Aug
28
10:00 AM10:00

2019 Grassroots Fundraising Trainings Series

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This fall the NYC Funders Capacity Building Collaborative is offering the annual grassroots fundraising training series. The series titled “Engaging Organizational Stakeholders in GRF” will engage participants to explore the values and principles of grassroots fundraising through a social justice lens. From exploring the impacts of capitalism and class on our ability to fundraise to devising fundraising strategies that empower and engage organizational stakeholders (members, board, volunteers).

This series builds off the work of traditional individual donor engagement strategies while exploring the learnings and teachings of various grassroots groups and individual’s innovative applications of these strategies. This will allow participants to think more broadly and expand on the ways we think of raising dollars for our work that is relevant to the communities we serve. The series offers a training for trainers (T4T) to support participants to engage their larger organization in the work of grassroots fundraising. Additionally, there will be two 3-hour workshops to engage organizational participants to determine and implement a grassroots fundraising strategy.

ELIGIBILITY & EXPECTATIONS

The training consist of eight sessions – five full-day sessions, and three 3-hour sessions

  • Four 6-hour sessions focusing on GRF skill development and political education.

  • One 6-hour Training for Trainers (T4T) session: Participants learn and practice how to facilitate a GRF 101 session in their organization.

  • Two 3-hour multi-stakeholder trainings: Organizational participants would choose one of the two trainings dates/times. This would allow participating organizations to send their members, board, and other stakeholders to learn how to plan and implement GRF strategies in addition to co-planning their fundraising project.

  • One 3-hour session to debrief and celebrate: This would be the final session to evaluate and celebrate the successes of their projects.

  • Coaching: Each organization would receive one 45 min coaching session and up to 15 min of email support.

Participant Criteria


This training is suited for groups who 1) are currently engaging in or want and have the capacity to implement grassroots fundraising strategies into their work, and 2) have committed organization stakeholders to engage in grassroots fundraising. This could be your members, volunteers, or board members. Each organization accepted into the training is expected to create and implement an end of year fundraising grassroots fundraising strategy. The training curriculum creates space for groups to plan and implement their grassroots fundraising activity.

We recommend that the applying stakeholders discuss with organizational decision makers on the capacity of the organization to support participants ability to implement training learnings into the organization. Participation in all sessions is mandatory as each session builds on one another. Please note while board members are invited to participate this is not a board grassroots fundraising training. Additionally, the training does not cover corporate fundraising strategies or content dedicated to large event planning.

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

TRAINING INFO

The sessions will be held on:

  • Session 1: 8/28/19, 10a – 4p

  • Session 2: 9/4/19, 10a – 4p

  • Session 3: 9/18/19, 10a – 4p

  • Session 4 T4T: 10/2/19, 10a – 4p

  • Stakeholder Training: 10/16/19, Afternoon 11a – 2p or Evening 4p – 7p

  • Session 5: 11/6/19, 10a – 4p

  • Celebration and Evaluation: 1/8/20, 1p – 4p

Location: Midtown

This training will be conducted by Krystal Portalatin. Krystal is a Queer Femme Nuyorican. Currently, as a consultant, she brings her knowledge of organizational development, program development, leadership development, fundraising, non-profit finance, and operations to support grassroots organizations to build their capacity and functionality. Her approach to consulting draws from the skills she cultivated while working for social justice organizations that are rooted in an anti-oppression and intersectional analysis.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Applications are due no later than August 12th, 2019 and accepted organizations will be notified via email the week of August 19th, 2019. Please note the training starts the following week on August 28th, 2019. One application per organization applying.

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Sep
10
to Sep 11

Managing with an Equity and Inclusion Lens Training

For the third year, the New York Capacity Building Collaborative is partnering with The Management Center to provide practical management skills training designed for social justice leaders.

On September 10-11, The Management Center will lead a two-day “Managing with an Equity and Inclusion Lens” training. We have space for 30 people, and we’d like to invite you and your colleagues to apply!

This training will teach a system of best practices based on those we’ve seen differentiate high-performing, equitable organizations— from aligning on clear, inclusive expectations on projects and broad responsibilities to effectively seeking and sharing feedback across lines of power, and hiring and developing a strong team. The overall aim is to provide knowledge and tools to help organizations turn good intentions into outstanding and lasting results—through effective, equitable management.

The training will consist of group activities, role-plays, PowerPoint presentation, individual and small group work, and audience participation. Participants will have time to apply, practice and translate the tools to their specific work contexts, and get input on core challenges from the trainer and their peers.

You should apply if:

  • You directly supervise staff, interns or consultants in some capacity, or

  • You consistently manage others on significant projects or campaigns (even if you’re not directly supervising)

  • You’re eager to learn new tools, frameworks, and practices to support your management

  • You’re open to thinking critically and newly about your individual and organizational practices on managing with an equity and inclusion lens.

More details on applying:

  • To apply, please fill out this brief application by August 26th.

  • We’ll review applications and notify applicants of selection by September 3rd.

  • Due to space limitations, we can’t guarantee that everyone who applies will be accepted, but we’ll do our best. Please make sure to mark your calendar for September 10-11th, 9:30am-5:00pm each day.

About The Management Center

The Management Center helps social justice leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations. Since 2006, they have worked with hundreds of the most influential social justice groups in the country and trained over 15,000 individual managers working on issues like immigration reform, reproductive justice, health care, racial justice, and more. Over the past year alone they have provided hands-on training and coaching support to over 150 organizations that are at the forefront of resisting injustice across the country, instilling practices that help visionary leaders deliver on their aspirations.

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Aug
13
10:00 AM10:00

Comprehensive Succession Planning Webinar Training

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for Comprehensive Succession Planning, a 2-part webinar-based training, with a limited number of optional, post-session 1-on-1 coaching hours.

Executive Director transitions may seem daunting and intimidating. Organizations hold fears and trepidations in time of transitions. However, succession planning can be successful if planned diligently and with care and intention. Join the NYC Capacity Building Collaborative for a 2-part training on comprehensive succession planning.

The first webinar, led by Zahida Pirani, organizational development consultant, will provide an overview of essential elements to successful succession planning for grassroots and youth organizations. This includes: how to include succession planning as an integral part of organizational planning, how to tailor processes based on your organization’s unique needs and values, ensuring organizational stability and cohesion during leadership transition and how to create a holistic succession plan that accounts for board and staff turnover during an ED transition.

The second webinar, led by Cathy Dang, former Executive Director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, will share the steps the organization took to ensure a successful and stable transition including building team leadership and buy-in, personnel infrastructure, finance and organizational infrastructure, and internal and external communications.

TRAINING INFO

Webinar Part 1: Zahida Pirani will provide an overview of essential elements to successful succession planning
When: July 23, 2019, 10am-11:30am

Webinar Part 2: Cathy Dang will share a successful model in CAAAV’s ED transition with Sasha Wijeyeratne sharing perspective as CAAAV’s new Executive Director
When: August 13, 2019, 10am-11:30am

Participants will be automatically registered for both sessions.

EXPECTATIONS and READINESS

Each organization should send one to two participants who hold roles with authority to develop and implement succession planning (e.g. board members, Executive Directors, Deputy Directors, or senior staff). Applicants must commit to participating for the full length of the workshops on both days, as well as discussing and implementing practices within their own organizations.

ELIGIBILITY

This training is free and designed for community-based nonprofit organizations including grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

In order to create a space where participants feel comfortable discussing organization-specific succession planning information, funders will not be eligible to participate in either webinar and participants will have the option to join the webinar anonymously via phone.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER
July 19th, 2019. Space is limited. Applicants will receive webinar details by July 22nd.

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Aug
5
9:30 AM09:30

Transformative Leadership Development for Transformative Organizing 2019

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for “Transformative Leadership Development for Transformative Organizing,” a 1.5-day training—with optional follow-up coaching hours— designed to create space for organizers to learn about and reflect on member leader development in community-based organizations.

Leadership development requires intentional planning, resources, and a long-term commitment. For organizations with limited capacity, it might seem like piling on more work. But when we don’t put in the time to harness the strengths of our members or to expand our collective skill sets, we lose a great deal of our power. Leadership development must, therefore, be a fundamental element of any organizing. Our sustainability as organizations and as a broader movement greatly depends on our ability to level up in this way.

ELIGIBILITY & EXPECTATIONS

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

You should apply if you are a grantee who practices community organizing. Up to three (3) representatives from your organization can apply to take part in this training. We ask that all participants be decision makers and/or responsible for implementing leadership development processes and programs in the organization. Applicants must commit to participating for the full length of the trainings on both days.

Priority will be given to community-based organizations that have a membership structure, and with less than 10 staff.

TRAINING INFO

Dates and Times: August 5th from 9:30am-4pm and August 6th 2019 from 9:30am-1:30pm
Location: Midtown

This training will be conducted by Helena Wong, Lynn Lewis, and Priscilla Gonzalez. In-person training dates are August 5th and 6th in Midtown. Organizations will have an opportunity to sign-up for follow-up coaching (up to 5 hours) at the end of the training. There are limited spots, and it is first come, first served. Coaching sessions can take place anytime after the training through the beginning of October.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Friday, July 12th. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Friday, July 19th. If you have questions you can reach out to Lynn Lewis at movementbuildingnyc@gmail.com.

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Jul
23
10:00 AM10:00

Comprehensive Succession Planning Webinar Training

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for Comprehensive Succession Planning, a 2-part webinar-based training, with a limited number of optional, post-session 1-on-1 coaching hours.

Executive Director transitions may seem daunting and intimidating. Organizations hold fears and trepidations in time of transitions. However, succession planning can be successful if planned diligently and with care and intention. Join the NYC Capacity Building Collaborative for a 2-part training on comprehensive succession planning.

The first webinar, led by Zahida Pirani, organizational development consultant, will provide an overview of essential elements to successful succession planning for grassroots and youth organizations. This includes: how to include succession planning as an integral part of organizational planning, how to tailor processes based on your organization’s unique needs and values, ensuring organizational stability and cohesion during leadership transition and how to create a holistic succession plan that accounts for board and staff turnover during an ED transition.

The second webinar, led by Cathy Dang, former Executive Director of CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities, will share the steps the organization took to ensure a successful and stable transition including building team leadership and buy-in, personnel infrastructure, finance and organizational infrastructure, and internal and external communications.

TRAINING INFO

Webinar Part 1: Zahida Pirani will provide an overview of essential elements to successful succession planning
When: July 23, 2019, 10am-11:30am

Webinar Part 2: Cathy Dang will share a successful model in CAAAV’s ED transition with Sasha Wijeyeratne sharing perspective as CAAAV’s new Executive Director
When: August 13, 2019, 10am-11:30am

Participants will be automatically registered for both sessions.

EXPECTATIONS and READINESS

Each organization should send one to two participants who hold roles with authority to develop and implement succession planning (e.g. board members, Executive Directors, Deputy Directors, or senior staff). Applicants must commit to participating for the full length of the workshops on both days, as well as discussing and implementing practices within their own organizations.

ELIGIBILITY

This training is free and designed for community-based nonprofit organizations including grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

In order to create a space where participants feel comfortable discussing organization-specific succession planning information, funders will not be eligible to participate in either webinar and participants will have the option to join the webinar anonymously via phone.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER
July 19th, 2019. Space is limited. Applicants will receive webinar details by July 22nd.

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Feb
26
9:00 AM09:00

City Hall Workshop Series 2019: City Hall 201

Mayor de Blasio is now his second term, the City Council’s new leadership has been in charge for a year, all branches of State government are now under Democratic control, and the Presidential Administration has been in office for two years. Now is an ideal time to reflect on effective strategies for influencing New York City policy decisions and how to best position citywide advocacy efforts within the state and federal political contexts. City Hall 101 and City Hall 201 is an interactive two-day workshop series that will explore how New York City government works and prepare you to advocate for your community.

City Hall 101: Advocacy is for Everyone! will provide lessons from and strategies for successfully influencing the Mayoral Administration and City Council leadership. You will learn who has decision making power, how to manage relationships with key players, how the budget and laws are passed, and how federal policy changes are impacting the City and State.

City Hall 201: Advocacy in Action builds on City Hall 101 and will focus on how to develop a successful campaign. You will gain practical skills and knowledge on building coalitions and mobilizing community members, communicating key messages and framing solutions, and increasing power and cultivating relationships with policymakers.

This two-day advocacy training aims to:

  • Improve your knowledge of New York City’s legislative and budget processes.

  • Strengthen your ability to cultivate relationships and influence decisions of key policymakers.

  • Enhance your capacity to develop and implement a campaign.

  • Improve your coalition building, community organizing, messaging, and power analysis skills.

  • Provide opportunities to strategize advocacy efforts that support your community.

Wayne Ho and Emily Miles will facilitate the training. Wayne is the President & CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), the nation’s largest Asian American social services agency. Emily is the Chief Program & Policy Officer of FPWA, a 95-year-old anti-poverty organization with a membership network of 200 community and faith-based agencies. Both have extensive experience and successes in implementing advocacy campaigns in New York.

Series Details

Who Should Attend: Community organizers and advocates, especially those who are familiar with New York City’s legislative and budget processes.

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

When:

  • Session 1City Hall 101: Advocacy is for Everyone!, Monday, February 25th, 9 AM – 2 PM

  • Session 2: City Hall 201: Advocacy in Action, Tuesday, February 26th, 9 AM – 2 PM

Where: Midtown


Deadline to register: Wednesday, February 13th. The space in this workshop is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Only one representative from each organization is invited to attend. Your registration will be confirmed by February 19th via email.

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Feb
25
9:00 AM09:00

City Hall Workshop Series 2019: City Hall 101

Mayor de Blasio is now his second term, the City Council’s new leadership has been in charge for a year, all branches of State government are now under Democratic control, and the Presidential Administration has been in office for two years. Now is an ideal time to reflect on effective strategies for influencing New York City policy decisions and how to best position citywide advocacy efforts within the state and federal political contexts. City Hall 101 and City Hall 201 is an interactive two-day workshop series that will explore how New York City government works and prepare you to advocate for your community.

City Hall 101: Advocacy is for Everyone! will provide lessons from and strategies for successfully influencing the Mayoral Administration and City Council leadership. You will learn who has decision making power, how to manage relationships with key players, how the budget and laws are passed, and how federal policy changes are impacting the City and State.

City Hall 201: Advocacy in Action builds on City Hall 101 and will focus on how to develop a successful campaign. You will gain practical skills and knowledge on building coalitions and mobilizing community members, communicating key messages and framing solutions, and increasing power and cultivating relationships with policymakers.

This two-day advocacy training aims to:

  • Improve your knowledge of New York City’s legislative and budget processes.

  • Strengthen your ability to cultivate relationships and influence decisions of key policymakers.

  • Enhance your capacity to develop and implement a campaign.

  • Improve your coalition building, community organizing, messaging, and power analysis skills.

  • Provide opportunities to strategize advocacy efforts that support your community.

Wayne Ho and Emily Miles will facilitate the training. Wayne is the President & CEO of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC), the nation’s largest Asian American social services agency. Emily is the Chief Program & Policy Officer of FPWA, a 95-year-old anti-poverty organization with a membership network of 200 community and faith-based agencies. Both have extensive experience and successes in implementing advocacy campaigns in New York.

Series Details

Who Should Attend: Community organizers and advocates, especially those who are familiar with New York City’s legislative and budget processes.

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

When:

  • Session 1City Hall 101: Advocacy is for Everyone!, Monday, February 25th, 9 AM – 2 PM

  • Session 2: City Hall 201: Advocacy in Action, Tuesday, February 26th, 9 AM – 2 PM

Where: Midtown


Deadline to register: Wednesday, February 13th. The space in this workshop is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Only one representative from each organization is invited to attend. Your registration will be confirmed by February 19th via email.

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Feb
14
10:00 AM10:00

Media Training Opportunity

Want to develop an effective communications strategy? Insight into how to craft dynamic message for the media? 

The New York City Capacity Building Collaborative (CBC), a collaborative of social justice foundations that collectively pool resources to build the capacity of grassroots community-based organizations, is accepting applications for a multi-session media training workshop. 

GOAL

Participants will leave the training with a basic to intermediate understanding of communications and media strategy and their role in advancing social change work. At the end of the training, participants will have a working knowledge of how to develop strong messages, integrate effective communications practices into their organization, and work successfully with and through the media.

Specifically, participants will:

§  Develop and/or hone media literacy skills through training on framing;

§  Identify audiences and develop profiles to assist in communications strategy and messaging;

§  Develop media messages and a pitch note, as well as communications leadership and spokesperson skills;

§  Assess their communications capacity and effectiveness of media strategy, if any;

§  Develop a basic understanding of how to work with the media, including types and definitions, best practices to communicate with and through the media;

§  Identify next steps for communications planning and/or capacity building; and

§  Receive actionable knowledge and guidance from seasoned journalists on pitching best practices

ACTIVITIES

  • Two (2) required in-person trainings: 10am-2pm on Thursday, January 31st and Thursday, February 14th at locations in midtown Manhattan (lunch included)

  • One (1) optional webinar (date in late February TBD)

  • Personalized follow-up with the trainer

APPLICATION

  • Deadline to apply: Friday, January 4, 2019

  • Due to training design and limited space, only one attendee per organization may attend, for a total of 22 participants/organizations.

  • Each attendee/organization must complete the application survey.

  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Friday, January 11, 2019.

Trainer

Alison R. Park of Urbanity, LLC has been developing media and communications strategies in the human services sector and gender justice movements for more than 15 years to help grassroots advocacy organizations and funders to connect to their audiences and build their power to communicate their vision of social justice forward. She began Urbanity as a vehicle to integrate communications; creative direction, art and culture; and change management (including training, capacity building and process facilitation) as a solution to the silos that so many of organizations and movements experience in internal alignment with strategic vision and external impact and reach. Alison centers her trainings for social justice organizations in Freire’s definition of praxis—“reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it,” engaging participants in an expansive learning process and using discussion, creative interaction and feedback to cultivate an environment where each participant’s current base of knowledge and power to communicate is acknowledged and integrated in new learning.  

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

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Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

Media Training Opportunity

Want to develop an effective communications strategy? Insight into how to craft dynamic message for the media? 

The New York City Capacity Building Collaborative (CBC), a collaborative of social justice foundations that collectively pool resources to build the capacity of grassroots community-based organizations, is accepting applications for a multi-session media training workshop. 

GOAL

Participants will leave the training with a basic to intermediate understanding of communications and media strategy and their role in advancing social change work. At the end of the training, participants will have a working knowledge of how to develop strong messages, integrate effective communications practices into their organization, and work successfully with and through the media.

Specifically, participants will:

§  Develop and/or hone media literacy skills through training on framing;

§  Identify audiences and develop profiles to assist in communications strategy and messaging;

§  Develop media messages and a pitch note, as well as communications leadership and spokesperson skills;

§  Assess their communications capacity and effectiveness of media strategy, if any;

§  Develop a basic understanding of how to work with the media, including types and definitions, best practices to communicate with and through the media;

§  Identify next steps for communications planning and/or capacity building; and

§  Receive actionable knowledge and guidance from seasoned journalists on pitching best practices

ACTIVITIES

  • Two (2) required in-person trainings: 10am-2pm on Thursday, January 31st and Thursday, February 14th at locations in midtown Manhattan (lunch included)

  • One (1) optional webinar (date in late February TBD)

  • Personalized follow-up with the trainer

APPLICATION

  • Deadline to apply: Friday, January 4, 2019

  • Due to training design and limited space, only one attendee per organization may attend, for a total of 22 participants/organizations.

  • Each attendee/organization must complete the application survey.

  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Friday, January 11, 2019.

Trainer

Alison R. Park of Urbanity, LLC has been developing media and communications strategies in the human services sector and gender justice movements for more than 15 years to help grassroots advocacy organizations and funders to connect to their audiences and build their power to communicate their vision of social justice forward. She began Urbanity as a vehicle to integrate communications; creative direction, art and culture; and change management (including training, capacity building and process facilitation) as a solution to the silos that so many of organizations and movements experience in internal alignment with strategic vision and external impact and reach. Alison centers her trainings for social justice organizations in Freire’s definition of praxis—“reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it,” engaging participants in an expansive learning process and using discussion, creative interaction and feedback to cultivate an environment where each participant’s current base of knowledge and power to communicate is acknowledged and integrated in new learning.  

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

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Dec
11
9:30 AM09:30

Proposal Writing Workshop

The New York Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for a one-day proposal writing workshop.  

Are you a nonprofit that has strong programs, outcomes, and dynamic stakeholders (staff, board, constituents, volunteers), but need additional support to tell your story or make your pitch? If so, this session on fundraising from foundations could help you. It will focus on creating a well-crafted template based on the NY/NJ Common Application Form that can be easily updated as new information is developed internally, so you will be poised to submit letters of inquiries and proposals to a cadre of new foundations.

Once a template is developed, replicating it for submission is easier and less time-consuming than creating individual proposals from scratch each time. This will allow your fundraising and executive staff to spend more time marketing your organizations to prospective grantmakers and developing closer and deeper relationships with funders.

The session will also focus on how to make a compelling ask using outcomes, goals, and strategies, and work on the executive summary of the proposal template. In a break-out session, you will receive constructive feedback on the executive summary, which is critical as it can make or break a submission. 
 
Trainer Info:

Utilizing almost sixteen years of experience in fundraising, Rovika Rajkishun’s expertise includes strategies for increasing revenues and diversifying funding streams, individual donor and board stewardship, and establishing and maintaining relationships with foundations and corporate grantors. She is currently the development director for the New York Immigration Coalition. She also teaches as part of the Robin Hood Foundation's Grant Readiness Training Program (G.R.I.T). She is on the board of directors of Girls for Gender Equity and Wild Earth; and is a board member of Community Board 7. Rovika has a bachelor of arts in comparative religion from Barnard College. For the last 16 years, she has lived in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, with her husband. They have two sons.

Who Should Attend:

This session is ideal for the staff member that works the most closely with foundations.

Dates and Times:

  • One-Day Training: Tuesday, December 11, 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • One-hour follow-up sessions: January 10th, 2019 or January 11th, 2019

Location: Midtown

Who is eligible to attend:

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, November 21st. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Tuesday, November 27th.

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Oct
22
9:00 AM09:00

Leadership Institute: An Anti-Oppression Training for Senior Leaders of Color

The New York Capacity Building Collaborative is pleased to partner with collaborating consultants Janvieve Williams Comrie (Aligned Strategies Consulting) and Luz Rodriguez-Cintron (Visionary Allies) to provide customized leadership skills training specifically designed for social justice leaders of color.

We are accepting applications for Leadership Institute: An Anti-Oppression Training for Senior Leaders of Color, a one-day training, followed by a series of group and individual coaching sessions.  

In these critical times that call for courageous and compassionate leadership, we recognize the benefit and strength that comes from having leaders of color at the helm of our social justice organizations. We also acknowledge that leaders of color face unique challenges. This workshop will help participants understand how dominant culture affects organizational culture, as well as how leadership styles differ and can at times be “oppressive” if we have not dealt with our own internalized oppression as people of color. The goal of this institute is to support and strengthen our leadership of color to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and support they need to find resilience to not just survive, but to strive as leaders while preventing structural racism from permeating our very own institutions whose mission is to liberate our communities from oppression.

Through the one-day training, and subsequent coaching sessions, participants will reflect and engage in activities geared towards how their own lived experiences of oppression can either hinder or advance their leadership styles, gain knowledge and successful strategies from their own peers, and receive personal mentorship while they implement new strategies and approaches to anti-oppression in nonprofit organizations.

TRAINING INFO    
                                                                                
            One-Day Training: Monday, October 22nd, 9:00am – 5:00pm. A light breakfast, lunch and snack will be provided.
            Group Coaching Session #1: Friday, November 16th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
            Group Coaching Session #2: Friday, December 14th, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Individual Coaching: Additional ½ hour coaching sessions via telephone will be scheduled on an individual basis.

Location: Midtown

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Friday, October 5th, 2018 Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Friday, October 12th.

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Oct
11
10:00 AM10:00

Fun with Financials Training 2018

Have you ever said, “I’m not really a numbers person”?  Or felt that you didn’t know where to begin asking questions about finances because “you don’t know what you don’t know”? If you were to be audited tomorrow, are you confident that you are in compliance with IRS rules and can withstand the scrutiny?

Whether you’re a new E.D. or a veteran or a board member wanting to play your role responsibly, Fun with Financials Training is designed for you. Get the practical and tactical information you need in language you can actually understand. 

The goal of this training is to demystify financial information and focus on what you need to know to make informed decisions and build financial health. 

This training is open to organizations with budgets between $350,000 and $3M.

This highly interactive training will cover:

Building Financial Health

  • How to understand financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, and budget) using your organization’s own reports
  • Using financial reports to analyze the current financial health of the organization
  • Creating dashboards to monitor financial health

Being Audit Ready All Year Long

  • What kinds of records do you need to keep and for how long
  • Best practices for internal checks and balances

Developing Budgets & Contingency Plans

  • Planning your budgets to grow and use reserves
  • How to budget in times of uncertainty
  • Involving staff in the budget process
  • What to report to funders

Plus flexibility to cover some topics that YOU choose!

You will also receive a packet of resources and materials to help you take the lessons back to your organization. At the end of the training, there will be opportunities to sign up for one-on-one assistance with Fun with Financials consultants.

We hope to meet you on Thursday, October 11th from 10am – 4pm for Fun with Financials! The deadline to apply is September 27th.

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Sep
18
10:00 AM10:00

From Theory to Practice – Engaging in Grassroots Fundraising Strategies that Work for your Organization and Communities

Is your organization looking for revenue streams that engage, build, and deepen your base of volunteers, members, and board members as donors and fundraisers? Does your organization want to raise dollars that are free from restriction? Does your organization want to increase the capacity of the organization to do fundraising?

The NYC Funders Capacity Building Collaborative is offering a grassroots fundraising training series titled: From Theory to Practice – Engaging in Grassroots Fundraising Strategies that Work for your Organization and Communities. The series will engage participants to explore the values and principles of grassroots fundraising through a social justice lens. From exploring the impacts of capitalism and class on our ability to fundraise to devising fundraising strategies that empower and engage organizational stakeholders (members, board, volunteers).

This series builds off the work of traditional individual donor engagement strategies while exploring the learnings and teachings of various grassroots groups and individual’s innovative applications of these strategies. This will allow participants to think more broadly and expand on the ways we think of raising dollars for our work that is relevant to the communities we serve. Participants will also explore and utilize practical fundraising skills training to help ensure the success of their chosen fundraising strategies. Each organization that is accepted into the training will be expected to plan and execute a grassroots fundraising event or campaign before the end of the series.

ELIGIBILITY & EXPECTATIONS

This training is suited for groups who 1) are currently engaging in or want and have the capacity to implement grassroots fundraising strategies into their work, and 2) have committed organization stakeholders to engage in grassroots fundraising. This could be your members, volunteers, or board members. Each organization accepted into the training is expected to create and implement an end of year fundraising grassroots fundraising strategy. The training curriculum creates space for groups to plan and implement their grassroots fundraising activity.

TRAINING INFO

Dates & Times: There will be six day-long (10am–4pm) sessions on 9/18, 10/9, 10/23, 11/13, 12/11 and 1/15

Location: Midtown

DEADLINE TO APPLY

No later than August 22nd, 2018. Accepted organizations will be notified via email the week of August 27th, 2018. There should be one application per organization applying.

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Sep
17
10:00 AM10:00

Healing Justice

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for Healing Justice, a 2-day training, with optional follow-up group coaching hours.  

Doing the daily work of social change can expose us to trauma and lead to burnout, which is only magnified when leaders hail from low-income, people of color communities. This workshop will help participants understand an empowering framework around trauma, their personal leadership, and vision in order to build strategies dedicated to promoting the healing and resilience of community organizers and community workers. Through the 2-day training, participants will reflect and engage in activities geared towards how to implement healing-centered strategies in their personal lives and in the structures, processes, and culture of their organizations. Finally, participants will self-organize in a community of peers to advance internal work and have opportunities to continue to receive and offer support to this cohort of organizations in order to sustain individual wellness practices.

TRAINING INFO    
                                                                                
Dates and Times: Monday, July 9th, 10am-5pm & Monday, September 17th, 10am-5pm
Location: Midtown

EXPECTATIONS and READINESS

Each organization should send two participants who serve at different staff levels, where one is seen as a leader in the organization with the authority to advance and implement internal organizational changes. Applicants must commit to participating for the full length of the workshops on both days, as well as to discussing and implementing practices within their own organizations.

ELIGIBILITY

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Friday, June 29th. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Tuesday, July 3rd.

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Sep
13
9:30 AM09:30

Managing with an Equity and Inclusion Lens

For the second year, the New York Capacity Building Collaborative is partnering with The Management Center to provide practical management skills training designed for social justice leaders.

On September 12-13, The Management Center will lead a two-day “Managing with an Equity and Inclusion Lens” training. We have space for 30 people, and we’d like to invite you and your colleagues to apply! This training will teach a system of best practices based on those we’ve seen differentiate high-performing, equitable organizations— from aligning on clear, inclusive expectations on projects and broad responsibilities to effectively seeking and sharing feedback across lines of power, as well as hiring and developing a strong team. The overall aim is to provide knowledge and tools to help organizations turn good intentions into outstanding and lasting results—through effective, equitable management.

The training will consist of group activities, role-plays, a PowerPoint presentation, individual and small group work, and audience participation. Participants will have time to apply, practice, and translate the tools to their specific work contexts, and get input on core challenges from the trainer and their peers.

ELIGIBILITY & EXPECTATIONS

You should apply if:

  • You directly supervise staff, interns or consultants in some capacity, or
  • You consistently manage others on significant projects or campaigns (even if you’re not directly supervising)
  • You’re eager to learn new tools, frameworks, and practices to support your management
  • You’re open to thinking critically and newly about your individual and organizational practices on managing with an equity and inclusion lens

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

TRAINING INFO

Dates & Times: Wednesday, September 12th & Thursday, September 13th, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Midtown
This training will be conducted by The Management Center


DEADLINE TO APPLY

No later than August 31st, 2018. Due to space limitations, we can’t guarantee that everyone who applies will be accepted, but we’ll do our best. Applicants will be notified of selection by September 7th.

 

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Sep
12
9:30 AM09:30

Managing with an Equity and Inclusion Lens

For the second year, the New York Capacity Building Collaborative is partnering with The Management Center to provide practical management skills training designed for social justice leaders.

On September 12-13, The Management Center will lead a two-day “Managing with an Equity and Inclusion Lens” training. We have space for 30 people, and we’d like to invite you and your colleagues to apply! This training will teach a system of best practices based on those we’ve seen differentiate high-performing, equitable organizations— from aligning on clear, inclusive expectations on projects and broad responsibilities to effectively seeking and sharing feedback across lines of power, as well as hiring and developing a strong team. The overall aim is to provide knowledge and tools to help organizations turn good intentions into outstanding and lasting results—through effective, equitable management.

The training will consist of group activities, role-plays, a PowerPoint presentation, individual and small group work, and audience participation. Participants will have time to apply, practice, and translate the tools to their specific work contexts, and get input on core challenges from the trainer and their peers.

ELIGIBILITY & EXPECTATIONS

You should apply if:

  • You directly supervise staff, interns or consultants in some capacity, or
  • You consistently manage others on significant projects or campaigns (even if you’re not directly supervising)
  • You’re eager to learn new tools, frameworks, and practices to support your management
  • You’re open to thinking critically and newly about your individual and organizational practices on managing with an equity and inclusion lens

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

TRAINING INFO

Dates & Times: Wednesday, September 12th & Thursday, September 13th, 9:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Midtown
This training will be conducted by The Management Center


DEADLINE TO APPLY

No later than August 31st, 2018. Due to space limitations, we can’t guarantee that everyone who applies will be accepted, but we’ll do our best. Applicants will be notified of selection by September 7th.

 

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Jul
26
9:30 AM09:30

For the Win: How to Develop and Assess Your Organization's Campaigns

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for For the Win, a 1.5 day training, with optional follow-up coaching hours, designed to create space for organizers to learn about and reflect on campaign development and implementation.  

Navigating legislative sessions or different bureaucratic offices and regulations, deciding which organizations to be in coalition with, assessing what is winnable and what is part of the long game-- there are many pieces to campaigns that organizers have to consider. When done right, campaigns shift the balance of power, change the dominant discourse, and have concrete impacts that improve people’s lives. Fortunately, NYC has a long history of people and organizations engaged in these kinds of campaigns that we can learn and draw from.
                                               
This training is an opportunity to sharpen the skill sets that already exist in our movements, to demystify the campaign development and evaluation process for staff and organizations for whom this work represents a shift in approach, and to apply these learnings to our current context. Our goal is for participants to utilize this space to collectively workshop their challenges and questions around campaign work in order to deepen their skills and to foster movement relationships.


TRAINING INFO             
                                                                                
Dates and Times: July 25th, 9:30am-4pm & July 26th, 9:30am-2pm
Location: Midtown


EXPECTATIONS and READINESS

This training is open to three representatives from your organization, one of whom must be a staffer with decision-making power on campaigns within your organization, and the other two – if not all – have roles in implementing the campaign. Applicants must commit to participating for the full length of the trainings on both days.

ELIGIBILITY

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Friday, July 13th. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Wednesday, July 18th.

 

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Jul
25
9:30 AM09:30

For the Win: How to Develop and Assess Your Organization's Campaigns

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for For the Win, a 1.5 day training, with optional follow-up coaching hours, designed to create space for organizers to learn about and reflect on campaign development and implementation.  

Navigating legislative sessions or different bureaucratic offices and regulations, deciding which organizations to be in coalition with, assessing what is winnable and what is part of the long game-- there are many pieces to campaigns that organizers have to consider. When done right, campaigns shift the balance of power, change the dominant discourse, and have concrete impacts that improve people’s lives. Fortunately, NYC has a long history of people and organizations engaged in these kinds of campaigns that we can learn and draw from.
                                               
This training is an opportunity to sharpen the skill sets that already exist in our movements, to demystify the campaign development and evaluation process for staff and organizations for whom this work represents a shift in approach, and to apply these learnings to our current context. Our goal is for participants to utilize this space to collectively workshop their challenges and questions around campaign work in order to deepen their skills and to foster movement relationships.


TRAINING INFO             
                                                                                
Dates and Times: July 25th, 9:30am-4pm & July 26th, 9:30am-2pm
Location: Midtown


EXPECTATIONS and READINESS

This training is open to three representatives from your organization, one of whom must be a staffer with decision-making power on campaigns within your organization, and the other two – if not all – have roles in implementing the campaign. Applicants must commit to participating for the full length of the trainings on both days.

ELIGIBILITY

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Friday, July 13th. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Wednesday, July 18th.

 

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Jul
9
10:00 AM10:00

Healing Justice

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for Healing Justice, a 2-day training, with optional follow-up group coaching hours.  

Doing the daily work of social change can expose us to trauma and lead to burnout, which is only magnified when leaders hail from low-income, people of color communities. This workshop will help participants understand an empowering framework around trauma, their personal leadership, and vision in order to build strategies dedicated to promoting the healing and resilience of community organizers and community workers. Through the 2-day training, participants will reflect and engage in activities geared towards how to implement healing-centered strategies in their personal lives and in the structures, processes, and culture of their organizations. Finally, participants will self-organize in a community of peers to advance internal work and have opportunities to continue to receive and offer support to this cohort of organizations in order to sustain individual wellness practices.

TRAINING INFO    
                                                                                
Dates and Times: Monday, July 9th, 10am-5pm & Monday, September 17th, 10am-5pm
Location: Midtown

EXPECTATIONS and READINESS

Each organization should send two participants who serve at different staff levels, where one is seen as a leader in the organization with the authority to advance and implement internal organizational changes. Applicants must commit to participating for the full length of the workshops on both days, as well as to discussing and implementing practices within their own organizations.

ELIGIBILITY

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.  

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Friday, June 29th. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Tuesday, July 3rd.

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Apr
18
9:30 AM09:30

Advocacy by Nonprofit Organizations in Compliance With the Law

Nonprofit organizations play an essential role in our democracy by helping their communities communicate with government decisionmakers. Nonprofits can do this work. But they need to be knowledgeable about the types of advocacy that fall under the IRS’ lobbying limit, or that trigger an obligation to register as a lobbyist. Click for more details and to register.

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Feb
26
9:00 AM09:00

City Hall 101: Advocacy is for Everyone!

This advocacy workshop will provide you with the strategies and learnings to successfully influence the Mayoral Administration and City Council leadership. You will learn who has decision-making power, how to manage relationships with key players, how the budget and laws are passed, how federal policy changes are impacting the City and State, and how to engage during election season. You will also gain practical skills and knowledge on how to advocate to policymakers who are philosophically aligned but who may take other positions.

Advocacy is for Everyone! aims to:

  • Improve your knowledge of New York City's legislative and budget processes.
  • Identify learnings from the first four years of the Mayoral Administration and City Council.
  • Strengthen your ability to cultivate relationships and influence decisions of key policymakers.
  • Provide opportunities to strategize organizing and advocacy efforts that support your community, especially after the Presidential election and during an election year.

Who Should Attend: Community organizers and advocates, especially those who are familiar with New York City's legislative and budget processes

Date and Time: Monday, February 26th, 2018, 9 AM - 2 PM

Location: Midtown

This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, North Star Fund, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, February 15th, 2018. Only one representative from each organization is invited to attend. The space in this workshop is limited and will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Your registration will be confirmed by email.

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Jan
11
12:30 PM12:30

Resilience & Response in Times of Change (Three-Part Workshop)

With changes taking place across our nation, state, and city, many in the nonprofit sector are wondering if and how to start (or continue) pivoting their organization's programs or operations in response. 

To prepare for continued funding, legislative, and structural shifts, and to respond to emerging community needs, the New York City Capacity Building Collaborative is offering a free, three-part series on risk assessment and organizational planning for nonprofit leaders. 

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