. Winners will be announced in early September with an award ceremony to follow later that month.

The 2023 Just Brooklyn Prize winners will be chosen by a selection committee of esteemed Brooklynites including:

  • Dr. Uche Blackstock (Founder and CEO, Advancing Health Equity)

  • Sharon Daughtry (Executive Director, Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance)

  • Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson (President, Auburn Theological Seminary)

  • Randy Peers (President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce)

  • Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso 

  • Ouigi Theodore (Creative Director and Founder, The Brooklyn Circus)

  • Angela Yee (Host, Way Up With Angela Yee) 

  • Jo-Ann Yoo (Executive Director, Asian American Federation)

The Just Brooklyn Prize builds on the Social Justice Fund’s investment in the national Black Voices for Black Justice Fund, and Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits. Each year, the Spark Prize recognizes pioneering Brooklyn nonprofits committed to racial and social justice with deep roots in the borough that are often overlooked by the City’s philanthropic sector and wealthy donors. To date, the Brooklyn Community Foundation has distributed $3.6 million to 30 Spark Prize winners.