Save the Date: Spark Breakfast to Honor Eliza Rossman, $2.6M for Youth Grants, and More News from Your Community Foundation

December 19, 2019

Tickets go on sale next month when we announce the winners of the 2019-2020 Spark Prize!

$2.6M for Youth in 2019

Pictured: Invest in Youth grantee Neighbors in Action

Today, we are announcing funding for 55 local nonprofits as part of our Invest in Youth initiative, bringing our overall support for youth-focused programs to $2.6 million in 2019! Each organization will receive a minimum grant of $45,000—an increase from a minimum grant amount of $20,000 in previous years. 

“We are so proud to announce our support for the fifth cohort of our Invest in Youth Grant Program. With each passing year, we strive to be a stronger partner and funder for transformative youth-serving programs across our borough. This year, in an effort to provide more equitable support to our grantees, we are funding each organization at the same level of $45,000—an amount that signifies a tipping point, enabling grantees to cover employee salaries and benefits. Through these investments we look forward to deepening our understanding of the challenges confronting Brooklyn’s next generation of leaders and advancing the solutions they are creating for their communities.”

- President and CEO Cecilia Clarke

Each year, our Invest in Youth Grant Program supports community-based nonprofits working in three areas: Youth LeadershipYouth Justice, and Immigrant Youth and Families. With a priority for funding grassroots organizations led by members of the communities they serve, 45% of organizations in the 2019-2020 cohort have operating budgets of $1 million or less, and 65% of their executive directors identify as people of color.

In these last days of 2019, your charitable dollars can still go a long way and have a lasting impact:

Please join us — invest in Brooklyn and imagine what’s possible.

100% of your tax deductible contribution supports Brooklyn nonprofits

Now Hiring: Communications Intern

We are seeking a talented writer and content creator to join our team for a paid part-time internship starting in January 2020.

$500 Grants for NYC Teachers

The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education, a Donor Advised Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundationis offering $500 grants to New York City teachers of all disciplines who seek to enhance their classroom lessons with creative activities. Access the application here.