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Community Resource Exchange awards $75,000 in pro bono consulting services through the CRE Rising Fund

June 27, 2019

Community Resource Exchange (CRE), a nonprofit consulting firm that provides the strategies and tools needed to drive social change, today announced the six awardees of the CRE Rising Fund.

The CRE Rising Fund, now in its fifth year, assists small, dynamic nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the lives of the diverse people and communities of New York City. Through the Rising Fund, expert CRE consultants partner with small nonprofits to complete no-cost, three-month long consulting engagements.

“We are proud to be partnering with these incredible nonprofits,” said Katie Leonberger, President and Chief Executive Officer of CRE. “These groups are working across New York City to support historically underrepresented communities, promote equity, and expand opportunity. We are honored and excited to partner with them to build their capacity for the future.”

The 2019 awardee nonprofits were selected from 28 applications. The six organizations will each receive customized, no cost consulting services to better serve their communities and achieve their missions.

The following nonprofit awardees will receive pro bono consulting services:

  • Academy of Medical & Public Health Services (AMPHS) is a not-for-profit health service organization with a triple aim to identify barriers to health and wellness in underserved immigrant communities; coordinate truly needed primary care with social assistance; and deliver care with dignity and empathy to marginalized New Yorkers.
  • Center for Law & Social Justice (CLSJ) provides quality advocacy, training, and expert services in a personal manner to people of African descent and the disenfranchised. CLSJ conducts research and initiates advocacy projects and litigation on behalf of community organizations and groups that promote human, national, and international understanding.
  • Custom Collaborative trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch fashion careers and businesses. By learning the standard techniques and ethical business practices of the fashion industry, participants can achieve secure livelihoods in the fashion industry as designers, entrepreneurs, pattern makers, and seamstresses who create and sell high-quality clothing and accessories.
  • The Feminist Press publishes books that ignite movements and social transformation, lifting up insurgent and marginalized voices from around the world to build a more just future.
  • Friends of WHEELS (Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School)’s goal is to make sure that every student at WHEELS has the information, counseling, and extracurricular experiences they need to get into and succeed in college and beyond.
  • Made in Brownsville is a youth creative agency and innovation hub providing a gateway for young people to learn marketable hard skills in STEAM, access postsecondary education, achieve economic mobility, and engage in placed-based community revitalization.

Collectively, these six nonprofits reach New Yorkers in all five boroughs and beyond. CRE will partner with them on capacity building projects that include strategic planning, board development, and teambuilding.

In addition to endeavoring to assist historically underrepresented populations by fighting poverty, promoting equity, or expanding opportunity, eligible organizations needed to be headquartered in and do work in one or multiple New York City boroughs; have an operating budget between $100,000 and $1,000,000; be a registered 501(c)3; and, be able to designate a staff member to oversee the initiative and mobile and leverage support from the board and leadership team to support the project. The CRE Rising Fund is generously supported by donations and grants.

Last year, CRE worked with six nonprofits through the CRE Rising Fund. Black Agency Executives, The BLK Projek, Building Beats, F.Y. Eye, Kings Against Violence Initiative, and New Sanctuary Coalition each received customized consulting services from CRE to strengthen their organizations and serve their communities more effectively. These organizations worked with CRE on engagements that included strategic planning and board development. In addition, in 2018 CRE also subsidized the participation of emerging leaders in its High Performing Managers Initiative (HPMI), a leadership development program for nonprofit managers. You can learn more about sample projects and previous CRE Rising Fund awardees here.