QBPO Nonprofit Network crosses $500,000 mark in funding accessed for member organizations

(May 22, 2023 at 12:30pm)

QUEENS, NY – To further support his growing Queens Nonprofit Network and its nearly 360 member organizations, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. today announced a new partnership with the Queens Public Library to support network members in search of funding sources.

“Queens’ massive network of nonprofit organizations works tirelessly every day to empower our families, serve the historically disenfranchised and create a more just society for us all,” said Borough President RICHARDS. “My office is committed to supporting these groups in any way possible, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with the Queens Public Library to ensure our nonprofits can access the funding and resources they need to continue that critical shared mission of service.”

“Our partnership with the Borough President’s Office to support our local nonprofits goes to the heart of our commitment to offer free access to information and opportunity within and outside our walls,” said Queens Public Library President and CEO DENNIS M. WALCOTT. “We look forward to working with these essential organizations to help them get the resources they need to serve Queens communities.”  

On the first Friday of each month between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. beginning June 2nd, a Queens Public Library expert in nonprofit services will be available for free, in-person consultations at the Queens Borough President’s Office within Queens Borough Hall to comprehensively assist nonprofits with identifying and applying for new grant funding sources, among other efforts.

Organizations must be current members of Borough President Richards’ Queens Nonprofit Network in order to be eligible for a consultation, and members will receive invitations to receive a consultation directly from the Queens Borough President’s Office. Nonprofit groups that are interested in joining the Queens Nonprofit Network can apply at www.queensbp.org/nonprofits.

The partnership with the Queens Public Library supplements the work already being done by Borough President Richards’ Department of Nonprofit Opportunities, which works to assist, support, empower and respond to the needs of nonprofits that serve Queens communities.

One effort to do that was the creation of the Queens Nonprofit Network in April 2021 to serve as a clearinghouse of information for groups across the borough. In the two years since the network’s formation, member organizations have been connected to more than $500,000 in public and private funding in the form of micro-grants, foundation awards and corporate sponsorships among others.

Each network member organization is a 501c that serves Queens residents, while most predominantly serve historically marginalized communities and two-thirds have budgets of less than $500,000 — making the work of the network critical in support of the key services that those groups offer.

Additional initiatives put forth by Borough President Richards’ Queens Nonprofit Network will be announced in the coming months.

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