A $2 Million Investment in Brooklyn’s Future: Meet Our Latest Grantees

November 23, 2015

A $2 Million Investment in Brooklyn’s Future 

New Grants Support Youth Leadership Opportunities, Job Programs, Immigrant Families and Court-Involved Youth

Today, we’re announcing the first cohort of our Invest in Youth Grant Program: $1.54 million to support the work of 54 nonprofits

Combined with the Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project and Brooklyn Youth Fellowship, funding from our Invest in Youth initiative now totals over $2 million in 2015. 

Read the official announcement.

Launched in May, Invest in Youth is our 10-year, $25 million cornerstone initiative to improve opportunities and outcomes for Brooklyn’s most vulnerable youth. New grants will support critical service and advocacy programs in three focus areas: 

  • Youth Development & Leadership: Grants to 25 youth development programs serving under-resourced neighborhoods 
  • Youth Justice: Grants to 14 programs addressing school-to-prison pipeline, alternatives to arrest, and educational and work opportunities for court involved youth
  • Immigrant Youth & Families: 15 grants to support legal and language services, advocacy campaigns, and leadership opportunities for immigrant youth and families across Brooklyn

Learn about the 54 nonprofits we’re supporting.

“We believe that by investing heavily in Brooklyn’s youth we are investing in a better future for Brooklyn—one that is vastly more equitable and offers more opportunity for all.” 

- Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke

Grants at a Glance

The Invest in Youth Grantmaking Program is our largest competitive grant distribution, prioritizing support for community-based organizations led by community members.

  • 80% of grantees are headquartered in Brooklyn
  • Over half have annual operating budgets of less than $1 million
  • Grants range from $20,000 to $40,000—a 3x increase in our average grant size from previous years
  • Grants serve youth boroughwide as well as projects targeting residents of 24 under-resourced neighborhoods 
  • 50% of grants provide much sought-after general operating support


Announcing Our New Vice President of Programs 

We’re pleased to introduce Kaberi Banerjee Murthy, who joins our team next week to oversee the Foundation’s strategic programs, including Invest in Youth and our work focusing on neighborhood strength and nonprofit capacity

Kaberi brings 15 years of philanthropic experience at the local, regional, and national level. She most recently served as Vice President of Education at the Social Impact Exchange. Prior to that, she was Program Director at Crown Family Philanthropies in Chicago and Senior Program Officer for Education at the Picower Foundation in New York. 

Kaberi graduated from Carleton College with a BA in History and Women's Studies, and holds a Masters of Education from Harvard University with a focus on planning and social policy. She lives in Downtown Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.