Brooklyn Accelerator News: Spark Prize Applications Due May 11th!

May 3, 2018

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Reminder: Spark Prize Applications Due May 11th

There's just one week left to apply for our 2018-19 Spark Prize! We are accepting online submissions for our $100,000 “no strings attached” award for Brooklyn nonprofits through Friday, May 11 at noon. 

Held annually, the Spark Prize recognizes five nonprofits for their service to Brooklyn's communitiesorganizational valuescommitment to equity and racial justice, and vision for the future of their work. Winners and finalists are selected by a Committee of distinguished philanthropic, business, and civic leaders all hailing from Brooklyn. 

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Census 2020: Will Brooklyn Count?

May 21, 7-8:30PM at BRIC

Did you know Brooklyn was one of the two hardest to count counties in New York State for the 2010 Census? With Census 2020 fast approaching, it's critical that Brooklyn’s diverse communities be counted, yet the current political climate presents new challenges—including the addition of a Citizenship question for the first time since 1965. 

Join us on Monday, May 21 from 7-8:30PM at the BRIC Arts Media House to discuss how Brooklyn should take on these challenges so that our communities are fully counted. An expert panel will break down the issues, share emerging strategies, and answer your questions:
  • Dr. Lurie Favors, General Counsel, Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College

  • Pastor Gil Monrose, Director of Faith-based and Clergy Initiatives, Office of the Brooklyn Borough President

  • Betsy Plum, VP of Policy, New York Immigration Coalition

  • Steven Romalewski, Director, CUNY Mapping Service

RSVP at Eventbrite or Facebook 

Welcoming New Program Officer Amy Chou

We are pleased to announce the newest member of our Brooklyn Community Foundation team Amy Chou, who is working alongside our Vice President of Programs Kaberi Banerjee Murthy on grantmaking, advocacy, and strategic leadership initiatives. Amy brings over a decade of experience in social justice philanthropy, capacity building, youth development and leadership, and advocacy. She previously worked at the Mozilla Foundation, The New York Women’s Foundation, and New Yorkers for Children. 

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

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.

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is accepting proposals from non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada for community organizing campaigns aimed at creating systemic change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect the lives of those who have been excluded from resources, power, and the right to determination. The maximum grant award is $15,000, with most grants ranging between $6,000 and $8,000. Applications are due September 15, 2018. Learn more here.

The Herb Block Foundation is accepting applications for projects that defend basic freedoms. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of projects aimed at eliminating all forms of prejudice and discrimination, and that help government agencies be more accountable to the public. Letters of inquiry are due October 4, 2018. Learn more here.

Stonewall Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Levin-Goffe Scholarship for LGBTQI Immigrants. The Levin-Goffe Scholarship was established to help support undocumented immigrants pursuing higher education in New York City who also identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or intersex (LGBTQI). The scholarship will help offset some of the financial burdens immigrant students may face, while investing in the future of the LGBTQI community. Applications are due by noon on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018. Learn more here.

Russell Sage Foundation Invites LOIs for Immigration and Immigrant Integration Research. Grants of up to $150,000 over one or two years will be awarded in support of innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than May 24. Learn more here.

The Rita Allen Foundation and RTI International are launching a call for ideas to curb the spread of misinformation. The call seeks interventions focused on reducing behaviors that lead to the spread of misinformation or encouraging behaviors that can lead to the minimization of its influence. Proposals for interventions with technological, educational and/or community-based components are encouraged, and projects involving science communication, public health and diverse populations are of special interest. Submit by May 31, 2018. More info here.

The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have announced the launch of the Communities Thrive Challenge, a $10 million funding opportunity to find and support successful community-driven approaches to expanding economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities across the United States. Through a nationwide search, the challenge will identify up to eighty organizations with a proven track record and provide up to ten of them with $1 million grants, technical assistance, and an opportunity to share their stories on the national stage. Learn more here.

Around Brooklyn  

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 currently accepting applications for Fall 2018 consulting grants to NYC-based nonprofits. Applications will be accepted through May 25, 2018. Projects launch in October 2018 and run for 8-10 weeks. PennPAC can help with a customized project in any of these areas: strategic and growth planning; marketing and messaging strategy; program and financial analysis; earned income/funding strategy; and board/junior board development. 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

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

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.

Humanities New York now offers grants of $500 for in-person public humanities program​s​. These matching grants are ​intended for small and volunteer-run organizations. Available now, proposals ​shall be accepted on a rolling basis while funds last. Apply here.

The New York State Health Foundation has issued a request for proposals for its Sponsoring Conference Participation in Support of Healthy Communities, Consumer Empowerment, and Veterans' Health program. Through the program, NYSHealth will sponsor the attendance of and presentations by community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations at local, state, and national conferences related to building healthy communities, empowering healthcare consumers, and meeting the needs of returning veterans and their families. Scholarships of up to $2,000 per person will be available for up to two attendees from each organization. Learn more here.

Citizens’ Committee for Children is seeking engaged New Yorkers as candidates for its Community Leadership Course. The Community Leadership Course, staffed by professionals and supported by Citizens’ Committee for Children’s volunteer corps, trains New Yorkers on advocacy efforts and data resources, NYC’s child serving programs and policies, and systems serving children in New York City. Learn more here.

CUNY Citizenship Now! is the largest university-based legal assistance program in the nation  and seeks to connect with community based organizations that want to provide citizenship services to their members and surrounding community. CUNY Citizenship Now! provides free, high quality, and confidential citizenship and immigration law services to all New Yorkers. Their community-based events are co-sponsored by city council members in various neighborhoods throughout New York City. The goal of these events is to provide free legal assistance to green card holders applying for citizenship. Find out more here.

Want to bring diverse perspective and social change expertise to your team? Consider hosting an Atlas Corps Fellow! Fellows are leaders in their home countries with 2-10 years of professional experience; they speak fluent English; and most hold post-graduate degrees. Fellows serve full-time for 12-18 months at U.S.-based organizations. Atlas Corps handles flights, visa, stipend, health coverage, taxes, etc., and the Host Organization contributes a cost share that covers a portion of program expenses. Email to learn more.

The Marshall Project is teaming up with BRIC-TV on their event, "Whose War on Drugs?: A #BHeard Town Hall," on Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30-8:30pm. The live, televised event brings together elected officials, including Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez, policy makers, innovators, journalists, and Brooklyn’s communities to challenge the war on drugs, asking -  Who benefits from this war? How can we begin to reverse the collateral damage to our communities? And, how do we bridge the gap between public health and the criminal justice system? Full info here.

Brooklyn Community Board 14 of Flatbush and Midwood invites area nonprofits to the CB14 Nonprofit Roundtable on Wednesday, May 16 to discuss successes and challenges in the community. The community board began planning annual nonprofit roundtables in 2012 to learn more about human services in the District. These gatherings have provided valuable insight and strengthened the network of community support. RSVP by calling the CB14 office at 718-859-6357.

The next NYC BLAC for Census 2020 meeting will take place on May 15, 2018 from 9am to 12 noon at the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies located at 25 West 43rd street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10036. Community leaders will share the latest information and news on the 2020 Census and continue to strategize on outreach to the “hard to count” communities of African descent. This will include a particular focus on building outreach capacity. Find out more here.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations 

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Deputy Director

Brooklyn Arts Council - Finance Coordinator

Brooklyn Bridge Park - Director of People and Culture

Development & Communications

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Director of Strategic Advancement

Brennan Center for Justice - CRM Database Manager

BeMore America - Business Development Manager

Brennan Center for Justice - Director, Content & Social Strategy

Brennan Center for Justice - Media Strategist

Brennan Center for Justice - Web Developer

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce - Communications Associate

Brooklyn Workfoce Innovations - Fundraising and Evaluation Associate
Catholic Foundation for Brooklyn and Queens - Director of Development

Center for Reproductive Rights - Digital Director

Center for Reproductive Rights - Manager, Talent Acquisitions

Center for Reproductive Rights - Marketing Director

Center for Reproductive Rights - Editorial Director

Common Justice - Digital Media Strategist

Demos - Associate Director, Foundation Relations

exalt - Director of Development


Programs & Services

The Nathan Cummings Foundation - Director, Racial and Economic Justice

Drug Policy Alliance - Membership Director

Drug Policy Alliance - Foundation Giving Manager

Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies - Chief Development Officer

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York - Communications Coordinator

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club - Individual Giving & Database Associate

New American Leaders - Communications Associate

Red Hook Initiative - College Access Specialist

StoryCorps - Director, Annual Giving

The Center for Popular Democracy - Director of Individual Giving and Special Partnerships

Womankind - Development Associate


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