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The video call is grainy and a little shaky. Only Suzette Brown’s eyes are visible above her surgical mask. “Sorry,” she says, grappling with the phone. “I’m seeing patients today.”


Domingo Morales will be the first to tell you that composting changed his life. It all started in 2015 when the Brooklyn resident spotted a flier for Green City Force — an AmeriCorps sustainability training program aimed at youth within the New York City Housing Authority.

The New York Times

The founders of a shelter for homeless people seeking asylum and a group that helps college applicants are among five New Yorkers to…

Wall Street Journal

The newly minted David Prize will go to five NYC residents to continue pioneering innovative strategies to solve city problems.


Five grateful New Yorkers have been announced as the recipients of a major prize worth $200,000 each.

Fast Company

Edafe Okporo is one of the inaugural recipients of the $200,000 David Prize.

Daily Hampshire Gazette

A Hampshire College alum has been awarded $200,000 to improve the lives of undocumented immigrants and day laborers in New York City…

Queens Ledger

Cielo Villa was so overcome with emotion when she found out she had won a $200,000 prize to expand her organization that she began to cry.

BK Reader

The David Prize, a new annual award that grants $1 million to New Yorkers with exceptional ideas, has announced the winners — and two of them are from Brooklyn.

Real Estate Weekly

The Walentas Family Foundation is giving away $1 million with a new award recognizing unsung New York visionaries.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The Walentas Family Foundation on Tuesday announced the first winners of The David Prize, a new annual award granted to…

Philanthropy News Digest

The Walentas Family Foundation in New York City has announced the inaugural winners of the David Prize…

Manhattan Times

When Cielo Villa was in high school, she already knew a lot about colleges. A savvy high school senior, she knew what admissions officers look…

World Journal

大衛獎(The David Prize)致力於選出為打造更美好紐約市開創新想法的個人,今年首屆舉辦吸引6000多人申請,目前已選出20名入圍者,最終選出五名得獎者…

Crain's New York

As an emergency medicine physician and community activist, Dr. Robert Gore is battling two public health crises at the same time.


With a rising population of New Yorkers on the brink of homelessness, RPA’s VP of Housing and Neighborhood Planning hosts a panel to support New Yorkers providing essential services.

NY1 Noticias

Mike López dedica gran parte de su vida a alimentar a miles de familias en los vecindarios más afectados por el coronavirus. “Lo más importante para mi, en nuestras vidas es ayudar, es ayudar al prójimo”, dijo López.

BK Reader

Unrelenting activist Somia Elrowmeim seeks to bridge gaps between women of different cultures.

Kings County Politics

Somia Elrowmeim, founder and president of the Brooklyn-based Union for Arab Women (UAW), a grassroots political organization…

Crain's New York

Strong Children Wellness Medical Group, an organization that sets up clinics integrating primary care with community-based…

NBC News

Edafe Okporo fled his homeland in 2016 after he was subjected to homophobic violence. He’s now helping others who are looking to build…

AM New York Metro

From the time she was young, Sutton Cole King was very connected to her Native American culture.

Ayllu Times

Road to Uni (Camino a la Uni) es una fundación dirigida a estudiantes de high school y padres de familia, que enseña a la…


While people of color make up roughly 66% of New York City’s public school system, highly competitive schools only enroll…

The Bronx Free Press

When Nelson Luna was still in high school, he was asked if he had any white friends. Luna grew up shuttling between his grandmother’s…

Queens Latino

Alegre, descompilado y amigable, así percibe su comunidad al Padre Michael López, sacerdote de la parroquia católica de…

Queens County Politics

Father Mike Lopez’s work with the homeless began with a case of mistaken identity.

Kings County Politics

David Prize finalists Dr. Suzette Brown and Dr. Robert Gore discuss trauma and racism as a barrier to improving care for all New Yorkers.

The New York Times

That’s the promise from organizers of the David Prize, a new contest that is seeking applicants with the best ideas of how to…

Fox 5 New York

New Yorkers who have a bold vision to make the city a better brighter place may want to apply for The David Prize, a million-dollar…

Spectrum News NY1

A billionaire wants to give New Yorkers $200,000, no strings attached. The catch? Make a powerful difference in the city you love.

DC 37 Podcast

An interview with The David Prize Executive Director Erika Boll elaborates on the annual award for NYC’s “boldest visionaries.”


New York City is getting its own version of the MacArthur “genius” grant.


Last week the Walentas Family Foundation announced “The David Prize,” a new $1 million award program that will support five…

Smart Cities World

Annual prize will award $200,000 to five “trailblazing individuals” who contribute to the social, environmental, economic, and cultural…


The David Prize invites New Yorkers who love, work and live in one of the five boroughs to submit their best ideas to make the city a…


Applications are open for the David Prize through December 1. The prize celebrates five New Yorkers who uniquely contribute to the…

Harlem World

Harlem business owner, Atim Annette Oton announced today in her Calabar Gallery newsletter that she is an advisor for The…