Seeding Grassroots with City Funds

February 27, 2015
NSF Awardees
With the city poised to support communities of color, by way of funding smaller, grassroots community organizations, there is a distinct echo of the Foundation’s own community-oriented grantmaking approach. We are happy to report that thirty of the 80 recipients of the City Council’s Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund are current or recent New York Foundation grantees. This $2.5 million initiative will provide capacity building support to community based nonprofit organizations that serve communities of color and whose leadership is representative of the communities that they serve.

City Council Speaker Marks Viverito2
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

The Coalition of Asian American Children and Families, the Hispanic Federation, the New York Urban League, the Asian American Federation, and Black Agency Executives participated in allocating the grants and will deliver training to grantees on board development, financial management and fundraising.

Below are current and former NYF grantees who received an award:

Arab American Association of New York
Casita Maria
Chhaya Community Development Corporation
Child Welfare Organizing Project
College and Community Fellowship
Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence
Community Voices Heard
Council of Peoples Organization
Desis Rising Up & Moving
Dominican Women’s Development Center
El Puente
Families United for Racial Economic Equality
Good Old Lower East Side
GRIOT Circle
Korean American Family Service Center
Latino Pastoral Action Center
Make The Road New York
Minkwon Center for Community Action
Mixteca Organization Inc.
New Immigrant Community Empowerment
Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation
Southside United HDFC-Los Sures
The Brotherhood Sistersol
The Central Family Life Center
United Chinese Association of Brooklyn
United Puerto Rican Organization of Sunset Park
Voces Latinas

“The New York City Council-funded Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund works to address the years of neglect of Asian, Black and Latino-led community based organizations (CBOs). Unfortunately, these vital institutions have been historically underfunded and under-capitalized by government, foundations, and other funding entities. This $2.5 million investment in the nonprofit sector is a first step toward ensuring over 80 CBOs are able to meet growing community needs by building increased capacity in the areas of board development, financial management, fund development, management information systems and strategic planning. We hope to work with the foundation world to match such efforts thereby preserving our social safety net and building stronger community institutions.” – José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation.

“NYUL is pleased to partner with Hispanic Federation, Asian American Federation, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, and Black Agency Executives to better serve New York City neighborhoods. We believe that the peer support and concrete support in core areas of nonprofit management will greatly strengthen selected organizations and in turn help improve the lives of New Yorkers throughout the City. We thank Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council Members Inez Dickens, Andy King and Debi Rose, who along with the Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus and several borough delegations, made this initiative a major priority.” – Arva Rice, President and CEO of the New York Urban League

“We are pleased the New York City Council has chosen to take a bold step to invest in true capacity building for the Asian Pacific American community in New York City. The Nonprofit Stabilization Fund, the first of its kind, is an innovative way of investing in our communities who are not getting the adequate resources they need to thrive. We know from our members that the needs are great and resources are short. We look forward to the grant recipients achieving great success for themselves and the communities they serve.” – Sheelah A. Feinberg, Executive Director of Coalition for Asian American Children and Families.

“Collectively, our member agencies serve in every corner of the city, working with some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. The resource that these groups need is infrastructure support to ensure that they are able to serve their neighborhood for years to come. This first investment by the City Council is a recognition of that we must build capacity to ensure that the good works of these group continue for years to come.” – Jo-Ann Yoo, Executive Director, Asian American Federation

“Since 1973, Black Agency Executives has stood tall with neighborhoods across this city to ensure that the leadership and services of the nonprofit sector in New York are reflective of the social, economic, and political realities facing marginalized people of color, and are respectful of the cultural norms and traditions of these communities. The Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund is an historic and transformational collaboration with city government that will ensure a balanced and diverse perspective in how we address issues of access and opportunity.” – Danielle Lee Moss, President of Black Agency Executives

“After a three-year advocacy effort by a historic partnership, the New York City Council included the Nonprofit Stabilization Fund in the FY 2015 budget.  The core mission of Nonprofit Stabilization Fund is to recognize the uniqueness of community based organizations that are born from within our communities and led by our communities. Our communities deserve the best when it comes to accessing vital resources. Our hope is that the NSF will serve as a rallying call for increased investment in capacity building grants for CBOs.”  – Sheelah Feinberg, Executive Director, Coalition of Asian American Children and Families