May News

May 27, 2015


Foundation Receives National Impact Award

On Tuesday, May 19, Foundation President Cecilia Clarke traveled to San Francisco to accept the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s 2015 Impact Award.

We are just one of five foundations honored this year for a “commitment to exemplary grantmaking, diversity and inclusion, and empowering and strengthening communities throughout the United States.” 

Invest in Youth: Our Commitment to Brooklyn’s Future 

This month we are thrilled to launch Invest in Youth, our cornerstone initiative to improve opportunities and outcomes for 16- to 24-year-olds in Brooklyn, particularly young people of color. 

In 2015, we will deploy over $2 million to nonprofits in the form of a competitive grantmaking program, strategic partnerships, youth fellowships, and youth-led grants in three focus areas: 

  • Youth Development and Leadership
  • Youth Justice
  • Immigrant Youth and Families

Nonprofits: We are accepting Letters of Inquiry for Invest in Youth funding through June 30th. View eligibility guidelines, application instructions, and FAQ here. 

Incubator Project Launches! 

In mid June, we will welcome three start-up organizations to the Foundation's new Incubator Project. Each group is undertaking fresh approaches to social change, pursuing efforts to reduce gun violence, advocate for the rights of domestic workers, and use technology to engage youth in racial justice.

A program of Brooklyn Accelerator, the Incubator Project provides free co-working space at our office in Crown Heights for one year, ongoing technical assistance, and a $5000 stipend. 

Stay tuned!

Spark Change: The Community Fund

Our Community Fund enables donors to support the Foundation’s vision for a fair and just Brooklyn. Learning from nearly 1000 Brooklyn residents last year through Brooklyn Insights, we’ve developed an exciting new strategy focused on Brooklyn’s Youth, Neighborhoods and Nonprofits.

Your donation will fuel this breakthrough work for years to come.

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