Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF)

2021 Recipients

NYUL provides awards to nonprofits across the five boroughs specifically, NYUL selected organizations that either primarily served a majority of African Americans as their constituency or had a 51% minority leadership as part of their board/executive staff.

Community Connections for Youth

ABOUT:

Community Connections for Youth (CCFY) equips grassroots faith and neighborhood organizations to develop effective community driven alternatives to incarceration for youth. CCFY directly serves youth and families in the South Bronx and provides leadership to similar efforts across the country through training and technical assistance. 


TESTIMONIAL:

CCFY will refine their service operations to ensure that they are properly addressing the needs of their clients; that as an organization they are properly managing their documentation and record keeping, and expanding their capacity to offer virtual trainings. Also, this capacity building support strengthens their ability to better assist the grassroots people of color led organizations in their network. 

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Elite Learners

ABOUT:

Elite Learners is a school and community-based organization providing athletic, educational, and mentorship programming to youth, their families to build community leaders. Their goal is to build a community support system that will positively impact future generations.


TESTIMONIAL:

This year, CCNSF funding awarded through NYUL, has supported Elite Learners in providing anti-violence initiatives in the Brownsville and Flatbush area of Brooklyn, opening a community kitchen for at-risk and elderly people, especially during the ongoing pandemic, and transitioning their schooling programming to a virtual offering.  

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Girl Be Heard 

ABOUT:

Girl Be Heard builds leaders that advocate for justice and equitable systems for themselves and their communities through art. The organization focuses on developing, amplifying, and celebrating the voices  of girls and young women through socially conscious theater-making, storytelling, and performance. 


TESTIMONIAL:

Girl Be Heard has been able to conduct a much-needed overhaul and refresh their 10-year strong arts education curriculum and program design into a unique teaching pedagogy they now call Leadership as Ensemble. This approach empowers hundreds of NYC girls to become artist-activists and changemakers. solving systemic issues facing girls of color today. 

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African Voices Communications, Inc. 

ABOUT:

African Voices is dedicated to fostering cultural understanding through art, literature and film. Founded in 1992, the organization strives for artistic and literary excellence while showcasing the unique and diverse stories within the African Diaspora through its national quarterly literary magazine and community arts programs. 


TESTIMONIAL:

African Voices created a two-year COVID-recovery strategic plan focusing on fundraising and donor development. As a POC-led arts institution, African Voices seeks to cultivate diverse and sustainable revenue streams to continue serving artists, women of color and low-income residents in Brooklyn and throughout NYC.

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Classical Theatre of Harlem

ABOUT:

The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) provides theatrical productions and theatre-based educational and literary programs at little or no cost to underserved communities in Harlem and beyond. Since its founding in 1999, CTH has prioritized opportunity and access in the theatrical arts: onstage, backstage, in its administration, board, and audience. 


TESTIMONIAL:

CTH has been able to hire a consultant to help them draft a new three-year strategic plan. The timing of this grant was invaluable as CTH needed to map out how it will position itself for thriving, long-term success in a post-COVID world. Upon completion of the strategic planning process, they feel confident that they will have an excellent roadmap to follow in both COVID and post-COVID scenarios. 

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African Film Festival

ABOUT:

The African Film Festival Inc. (AFF) operates with the mission to advance an enhanced understanding of African culture through the moving image, using storytelling to creatively challenge inequality and promote change. In addition to presenting an internationally renowned film festival, they offer a wide range of programs, services, and opportunities designed to increase cultural awareness and build social connections around African film and culture.   


TESTIMONIAL:

African Film Festival worked with a consultant to develop programming around their newly designed website, digital archive, and expanded film streaming capacity. 

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Custom Collaborative 

ABOUT:

Custom Collaborative trains, mentors, and advocates for and with no/low-income and immigrant women to build the skills necessary to achieve economic success in the sustainable fashion industry and broader society.    


TESTIMONIAL:

Custom Collaborative has been able to build its capacity by creating an evaluation and outcome system that ensures the goals in their strategic plan are aligned strategically with their programmatic activities. This further strengthens their ability to assess, pivot and/or garner additional support for their work. 

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Full Circle Life Enrichment 

ABOUT:

Full Circle Life Enrichment Center (FCLEC) is a mental health awareness and education agency that is passionate about empowering vulnerable families-- black and brown men, women, and children of color, who struggle with the negative mental, emotional, and physical effects of poverty, inequality, injustice, racism, trauma, discrimination, and marginalization. FCLEC also addresses stigma and shame – common in people of color who are in need of services.  


TESTIMONIAL:

FCLEC supports their efforts to conduct and evaluate a needs assessment for children, living in foster care, during times of crisis. With this grant, FCLEC is able to expand and provide additional mental health services to foster care families, while better understanding their needs during a time when tele-health is more appropriate in delivering virtual services. 

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