The Latest News for Brooklyn Nonprofits

June 6, 2018

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Invest in Youth Grant Program

We are now accepting Letters of Inquiry for our 2018-19 Invest in Youth Grant Program. Invest in Youth supports Brooklyn-serving nonprofit organizations that are working with youth, ages 16-24, toward enabling their social and economic success by:

  • Expanding opportunities for transformational youth development and authentic leadership
  • Increasing educational and economic opportunities for court-involved youth
  • Reducing school suspensions and preventing youth involvement in the criminal justice system
  • Empowering immigrant youth to create and access necessary resources and services

The LOI submission deadline is Friday, July 6 at 11:59PM for organizations not currently funded through Invest in Youth. Grants will range between $20,000 − $50,000, with the majority of grantees receiving general operating support.

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#BrooklynGives is a boroughwide day of giving campaign that celebrates Brooklyn's nonprofit community each year on Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

We started #BrooklynGives as a way to drive additional funding and recognition to the finalists of our Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits; this year, thanks to overwhelming interest, we are opening #BrooklynGives participation to all Brooklyn 501c3 organizations!

#BrooklynGives is a fantastic way to reach new donors; in fact, on average 25% of all donations received on Giving Tuesday are from first-time donors!

Last year, 20 participating organizations collectively raised $365,000; this year, our goal is to raise more than $1 million for Brooklyn nonprofits in just 24 hours on Tuesday, November 27, 2018!

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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.

Weissberg Foundation has announced the 2018-2020 Equitable Justice Fund. The fund will support small, community-based organizations that are building the leadership and advocacy capacity of system-impacted women, girls, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals of color to advance equity and change the narrative about who they are, what our criminal justice system is, and what it can be. Learn more 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 80 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.

NYC Fund for Girls & Young Women of Color invites LOIs for 2018 Grants. Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded to projects that promote the collective well-being and leadership of young women of color as lifelong civic participants for advancing equity and democracy. Deadline : June 12, 2018. Find out more here

Rubin Foundation is accepting applications for Social Justice Arts Projects. The foundation awards grants of up to $5,000 in support of projects that embody ethical artistic practice, with an emphasis on the five boroughs of New York City. Deadline: September 14, 2018. Find out more here

Around Brooklyn  

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.

Apply to be part of the Arts+ Innovation Incubator, BAC’s fiscal sponsorship program. Individuals and emerging organizations without 501(c)(3) status can gain hands-on support and coaching on fundraising, project management, and more. Deadline: Saturday, June 30. Learn more Apply Now

Two Trees is calling on professional artists, arts, education, and community-focused organizations to apply for their Cultural Space Subsidy Program. Spaces available are located in DUMBO, providing individuals and organizations with below market rate rents $12/RSF ($1/RSF per month), and lease periods for up to three-years. Deadline: June 15, 2018. Learn more here.

New York Immigration Coalition will be holding a training that will detail recognition and accreditation, the Department of Justice (DOJ) certification that allows non-attorney staff of non-profit agencies to provide immigration legal services under certain circumstances. The training will discuss the requirements and process for submitting both new and renewal applications for recognition and accreditation. This training will also address the changes made to the program in 2017 and their impact on currently recognized organizations. Registration deadline is Friday, June 8th. Register Here

Preparing Leaders Of Tomorrow is a one-on-one mentoring program for boys living in Brooklyn ages 9 to 21. Young men are matched with mentors that they meet with for at least 4 hours a month. Mentors and youth build a solid relationship by attending community events together, going to the movies, volunteering or working on school projects. PLOT is currently looking for male mentors to match with boys in our spring cohort! Complete an online mentor application here

The Police Killing of Arthur Miller, 40 Years Later: On June 14, 1978, Crown Heights community leader and businessman Arthur Miller was killed by police chokehold. Forty years later, MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid leads a panel discussion featuring former New York City Council Member Al Vann, activist Thenjiwe McHarris, and NAACP representative Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele about what has changed—and what has not—with special guests the Miller family. The program will be introduced by a series of oral histories from residents who remember this tragic event. Thu, Jun 14, 6:30 pm. Reserve your spot here

Touchy Subjects: LGBTQ and #MeToo: What promise does the #MeToo movement hold to spotlight sexual assault and harassment toward vulnerable LGBTQ communities? In a media environment focused on the stories of cisgender celebrities, who gets left behind? And how can individuals of non-conforming gender and sexual identity advocate for their own protections? them executive editor Meredith Talusan leads a conversation with Black Lives Matter co-founder and Marsha P. Johnson Institute Executive Director Elle Hearns; media host, organizer, and activist Aaryn Lang; and Inside/Out author and Food for Thot co-host Joseph Osmundson. Mon, Jun 11, 6:30 pm. Reserve your spot here!

Making New York Count: What’s At Stake and How to Prepare for Census 2020: This conference will be a critical opportunity to bring together a statewide network of organizations and experts to delve into the importance of a fully-funded, accurate Census that is accessible to hard-to-count communities; the need for local outreach strategies and effective education campaigns; and how to best engage with local and state government in ensuring deep partnerships to avoid an undercount. Not only will the conference serve as an ideal meeting opportunity for those deep in the throes of Census planning locally, it will also be an educational opportunity for many community-based organizations and organizers who will be critical to a successful Census in New York to understand why preparation for the Census begins now even though the Census is still two years away. Tuesday, June 19. Registration can be found here.

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is proud to work with Coro New York to recruit immigrant advocates and changemakers for the 2018-19 Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP). ICLP expands the capacity of organizational leaders and emerging changemakers across New York City with at least of 5 years relevant experience in immigrant communities. ICLP is free for participants outside of a $100 materials fee. NYIC Member organizations are given special consideration for selection into this program. Deadline to apply is Monday, June 11, 2018.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations 

Brooklyn Arts Council - Finance Coordinator

Brooklyn Arts Exchange - Executive Director

Brooklyn Bridge Park - Director of People and Culture

Red Hook Initiative - Director of Professional Development 

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Deputy Director

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC - Executive Director

Development & Communications

Audre Lorde Project - Communications Coordinator

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

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

Red Hook Initiative - Employment Assistant

Staten Island Museum - Director of Development

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Director of Strategic Advancement

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation - Digital Communications Associate

The Rockefeller Foundation - Associate Director, Policy, Partnerships and Communications

Trinity Wall Street - Executive Assistant for the Chief Philanthropy Officer

YWCA Brooklyn - Development Assistant

Programs & Services

Audre Lorde Project - Member Engagement & Leadership Coordinator

Center for Court Innovation - Director of Community Crime Prevention

Open Society Foundations - Program Officer - Economic Advancement Program 

Red Hook Initiative - Young Adult Program Manager 

Red Hook Initiative - High School Program Manager 

Red Hook Initiative - College Access Specialist 

Rockefeller Brothers Fund - Program Assistant, Democratic Practice-Global Challenges and Grants Management

Surdna Foundation - Program Associate - Strong Local Economies 

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

The Nathan Cummings Foundation - Director, Racial and Economic Justice

The Rockefeller Foundation - Senior Program Associate, Food Initiative


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