In April, 2015, Eugenio María de Hostos Community College (CUNY) received a $120,000 from The New York Community Trust to strengthen the capacity of Hostos’ Center for Bronx Nonprofits (CBNP).

Since launching in 2012, with collaborative support from the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and initial funding from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and The New York Community Trust, the CBNP has played a key role in supporting Bronx-based community leaders and nonprofit organizations to strengthen their capacity to serve their missions and constituencies.

Specifically, this grant will help to fund:
  • Executive Management Certificate programs for middle managers working in Bronx nonprofits;
  • Peer Learning Network opportunities for Executive Directors;
  • Workshops, trainings,  panels and public conversations on topics of interest to the community;
  • Production of a monthly public access BronxNet program, “Mission Bronx,” which is set to begin taping in May.
In the past two years, the CBNP has hosted over 22 workshops, trainings, resource sharing and networking events that have reached 728 Bronx nonprofit professionals and over 422 organizations that account for more than 16 percent of the registered nonprofits in the Bronx. The CBNP’s networking functions have played a key role in supporting Bronx-based community leaders and helped nonprofit organizations strengthen their capacity to serve their missions and constituencies.

This award comes on the heels of the creation of the Center’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017: Supporting Nonprofit Capacity in the Bronx. Since Spring 2014, more than 100 community leaders from the academic, government, private industry, and nonprofit sector provided ideas for this multi-year plan.

The CBNP operates out of Hostos’ Division Continuing Education & Workforce Development.

You can follow the CBNP on Facebook Page here.

About Hostos Community College
Eugenio María de Hostos Community College is an educational agent for change that has been transforming and improving the quality of life in the South Bronx and neighboring communities since 1968. It serves as a gateway to intellectual growth and socioeconomic mobility, as well as a point of departure for lifelong learning, success in professional careers, and transfer to advanced higher education programs. The College’s unique "Student Success Coaching Unit" provides students with individualized guidance and exemplifies its emphasis on student support services.
Recently named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2015 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, Hostos offers 27 associate degree programs and two certificate programs that facilitate easy transfer to The City University of New York’s (CUNY) four-year colleges or baccalaureate studies at other institutions. The College has an award-winning Division of Continuing Education & Workforce Development that offers professional development courses and certificate-bearing workforce training programs. Hostos is part of CUNY, the nation’s leading urban public university, which serves more than 500,000 students at 24 colleges.