8th Cohort Application

Catalog for Giving 8th Edition Application (2018-21)

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The Catalog for Giving is currently soliciting proposals for participation in its 8th Edition Catalog, which will commence in January of 2018. Selected organizations will receive three years of general operating funding, ranging from approximately $50,000-$75,000 per year, and have the opportunity to be part of a unique community of supporters of innovative opportunities for NYC youth. The following RFP is due on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 5:00PM. The review committee will narrow the pool and select organizations for site visits in May and June. Final selection will be made during the fall of 2017.

The Catalog for Giving is a grant-making nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of New York City’s underserved children by identifying, funding, and empowering innovative, community-based start-up organizations that provide education and life skills to underserved youth. Operating like a fund-of-funds for youth-serving nonprofits, The Catalog raises funds from generous supporters who are interested in providing opportunity to NYC youth, but may not have the time or expertise to discover the emerging organizations that are doing outstanding work on behalf of the young people they serve.

Every three years, The Catalog selects a group of programs to become “member organizations” in its catalog. Selected organizations receive three years of general operating funding, from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020, providing they remain compliant with The Catalog’s requirements. Because The Catalog raises funds each year from its supporters to distribute to the member organizations, the actual amount distributed varies from year to year, but has recently been in the range of $50,000-75,000 per calendar year.  Member organizations have the opportunity to further enhance their level of support by actively participating in The Catalog’s fundraising activities. Member organizations also participate as a cohort with one another, maximizing the opportunity to support and enhance The Catalog’s unique community of emerging youth-serving organizations.

Only organizations that meet all of the following criteria are eligible.  Organizations must:

  • Have as their primary mission the provision of direct services to low-income children or teens for a period of time sufficient to enhance education or life skills and constitute a life-transforming activity;

  • Have an operating budget between $150,000 and $1.5 million per fiscal year;

  • Be a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization;

  • Be independent and not a subsidiary or branch of a national organization, unless they are a wholly independent program;

  • Be located and operate within New York City;

  • Have been founded between 2007 and 2015 and remain in continuous operation;
  • Be working toward expanding the program’s services either within the population served, or to include new populations of young people.

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Please complete and return this application, together with the supporting documents, in PDF format, no later than 5pm on Thursday, March 23, 2017.   

Only organizations that answer YES to all of the following criteria are eligible to apply to The Catalog as a member organization.  

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Organizational Background Information

25 words or less

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500 Words or less

Required Supporting Materials:

Organizations selected will be funded for three years provided that the following requirements continue to be met.  Organizations must:
  • Provide annual reports on financial and programmatic progress toward the goals articulated in their application (including audited financial statements and 990 tax filings);

  • Host site visits by CFG board members and staff;

  • Meet up to six times per year with CFG staff and the Executive Directors of all Catalog member organizations;

  • Participate in the annual Urban Heroes Benefit and other Catalog fundraising events as requested and take part in the workshops, mentoring and other activities organized by Catalog staff and board;

  • Inform The Catalog immediately about all direct donations that are a result of Catalog efforts;

  • Assist The Catalog in its marketing efforts, including providing regular updates, success stories, interviews with participants, photos, videos, etc. for use on website, donor updates, and other communications;

  • Acknowledge The Catalog for Giving on their website (with a link) and in all relevant printed materials including annual reports and newsletters, invitations and brochures, and share them with The Catalog’s staff;

  • Remain in compliance with standard legal and ethical practices regarding tax exempt organizations.
If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact kcunningham@cfgnyc.org.  Please include "8th Edition Selection Process" in the subject heading.  

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