Lighting a Spark: The Committee Behind Brooklyn's Nonprofit Prize
Since we created the Spark Prize—the first to celebrate social change organizations in Brooklyn—we have awarded more than $2.4 million to 20 winners and 60 finalists.
We couldn't have done it without the Brooklynites who shared their time and expertise as members of the Spark Prize Committee.
Each year, this diverse group of civic leaders, philanthropists, activists, entrepreneurs, and artists reviews hundreds of applications, interviews finalists, and ultimately selects five $100,000 winners.
“I’ve never understood the scope of what’s happening in Brooklyn in the way that I do now after participating on the Spark Prize Committee.”
– Jocelynne Rainey, Nonprofit Leader and Spark Prize Committee Member (Pictured above at the 2019 Spark Breakfast)
This year’s Committee includes ice cream mogul Jackie Cuscuna of Ample Hills, healthcare leader Dr. Torian Easterling, trendsetting restaurateur Andrew Tarlow, financial advisor Lola C. West, and cultural champion Stephanie Ingrassia, among many others.
Not only do Committee members bring their unique talents to the process—they also discover a side of Brooklyn they never knew, and in turn help spotlight incredible, yet often overlooked, local nonprofits.