April News: Census 2020, Cecilia Clarke in Conversation, Spotlight on Youth Leadership + More from Your Community Foundation

April 26, 2018

Census 2020: Will Brooklyn Count?

May 21, 7-8:30PM at BRIC

Did you know Brooklyn was one of the two hardest to count counties in New York State for the 2010 Census? With Census 2020 fast approaching, it's critical that Brooklyn’s diverse communities be counted, yet the current political climate presents new challenges—including the addition of a Citizenship question for the first time since 1965. 

Join us on Monday, May 21 from 7-8:30PM at the BRIC Arts Media House to discuss how Brooklyn should take on these challenges so that our communities are fully counted. An expert panel will break down the issues, share emerging strategies, and answer your questions:
  • Dr. Lurie Favors, General Counsel, Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College

  • Pastor Gil Monrose, Director of Faith-based and Clergy Initiatives, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President

  • Betsy Plum, VP of Policy, New York Immigration Coalition

  • Steven Romalewski, Director, CUNY Mapping Service

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Empowering Brooklyn's Social Sector: A Conversation with Cecilia Clarke

May 1, 6:30-8PM at Electropositive

Join our President and CEO Cecilia Clarke for "Challenging Philanthropy: Navigating the Needs of Brooklyn’s Social Sector," a conversation with All Good Work executive director Nate Heasley on Tuesday, May 1 from 6:30-8PM at Electropositive in Crown Heights. Cecilia will share insights from her career managing and growing nonprofit organizations, and her approach as the leader of Brooklyn’s community foundation for the past five years. 

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Youth Unite! Conference Spotlights Youth Voices and Leadership

More than 70 youth came together last month for our 2nd annual Youth Unite! Conference, hosted by our Brooklyn Youth Fellows. With workshops, an open mic, a community dinner, and more, the powerful event left participants feeling unified in their shared goals. 

Our Youth Fellows designed and facilitated all of the day’s events, including a storytelling workshop, where participants were invited to imagine what justice in our communities looks, feels, sounds and tastes like

When Crisis is the New Normal: The Latest from Our Immigrant Rights Fund

As we continue the work of our Immigrant Rights Fund, our communities’ needs are evolving and deepening, creating a “new normal” amid an almost constant onslaught of urgency and crises. Since January, we have issued four new Sustained Response grants to Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services, Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association, Chinese-American Planning Council, and Laundry Workers Center

Learn more about the critical work of these organizations, as well as what we heard about the challenges facing immigrant-led organizations across our borough, on our blog.

Restorative Justice and the Promise of Change

2018 marks the third year of the Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project, an initiative aimed at transforming the way students, teachers and leaders build community and respond to harmful incidents on campus. In a two-part series on our blog, Dr. Anne Gregory—the evaluator for our Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project—shares her findings from the project thus far, how we are tracking implementation, and a look at what’s next.  

Reminder: Spark Prize Applications Due May 11th

There are just over 2 weeks left to apply for our 2018-19 Spark Prize! We are accepting online submissions for our $100,000 “no strings attached” award for Brooklyn nonprofits through Friday, May 11 at noon.

Held annually, the Spark Prize recognizes five nonprofits for their service to Brooklyn's communities, organizational values, commitment to equity and racial justice, and vision for the future of their work. Winners and finalists are selected by a Committee of distinguished philanthropic, business, and civic leaders all hailing from Brooklyn. Learn more at SparkPrize.org/How-to-Apply

Welcoming New Program Officer Amy Chou

This week we welcomed our newest team member Amy Chou, who is working alongside our Vice President of Programs Kaberi Banerjee Murthy on our grantmaking, advocacy, and strategic leadership initiatives. Amy brings over a decade of experience in social justice philanthropy, capacity building, youth development and leadership, and advocacy. She previously worked at the Mozilla Foundation, The New York Women’s Foundation, and New Yorkers for Children.