20 Organizations are Finalists for Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Spark Prize, an Awards Program Spotlighting Borough’s High-Impact Nonprofit Sector

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(Brooklyn, NY) – Brooklyn Community Foundation announces the return of its #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign, which aims to drive awareness and donations to a diverse cohort of 20 local nonprofits. The Foundation will match up to $100,000 in donations to the 20 participating organizations on Giving Tuesday, November 28th. Giving Tuesday is the global day of giving celebrated each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to improve their local communities.

In 2016, its inaugural year, the #BrooklynGives campaign raised nearly $275,000 from more than 900 donors and businesses. Brooklynites are encouraged to mark their calendars once again for the 24-hour boroughwide giving day on November 28, 2017. Learn more at www.BrooklynGives.org and follow the hashtag #BrooklynGives on social media.

The 20 organizations selected as beneficiaries of the #BrooklynGives campaign are the finalists for Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Spark Prize, the only award of its kind to honor Brooklyn’s leading nonprofit changemakers. A diverse committee of Brooklyn civic, business, and neighborhood leaders selected the 20 finalists from a highly competitive pool of 140 applicants in recognition of their social justice-oriented, values-driven service to the borough’s communities. In January, the five winners of this year’s Spark Prize will be awarded grants of $100,000 each.

“We created the Spark Prize and the #BrooklynGives campaign to showcase and support innovative and high-impact community-based organizations across Brooklyn, often operating under the radar right in our own backyards,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke “Congratulations to these 20 exemplary Brooklyn nonprofits—we are so proud to have you represent the excellence and impact our borough has to offer!”

Spark Prize Finalists / #BrooklynGives Beneficiaries

(in alphabetical order)

  • After Hours Project
  • Arab American Family Support Center
  • Atlas:DIY
  • Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger
  • Black Women’s Blueprint
  • Brooklyn Community Housing and Services
  • Cave Canem Foundation
  • Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College
  • Girls For Gender Equity
  • Griot Circle
  • Groundswell
  • Grow Brooklyn
  • El Puente
  • exalt
  • Participatory Budgeting Project
  • Red Hook Initiative
  • Red Hook Community Justice Center
  • Southside United HDFC – Los Sures
  • United Community Centers
  • Weeksville Heritage Center

A Brooklyn Partnership

#BrooklynGives and the Spark Prize are presented in partnership with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, with generous sponsorship from TD Bank and National Grid.

“The philanthropic spirit of One Brooklyn is at the core of our annual Spark Prize, which I am proud to present in partnership with Brooklyn Community Foundation and Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “Growing our local nonprofit organizations and expanding the impact of their work is critical to building safer communities where we can all raise healthy children and families. This year’s diverse array of Spark Prize finalists do incredibly important work in every neighborhood across our borough, and I ask all who are able to support them through the upcoming #BrooklynGives campaign.”

“Whether it’s through cultural contributions, feeding the hungry, or making sure women and minorities are treated equally—Brooklyn’s nonprofits help shape our community,” said Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Andrew Hoan. “Thank you to Brooklyn Community Foundation for their own contributions to the nonprofit community and for recognizing and rewarding so many others.”

“We are honored to be a part of this amazing event,” said Peter Meyer, NYC Market President, TD Bank. “Our world is always changing and changing fast, so campaigns like #BrooklynGives that provide a platform to demonstrate innovative ways to improve our community are vital and extremely important.”

“National Grid congratulates the Spark Prize finalists for the work they do to make Brooklyn a great place to live,” said Ken Daly, President, National Grid New York. “We are pleased to partner with the Brooklyn Community Foundation to showcase organizations that are committed to uplifting Brooklyn communities.  We have been proud to serve the energy needs of Brooklyn for over a century and we support programs that make a lasting contribution to the communities we serve.”

Additional Brooklyn businesses are encouraged to sign up to participate in the campaign at www.BrooklynGives.org.

About the Spark Prize

The Spark Prize is named for Brooklyn Community Foundation’s mission to spark lasting social change and awards $600,000 annually to Brooklyn nonprofits. To apply for the Spark Prize, organizations submitted a 1,000 word essay demonstrating their deep history in Brooklyn; commitment to racial equity; strong values; and a dynamic vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond.

In 2016, the inaugural Spark Prize awarded $100,000 each to recipients The Audre Lorde Project, MoCADA Museum, Make the Road New York, Neighbors Together, and Common Justice. Learn more at www.SparkPrize.org.

The Spark Prize is a signature program of the Foundation’s Brooklyn Accelerator, a hub for building capacity and resources in Brooklyn’s nonprofit community. Reaching a diverse cross-section of Brooklyn nonprofits, the Prize also strengthens the Foundation’s services to its donors who depend on its expertise and knowledge of the borough’s nonprofits to help guide their local giving and philanthropy.

About Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. . Occurring this year on November 28, Giving Tuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. Giving Tuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

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About Brooklyn Community Foundation

Brooklyn Community Foundation is on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. It is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to bolster vital nonprofits, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase opportunities for youth. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided over $30 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org.