Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - September 2019

September 11, 2019

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Advancing Racial Justice within Your Organization: An Introductory Workshop for Nonprofit Managers

Monday, October 7 
8:45AM - 5:00PM
Brooklyn Community Foundation is pleased to offer free and discounted workshops and assistance to Brooklyn nonprofits. This is an exciting opportunity for nonprofit leaders and managers to participate in a low-cost, full-day training on Racial Justice facilitated by national experts Nyantara Sen and Cynthia Silva Parker. 

Register Now for #BrooklynGives 2019!

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! 

Our goal is to raise more than $1 million for Brooklyn nonprofits in the 3 weeks leading up to Giving Tuesday — culminating with a huge 24-hour celebration on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 featuring donor matches, sponsored cash prizes, events across the borough, and much more! Want to learn more? View a recording of our most recent “Getting Ready for #BrooklynGives” webinar.

Ready to sign up? Registration for nonprofits is now open! Get started at 

Invest in Brooklyn Dinner


We are pleased to offer a limited number of discounted Community Tickets for our upcoming Invest in Brooklyn Dinner on Friday, October 18th. Email our Director of Donor Engagement Jenny Walski to learn more! 

Brooklyn Elders Fund: Letters of Inquiry Due October 11th

Following the launch of our new $10M Brooklyn Elders Fund last spring, this month we officially released the results of our Elders’ Insights process along with the guidelines for the Fund’s Grant Program. We are now accepting Letters of Inquiry through Friday, October 11th from nonprofits serving older adults in the areas of Aging in Place, Promoting Elders’ Rights, and Access to Benefits and Entitlements. 

We are also recruiting members for our inaugural Brooklyn Elders Fund Advisory Council, an opportunity for older adults (ages 50+) to advise our grant making through their expertise and lived experience.

Want to learn more? Sign up for our Informational Webinar on Monday, September 16th at 10AM. 

400 Years of Inequality Series at BHS

This October, Brooklyn Community Foundation is partnering with Brooklyn Historical Society to shine a spotlight on four centuries of our nation’s legacy of slavery in the series 400 Years of Inequality: Slavery, Race, and Our Unresolved History.
In 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans landed in Jamestown, its human cargo sold into bondage. In this immersive series of reflection, analysis and discussion, BHS explores the ensuing history of slavery in the United States and its ramifications today, 400 years later.
In conversations about housing, healthcare, criminal justice, reparations, and more, we look to reframe the telling of America’s story of inequality in order to shape a more complete narrative for the future. 
Our Fair and Just Fellow Heather McGhee will be featured in conversation with Michael Eric Dyson as part of the series for the event "Reckoning with Racism" on Friday, October 18th.

Funding & Opportunities 

Brooklyn Community Foundation believes that supporting Brooklyn’s aging population is key to achieving equitable communities. Through our Brooklyn Elders Fund, we support Brooklyn-serving organizations that are working to ensure that older adults in our borough have the opportunity and agency to achieve social and economic success. Grant guidelines for our Brooklyn Elders Fund have been released and we are accepting LOIs on or before Friday, October 11th

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 12/01/2019.

The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation is inviting applications for projects that support art and social justice. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to ethical artistic practice designed to broaden access to the arts in the five boroughs of New York City. Applications due September 13, 2019.

The North Star Fund’s fall application cycle is now open. The application deadline is Friday, September 13, 2019, at 5:00 pm. Find out how to apply, criteria, frequently asked questions and more by visiting their website

UUFP is inviting applications for its Fund for a Just Society. Through the program, grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to non-Unitarian Universalist groups who are engaged in community organizing aimed at bringing about systemic change leading to a more just society; are working to mobilize those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination; and have an active campaign to create systemic change. Completed applications must be postmarked by September 15.

The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting applications for its newly launched Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants program, which will award general operating support grants of $60,000 in support of activities aimed at strengthening the organizational infrastructure of nonprofits in New York City that provide direct services to young people between the ages of 5 and 25. Deadline: September 30, 2019.

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation seeks proposals for the creation of a clinical center of excellence (CCE) in the greater New York City area (New York, New Jersey, and/or Connecticut) with the capacity to effectively treat patients suffering from Lyme and/or tickborne disease. Deadline: September 30, 2019.

The GTV Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its New Arts Education Initiatives program, with grants ranging between $15,000 and $50,000. The foundation is interested in programs and initiatives on the wish lists of established not-for-profits; big ideas that have not been funded and are still untested; something untried but with exciting possibilities; and programs that are an extension of a current program into a new area or that include a creative but impactful new wrinkle. Letters of Interest are due October 1.

The Ben and Jerry’s Foundation is inviting applications for its Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Program. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit community-based groups working to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. Pre-applications are due October 16. 

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.

Public Welfare Foundation LOIs for criminal justice, youth justice and workers' rights programs are open and accepted on a rolling deadline. The 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  

Brooklyn Arts Council is currently accepting nominations for panelists who will help in the selection process for our 2020 Community Arts Grants recipients. We seek experienced cultural professionals with a commitment to the development of arts and culture in Brooklyn.Nominate yourself or another arts leader by October 1, 2019. Learn more

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

Advocates for Children of New York - Administrative Assistant

Breaking Ground - Operations Manager

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Director of Facilities

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

Common Justice - Operations and Development Coordinator

Common Justice - Vice President for Organizing and Policy

Common Justice - Vice President of Programs

Common Justice - September 2019 - May 2020 Legal Intern

Exploring the Arts - Executive Director

FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) - Facilities Assistant

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Director of Operations

Hook Arts Media - Director of Finance and Operations

Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) - Executive Coordinator

New York Immigration Coalition - Operations Associate

New York Immigration Coalition - Senior Executive Associate

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

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York - Executive Director

Red Hook Initiative - Director of Finance & Administration

RiseBoro Community Partnership - Chief Financial Officer

Safe Horizon - Administrative Assistant, ILP

Safe Horizon - Director Clinical and Forensic Services, Brooklyn

Safe Horizon - Director Community Program


Development & Communications

ACJ - Assistant to the Chief Development Officer

Bend the Arc - Development Associate

Blue Meridian Partners - Associate, Development and Investor Relations

Blue Meridian Partners - Director, Development and Investor Relations

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

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Marketing and Communications Manager

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Website Manager

Brooklyn Historical Society - Manager of Programs and Press

Common Justice - Operations and Development Coordinator

FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) - Director of Communications & Marketing

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Deputy Director of Development

Green City Force - Development Manager

Immigrant Justice Corps - Director of Development

Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) - Director of Development

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

Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York - Development Manager

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

New York Immigration Coalition - Manager of Communications, Press Secretary

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

Prospect Park Alliance - Marketing and Communications Coordinator

RiseBoro Community Partnership - Development Associate

StoryCorps - Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Development Associate


Programs & Services

Bend the Arc - 2020 Jeremiah Cohort National Organizer

Bend the Arc - National Organizer

Bend the Arc - Senior National Organizer

Breaking Ground - Brooklyn Public Library Case Manager

Breaking Ground - Brooklyn Public Library Program Coordinator

Breaking Ground - Housing Advocate, Williamsburg

Brooklyn Public Library - Culture Pass 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

El Puente - Academic Mentor/Tutor (Part-Time)

FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) - Grants Officer

FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) - Senior Policy Analyst - Human Services

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Deputy Director of Policy and Government Relations

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Policy Manager

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

New York Immigration Coalition - Research and Policy Associate

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

Public Health Solutions - Community Health Worker - Healthy Families

Prospect Park Alliance - Government and Community Relations Coordinator

Red Hook Initiative - Academic Advisor, STEM

Red Hook Initiative - High School Social Worker

Red Hook Initiative - Middle School Social Worker

Safe Horizon - Case Manager - Helpline Community Program

Safe Horizon - Client Advocate Specialist

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

Safe Horizon - Case Manager/Intake Specialist - Family Justice Center, Brooklyn

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

WITNESS - Program Coordinator- Emerging Threats And Opportunities


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