"The Spirit of East Harlem," by Hank Prussing and Manny Vega

"The Spirit of East Harlem," by Hank Prussing and Manny Vega

INCITE’s Resources for Nonprofits initiative supports grassroots organizations in and around New York City that promote just, equitable societies. The initiative allows small social justice and community-based organizations to request the use of INCITE resources, including but not limited to:

  • Trainings in oral history interviewing

  • Trainings in monitoring and evaluation, including survey design/distribution

  • Space for meetings or small events

  • Budgets for food

  • Computer and software use

  • Printing and graphic design

  • Other miscellaneous support

Resources for Nonprofits began in the summer of 2017 as the result of INCITE employees’ desires to support local organizations they were passionate about. The idea was simple: if an employee wanted to support a small social justice or community-based organization, INCITE would help provide the resources, whether these be trainings held by INCITE staff or in-kind support.

Since then, the initiative has grown from supporting the occasional nonprofit event to supporting monthly meetings, workshops, conferences and trainings. In some cases, support has led to larger collaborative projects. In the past 2018-19 academic year, INCITE supported nine organizations in activities involving over 720 beneficiaries. Links to these organizations can be found below.

INCITE funding has helped us to make our community organizing meetings and events accessible and culturally responsive for our black, immigrant, and predominantly low-income membership. Funding has supported our first- ever community celebration commemorating our Fifth Anniversary, Monthly Membership Meetings that engaged ACT members in discussion of topics like the Census, ICE enforcement methods, and our lawsuit against the Trump administration over Temporary Protected Status, and our Community Guardians Network, which trained African community leaders in rapid response to immigration enforcement and hate crimes. Funding has been used to defray the cost of serving African meals at our events. Food and hospitality are important parts of community building in many African cultures. Receiving funding for event costs, which is provided by few other funders, also enabled us to direct resources toward other needs, like member stipends and salaries. In part due to INCITE’s support, attendance at ACT meetings grew over the past year from an average of 35 members per meeting to an average of 50 members per meeting—the highest in ACT’s history.
— Amaha Kassa, Executive Director, African Communities Together
Finding large space on short notice can be difficult so thanks to INCITE, we were able to host two of our larger workshops [25-30 attendees] that brought in new faces to our events. The space has allowed us to build new relationships to forward our work of organizing Filipino youth.
— AnneMarie Ladlad, Anakbayan New York

Application

If you represent a small but vital organization in the New York City area that organizes for vulnerable communities, please consider filling out the form below and an INCITE employee will reply to your request within two weeks. Note that we have a limited budget to provide nominal support and in most instances will not be able to accommodate requests for purchases of equipment not permanently housed onsite at Columbia University. Reporting requirements are minimal so as to reduce stress on your nonprofit.

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(200 word max.)
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