News for Brooklyn Nonprofits [September 2018]

September 12, 2018

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Just 75 Days to Go until #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday!

Did you know that Giving Tuesday is one of the best opportunities your organization has to attract new donors during the year? Data from 2017 shows that 1 in 4 donations made on Giving Tuesday was a first-time gift, and donors were much more likely to make donations to multiple organizations on Giving Tuesday than at any other point during the year!

To help Brooklyn organizations take advantage of all that Giving Tuesday has to offer—and to encourage more Brooklynites to give in their own backyards—we have launched #BrooklynGives, a 24-hour local Giving Tuesday campaign at

Our goal is to raise more than $1 million for Brooklyn nonprofits in just 24 hours on Tuesday, November 27, 2018!

Be sure to register your organization by October 15th to be included in our official public announcement and to have access to trainings and workshops leading up to the day of giving!

Get Started Today:

Advancing Racial Justice within Your Organization: A Workshop for Nonprofit Managers

Monday, October 15, 2018
at Brooklyn Community Foundation
For the second time this year, we are pleased to provide an opportunity for nonprofit leaders and managers to participate in a free full-day training on Racial Justice facilitated by national experts, with concrete takeaways to apply within their own organizations.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use language and analysis of institutional and structural racism that are commonly used in the field

  • Clarify and build buy-in for the importance of addressing racism in your organization

  • Identify the elements needed to make an effective case for addressing racism and pursuing racial justice in your organization

  • Develop action steps for operationalizing racial equity in your organization

Details and Registration

We're Hiring — Join Our Team!

We are currently hiring for the following positions. Interviews will begin in late September. 

Program Officer 

This position is responsible for leading key community-driven programs, managing key field of interest grantmaking portfolio, maintaining the integrity of the grant information, and assisting with policy and advocacy efforts. 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. 

Development and Communications Assistant

This position plays an integral role in the growth, maintenance, and cultivation of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s donor base through prospect research, database management, mailings, events, and external Foundation communications. We’re looking for a self-motivated and goal-oriented team member who is passionate about donor management, relations, and communications in support of our mission for a fair and just Brooklyn.

Immigrant Women, Labor, and the Quest for Gender Justice

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

at Brooklyn Historical Society

Join us as we partner with the Brooklyn Historical Society and The New Press to host a discussion on Immigrant Women, Labor, and the Quest for Gender Justice. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica reporter and author of In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, will share the harrowing experiences she chronicles in her book. Joining her is Rachel Isreeli of the Center for Family Life’s Cooperative Development Program in Sunset Park, which organizes cooperatives in the traditionally exploitative domestic work industry. Joanna Morales, a home care worker, will also share her perspective as a worker-owner of Golden Steps Care Cooperative.

Tickets are free for Brooklyn Historical Society members, $5 for non-members.

Details and Registration

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 here.

AEG - the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company - is accepting applications for its Community Foundation Grant. The mission of the foundation is to support children and families in need through grantmaking in the areas of K-12 education, the arts, and health and wellness. The foundation will award grants ranging from $2,5000 to $25,000. The deadline to apply is October 1. Learn more here.

The Brady Education Foundation is accepting stage-one applications from projects focused on the development and evaluation of programs geared toward promoting positive cognitive and academic achievement outcomes for children from under-resourced communities. The deadline to apply is December 1. Access the application here.

The Brooklyn Arts Council has extended the deadline for their Community Arts Grants to September 20. If you missed attending one of their summer info sessions, you can still qualify to apply by accessing the Online Info Session.

Borealis Philanthropy has issued a Request for Proposals for its recently relaunched Immigration Litigation Fund. Established in 2015, ILF is a national funder collaborative whose goal is to ensure that the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. The fund will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until December 1, 2018. Apply here.

Criminal Justice Initiative is seeking requests for SOS Rapid Response Grants to support groups that are fighting to reunite families separated by ICE and groups that are defending refugees and immigrants targeted by the travel ban. Standard grant amounts are up to $2,500. Learn more here.

In partnership with the Open Society Foundations US Programs, Criminal Justice Initiative is calling for applications for their Arrest Diversion MicroGrants to Support Equity & Inclusion. 10-15 one-time micro-grants between $5,000 and $25,000 will be awarded to community-based organizations working on alternatives to mass criminalization and incarceration. The deadline to apply is September 20. Access the application 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 holding government agencies to be more accountable to the public. Letters of inquiry are due October 4. Learn more here.

For its 10-year anniversary, the Kindle Project is having a monthly open call for 10 months. Each month has its own prompt; applications are due on the last day of the month. September’s Prompt: What can you do to help independent musicians sustain their art? Access this month’s application here.

Life Comes From It is calling for applications for grants of up to $25,000 for organizations working to address violence and repair harm. Ideal candidates are rooted in community solutions with a focus on investing in leaders of color doing movement-building work. The deadline to apply is October 15. Access the application here.

The Lowe’s Charitable and Education Foundation has announced the opening of its Fall 2018 Toolbox for Education. One-year grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to the chosen applicants. To be eligible, applicants must be a public K-12 school or a nonprofit group associated with a public K-12 school. The application will close either on September 28 or after 1,500 applications have been received. Access the application here.

The New York State Health Foundation 2019 Special Projects Fund Request for Proposals is now available. Applicants must submit an online inquiry form to determine whether a proposed project fits the funding criteria. There are two funding cycles for the Special Projects Fund. Deadlines for the online inquiry form are October 3, 2018 and March 5, 2019. Apply here.

North Star Fund is accepting grant applications from organizations committed to building “people power” and using community organizing as their primary strategy. The deadline to apply is September 14. Learn more here. North Star Fund also accepts applications for its Rapid Response grant year-round. Apply here.

The Obama Foundation is accepting applications to a fellowship program designed to amplify the impact of outstanding civic innovators from around the world. Obama Fellows will be from diverse backgrounds and bring a community-centered approach to science, criminal justice, healthcare, education, the arts, and more. Learn more about the two-year fellowship here. The deadline to apply is September 10.

Puffin Foundation West has issued a call for grant applications. They will fund individuals and nonprofits engaged in creating art projects that educate the public on subjects such as the environment, social justice, civil rights, and other contemporary issues facing the country and the plant. Applications are due via postal mail by December 8.

The Roddenberry Fellowship is accepting applications for their $50,000 grant. Twenty fellows from across the country will be chosen for this year-long program. The fellows will lead a project, organization, or initiative with a direct impact on one of four areas: civil rights, environmental protection, immigration and refugee rights, and LGBTQIA and women’s rights. Apply here by September 19.

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. The deadline to apply is September 14. Find out more here.

Susan B. Komen NYC has announced the Letter of Intent for the Community Breast Health grant program. Grant requests for the Community Breast Health grant may be submitted for a maximum of $50,000. Eligible nonprofits must propose projects specific to breast health and/or breast cancer and address the priorities identified in the Affiliate’s 2015 Community Profile. The submission deadline is October 12. Contact with any questions.

TD Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its nonprofit employee training program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to eligible community-based organizations so that employees can attend an approved class/course that enhances their job performance. 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.

WeWork has announced a Creator Award for nonprofits. They are looking for a registered NGO, charity, or nonprofit organization looking to establish or expand their efforts. Learn more and apply here.

Around Brooklyn  

The March for Black Women will take place on September 29 in Washington, DC and on September 30 in New York City. RSVP and learn 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Center for Urban Pedagogy is looking for community organizations and advocacy groups to partner on the 2019 issues of Making Policy Public. CUP seeks organizations who are working to address a policy issue that would benefit from visual explanation, and where the lack of understanding of this issue is leading to social injustice. They are also seeking proposals from organizations working on an issue of national significance and with the capacity for distribution in multiple locations across the U.S.Making Policy Public projects are eight- to ten-month collaborations of CUP, community organizations and design professionals. Click here to download the application guidelines and learn more about the program.

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.

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.

The Transform Finance Institute for Social Justice Leaders is a two-day, introductory training for those interested in the intersection of social justice and finance. The Institute exists to empower participants to understand, engage, challenge, and ultimately reclaim finance as a tool for social justice. The Institute provides a framework for the intersection of social justice and finance, where financial concepts are introduced within the practical context of social justice efforts. It will be held in New York City from September 21-22 and will cost $150 per person. Register and learn more here.

North Star Fund has partnered with Brandworkers to host a training on ICE workplace audits. Preparing for ICE Workplace Audits: An Organizing Approach will take place on September 26 from 2-5pm in Manhattan at 520 8th Avenue, 18th Floor, between 36th and 37th Streets. The registration deadline is September 23. It is free to attend, but space is limited. Register here.

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 7th Annual Not-For-Profit Summit on Thursday, September 27 from 9am-1pm. This year’s topic is Strategies for Growth and will feature Charles Archer, the co-founder and CEO of The THRIVE Network, as the Keynote Speaker. A post-lunch workshop, “Take Charge of Your Social Media: Leveraging Your Non-Profit’s Brand for Engagement and Growth,” will take place from 1-2:30pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Learn more and register for the free event here.

RespectAbility is launching a training program for women and girls with disabilities in NYC to advance their skills in preparation for civic engagement. Contact Debbie Fink at for more information. The application deadline is October 1 (rolling admission).

The NYC Health Department is offering free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training to all New Yorkers. This is an eight hour training offered seven days a week in all five boroughs. Upcoming trainings at Brooklyn Community Foundation will occur on October 24th and 25th from 11am-3pm. Register for free here.


Executive & Operations

Atlas DIY - Managing Attorney

Audre Lorde Project - Executive Director

Century Foundation - Executive Director, Youth-Driven Public Policy Think Tank

Brooklyn Arts Council - Finance Coordinator

Red Hook Initiative - Director of Professional Development

Brooklyn Arts Exchange - Executive Director

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce - Senior Director, MembershipDirector. Foundation Support and Grants Management

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC - Executive Director

StoryCorps - Manager, HR Operations

The Nathan Cummings Foundation - Director, Racial and Economic Justice

Development & Communications

BeMore America - Business Development Manager

Brooklyn Arts Council - Finance CoordinatorDevelopment and External Affairs Assistant

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Development and Communications Assistant

Common Justice - Strategic Communications Manager Digital Media Strategist

Demos - Associate Director, Foundation Relations

Exalt Youth - Development Director

Footsteps - Development Operations Associate

Prospect Park Alliance - Manager, Institutional Giving

Red Hook Initiative -  Community Relations and Administrative Associate

Safe Horizon - Senior Vice President, Communications and Marketing

Staten Island Museum - Director of Development

Trinity Wall Street - Executive Assistant for the Chief Philanthropy Officer

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation - Digital Communications Associate

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights - Development Manager

Programs & Services

Atlas DIY - Community Organizer

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Program Officer

Center for Urban Pedagogy - Director of Programs

Common Justice - Intervention ManagerTrauma Support Manager

Footsteps - Economic Empowerment Program ManagerInstitutional Relations Manager

Global Action Project - Operations Manager

Open Society Foundations - Program Officer - Economic Advancement Program

Propel Capital - Program Assistant

The Rockefeller Foundation - Senior Program Associate, Food Initiative

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights - Program OfficerProgram Grants Coordinator

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