March News: Spark Prize Application Opens Next Week, 2020 Census, After Parkland + More from Your Community Foundation

March 27, 2018

Application for 2018-19 Spark Prize Launches Monday, April 2

Our 2018-19 Spark Prize selection process kicks off next week as we open online submissions for the $100,000 “no strings attached” award for Brooklyn nonprofits on Monday, April 2.

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.

Eligible Brooklyn nonprofits are invited to apply through Friday, May 11, 2018 at If your organization is interested in learning more about this unique opportunity, sign up now for our Don't Miss Out!

More Reasons to Apply: Exclusive Access to #BrooklynGives Early Registration

<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="" "="">As an added bonus, Spark Prize applicants will have early access to register for #BrooklynGivesBrooklyn’s biggest day of giving!

Now open to all Brooklyn nonprofits to participate, #BrooklynGives is a 24-hour local giving event taking place on Giving Tuesday to encourage Brooklynites to GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE! We aim to raise over $1 million for Brooklyn nonprofits in just 24 hours this Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018.

Spark Prize applicants will have access to exclusive customized support, in person workshops, and social media downloads to maximize their participation in #BrooklynGives. Plus, the 20 Finalists for the Spark Prize will have the opportunity to leverage $5,000 in #BrooklynGives matching funds.

Will Brooklyn Count? Looking Ahead to the 2020 Census

Did you know that during the 2010 Census, Brooklyn was one of just two "hardest to count" counties in New York State?

The census is more than just a headcount; it determines not only political representation, but also how and where upwards of $450 billion in federal funding is distributed.

Continue reading to learn more about the specific challenges facing the upcoming 2020 Censusfrom underfunding and questions around citizenship to collecting responses online for the first time.

After Parkland: Our Commitment to Action, to Our Values, and to the Leadership of Young People

On our blog, our President & CEO Cecilia Clarke reflects on actions taken by corporations and foundations in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, our own 2016 decision to divest from gun manufacturers

Youth Activists Organize for Reproductive Justice

Since last October, a group of youth activists have been learning and organizing as part of our new Reproductive Justice Activists (RJA) program through our Girls of Color Fund. They have been working with the program’s coordinator Renée Joslyn, and learning directly from top advocacy organizations in the field, including National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood, and the Audre Lorde Project. Learn more about the process and the activists’ emerging goals.

Racial Justice Workshop for Nonprofits

On April 18, we’re inviting nonprofit leaders and managers to participate in a free full-day training on Racial Justice facilitated by national experts, with concrete takeaways to apply within their own organizations. Participants will be able to connect with a peer network of nonprofit leaders who are addressing racial justice, develop action steps for operationalizing racial equity, clarify and build buy-in for the importance of addressing racism, and more.

While the workshop is currently at capacity, there is a wait list in case space becomes available. Due to increasing demand, we are also pleased to be able to offer this workshop again in the Fall.