Our Strategic Grantmaking Approach

Our strategic grantmaking and special initiatives advance racial justice in support of our mission to spark lasting social change for a fair and just Brooklyn.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT 

We believe Brooklyn residents who are closest to the challenges in our communities are closest to the solutions. Our grantmaking investments are informed by our unique Brooklyn Insights community engagement model, first developed in 2014, which ensures that we learn from the lived experience of residents and local leaders in order to prioritize grantmaking issue areas and approaches. And starting in 2022, we are conducting an annual Listening Tour to build relationships with neighborhood leaders and stay informed on challenges and opportunities across our borough.

PARTICIPATORY GRANTMAKING

All of our strategic grantmaking programs are conducted in close partnership with community members through participatory grantmaking models, in which they bring their lived experience and expertise as decision makers on our grantmaking advisory councils. We first implemented project-based participatory programs in 2015, and fully transitioned to having community advisory councils for all discretionary initiatives in 2021. 

TRUST-BASED PHILANTHROPY

We provide multi-year unrestricted general operating support wherever possible—to give organizations the flexibility to use our funding where it's needed most—and we strive to reduce administrative burdens on nonprofits with simplified grant application and reporting processes. 

Learn more about our Strategic Grantmaking Initiatives 

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