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February 2, 2017

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward

Need Office Space? 


Apply by February 17 for the next cohort of our Incubator Project!  

Emerging nonprofits, neighborhood groups and community leaders are encouraged to apply for the next phase of our Incubator Project residency!

Our 18-month program provides free co-working space in our Crown Heights headquarters, a $5,000 stipend for start-up costs, and capacity building support through our Brooklyn Accelerator.

Interested applicants are invited to an Open House on February 10 from 2-4PM.

Applications are due February 17.


Spark Prize Celebration!

First annual event spotlights Brooklyn's nonprofit sector

Join us for the Spark Prize Celebration on February 16 from 8-10AM at 501 Union to celebrate Brooklyn's nonprofit community as we recognize the five outstanding recipients of our inaugural $100,000 Spark Prize. Tickets are just $75.

Learn more


RFP for Social Enterprises for Young People and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals: Organizations are invited to plan and pilot, expand, or replicate social enterprises serving young people at risk of justice system involvement and/or reentering/formerly incarcerated individuals in New York City. Proposals are due Feb. 10, 2017 and must be submitted through the CJII application portal.

Through its Youth Service Improvement Grants program, the William T. Grant Foundation seeks to improve the lives of youth by supporting small to medium-size organizations in New York City that have already had some success but lack the funds to make needed improvements. The program awards grants of $25,000 to community-based organizations to improve the quality of the services they offer to young people between the ages of 5 and 25. Applications are due March 10, 2017.

The Buckminster Fuller Institute has announced a Request for Proposals for the 2017 Fuller Challenge. The institute invites activists, architects, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, scientists, students, and planners from all over the world to submit innovative solutions to some of humanity's most pressing problems. A $100,000 prize will be awarded to support the development and implementation of an outstanding strategy. In addition, BFI seeks to leverage further resources for finalists, semi-finalists, and select entrants through its network and Catalyst Program. Applications are due March 31, 2017.

Brooklyn Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its 18-month Incubator Project residency, which will award up to three start-up nonprofits, community groups, or community leaders with free co-working space within the Foundation’s office in Crown Heights and a stipend of up to $5,000 for start-up costs. Startup Brooklyn nonprofits and community leaders in need of affordable office space are encouraged to apply now through February 21.


A call for advocacy partners for Public Access Design is now open! Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) seeks NYC-based advocacy organizations and grassroots groups who are working on a pressing social justice issue that would benefit from visual explanation. Public Access Design projects are three- to six-month collaborations of CUP, community organizations, and design professionals. You can learn more about Public Access Design and our call for applications here.

Post Actions that Will Reach Thousands of Supporters: Information for Action is launching a free app that will find opportunities to take action to address a topic you're reading about in the news. Nonprofits and projects can post their opportunities and reach thousands of people. Contact John Toner at for more information.

Around Brooklyn 

Join #GetOrganizedBK for their next Full Group Meetings on February 6 and February 27 from 6:30PM at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place. Meetings begin with a panel discussion and program, followed up a breakout session with working groups to continue organizing and planning.

Councilmember Jumaane Williams and the New York Immigrant Coalition invite you to "State of Immigration State of Emergency" on February 8 from 6-8:30PM at the Flatbush YMCA, 1401 Flatbush Avenue.

Arab American Association of New York and Occupy Kensington invite you to a Bystander Intervention Training on February 2 from 7-9PM at PS 130 Library, 713 Caton Avenue. Empower yourself and your neighbors to stay safe in the face of hate crimes.

Haiti Cultural Exchange has opened submissions for the 4th Biennial Haiti Film Festival to be held May 11–14.The Festival welcomes submissions of feature-length and short films, in both the narrative and documentary categories. Films must be about Haiti and/or by Haitian directors. The submissions deadline is February 10.

JustLeadershipUSA invites you to rally to #CloseRikers at Mayor de Blasio's "State of the City" address at the Apollo Theater on February 13 from 6-8PM.

The Schomburg Junior Scholars invite youth (grades 5-12) from across the city to join them for the Black Lives Matter Teen Conference on February 18 from 10AM-3PM at the Schomburg Center, 515 Malcom X Boulevard, to explore the impact of the movement on the youth of today. The day will include activist teach-ins, youth-led panel discussions, teen performances, and interactive arts and media workshops. 

The 10th Annual CB14 Youth Conference will take place March 15 from 4-7PM at the Flatbush YMCA, 1401 Flatbush Avenue, to help local teens find jobs, internships, and other opportunities within the communities of Flatbush, Midwood, parts of Kensington and beyond. Registration is free and open to all youth ages 12-21. If your organization or business has opportunities for young adults and would like to participate by hosting a table, you can fill out the organization registration form on the site. 

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations 

Dancewave - Managing Director

NYC Environmental Justice Alliance - Deputy Director

Mixteca Organization - Executive Director

Brooklyn Defender Services - Human Resources Director

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund - Client and Operations Administrator 

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Foundation Associate


Development & Communications

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking - Development and Communications Associate 

Pioneer Works - Director of Development 

Black Alliance for Just Immigration - Communications Manager

Make the Road New York - Major Gifts Manager

The New York Women's Foundation - Vice President, Development

BRIC - Director of Communications and Marketing

exalt youth - Director of Development

Red Hook Initiative - Director of Development

Center for Anti-Violence Education - Development Manager 

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Director of Development


Programs & Services

Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity - Program Director 

Arab American Family Support Center - Youth Program Coordinator 

Brownsville Community Justice Center - Youth Advocate

Fifth Avenue Committee - Director of Advocacy and Organizing 

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Program Director

Make the Road New York - Co-Director of Organizing 

IMPACCT Brooklyn - Community Organizer

S.O.S Bed-Stuy - Violence Interrupter  

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Summer Institute Faculty / Teaching Artist


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