Welcome to NPCC's New York Nonprofits newsletter!
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All workshops are held at NPCC unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, November 9
9:30am - 11:30am

Monday, November 14
9:30am - 11:30am
UJA , 130 East 59th St
Room 712
New York, NY 10022

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

Wednesday, November 16
9:30am - 11:30am

Thursday, December 1
9:30am - 11:00am
The Foundation Center
32 Old Slip, 24th floor
New York,  NY   10005

To see our full workshop calendar,  click here .
Space 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.

Do you have an available listing or looking for a meeting/event space?
Click here and submit your listing!


Friday, December 2nd, 2016
8:00am - 1:30pm
The 2016 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Winners Are...
The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) has announced the three winners of the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards! The three organizations will be honored for their management excellence at the Awards Presentation to be held on December 2nd at the New York Academy of Medicine. The winners will participate in a special best practices workshop where they will engage in a panel discussion about the management practices that led to their selection.

At the Awards Presentation, we will reveal which of the organizations wins the Gold, Silver and Bronze Prizes A total of $60,000 and over $15,000 in scholarships for the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise will be awarded to the three winners. The three runners-up will also receive over $31,000 in scholarships to the Columbia Programs.

And the three winners are...  Click here to read full press release .
We Want Your Feedback!
To meet the needs of the sector and our constituents we count on your opinions and feedback! In the 2015 Member Satisfaction Survey you said, 
  • NPCC's website is outdated and difficult to use.
  • You didn't know about many of our programs and member offerings.
  • The Nonprofit Excellence Awards program is too burdensome.
  • This survey is too long!
So, we got to work and...
  • Redesigned and updated our website!
  • Revamped this newsletter and went paperless!
  • Hired a Communications Coordinator to help us get the word out about NPCC's work, programs and services.
  • Streamlined the Nonprofit Excellence Awards process to make it accessible to more organizations.
  • Simplified the member satisfaction survey. It is only 10 questions this year!

How can we be even better in 2017? Fill out the 2016 Membership Satisfaction Survey and let us know!

2016 Needs Assessment Report Summary

NPCC launched its first-ever needs assessment survey in April, 2016. The goal of this effort was to gain a baseline understanding of the common management challenges New York City-area nonprofits are facing and to understand what more we can do to support the sector. As a leader in nonprofit management and capacity-building strategies, NPCC must stay abreast of these trends and needs.
NPCC Member Open House
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Please join us for an Open House - and a sneak peek at NPCC's strategic goals for 2017 and beyond. We want you to be the first to know where we are going and we want your thoughts about how we get there.

Meet the staff, enjoy light refreshments, and network with fellow members!
Energy Benchmarking Bill Intro 1163
On September 13, 2016, the New York City Council passed Intro 1163-A bill that modified the energy benchmarking legislation of 2009. The bill, aimed at increasing energy efficiency and cost-savings, requires building owners and tenants, including nonprofits, in a property of 25,000 square feet to comply with energy benchmarking (that is, reporting energy usage to the City). NPCC, along with the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Catholic Community Relations Council of New York, and the Human Services Council, provided information to the City Council to assure that the bill best protected nonprofits. The law now reflects provisions not in the original version, including:

a) Small and mid-size building will not be required to benchmark until the Department of Buildings determines that the utility serving the building is offering direct uploads of energy information;

b) Nonprofits are entitled to notice of and access to benchmarking assistance from the City;

c) The type of assistance which the Administration will provide has been expanded to include trainings, reference guides and a publicized telephone number and email address to receive direct questions;

d) DOB is barred from imposing a civil penalty on a building owner if
1- the building owner can show they have made good faith efforts to comply by asking the City for assistance at least 60 days before the deadline and
2- they submit a benchmarking report within 60 days of receiving a notice of failure to submit or if they can show they never got the notice for assistance in the first place.
New York Mid-Size Nonprofits Need Affordable Healthcare
When the Affordable Care Act changed the definition of "large group employers" from "51 employees or more" to "100 employees or more" for insurance purposes, most states pushed back, recognizing that this change would negatively impact midsize employers with 51 to 100 employees. As a result, the law was amended in 2015, allowing states to define a large group as 51 or more employees. Forty-six states adjusted their definitions accordingly. New York did not.

New York's failure to act has wreaked havoc on nonprofit organizations and small businesses in the 51 to 100 employee bracket. In moving from the large group to small group insurance market, many nonprofits were faced with double-digit premium increases. NPCC  is supporting efforts to re-define large groups as 51 or more employees. Nonprofits interested in getting involved should contact our Policy Strategist, Tiloma Jayasinghe, at Click here to read more .
Disclosure Obligations by Federal Grantees (FAR v. OMB)
Federal disclosure requirement differs depending on whether a nonprofit has a federal contract or subcontract, which is governed by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), or whether a nonprofit has a federal grant or cooperative agreement, which is governed by the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements (the Uniform Guidance). 
As a matter of best practice, nonprofits should disclose credible evidence of any violations of any federal criminal law to the Office of Inspector General of their grant-making agency in accordance with the higher standard required under the FAR, despite only being legally required to provide actual violations under the Uniform Guidance.  Click here to read more .
DOL Final Rule on Paid Sick Leave for Employees of Federal Contractors
The DOL Final Rule on sick leave for federal contracts will NOT apply to most nonprofits because grants and cooperative agreements are not covered. However, as the Rule does apply to subcontracts, nonprofits should review their sources of federal funding to ensure that they are not covered. If they do hold a grant that is covered by the Final Rule, then covered employees will have to be provided up to 7 days of paid sick leave on an annual basis.  Click here to read more .
The New York Community Trust Approves More Than $12 Million in Grants
The New York Community Trust announced the funding of 69 grants in the largest round of the year. More than $12 million will fund scholarships and programs in many subsectors of the nonprofit community including arts and education, social services, housing, and health services.  Click here to read full release .
NPCC Members Honored at 2016 NYN Media Cause Awards
On November 2nd, New York Nonprofit Media held its first-ever Cause Awards to honor individuals, agencies, and philanthropists who made a major impact on the most pressing human services of New York's nonprofit sector. Congratulations to the honorees, including these NPCC member rock stars:
New Partnership Aims to Achieve a World Without Child Abuse and Neglect
The New York Foundling announced a joint partnership with The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) aimed at helping both organizations achieve a greater impact in the field of child welfare and maltreatment across the United States.  Click here to read more .
Do you have exciting news that you would like to share with NPCC and fellow member organizations? Let us know by clicking here!
Sharon Stapel Celebrates One Year as NPCC President!
Sharon Stapel came to NPCC in October 2015 from the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP), where she was the Executive Director of the nation's largest LGBTQ and HIV-affected anti-violence program. She was named a White House Champion of Change and was recognized by President Barack Obama for her advocacy work. A graduate of CUNY School of Law and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Stapel has served as an adjunct professor at CUNY School of Law and Hunter College. Sharon says she is excited about NPCC's work and inspired by all that our members do!
Deputy Director Melkis Alvarez-Baez Featured in The Clyde Fitch Report
Melkis Alvarez-Baez was recently interviewed by former NPCC Board Member and former Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee Member Caroline Kim Oh for The Clyde Fitch Report, a respected online publication that acts as the nexus of arts and politics. Read about what drives her passion for nonprofit work and how she evolved from pre-med student to dynamo deputy director. Click here to read more!
* Ivy Enrichment Fund
* Mercaz USA
* Mission Control Center
* The Character Connection Initiative
* Emerging Strategies
* The Focus Forward Project
* Tzahal Shalom of North Westchester

The CohnReznick Not-for-Profit Governance Survey analyzed responses from leaders and board members at 616 organizations across the country between March and May of 2016. Forty questions were asked in the survey, covering a wide variety of topics that include governance practices and policies, board structures, and the presence of audit and other committees. Click here to view the key findings and full report .

This study - conducted by the Charities Regulation and Oversight Project at Columbia Law School and the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute - is the first systematic analysis of state-level oversight and regulation of US charities. It has three components:
- a legal analysis of laws pertaining to charities in 56 US jurisdictions;
- a survey of state and territory offices with oversight, regulatory, and enforcement authority over charities;
- and interviews with officials in over two-thirds of those offices. Click here to view full report.
Wednesday, November 9
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Nonprofit leaders have long wish lists, and are always looking for creative ways to add resources. Experienced adults - with skills, time and passion for your mission - are a growing talent pool often overlooked by nonprofits. How do you engage people with decades of work experience....and where do you find them? This webinar will introduce Encore Talent Works, a new interactive toolkit that helps nonprofits of all sizes benefit from experienced, "encore" talent. It offers insights, resources and success stories to organizations at every stage, from "who are these people" to "what roles make sense" to "how do I recruit encore talent?"
Thursday, November 10
8:00am - 5:00pm

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton
455 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591

The Westchester County Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals invites you to be part of its annual National Philanthropy Day® Conference. The conference is designed by and for development professionals and offers a broad range of programming covering all aspects of fundraising including: planned giving, leadership and board development, major gifts, cultivation, events and much more. As an NPCC member, you are eligible to attend using the AFP Westchester Member Rate!
To get the coupon code to register at this price point, please contact Lauren Candela-Katz at
Deadline: Friday, November 18, 2016

Public service organizations with volunteer needs this winter are invited to participate in Harvard's January Winternship program, organized by Harvard's Center for Public Interest Careers. Students will be available to volunteer for up to three weeks during January (between January 2 - 22, 2017) at no cost to participating organizations.
Deadline: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

PennPAC is seeking nonprofit applicants for its Spring 2017 slate of NYC consulting grants. Six person teams provide 8-week, project based, strategic consulting engagements. PennPAC's University of Pennsylvania alumni volunteers perform engagements customized to meet your organization's needs.
Contact with any questions.
Wednesday, December 7
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Attend an information session at one of the Fordham University campuses or online and learn more about their Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership (MS)Master of Social Work (MSW) or PhD in Social Work program, the application process, financial aid, and career opportunities.

Nonprofits regularly enter and terminate contracts in the course of their program activities. Construction loans, leases, commitment letters, administrative service agreements, collaborations, intellectual property licenses, work for hire arrangements, letters of credit, grant agreements, and other contracts all expose your organization to risks and create opportunities.

Skilled Lawyers Alliance staff and volunteer attorneys are ready to help nonprofits successfully review, negotiate, and understand these complex business transactions. Please let us help your organization. With quality legal help, you and your colleagues can better focus on carrying out your organization's mission.
For more information contact Client Relations Coordinator, Ellie Brandmeyer, at 212-219-1800 x 278.

iMentor is seeking new mentors to match the students in their program. iMentor's model uses mentoring relationships to ensure more students graduate from high school college-ready and are able to succeed when they enroll. All it takes is one email a week and one meeting a month during the school year, plus iMentor staff will be there to assist every step of the way. Click here for more information and to apply.
Lehman College, CUNY

Nonprofit leaders are invited to complete this online survey to give insight on dispositions of leaders and provide valuable strategies for improving leadership training. All data collected will remain confidential and the survey takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Click here to participate.
Don't forget your tickets for the 2016 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards!
New York Nonprofits is a monthly publication of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc. (NPCC).
Editor: Heysha Nameri, Communications Coordinator.  For information or questions about the enewsletter email .
NPCC was established in 1984 to help nonprofits meet common challenges and problems, to serve as a meeting ground, and to strengthen the nonprofit sector as a whole. NPCC has more than 1,400 members in the New York metropolitan area, ranging from all volunteer groups to major institutions.

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Board Officers: 
Ian J. Benjamin, Chair
Vice Chair: Robert Acton
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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