February News: NY Post Highlights Immigrant Rights Fund | New RFP: Crown Heights Fund for Community Space

February 23, 2017

New York Post Highlights Immigrant Rights Fund

On Monday, the New York Post published an interview with our President and CEO Cecilia Clarke about our Immigrant Rights Fund and our commitment to working on behalf of all Brooklynites. 

“We have an obligation to bring humanitarian response and human response to all Brooklynites, whether or not they have correct documentation or papers…There’s a very significant undocumented population. People fear their families will be divided.”

Read the article here

Earlier this month, we issued eight Immediate Response grants through our Immigrant Rights Fund, to support local nonprofits including The New York Immigration Coalition, Make the Road New York, and the Arab American Association of New York. We are also currently accepting applications for our new Action Fund to support ongoing organizing and civil resistance activities with grants up to $2,500. 

Spark Prize Celebration Salutes Brooklyn’s Nonprofit Sector  

Members of The Audre Lorde Project with Actor Jamie Hector

Last Thursday morning, we honored five outstanding Brooklyn nonprofits with our first annual $100,000 Spark Prize at a ceremony held at 501 Union in Gowanus. 

More than 150 guests attended the event, which featured Brooklyn-born actor Jamie Hector (The Wire), City Councilman Brad Lander, and poet Mahogany Browne, as well as a tribute to Former US Chairman of National Grid Robert Catell, a founding member of our Board of Directors.

The Spark Prize is the only honor of its kind celebrating excellence and impact in Brooklyn’s nonprofit sector. The inaugural awards went to The Audre Lorde Project, Common Justice, Make the Road New York, MoCADA, and Neighbors Together

Many thanks to all who attended, as well as to our event sponsors TD Bank, National Grid, Kirkland & Ellis, EY, Cleary Gottlieb, and the Brooklyn Nets Foundation!

Immigrant Rights Panel Draws Hundreds to Brooklyn Museum

More than 500 people came out to the Brooklyn Museum on February 9—in spite of nearly a foot of snow—to attend "Defending Immigrant Rights: A Brooklyn Call to Action," a critical conversation with local leaders working on the frontlines of the fight for immigrant rights.

Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Museum and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the panel included experts from organizations funded through our Immigrant Rights Fund, who discussed the impact on Brooklynites of the Trump Administration's executive order on Immigration as well as local resistance strategies.

If you missed the conversation, stream it here.

New RFP: Crown Heights Fund for Community Space

Our Neighborhood Strength investment model puts decision-making power in the hands of residents—starting in the Foundation’s own backyard of Crown Heights.

Last fall we convened a series of Neighborhood Visioning Sessions to identify a range of solutions to persistent local challenges. We repeatedly heard about the need for inclusive public spaces, and our Crown Heights Advisory Council recommended Community Public Space as our investment area this year. 

We are now requesting proposals from nonprofits to design programs to make existing neighborhood spaces more accessible to community members.

Applicants can request up to $50,000 to support work in their own spaces or to broker relationships with small businesses, community centers, churches, or other nonprofits. Applications are due Tuesday, March 21. 


Brooklyn Youth Fellows to Host Conference on March 5

On Sunday, March 5, our Brooklyn Youth Fellows are hosting an afternoon of issue-centered workshops, for youth and led by youth.

The Fellow’s first-ever Youth Resistance Conference will take place from 3-6pm at YWCA Brooklyn and will focus on topics ranging from LGBT and Immigrant Rights, to Public Health and Education, to Racial and Gender Justice and Criminal Justice Reform. Participants will develop projects that they can then submit for funding through the Fellow's Youth Voice Awards grant program.

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