Meet Our Incubator Members + More News from Your Community Foundation

June 25, 2015


Meet the Members of Our Nonprofit Incubator!

We are pleased to announce the inaugural cohort of our Incubator Project for emerging nonprofits. The three participating groups are:

  • Be More – Using technology to create a movement to combat racial inequities
  • Domestic Workers United – Advocates for the rights of caregivers and housekeepers
  • The Precedential Group – A neighborhood-based approach to reducing gun violence 

Over the next year, each organization will receive free co-working space in our new office at 1000 Dean Street in Crown Heights, a $5,000 stipend for start-up costs, plus ongoing technical assistance and training to support their organizational development.

The Incubator Project is a program of Brooklyn Accelerator, which launched earlier this year to serve as a capacity-building hub for the borough’s nonprofit sector. 

Special thanks to the Whoriskey Family Fund, a donor advised fund of Brooklyn Community Foundation, for their generous support of the Incubator Project. 

Creating a New Model for Restorative Justice in Brooklyn

On Monday we announced a pioneering pilot project to bring restorative justice practices to four Brooklyn middle and high schools starting this September.

It’s our hope that this four-year Invest in Youth project will spark a groundswell of support for restorative justice in Brooklyn, and provide a scalable model that can be applied citywide.

We’ve been overwhelmed by the exciting response to this effort, which aims to change school disciplinary culture—reducing conflict while building community—particularly for students of color and those with special needs, who often receive the majority of suspensions and in-school arrests.

"I would love to see Brooklyn continue to be an economic, cultural and innovation magnet but also a model for what a fair and equitable society can look like."

Donor Stories: Genevieve Kahr 

Last month Institutional Invest Alpha magazine profiled Board member Genevieve Kahr for her commitment to Brooklyn’s future in partnership with Brooklyn Community Foundation.

Genevieve started supporting the Foundation shortly after moving to Brooklyn with her husband Daniel, to help address the borough's changes and challenges. She is a founding member of the Foundation’s young professionals group Brooklyn Now, and joined the Board of Directors in November 2014. She was elected Treasurer of the Board this spring. 

Last Call for Invest in Youth RFP!

We are accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOI) for our new Invest in Youth Grant Program now through Tuesday, June 30th at 5pm.

Download the grant guidelines, LOI form, and FAQ here.