Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Nonprofits - April 2022

May 3, 2022

Our News

Apply Now: $100,000 Spark Prize 

Does your nonprofit "spark" change in Brooklyn? If so, apply today for our $100,000 Spark Prize—awarded to five local organizations annually that exemplify our commitment to racial justice and community-led change. To be eligible, applicants must be in operation for more than five years and have a minimum budget of $200,000. Deadline to apply: June 24, 2022

Work With Us! 

Chief Operating Officer: This Spring, our current Chief Operating Officer Sarah Shannon will transition to a role that solely manages our growing Donor Advised Fund program, which will create an opening for a new team member to join us! The Chief Operating Officer manages our growth and future expansion plans while overseeing, creating, and revising our organization’s ongoing procedures and operations to ensure we are moving towards our mission. The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to racial equity, especially as it applies to Brooklyn communities. 

Program Officer: This position is responsible for leading key community-driven programs, managing grantmaking portfolios, maintaining the integrity of grant information, and assisting with policy and advocacy efforts. To further the Foundation’s strategic priorities, the Program Officer develops relationships and works closely with community residents, leaders and other external partners. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and analytical skills, a clear commitment to racial justice, in-depth knowledge of the Brooklyn nonprofit sector, a learning orientation and humility, and will be a team player capable of putting the common good first. 

RFP: Strategic Planning Consultant

We are seeking proposals from experienced strategic planning consultants to design and facilitate a participatory planning process, frame and summarize key findings, and lead staff to create a 3–5-year strategic plan for the organization. We are looking to engage not only the staff and the Board of Directors, but also stakeholders from the many varied communities across Brooklyn we serve. Deadline to apply: June 1, 2022

Due April 29: Invest in Youth LOIs

Our Invest in Youth grant program supports Brooklyn-serving organizations working to ensure that young people in our borough have the opportunity and agency to achieve social and economic success for themselves and their communities. We provide multi-year, general operating support of up to $45,000 per year for three years to groups aligned with our values and eligibility criteria. Deadline to apply: April 29, 2022


Funding Opportunities

THRIVE! provides unrestricted funds for those who have all too often been outside the grantmaking sector’s funding opportunities to include Black theaters, Indigenous theaters, and Theaters of Color (BITOC) based in the United States (including Tribal Nations and U.S. Territories) which are closely connected to and positively impact their chosen communities. THRIVE! aims to ease some of the pressures that BITOC face in fundraising by investing in their staff and artists and helping their organizational success beyond the scope of artistic projects and programming.

North Star Fund is now accepting applications for its Hudson Valley, New York City, and Let Us Breathe Fund organizing grants. Let Us Breathe Fund supports Black-led organizations building collective power through grassroots organizing, and New York City grants support organizations whose primary strategy is grassroots organizing. Grants provide up to $20,000 annually. Deadline: April 25, 2022

Together Women Rise is an educational giving circle whose members meet monthly, learn about featured and ongoing programs, and donate together to support grassroots international programs that empower women and girls living in extreme poverty. The group is now accepting letters for projects that address one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, create lasting change in the lives of the women and/or girls who are affected, and provide solutions that have been identified by the women and/or girls being served that include their perspectives. Applicants may request between $35,000 and $50,000 to be distributed over two years. Deadline: April 24, 2022. 

Brooklyn Public Library's PowerUP! Business Plan Competition give winners up to $20,000 to start a business in Brooklyn. You’ll attend classes, meet local business mentors, learn how to write a business plan, gain valuable financial and marketing skills, and compete for cash prizes to help fund your dream. To participate, you must attend one orientation webinar in April. Deadline: May 1, 2022

Radical Reset
 is funding 10 weekends of rest and rejuvenation for BIPOC women changemakers who work tirelessly, give selflessly, and rarely take time for themselves. A $1,000 stipend and programmatic support for BIPOC women to experience a solo weekend of rest. Grants can be used to fund a solo 3-night stay (lodging, transportation, meals, and activities) in a location of your choice during the summer of 2022. Deadline: May 1, 2022

Mutual of American Financial Group's Community Partnership Award will recognize five outstanding partnerships that stimulate new and innovative ideas to address social issues through collaboration with public, private, and/or other social service sector organizations. One organization will receive the Thomas J. Moran Award, which is given to the national award-winning program and includes $100,000 and a documentary video about the program. The remaining four organizations are named honorable mention recipients, and each receives $50,000. Deadline: May 1, 2022

PennPAC is now accepting applications for fall 2022 pro-bono consulting projects from New York City and Philadelphia based nonprofits. Your organization can be considered for an 8-10 week project or a 6-8 week mini project. PennPAC can help with a customized project in any of these areas: Financial analysis, funding strategy, growth planning, marketing strategy, operations strategy, organization structure, and program analysis. All projects will launch in September 2022. If you would like to discuss a potential project or have any questions about the application process, please email Deadline: May 2, 2022

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) is pleased to launch the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Cultural Development Fund (CDF) application for New York City not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations. In FY23, DCLA will institute reforms to the CDF process, largely unchanged since 2008. DCLA’s research and review have been conducted through an equity lens, specifically focused on increasing access and inclusion. Deadline: May 16, 2022

Funding for Childcare Providers: $70 million in grant funding is available to assist new child care programs and providers with start-up costs, staff recruitment, training and more. See if you qualify for funding to become a licensed child care provider. Deadline: May 19, 2022


Events + Workshops

Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management's Consulting Day 2022 connects nonprofit professionals with experienced nonprofit consultants for free consultations via Zoom on Thursday, April 28th, 2022. There are two sessions, a morning session and an afternoon session. Each session consists of concurrent breakout rooms where clients meet with their consultants for approximately one hour.

Join the Center for Anti-Violence Education for free upcoming workshops this spring: The NonProfit HelpDesk invites you to FREE ONLINE workshops this spring for small and emerging nonprofits and will focus on key skills, operating areas, and best practices to help you work smarter. Topics include fundraising, leadership development, governance, financial management, and marketing.

Join the Advocacy Institute on Thursday, May 19th from 2:00 to 3:30PM to discuss pathways to the successful implementation of laws after you have campaigned to pass a bill. By the end of the session, participants will know how to successfully implement and monitor a bill that has become law. Trainings are open to policy advocates, organizers, community members, volunteers, and others working toward a more just and equitable New York. 

The Bridge 2022 is a groundbreaking, 16-week vision for mentorship-based education, designed in collaboration with ASMP New York to help talented young artists build community with their peers, define their own success, and take confident steps towards achieving a sustainable career in the world of photography and art. If you're between the ages of 18-26 and residing in the 5 boroughs, you are eligible to apply for their 2022 season. To apply, visit Deadline: May 20, 2022

Youth Communication’s Summer Writing Workshop: All participants receive a $1000 stipend for completing at least one story in the workshop. Deadline: May 13, 2022

A Bookkeeping Cooperative facilitates customized financial education workshops this spring for cooperatives, nonprofits, businesses, fellowship cohorts, organizing and capacity-building groups. 

The Asian American Federation's mental health directory aims to make sure every Asian New Yorker who needs mental health care is able to receive it in a language they speak, from providers who understand Asian cultures. This directory is meant to help individuals and families find a provider to fit their needs, whether that means counseling, education, or the many ways that communities seek mental well-being.

NYS Nonprofit Equitable Economies Coalition would like to hear from New York City and State nonprofit organizations about their organizational structure, and procurement policies and practices to learn about best practices and/or challenges you encounter around contracting BIPOC vendors. Those interested are invited to fill out the 15-20 minute survey. Please note that the survey requires someone who has expertise in your agency's procurement policies, practices and data points. You will also need to have on hand organizational demographic data. 

Just Futures is conducting research on the needs and aspirations nonprofits have around retirement, and a landscape scan of existing movement-led regenerative finance efforts. If you are part of the nonprofit workforce and have thoughts about retirement, they want to hear from you.

Nonprofit New York's Referral Center is public database of vetted-for-you vendors who can help you reduce costs and increase productivity by outsourcing back-office tasks.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

ALIGN NY - Deputy Director
The Audre Lorde Project - Executive Director
BRIC Arts Media Brooklyn - President 
Brooklyn Community Foundation - Chief Operating Officer
Common Justice - Director of Partnerships and Replication
Giving Gap - Director of Strategic PartnershipsSpecial Assistant to CEO
New Immigrant Community Empowerment - Executive Director
TakeRoot Justice -  Executive Director
The New York Women’s Foundation - Director, National Young Women’s Initiative
VOCAL - NY - Chief of StaffFinance Manager
Young New Yorkers - Executive Director 


Development & Communications

ABFE - Manager of Communications and Marketing
Anat Gerstein, Inc. -  Public Relations Account ExecutiveVP, Social Service Practice Area
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations - Individual Giving and Communications Coordinator
Brooklyn Boatworks - Development Officer
Brotherhood Sister Sol - Senior Manager of Events & Communications
Center for Court Innovation - Director, Development
Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund - Senior Associate for Development 
Common Justice - Director of Communications
Communities United for Police Reform - Director of CommunicationsDirector of Development 
Fort Greene Park Conservancy - Development & Communications Associate
Giving Gap - Community Manager
Gowanus Canal Conservancy - Communications & Office Manager
Haiti Cultural Exchange - Communications Coordinator
Osborne Association - VP of Development
Red Hook Initiative - Senior Manager of Individual Giving 
Right to Counsel NYC Coalition (RTCNYC) - Communications Internship
Spark Youth NYC - Operations & Development Associate
St. Ann’s Warehouse - Manager of Individual Giving
STEM From Dance - Associate, Development, and Communications
UnionDocs - Director of Development
Worker’s Justice Project - Multiple Positions

Programs & Services

ABFE - Director of Philanthropic Advising ServicesTrainer/Advisor, Philanthropic Advising Services
AfroResistance - Race, Gender and Migration Coordinator
Anat Gerstein, Inc. -  Account Associate
Arab American Association of New York - Coalition Organizer 
Brooklyn Community Foundation - Program Officer
Brooklyn Public Library - Corporate Engagement Manager
Brotherhood Sister Sol - Office Administrator
Center for Court Innovation - Multiple positions
The Center for Popular Democracy - Multiple positions
City Growers - Director of EducationFarm Workshop & Farm to Youth Educator
Girls for Gender Equity - Multiple positions
Gowanus Canal Conservancy - Youth Program Senior Manager 
Haiti Cultural Exchange - Event Producer 
Howard Gilman Foundation - Program Officer
Make the Road New York - Civil Rights and Immigration Lead OrganizerSenior Salesforce Administrator
Make the Road States - Compliance Manager
NYC Kids RISE - Director, Community Learning and Training Institute
Release Aging People in Prison Campaign - Clemency Campaign DirectorNYC Canvasser 
RiseBoro Community Partnership - Multiple positions
Southside United Housing Development Corporation - Programs Grant Accountant
VOCAL - NY - Housing Campaigns DirectorNYC Political Coordinator


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