Projects and Programs Funded by INCITE

INCITE provides financial, institutional, and research and administrative expertise for a number of projects, through such initiatives as Resources for Nonprofits. In addition, INCITE has funded and supported more than 100 University events since 2013, a fuller listing of INCITE-sponsored events, including our INCITEment series, can be found here. A selection of projects funded by INCITE since 2015 includes:


INCITE provides support to African Communities Together through our Resources for Nonprofits initiative. African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants fighting for civil rights, opportunity, and a better life for our families here in the U.S. and worldwide. ACT empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and engage civically. ACT connects African immigrants to critical services, helps Africans develop as leaders, and organizes communities on the issues that matter.


As part of our Resources for Nonprofits initiative, INCITE provides support to Anakbayan-NY. Anakbayan is a comprehensive National Democratic mass organization which aims to build unity among Filipino youth of all backgrounds—young workers, students, peasants/farmers, professionals, women, migrants, Filipino-Americans, etc.—to stand for the basic rights and welfare of Filipinos both within and outside the Philippines.


First funded in July 2015, INCITE has provided ongoing support to the Family Portrait Project through oral history trainings and transcription. Motivated by Art Start’s mission to use the creative process to empower underserved homeless youth and families, the Family Portrait Project is a multimedia exhibition highlighting the important stories of NYC families experience homelessness. Support to Art Start has been provided through our Resources for Nonprofits initiative.

Training and transcription support continued in 2018 by funding the 2018 Portrait Project. The Art Start Portrait Project empowers Black and Brown young men to share their own narratives, asking that the world see them for how they choose to be seen. The Portrait Project aims to makes space for the complex lives and stories of these young men and encourages a perspective beyond statistics and circumstance to understand the nuanced experience of these young men in pursuit of self-discovery.


Headquartered in New York City, Aspies For Social Success, AFSS is a peer-run organization that provides support and social groups, as well as cultural events, to adults 18 and over who have either been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), believe they might be on the Autism Spectrum, or who for other reason have difficulty with social communication, sensory processing, or executive functioning. AFSS is working to build a more inclusive community for individuals who otherwise may not have many opportunities or be able to find others with whom to socialize. Support for AFSS is provided through INCITE's Resources for Nonprofits Initiative.


Advancing Solutions in Policy, Implementation, Research and Engagement for Refugees (ASPIRE) is a multidisciplinary program of activities at Columbia University for which INCITE has provided ongoing financial and administrative support. More specifically, INCITE has supported ASPIRE’s research projects which are developed through in-country collaborations in Jordan and Turkey. In addition, INCITE has also provided support in network survey and project design.


As a part of our Resources for Nonprofits initiative, INCITE supports The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund (BCBF). BCBF pays bail for New Yorkers who can’t afford even modest amounts, and who would be jailed or forced to plead guilty just to go home. The Fund partners with every public defender agency in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. BCBF also works with reentry specialists and social service providers to connect clients in need with resources in the areas of employment, education, housing and counseling.


INCITE supported the New Media Arts Workshop through which 308 teens annually learn to remix EVC archival videos and create interactive websites about a social issue in five sites. The Educational Video Center (EVC) is a non-profit youth media organization dedicated to teaching documentary video asa  means to develop artistic, critical literacy, and career skills to young people. EVC provides high quality media arts education to historically underserved NYC youth including new immigrant and transfer school students, LGBTQ, court involved youth and homeless teens across all boroughs.


Feminist Lives: Reprising the Conversation builds on interviews conducted by Yasmine Ergas with seven Italian feminists in Rome in the 1970s. In support of this project, INCITE funded the digitization of the old interviews originally recorded on tapes. This project proposes to repeat and extend these interviews with the purpose of exploring the dynamics of narrative and memory, the effects of feminism on the lives of these feminists and the question of self-foreshadowing.


Through our Resources for Nonprofits initiative, INCITE has provided support to Freedom Cities. Freedom Cities & Campuses demand that communities have the resources they need to thrive. It’s about making entire cities, towns, and communities safe for immigrants, Black people, Muslims, workers and all oppressed communities. Freedom Cities believes we all deserve to live with dignity and have the opportunity thrive without fear of physical or economic violence at the hands of the corporations, vigilantes or government.


As part of INCITE’s Resources for Nonprofits initiative, INCITE provides support to Global Action Project (GAP). Global Action Project cultivates and trains youth form low-income, new immigrant, TGNC (trans and gender non-conforming) and LGBQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Queer) communities to grow their leadership, make media and tell innovative stories that promote and amplify movements for social justice.


Mapping the Syrian Crisis seeks to expand data gathered by INCITE-affiliated researchers on early protesters from four towns in Syrian after the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011. Through interviews, researchers plan to elaborate on the data and map a variety of networks (e.g. familial, religious and resource-based) that may have influenced the paths of these early protesters, the groups they were a part of and the towns they lived in as the movement progressed. INCITE has supported this initiative by providing support for travel and the associated costs of capturing data, such as interviews, network data, etc.


INCITE continues to sponsor The Mott Haven Oral History project which documents the history of Mott Haven through the voices of people who have lived it. The Mott Haven Oral history project emphasizes the important perspectives of Mott Haven residents who possess various stories and analyses about the changes which have taken place and which are taking place in Mott Haven. Support for the project has been provided in the form of transcription and participant support.


The Picture the Homeless Oral History Project is a community based and collaborative effort that documents the unique organizing methodology of Picture the Homeless while also seeking to detail the factors which have contributed to the profound effect of this organization on the social justice landscape of New York City. The project will comprise oral histories of homeless leaders, members, staff, Board members, and members of ally organizations. INCITE has provided support to the Picture the Homeless Oral History Project through transcription and project design.


As a part of our Resources for Nonprofits initiative, INCITE provides support to the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP). QDEP is a post-release support, detention center visitation, direct service, and community organizing project that works with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Two Spirit, Trans, Intersex, Gender Non- Conforming, and HIV+ (LGBTQIA* GNC TS) immigrant prisoners and their families currently in detention centers, those that have been recently released from detention centers, and those at risk at entering immigration detention in the Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York).


Through our Resources for Nonprofits initiative, INCITE provides support to Sakhi for South Asian Women. Sakhi exists to end violence against women. Sakhi unite survivors, communities, and institutions to eradicate domestic violence working together to create strong and healthy communities. Sakhi uses an integrated approach that combines support and empowerment through service delivery, community engagement, advocacy, and policy initiatives.


A group of sociologists at Columbia University published a paper in which they combined fMRI and longitudinal social network data to test whether neural reward network responses of newly acquainted group members could predict future interpersonal sentiments, i.e. future affections or liking. The study focused on the ways that we might initially like some people more than others in a group. Participants were 16 students who were a part of the 2014 Summer for Respect program operated and supported by INCITE. For this study, INCITE financially supported the costs of capturing neural data and fMRI.


Will is an oral history-based project centered in 53 interviews conducted in summer 2016 with trans elders in rural areas, towns, and small cities about happiness, hope, and resilience. A grant from INCITE was made to support travel across the US for interviewing trans folks.