Our Strategy

Building on the findings from our Brooklyn Insights project, and operating in alignment with our Racial Justice lens, Brooklyn Community Foundation's core programs promote racial justice in our mission to be a transformative force for Brooklyn. Learn more about our Special Initiatives.


The Foundation’s primary grantmaking and community leadership initiative focuses on creating better opportunities and a stronger future for Brooklyn’s next generation—particularly young leaders of color. Grants and special initiatives support youth development and leadership programs, youth justice reforms, and increased advocacy and services for immigrant youth and families.

Special initiatives include our groundbreaking Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project—aimed at developing a new model for discipline in NYC public schools—and our annual Brooklyn Youth Activists program, through which a cohort of young people gain leadership training, facilitate their own youth conference, and distribute grants to support the work of other Brooklyn youth. Each year we award more than $2.5 million in grants to youth-serving nonprofits across Brooklyn. 


A hub for strengthening Brooklyn’s vibrant nonprofit sector. Includes the annual $100,000 Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits, the boroughwide #BrooklynGives campaign, the Incubator Project for startup organizations, racial justice trainings for nonprofit staff, and other capacity building resources.


Immigrant Rights Fund was created by Foundation donors following the 2016 Presidential election to support both the immediate and long-term needs of immigrants in our borough and across New York City. 

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Marcella J. Tillett
Vice President of Programs and Partnerships (She/Her/Hers)