Our Strategy

Building on the findings from our Brooklyn Insights project, Brooklyn Community Foundation has three distinct core strategies that enable us to be a transformative force for Brooklyn:


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 Fellowship, 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 80+ youth-serving nonprofits across Brooklyn. 


The Foundation is developing an innovative resident-led grantmaking model that addresses key concerns and investment areas identified by community stakeholders in under-resourced neighborhoods. Launched in Crown Heights, the Foundation’s home since 2014, over $200,000 has been distributed to local organizations by the Crown Heights Advisory Council to date. 


A hub for strengthening Brooklyn’s vibrant nonprofit sector. Includes the annual $100,000 Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits, the boroughwide #BrooklynGives Giving Tuesday campaign, the Incubator Project for startup organizations, board training and matching, and resources and information that provide capacity building for local nonprofits.

Focus on Racial Justice

We define Racial Justice as the systemic distribution of power, opportunities, and access for people of all races that should lead to equitable outcomes for all. Working closely with a committee of national and local experts, we have developed an institution-wide Racial Justice Lens. This tool  ensures that we consider race while we analyze problems, look for solutions, and define success in our grantmaking, governance, and advocacy initiatives.

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