open eye theological training center inc.

1389 flatbush ave.
brooklyn, new york 11210

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MARCH 12, 2014

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KINGS

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NEW YORK

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DOMESTIC NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION

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2014 - OPEN EYE THEOLOGICAL TRAINING CENTER INC.









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  • AROUND THE WEB

  • Neighborhood Joint: Staubitz Market in Brooklyn: 100 Years of Sawdust, Steaks and Chops
    By ANDREW COTTO - Wednesday Jun 14, 2017

    A display contains frozen items, and the shelves are stocked with jars and cans. But there’s just one reason to visit this Boerum Hill business: meat.

    Source: NYT > Home Page
  • Food & Wine Magazine Will Leave New York for Alabama
    By STEPHANIE STROM - Friday Jun 23, 2017

    The move reflects a changing business in which traditional food magazines, and a Manhattan address, are less important.

    Source: NYT > Home Page
  • Rooftop Terrace at Brooklyn Children’s Museum Is Set to Open
    By JANE MARGOLIES - Thursday Jun 15, 2017

    A decade after it began, an outdoor green space for the museum’s small visitors is finally ready, and it arrives with an impressive design pedigree.

    Source: NYT > Home Page
  • The High Value of Your Nonprofit’s Values
    Wednesday Jan 25, 2017

    I was delighted to participate as a steering committee in the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s inaugural Spark Prize, an exciting new grantmaking initiative. I was truly impressed with how the Foundation integrated its values into every aspect of this project and leveraged them as a strategic decision-making tool in the grant review process, so I asked their fabulous DIrector of Communications, Liane Stegmaier, to write about it.  - Sarah Durham

    This month, Brooklyn Community Foundation marks the third anniversary of Brooklyn Insights—an extensive Brooklyn-wide community engagement project launched shortly after our President Cecilia Clarke joined the Foundation, which ultimately produced a bold grantmaking strategy that has since garnered national recognition.

    And coincidentally, on this anniversary we are announcing the recipients of our new Spark Prize—one of the Foundation’s highest-profile grantmaking efforts to date, awarding 5 outstanding Brooklyn nonprofits with no-strings-attached grants of $100,000 each in recognition of their service to Brooklyn, commitment to equity and justice, strong organizational values, and dynamic vision for the future.

    While we’re often asked about the major themes surfaced through our 1,000-plus Brooklyn Insights’ community conversations, the core grantmaking strategies we’ve since focused on, or our new institution-wide Racial Justice Lens—in this blog, we’re going to focus on the set of values that emerged during Brooklyn Insights that not only helped the Foundation determine our new direction, but continue to guide us and inform new initiatives like the Spark Prize.

    Of course, we knew three years ago that creating a community-led strategy might also lead us to change our mission statement and vision. But what we didn’t fully appreciate at the time was that while mission and vision are critical for moving us forward, strong institutional values are necessary to define who we are as an institution and how we hold ourselves accountable to these pursuits each and every day.

    Over the six months of listening to Brooklynites tell us about the challenges they faced in their communities, the opportunities they saw for change, and the roles we as their Community Foundation could play, we also heard loud and clear a call for us to be a different kind of institution: one that wears its values on its sleeve, keeps the doors open, and always positions community voices at the fore of its work.

    This call led us to articulate five new values for Brooklyn Community Foundation:

    • Courage. We believe in fearlessly identifying barriers to change and we fight for solutions that help overcome injustice.

    • Creativity. We believe that the power of imagination is greater than the challenges we face. We celebrate what works. We pursue the new. We learn as much from failure as we do from success.

    • Honesty. We are committed to being open and trustworthy in all we do and seek partners who share our values.

    • Collaboration. We believe in creating solutions together, harnessing the diversity of Brooklyn, and partnering with the community to spark change and produce results.

    • Respect. We believe in every resident’s dignity and basic human rights, and honor diversity of race, gender and background.

    We’ve come to refer to these values at every test in our decision-making, we talk about them in our Board meetings, staff meetings, and annual staff reviews, and they’ve informed our ongoing racial justice and equity trainings.

    And with the new Spark Prize, we are spotlighting the importance of strong values, and celebrating 5 Brooklyn nonprofits for their exemplary values-driven work. The first-ever recipients of the Spark Prize are Audre Lorde Project, Common Justice, Make the Road New York, MoCADA, and Neighbors Together.

    A committee of approximately 30 Brooklyn civic, business and philanthropic leaders (including Big Duck’s own Sarah Durham!) selected the 5 organizations from an applicant pool of over 150. They were chosen on the basis of a 1,000 word essay, followed by in person interviews where each spoke to the role their values play in their organization and how they align with the Foundation’s values.

    In their application, Audre Lorde Project stated that their values are rooted in transparency, wellness, transformation, cultural work and coalition building. “Collaboration with other social justice organizations is central to ALP’s intersectional, movement-building work.”

    Make the Road wrote that their values are why their 19,000+ members shape all of their campaigns: “Our youth challenge oppression by naming the disparate treatment of black and brown, LGBTQ and immigrant young people …. Their passionate advocacy has resulted in huge movement victories.”

    MoCADA isa museum founded on principles of justice, equity, and inclusion….courage, creativity and collaboration are the key elements of our mission, vision and values.”

    Neighbors Together’s work isgrounded in our belief in the dignity and potential of each person to be a vital part of creating a more just society” and its members have the courage “to fight for real and lasting solutions to overcome injustice.”

    And last but not least, Common Justice highlighted each of their values in their application—demonstrating a deep connection between their values and the unique nature of their healing work between victims and perpetrators of violence:

    • Accountability. We are responsible for our actions, our words, our power, and our impacts. We know that accountability affirms the dignity and humanity both of those responsible and of those harmed, and we hold ourselves to the same high standards to which we hold others. 

    • Transparency. We are transparent about our actions, our intentions, our options, and our decisions. We communicate with clarity and consistency with those impacted by what we do. 

    • Transformation. We believe in the potential of all human beings to transform, heal, grow, change, and be resilient. We believe we all deserve individuals, communities, and institutions that support us in being our best selves. 

    • Respect. We believe in the inherent worth, importance, rights, culture, and strengths of all people, and work to reflect and honor that in the way we behave toward others. 

    • Purpose. We uphold the responsibilities and boundaries of our work because we are ambitious, hopeful, and outcomes-driven. 

    These 5 values send a powerful message, and are a primary reason Common Justice is receiving the Spark Prize in our inaugural year.

    As nonprofit communicators, we are all very familiar with the adage “Show, Don’t Tell.”

    Mission tells us what you do; values show who you are.

     

    Source: BigDuck smart communications for nonprofits
  • Cleveland Clinic Receives $10 Million for Expansion of Eye Institute
    By webmaster@philanthropynewsdigest.org (Mitch Nauffts) - Monday Jun 5, 2017

    The gift from the Timken Foundation of Canton will support an expansion of the Cole Eye Institute and the creation of the Louise Timken Ophthalmic Education Center....

    Source: Philanthropy News Digest (PND)
  • Lincoln Center Cultural Innovation Fund Awards Innovation Fund Grants
    By webmaster@philanthropynewsdigest.org (Matt Sinclair) - Saturday Jun 24, 2017

    The pilot grant program is designed to catalyze access to and participation in cultural opportunities in central Brooklyn and the South Bronx....

    Source: Philanthropy News Digest (PND)
  • Is Your Organization Aiming for the Fundraising Bull’s Eye?
    By Gail Perry - Friday May 26, 2017

    Where are you with your fundraising plans?

    Are you playing the fundraising "dart game" by any chance?

    There's a game that many nonprofits play called “Aim for the Fundraising Bull’s Eye.”

    It’s the game of searching, searching for the fundraising strategy that will finally pay off.

    The problem is - that it’s a guessing game.

    When you have to guess your way to increased fundraising contributions and gifts - it’s doubtful that you’ll actually hit the bulls eye.  

    Let’s have a bit of fun and see where your organization stacks up in the “Aim for The Fundraising Bull’s Eye” game.  :)

    Let’s see how efficient and effective your own fundraising plans, strategies and tactics are.

    Outer Ring Fundraising

    When your darts keep hitting the outer ring, alas, you're clearly in a “Hit or Miss” situation.

    Your “strategy” — if you can call it that — is all over the place.  Just like these old darts.

    And your fundraising is floundering as a result. Here's what's probably happening: 

    • Your organization sets fundraising goals in a vacuum, based on various people’s personal opinions and preferences. (“I can’t stand direct mail!”) 
    • Your board is detached and disengaged. They are uncomfortable with the idea of fundraising - which they equate with “asking for money.”
    • Your organization’s leadership is also nervous about fundraising - so there’s a distant relationship with fundraising staff. 
    • Your organization’s donors think they are personally treated like ATMs. Not a great recipe for long-term relationships!

    Inner Ring Fundraising

    You are moving toward the bull's eye on the dart board. Your fundraising plans are a work in progress.

    • You’re getting more internal people involved in the discussion, so there is broader support for fundraising among your colleagues.
    • Your board is more engaged. They are all donating, and they understand the importance of opening doors and making connections with their active and affluent friends.
    • Leadership gives fundraising staff a voice at the table. They listen and try to understand you. No one is coming at you at the 11th hour to fund a program you weren’t a part of from the start.
    • You’re thanking your donors. Quickly and with feeling. That’s good. They are beginning to feel like they are not exactly one-night stands as far as your organization is concerned.

    Bull's Eye Fundraising

    There’s a strong culture of philanthropy within your organization.

    • In the fundraising department, there's a plan everybody is following. 
    • Messaging is consistent and donor-centered. 
    • Direct mail folks aren’t afraid to turn “their” names over to major gifts, and major gifts regularly funnels names to planned giving.
    • Programs, marketing and communications, fundraising are all working collaboratively.
    • The lines of communication with leadership are open and flowing; your CEO is engaged with donors and supporting your team’s goals at all times.

    Your board is totally on board.

    • They’re engaged and excited about your mission - ready to take action and go to work.
    • They GIVE! Big and regularly.
    • They make introductions and use their connections to open doors.
    • They understand fundraising and are willing to be part of it (in ways that include asking but other ways as well).

    Your donors are happy.

    • Some have deep relationships with your organization.
    • You speak a donor-centered language.
    • You bless them with the opportunity to give, rather than trying to hit them with a hello and run away with their money.

    And a bonus sign that you’re in the bull’s-eye?

    • You’re raising money.
    • Awesome amounts of money. Mega-amounts. More money than you ever thought possible.
    • All because you are working from well-structured fundraising plans.

    If you hit the bull’s-eye — GREAT! And congratulations!

    But even if your dart ricocheted off the target, took off someone’s ear and flattened a tire in the parking lot, you can turn things around.

    Fundraising Plans Save The Day

    It all starts with a plan that everyone agrees on.  Then you can sleep at night. 

    If you need help creating a sane fundraising plan that will:

    • Help you focus your time and energy.
    • Control the flow of work in your office.
    • Protect you from your leadership’s fundraising “idea of the month.”
    • Allow you to be proactive rather than reactive.
    • Allow you to build confidence in your fundraising program.

    Then check out my brand new Highly Profitable Fundraising Toolkit.

    You'll get the templates, worksheets and 4 hours of video training with me to help you and your team MAX OUT your fundraising potential.

    Find out more here about my Highly Profitable Fundraising Toolkit.

    Let's have some fun, lay down some terrific plans and change the world together!

     

     

    The post Is Your Organization Aiming for the Fundraising Bull’s Eye? appeared first on Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry.

    Source: Fired-Up Fundraising with Gail Perry
  • Alexandria Debuts NY’s Latest Bio Incubator With 13 Startups in Tow
    By Ben Fidler - Tuesday Jun 13, 2017

    A new startup incubator has just opened in Manhattan this morning, adding to a growing list of facilities meant to help support seedling New York City biotechs. LaunchLabs, first announced by Alexandria Real Estate Equities a year ago, officially opened its doors and revealed the 13 startups that will grow there. LaunchLabs is a 15,000-square-foot […]

    Source: Xconomy New York