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20 Finalists Selected for 2021-22 Spark Prize

After being on pause last year, our Brooklyn Community Foundation $100,000 SPARK Prize has returned for 2021—and we are thrilled to share the 20 nonprofit finalists selected by our Spark Prize Committee

  • Arab American Association of New York
  • Arab-American Family Support Center
  • Black Women's Blueprint
  • Brownsville Community Culinary Center
  • Brooklyn College Community Partnership
  • Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A
  • Brooklyn Movement Center
  • Center for Community Alternatives
  • Center for NuLeadership on Human Justice and Healing
  • Extreme Kids & Crew
  • The F.A.R.M.
  • Girl Be Heard
  • Good Call NYC 
  • Grow Brooklyn
  • Groundswell Community Mural Project
  • Mixteca Organization
  • Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility
  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Brooklyn
  • New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives
  • Weeksville Heritage Center

​Created in 2015, the SPARK Prize is the only award of its kind honoring long-standing nonprofits that have “sparked change” across Brooklyn. Our 2021-22 finalists were chosen by the 35-member Spark Prize Committee from a highly competitive applicant pool. Next, the Committee will conduct interviews with finalist organizations and then select five winners to each receive the $100,000 “no strings attached” award in January 2022.

Finalists and winners are chosen based upon their embodiment of the Prize’s four criteria: commitment to equity and racial justice, track record of impact in Brooklyn, strong institutional values, and a dynamic vision for the future of their organization. To be eligible, organizations must have a minimum annual budget of $250,000 and have been in operation for at least five years. Of the 20 finalist organizations, 80% are led by people of color, 100% are led by women, trans, or gender nonconforming individuals, and 80% have annual operating budgets under $2 million.

Each of the 20 finalists will also receive a $5,000 donation match from the Foundation during the #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign. Launching November 9th and culminating on Giving Tuesday, November 30th, #BrooklynGives encourages Brooklynites to give where they live on the year’s biggest day of giving. Go to www.BrooklynGives.org to learn more about the participating local nonprofits and follow the hashtag #BrooklynGives on social media to help spread the word.

The Spark Prize and #BrooklynGives are made possible with the generous support of lead sponsors Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, Sweet ‘N Low, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Marcella J. Tillett

Vice President of Programs and Partnerships (She/Her/Hers)
Of the 20 finalist organizations, 80% are led by people of color, 100% are led by women, trans, or gender nonconforming individuals, and 80% have annual operating budgets under $2 million.