December News: $2.3M for Brooklyn Youth in 2016 | Noa Meyer Joins Board | Divestment in National Spotlight

December 13, 2016

Invest in Youth: $2.3M in 2016

Today, we are pleased to announce a new round of grants through our cornerstone Invest in Youth initiative, bringing our total funding for nonprofits serving Brooklyn youth to $2.3 million in 2016. 

We launched Invest in Youth last year as a 10-year, $25 million commitment to improving social and economic opportunities and outcomes for 16- to 24-year-olds, particularly young people of color.

This year, 43 nonprofits are receiving renewed funding, and 17 organizations are receiving Invest in Youth grants for the first time. Grants range from $20,000 to $50,000 and are deployed under three strategic investment areas—Youth Leadership, Youth Justice, and Immigrant Youth.

Funds support job training, youth arts, girls of color, safety and healing, diversion programs, school discipline reform, immigrant legal and social services, and leadership and advocacy. Explore the full list of new grants here.


Cecilia Clarke Named to "Brooklyn Borough 50" 

Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke is #18 on City & State’s first-ever “Brooklyn Borough 50” list, recognizing the top 50 community leaders from Brooklyn. Congrats to Cecilia and the many other nonprofit and civic leaders who made the list!


Noa Meyer Joins Foundation Board

We are pleased to welcome Noa Meyer to our Board of Directors. Noa is currently the Managing Director and Head of Philanthropic Initiatives for BDT & Company and previously served as Goldman Sachs’ global head of 10,000 Women

“Brooklyn Community Foundation’s catalytic role in supporting equality and justice for all of Brooklyn’s residents serves as a model for high impact philanthropic leadership and community collaboration," said Ms. Meyer. "I’m honored to join the Foundation’s distinguished board to support an organization whose work strengthens our core values as Americans.”

Foundation's Divestment in National Spotlight 

We’re proud to share a few national news stories covering our recent decision to divest from three industries that harm people of color (private prisons, gun manufacturing, and predatory lenders), in alignment with our commitment to Racial Justice:

Where Might Divestment Efforts Go Next? Ask the Brooklyn Community Foundation

"It’s been a little while since we caught up with BCF, a funder that’s only been around about seven years but has already distinguished itself for operating on the cutting edge of progressive philanthropy....BCF was one of the early adopters of the racial justice mission that we’ve seen so many others jump on board with in 2016."

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Brooklyn Gives on #GivingTuesday Raises $270,000!

THANK YOU: Together, Brooklyn Gives raised $271,208 for the 20 outstanding finalists for our new Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits. Nearly 1,000 people donated as part of the first-ever Brooklyn Gives on #GivingTuesday campaign, helping to maximize our $100,000 donation challenge. 


There’s still time to give: Brooklyn Industries has a few remaining limited edition Brooklyn Gives t-shirts, which make the perfect holiday gift for anyone who loves Brooklyn. Shop now.

Brooklyn Gives and the Spark Prize are generously sponsored by TD Bank, with the support of National Grid, the Brooklyn Nets Foundation, and Brooklyn Industries.