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Crown Heights charity receives $1M award from MacKenzie Scott foundation Yield Giving

Over 6,300 organizations nationwide answered the open call for this grant program

April 1, 2024 Special from PRO BONO BROOKLYN
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Pro Bono Brklyn (box logo)CROWN HEIGHTS — New Heights Youth, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Crown Heights, has been awarded one million dollars in support from a foundation formed by MacKenzie Scott, former wife of Jeff Bezos. The foundation, Yield Giving, “works with people in places experiencing the greatest need in the United States.”

Founded in 2005, New Heights Youth, Inc. is a New York City-based non-profit organization located in Crown Heights that uses sports to help young people rise to their potential physically, emotionally, socially and academically. Through a variety of after-school, weekend and summer programs, New Heights engages over 1,500 youth annually, the majority of whom represent communities that have historically been excluded from opportunity due to race or economic status.

In March 2023, Yield Giving launched an Open Call for community-led, community-focused organizations whose explicit purpose is to enable individuals and families to achieve substantive improvement in their well-being through foundational resources.

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New Heights Youth

“We are enormously grateful to Mackenzie Scott and Yield Giving for recognizing New Heights and our value to young people in New York City. This grant comes at an especially exciting time for us as we are completing a new strategic plan that will widen our reach and deepen our impact in the community. In the coming months, New Heights will launch several new initiatives for hundreds of additional youth and their families — and this funding will be the driving force behind our growth,” said Ted Smith, Executive Director of New Heights Youth, Inc.

The Open Call received 6,353 applications and initially planned for 250 awards of $1 million each. In the Fall of 2023, organizations top-rated by their peers advanced to a second round of review by an external Evaluation Panel recruited for experience relevant to this cause and underwent a final round of due diligence. In light of the incredible work of these organizations, as judged by their peers and external panelists, the donor team decided to expand the awardee pool and the award amount.

New Heights Youth“We are excited that our partnership with Yield Giving has resonated with so many organizations,” said Cecilia Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change. “In a world teeming with potential and talent, the Open Call has given us an opportunity to identify, uplift, and empower transformative organizations that often remain unseen.”

More information on the Yield Giving Open Call and other initiatives can be found at


New Heights Youth, Inc.

Founded in 2005, New Heights Youth, Inc. is a New York City-based non-profit organization that combines sports programming with a full range of educational and mentoring services that support college and career readiness, social-emotional learning, and physical and mental health for youth who come from marginalized and under-resourced communities. The organization’s mission is to educate and empower promising underserved youth to be leaders, champions and student-athletes by developing the skills necessary for success in high school, college and life.


Yield Giving

Established by MacKenzie Scott to share a financial fortune created through the effort of countless people, Yield Giving is named after a belief in adding value by giving up control. To date, Yield’s network of staff and advisors has yielded over $16,500,000,000 to 1,900+ non-profit teams to use as they see fit for the benefit of others. To learn more, visit

New Heights Youth

Lever for Change

Lever for Change connects donors with bold solutions to the world’s biggest problems — including issues like racial inequity, gender inequality, lack of access to economic opportunity, and climate change. Using an inclusive, equitable model and due diligence process, Lever for Change creates customized challenges and other tailored funding opportunities. Top-ranked teams and challenge finalists become members of the Bold Solutions Network — a growing global network that helps secure additional funding, amplify members’ impact, and accelerate social change. Founded in 2019 as a nonprofit affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Lever for Change has influenced over $1.7 billion in grants to date and provided support to more than 145 organizations. To learn more, visit

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