Brooklyn Accelerator News – Free Board Development and Racial Justice Programs for Nonprofits

October 1, 2015

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward

New Brooklyn Accelerator Programs

Calling All BK NPOs: Apply Now for Board Matchmaking Mixer 

On Thursday, November 5th we'll be hosting a fun and informal board matchmaking mixer to introduce Brooklynites who want to give back in our communities to a variety of excellent local nonprofits seeking new board members.

Sign up now for your organization to be considered for this event! Space is very limited, so we will be vetting applications to ensure a diverse mix of groups. This is the first of many future board matching events to help build the capacity of our sector.

Racial Justice Training for Nonprofit Managers 

We are pleased to announce our first-ever racial justice program. On Thursday, November 12th, we will host a free full-day training, "Advancing Racial Justice within Your Organization: A Workshop for Nonprofit Managers."

National experts Cynthia Silva Parker and Nayantara Sen will facilitate discussions on:

  • Language and analysis on institutional and structural racism
  • Importance of addressing racial justice in your organization
  • Racial equity tools and protocols
  • Models and success stories
  • Action steps for operationalizing racial equity

Space is limited and registration is required. Due to space limitations, we ask that only one staff member per organization participates in this training.

Questions about these programs? Email or call 718.480.7500. 

Opportunities & Funding

Do you know an educator with a bright idea? The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education provides grants to middle and high school teachers for innovative projects that can bring valuable enrichment opportunities to students. Please visit The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education's website for more details.

Are you or a youth you know interested in community leadership and advocacy? Apply here to become a youth delegate with your local Neighborhood Advisory Board through the Resilience Advocacy Project.

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is offering grants of up to $100,000 to arts and cultural organizations for projects that embody ethical artistic practice and broaden public access to art in New York. The deadline for RFP submission is November 1st. Find more details and guidelines here.

Looking for tools and knowledge to advocate for change in your neighborhood? The Municipal Art Society of New York (MASNYC) provides free community engagement coaching and workshops for nonprofit organizations in partnership with the NYC Department of Small Business Services. To request this program and view guidelines, apply here.

Local Arts Support offers support to performances, exhibitions, pop-up galleries, workshops and more across Brooklyn through the New York State Council on the Arts. Apply for project funding by October 1st.

Creative Coalitions Commission invites artists in Brownsville, East Bushwick and East New York to apply for $2,500 to support socially-engaged and community involved art projects. Apply for project funding by October 1st.

Columbia University School of Social Work will host an Introduction to Peacemaking Circles training with Kay Pranis, October 23rd - 25th. Participants will learn skills on conflict resolution, community building and restorative justice. The training will focus largely on working with young people. To register or for more information, contact Eli Strauss.


Around Brooklyn

October 3 - 11th is the 6th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout. Join the Dignity in Schools Campaign in actions across the country, including a restorative justice training at the High School for Fashion Industries on October 3rd.

Common Justice and John Jay College of Criminal Justice host "Beyond Innocence: Toward a Framework for Serving All Survivors of Crime" on Thursday, October 8th at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The conversation features panelists from victim and community advocacy organizations and is moderated by Danielle Sered, Director of Common Justice. Register to attend here.

Brooklyn Historical Society presents several panel discussions throughout the month of October, including "Why New York? Our Bail System is Broken" on October 6th, "The Changing Face of Activism" on October 8th, and "Life After Surveillance in Bay Ridge's Muslim Community" on October 20th. Find more information on these and other events at the BHS website.

Registration is open for the 2015-16 season at Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy. Whether it's dance, music or martial arts, children of all ages can learn and perform through the many programs offered. Find more information here.

Employment Listings

Executive Assistant to Chief Operations Officer - Avaaz Foundation

Senior Operations Officer - Avaaz Foundation

Bookkeeper - Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger

Public Relations Manager - Brooklyn Community Services

Visitor Services Associate - Brooklyn Navy Yard

VP of Operations - Defy Ventures

High School Afterschool Program Director - El Puente

Vice President/Director Development, East Coast - Epic Foundation

Director of Finance - Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Development & Communications Associate - Green City Force

Support Services Manager - Green City Force

Managing Development Director - iMentor

Development Manager - Immigration Equality

General Manager - LAVA

Executive Director - The Marshall Project

Associate Development Director - MoCADA

Development Manager - MoCADA

Executive Director - New York Memory Center

Managing Editor/Multimedia Manager - Philanthropy New York

Communications Associate - NoVo Foundation

Senior Advisor for Mental Health - NYC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives

Technical Specialist - Older Adults Technology Services

Assistant Landscape Architect - Prospect Park Alliance

Fellow - Resource Generation

Program Director, PS 94 - SCO Family of Services

Program Director, Learning to Work Program - St. Nicks Alliance

Associate Director, Institutional Giving - StoryCorps

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