Brooklyn Org Spark Prize

Celebrating Exceptional Brooklyn Nonprofits

Each year, five nonprofits are selected to receive the $100,000 ‘no strings attached’ Brooklyn Org Spark Prize

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2024 Brooklyn Org Spark Breakfast

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238
8:00 AM–10:00 AM EST

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Brooklyn Org’s Spark Prize provides $600,000 annually to outstanding Brooklyn organizations advancing racial justice and addressing critical challenges in our communities. The Prize is named for and informed by our mission to spark change for a fair and just Brooklyn. Founded in 2016, the Spark Prize has since awarded over $4 million. Winners and finalists are selected by the Brooklyn Org Spark Prize Committee, a distinguished group of 30 Brooklynites.

2024 Brooklyn Org Spark Prize:

  • Drive Change

  • Neighbors in Action

  • Power of Two

  • Sure We Can

  • Youth Design Center

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Each year, five nonprofits are selected to receive the $100,000 prize based upon three primary criteria:

  • Born in Brooklyn: Organizations that have a deep history in Brooklyn and a continued commitment to serving the borough.
  • Commitment to Equity: Organizations that address systemic challenges and advance racial and social justice for all Brooklynites.
  • Vision for Future: Organizations that have a strong vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond.

Twenty finalists for the Brooklyn Org Spark Prize also receive up to $5,000 in matching funds through our Brooklyn Gives on GivingTuesday campaign—celebrated each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—to encourage local donors to support their work.

Join us at the 2024 Spark Breakfast on March 5th at the Brooklyn Museum! Tickets on sale now

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2023 Spark Prize winners KAVI pose with Brooklyn Org President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey (center left) and Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso (second from right)
Brooklyn Org has its ear to the ground and has been very intentional about supporting organizations that weren’t necessarily the most well known — but they are definitely organizations that are doing their level best to have an impact. Dr. Raymond Codrington, President and CEO of Weeksville Heritage Center, 2022 Spark Prize Winners

Brooklyn Org Spark Prize Winners

2024 Winners
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Drive Change

Neighbors in Action

Power of Two (pictured)

Sure We Can

Youth Design Center

2023 Winners
Three girls stand together in dance pose

Arab-American Family Support Center

Kings Against Violence Initiative

Mixteca Organization

STEM From Dance (pictured)

Workers Justice Project

2022 Winners
Two hijabi women distribute flyers on the street

Arab American Association of New York (pictured)

Black Women’s Blueprint

Brooklyn Movement Center

Groundswell Community Mural Project

Weeksville Heritage Center

2020 Winners
A seated woman with her arms around 3 boys who are standing in front of a red curtain

Brownsville Community Justice Center

Children of Promise, NYC (pictured)

Noel Pointer Foundation

North Brooklyn Coalition

Sadie Nash Leadership Project

2019 Winners
A younger Black woman kneels over a patch of cabbages in a green house

The Campaign Against Hunger (pictured)

Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation

Girls for Gender Equity

Red Hook Community Justice Center

VOCAL-NY

2018 Winners
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Cave Canem

Center for Law and Social Justice

exalt

GRIOT Circle (pictured)

Red Hook Initiative

2017 Winners

Audre Lorde Project

Common Justice

Make the Road New York (pictured)

MoCADA

Neighbors Together