Capacity Building Resource Library

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Cave Canem, 2017 Brooklyn Org Spark Prize Winner

Explore our library below for a range of capacity building resources, tools, databases, and workshops that cover communications and marketing, consulting and sector research, vendor referrals, meeting spaces, and more.

Please note:
  • We strive to feature free and low-cost resources for nonprofits on this page.
  • No implications can be made through written material or media relations that Brooklyn Org is sponsoring the resources listed here.
  • Being listed does not reflect endorsement by Brooklyn Org of any particular program, position, or purpose of any person or organization.
  • We share information on additional nonprofit resources, jobs, and funding through our monthly nonprofit newsletter; sign up below.

BKO Nonprofit Trainings: Watch On-Demand

Stream the nonprofit capacity building trainings from Brooklyn Org below. You can watch them at any time, at your own pace — just click the title of the training, enter your email address, and you're ready to go!


Elevated Goalsetting for Leaders
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Elevated Goalsetting for Leaders

Facilitator: Christele Hamm [01/18/2024]

Learn how to prioritize both your personal and professional goals with a digital planner to enhance your leadership and pave the way for success.

The Art of the Killer Pitch
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The Art of the Killer Pitch

Facilitator: Precious Williams [02/29/2024]

Learn how to leverage verbal storytelling to inspire any audience to act. Taught by serial entrepreneur, 13-time elevator pitch champion and shark tank winner, Precious Williams is the #KillerPitchMaster.

The Power of Visual Storytelling
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The Power of Visual Storytelling

Facilitator: MemoryFox [03/04/2024]

Learn how to amplify your message and bring your mission to life through visual storytelling. Explore the fundamentals of a visual testimony, strengthen fundraising skills, and identify the best media platforms for your needs.

Ignite my Story with Data
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Ignite my Story with Data

Facilitator: Jessica Whittington [03/07/2024]

Make data the exciting part of your story: learn how to identify the right data points to enhance written applications, reports, or proposals, use a narrative-driven mindset, and develop templates for your reporting and storytelling.

Strategic Board Recruitment
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Strategic Board Recruitment

Facilitator: PENN Creative Strategy [03/28/2024]

Learn how to use the Nonprofit Lifecycle Model to anticipate future board needs, including how to build and utilize a board matrix to strategically identify and prioritize candidates.

Brooklyn Gives Nonprofit Connection Trainings

This first-of-its-kind platform — located at nonprofits.brooklyn.org — offers a year-round resource for donors to learn about local nonprofits beyond the GivingTuesday season. Like our seasonal GivingTuesday platform, participating on the Brooklyn Gives Nonprofit Connection platform is free for nonprofits in the borough.


Brooklyn Gives Nonprofit Connection 101
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Brooklyn Gives Nonprofit Connection 101

Facilitator: GiveGab / Bonterra

Learn everything you need to know about the Brooklyn Gives Nonprofit Connection platform! We'll introduce you to GiveGab and provide some best practices for completing your profile.

Brooklyn Gives Nonprofit Connection Profile Walkthrough
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Brooklyn Gives Nonprofit Connection Profile Walkthrough

Facilitator: GiveGab / Bonterra

Watch a quick video walkthrough of all the sections you need to fill out on your Brooklyn Gives Nonprofit Connection profile. It will answer questions on required questions and what specifically should be added in.

General Capacity Building


Digital Learning Commons

Digital Learning Commons

The Catalogue of Philanthropy

A catalog of capacity-building tools for small nonprofits including 80+ live webinars, workshops, panels, and an online resource library. Admission to the annual National Small Nonprofit Summit is also included.

Nonprofit Help Desk

Nonprofit Help Desk

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island

The NonProfit HelpDesk helps staff, board members, and volunteers of small and emerging nonprofits to advance their organizations by solving problems and driving performance in different areas of management and operations.

Brooklyn Org's Monthly Nonprofit Newsletter

Brooklyn Org

Brooklyn Org’s monthly nonprofit newsletter provides information on nonprofit resources, jobs, and funding — sign up below.

Communications Tools


Canva for Nonprofits Program

Canva for Nonprofits Program

Canva

Nonprofits can access all the premium features of Canva Pro – an online graphic design and visual communication platform – for up to 50 people in your organization, for free.

Nonprofit Branding & Marketing Resources

Nonprofit Branding & Marketing Resources

Big Duck

Big Duck is a worker-owned cooperative that has been developing nonprofit brands, campaigns, and teams for decades. They offer many free and informative articles and workshops.

Strategic Communication Planning Hub

Strategic Communication Planning Hub

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

A free online resource that helps organizations design communication strategies to advance your organization’s policy, advocacy and programmatic goals.

Vendors


NYC Nonprofit Vendor Referral Center

NYC Nonprofit Vendor Referral Center

Nonprofit New York

A public database of vetted vendors who can help you reduce costs and increase productivity by outsourcing back-office tasks.

Hire A Street Vendor For Event Catering

Hire A Street Vendor For Event Catering

Street Vendor Project

To hire a street vendor for your event, submit a request with the Street Vendor Project at least two weeks in advance of your event, so they have adequate time to connect you to potential vendors.

Survey for NYC Nonprofits: Procuring BIPOC Vendors

Survey for NYC Nonprofits: Procuring BIPOC Vendors

NYS Nonprofit Equitable Economies Coalition

A survey to research procurement policies and practices in order to learn about best practices and/or challenges local nonprofits encounter around contracting BIPOC vendors.

Consulting & Sector Research


Consulting: UPenn Pro Bono Advising

Consulting: UPenn Pro Bono Advising

PennPAC

Teams of University of Pennsylvania alumni-volunteers tap their business acumen to help nonprofits address key areas such as strategic growth planning and fundraising; marketing and communications, and more.

Race Equity Assessment: Building Blocks for Change (BB4C)

Race Equity Assessment: Building Blocks for Change (BB4C)

Building Movement Project

An automated race equity assessment process to help nonprofits develop the foundational capacities needed to foster more race equity in their workplaces.

Public Nonprofit Consultant Directory

Public Nonprofit Consultant Directory

The Association of Nonprofit Specialists

The Association of Nonprofit Specialists is a 501(c)(3) membership organization, supporting a diverse community of nonprofit consultants, specialists and other capacity builders.

Meeting & Office Spaces


Interest Form: Leasing space in the East Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone

Interest Form: Leasing space in the East Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone

East New York Community Land Trust

ENYCLT is working in coalition with organizations in East New York and Brownsville to create a community masterplan for 8 city-owned sites in the East Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone (IBZ).

Meeting Rooms at the Library

Meeting Rooms at the Library

Brooklyn Public Library

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) allows the use of designated meeting rooms at its neighborhood branches by community and nonprofit groups and organizations for meetings that are educational, cultural, or civic in nature.

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