May News: Welcoming 4 New Board Members and This Year's Spark Prize Committee

May 24, 2017

Welcoming 4 New Members to Our Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to our Board of Directors: Brooklyn philanthropist Diane Steinberg, National Grid Executive Rudolph Wynter, retired New York Times Co. Executive Katharine Darrow, and Debevois & Plimpton partner Michael Gillespie.


Meet the Brooklynites Selecting this Year’s Spark Prize Winners

Selecting this year's five Spark Prize recipients and 20 finalists from a highly competitive application pool is no easy task, which is why we've gathered a distinguished group of Brooklyn civic, business, tech and philanthropy leaders to oversee the process. 

New additions to the 35-member Spark Prize Committee include Brooklyn Brewery CEO Steve Hindy, philanthropists Stephanie Ingrassia and Carla Shen, The Knot co-founder Carley Roney. Planned Parenthood of NYC President Joan Malin, New Lab CEO David Belt, Brooklyn Historical Society Oral Historian Zaheer Ali, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce CEO Andrew Hoan and many more! 


Upcoming Funding Opportunity: Invest in Youth Grant Program 

Our Invest in Youth grantmaking program’s 2017-18 funding cycle opens Tuesday, June 6. Last year, we awarded more than $1.9 million in grants to 60 youth-serving organizations in Brooklyn through the focus areas of youth development, youth justice, and immigrant youth.

Requested grant amounts can range between $25,000 to $50,000. The deadline to apply is July 7, 2017. 


On Our Blog:

Racial Disparities in School Discipline: Why We're Working to Create a Fair and Just Model

VP of Programs Kaberi Banerjee Murthy looks at staggering new data from the NYCLU, how it underscores what we already know about deep racial disparities in school discipline, and why restorative justice is a transformational solution.

Brooklyn’s First 100 Days: Watch Our Facebook Live Chat 

Check out our recap and video of our conversation covering all that we’ve accomplished during the first 100 days under the Trump Administration, from the launch of our Immigrant Rights Fund to two major victories for youth justice reform.

6 Lessons from Our Immigrant Rights Fund

Senior Program Officer Prachi Patankar calls out six key takeaways from our conversations with immigrant rights groups and how they’re informing our funding approach in this moment of uncertainty and fear for our communities.