JULY 2017
All workshops are held at NPCC unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, July 11
9:30am - 11:30am

Do you know "that" from "which"? Whether to use the serial comma? How to punctuate dates and states? This fun, interactive workshop on grammar and style in the nonprofit workplace is designed to help individuals improve their own writing and move their organizations toward using standard style guidelines. 

Key Takeaways:

- Top 10 grammar blunders that many writers make

- Choosing between the University of Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook

- When it's okay to make exceptions to the rules

Thursday, July 20
9:30am - 11:30am

'Diversity' and 'Inclusion' can be challenging words and concepts for non-profit Leaders. What do the terms mean? How are they achieved? Is it worth attempting? Why? Are they actually achievable let alone sustainable? What are some of the elements and resources needed to even begin? This interactive workshop will explore these questions and identify key steps in assessing readiness.

Key Takeaways:

- Understanding of why and when to engage in any Diversity and/or Inclusion process.

- Key questions to answer to determine your institutional 'readiness.'

- What to expect from engaging in a diversity and inclusion process.

- How patience plays a part in success.

Thursday, July 27
9:30am - 11:30am

Join this in-person workshop as we explore what a mature data-informed organization looks like. Learn how expertise in data management leads to better decision-making, improved internal functioning, better client engagement and smarter, smoother operations.  There was also be an introduction to a new collaborative service from RoundTable Technology and Sage70 - Insight - Data as a Service.

Key Takeaways:

- What data culture means

- How to evolve the data culture at your organization

- What's needed to leverage data for decisions

- What you can do next

Tuesday, August 15
9:30am - 11:30am

As we creep toward 2018, come hear about the latest updates to bring you up to speed with your benefits.  Will the American Health Care Act impact your next year's health insurance renewal?  For 2018, the insurance companies have requested an average rate increase of 11.5% in the small group market (1-100 full time equivalents) which should have the Insurance regulators final approval in late July.

Key Takeaways: 

- Gain insight about the impact of the American Health Care Act

- Get a sneak peek at the 2018 small group average rate increases

- Learn about the New York State Paid Family Leave (PFL) Act

Tuesday, August 22

#GivingTuesday is the biggest giving day of the year and just three months away on November 28. We're kicking off the countdown with a webinar to teach you how to maximize the next few months to lay the foundation for a successful day of giving. Join Dana Ostomel, founder of Deposit a Gift and Firespring's leading authority on crowdfunding, to learn the 10 most important components to creating an empathetic, engaged and responsive community that is ready to help you knock it out of the park. We promise: You'll walk away confident about getting started planning your #GivingTuesday campaign.
To see our full workshop calendar,  click here .
US Senate Releases Health Care Bill Draft
The United States Senate released, at the end of June, their version of a health care bill. This bill, which the Congressional Budget Office scored as affecting 22 million people, is similar to the U.S. House of Representative bill. Like the House bill, the Senate bill would continue Medicaid expansion (albeit for three years, instead of two) until eventually capping state funding. It would allow the states to define "essential health services." It would defund Planned Parenthood. It would:
  • Allow the states to define "essential health services"
  • Defund Planned Parenthood
  • Eliminate taxes on the wealthy set under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to help cover costs
  • Eliminate the mandate to have insurance, although there are some rumors that the Senate will try to impose a time (instead of cost) penalty
  • Eliminate the mandate that large employers make health insurance affordable.
  • Differ in some significant ways, in that it may allow preexisting conditions to be covered
  • Allow income and location, as well as age, determine tax subsidy amounts. 
Like the ACA, both the House and Senate bills would allow children to stay on their parent's health insurance until aged 26. On June 27, 2018, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed consideration of the Senate bill because he did not have the votes to pass it. The President has called for the bill to be repealed before a replacement is ready; the Senate Majority Leader says he will try to replace and repeal, and indicated possible bipartisan work to do so. Where the bill - or other health care efforts - go from here remains to be seen.
House Financial Services Subcommittee Attempts Change to Johnson Amendment
Congress made an attempt make a change to the the Johnson Amendment by  including it in the Financial Services FY2018 appropriations billAs we noted in our February e-Newsletter, Congress has made previous attempts to repeal the ban on partisan activity by 501(c)(3) nonprofits by introducing two bills, H.R. 172 and H.R. 781 Nonprofits are safe spaces in our communities, designed to be above the political fray. Being nonpartisan allows us to focus on solving problems, helping our neighbors, and enriching our communities. Keeping this protection in place is essential to nonprofit missions and credibility. Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, released a statement noting 72% of voters prefer to keep 501(c)(3) protection. Click here to read the full statement.
New York City Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Update
The Mayor and the City Council agreed to the New York City's Fiscal Year 18 budget in June. The budget provides for some increased funding for nonprofits, including increased funding for food and meals, while also increasing contributions to the City's reserves. According to our colleagues at the Human Services Council, the city budget includes these impacts on nonprofits:
  • Funds to bring indirect cost reimbursement rates to 10% over five years, beginning with a $14.5 million investment this year and growing to $88 million annually.
  • $36 million to support a model budget process for preventive services, senior centers, runaway homeless youth, and adult protective services with plans for additional model budget processes in fiscal years 2019 and 2020.
  • Multi-year COLA commitment of 2% at a cost of $90 million over the next three years.
The Mayor's Office issued a fact sheet on the budget.
New York State To Collect Data On Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Job Title And Salary As Of June 1, 2017
New York State Executive Order 162, signed by Governor Cuomo on January 11, 2017,  requires state contractors to disclose data on the gender, race, ethnicity, job title, and salary of employees performing work on state contracts issued and executed on or after June 1, 2017.
SCOTUS Decision On Travel Ban
On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to hear the issues raised in the Federal Administration's "Travel Ban." In the interim, the Court lifted stays issued by the lower courts, allowing part of the ban to be implemented. However, the Court did keep parts of the stays by prohibiting a ban on people who have a "bona fide" relationship to the United States. (It should also be noted that the Court generally does not continue a stay unless it believes that there is a "substantial likelihood" that the law or policy will be found to be illegal.) As reported by the Nonprofit Quarterly, the Court's decision "lifted the stays issued by two U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, but with a condition. The injunctions remain in effect for 'foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.' In other words, the executive order does not stop travel to the U.S. by such persons. The decision and its 'bona fide relationship' distinction affects both immigrant and refugee status. This means that any refugees that meet the test must be admitted, regardless of the 50,000-person limitation included in the executive order."
Charitable Giving Reaches $390 Billion in 2016
Giving in the United States set a record. Charitable g iving increased 2.7% to $390.05 billion compared to 2015, according to the preliminary release from Giving USA. I ndividuals accounted for $281.86 billion, or 72% of overall philanthropy in 2016. Giving by corporations increased by 3.5% . Click here to read the full release .
NPCC's Learning Labs: Communications begin July 27.

The Learning Labs are a six module, cohort-based series that  provides in-depth training, technical assistance and skills development. Click here to view the session schedule.

NPCC members and non-members are welcome to apply.  The Communications Lab will consist of a cohort of 40 individuals who will be selected from the initial pool of applicants. Each organization will be able to send up to two people. This is intended for individuals at your organization with basic to intermediate expertise who manage communications, impact communications strategy, and/or carry out communications implementation.

Application deadline is  Friday, July 7, 2017 at 5:00pm . Acceptance notifications will be sent out by Wednesday, July 12.  If you have any questions, contact Joe Taylor, Programs Manager, at 212-502-4191 or e-mail jtaylor@npccny.org . Click here to apply.
Voter registration and get out the vote activities are among the most effective, inexpensive, and inclusive forms of advocacy and community engagement. This interactive forum will focus on how low voter turnout affects nonprofits and the communities they serve; how Nonprofit Coordinating Committee and Human Service Council members have increased voter turnout and how your organization can begin to do voter education, registration and get-out-the-vote work for the November election and beyond.

Key Takeaways:
As part of our discussion, we will discuss how to reach people who typically don't vote, brainstorm how increased political participation could positively impact the communities we serve, and identify key phrases to include in an elevator pitch about why voting is important.

This forum will be presented by Louisa Hackett, Director of Community Votes, and is cos-sponsored by Human Services Council.

Attendees will receive a Voter Engagement Toolkit created in partnership with Community Votes.

2017 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Semifinalists to be Announced this Month!

The 2017 New York Community Nonprofit Excellence Awards are underway and our expert Selection Committee will meet in mid-July to select this year's semifinalist organizations from the pool of 45 applicants. Stay tuned for the formal announcement on Monday, July 24th!

In the meantime, be sure to save the date for the Best Practices Workshop and Awards Presentation on December 1, 2017, where this year's winners will be honored.

NPCC manages the Nonprofit Excellence Awards in collaboration with The New York Community Trust, Philanthropy New York, and The Clark Foundation. WNYC is the media sponsor. Additional financial and in-kind support is provided by Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, RSM US LLP, and Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.
Do NYC Boards Reflect the Diversity of Our City?

Please take this 20 minute survey to help us understand how nonprofits think of diversity, equity, and inclusion on their board. The survey results will help inform our final report on board diversity strategies, gaps, and resources. Complete the survey and you'll receive a free copy of the report

This survey is a project of NYC Service's NYC Nonprofit Board Development Coalition in partnership with NPCC and the Council of Urban Professionals. Your responses to these questions will remain completely confidential and the results will be reported in the aggregate. Click here to begin the survey.

NPCC seeks proposals from individuals or groups who are interested in leading two hour professional development workshops. This opportunity is open to nonprofit staff, consultants and others. 

By presenting, you will be able to share your expertise and brand with our 1450+ members.  For more information, click here Deadline for proposals is Wednesday, July 26, 2017 .

Waterfront Alliance Develops Online Tool for High Risk Coastal Areas
As hurricane season approaches, elected officials and advocates are demanding better coastal defense and waterfront security. NPCC member Waterfront Alliance has developed an interactive online tool where users can view neighborhood evaluations of waterfront safety, environmental health and public access.  "The Harbor Scorecard will help citizens of coastal areas in NY, NJ, and LI understand, neighborhood by neighborhood, three important things: How vulnerable they are to the next [Superstorm] Sandy, how good or poor their water quality is and how much direct access to the water they have," says Waterfront Alliance President and CEO Roland Lewis. Click here to read more.
New City Council Bill May Protect Nonprofits from Tax Lien Sale
A new city council bill ( Int. 1656) has been introduced which would exempt any property owned by a nonprofit organization from the City's annual tax lien sale. Additionally, the bill would provide an exemption for any property for which the owner has submitted a pending initial or renewal application for not-for-profit property tax exemption. Prior to 2012, nonprofits could apply for and hold permanent property tax exemptions from the Department of Finance. Due to complaints of compliance issues from the Department of Finance, the city made it a requirement to apply for exemption annually. The change led to many nonprofits losing property to private investors and incurring debt. Click here to read more.
Sylvia Law Rivera Project Wins $100K Grant
The Rockefeller Foundation announced on June 22, 2017 that it will be making three grants to organizations supporting and defending the LGBTQ community, including the Sylvia Law Rivera Project (SRLP). Click here to read full release.
CRE Announces Winners of CRE Rising Fund
The Community Resource Exchange (CRE) awarded Haiti Cultural Exchange with pro-bono consulting services through the  CRE Rising Fund. The fund provides services to small, dynamic nonprofits in New York City.  Click here to read full release.
Impact100 Westchester Grant Winners Announced
Congratulations to NPCC members, Neighbors Link and Girls, Inc. on winning this award!  The goal of Impact100 Westchester is to provide high-impact, transformational grants for projects that reach under-served populations, raise the profile of deserving but lesser known organizations, and highlight unmet needs in the region.
Congrats to NYN's 40 Under 40 Rising Stars!
Congratulations to this year's Rising Stars including these NPCC member organizations:
  • Erica Ayala, Project Manager - GPS4Kids, Westchester Children's Association
  • Jessica Berry, Director of Institutional and Major Gifts, Breaking Ground
  • Kate Krug, Director of Development Events and Engagement, Safe Horizon
  • Carmen Maria Rey, Deputy Director, Immigration Intervention Project, Sanctuary for Families
  • Rhea Wong, Executive Director, Breakthrough New York
Click here to RSVP and attend the event honoring the nonprofit rising stars.
Do you have exciting news that you would like to share with NPCC and fellow member organizations? Let us know by clicking here!

Taproot is conducting an annual nonprofit survey to get a pulse on the field of skilled volunteerism and would love to hear from you-whether or not you've used skilled volunteers. Your input will help Taproot better serve the nonprofit sector by making access to pro bono expertise readily available and effective.  As a thank you, Taproot is raffling off a $100 American Express gift card every week through July 26. Click here for official rules .

Monday, July 24, 2017 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Philanthropy NY, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY

Join Manuela Arciniegas, Associate Program Officer at Andrus Family Fund, and Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at Schott Foundation for Public Education, as they discuss career path experiences in both the corporate and private philanthropic sectors. 

Philanthropy New York members who receive requests for informational interviews from jobseekers may refer those individuals to us for this session.

  • The advantages and challenges of a career in philanthropy
  • The range of jobs at an organization and some general day-to-day responsibilities
  • The structure and possible priorities of foundations you may encounter on your job search
  • A realistic picture of the competencies corporate and private foundations may value in potential new hires and the number of jobs available in the field at a given time
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Thursday, July 6, 2017 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5 :30pm - 6:30pm
Monday, July 11, 2017 1:00pm (Network Webinar)

The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation is launching a new initiative, Sterling Network NYC, designed to build a network of systems leaders who will tackle the challenge of enhancing economic mobility across New York City. 
The new initiative will foster and support the development of a diverse group of high-impact change-makers who will come together through regular convenings to build cross-sector collaborations that will bring about systems change. Sterling Fellows, as they'll be known, will also build their capacity to engage as leaders of the complex collaborations that are needed for lasting social change. Network members will meet for three immersive retreats annually, and will have ample opportunity for collaboration, learning, and action between these gatherings. 

The Foundation is looking for leaders who care about equity and NYC. We are hoping to find them in a range of sectors, fields and disciplines, including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, business, media, academia, artists, and the law. The most promising candidates are individuals who have sufficient professional authority, autonomy, and networks to make real-world decisions to move change forward.

Additional information and applications are available at http://www.rsclark.org/network , and will be accepted through  July 31st, 2017 .

Email rscf@rsclark.org to RSVP for the information session(s).
Staten Island NFP Association, Price Center of Staten Island
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 3 :00pm - 5:00pm
Offices of Person Centered Care Services
150 Granite Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10303
FREE for Staten Island NFP Association Members
$20 for non-members

This workshop will offer two awareness building programs ideal for staff at all levels:
  • The LGBTQ Cultural Awareness Training provides strategies to create, enhance and foster a positive environment for LGTBQ clients, colleagues, and individuals.
  • The Disability Ally Initiative will help people reject negative perceptions while building bridges to better connect, and interact with people who have physical and/or mental disabilities.
Presented by Dr. Lisa Sloan, Youth Services & Community Education Manager, Pride Center of Staten Island; and Erica D. Santiago, Community Building Coordinator, Person Centered Care Services.

Email alutz@sinfpa.org to RSVP.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 1 :00pm - 2:00pm

Choosing the right domain for your website and email campaigns is critical to your organization's online success. The top three domains for the social good sector are .org, .ngo, and .ong. .org is the most trusted domain on the Internet and open to all while .ngo and .ong are new domains that require legal verification to register and use. 

To help better understand the domain names available to the global nonprofit, charity, and NGO sectors, this webinar will discuss:
  • The history of the .org domain.
  • How .ngo and .org are different from .org.
  • How to complete the legal verification process for .ngo and .ong.
  • How .org, .ngo and .ong affect online fundraising success.
  • Examples of excellence of .org, .ngo, and .ong in use.

Presented by Heather Mansfield of Nonprofit Tech for Good. Click here to register.

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The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Friday, December 1, 2017
8:00am - 1:00pm
- 1st Street Foundation, Inc.
- Human Connection Arts
- I am My Community (A Project of Adopt A Friend, Inc.)
- IndieSpace
- Qualitas of Life Foundation
- Senior Living Options, Inc. dba Step Up for Better Living
- StreetSquash
- Strokes of Genius, Inc.
- The Dean Consulting Group
- The Muse Within, Inc.
Building Movement Project

The Building Movement Project conducted the Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race survey. This report, the first in a series to be released over the next two years, will compare people of color and white respondents' background, aspirations to be leaders, training, and attitudes towards leadership. Over 4,000 respondents answered questions about their current nonprofit job, interest in leading a nonprofit, training/supports, views of leadership, and personal background. They were also asked about their views on race and the nonprofit sector. Click here to download full report and executive summary.

By documenting your policies, sharing them widely, training users to understand them, and enforcing them consistently, your nonprofit can significantly reduce the risks and ensure that everyone is clear on what's expected. Idealware created this workbook to help you think through specific policies to manage your nonprofit's risk. It contains prompts to help create and document policies for the acceptable use of technology and networks, personal devices for work, how to provide IT guidance to "accidental techies," how to respond to an IT incident, and how to recover your technology after a major disaster. Click here to download the free workbook.
Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Fundraising Effectiveness Survey enables participating groups to measure and compare their fundraising gain and loss ratios to those of similar organizations. Participants can use this industry data to make better-informed, growth-oriented budget decisions to boost donor revenue. This year's survey report summarizes data from 10,829 nonprofit organizations covering year to year fundraising results for 2015 - 2016.  Click here to download the free report.

The survey is intended to provide tax-exempt organizations, in the $10 million budget range and higher, with a tool to measure performance on areas including strategic planning, operations, scope and impact, human resources and governance.  Click here to download the survey.
Brooklyn Community Foundation

The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced new grants through its Immigrant Rights Fund to support local organizations working for immigrant rights as they address both immediate and long-term needs, from legal assistance, community safety, and social services.  Click here for more information and to apply.
Our conference room can be rented for meetings, workshops or retreats. The space is available Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm, and is available for rental on a half-day or full-day basis. 

The conference room is available to NPCC members and non-members; NPCC member organizations receive a discounted rate.

For more information, contact  Alexa Salam√©, Executive and Board Coordinator, at 212-502-4191 extension 229.
Do you need to rent a meeting, office or event space? Do you have space to rent? NPCC connects you through our Space Ads. These Ads are solely for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations with office space available, those seeking space, or those with meeting or conference space for rent in the New York City area.

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Board Officers: 
Ian J. Benjamin, Chair
Vice Chair: Robert Acton
Treasurer: Charlene Laniewski
Secretary: Merble Reagon

Board Members: Victoria Bailey, Richard Burns, Esq., Greg Cohen, 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, Richard Souto, Sarah (BJ) Sung, Stephanie Thomas, Eileen Torres, 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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