Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - May 2019

May 13, 2019

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Invest in Youth Grant Program: LOIs due June 28

We are now accepting Letters of Inquiry for our 2019-20 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 due Friday, June 28th at 5PM for organizations not currently funded through Invest in Youth. Grants of $50,000 will be given with the majority of grantees receiving general operating support.

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2020 Census: Making New York Count 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY
219 West 40th Street
Newsroom, 3rd floor

The Center for Community and Ethnic Media at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and the Center for Community Leadership at the JCRC-NY invite journalists, community, government and business leaders to attend a half-day conference exploring the opportunities and challenges of the 2020 Census. The role of community and ethnic media in creating awareness about the importance of the 2020 Census and how an undercount could impact the city will be among the topics discussed. Featuring a keynote from Joseph Salvo, Director, Population Division at NYC Department of City Planning, guest speakers Julie Menin, Director, Census for New York City, and Jeff Behler, Director, New York Regional Office, U.S. Census Bureau, and a panel of community leaders.


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.

The Andrus Family Fund fosters just and sustainable change in the United States. They do this by supporting organizations that advance social justice and improve outcomes for vulnerable youth ages 16-24. They are inviting innovative and bold organizations that provide and deliver high quality direct services which are developmentally and culturally appropriate for older youth to be successful and thrive. Andrus Family Fund will be accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from April 17, 2019 to May 17, 2019.

PennPAC pro-bono nonprofit consulting grantsdue Friday, May 24, 2019. PennPAC is currently accepting applications from NYC-based nonprofits for Fall 2019 consulting grants. Nonprofits may be awarded a Full Project, Mini Project, or one-evening ImPACt event.

Brooklyn Arts Council Destination>Brooklyn supports the marketing efforts of Brooklyn-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations whose primary mission is to provide arts and cultural activities to the general public. Awards of $1,500 will be granted for the creation, production, and distribution of print and online promotional materials that represent the organization's artistic and cultural activities, with an emphasis on borough tourism. The period for promotional activities must be July 1st through December 20th, 2019. Deadline is Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

The Vilcek Foundation currently seeks foreign-born applicants for the 2020 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Literature - from now until June 10, 2019, 5pm EDT. Immigrant literary artists working across a variety of genres are invited to apply, including fiction (novels, novellas, short stories, and graphic novels); nonfiction (memoir, creative nonfiction, general nonfiction, book-length journalism, and graphic nonfiction); and poetry. Applicants should have published at least one full-length book (not self-published), been born outside of the United States, and be 38 years of age or younger. Three winners will each receive a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize and will be honored at an awards ceremony in New York City in April 2020. Learn more here.

William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Invites Letters of Inquiry for Projects That Address Homelessness The fund awards grants in support of programs and initiatives in Colorado, Kansas/Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania that seek to correct, and ultimately eliminate, the circumstances contributing to the condition of homelessness. The deadline is July 15, 2019.

The Edward & Ellen Roche Relief Foundation was established in 1953 to support organizations serving disadvantaged women and children. Funding will be provided to nonprofits that specifically help ensure the well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income women and their families. Deadline to apply for a grant is June 30, 2019.

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 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 Pelican Foundation for Creative Education is offering grants of $500 to New York City teachers of all disciplines. They will fund innovative projects for classroom teachers who seek to enhance their classroom lessons with creative activities. Access the application here.

Public Welfare Foundation LOIs for criminal justice, youth justice and workers' rights programs are open and accepted on a rolling deadlineThe Public Welfare Foundation has a two-step application process that includes both a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a full proposal. We invite full proposals after reviewing letters of inquiry. We only consider full proposals we have invited that fit within the program guidelines and available resources.

Around Brooklyn  

It’s time to make your block bloom! 25th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest. Enter online until June 1. Round up your neighbors and enter your block in Brooklyn’s friendliest competition. The contest is open to all residential and business blocks in Brooklyn. See photos of last year’s winners at

KACF will be holding its third annual Giving Summit™ on Saturday, June 8! The Summit is a unique convening of Asian American community trailblazers, innovators in philanthropy and social impact, and others seeking to examine how our collective giving power can help create meaningful change. The Summit also features a Women’s Breakfast which will provide a special opportunity to hear from exemplary speakers and connect with other remarkable women in the room. Learn more and register here:

Looking for delicious and meaningful food for your next gala or event? Emma's Torch, a non-profit social enterprise that provides culinary training and job placement services to refugees, is here to help. From multi-course seated galas to cocktail parties we are eager to work with other non-profits to provide unique and delicious catering services. Please be in touch!

All Good Work Foundation is offering donated workspace in for nonprofits and social enterprises across Brooklyn (and Manhattan), including spaces in Red Hook, Sunset Park, Crown Heights, Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint. Space includes shared desks or private offices in coworking spaces or business centers for a program fee of $25-$50/person/month. Learn more here.

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.

Maharlika Cleaning Cooperative is a worker-owned business whose mission is to create sustainable, just and healthy workplaces for our community, clients and member-owners. Committed to providing high quality, eco-friendly office cleaning services while creating stable and decent jobs through promotion of democratic decision-making, education and living wages, Maharlika is seeking new clients in in the New York City area.

Spoke the Hub, a multidisciplinary arts center with spaces in Park Slope and Gowanus, offers low-cost rentals for rehearsals, classes, auditions, performances, events, meetings, film screenings, and more. For more information, email Lori Jorgensen:

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

651 ARTS - Executive Director

Breaking Ground - Director of Institutional and Major Gifts

Brooklyn Defender Services - Chief Operations Officer

Brooklyn Defender Services - Chief Technology Officer

Brooklyn Heights Association - Executive Director

Drive Change - Chief Operations Officer

Fortune Society - Chief Operating Officer

Hook Arts Media - Director of Finance and Operations

New York Civil Liberties Union - Donor Relations Associate

New York Immigration Coalition – Senior Grants Associate

The New York Women's Foundation - Junior Accountant and a Vice President of Finance

North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence - Executive Director

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) - Executive Director

Red Hook Initiative – Director of Finance and Administration

StoryCorps - Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Operations Manager

Youth Represent - Executive Director

Development & Communications

Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Director of Marketing & Communications

Brotherhood / Sistersol - Development Associate & Grant Writer

Campaign Against Hunger - Development Director

Common Justice - Operations and Development Coordinator

Common Justice - Strategic Communications Manager

Communities United for Police Reform - Digital Organizing Strategist

Communities United for Police Reform - Director of Communications

Dancewave - Communications, Marketing & Design Manager

The Door - A Center of Alternatives - Managing Director of Individual Giving

Drive Change - Senior Development Manager

Emma’s Torch – Development Coordinator

Eye to Eye - Director of Development

Footsteps – Communications Manager

Good Call – Part time Development Manager

Hot Bread Kitchen - Development Associate

iMentor - Director of Development

Immigrant Justice Corps - Development Director

Immigration Equality - Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region - Associate Director, Digital Strategy

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice - Director of Communications

New American Leaders – Development Manager

New York Immigration Coalition – Manager of Development, Individuals and Events

NYC Kids RISE - Director of Communications

Repair the World - Development Manager

Row New York - Foundations & Government Relations Manager

SAGE (Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders) - Managing Director of Communications and Marketing

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC - Development Manager

Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund - Director of Development

YWCA Brooklyn – Director of Philanthropy

YWCA of NYC - Director of Events and Major Giving

Programs & Services

Blue Ridge Labs – Program Assistant

Brooklyn Community Pride Center - Program Manager

Brotherhood / Sistersol - Office Manager

Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. - Policy Associate

Common Justice - Intervention Manager

Foundation for a Just Society - Program Associate, Francophone West Africa

Heights and Hills – Case Manger

Immigrant Justice Corps - Administrative Assistant

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice - Community Organizer

Mothers Out Front - New York State Organizing Manager (Remote)

New York City Council 34th District - Community liaison / community organizer

Propel Capital – Program and Operations Assistant. (If interested email a resume and cover letter to with “Program & Operations Assistant” in the subject line.)

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance - Programs Director

Safe Horizon - Case Manager - Family Justice Center, Bronx

StoryCorps - Manager, Custom Services

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Legal Director

UNICEF - Manager, Humanitarian Response

University Settlement Society of NY and The Door - Grants Officer

U.S. Census Bureau – Administrative Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Area Census Office Manager

U.S. Census Bureau - Information Technology Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Lead Census Field Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Recruiting Manager

Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) - Co-op Preservation Project Associate (Bilingual)




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