May News: Leading on Immigrant Rights, New Fund Inspired by College Admissions Scandal and More from Your Community Foundation

May 22, 2019

Our Commitment to Immigrant Rights

How We Compare Nationally and What We’ve Learned along the Way

A new report on funding for pro-immigrant movements found that barely 1% of all money granted by the largest U.S. foundations supported immigrants and refugees.

This leads us to ask: how do we compare? Last year, nearly 25% of our overall Community Fund discretionary grant funding went to support pro-immigrant organizations. This is critical because immigrants make up nearly 38% of Brooklyn’s population.


Calling all Brooklyn Nonprofits!

Application Open for Invest in Youth, Our Largest Grant Program

We’re now accepting Letters of Inquiry from organizations that take on barriers to opportunity and success for 16 to 24-year olds in Brooklyn. Submission deadline is Friday, June 28th. Grants of up to $50,000 will be given with the majority of grantees receiving general operating support.

Registration Open for Racial Justice Workshop for Nonprofit Managers

Nonprofit leaders and managers are invited to register for our low-cost, full-day Racial Justice training. The training takes place on Wednesday, June 26th, and is facilitated by national experts Cynthia Silva Parker and Nayantara Sen. Local nonprofits will gain concrete takeaways to apply within their own organizations.


Meet the New Spark Prize Committee!

We are excited to announce the 36 members of our 2019-2020 Spark Prize Committee, who will work together to select the 20 finalists and 5 winners of our annual $100,000 prize for Brooklyn nonprofits. 

Made up of 35 members all hailing from Brooklyn, the Committee includes local business owners Jackie Cusana (Ample Hills Creamery), Andrew Tarlow (Marlow & Sons), and Kai Avent-deLeon (Sincerely, Tommy), author and activist Darnell Moore, comedic actress Ana Gasteyer, and many more.


Youth Activists Conference Creates Space for Resistance and Empowerment

Members of our Brooklyn Youth Activists youth-led grantmaking program held their 3rd annual conference last month. Youth Activists facilitated social justice-themed workshops, provided a healing and wellness space, and wrapped up the night with an open mic and dance party.


On Our Blog: New Donor Advised Fund Created in Response to College Admissions Scandal

How Local Parents Are Putting Their Resources toward Expanding College Access

Lisa Cowan, Brooklyn parent and Vice President of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, writes about how the recent college admissions scandal prompted her to reflect on her own son’s path to college, and ways she and other parents like her can help towards fixing a broken system.