GRIOT Circle Awarded Spark Prize from Brooklyn Community Foundation

We’re proud to announce that Brooklyn Community Foundation recently selected GRIOT Circle to receive their annual Spark Prize award.

(from left, Cilk-GRIOT Member, Franciene Forte-Board Co-Chair, Aundaray Guess-Director of Programs, Sande Hines-Board Member & Member, Jose Albino-Executive Director, Lisa Eddy- Program Coordinator)

“This an incredible game changer for a small but mighty organization like ours.  We will be able to continue to serve more people and meet the diverse needs and exploding growth of the LGBTQ elders of color community. It is an absolute honor to have received this award.  There are many organizations in Brooklyn that are deserving of this recognition as well.  We undoubtedly share this honor with them.”  José Albino, Executive Director of GRIOT Circle.

The Spark Prize recognizes outstanding pioneering nonprofit organizations rooted in the borough that have demonstrated a deep commitment to advancing racial and social justice. Each of the five Spark Prize recipients were awarded $100,000 in general operating support. 

The Foundation aims to celebrate organizations that demonstrate strong values, a commitment to equity and racial justice, and a dynamic vision for the future of their work, in Brooklyn and beyond.

GRIOT is the only staffed organization in the country exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of LGBTQ elders of color.

For the past 21 years, we have faced many challenges and uncertain times but, we have prevailed.

As one of our multiple programs proclaims – we are “still standing” and providing critical programs and services to our constituency.

We could not have done this alone. 

Thank you for standing with us and for all your support through the years!

GRIOT Circle shares the honor of receiving this SPARK prize with you and all of our friends.


To view the official Brooklyn Community Foundation announcement, please click the link


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