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May 11, 2017


Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward

Grant Opportunities!

Spark Prize Applications Due Tomorrow!

Applications for this year's Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits must be received by Friday, May 12th at noon. 

The Spark Prize celebrates service to Brooklyn's communities, strong organizational values, deep commitment to equity and justice, and a dynamic vision for the future of their work. Five organizations will be awarded $100,000 each, and 20 finalists will receive up to $5,000 in matching funds.  

All Brooklyn organizations with five years of service to Brooklyn’s communities and annual operating budgets over $350,000 are invited to apply at

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! 


PennPAC 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.

The Challenge is open to anyone, with any type of business idea and from any background. Select business teams will be invited to a 48-hour Extreme Build-A-Business Weekend where the top 25 teams will be selected to advance into the competitive process. $10,000 For the First Place Winner, $5,000 For Second Place and $2,500 for Third Place. Business model submissions are due by Monday, May 29th at

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, D.C. offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Apply by September 8th for the Fall 2017 Internship.

Advocacy Institute's Summer Leadership Course will take place July 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th at Columbia Law School. Make your campaigns even more powerful, strategic, and savvy and cultivate the endurance and resilience necessary for the long campaign road ahead. The course is available to organizations that are members of the Advocacy Institute. Each member organization accepted into the Summer Leadership Course designates two individuals who lead their legislative advocacy work—including one senior staff person—to attend all four days. Space is limited and admission is not guaranteed. 

Around Brooklyn 

Theatre of the Oppressed 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.

Returning for its 4th biennial year, HCX's Haiti Film Fest is a celebration of leaders and trailblazers in Haitian film. Taking place during Haitian Heritage Month from Thursday, May 11th - Sunday, May 14th in venues throughout Brooklyn, this festival will showcase the authentic soul of Haiti and its Diaspora through the lens of film.

Join the Museum of the City of New York for "Muslim in New York," a panel of leading scholars, activists, and civic leaders exploring the rich, multifaceted histories of New York City's major Muslim communities, including those of African, African-American, Middle Eastern, and South Asian heritage. Monday, May 15, 6:30pm. Free, pre-registration encouraged. 1220 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. 

Join Brooklyn Movement Center for "Beyond Police: Bringing Public Safety to Crown Heights" as they use the Voices of Crown Heights oral histories to frame a community discussion and vision of what true “law and order”and “peacekeeping” look like in Crown Heights. Tuesday, May 16th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Brooklyn Children's Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue

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. 

The annual Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference (IYECon) is an all day conference to provide resources and tools to all youths and their families, regardless of their immigration status to be empowered and organize within their communities. IYEConwill include workshops for undocumented youth, about the college process, alternatives to college, as well as creative ways to organize in one’s own community within academic spaces and on the street. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Child care and translation will be provided as well. Saturday, May 20th from 9am-6pm in CUNY Lehman College.  

Join Care for the Homeless and Long Island University's MPA Program for a day of  presentation and panels addressing homelessness and housing policy issues in New York City. The Policy Forum on Preventing and Ending Homelessness in NYC will be held at LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday, June 14th from 8:30am-4:30pm. Library Learning Center, 1st Floor 

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations  

Brooklyn Arts Council - Finance Director

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC - Operations Director

Daphne Foundation - Administrative Assistant 

Brooklyn Arts Council - Finance Director


Development & Communications

BAM - Associate VP, Major Gifts and Patron ProgramsSpecial Events Assistant

BRIC - Development Manager

North Star Fund - Communications Director

Prospect Park Alliance - Development Assitant

Philanthropy New York - Communications Manager or Director

Brooklyn Public Library - Press Officer

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Director of Major Gifts

Center for Popular Democracy - Communications Associate


Programs & Services

Make the Road NY - Civic Engagmeent Coordinator

AAANY - Adult Education Program Manager

Cristo Rey High School - Director of Advancement

CAMBA - SVP, Evaluation & Strategy 

Lineage Project - Director of Programs

Elmezzi Foundation - Operations and Program Associate

Brooklyn Navy Yard - Executive Director of Business Services

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking - Director of School Partnerships

GallopNYC - Volunteer Manager

Prospect Hill Foundation - Grants Administrator

New York Immigration Coalition - Director, Immigration Advocacy

New York Immigration CoalitionManager, Outreach for Public Benefits


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