CRE Rising Fund

The CRE Rising Fund was developed out of CRE’s mission to serve nonprofit organizations that have deep roots in their communities and are working to fight poverty and advance opportunity.

Through the CRE Rising Fund, expert CRE consultants partner with small nonprofits to complete no-cost consulting engagements.  These projects help the selected nonprofits further meet the needs of their target populations. Awardees are selected through a short application process. To apply, organizations are asked to define a specific project that they would like CRE’s assistance with. 

In 2017, CRE has been able to work with six organizations that reach New Yorkers in all five boroughs. Through the CRE Rising Fund, CRE staff consultants are partnering with the awardee organizations on engagements that include strategic planning, executive coaching, and board development.

The awardees are:

  • Council of Urban Professionals, which provides leadership development and mentorship to connect, empower, and mobilize women and people of color in the business, civic, and nonprofit sectors
  • Haiti Cultural Exchange, which develops, presents, and promotes cultural expressions of the Haitian people, raising awareness of social issues and fostering cultural understanding and appreciation through the arts, education, and public affairs
  • Hollaback!, which is a movement to end harassment, powered by a network of local activists throughout New York City working together to build the power of people to create systemic impacts in the movement for gender justice in public space
  • Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, which educates, organizes, and defends the rights of immigrants by providing immigration-related legal and education services to low-income immigrants in New York and spearheading advocacy efforts
  • READ 718, which provides individualized literacy instruction and mentorship to low-income Brooklyn students in grades 3-8 who are reading below grade level
  • Teens for Food Justice, which is building a youth-led solution to urban food insecurity by training students in the science and business of hydroponic farming, gaining expertise and empowerment while growing produce for their own schools and communities

To see the other awardee organizations CRE has been able to work with in prior years, click here.

The CRE Rising Fund is made possible by the generosity of individual and foundation donors. If you would like to be involved in sponsoring CRE’s efforts to provide pro bono consulting services to nonprofits in NYC, please reach out to Kate Eberle at [email protected].