New York Capacity Building Collaborative Workshops

The New York Capacity Building Collaborative provides free trainings to nonprofit grantees of Brooklyn Community Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, North Star Fund, The Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

If you are a current grantee, we encourage you to apply to participate in these upcoming events:

"What's The Story?" Workshop and Storytelling Happy Hour

  • Does your organization take a strategic approach to developing and harnessing the real-life stories of people affected by your issue?
  • Does your organization have dynamic, committed leaders who have important personal stories to share about your issue?
  • Do these leaders need support to craft sharable personal stories about how your issue or your work affects them?

​Join other local social change organizations for a four-hour workshop in October to develop personal stories for advocacy on your issue. Your organization is invited to bring two leaders who you want to develop as activist storytellers (one staffer and one member) to a hands-on four-hour workshop. We'll look at the basic structure of stories and how to apply that structure to stories about social justice.  The goal is for the participants to draft a compelling two-minute story about their direct experience with your issue and/or your organization's work. 

The training process includes a 30-minute follow-up session by phone (or Skype) to refine the stories that your leaders began developing at the workshop. At the conclusion of the training, your organization can choose to share a story of your work at a "What's the Story? Happy Hour" in early November. The event will be for an audience drawn from the community of committed social change funders in NYC. 

Workshop: Thursday, October 13 from 10 AM to 2 PM at the New York Foundation, 10 East 34th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016

The Storytelling Happy Hour: Early evening of November 2, 2016

Apply here by September 20, 2016.
Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by October 1, 2016

Fun with Financials QuickBooks Webinars

We’re excited to be offering a series of two webinars covering some of the common Quickbooks challenges.

These webinars are perfect for in-house staff and bookkeepers to lift up solutions to these challenges to help streamline your reporting and bookkeeping. Some of the topics we will cover will include:

  • Setting up your Quickbooks chart of accounts
  • How to track restricted grants
  • Using Quickbooks budgeting options to streamline reports
  • Best reasons to use class and job codes
  • Responsible reconciling
  • Reports for board, staff and external use

Session Dates:

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM

We’ll be asking for feedback as a part of the application process and between the sessions. Please feel free to share your specific issues so we can customize the training to best support your bookkeeping.

If you’re ready to go to the next level of Quickbooks effectivness and have fun in the process, register by October 13. Instructions for joining the webinar will be provided one week before the first session.

If you aren’t using Quickbooks and are interested in purchasing or learning more, check out Tech Soup:

Direct Action Campaigning 2016

Do you have a sense of your demands and targets for your campaign but want more creative tactics to be effective in winning? Are you curious about how including direct action may increase the effectiveness of your campaigns?

In this training, we will look more deeply at the toolbox of direct action. We'll explore how your group could make use of more powerful direct action -- like how to more fully align message with action, how to build escalating actions into a campaign, and different types of direct actions.

This workshop is intended for groups already working on an issue and want to explore either whether they should start using direct action or are already using direct action in their campaign work.

Workshop Dates and Times: 

Friday, December 2, 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


  • Learn how direct action is used effectively (or not) in campaigns;
  • Get inspired with creative examples of direct actions;
  • Learn how to powerfully sequence actions to build a strong campaign;
  • Practice incorporating these lessons into your campaign work.

Register here no later than November 11, 2016 at noon. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by November 21, 2016. Fill out one registration form per organization. Each organization may bring 1-3 representatives. There are limited amount of seats available.

Registration is required for each organization and indicates a commitment to attend the entire workshop. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please plan to arrive on time and attend the entire workshop.

Trainings are open to grantees of Brooklyn Community Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, North Star Fund, Sherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.