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April 7, 2017


Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward

Grant Opportunities!

Apply for $100,000 Spark Prize April 10th - May 12th

Our Spark Prize returns this spring as we once again honor 5 outstanding Brooklyn nonprofits with $100,000 each in general operating support, in addition to up to $5,000 in matching grants for the 20 finalists.  

The Spark Prize recognizes nonprofits that are dedicated to Brooklyn's communities, demonstrate strong organizational values, are deeply committed to equity and justice, and have a dynamic vision for the future of their work. Brooklyn nonprofits of all backgrounds and focus areas are encouraged to apply.

This year's application is open April 10th - May 12th to organizations with five years of service to Brooklyn’s communities and annual operating budgets over $350,000. Get started at

Application Clinic

If your organization is interested in learning more about this unique funding opportunity, sign up now for our Application Clinic on Thursday, April 20 from 2-3:30pm. Registration is required and space is limited. Sign up now to secure your spot.

Action Fund: Up to $2,500 for Civil Resistance and Organizing

With our $1-million Immigrant Rights Fund, we have launched a new Action Fund to provide swift and flexible support for community organizing and civil resistance activities that include:

  • protest planning and logistics 
  • outreach and community building events
  • bystander trainings
  • public education programs

Grants of up to $2,500 are awarded on a rolling basis with rapid turnaround for immediate use. Applicants are asked to apply in partnership with immigrant-serving nonprofits or fiscally sponsored groups. Costs can include supplies, printing, and transportation.

Please share this opportunity widely

We're Hiring!

Brooklyn Community Foundation is seeking a Director of Major Gifts to develop and execute an individual major donor program in support of our the mission to spark lasting change for a fair and just Brooklyn. 

Learn more about this exciting opportunity to join our team!


Ben and Jerry's Foundation supports organizations working to bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. One-year grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofit, grassroots community-organizing groups in the United States working to further social and environmental justice and in support of sustainable and just-food systems. Pre-proposals must be received no later than April 14th.

Apply for the 2017 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards to strengthen your organization's management performance. Winners share innovative and replicable practices and compete for $60,000 in prize money as well as scholarships to Columbia Business School’s nonprofit management courses. Applications are due by April 21st at 5pm. All operating 501(c)(3) nonprofits in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester are eligible and encouraged to apply.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is an initiative of The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation. In 2017 up to ten Prizes will be awarded to those – nonprofits and mission-driven for-profits – tackling our country’s most pressing needs through social innovation. The Prize will provide up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses. Interested individuals or teams may apply through April 28th.  

The Hill-Snowdon Foundation, in partnership with the General Service Foundation, is launching the Defending the Dream Fund to provide expedited resources to grassroots organizing groups that are working to protect targeted communities in the Trump era and defend the core principles of equity and justice. The Fund is a one-year initiative and will make grants up to $10,000 each. Requests for funding are accepted from March 31st to May 1st and from July 31st to September 1st. Learn more and apply

MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award is accepting nominations until May 1st. The $250,000 award will go to a person or group engaged in extraordinary disobedience for the benefit of society. Specifically, action that changes society in positive ways and is consistent with a set of key principles that include non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions.

Applications are now open for Brooklyn Arts Council's 2017 East Brooklyn Capacity Building Award. Organizations are invited to describe a project that uniquely supports the overall stabilization of their operations. Awards of $5,000 will be distributed for direct costs related to a project that addresses the organization's capacity-building needs. Deadline: Friday, May 5th.


The CRE Rising Fund was developed out of CRE’s mission to serve nonprofit organizations that have deep roots in their communities and are working to fight poverty and advance opportunity. Through the fund, expert CRE consultants partner with small nonprofits to complete no-cost consulting engagements. To apply, organizations are asked to define a specific project that they would like CRE’s assistance with. The deadline to apply is April 28th. Click here for more details and to apply.

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is offering two workshops from the Management Center designed to support new managers to take their skills to the next level, especially managers of color and staff who are in line to take over as the organization's next executive director. Trainings are free to grantees of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, North Star Fund, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation: 

  • Managing to Change the World: April 25-26, 10am-5:30pm - A two-day training on key management practices that help visionary leaders deliver on their aspirations. Through this highly practical training, participants will explore and practice tools that differentiate high-performing organizations—from effectively assigning roles and responsibilities and setting goals, to hiring a diverse team of superstars, managing across lines of difference, and giving effective, and unbiased feedback
  • Owning the Work: April 28th, 10am-5:30pm - A one-day crash course designed to leave staff empowered and equipped to drive their work forward even more effectively. Participants will learn practices for getting aligned with their manager and broader teams, clarifying roles and goals, managing their time, and being a proactive player in pushing through roadblocks in the work. 

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is accepting submissions for the CUP Fellowship for Change in Design, a new initiative to support the development of a pipeline of talented individuals from historically under-represented communities into the design fields, and to dismantle the systemic biases that stand in the way of their advancement as leaders in these fields. This is a paid, year-long, training fellowship. Deadline to Apply: May 1st. 

PennPAC’s teams of University of Pennsylvania alumni-volunteers are ready to tap into their intellectual and business acumen to help your nonprofit thrive. 

PennPAC is now accepting applications for Spring 2017 consulting grants to NYC-based nonprofits. The deadline to apply is May 22nd. Projects launch in October 2017 and run 8 weeks. Learn more and apply.

Around Brooklyn 

New York Immigration Coalition invites you to the Key to the City: Family Resource Day on Saturday, April 8th from 9am-1pm at PS 109 in Flatbush. Free immigration legal consultations, resources for healthcare, English classes, and Know Your Rights workshops. Learn more.

Young Dancers in Repertory presents "Celebrating Diversity Through Dance" on Saturday, April 8th from 10am-3pm at the Sunset Park Recreation Center. Some forms of dance to be featured are Native American, East Indian, Caribbean, West African, Mexican, Greek, Russian, Middle Eastern and Flamenco dance. This event is FREE.

On April 13th, JFREJ will be holding a giant Seder in the Streets at City Hall Park to celebrate a 5777-year history of resistance and demand that political leaders stand up to the administration and create real sanctuary, real safety and real justice for all New Yorkers. RSVP here.

The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office brings Begin Again to Bedford-Stuyvesant on Friday, April 14th and Saturday, April 15th from 9am-3pm at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church to give Brooklyn residents an opportunity to deal with summonses for low-level offenses quickly and easily right in their community. 

Join criminal justice advocate Marlon Peterson (a member of Brooklyn Community Foundation's first Incubator Project cohort) for Decarcerated: What Justice Looks Like on Tuesday, April 18th at 7pm. The event is part of the BRIC's weekly Stoop Series. Free with RSVP. 647 Fulton St.

Theatre of the Opressed NYC’s annual Legislative Theatre Festival features original plays based on actors’ lived experiences of discrimination in New York City. Audience members act onstage alongside actors to offer alternative responses to systemic problems, and submit ideas to representatives from City Council, the Mayor’s Office and the federal government. Saturday, May 13th, 2-5pm at BRIC, 647 Fulton St., featuring performances by Crown Heights Mediation Center Troupe. RSVP here.

Join North Star Fund and our partners on Saturday, May 20th from 11:30am-5:30pm for Resilient New York, a forum to advance grassroots organizing as a key strategy to protect the dignity and rights of all New Yorkers. The event is a call to community members, organizers, donors, and grantmakers to unite around a proactive shared vision to support the grassroots for the next four years and beyond. 

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations  

Brooklyn Arts Council - Finance Director

Theatre of the Opressed NYC - Operations Director

Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City - Director of Operations and Finance

Development & Communications

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Director of Major Gifts

Groundswell - Development and Communications Director

Prospect Park YMCA - Director, Fund Development & Communications

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Development Director

Cool Culture - Institutional Giving & Grants Manager

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking - Development & Communications Associate

New York Immigration Coalition - Communications Manager

Mark Morris Dance Group - Marketing and Digital Media Manager

Stoked Mentoring - Director of Development and Partnerships

Cypress Hills LDCDirector of Fund Development & Strategic Initiatives 

Audre Lorde Project - Manager of Development

BRICSenior Marketing Manager, BRIC TV


Programs & Services

Children of Promise - After-School Program Director

Mixteca - Community Organizer (Full Time)

StoryCorps Director, Strategic Engagement & Custom Services

Young New Yorkers - Program Coordinator & Teacher

Common Justice - National Director, HealingWorks

New York Foundation - Program Officer

New York Immigration Coalition - Manager, Legal Initiatives; Director, Immigration Advocacy 

New York Immigration Coalition - Director, Immigration Advocacy

Jews for Economic and Racial Justice - Community Organizer

Brooklyn Children's MuseumVice President, Programs & Education

New York Immigration CoalitionManager, Outreach for Public Benefits

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