Brooklyn Accelerator News: Upcoming September Events

August 18, 2016

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward

News from Brooklyn Community Foundation

Join Us for These September Events 

Children, Not Criminals: Rethinking School Discipline

Saturday, September 24 @ 2PM
Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium

Presented with the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art 

Hear from national and local advocates and practitioners about the crisis of the school-to-prison pipeline, its increasing impact on young women of color, and the positive outcomes achieved through innovative disciplinary alternatives.

Speakers include Fania Davis, leading voice on restorative justice; Monique Morris, author of the critically acclaimed Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools; and Ashley Ellis, Restorative Practices Director at the School for Democracy and Leadership, a partner school in the Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project. Brooklyn Community Foundation President Cecilia Clarke will moderate. Free with museum admission.


Invest in Youth Dinner

Tuesday, September 27 @ 6:30PM
Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg

Join us for our annual dinner and conversation, featuring Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist and Founder of Define American, Opal Tometi, Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York, discussing the challenges and opportunities facing immigrant youth and families in Brooklyn.

Details and Tickets

A limited number of half-price price tickets are available to nonprofit professionals, activists, and community leaders. Email Julia Metro at for details. 

Save the Date: Racial Justice Training for Nonprofits

Our free full-day Advancing Racial Justice for Nonprofit Leaders training returns this fall on Thursday, November 17. Nonprofits that wish to participate will be required to send two representatives, either senior staff or Board members.

Sign up to be notified when registration opens

Work with Us!

We are currently seeking applicants for a Foundation Assistant position and our new Neighborhood Strength Fellowship.

  • The Foundation Assistant is an outstanding opportunity for someone early in their career to gain experience in all aspects of community philanthropy and foundation operations. 
  • The Neighborhood Strength Fellowship seeks residents of Sunset Park to help fund solutions to key local issues. Applications are due September 1. Fellows will receive a $1200 stipend for the 8-month project. Seniors and youth are encouraged to apply. 


Stonewall Community Foundation is accepting proposals for its 2016 Quarter Share grant program. A one-year general operating support grant of $12,500 will be awarded to an organization or project focused on the safety of marginalized LGBTQ communities. Proposals are due August 24 at noon.

Nominate your organization for the Yelp Foundation Gives Local contest by August 31. Three organizations will be selected as finalists to be voted on from Giving Tuesday, November 29 through December 9th. The organizations will be awarded $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respectively.

William T. Grant Foundation is accepting applications for its Youth Services Improvement grant program. The Foundation will award grants in the amount of $25,000 to community based organizations providing youth services within New York City serving youth ages 5-25. Apply here by September 8 at 3pm.

Partnership for Parks makes small grants of up to $5,000 to strengthen the outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity of community groups who care for their neighborhood parks. Apply for funding by October 1 on the PFP website.

The Macquarie Group Foundation’s David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowships are presented biennially to leaders of non-profit organizations in Australia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and selected US cities (New York, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia). Recipients will receive a $20,000 grant payable to their organization to cover airfares, accommodation and other costs associated with the fellowship. Applications close on September 9.

Brooklyn Arts Council invites individual artists, collectives, and small nonprofit organizations to apply for up to $5,000 to support artistic or cultural projects taking place across Brooklyn in 2017. Applications for Community Arts Grants are due September 21.

The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation is taking applications for funding under its Arts and Social Justice Initiative for 2017. During its first year, the Initiative provided support in the range of $2,500 to $100,000. Read more and apply by September 15 here.

Exit 9 Gift Emporium seeks nonprofit recipients and business contributors to participate in their Tuesdays for Good program. 5% of all sales from each Tuesday will be donated to a selected organization. In addition, if a customer mentions the nonprofit at checkout, then he or she will receive a 5% discount on their entire purchase. Visit the Exit 9 website for further details.


Does your organization need a new website? Apply to 48in48 to get a brand new website for your nonprofit this fall. To find out if your organization qualifies, visit the 48in48 application page.

Columbia Business School offers two programs in social enterprise for nonprofit executives in early 2017. Apply for the four-week Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals by September 30 and the one-week Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals by October 28. 

The Center for Urban Pedagogy is looking for community and advocacy organizations to participate in Making Policy Public 2017. Organizations must be working to address policy issues that need visual explanation, and where the lack of understanding of this issue is leading to social injustice. Learn more and apply here by August 29.

Mark your calendar for the New York City Youth Summit for Restorative Justice at The James Baldwin School, November 4-5. Join young leaders and restorative practitioners from around the city for a series of panels, presentations and workshops. For more information, visit Restorative Justice Initiative's website. 

Around Brooklyn 

The Citywide Convergence Against Displacement, hosted by Mayday Space, takes place this Saturday, August 20. Join housing justice organizers, anti-displacement activists and tenant leaders from across NYC for a 5-hour convergence to share best practices from the frontlines, build community over food, and draw from our collective creativity to broaden the movement. Childcare and Spanish interpretation available upon request. Register here and RSVP on Facebook.

Attend or volunteer this weekend at the One Crown Heights Neighborhood Festival on Sunday August 21. The day begins with a commemoration ceremony at the Jewish Children's Museum at 11am followed by the Neighborhood Festival from 1-5pm at the Brooklyn Children's Museum and Brower Park. Register to volunteer with Repair The World or RSVP to the festival on Facebook.

Equality for Flatbush hosts a strategy session on gentrification on September 24 at the Flatbush Library. Find more information and RSVP on Facebook.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations 

President - Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Executive Director - Atlas: DIY  

Deputy Director - Arab American Association of New York  

Finance Associate - Brooklyn Arts Council

Assistant Executive Director - Girls for Gender Equity

Operations Manager - Girls for Gender Equity 

Executive Director - Picture the Homeless

Development & Communications

Director of Development - Heights and Hills

Director of Development and Communications - Brooklyn Legal Services Corp A

Director of Development and Communications - Cool Culture  

Development Manager - Theatre of the Oppressed NYC 

Individual Giving Program Initiator - Street Vendor Project


Communications Manager - StoryCorps

VP of Education and Community Engagement - Brooklyn Academy of Music

Membership Manager - Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Project Manager - Brooklyn Public Library

Outreach Coordinator - Common Justice

Men's Empowerment Coordinator - Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Director of Programs - Girls for Gender Equity

Finance & Operations Associate - Global Health Corps

Program Director - LIFT-New York

Political and Legislative Director - NYC Communities for Change

Program Manager - NY Writers Coalition

Program Assistant - Propel Capital

Employment Coordinator - Red Hook Initiative

Finance Manager - Red Hook Initiative

Program Director, Education Center - Turning Point Brooklyn 


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