The Finalists

2017-18 Spark Prize Finalists


(in alphabetical order)

Arab American Association of New York


Bard Prison Initiative

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation

Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger

Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A


The Center for Urban Pedagogy

Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation

Extreme Kids & Crew

Girls for Gender Equity

The HOPE Program

IMPACCT Brooklyn

Neighborhood Housing Services of Brooklyn

Red Hook Community Justice Center

Sadie Nash Leadership Project

Safe Passage Project


Weeksville Heritage Center

Each of the 20 finalists will receive a $5,000 matching grant from Brooklyn Community Foundation as part of the local giving campaign Brooklyn Gives on Giving Tuesday, November 27, 2018—the annual national day of giving observed the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

A diverse committee of Brooklyn civic, business, and neighborhood leaders selected the 20 finalists from a highly competitive pool of 130 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.