The Brooklyn Community Foundation (BCF) has invested $2.5 million into the borough's youth as part of its Invest in Youth initiative (IIY). Hoping to ignite social charge, BCF has distributed its millions among 56 youth-serving organizations. “These long-term investments are amplifying the power of youth voices and the leadership of young people as key players in building a fair and just future for Brooklyn,” said Jocelynne Rainey, president and CEO of BCF. Grant recipients of 2022 were selected with a focus on racial justice — 80 percent are led by people of color and 54 percent are Black-led. BCF also made sure to prioritize organizations with smaller operating budgets — 75 percent of recipients’ budgets are under $2 million, and 43 percent of budgets are under $1 million. All decision for 2022 recipients were made in collaboration with community members, and initiative is funded by donors and with fees from the foundation’s Donor Advised Fund program.
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December 20, 2022