Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - September 2021

September 17, 2021

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Getting Ready for #BrooklynGives 2021

* Register Your Nonprofit at
First Training: Monday, September 21 at 2PM

Nonprofit registration is now open for our #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign! Sign up your organization today so that thousands of donors can search, discover, and support you this Giving Tuesday.

Powered by Brooklyn Community Foundation, #BrooklynGives unites donors and local nonprofits in support of social change on the year’s biggest day of giving. Now in its 6th year, #BrooklynGives has raised over $3 million for grassroots, community-led nonprofits across Brooklyn.

Join us on Tuesday, September 21 for a training to learn everything you need to know about #BrooklynGives, including how to create your profile, take advantage of online fundraising tools, and start planning to make this Giving Tuesday your most successful yet. 

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Funding & Opportunities

Brooklyn Public Library is launching an open call for collaboration through the Library’s BKLYN Incubator program. Potential community partners can submit letters of interest (LOI) for the opportunity to receive up to $10,000 to work with neighborhood libraries to develop innovative programs, events and other resources. Deadline to apply: September 20, 2021.

Ben and Jerry's Foundation is inviting applications for its National Grassroots Organizing Program. Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to small, grassroot nonprofit organizations across the United States working to help themselves and their communities create broad systems of change through community organizing and movement-building efforts. To be eligible, applicants must  have a budget that does not exceed $500,000. Deadline: October 1, 2021.

The New York Foundation
 is now accepting funding requests for its February 2022 grants docket. 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. Deadline: November 1, 2021.

Impact 100 NYC
, an all-women philanthropic giving circle dedicated to transforming New York City communities through lasting impact, has announced the opening of its 2022 grant application cycle for eligible nonprofits. The all-volunteer organization annually bestows an Innovation Grant of $100,000 to at least one nonprofit operating within the five boroughs of NYC for the benefit of city residents and communities. Deadline to apply: November 10, 2021. 

The CJI Strategic Opportunities Support Fund (SOS Fund) is a rapid response funding mechanism that issues micro-grants (up to $5,000) to organizations addressing crises with strategic organizing and advocacy to meet emergency needs in their communities. The Fund also enables organizations to take advantage of unanticipated opportunities for organizing and advocacy that may be otherwise prohibitive due to a small funding gap. Qualifying organizations have organizational budgets under $750,000 and are led by and serve formerly incarcerated people and the families of those directly impacted by excessive policing, the criminal legal and immigration systems. Deadline: December 17, 2021.

Around Brooklyn

​The Center for Urban Pedagogy is now accepting applications for Making Policy Public and Public Access Design. These programs are for community and advocacy organizations who are working to address policy issues where the difficulty of understanding the issues is leading to social injustice. It offers to opportunity collaborate with artists and designers to break down complex problems into an accessible, culturally appropriate visual tool that you can share with the communities you work with.

The New York State Excluded Workers Fund is now open! This is the first fund devoted exclusively to workers who have been excluded from state and federal unemployment benefits during the pandemic, including many undocumented and other workers who suffered significantly during the pandemic.

The Human Services Career Advancement Scholarship is the City of New York’s landmark new program for offering eligible human services workers an opportunity to advance in their careers by earning a CUNY degree or a social work license. CUNY and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development have partnered to offer this program exclusively to workers at eligible organizations that hold human services contracts with the City of New York. Through this program, eligible human services workers can apply for a scholarship to complete an Associate, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree at CUNY or apply to participate in a test prep class for individuals with a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) who have not yet earned their license.

Nonprofit New York is providing two-year organizational memberships to 100 BIPOC-run organizations with budgets under $250,000. If you join Nonprofit New York, you gain two years of access to over 100 in-depth trainings designed to make organizations stronger and build skills, a group buying program, on-demand assistance, and collective action, to build a movement together to strengthen the entire nonprofit sector. Apply here.

Girls for Gender Equity is accepting applications for Sisters in Strength (SIS) and the Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC). Sisters in Strength (SIS) engages young people who are survivors of child sexual abuse and allies to survivors, providing space for survivor-centered, healing justice approaches in the movement to end gender-based violence, sexual violence, and child sexual abuse. The Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) is a national program in which young cis and trans girls and GNC/NB youth of color engage in organizing and civic engagement strategies to push for transformative change through government and policy. Applications are due September 24th.

COVID-19 Resources

Wondering If Your Nonprofit Can Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines? Lawyers Alliance for New York's Legal Alert addresses how the availability of COVID-19 vaccines may open new possibilities for nonprofits and whether they can require employees, clients, and others with whom they interact to be vaccinated. Find answers to these questions and more here.


Employment Listings 

Executive & Operations

Arab-American Family Support Center - Finance Manager
BK Rot - Executive Director
Communities United for Police Reform - Executive Director
Immigrant Defense Project - Executive Director
KAVI - Executive Director
Kings County Tennis League - Executive Director
Partners for Dignity and Rights (Formerly NESRI) - Co-Executive Director


Development & Communications

Black Alliance for Just Immigration - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project - Director of Institutional Giving
Brooklyn Boatworks - Development Officer
Brooklyn Movement Center - Development Associate
Common Justice - Multiple Positions
Diaspora Community Services - Program Associate - Communication and Development
Documented: Grant WriterMajor Gifts Officer
Fifth Avenue Committee - Development & Communications Coordinator
NYCLU - Major Gifts Officer
South Asian Youth Action - Chief Development Officer
Teachers Unite - Director of Development and Operations
The Door - Grant Officer
YA-YA Network - Communications Director


Programs & Services

Audre Lorde Project - Temporary Canvassers
Brooklyn Navy Yard - Assistant Vice President, Workforce Hiring and Training
Brooklyn Movement Center - Community Canvasser
Carroll Gardens Association - Organizers
Flatbush Development Corporation - Housing Director
Girls for Gender Equity - Multiple Positions
Hollaback! - Multiple Positions
Neighbors Together - Housing Campaigns Manager
Nonprofit New York - Program Manager

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