Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - October 2019

October 23, 2019

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward 

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#BrooklynGives Registration Closes Nov. 1st!

The #BrooklynGives campaign is an exciting way to boost your nonprofit’s fundraising efforts and visibility across Brooklyn during the 3 weeks leading up to Giving Tuesday—the year’s biggest single day of giving! The campaign kicks off on Tuesday, November 12th and culminates in a 24-hour celebration on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd. 

Our goal is to raise more than $1 million for Brooklyn nonprofits and raise awareness for the breadth and diversity of organizations right in our own backyards. 

Registration for nonprofits is open until November 1st! Get started at 

Want to learn more? Join our “Final Steps to Success” webinar on Monday, October 28 at 1pm and view a recording of our “Getting Ready for #BrooklynGives” webinar.


Funding & Opportunities 

New York City Complete Count Fund RFP has been extended through October 23, 2019 at 11:59PM. Organizations that have deep connections to historically undercounted communities are encouraged to apply. Grant awards will range from $25,000 to $250,000, depending on organizational size and capacity. Selection criteria and eligibility are fully explained in the Request for Proposals, and will ensure that the New York City Complete Count Fund taps the expertise and resources of a range of organizations that work most closely with communities at risk of being undercounted.

The Prospect Hill Foundation is happy to announce the creation of the New Youth Program for organizations that recognize the root causes of race, gender, and economic oppression, and that are mobilizing and engaging communities in healing, building collective power, and advocating for systemic change. Applicants must be led by and for the community they serve; must amplify young people’s voice and agency; and hold themselves accountable to their communities and to young people. The deadline for applications is October 24, 2019. In the summer 2020, PHF will award ten $25,000 general operating grants to organizations in New York City, Rhode Island and/or the San Francisco/Bay Area. 

NY Nanum Foundation has issued an RFP for its 2020 Program Support and Capacity Building Grants program, through which grants of up to $20,000 and capacity-building support grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to organizations in the Northeast that serve ethnic minorities, including but not limited to Korean Americans and Asian Americans. Proposals are due October 31, 2019.

Borealis Philanthropy Immigration Litigation Fund supports impact litigation efforts that challenge discriminatory, unlawful, and overly punitive immigration enforcement policies and practices at any stage of the enforcement trajectory from identification and apprehension, to detention and removal, as well as efforts to exclude certain immigrants from entering the country. Applications are due November 1, 2019. If you are considering applying, you must first speak with a Borealis staff person to discuss your project’s compatibility with the ILF’s funding priorities before October 25th. To schedule a call, please contact the Borealis staff at

New York Foundation is accepting funding requests for its February meeting through November 1, 2019. Grants support community-initiated solutions to solve local problems, constituents mobilizing for adequate and equitable resources, and groups organizing a collective voice among those whose voices have not been heard. 

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City seeks proposals to participate in a community-based outreach campaign for the NYC Care program in Brooklyn and Staten Island. NYC Care is a health care access program that guarantees low-cost and no-cost services offered by NYC Health + Hospitals to New Yorkers who do not qualify for or cannot afford health insurance based on federal guidelines. Applications are due November 8, 2019.

Howard Gilman Foundation is inviting applications from geographically- and culturally-diverse organizations in New York City devoted to excellence in both artistic achievement and audience experience. To that end, general operating and project support grants will be awarded to professional performing arts organizations (including dance companies, theater companies, music ensembles); performing arts presenters; and service organizations that provide support for the performing arts and performing artists. Awards generally range from between $10,000 and $250,000, with a median grant amount of $60,000. Letters of Inquiry are due November 22, 2019.

PennPAC is currently accepting applications for Spring 2020 consulting grants to NYC-based nonprofits. Your organization can be considered for a 8-10 week project; a 6-8 week mini project; and/or a one time, ImPACt event. All projects will launch in March 2020. Learn more about how PennPAC supports the nonprofit sector. Applications will be accepted through November 25, 2019.

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, our culture and our future for good. 5 winners. $200,000 each. No strings attached. Applications and nominations due December 1, 2019.

Citizens Committee for New York City has opened the application process for its Neighborhood Grants program, which provides funding of up to $3,000 and project planning support for neighborhood improvement initiatives. Applications are due January 20, 2020.

The Nation Institute’s Wayne Barrett Investigative Fund is inviting grant applications for political news stories, to support ambitious reporting projects focused on politics and corruption in both New York City and on the national stage. The fund is designed to enable talented journalists working in print or on digital or broadcast platforms to produce deeply reported investigative projects with strong editorial guidance and support. Awards will range between $5,000 and $15,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The New York State Health Foundation has issued an RFP for individuals working in community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend/present at local, state, and national conferences in the areas of healthy communities, consumer empowerment, and veteran’s health. Scholarships of up to $2,000/person will be awarded to up to two attendees from an organization (maximum of $4,000), which may be used for registration fees, travel, lodging, and incidentals while attending the conference. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

TD Bank Charitable Foundation is seeking applications for their TD Ready Challenge initiative, which awards $1 million (CAD) in grants every year to 10 organizations in the areas of Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. View eligibility criteria

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.

Around Brooklyn  

‘Til Victory is Won is a teach-in commemorating the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to the shores of North America, taking place October 26 at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library from 7PM to midnight. Talks, performances and discussions are scheduled throughout the evening. 

Brooklyn's Mural Movement at Brooklyn Historical Society, October 29 at 6:30pm. Go behind-the-scenes of this movement, and explore how today’s artists are continuing to forge community cohesion and retain a sense of place amid gentrification as Robyne Walker Murphy, Executive Director of Groundswell, moderates a conversation with Janet Braun-Reinitz, muralist and author of On the Wall: Four Decades of Community Murals in New York City, Richard Green, Director of Crown Heights Youth Collective, and Joe Matunis, founder of El Puente’s Los Muralistas initiative.

Visualizing Data for Greater Impact, November 13, 2019 from 10AM - 12:30PM at Pratt Institute-Manhattan. In response to overwhelming interest from participants of previous Neighborhood Data Portal (NDP) trainings, Pratt Center is excited to present a special edition of Visualizing Data for Greater Impact – offered specifically for organizers and advocates!

Want to increase the impact of your community building project or pick up skills to start a community organizing campaign with your neighbors? Join Citizens Committee this fall for the Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI). NLI is a free, participatory workshop series that teaches organizing and advocacy skills. Anyone who attends at least four sessions (including the Basics of Community Organizing workshop) will receive an NLI Certificate. 

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 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

Advocates for Children of New York - Staff Attorney, School Justice Project

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) - Director of Human Resources

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Director of Facilities

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Technical Production Manager

Brooklyn Public Library - Assistant Director, Central Library

Brooklyn Public Library - Vice President, Capital Planning & Facilities Management

Common Justice - Operations and Development Coordinator

Common Justice - United for Healing Equity (UHE) Project Manager

Common Justice - Vice President for Organizing and Policy

Common Justice - Vice President of Programs

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Director of Campaigns & Organizing

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Operations Coordinator

Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) - Executive Coordinator

New York Immigration Coalition - Administrative Assistant (Part-time)

New York Immigration Coalition - Human Resources Generalist

Opening Act - Executive Director

The Osborne Association - Human Resources Generalist

The Osborne Association - Vice President of Children, Youth & Family Services 

Participatory Budgeting Project - Operations Coordinator

Prospect Park Alliance - Senior Director, People + Culture

Red Hook Initiative - Director of Finance & Administration

Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Executive Director

Young New Yorkers - Associate Director


Development & Communications

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) - Fundraising and Tele-Sales Associates (PT, Temp)

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) - Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Manager, Individual Giving & Special Events

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Manager of Major Gifts

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Website Manager

Common Justice - Operations and Development Coordinator

Communities United for Police Reform - Director of Communications

Communities United for Police Reform - Development Manager

Community Voices Heard - Development Manager

FPWA - Grants Officer

Immigrant Justice Corps - Director of Development

Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) - Director of Development

Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) - Events and Donor Relations Officer

New York Immigration Coalition - Manager of Communications, Digital Campaigning and Marketing

New York Immigration Coalition - Manager of Communications, Press Secretary

The New York Women's Foundation - Manager, Individual Giving

Prospect Park Alliance - Graphic Designer (Part Time)

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Development Associate

WITNESS -  External Relations Associate


Programs & Services

Bend the Arc - 2020 Jeremiah Cohort National Organizer

Bend the Arc - National Organizer

Bend the Arc - Senior National Organizer

Breaking Ground - Street Medicine Program Coordinator (Williamsburg)

Brooklyn Public Library - Part-Time BPL Annex Assistant

Brooklyn Public Library - East New York Reads Library Coordinator

Brooklyn Public Library - Part-Time Team up to Read Project Manager

Common Justice - Bilingual Intervention Manager

Common Justice - Bronx Trauma Support Manager

Common Justice - Brooklyn Intervention Manager

Common Justice - Outreach Manager (Brooklyn)

Common Justice - 2019 Social Work Intern

FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) - Program Coordinator

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Alternatives to Placement Program Manager

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Community Organizer

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Coordinator of School-Based Youth Programs

Green City Force - Youth Developer- Social Worker [Part Time]

New York Immigration Coalition - Civic Engagement Fellow

The New York Women's Foundation - Grants Manager 

The New York Women's Foundation - Program Officer.

The Osborne Association - Housing Specialist (Elder Reentry)

The Osborne Association - Re-entry Specialist

The Osborne Association - Youth Development Specialist (Part-Time) 

Participatory Budgeting Project - Program Manager

Prospect Park Alliance - Government and Community Relations Coordinator

Red Hook Initiative - High School Social Worker

Red Hook Initiative - Middle School Social Worker

Safe Horizon - Case Manager - Child Advocacy Center, Brooklyn

Safe Horizon - Case Manager - Helpline Community Program

Safe Horizon - Client Advocate Specialist

Safe Horizon - Clinical Forensic Specialist - CAC, Brooklyn (2)

UndocuBlack Network - Field organizer

WITNESS - Program Coordinator- Emerging Threats And Opportunities

Young New Yorkers - Social Worker

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