Issue May 2016
Welcome to the new NPCC New York Nonprofits newsletter! And you can print it!
Your monthly newsletter is now 100% paperless but you can still have a printed copy. Simply click here to download the printer-friendly version! To view archived and past issues  click here.
#PATH2EXCEL Workshops
T hese workshops present an opportunity to hear about the management practices and strategies that led to past Nonprofit Excellence Awards winners' selection.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
9:30 am - 11:30 am


Wednesday, May 4th
9:30am - 11:30am

Thursday, May 12th
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Thursday, May 26th
9:30am - 11:30am

To see our full workshop calendar,  click here.
Do you work at an amazing nonprofit? We want to recognize you! But how will we know if you don't apply? Apply for NPCC's 2016 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards ! This year's Awards application process is more streamlined and begins with a readiness assessment. Learn more by attending one of the upcoming application clinics :


#Path2Excel Workshop: Excellence in Fundraising & Resource Development [RECAP]
The first workshop, held on Friday, April 8th, focused on Fundraising and Resource Development and featured a moderated panel discussion, practical exercise, discussion, and Q&A segment. How can board members act as ambassadors? How can the organization draw visitors and volunteers to become committed spokespeople and in turn fundraisers and resources for financial growth of your nonprofit organization? Which resource or resources is not being mined enough? The insightful panelists discussed the importance of cultivating relationships with volunteers to become major donors, contributors and board members.  Click here to read more .

The Needs Assessment Survey So Far...
In early April, The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) launched its first-ever Needs Assessment Survey. The survey is designed to help NPCC understand what more can be done for its members and for organizations sector-wide. The responses gathered will help identify common trends and areas of concern relating to policy, government regulations, and management.
In under one month NPCC received 350 responses. Below are some interesting results from the survey so far:
  • 34% of respondents said that they experienced an organizational crisis in the past 5 years. Leadership transition and financial instability appear to be the most common crises.
    Click here to read more.

How The Proposed DOL OT Regulations Could Affect Your Bottom Line
The U.S. Department of Labor has recently proposed regulatory changes that, if adopted, could dramatically expand the population of employees entitled to receive overtime pay. The Fair Labor Standards Act (the "FLSA") is a long-standing federal law that established the basic minimum wage and overtime protections with which most people are familiar.  In addition, state laws often set higher standards applicable to employees working in the state.  Both New York and federal minimum wage and overtime laws have important exceptions for "exempt" employees, including for executive, administrative, and professional employees who receive a fixed salary (instead of an hourly wage).  Currently, New York law sets a higher minimum annual salary required as a prerequisite to the exemptions ($35,100 under NY law versus $23,660 under the FLSA).  However, proposed changes to FLSA regulations would increase the minimum salary under the FLSA to $50,440, with automatic increases to this threshold in future years based on market conditions.  Given this proposed change, some employers will need to consider whether to reclassify exempt employees currently making less than $50,440 in salary to non-exempt status.  In making this decision, employers should consider whether the federal law applies to their operations as a whole or to a given employee (in most cases, the answer is "yes"), and whether it is feasible and advantageous to convert these employees to hourly pay with overtime or to raise their salary above the new threshold.  For more information see the memo jointly sponsored by NPCC and the Lawyers Alliance of New York and written by Eric Hoffman and Sean Kim, Sidley Austin LLP.

How Can We Save The Puppies If We Can't Keep The Lights On?
New York City's nonprofit sector accounts for more than $118 billion in annual expenditures, including $33.6 billion in payroll expenses. With more than 600,000 employees, nonprofit organizations account for more than 18 percent of the city's total private workforce.

While the nation's economy is in a state of recovery, nonprofits still face funding challenges, with surveyed organizations reporting that their top challenges are maintaining long-term sustainability and raising funds to cover overhead costs.  Click here to read more.

How $15 Minimum Wage Will Impact Nonprofits
On March 31st, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the $15 minimum wage plan into law which can potentially lift the earnings of an estimated 2.3 million New Yorkers. While this is a victory for the city's low-income population, how will it affect nonprofit organizations that struggle to meet indirect and programming costs?  Click here to read more.

Closing the $ Gap
Webinar; NPCC Newswire

Claire Knowlton, Director in Advisory Service at the  Nonprofit Finance Fund , led a webinar titled, "Why Funding Overhead Is Not the Real Issue: The Case to Cover Full Costs" addressing the challenge of meeting costs and closing the widening financial gap.  Click here to read more and view full webinar.

Benchmarks X Report

Benchmarks X Report by M + R - gathers detailed information from 105 nonprofits, including performance metrics for email, web, social media, and more. It's designed to help you solve for X, whatever your program's unique X happens to be. Find out where your own program excels - and pinpoint the spots where you're falling behind. Click here to read full report.

Fundraising Bright Spots: Beyond Fundraising Report
Klein & Roth Consulting and CompassPoint

Commissioned by the  Haas, Jr. Fund, this report looks at 16 small, progressive organizations with strong, sustaining individual donor programs, and tackles the question: "What makes these successful groups different from other nonprofits that continue to struggle in their fundraising?" Click here to read full report.

2016 CohnReznick Not-for-Profit Governance Survey
CohnReznick LLP

Nonprofits: Looking to protect against fraud, but don't know where to start? Please take a few minutes to fill out CohnReznick's 3rd Annual Not-for-Profit Governance Survey and gain insight through their research to see how you measure up against your peers. This short survey focuses specifically on the governance issues that affect most not-for-profit organizations. The collected data will be used to compile a full report which will help not-for-profit organizations better gauge their current governance practices against those of other participants. Click here to take survey.

Have you heard about the new "digital exhibit" showcasing 500 years of philanthropy? The new  History of Modern Philanthropy website, launched by The National Philanthropic Trust, will cover the last 500 years of global philanthropy in century increments.   Click here to explore the new exhibit.
CohnReznick LLP
Filaid Foundation, Inc.
Gateway Demonstration Assistance Corporation
Girls Who Invest
Image Impact International, Inc.
Network 20/20
Partnership for Palliative Care
Quest: A Community for Lifelong Learning, Inc.
Recovery Through Entrepreneurship Center
Subway Cinema, Inc. DBA New York Asian Film Festival
Sutton Place Parks Conservancy
The African-American Real Estate Professionals of New York, Inc.
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Young New Yorkers Chorus
Pace Encore Transition Program
Do you have a project that needs to get done but no one in your organization with the time to do it? Think about using the experience and ability of highly skilled encore talent - people in midlife and beyond who have completed management-level primary careers and now want to transition to work in the nonprofit sector. The Pace Encore Transition Program ( ) has over 100 alumni, many of whom would be ready, willing and able to help your organization further its mission and goals.  Classes begin June 6, 2016. For more information and to apply contact or click here.

The Maurice Gurin Memorial Scholarship

The New York City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is proud to offer a limited number of scholarships to Fundraising Day in New York. Funding for the scholarships is provided by members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, who recognize the importance of developing professional skills in their field through training at the nation's largest single-day conference on fundraising. To qualify for a scholarship, an applicant must be currently employed by or volunteering for a 501(c)(3) organization and must live or work within the geographic boundaries of the New York City Chapter of AFP.  Applications are to be postmarked on or before May 6th, 2016.  For more information, contact FRDNY management at 516-385-8122 or via email at . To apply,  click here.

Pro Bono Consulting Opportunity Available

PennPAC is seeking nonprofit applicants for its Fall 2016 roster of NYC consulting grants. Their six person teams provide 8-week, project based, strategic consulting engagements. PennPAC's University of Pennsylvania alumni volunteers perform engagements customized to meet your business needs.   Applications and further information about PennPAC and typical projects can be found at Applications are due by May 26 and selected projects kickoff in October 2016.   Contact with any questions.
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Board Officers: 
Ian J. Benjamin, Chair
Vice Chairs: Robert Acton, Joyce M. Bove, Richard Burns, Gregory Cohen, Barbara Schatz
Treasurer: Charlene Laniewski
Secretary: Merble Reagon

Board Members: Victoria Bailey, Diana Davenport, Leslie Goldman, Ronda Kotelchuck, Patricia Kozu, Antoinette La Belle, Larry Lee, Sheila Lewandowski, Roland Lewis, Carolyn McLaughlin,  Tuhina De O'Connor,  Karen Pearl, Michael Seltzer, Emily Smith, JoAnn D. Smith, Richard Souto, Sarah (BJ) Sung, Stephanie Thomas, Eileen Torres, G. Robert Watts, Jo-Ann Yoo; Sharon Stapel, President ex oficio
Michael Clark, President Emeritus |  Jonathan A. Small, Esq., President Emeritus |  Peter Swords, Esq., President Emeritus |  John E. Craig, Jr., Cha irman Emeritus

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