October News: Spark Prize Finalists, Save the Date for Brooklyn Gives!

October 16, 2017

Save the Date: #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28th  

Today we are thrilled to announce the 20 finalists for our Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits! Each organization will not only advance in consideration for the prestigious $100,000 award, but will also be a beneficiary of our local giving campaign: #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday, November 28th.

Who are the 20 Brooklyn nonprofits? Find out here!

Celebrated on Giving Tuesdaythe Tuesday after Thanksgiving #BrooklynGives is the borough's first 24-hour giving day, an opportunity for residents and small businesses to come together to support nonprofit organizations that make our communities great.

To encourage your participation in #BrooklynGives, we're offering a $100,000 donation match! Last year, more than 900 donors helped to raise nearly $275,000 on #BrooklynGives day. This year, let's set a new record! 

We're proud to present #BrooklynGives in partnership with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, with the generous support of lead sponsor TD Bank, and National Grid.

Invest in Youth Dinner

Join us for our 3rd annual Invest in Youth Dinner on Wednesday, November 1st at 501 Union, featuring a critical conversation with Brooklyn leaders on the frontlines of the national resistance to unjust government policies:

  • Shaun King, author and activist
  • Danielle Sered, Executive Director of Common Justice
  • Jose Lopez, Director of Organizing for Make the Road New York

Tickets are on sale now!

Join Us: Film Screening & Panel at Brooklyn Public Library 

Join us this Thursday, October 19th at Brooklyn Public Library’s Dweck Center for a screening of the Sundance-winning documentary short film “Alone” followed by a conversation with filmmaker Garrett Bradley and members of The Alex House Project, a grantee through our Incubator Project and Invest in Youth initiative.  

The film, which investigates the layers of mass incarceration and its shaping of the modern black American family, is seen through the eyes of a single mother in New Orleans. Free to attend.


Meet Our New Director of Donor Engagement

We're proud to welcome Jenny Walski as the newest member of our Philanthropy and Donor Services team. In this newly created position, Jenny will work closely with donors to help them achieve greater impact in their giving through our Community Fund and Donor Advised Fund programs.

Learn more about Jenny and connect with her to discuss your own giving at jwalski@bcfny.org

Puerto Rico Needs You

This month marks 5 years since Superstorm Sandy, which inflicted devastation across Brooklyn’s waterfront and brought our communities together like never before through volunteerism and giving to help restore and rebuild our borough.

Today, we are asking you to channel that same spirit of generosity in support of 175,000 Brooklynites who also call Puerto Rico home. 

Please consider supporting emergency relief and recovery with a gift to the Community Foundation of Puerto Rico, or Brooklyn organizations El Puente, UPROSE and the Center for Popular Democracy.