Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - November 2020

November 16, 2020

Our News

RSVP: Spark Change Webinar Series

This Fall, Brooklyn Community Foundation presents Spark Change for Justice: Critical Conversations for Community-Led Change, a series of virtual conversations with Brooklyn leaders exploring how we can achieve racial, social, and economic justice for all. Join us for our next program:

Spark Change: #SayHerName

Tues. December 8, 2:30PM EST | RSVP HERE

Join us for a discussion on the intersection of racial, social, and gender justice, centering the experience of Black cisgender and transgender women, girls, and gender expansive youth. Guest speakers Monique Morris, award-winning author and social justice scholar, and Joanne N. Smith, Founder and CEO of Foundation grantee Girls for Gender Equity (GGE),  will discuss the impacts of misogynoir on the ongoing fight to achieve gender justice, equity, and liberation for Black women.

ICYMI: Restorative Justice for Racially Just Schools

In this discussion, our Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project Evaluator Dr. Anne Gregory (Rutgers University), Kenyatte Reid (NYC DOE Executive Director, Office of Safety and Youth Development), Ashley Ellis (Co-Founder of Breathe Circles and former Restorative Justice Director at the School for Democracy and Leadership), and Anthony Soto (graduate of the School for Democracy and Leadership) explore how the principles and practices of restorative justice can be used to create racially just schools that care for, develop, and respect every student.

Funding & Opportunities



PennPAC is now accepting applications for Spring 2021 pro-bono consulting projects from NYC-based nonprofits. Your organization can be considered for a 8-10 week project or a 6-8 week mini project. Since 2011, PennPAC has worked with 120+ nonprofit clients. Our projects typically address key areas such as: strategic growth planning; marketing strategy; communications/messaging strategy; and earned income/funding strategy. All projects launch in March 2021 and will be virtual. Deadline to apply: November 20

Urban Justice Center's Social Justice Accelerator is looking for a new class of urgently-needed, early stage advocacy projects to join the Urban Justice Center family. Individuals invited into the Accelerator will receive up to two years of concrete tools, support, and resources to help accelerate the growth of their initiatives. Projects invited into the Accelerator will become part of a community of advocates and activists, working on issues from intimate partner violence, to supporting homeless LGBTQ youth, to advocating for the rights of NYC street vendors. Deadline to apply: December 1

Resist: General Support — Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to groups that are building movements for justice and liberation and resisting systemic oppression through grassroots/cultural organizing, art-making, and resilience building. Accessibility — Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded in support of efforts that specifically enables a group's work to be more accessible. Examples of potential accessibility needs include interpretation services, wheelchair ramps, childcare, transportation for folks with mobility aids, etc. To be eligible, applicants must have an organizational budget under $150,000 a year. Deadline to apply: December 4

The David Prize
 is a celebration of individuals and ideas to create a better, brighter New York City. Open to any individual working in the five boroughs, the Prize welcomes those with the grit and vision to change our communities, culture and our future for good. The David Prize annually awards 5 individuals $200K each. Deadline to apply: December 4

NYSHealth’s Patients as Partners: Advancing Equity Request for Proposals (RFP) aims specifically to advance racial health equity by engaging patients as partners. This RFP will support projects that seek to amplify voices of patients of color to ensure their priorities, preferences, and experiences guide efforts to create a more equitable health care system, and ultimately to reduce and eliminate racial health disparities. Through this RFP, we expect to fund projects that seek to implement system improvements, practice innovations, or interventions designed to give patients of color a meaningful role in their health care at the systems and individual levels. Deadline to apply: December 8

ALDI Smart Kids is dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of children in communities where ALDI has stores, warehouses, offices, and conducts business. Through the program, grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to local community organizations that encourage kids to actively participate in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, healthy socializing, and/or the arts. Deadline to apply: December 15

The Emergent Fund supports emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions and efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts. Deadline to apply: Ongoing

Management Center: Getting through our jobs in the midst of COVID-19 and the pervasive reality of systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence against Black people is beyond hard. The Management Center is offering online resources and opportunities for online discussion with others who are learning how to manage through these times.

Around Brooklyn

LiveOn NY Listening Session for Older Adults - Thursday, December 3rd at 10am. LiveOn NY wants to hear from older adults about the issues most important for New York’s elected officials to work to address. The information shared during the Listening Session will inform policy makers on the issues most impacting older New Yorkers. Participants can join via Zoom or telephone. Registration is required. RSVP

SkillUp* is a brand new nonprofit coalition to help workers who have been impacted by COVID-19 access training and job opportunities to relaunch their careers. Its career quiz helps identify new career pathways in growing industries, and offers a curated collection of educational resources to help workers begin taking their next steps. Learn more at SkillUp*

The Angle Project, a Brooklyn based theatre company dedicated to community building, is looking for storytellers for Heroes of Our Time, a storytelling series showcasing humanity behind the COVID 19 pandemic. The goal of the series is to highlight a variety of human experiences during this incredibly difficult time and have a conversation about how to strengthen and uplift our society and the less advantaged communities in particular. The stories featured in the project will be placed in the community archive and oral history collection at the Queens Public Library. If you’d like to share your story, please email Irene at with “Heroes of Our Time” in the subject line.

COVID-19 Resources

GiveGab: COVID-19 Crisis Relief Resources- Digital Fundraising, Operations, & Ways to Give

SeaChange: Think Outside the Box: How Stakeholders Can Help Nonprofits Face the Challenge of COVID-19 

Lawyers Alliance provides legal assistance and information to strengthen nonprofits that are providing critical human and social services throughout New York City during this unusual time. It has created a webpage, which will be updated as the coronavirus situation evolves and is better understood. 

Debevoise and Plimpton:  Coronavirus Checklist for Employers 

Communications Tools:

DocumentedCOVID-19 Guide for Undocumented Persons


Job Openings 

Executive & Operations

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - Executive Director/Co-Directors
Community Help in Park Slope - Executive Director
Communities United for Police Reform - Administrative Assistant 
​Common Justice - Chief Operating Officer
Footsteps - Operations Assistance 
Heights and Hills - Executive Director
Red Hook Initiative - Deputy Director


Development & Communications

Brooklyn Legal Services A - Development & Communications Associate
Brooklyn Legal Services A - Senior Grants & Contracts Manager
Communities United for Police Reform - Director of Development
Communities United for Police Reform - Director of Campaigns and Programs
Communities United for Police Reform - Program Associate: Research & Organizing
Echoing Green - Director of Development 
Girls for Gender Equity - Senior Director of Institutional Advancement
Good Call - Director of Development
Marshall Project - Director of Development, Communications
Power of Two - Chief Advancement Officer


Programs & Services

Ali Forney Center - Director of Equity and Inclusion
Communities United for Police Reform - Community Safety & Budget Coordinator
CUP - Program Manager
Lantern Community Services - Program Director
Make the Road NY - Civil Rights & Immigration Lead Organizer
Make the Road NY - Equity & Racial Justices Coordinator
Prospect Park Alliance - Government & Community Relations Coordinator
Women's Organizing Network - Program Director

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