Insights to Impact

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Spark Prize

Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

In this second installment of our interview with Lola C. West, Managing Director of WestFuller Advisors and member of the Foundation’s Spark Prize Committee, we discussed Lola's giving philosophy and her work in community-based philanthropy.

Jameela Syed
Development and Communications Associate (She/Her/Hers)

Lola C. West, Managing Director of WestFuller Advisors and member of the Foundation’s Spark Prize Committee, shared with us about her love for Brooklyn, her history with the Foundation, and the significance of Black Philanthropy.

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

We celebrated the milestone as we honored the five newest winners of our $100,000 Spark Prize and ALLINBKLYN founder Eliza Winans Rossman, along with over 300 guests at BAM Lepercq Space.

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

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.

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce the five recipients of this year’s $100,000 Spark Prize, the only honor celebrating outstanding social justice nonprofits in the borough. 

Liane Stegmaier
Vice President of Communications and Strategy (She/Her/Hers)

We are excited to announce the 20 finalists for this annual Spark Prize, the only award of its kind honoring longstanding nonprofits that have “sparked change” across Brooklyn.

 

We have come a long way in our 10 years as Brooklyn’s community foundation. In our annual Insights to Impact Report, you will learn more about our work meeting the needs of our borough’s most vulnerable communities and supporting nonprofits on the frontlines of change.

For Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) we are highlighting stories of those who are committed to informing, inspiring, and investing in Black communities. Our first spotlight is on Jocelynne Rainey, Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation and member of the Foundation’s Spark Prize Committee.

Jenny Walski
Director of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

Made up of 35 members all hailing from Brooklyn, the Committee includes local business owners Jackie Cuscana (Ample Hills Creamery), Andrew Tarlow (Marlow & Sons, Diner, Roman's) and Kai Avent-deLeon (Sincerely, Tommy), comedic actress Ana Gasteyer, and many more.

 

Read BKLYNER's profile of 2019 Spark Prize winner Red Hook Community Justice Center

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