July 2019 Newsletter

- BK ROT, Inc.
- MusicBreeds
- Parent-Child Relationship Association
- PS20M PTA, Inc.
- Schulman Lobel LLP
- The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Inc.
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.  
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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.

In May, we announced our new name and brand. Now, we need your help to make it official. Join us for a Special Meeting of Members web conference on Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at 1 pm, to approve an amendment of our Certificate of Incorporation to reflect our new name: Nonprofit New York. 

We'd like to see you online on July 31, but if you can't join us, we ask active members of NPCC doing business as Nonprofit New York to appoint a proxy to cast a vote on behalf of your organization at the meeting.   Please complete an electronic PROXY FORM by Tuesday, July 30, 2019.  Have questions? Email Katie Spencer at kspencer@nonprofitnewyork.org.  
We've Moved!
We first announced our move last fall, and the day is finally here. Nonprofit New York has joined Philanthropy New York and the United Nations Foundation as tenants in the recently renovated Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. Our new address is 320 East 43rd Street, Third Floor, New York, NY 10017.

Free Office Furniture Available! 
Now that we've moved, there are cubicles, workspaces, whiteboards, and more available for free! O rganizations will need to arrange for pickup. Linked below is a list of what's available with photos.
Important Reminder About D&O Insurance
Back in April 2019,  we sent a message  to our members about changes to our Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance offerings. Read our blog post about what members should know and do next for D&O insurance.
Nonprofit New York's Committee on Members invites you to join us for our Annual Summer Social on Tuesday, August 13 at 5th & Mad Stop by for an evening of drinks and conversation. This event is free for members and their guests. The first 50 guests get a free drink on us!

This event is sponsored by Staples Business Advantage, a Member Vendor Partner of Nonprofit New York.

Ticket prices go up after  August 30! 
Use promo code: SUMMER2019 

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Show your support for the nonprofit community by sponsoring the 2019  Best Nonprofit Conference.  Sponsorship opportunities are available now!

Millions of Americans face severe rent burdens.  On The Media  is investigating what happens to those who fall behind in a new, four-part series.
Policy Note from Nonprofit New York
The following policy briefs were written in mid-June. As is true each year, there is a flurry of policy and legislative activity throughout the last two weeks of June. To find out the most recent status of any pending legislation, click through the bill links.
Congress is moving to repeal provisions of the current federal tax law that harm nonprofits. Tell your representatives to support these efforts!

Support the Nonprofit Relief Act of 2019
New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Majority Whip James Clyburn introduced
H.R. 3323, the Nonprofit Relief Act of 2019, on June 18th. This bill will repeal the siloing of unrelated business taxable income, expand the paid leave tax credit to nonprofits, and raise the volunteer mileage reimbursement from 14 cents/mile to 58 cents/mile. Contact your representatives to tell them you support this bill and encourage them to sign on, and thank Congresswoman Maloney and Majority Whip Clyburn for their support of nonprofits.

Support H.R. 3300 to Repeal UBIT on Transportation Benefits
The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee approved H.R. 3300 on June 20th, which would repeal the tax on nonprofit transportation benefits. Contact your representatives to tell them you support this bill and encourage them to vote for its passage.

Human Services Council statement on the City Budget

The Human Services Council issued a statement regarding the New York City budget: "The final budget agreement between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council fails to provide $106 million for frontline nonprofit human services providers, the bare minimum necessary to cover shortfalls from City Hall's managerial inadequacies...The $106 million investment would have covered indirect costs for nonprofits, such as interest on a loan taken out when the city fails to pay its bills on time. Importantly, Speaker Corey Johnson said the Council is committed to working towards a November budget modification that will fund the true indirect costs of nonprofits under contract."

City Council Bans Retaliation Due To Reasonable Accommodation Requests

The City Council passed Intro 799-18  which amends the Human Rights Law to ban retaliation against workers asking for reasonable accommodations on the basis of a religious observance, disability, pregnancy, childbirth, medical condition, or their status as a victim of domestic violence, a sex offense or stalking, among other possible reasons. Prior to this legislation, the city's human rights law didn't specify that these requests were "protected" and courts have denied claims from workers that they were punished after asking for reasonable accommodations. The bill has been sent to the Mayor.

Tracking NYC Commission on Human Rights Anti-Sexual Harassment Trainings

The New York City Commission on Human Rights will make SCORM files available to nonprofits wishing to track their employees' completion of the mandatory anti-sexual harassment trainings. The Commission will require nonprofits to acknowledge they are downloading a file for which the Commission has no liability, and that the Commission will not provide any technical assistance in the implementation of the file. The Commission will also ask for the name of the organization downloading the file and the number of employees in the organization. Nonprofit New York is coordinating these requests; if you need a copy of this SCORM file, please contact President & Executive Director Sharon Stapel at sstapel@nonprofitnewyork.org.


Prohibition of Discrimination Against Religious Attire Proposed

The state legislature passed bills S4037 (Liu)/A4204 (Weprin) that would prohibit discrimination against religious attire and appurtenances thereto, including facial hair. According to the Sponsor Memo, the bill would make it "an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to require a person to violate or forego the wearing of attire, clothing, or facial hair in accordance with the requirements of his or her religion unless the employer demonstrates that it is unable to reasonably accommodate the person's religious practice without undue hardship on the conduct of the employer's business." The bill is now with the Governor, and, if signed, will go into effect in 60 days.

Rent Regulations Affect Nonprofits, Too

The state's sweeping reform of tenant protections impact nonprofits, too. In a press statement, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie noted that the law "Limits the temporary nonprofit exception to rent stabilization by requiring units to remain rent-stabilized if they are provided to individuals who are or were homeless or are at risk of homelessness; [and] Provides individuals permanently or temporarily housed by nonprofits status as tenants while ensuring that units used for these purposes remain rent stabilized."
State "Johnson Amendment" Protection
The State Legislature passed S4347/A623 which creates a state "Johnson Amendment," which protects nonprofits' nonpartisanship. This bill amends New York State's sales tax law to prevent 501(c)(3) corporations acting under that law from participating in or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
The nonpartisanship protection of 501(c)(3) nonprofits exists on the federal level, but, these protections have come under significant attack in the past few years. The bill will be sent to the Governor for his signature.
Sexual Harassment Law Change
The State Legislature also passed  S6577 / A8421, which  provides increased protections for employees who have been sexually harassed by lowering the standard for harassment claims from "severe and pervasive" to "inferior terms, conditions, or provileges of employment" as a member of a protected class; prohibiting nondisclosure agreements related to discrimination; prohibiting mandatory arbitration clauses related to discrimination; requiring employers to provide employees notice of their sexual harassment prevention training in writing in English and employees' primary languages; and extending the statute of limitations for claims resulting from unlawful or discriminatory practices constituting sexual harassment to three years. These provisions were a part of Governor Cuomo's "Time's Up" proposals, and he is expected to sign the bill. If the bill is signed, we will wait to see what, if any, changes will be made to now mandatory state and city trainings, and all nonprofits will have to update their personnel policies.
Minority and Women Owned Business Discretionary Contract Threshold Increased
A bill (S6575/A8414amends the Minority and Women Owned Business (MWBE) Program to to increase discretionary funding (non-biddable contracts) for MWBEs to $500,000 (up from $150,000) and to increase the "personal net worth" cap from $3.5 million to $15 million. This bill is aimed at increasing participation levels of MWBEs in New York State's economy. The bill will be sent to the Governor for his signature.
Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act
S6599 / A8429passed by the State Legislature,  creates measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New York State by 85% by 2050 and net zero emissions in all sectors of the economy. The bill establishes a New York State Climate Action Council to achieve these targets. The bill will be sent to the Governor, who is expected to sign it. The impact on nonprofits is still unclear, but it will likely involve retrofitting and other costs. The new law focuses mainly on energy supply, but will have future impacts on residential and commercial buildings. Nonprofit New York will monitor and notify our membership of any regulations and compliance updates, including a provision requiring a report on barriers to clean energy projects in disadvantaged communities.
Single Occupancy Bathrooms Designated as Gender Neutral
S5922  A109 passed the State Senate and Assembly and requires that all single occupancy bathrooms in state owned or operated buildings and office space be designated as gender neutral. The bill will be sent to the Governor for signature.

Final Rule on SALT and State Tax Credit Programs

The Treasury Department and IRS released the final rule on the tax treatment of giving programs that promote charitable donations and generate state and local tax credits. The Treasury Decision 9864
state taxpayers may not claim as charitable deductions the portion of donations that generate state or local tax credits The final rule includes a safe harbor that allows taxpayers to deduct the value of the tax credit as payment of state and local taxes (SALT), but only up to the $10,000 cap on SALT deductions enacted in the 2017 tax law. For New York taxpayers may not see a benefit, as many pay state and local taxes in excess of $10,000 and will no longer be able to deduct the value of the tax credits. This could prove a disincentive for some taxpayers to give to nonprofits. For more details, see the National Council of Nonprofit's summary .
Disaster Relief and Recovery Tax Package
The Senate Finance Committee established a Disaster Tax Relief Taskforce tasked with determining whether there is a core package of tax relief provisions that should be available when natural disasters occur. Nonprofit New York endorsed four recommendations proposed by the  North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, including 1) IRS filing extensions, 2) employer tax credits during disaster-related shutdowns, 3) disaster recovery activities, and 4) the creation of a temporary, targeted universal or non-itemizer deduction for all taxpayers to receive a charitable giving tax incentive when donating to disaster relief and recovery efforts.
Census Citizenship Question and Funding
The House Appropriations Committee approved $8.4 billion for funding the 2020 Census as part of a $74 billion spending package last month, and the full House is expected to consider it in the coming weeks. The proposed census funding, $2.4 billion more than the President requested, is to be used to conduct the decennial count of everyone in the country and contemplates a partnership and communications campaign to "help maximize the number of persons filling out their census forms" via promotion, outreach, and marketing activities. The bill includes language that prevents funding from being used for a citizenship question on the 2020 census questionnaire. The Supreme Court on June 27th rejected the Trump administration's stated reason for adding a question on citizenship to the census, and is being sent back to district court in New York for further proceedings.
Nonprofit New York Welcomes Policy Intern Julie Krupnick
Nonprofit New York is pleased to welcome Julie Krupnick, who will be working with us as a policy intern this summer. Starting this fall, she will be a senior at Northwestern University, where she studies Social Policy in Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy. She is also a member of the women's lacrosse team at Northwestern. Julie is looking forward to building substantive public policy professional experience while helping to expand the capacity of Nonprofit New York's legislative monitoring systems.
Girls for Gender Equity President and Founder Talks About Working to End Gender and Racial Inequity 
Taïna Sanon, Membership Manager at Nonprofit New York, met with Joanne Smith, President and Founder of Girls for Gender Equity, a member organization of Nonprofit New York. Read our interview with Joanne, who talks about the impact of Girls for Gender Equity, their latest achievement in policy and campaign work, and what the organization needs moving forward to drive their mission.

Nonprofit New York will continue to highlight the work of our members, like Girls for Gender Equity, because we believe that when your nonprofit is stronger, all of us are stronger.

Digital Nonprofits Grant for WordPress Website and Google Advertising
Applications are reviewed on a rolling monthly basis
Presented by: Bigwave Media

Apply for funding of up to $10,000 to cover the project management, design, build, content overview, training and launch of a new mobile optimised "WordPress" website with content management tool.The Non-Profits Grant offers organizations financial assistance for website creation or re-design up to the value of $10,000, all the details can be found on their website.  The Digital Non-Profits Grant is suited to those Non-Profits organizations who have an on-going digital marketing budget to continually promote their cause and increase their support via donations. Your annual income should exceed $150,000 to directly benefit.  Alongside this, as premium Google partner, they offer the Google Grant for Non-Profits which is for free Pay-Per-Click (PPC) advertising up to the value of $120,000 per annum specifically for Non-Profit organizations, the details can be found on their website.
Promote Your Cause (and Drive Donations): Telling Your Organization's Story with Video Webinar
Tues., July 23, 2019 at 2 pm
Presented by: TechSoup
Cost to attend: Free

Learn how to inspire and engage potential donors by telling your organization's story with video. One-third of online activity is spent watching video. Social video generates 12 times more shares than text and images combined. And more than half the people who watch YouTube videos posted by nonprofits go on to make a donation. Join experts from Adobe who will show you how to use Adobe Premiere Rush to deliver impactful video content that will get your organization noticed - and you don't need to be a video professional! Premiere Rush makes it easy to create and share online videos. Capture video using your mobile device. Easily edit with simple tools for color, audio, motion graphics, and more. Share directly to social media channels.  Learn more and register.
Unemployment & HR Risk Management Webinar
Thurs., July 25, 2019 at 1 pm
Presented by: Unemployment Services Trust (UST)
Cost to attend: Free

This short 30-minute webinar reveals some of the most common unemployment & HR risks that can cost your nonprofit thousands of dollars annually. UST shares insights into their many service offerings as well as best practices that can help reduce costs and streamline workforce processes. Even if you can't attend live, when you register UST will send you the recording as well as any handouts you'll need to make sure your nonprofit is in compliance.  Learn more and register.
Tues., July 9
9:30am - 11:30 am

This workshop will break down cybersecurity into common-sense, understandable components that you can use to help your organization move toward greater cybersecurity maturity.
9:30-11:30 am

In this workshop, Denham Wolf's acquisition experts will provide a snapshot of the commercial real estate market in New York City and share nonprofit-specific strategies for navigating the market effectively.
9:30-11:30 am

This workshop will give development professionals looking to specialize in corporate giving, or awesome Board members wanting to activate their networks the nuts and bolts of identifying corporate prospects, creating meaningful opportunities to cultivate them, developing tactics for turning them into donors, and ensuring you keep them happy long-term. 

10-11:30 am

Our expert attorneys will provide valuable insight on: assessing your organization's status, understanding board responsibilities and best practices, tips for staying on track with filing requirements, and the impact of recent law and regulatory changes. Co-sponsored by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Nonprofit New York.

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