Amplify Your Impact Prize
The Amplify Your Impact Prize is an initiative of the John A. Reisenbach Foundation that provides high-potential new programs in New York City with:
This is a unique opportunity for exceptional new programs to accelerate their growth by connecting with a wide range of partners, funders, beneficiaries, and supporters.
Context: The Reisenbach Foundation is rooted in the media and advertising industries, so we are uniquely positioned to bring nonprofits, media, and advertising experts together. Our board members include executives at companies like Facebook, DigitasLBI, BET, NBC, CBS, UniversalMcCann, and Penske Media.
Eligibility: All organizations applying to this accelerator program are required to be 501c3 nonprofits. Eligible programs must be in their first several years of operation. The nonprofit must have a CEO, Executive Director or commited staffer that can attend all workshops. Nonprofits applying must serve beneficiaries in the greater New York City area and mission must fit into one of the three John A. Reisenbach Foundation pillars: Youth & Education, Housing & Community, Justice & Safety.
2019-2020 Prize Winners
Guns Down, Inc (now Dream Deferred):
A community development organization whose mission is to break the cycle of violence, crime, and incarceration. Its Conflict Resolution & Strategies Program addresses the lack of conflict resolution skills that cause petty disagreements to erupt into violence in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
Harlem Girls Cheer:
Seeks to empower the next generation of female leaders using the platform of competitive cheer to enhance the lives of girls and young women in the communities of Harlem and the Bronx. The program addresses the need for girls to engage in physical activity in an environment that provides encouragement and nurture, but also demands hard work, leadership, and teamwork.
2021-2022 Prize Winners
Black Feminist Project:
The Black Feminist Project enriches the lives of, restores agency, justice, joy, and health to Black Womxn, girls, and non-men, often referred to as marginalized genders or MaGes and the children they care for - with an emphasis on mother-led families.
Using dynamic and engaging food and reproductive justice programming that explores not only the intersections of race, class, gender, and respectability politics but also empowers them to tap into their inherent leadership abilities and dare to put themselves at the center of their own universes.
Brooklyn Community Kitchen:
Working with existing community efforts, we provide meals to people in need through food rescue projects in North Brooklyn. Our mission is to offer nutritious meals that benefit the health of our guests while using food that would otherwise go to waste. We hope to connect neighbors through food and face to face interaction, boosting the ability of the community to thrive together using sustainable practices. In addition, since the pandemic we have packed care packages and acted responsively to the needs of unhoused neighbors.
Technology for Families in Need (TechFIN):
TechFIN seeks to address an alarming trend in America. Millions of low income families lack access to a computer in the home. This lack of access contributes to a growing digital divide where completing schoolwork, or college and job applications becomes increasingly difficult. Yet, in this environment, U.S. companies dispose of millions of functional computers every year, per their upgrade cycle. In a solution that is both sustainable and beneficial, TechFIN diverts some of these machines from the scrap heap to the living room.
The W.O.W. Project:
The W.O.W Project’s mission is to sustain ownership over Chinatown's future by growing, protecting and preserving Chinatown's creative culture through arts, culture and activism. The W.O.W. Project seeks to create a women, trans and non-binary-centered intergenerational space that cultivates relationships, fosters learning from past social movements pioneered by artists/activists in the community, and provides the next generation of women/nonbinary individuals with the necessary toolkit of leadership and community-organizing skills to take on the many challenges ahead.
John A. Reisenbach Forum for a Safer New York City
The JAR Forum for a Safer New York City sparks dialog and change by convening community leaders, city government officials, nonprofit staff, academics, and other stakeholders to discuss critical issues of safety and wellbeing in New York City. Events are ticketed but free to attend and designed for practitioners in relevant fields, community leaders, and others in a position to effect change. All forums are open to the public with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Past forums have focused on gun violence in NYC neighborhoods, community policing, the opioid epidemic, and homelessness. Check out the Events page for information on upcoming forums.