Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Grants

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Leadership and Networks


Investing in the potential of people is at the heart of work to build a stronger New York City.  With our interest in network building, we are most interested in issue- or identity-focused programs that are cohort-based that have sustained contact over a period of time. 
 


Infrastructure

Only 1% of philanthropic dollars are targeted to investment in people.  The private sector invests 4x as much in its people than the nonprofit sector does.  We believe that for the sector, and society, to be stronger, we need to invest more in people. Our infrastructure grants support organizations that build out the field of leadership development.


Research

To further the case for increased investment, to strengthen our work and to help us better learn about and understand leadership, networks and what the needs of leaders are in New York City, we support and want to learn from organizations experimenting with different models of leadership development and using network leadership as a means of bringing about change.  

Grantee Partners

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Leadership and Networks

ADVOCACY INSTITUTE
$55,000. $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
The Advocacy Institute supports the legislative advocacy of social justice and movement-building organizations in New York City and State. The organization develops talent, builds networks, and provides tools and information to support creative legislative advocacy. The Advocacy Institute deepens its collaborative networks by using a cohort model that develops trust and builds relationships across issue areas.

ASSOCIATION FOR NEIGHBORHOOD & HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
$40,000. $35,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
The Center for Neighborhood Leadership provides training and capacity-building infrastructure to support neighborhood-based grassroots organizing groups in New York City. They are interested in building an on-going network of the organizers who have come through their one-year training programs.

CENTER FOR BRONX NONPROFITS
$40,000. $35,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
The mission of the Center for Bronx Nonprofits is to positively impact the quality of life for the members of the Bronx community by strengthening the capacity of Bronx nonprofits.

CENTER FOR JUSTICE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
$40,000. $35,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
The Center for Justice seeks to harness the resources of Columbia University to solve a major social program: the criminal justice system. CFJ is a catalyst for interdisciplinary approaches to justice and connecting the university to community and national initiatives to achieve justice goals.

CENTER FOR POPULAR DEMOCRACY
$82,500.  $75,000 general operating + $7,500 professional development  
The Center for Popular Democracy works to create equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with high-impact base-building organizations, organizing alliances, and progressive unions. CPD strengthens the collective capacity to envision and win an innovative worker, immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. 

COMMUNITY RESOURCE EXCHANGE
$82,500. $75,000 general operating + $7,500 professional development
Community Resource Exchange is a nonprofit consulting firm that serves organizations working to fight poverty, promote equity and advance opportunity.  CRE runs a variety of programs including the Leadership Caucus for executive directors and High Performing Management Institute for emerging leaders.

COOP
$55,000. $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
COOP closes the social capital gap by recruiting and investing deeply in diverse, low-income, and first-generation grads from the City University of New York, San Francisco State, and other urban public colleges.    The mission of COOP is to build a movement of diverse, upwardly mobile college grads overcoming underemployment through digital skills and peer connections.

CORO NEW YORK LEADERSHIP CENTER
$82,500. $75,000 general operating + $7,500 professional development
Coro’s cross-sector programs strengthen civic engagement and forge a diverse network of over 2,500 alumni interested in making New York City better.  With a focus solely on leadership development, the organization has a portfolio of programs that work with young people, recent college grads, mid-career professionals, immigrants and neighborhood leaders.

DESIGN TRUST FOR PUBLIC SPACE
$40,000. $35,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development  
The Design Trust creates innovative solutions for urban planning. It assembles teams with expertise in an array of fields to engage the community, government and private sector, to coalesce around common goals and then advocate for them with policy makers. The Fellows Forum expands on this work with projects that are self-identified and self-organized.

EMBODIED LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY
$40,000.  $35,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development   
The Embodied Leadership Community focuses on developing authentic, skilled leaders who ignite change on an individual, organizational and collective level.  The project aims to dramatically change how social justice work is conducted. It is premised on the belief that in order to achieve societal advances, change-makers must first achieve and sustain themselves, since inner work is necessary to create longer-term outer change.

LOCAL PROGRESS
$55,000. $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
Local Progress is a network of hundreds of local elected officials from around the country committed to a strong economy, equal justice, livable cities, and effective government. In 2016, the organization launched Local Progress New York, a statewide network of local progressive officials.

NATIONAL JUVENILE JUSTICE NETWORK
$40,000.  $35,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
The Youth Justice Leadership Institute work tor reform the juvenile justice system.  New York is one of two states, along with North Carolina that automatically tries young people, 16 year olds, as adults. Through the work of NJJN and the Leadership Institute, this issue is being addressed.

NEW AMERICAN LEADERS PROJECT
$55,000. $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
New Americans Leaders Project is leading a movement for inclusive democracy by preparing first and second generation Americans to use their power and potential in elected office. NALP is meeting increased interest by creating a Train the Trainer program to equip individuals with the skills to facilitate and lead cohorts of individuals preparing to run for office.

NEW YORK IMMIGRATION COALITION
$82,500.  $75,000 general operating + $7,500 professional development
New York Immigration Coalition is the leading advocate for immigrants in the city, state and nationally. Its immigrant leadership program, started after 9/11, when it noticed that voices of this group were absent from the ‘rebuilding NYC’ conversation. The program brings these diverse leaders and organizations to meet, work and support one another.

NORTH STAR FUND
$82,500. $75,000 general operating + $7,500 professional development
North Star Fund’s Movement Leadership Program mobilizes and develops promising community organizing groups.  The initiative brings ‘teams of three’ from each participating organization and cohorts this group with five others during the year-long program which uses peer-learning and peer-consultation as its primary model.

PARTNERSHIP FOR AFTER SCHOOL EDUCATION
$55,000.  $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
The Partnership for After School Education is focused on developing a more skilled and able workforce of professionals to serve students in their formative years. Its leadership development efforts are focused on two programs that work the executive directors of smaller organizations and the other with talented individuals in larger agencies.

PHILANTHROPY NEW YORK
$55,000. $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development     
The Young Leaders Breakfast Club aims to develop and retain talented staff members, often from underrepresented groups, in philanthropy by providing mentors, a small group of peers, and a broader network across the cohort. There’s a belief that a stronger and more diverse philanthropic sector results in new ideas that lead to better grantmaking.

UNITED NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSES
$55,000.  $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
United Neighborhood Houses is the umbrella for 38 settlement houses and community centers ensuring the well-being of over 500,000 New Yorkers. UNH’s leadership programs and functional groups equip talented staff members with new tools and strategies to do their work more effectively and to build their careers through new experiences.

URBAN DESIGN FORUM
$40,000.  $35,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
Forefront is an annual program dedicated to cultivating emerging leaders in urban design, development and policy. Each year, the Forum invites 20 individuals to become Forefront Fellows. Fellows typically have five to ten years of working experience and must live or work within the five boroughs for the duration of the program. Urban Design Forum is committed to promoting the achievements of traditionally underrepresented groups in planning, design and development. They encourage nominators to identify women, people of color, and professionals with experience in diverse community settings.


Infrastructure

BOREALIS PHILANTHROPY
$100,000. $95,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
The goal of Borealis Philanthropy's Collaborative is to build the capacity of the nonprofit sector to address issues of racial and intersectional equity and inclusion. As more nonprofit organizations and foundations deepen their resolve to advance racial equity internally and externally, the demand for new approaches has outpaced the state of practice.

BUILDING MOVEMENT PROJECT
$55,000. $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
Building Movement Project works on initiatives surrounding social change. One of its major research initiatives has been conducting a Nonprofit Leadership & Race survey to get a benchmark on diversity in the sector. BMP also facilitates and convenes the Leadership Funders Group that shares ideas and thoughts about work that they all do in the field.

FUND THE PEOPLE
$55,000.  $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
Fund the People is a leading voice making the case for investment in people in the nonprofit sector.  The organization conducts and generates research that has informed both funders and nonprofits themselves on the ‘State of the Sector’ and convenes an annual funders’ briefing on developments in the area.  

GRANTMAKERS FOR EFFECTIVE ORGANIZATIONS
$55,000.  $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
With its practices and strategies around general operating support, multi-year commitments, organizational effectiveness and leadership development, GEO is working to transform the way philanthropy works. The ‘leading change’ initiative helps foundations re-orient and re-think their approaches to grantmaking to better support the nonprofit organizations.

LEADERSHIP LEARNING COMMUNITY
$55,000.  $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
The Leadership Learning Community is at the vanguard of research and learning how the field of leadership development is changing with its racial equity lens and network approach.  LLC serves as resource and hub as a place where organizations that ‘run, study and fund’ these endeavors come together to share and exchange knowledge.

ROCKWOOD LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
$82,500.  $75,000 general operating + $7,500 professional development
Rockwood Leadership trains, nurtures and supports social justice leaders so that they can continue to do their work for the long haul.  Through a combination of week-long intensive programs and year-long cohorts of like-minded reformers, Rockwood is considered one of the premier organizations of its kind in the country.


Research

DEGREES OF CHANGE
$40,000.  $35,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development  
Degrees of Change offers a leadership development and college scholarship program to young people, 85% of color and first gen, and are encouraged to return back to their home communities after graduation, with 75% choosing to do so. The post-college network is of most interest to RSCF, seeing how that connectivity and college ties play out back home.

LEADERSPRING
$40,000.  $35,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development  
LeaderSpring is a place-based initiative that works primarily with people of color and women who lead Bay Area organizations and cohorts them for two years with a focus on challenges that leaders of color face – like implicit bias, lack of connection to resources. The Foundation is interested in the network resulting from the extended period of contact in the program.

MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE GROUP
$55,000.  $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development  
Management Assistance Group focuses much of its work on networks and movement building.  MAGLab, is one experiment in which the notion of networks and movement are in play.  This real-life, real-time experiment brings leaders from a variety of disciplines together to explore how and what collaboration could look like and the challenges embedded such efforts.

RAINIER VALLEY CORPS
$40,000. $35,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
Rainier Valley Corps matches emerging leaders of color with grassroots, immigrant organizations in Seattle, many with few or no paid staff. The cohort program spans two years to provide enough time for the Fellow to grow, to develop and use skills, and benefit the organization. It’s a unique model and might help small immigrant organizations in New York.

SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION PROJECT
$55,000.  $50,000 general operating + $5,000 professional development
Social Transformation Project (STP) brings leaders together on the cutting edge of social change — transforming not only themselves and their organizations. That work continues to evolve, move forward, and sometimes stall.  The successes and challenges create important learning of movement and network building.