Insights to Impact

The Latest from Brooklyn Community Foundation


Participatory Grantmaking

Liane Stegmaier
Chief of Staff (She/Her/Hers)

Thank you to all who attended our 2023 Spark Breakfast! We hope you left inspired and energized to do even more good for Brooklyn by pressing for change, investing in local leaders, and putting ideas into action.


Dr. Jocelynne Rainey
President & CEO (She/Her/Hers)
At Brooklyn Community Foundation, we transitioned all our strategic grantmaking—over $4 million annually—to the participatory model in 2021. To help others take on this transition, we are sharing a number of lessons learned—both what we did right and what we wish we knew before starting.
Sabrina Hargrave
Director of Programs (She/Her/Ella)

We know Brooklynites are experts on their communities and the issues they face, which is why we are thrilled to invite our neighbors to be part of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s grantmaking advisory councils.


Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

NY1 Spectrum News shone a spotlight on our Spark Prize and the impact of our investment on past winning organization, The Campaign Against Hunger.

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Pix11 highlighted our investment in youth-centered nonprofits on a recent "It's a G Thing" feature, focusing on a new community garden stewarded by our grantee partners at Green Guerillas.

Jenny Walski
Vice President of Donor Engagement (She/Her/Hers)

We are pleased to announce the members of our 2022-2023 Spark Prize Committee! To date, the Spark Prize has awarded more than $3 million to Brooklyn nonprofits and continues to support organizations that are committed to racial and social justice. 

Jameela Syed
Communications Manager (She/Her/Hers)

Foundation President & CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey and Invest in Youth Advisory Council Member Daniel-José Cyan were recent guests on Fox 5 New York's Good Day Street Talk. 

Together with the Office of the New York State Attorney General Leticia James, we are pleased to announce the 10 community-based organizations receiving $2.2 million in grants from our new Wellness and Recovery Fund for substance treatment programs, harm reduction services, and policy and systems change.