August 2019 Newsletter

- LEO Hearted Cares, Inc.
- The Doula Program to Accompany and Comfort, Inc.
- The Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States New York Commandery
Your nonprofit does vital work.  We want to lessen your burden so you can do even more of it. Join us at the next Member Orientation on Thursday, Oct. 3 and  get your questions answered, network, and enjoy refreshments with us and other members.  It's free to attend! RSVP today.
Use our Job Board to Connect with Nonprofit Talent

Nonprofit New York has expanded Job Board listings to last 45 days to give you the extra time you need to find the right candidate! It's only $25 per post for Nonprofit New York members, and $75 for non-members!

Our Job Board lets you search across every area of the nonprofit sector!  No job is too small or too big. We have nonprofit job postings from entry- to senior-level, and everything in between!  Our Job Board is exclusively for nonprofit job postings in NYC, Long Island, and Westchester.  
Do you need to rent a meeting, office or event space? Do you have space to rent? Check out Nonprofit New York's   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.
We've Moved! Please Update your Records!
Nonprofit New York is now a tenant in the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice.
Please update our address in your records to 320 East 43rd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10017 Our  emails have changed, too. Our telephone number is the same: (212) 502-4191

We still have office furniture and equipment for FREE! Take a look at our move catalog, and contact Katie Spencer at, if you see something you want.
Important Update About
It appears that   lost its charitable status  in August of 2018. Our members have reported that they have not been able to get in touch with by phone.  We have checked in with our friends at the  Lawyers Alliance for New York , and they suggest that if you are owed money by, you should:
  1. Call the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau to report your situation. You can call Karin Kunstler Goldman, Deputy Bureau Chief - Charities Bureau, at (212) 416-8392
  2. Call your insurance provider to report the issue
  3. File a police report (we've been hearing that the police won't take a report, and instead direct you to the Charities Bureau, but you should call your local precinct to see if they will take a report) 
View our email we sent to members in July with alternative donation platform options. We will post updates here.
Don't Lose your D&O Insurance!
We want to make sure you don't lose your coverage. Let us know when your renewal date is so we can contact you on time! Learn more.
It's (almost) official! On July 31, 2019, the members approved a resolution to change our certificate of incorporation to reflect our new name. We now begin the process of filing with the state for the official change. Thanks to all of you who sent in proxies and attended the Special Meeting!
13 Semifinalists Announced for the 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Looking for some inspiration in the daily grind of nonprofit management? Nonprofit New York has chosen thirteen organizations as semifinalists in its 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Through its Awards program, Nonprofit New York is moving forward diverse, stand-out nonprofits who show promising practices in nonprofit excellence. The organizations are now one step closer to becoming the winner of the Awards, and the chance to share their insights with the nonprofit sector through Nonprofit New York's annual Best Nonprofit Conference.
Early Bird Ticket Special for the 2019 Best Nonprofit Conference!
Ticket prices go up after  August 30! 
Use promo code: SUMMER2019 

Thank you to our Supporters:
Show your support for the nonprofit community by sponsoring the 2019  Best Nonprofit Conference.  Sponsorship opportunities are available now!
Thank you to our Platinum Conference Sponsor: 
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See you Next Week at our Summer Social! 
There's still time to RSVP for our Annual Summer Social on Tuesday, August 13 at 5th & Mad!  The first 50 members to arrive at 5:30 pm will receive a drink ticket on us, and be entered for a special door prize sponsored by Staples. Attendees are also eligible to compete in our networking game to win two FREE tickets to the 2019  Best Nonprofit Conference (valued at $250 per ticket)!  RSVP Today!

This event is sponsored by Staples, a Member Vendor Partner of Nonprofit New York.
Race to Lead Survey for Nonprofits
The last Race to LeadSurvey from our friends at Building Movement Project resulted in the popular  Race to Lead report series . Now, the Race to Lead Survey is back! Don't miss your chance to contribute to one of the largest data sets on race and leadership in the nonprofit sector.   Take the survey!

ABNY, City Parks Foundation and Local Leaders Launch SummerStage Census Awareness Campaign
The Association for a Better New York (ABNY) announced that it has joined with City Parks Foundation and community partners to conduct outreach about the 2020 United States census at Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage concerts , New York's largest free outdoor performance arts festival. The effort is one of a variety of ways local leaders, community groups, and ABNY's Census 2020 for a Better New York committee are working to educate New Yorkers about the census and help ensure the most accurate census count possible in 2020. People interested in volunteering to raise awareness about the census in their communities will be able to sign up with the help of tablets that were donated by Google in partnership with Tech:NYC .
Nonprofits Stabilize and Build New York's Economy
The New York State Comptroller's Office released a report on the economic impact of the nonprofit sector, which accounts for 18% of private sector jobs in the state. The report found that nonprofits in New York provided more than 1.4 million jobs in 2017 and paid over $78 billion in wages, leading the nation by both measures. The report also notes that nonprofits helped stabilize the economy through the Great Recession and wages at nonprofits have grown faster than the private and public sectors from 2007 through 2017.
Governor Signs Pay Equity Bills
At a ticker tape parade for the U.S. women's soccer team, Governor Cuomo signed a pair of equal pay bills that expand pay laws to prohibit unequal pay on the basis of a protected class for all substantially similar work (S5248B/A8093A), and forbids employers from asking prospective employees about their salary history (S6549/A5308B). This means that nonprofits should assess their job descriptions to make sure that "substantially similar work, when viewed as a composite of skill, effort, and responsibility, and performed under substantially similar working conditions" is paid at the same rate. New York City nonprofits have been prohibited from asking about salary history since 2017; now all New York State nonprofits are prohibited. [Related: The prevailing wage bill that would have required union-level pay and benefits for construction workers on projects receiving any government subsidy failed to get across the finish line this year.]

New York State Civil Rights Laws Ban Discrimination Based on Hairstyles or Hair Texture Associated with Race
On July 12, Governor Cuomo
S6209A/A7797A, a bill adding hairstyles and traits historically associated with race to the state's anti-racial discrimination laws, amending the state's human rights law and the Dignity For All Students Act to add new sections on the definition of race, including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles. The new law is effective immediately. The New York City Commission on Human Rights put out guidance on this issue in February 2019.
Governor Signs Bill Protecting Immigrants From Workplace Harassment
On June 27, Governor Cuomo signed S5791/A5501 which amends the labor law to add anti-discrimination statutes to include threats or punishment against an employee based on immigration status and bans employers from threatening to call immigration enforcement authorities in retaliation against employees as well as their family or household members.
Governor Signs Climate Change Legislation
On July 18, Governor Cuomo 
signed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act which codifies goals to reduce carbon emissions by 85 percent in the next 30 years and shifts the state to 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 and a 100 percent carbon neutral system by 2040. While it is clear that, for nonprofits that own buildings, performance-based standards, new benchmarks, and energy codes will likely require capital expenses for electrical, heating, and water renovations, Nonprofit New York will monitor the impact of this legislation on nonprofits as it is implemented. A State Climate Action Council has up to two years to prepare and approve a plan to achieve these statewide emissions targets, and the State has one year to consider establishing a mandatory registry and reporting system from sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The legislation requires at least two public hearings with input from regulated entities, including nonprofits, before final compliance rules are set on or before June 2023.

Divisions of Licensing and Corporations Experiencing Phone Issues
The Department of State's Divisions of Licensing and Corporations haven't been able to able to take calls since February, and is instead advising people to
send inquiries by email ( and which can take three to five days to get a response.

Mandated E-Filing of Nonprofit Tax Returns
The Taxpayer First Act
, a bipartisan bill designed to modernize the Internal Revenue Service, became law on July 1, 2019. This law requires tax-exempt organizations to electronically file tax forms 990, 990-EZ, and 990-PF. Prior to the law, only the largest and smallest nonprofits are required to file their IRS annual reports electronically (although many nonprofits did this, without the requirement). The mandatory e-filing requirement would take effect for tax years after July 1, 2019. Nonprofits with revenues below $200,000 and assets of less than $500,000 will have an additional two years before the electronic filing requirement is implemented. Additionally, the Act requires the IRS to provide notice before automatically revoking nonprofits' tax-exempt status for failure to file 990s for three consecutive years.
Streamlining Grants Compliance
The Office of Management and Budget released its 2019 Compliance Supplement , which eliminates overly burdensome compliance requirements. The new framework is designed to allow nonprofits and other grant recipients, program managers, and auditors to focus on areas of highest risk. This year, for the first time, instead of agencies requiring auditors to review a maximum 12 compliance areas, the Supplement provides instructions to review up to six of the most critical compliance review areas based on program needs.
Student Loan Forgiveness Lawsuit

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is suing Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for denying thousands of eligible candidates, including nonprofit employees, relief under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Less than one percent of the more than 75,000 applicants under the PSLF program - 518 individuals - received loan forgiveness. AFT is calling for a restoration of the program to legal standards, as well as instituting an appeals process for those wrongfully denied loan forgiveness.

Individual Giving Down in 2018
Giving USA released its
report on 2018 giving. Their data are consistent with reports that came out earlier in the year, noting a decrease in individual giving. This continues to be an area to watch for 2019 giving, as there are indications that the change to the tax law has had an effect on giving, an effect that may become more pronounced now that people have filed their taxes for the first time under the tax law and have a better understanding of how the new system will work.

Federal Court Overturns Donor Disclosure Rules for 990s
On July 30th, a federal judge overturned an IRS ruling (Revenue Procedure 2018-38), which allowed many nonprofits (although not 501(c)(3) nonprofits) to omit donors of $5,000 or more from Schedule B of their 990s. It is unclear whether the IRS will appeal. For more information, see Venable LLP's Nonprofit Alert.
Congrats to Matt Cheng on his Three-Year Anniversary with Nonprofit New York!
Join us in congratulating Matt Cheng, our Development Manager, as he celebrates three years with Nonprofit New York! During his time with us, Matt has revolutionized our development department, working closely with our programs team and for-profit partners to support our area's nonprofit community. We are so happy to have Matt on our team - not just because he's an excellent fundraiser, but also because of his extensive knowledge of drag culture, the bop artist Lizzo, and baking with cast iron cookware. 
The New York Immigration Coalition's Know Your Rights Community Toolkit Addresses Immigration Questions or Impact by ICE raids
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), a member of Nonprofit New York, has a webpage and dedicated resources in 12 languages i n anticipation of potential ICE raids in communities around New York State. NYIC wants to ensure that service providers and community members have access to information about their rights when interacting with ICE, and access to resources and support. Learn more.

Sax LLP Announces the 2019 Founder's Award Submission Window is Open
Sax LLP, an auditing firm, is hosting the 2019 Founder's Award which offers local nonprofits the opportunity to win a $15,000 unrestricted gift and volunteer hours from Sax. The deadline to submit the Founder's Award application is Friday, September 20. Learn more and apply!
2020 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards 
The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation has a grant opportunity for nonprofits serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country. Up to 15 grantees will be awarded $25K each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series-an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse line up of high caliber entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Grant applications are due by Friday, September 20. For more information, visit 
Creative Approaches for Diverse Student Needs
Aug. 19 - Aug. 21, 10 am - 5 pm daily
New York University, Pless Hall
Presented by: ENACT
Cost to attend: 20% discount for Nonprofit New York members

Join ENACT for 3 days (18 CE hours) filled with turn-key skills, strengths-based activities, and meaningful connections. ENACT's  Creative Drama Approaches harness the power of theater to enhance participant's tool box and transform their work.    

Specific Learning Objectives, more information, and registration can be found on their website here.
SSIR's Nonprofit Management Institute
Sept. 10-12, 2019
Stanford, CA (attendance via Livestream option is available)
Cost to attend: Use code NMI19ERPE to SAVE $251 off regular registration pricing

Each year, Stanford Social Innovation Review's Nonprofit Management Institute (NMI) brings together social-sector leaders from around the world for two days of learning, focused on a different theme that we believe to be of critical importance to the sector. The theme of this year's institute is "Transforming Anxiety into Active Leadership." Concerns about the state of the economy, the ever-shifting political landscape, and what these forces could mean for the future are creating a heightened sense of apprehension, and those of us in the nonprofit sector often feel especially vulnerable. How do we transform this unease into a sense of renewed purpose and focus for the future? Find the answer to this question at the  Nonprofit Management Institute 2019 .  Learn more and register.

Interested in Becoming Nonprofit New York trainer, or Looking to Present with us Again? Our 2020 RFP for in-person workshops and webinars is now open!
Tues., August 6
9:30am - 11:30 am

This workshop will explore various strategies to ensure you can make the most of the data you've collected.
Thurs., September 5
9:30-11:30 am

This session will cover rights and responsibilities under the Human Rights Law, as well as the requirements and process for filing complaints.
9:30-11:30 am

At this workshop, participants will share strategies for firing up new board recruits and integrating them into the board team to make their enthusiastic willingness to take action infectious.

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Community Forums
The Forums are a space in The Community where our members get their questions answered, think outloud and receive helpful feedback, share ideas and content, and connect with other nonprofit leaders. 
Referral Center
Created to help nonprofits reduce stress, and increase productivity by outsourcing essential back-office tasks, the  Referral Center
is Nonprofit New York's database of vetted-for-you vendors. 
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The HelpLine is a resource for Nonprofit New York members to get quick, personalized assistance from our team. 

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Vice Chair: Robert Acton
Treasurer: Charlene Laniewski
Secretary: Karen Pearl

Board Members: Diana Davenport, Cammie Erickson, Michelle Henry, Ronda Kotelchuck, Patricia Kozu, Roland Lewis, Jarrett Lucas, Carolyn McLaughlin, Kamesh Moola,  Tuhina De O'Connor,  Karen Pearl, Angela Sung Pinsky, Emily Smith, Richard Souto, Sarah (BJ) Sung, Mariko Tada, Stephanie Thomas, Eileen Torres, Bobby Tran, Jo-Ann Yoo; Sharon Stapel, President
ex officio
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