Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits [December 2018]

December 12, 2018

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward 

Our News

#BrooklynGives Raises $565,000+ for 93 Nonprofits!

This past Giving Tuesday, thousands of Brooklynites made the effort to give where they live. Thanks to the hard work of local nonprofits and the generosity of over 2,200 donors, we were able to raise over $565,000 for 93 Brooklyn nonprofits!

Exalt Youth raised the most amount of funds at $47,424.74 and Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger had the most donors at 310. Check out the full leaderboard to see how your organization compared!

Huge thanks to all participants and donors!

Read the recap on our blog

Announcing our Invest in Youth Grantees

We are pleased to announce our support for 71 local organizations through our Invest in Youth initiative this year. This brings our total annual funding for youth-focused nonprofit programs to $2.8 million--an increase of $250,000 over last year’s grantmaking.

Learn more on our blog

Staff Transitions

This month we welcome a new member to our Program team, while we say farewell to another:

  • Sabrina Hargrave is the Foundation’s newest Program Officer, bringing over a decade of experience in performance management and program evaluation in research, nonprofit, and philanthropic settings. Welcome Sabrina!
  • Our VP of Programs Kaberi Banerjee Murthy has departed the Foundation (and Brooklyn!) to become the Director of Program Strategy at Meyer Memorial Trust in Portland, Oregon. Many thanks to Kaberi for her dedication to Brooklyn’s communities—we wish her all the best in her newest endeavor on the West Coast.


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 here.

The ADCO Foundation is accepting proposals from 501(c)(3) organizations to support reproductive justice leadership and community organizing initiatives. Grants will be up to $20,000. The deadline to apply is January 5.

Arcus Foundation published a Request for Concepts for organizations looking for funding to support LGBTQ social justice work. The deadline to apply is January 22.

Brooklyn Arts Council’s fiscal sponsorship program, the Arts + Innovation Incubator, is accepting applications from emerging organizations without 501(c)(3) status to raise funds for nonprofit activities. Activities are considered nonprofit in nature when they are undertaken for the greater good of the public and community. The deadline to apply is December 31.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation will award grants of up to $500 to educators in support of special activities and events outside the standard curriculum. Any public school or library is eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted until March 31.

Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing is accepting grant applications for the Learning & Exchange Fund. Selected youth organizing groups will receive up to $5,000 to engage in peer-to-peer learning exchange projects with other organizing entities. Applications must be submitted by December 14.

The Impact Fund provides grants to nonprofit legal firms, private attorneys, and small law firms working to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and poverty law. Through the fund’s litigation program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of public interest litigation. The deadline for Letters of Interest is January 8; read about the complete guidelines here.

The International Reading Association is accepting applications for the 2018 Regie Routman Teacher Recognition grant. They will award $2,500 to an outstanding elementary school teacher dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing across the curriculum in grades K-6. The deadline to apply is March 15; access the application here.

The Judith C. Jones Fellowship supports the leadership of grassroots trainers and organizers of color to build power and skills. The fellowship is structured around three key components: 1) two in-person retreats; 2) monthly coaching sessions; and 3) skill-building opportunities, including workshops and webinars. The deadline to apply is January 10.

The Momentum Digital Skillshare is a place where organizers, campaigners, technologists, and others come together to share the behind-the-scenes story of their work, teach each other skills, and build relationships with smart and generous peers. The next skillshare will run February 28-March 3. The deadline to apply is December 14.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is accepting applications for the fifth cycle of the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship, which provides three individuals with up to $150,000 to turn an inspired idea in the field of social justice into a world-changing reality. Apply by December 14 to be considered.

The National Endowment for Democracy is seeking proposals for projects that advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. They will award grants of up to $50,000 over twelve months to the chosen groups. Apply by December 21.

The New York State Health Foundation is accepting applications for its Special Projects Fund. All projects must have an impact on New Yorkers either at a local, regional, or statewide level. Special Projects Fund awards should be considered one-time, non-renewable funding opportunities. Applications are due March 5 at 1pm.

Park Slope Civic Council is accepting applications for grants to be awarded to community groups for projects in the arts, education, youth programs, and civic improvement. Applications will be evaluated on their responsiveness to the needs of the community, its residents, and the merits of the program proposal. Apply by December 14.

The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education is offering grants of $500 to New York City teachers of all disciplines. They will fund innovative projects for classroom teachers who seek to enhance their classroom lessons with creative activities. Access the application here.

ReFrame’s Mentorship Program, a hands-on strategic communications mentorship program, supports economic, racial, and climate justice organizations and campaigns to integrate communications as a core strategy and develops the next generation of social justice communications. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until February 8.

Resist, a foundation that supports people’s movements for justice and liberation, is accepting applications for their General Support, Multi-Year, Accessibility, and Rapid Response grants. Learn more about the grants and application instructions here.

The Scherman Foundation's Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund is accepting Letters of Intent for 2019 Strengthening New York Communities projects. The program will support projects that address the critical needs of low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. The fund will make up to three multi-year grants (up to three years) that range from $100,000-$150,000 per year. Apply by January 9 for full consideration.

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.

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.

Around Brooklyn  

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 here.

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 here.

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.

Careers in the Common Good Summer in New York City (CCG in NYC) is accepting applications from employers interested in hosting a Brown summer intern in 2019. The deadline to apply is January 11.

VOCAL-NY and the FreeNY Campaign are hosting A National Conversation on Bail Reform, an evening conversation between activists and experts from across the country who are addressing jail, bail, and pre-trial detention in a variety of ways. The event will take place on December 14 at St. Francis College. RSVP for free here.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - Deputy Director

Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project - Staff Attorney

Center for HIV Law and Policy - Staff Attorney

Drive Change - Chief Operations Officer

EMpower - Vice President, Organizational Development and Global Operations

FJC - Chief Executive Officer

Ford Foundation - Technology Fellow

Funders for LGBTQ Issues - Executive and Operations Assistant


Development & Communications

Bessemer Trust - Associate Client Advisor (Donor Advised Fund)

Catholic Charities - Director of Leadership Gifts

Catholic Charities - Major Gifts Officer

Center for Family Representation - Development & Communications Assistant

Community Voices Heard - Development Associate

Drive Change - Senior Development Manager

Milbank Memorial Fund - Communications Director

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation - Director of Communications

National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund - Prospect Research and Development Coordinator

NYC Kids RISE - Communications Manager

NYC Kids RISE - Director of Communications

Physicians for Human Rights - Campaigns & Outreach Organizer

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors - Marketing and Communications Associate

Simons Foundation - Grants Assistant, Life Sciences

United Negro College Fund - Area Development Director


Programs & Services

Audre Lorde Project - TransJustice Program Coordinator

Center for Economic and Social Rights - Program Officer, Human Rights in Economic and Social Policy

Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. - Policy Associate

Mothers Out Front - New York State Organizing Manager (Remote)

New York Counts 2020 - Census Field Manager - Brooklyn, Queens, Albany

Open Society Foundations - Program Officer, International Migration Initiative

Open Society Foundations - Program Officer, U.S. Justice Team

Right to Counsel NYC Coalition - Coalition Campaign Organizer

Stockade Works - Program & Administrative Manager

UNICEF - Coordinator, UNICEF Next Generation

Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) - Co-op Preservation Project Associate (Bilingual)

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