Six Start-Up Nonprofits Committed to Racial Justice Come To Gowanus

Brooklyn Community Foundation and Brooklyn Creative League Announce “Incubator Project” Winners

Six Brooklyn-based nonprofit organizations were announced as winners of the 2019-2020 Incubator Project, a partnership between Brooklyn Community Foundation and Brooklyn Creative League (BCL) to support start-up nonprofits and emerging community leaders in Brooklyn. The nonprofits selected will each receive 18 months of rent-free coworking space at BCL, a $5,000 seed grant, professional development support, access to BCL’s collaborative coworking community, and more.

The 2019-2020 Incubator Project winners are: BlackSpace - a collective of Black residents, changemakers, urban planners, architects, artists, activists, designers, and leaders working to protect and create Black spaces; BUFU: By Us for Us - a group of four Brooklyn-based queer femme artists and organizers facilitating conversations on the sociopolitical relationship between black and Asian diasporas; Documented - a nonprofit news site devoted to covering New York City’s immigrants and the policies that affect their lives; Incredible Credible Messengers - a nonprofit developed by credible messengers with lived experience in the justice system to serve returning citizens and their families; Rebellious Root - a New York City based, worker-owned cooperative dedicated to equity, social justice and collective liberation that works towards justice and social change through trainings, curriculum design, and intentional conversations; and The Women’s Organizing Network - a network that advances the leadership of women organizers, particularly women of color, and supports social justice community organizing groups to integrate an intersectional gender analysis to issue campaigns.

Brooklyn Community Foundation - the first and only foundation dedicated to Brooklyn’s nonprofit community - created the Incubator Project in 2015 to develop nonprofit organizations at its Crown Heights headquarters. In order to expand the program, the Foundation has partnered with BCL, which will provide workspace to the cohort at its headquarters in Gowanus. BCL, now in its 10th anniversary year, is a collaborative workspace for seasoned professionals, rooted in community.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with Brooklyn Creative League, who is opening its doors to emerging nonprofit leaders in this unique way,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President & CEO Cecilia Clarke. “As Brooklyn’s community foundation, we want to think outside traditional models of support for nonprofits and fuel new ideas that spark social change across the borough. This is an outstanding group of innovators and social justice advocates whom we hope to foster as they build and develop their projects.”

“With open arms, we welcome these committed and passionate trailblazers to Brooklyn Creative League,” said Erin Carney, cofounder of BCL along with husband and business partner, Neil Carlson. “We hope to provide space not only to grow, but also to turbo-power their operations through proximity to, and collaboration with, our creative community. Over the years, BCL has been home to scores of successful nonprofits who have blazed paths to success. We’re also home to some of the most innovative creative professionals and small businesses in the borough. We’ve seen firsthand how nonprofits thrive in BCL’s unique environment.”

The Incubator Project is a signature program of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn Accelerator, a hub of information exchange that builds the capacity of Brooklyn nonprofit organizations.

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About Brooklyn Community Foundation
Brooklyn Community Foundation is on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. It is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to bolster vital nonprofits, strengthen neighborhoods, and increase opportunities for youth. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided over $40 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org.

About Brooklyn Creative League
Now in its tenth anniversary year, Brooklyn Creative League (BCL) was one of the first coworking spaces to open in the United States. BCL creates extraordinary coworking spaces and cultivates authentic professional communities. We support companies and individuals who share a commitment to community, collaboration, and mutual benefit. Together, we create businesses, communities, and local economies that are vibrant, inclusive, resilient, and just. BCL is committed to using coworking as a tool to nurture “community capitalism” - successful, sustainable, community-minded businesses that balance private profits with the public good. We believe that business, structured thoughtfully and managed with integrity, can help create a more resilient and equitable economy - and a better, more just society. Learn more at http://brooklyncreativeleague.co/.

About the Incubator Project
The Incubator Project supports nonprofits, community groups, and community leaders working to advance equity and racial justice in Brooklyn and beyond. Other priority considerations include organizations that are led by directly affected communities and people of color; are in operation for at least a year; have a stable and committed board of directors or advisory board; and have an operating budget of $250,000 or less. Previous Incubator Project recipients include criminal justice advocate Marlon Peterson, unconscious bias consultants Be More, emerging community-based nonprofits The Alex House Project, Youth Advocacy Corps, and Domestic Workers United, and social justice think-tank Movement Netlab. For more on specific details of the award, visit http://bcfny.org/incubator-details