Brooklyn Accelerator: The Latest News for Brooklyn Nonprofits [July 2018]

July 18, 2018

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Did you know that Giving Tuesday is one of the best opportunities your organization has to attract new donors during the year? Data from 2017 shows that 1 in 4 donations made on Giving Tuesday was a first-time gift, and donors were much more likely to make donations to multiple organizations on Giving Tuesday than at any other point during the year!

To help Brooklyn organizations take advantage of all that Giving Tuesday has to offerand to encourage more Brooklynites to give in their own backyardswe have launched #BrooklynGives, a 24-hour local Giving Tuesday campaign at

We started #BrooklynGives as a way to drive additional funding and recognition to the finalists of our Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits; this year, thanks to overwhelming interest, we are opening #BrooklynGives participation to all Brooklyn 501c3 organizations! Last year, 20 participating organizations collectively raised $365,000; this year, our goal is to raise more than $1 million for Brooklyn nonprofits in just 24 hours on Tuesday, November 27, 2018!

And if you register now, you'll get an exclusive invitation to a Giving Tuesday fundraising workshop hosted by our partners at GiveGab on Wednesday, August 1st.

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Census 2020 Citizenship Question

This spring, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross added a Citizenship question to the 2020 Census, which he said at that time was in response to a request from the Justice Department to improve enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. We believe the new question will make it harder to get a fair and accurate Census. This in turn will affect our community and has implications for funders and nonprofit grantees alike.

If you are interested in learning more about the Census and the Citizenship question, we recommend these sites: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (see the section on “Census, Citizenship, and Immigration/Legal Status”), NALEO Educational Fund, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (see their debunking citizenship question myths).

The Commerce Department is accepting public comments on the Census until August 7. You can submit a comment letter on behalf of your organization about the citizenship question at

Insights to Impact Report 2018

We've just released our annual report highlighting strategic investments and leadership initiatives through our Community Fund, as well as spotlighting the generosity of our donors and donor advised funds. Take a moment to explore all the ways Brooklyn's community foundation is fueling impact across our borough!

View our Insights to Impact Report


Funding & Opportunities 

Brooklyn Community Foundation supports local immigrant rights efforts through its Immigrant Rights Fund’s Sustained Response and Action Fund grants. Sustained Response: The Foundation has issued a Request for Conversations with immigrant-serving organizations seeking support ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for organizing, mental health services, community safety, and legal services. Action Fund: Grant requests for up to $2,500 are considered on a rolling basis, and can support civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, public education, action planning, and event logistics. Learn more

Borealis Philanthropy has issued a Request for Proposals for its recently relaunched Immigration Litigation Fund. Established in 2015, ILF is a national funder collaborative whose goal is to ensure that the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. The fund will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until December 1, 2018. Apply Here. 

Rubin Foundation is accepting applications for Social Justice Arts Projects. The foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 in support of projects that embody ethical artistic practice, with an emphasis on the five boroughs of New York City. Deadline: September 14, 2018. Find out more here

Criminal Justice Initiative is seeking requests for SOS Rapid Response Grants to support groups that are fighting to reunite families separated by ICE, and groups that are defending refugees and immigrants targeted by the travel ban. Standard grant amounts are up to $2,500 Learn more here.

The Weinberg Foundation is seeking high-quality capital projects in Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, rural communities throughout the United States, and the State of Israel. The Foundation will consider capital projects that incorporate evidence-based best practices and provide direct services for low-income and vulnerable populations, including older adults, families, children, and youth. Projects will receive full consideration regardless of the requested grant amount—whether $100,000 or more than $1 million. Learn more here.

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is accepting proposals from non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada for community organizing campaigns aimed at creating systemic change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect the lives of those who have been excluded from resources, power, and the right to determination. The maximum grant award is $15,000, with most grants ranging between $6,000 and $8,000. Applications are due September 15, 2018. Learn more here.

The Herb Block Foundation is accepting applications for projects that defend basic freedoms. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of projects aimed at eliminating all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and that help government agencies be more accountable to the public. Letters of inquiry are due October 4, 2018. Learn more here.

TD Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its nonprofit employee training program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to eligible community-based organizations so that employees can attend an approved class/course that enhances their job performance. Learn more here.

Weissberg Foundation has announced the 2018-2020 Equitable Justice Fund. The fund will support small, community-based organizations that are building the leadership and advocacy capacity of system-impacted women, girls, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals of color to advance equity and change the narrative about who they are, what our criminal justice system is, and what it can be. Learn more here

WeWork has announced a Creator Award for nonprofits. They are looking for a registered NGO, charity, or nonprofit organization looking to establish or expand their efforts. Learn more and apply here.

Tapestry Collection by Hilton™ and Youth Service America are partnering to activate youth to organize projects that improve neighborhoods around new Tapestry Collection locations. Tapestry Collection grants of $1000 will be awarded to up to 5 youth, schools, youth development/afterschool programs, and community-based organizations in New York City to support youth-led projects that activate volunteers ages 12-25. Proposed projects should address a cause in the community (such as poverty, hunger, health and well-being, education, equality, safety, climate change, environment, peace, etc.) by either educating others, volunteering, advocating, or fundraising. Applications are due September 30, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit the application at

Around Brooklyn  

On August 9th, Youth Advocacy Corps is hosting Unspoken Words: A Discussion About Mental Health and Identity, day long summit for youth, by youth. It will include presentations by youth leaders and renowned educators, engaging conversations about mental health and social justice more generally, and more specific sessions focusing on the intersection of mental health and individual identity. Register here!

CUP (Center for Urban Pedagogy) is looking for community organizations and advocacy groups to partner on the 2019 issues of Making Policy Public. CUP seeks organizations who are working to address a policy issue that would benefit from visual explanation, and where the lack of understanding of this issue is leading to social injustice. They are also seeking proposals from organizations working on an issue of national significance and with the capacity for distribution in multiple locations across the U.S.Making Policy Public projects are eight- to ten-month collaborations of CUP, community organizations and design professionals. Click here to download the application guidelines and learn more about the program.

This October, 48in48 will host a massive hackathon, working directly with nonprofits to marketing themselves in a way they deserve. They will join forces with local agencies and individual professionals from the marketing, creative and technology industries to build 48 websites for 48 lucky nonprofits in our area. Register here by August 22.
Want to bring diverse perspective and social change expertise to your team? Consider hosting an Atlas Corps Fellow! Fellows are leaders in their home countries with 2-10 years of professional experience; they speak fluent English; and most hold post-graduate degrees. Fellows serve full-time for 12-18 months at U.S.-based organizations. Atlas Corps handles flights, visa, stipend, health coverage, taxes, etc., and the Host Organization contributes a cost share that covers a portion of program expenses. Email to learn more.

All Good Work is a nonprofit offering donated office space in Brooklyn and Manhattan for nonprofits and social enterprises. Space includes shared desks or private offices in coworking spaces or business centers for $50/month per person. Learn more

Brooklyn Creative League is offering nonprofits a 10% discount on office space in their Gowanus coworking facility. BCL is a welcoming coworking space for seasoned professionals, rooted in our local community. As a mission-driven company, it is committed to using coworking as an anchor for equitable neighborhood development. It gives 5% of profits to nonprofits and social enterprise, and is home to a community of nonprofits, small businesses, and independent professionals. Learn more

BRIC Stoop Share is a subsidized rental program for nonprofit organizations in the BRIC House neighborhood. The BRIC House neighborhood is defined as zip codes 11201, 11205, 11211, 11217, 11238, and 11251.

Citizens’ Committee for Children is seeking engaged New Yorkers as candidates for its Community Leadership Course. The Community Leadership Course, staffed by professionals and supported by Citizens’ Committee for Children’s volunteer corps, trains New Yorkers on advocacy efforts and data resources, NYC’s child serving programs and policies, and systems serving children in New York City. Learn more here.

Humanities New York now offers grants of $500 for in-person public humanities program​s​. These matching grants are ​intended for small and volunteer-run organizations. Available now, proposals ​shall be accepted on a rolling basis while funds last. Apply here.

The New York State Health Foundation has issued a request for proposals for its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans' Health program. Through the program, NYSHealth will sponsor the attendance of and presentations by community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations at local, state, and national conferences related to building healthy communities, empowering healthcare consumers, and meeting the needs of returning veterans and their families. Scholarships of up to $2,000 per person will be available for up to two attendees from each organization. Learn more here.

The Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice Leaders is a two-day, introductory training for those interested in the intersection of social justice and finance. The Institute exists to empower participants to understand, engage, challenge, and ultimately reclaim finance as a tool for social justice. The Institute provides a framework for the intersection of social justice and finance, where financial concepts are introduced within the practical context of social justice efforts. It will be held in New York City from September 21-22 and will cost $150 per person. Register and learn more here.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations 

Audre Lorde Project - Executive Director

Brooklyn Arts Council - Finance Coordinator

Red Hook Initiative - Director of Professional Development

Brooklyn Arts Exchange - Executive Director

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce - Senior Director, Membership

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce - Director. Foundation Support and Grants Management

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC - Executive Director

StoryCorps - Manager, HR Operations

The Nathan Cummings Foundation - Director, Racial and Economic Justice


Development & Communications

BeMore America - Business Development Manager

Brooklyn Arts Council - Finance Coordinator

Brooklyn Arts Council - Development and External Affairs Assistant

Center for Reproductive Rights - Digital Director

Center for Reproductive Rights - Marketing Director

Center for Reproductive Rights - Editorial Director

Common Justice - Digital Media Strategist

Demos - Associate Director, Foundation Relations

Exalt Youth - Development Director

Prospect Park Alliance - Manager, Institutional Giving

Red Hook Initiative - Employment Assistant

Red Hook Initiative - Community Relations and Administrative Associate

Safe Horizon - Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing

Staten Island Museum - Director of Development

Trinity Wall Street - Executive Assistant for the Chief Philanthropy Officer

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation - Digital Communications Associate


Programs & Services

Center for Urban Pedagogy - Director of Programs

Open Society Foundations - Program Officer - Economic Advancement Program

The Rockefeller Foundation - Senior Program Associate, Food Initiative



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