June 2019 Newsletter

- Born Dancing
- Caregiver Resource Network, Inc.
- Common Threads Project
- Herwisdom, Inc.
- International Refugee Assistance Project, Inc.
- Jewish Child Care Association of NY (JCCA)
- Latino Social Work Coalition and Scholarship Fund
- LitWorld
- Pitkin Avenue District Management Association, Inc.
- Society of General Physiologists
- The Syria Fund, Inc.
- Schlam Stone & Dolan LLP
Use our Job Board to Connect With Nonprofit Talent

Graduation is right around the corner, and that means an influx of nonprofit job-seekers in the area. Don't wait to post your jobs using  Nonprofit New York's Job Board. 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.  

NPCC is now Nonprofit New York!

We have a new name, tagline, and brand identity:  Nonprofit New York, a relentless, collective force for good.  This new name and tagline reflect both the organizational development work and the public policy advocacy we do, and represent a commitment to strengthening and uniting New York's nonprofit community, while honoring our 35 year history as the voice and information source for the area's nonprofits. 

"Nonprofit New York is an exciting new way for us to talk about our past and future work on behalf of the nonprofit sector. Our new name drops the 'Coordinating Committee of' but keeps the focus and the drive of our mission and work,"
said Nonprofit New York President, Sharon Stapel.

Our name is changing. Our work remains the same. 

We're Moving to the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice

Starting June 1, 2019, all Nonprofit New York trainings, including workshops, panels, and forums, will be held at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice. Nonprofit New York  will be joining  Philanthropy New York  and the U nited Nations Foundation  as tenants at the  Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice , located at the Foundation's landmark building at  320 East 43rd Street. 

Take our furniture and equipment off our hands! Linked below is a list of all that's up for grabs. We won't be charging for anything but organizations will need to arrange for pickup.

Questions? Contact COO Melkis Alvarez-Baez at  malvarez@nonprofitnewyork.org .
New Member? Join Us at Our Member Orientation on June 5!

Are you a new or long-time Nonprofit New York member who wants to know what your membership can do for you? Join us at our  Spring Member Orientation  and learn about all the ways Nonprofit New York can help you and your nonprofit thrive, including our events and networking opportunities, a robust cost-savings program, and trainings. Get your questions answered and network with our staff and your fellow members! This event is free to attend for members. Click here to register.
Take Our 2019 Salary Survey and Get the Final Report for Free! 
Nonprofit New York's 2019 Salary Survey is out, and we need your help by filling it out! The more responses we get, the more comprehensive the results will be.   This survey will result in our 2019 Salary Report, and released to better inform and assist our NYC-area based nonprofit community in assessing salary scales.  Why should you care about taking this survey? Here's why:
  • Contribute to the research across the NYC-area on salary comps
  • Be counted in the assessment of current NYC-area nonprofit salaries
  • Be guaranteed to get a FREE digital copy of the report (valued at $250) that will help you plan and will help your Board meet its fiduciary responsibilities
  • Get a coupon for one FREE job post on Nonprofit New York's Job Board!

 Take the survey online, or download the PDF version to fill out before completing it online. 

Register for our Communications Learning Lab!
Deadline Extended!
In nonprofit communications, we are challenged with limited resources, small staff, and the need to cultivate internal buy-in about the importance of communications. There's no easy fix, but you can gain new strategies from this Learning Lab to help you navigate these challenges: from planning internal communication strategies, to understanding strong branding to communicate your organization's identity, to tracking and measuring your communications efforts.  Learn more, and register by June 7.

Register for our Fundraising Learning Lab!
Need help designing a fundraising plan? Do you want to perfect your elevator pitch? Don't miss our  Fundraising Learning Lab August 1 through September 5. Deadline to register is July 19.  Learn more.

Meet the 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee

On May 22, our  2019 Selection Committee had their kick-off meeting to launch the 2019 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Through the Awards program, Nonprofit New York shines a spotlight on exceptional nonprofits that stand out in our  Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence . The Awards are an opportunity for all of us to learn from - and aspire to - their best practices. 

The two main goals of the Awards program are to uplift excellent management practices within the New York nonprofit sector and to educate and promote learning about nonprofit management in order to build strong, resilient nonprofits. We could not achieve these goals without the generosity and brilliance of the Selection Committee, who donates over 100 hours of volunteer time to evaluating applicants for the Awards. Their feedback and analysis are provided to all applicants throughout the Awards process. 

They are not just generous and smart, they are also very interesting!  Here are some fun facts about the Selection Committee:
  • More than 95% of them have 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector
  • When asked about the best live concert they've been to, the most popular answer was Prince
  • When asked about the celebrity/famous person they follow, the most popular answer was Michelle Obama (and Beyoncé is a close second)
  • Falafel is the most popular sandwich among them
  • When asked "What sport would you compete in if you were in the Olympics" the most popular answers were gymnastics and track and field
  • When ask why they are volunteering for this, one of them said, "To be of service and I love learning about all the amazing things organizations are doing out there."
Nonprofit New York manages this program in collaboration with The New York Community Trust and The Clark Foundation with support from Social Enterprise Programs at Columbia Business School, WNYC, Ford Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and RSM US.
Thanks to our Partners at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

It's not often that you get phone calls from folks offering you free stuff. Like, actually free. When Kevin Curnin, Partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP , called us asking if we would consider having his firm be our general counsel, he'll tell you we were in disbelief at first. Naturally, we accepted his offer. Prior to that call, Nonprofit New York (then NPCC) had already engaged in multiple pro bono projects with Stroock after being matched with them through the Lawyers Alliance for New York .

Over the last year, the team at Stroock has supported us in negotiating our lease for our new digs at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice and terminating our lease for our current space at 135 W. 36th St. They have also supported us in creating our own 401k plan for our staff, and reviewing countless agreements. They are currently supporting us with getting our new name and tagline registered. The opportunity and gift of having one law firm working on all organizational issues can't be overstated - we are more organized, comprehensive, and intersectional in our approach to all of our work as a result.
Stroock's legal team has been thorough and diligent about getting the work done and provided us sound advice in words that we could understand. Most importantly, they are incredibly smart, thoughtful, patient with our questions, and really fun to work with. We are grateful to them not just for the the work they do every day for Nonprofit New York, but also for their vision in how law firms can support the nonprofit sector. We hope more follow their lead.
Ban on Employer Drug Testing
The NYC Council passed legislation that prohibits New York City employers from requiring a prospective employee to submit to testing for the presence of any tetrahydrocannabinols (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana, in such prospective employee's system as a condition of employment. Exceptions are provided for safety and security sensitive jobs, and those tied to a federal or state contract or grant. The legislation became law on May 10, 2019 and will go into effect on May 10, 2020.

New NYC Conflict of Interest Board Rules for Government Officials and Nonprofits

The New York City Conflict of Interest adopted Board Rules Sec. 1-14 "Official Fundraising," concerning elected official's ability to raise funds for non-profit organizations . "The rule codifies the conditions under which a public servant may solicit donations. Specifically, it identifies: 
  1. the entities for which a public servant may solicit donations; 
  2. the persons or entities from whom a public servant may solicit donations; 
  3. the disclaimer a public servant must make in connection with the solicitation; and 
  4. the disclosures a City agency must make about its fundraising activities." 

The rules are prospective and will take effect on June 19, 2019. Elected officials face a $25,000 fine if they raise funds from an individual on the city's "Doing Business" database for any city-affiliated nonprofit.

T he City Council passed sweeping legislation to require substantial reductions of fossil-fuel consumption in buildings 25,000 square feet or larger. Legislation includes requirements that large buildings begin scaling back emissions beginning in 2024 and cut their carbon footprint 40% by 2030. The legislation is a signature part of the city's effort to cut its emissions by 80% by 2050. Among them, are Intros 1251 , 1252 and 1253 (Constantides). Intro 1251 amends how the administrative code grades a building's energy efficiency from A - F, with N for buildings subject to an exemption. Intro 1252 establishes a sustainable energy loan program for the purposes of providing certain building owners with funding for the installation of renewable energy systems or energy efficiency improvements. Intro 1253 establishes the Office of Building Energy Performance as well as greenhouse gas emissions limits for existing buildings; and expand existing retro-commissioning requirements to certain buildings over 25,000 square feet.
State "Johnson Amendment" Protection Update

Nonprofit New York supports nonpartisan protections for nonprofits. S.4347, which would codify New York State's nonprofit nonpartisanship, passed the State Senate and was delivered to the State Assembly on Tuesday, May 21st. The Assembly companion bill, A.623, has not yet passed. If passed, New York State would restrict 501(c)(3) corporations from participating in or intervening in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. The federal government already restricts this behavior.


Reporting Pay Data for Minorities and Women

Private employers, including nonprofits, with 100 or more employees must provide pay data for employees broken down by sex and race/ethnicity to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by September 30, according to a federal judge's order last month. The longstanding EEO-1 Report requires large employers to submit workforce data only by sex and race/ethnicity. Collection of the additional data is an effort to close the wage gap under an Obama Administration policy. Data are aggregated by the EEOC to maintain individual confidentiality requirements under the law and released by geographic area and industry. 

.Org Domain Charges Could Rise
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is  proposing to remove caps   and permit unlimited price hikes on .org domain name registrations and renewals. The National Council of Nonprofits has submitted comments in opposition to the proposed increase of costs for nonprofit internet presence. 
Bill Would Require Online 990 Filings
The U.S. House of Representative passed the Taxpayer First Act of 2019 (H.R. 1957), a
bipartisan bill to reorganize the Internal Revenue Service's customer services, enforcement procedures, management of information technology, and use of electronic systems. One provision would require virtually all nonprofits to file their Form 990s electronically. The bill would also make permanent the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance matching grant program through which nonprofits and other organizations help underserved taxpayers file their taxes. The Senate is now considering the bill.
Nonprofit New York Celebrates Work Anniversary for Alexa Salamé
We're pleased to celebrate the two-year work anniversary of Nonprofit New York team member, Alexa Salamé, Learning & Resource Coordinator. Alexa joined Nonprofit New York in May 2017. Learn more about our staff.
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FREE Crisis/Disaster Response Training and Technical Assistance from Vibrant Emotional Health
Deadline: June 14, 2019

Vibrant Emotional Health (formerly the Mental Health Association of New York City) is pleased to have received a grant from The New York Community Trust to provide crisis/disaster response training and technical assistance to up to 10 nonprofits working with underserved or at-risk populations. 
All program components will be provided free of charge to nonprofits participating in the project and include:
  • Organizational/programmatic needs assessment to determine how best organizations can prepare for disasters or other crisis events;
  • Continuity of operations planning in case of disaster or other emergency that would interrupt service provision;
  • Staff training to build internal capacity to manage the aftermath of crisis events; and
  • Connection to crisis response services after an event such as a natural or human-caused disaster, incidents of community violence, and/or emergencies associated with program participants or staff.
If your organization would like more information about the project and would like to participate, please contact: Lisa Furst, LMSW, MPH, Assistant Vice President, Center for Policy, Advocacy and Education, Vibrant Emotional Health  at  lfurst@vibrant.org or 212-614-6313. 
Interested organizations are requested to contact Vibrant by June 14, 2019.
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, we 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.
Coro's 2019-2020 Leadership New York Application Deadline June 17
Coro is New York City's premier civic leadership training organization and a community of more than 2,500 alumni in business, government, nonprofit and schools who are shaping the future of our city.  Working within an unparalleled network of engaged civic leaders, Coro's Leadership New York (LNY) participants develop the skills to get things done in a complex, multi-stakeholder environment. For over 30 years, LNY presents participants-professionals who are deeply immersed in the city's social, political, and economic issues-with challenges designed to push them to explore all aspects of an issue and navigate varying stakeholder interests. The program uses intellectual resilience and inquiry-based leadership training methods practiced by business executives and leading nonprofits. The program challenges mid-career professionals from across non-profit, public and private sectors to explore critical issues facing New York City and develop new ways to lead change in their communities and organizations.  Learn more on Coro's website.

Be Social Change Nonprofit Connector
Weds., June 19, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm
Prime Produce, 424 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

Be Social Change  hopes to build stronger connections with the people and organizations driving social innovation in NYC at this year's New York Nonprofit Connector on June 19th at 6:30 pm . Join them for facilitated networking to strengthen New York's nonprofit sector by creating meaningful connections, building new partnerships, and sharing ideas and resources! Learn more and register here. Nonprofit New York members, use promo code NPCC25 at checkout f or a 25% discount.

In-Person Trainings 
in June
Weds., June 5
1:00-5:00 pm

This workshop will help participants identify the key relationships and connections that can help or hinder fundraising success.
9:30-11:30 am

Learn how to put peer-to-peer accountability and internal leadership into place so that your board is firing on all cylinders - and answers to each other, not just the executive director. 
9:30-11:30 am

This interactive panel session will help organizations strategize around diversifying their boards. 

1:00-5:00 pm

This session will outline the typology of leadership transition and invite participants to think through how different transition scenarios require different preparation, planning, and execution. 

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Knowledge Center
The  Knowledge Center is Nonprofit New York's extensive collection of templates, checklists, and how-tos - designed to help nonprofits save time, reduce stress, and expand their expertise. Below are some trending resources in the Knowledge Center: 

Specific bequests allow individuals to designate a percentage of their estate, a dollar amount, or specified assets as a gift to an organization. This template, developed by Everyday Planned Giving, provides sample language your organization can use when working with individuals on bequests/planned giving. 

Making your website accessible should always be a priority - it's the right thing to do and it's good business. Here are some things to keep in mind as you consider how to make your website usable for visitors with and without disabilities. 

Written by Andrew Schulkind at Andigo, this article outlines what you need to do to ensure that your website complies with the ADA's guidelines.

Fundraising is an essential part of nonprofit work, but we also know that it can sometimes be a daunting task. Your fundraising plan will need to be specific to your organization, but there are things that everyone can do to get started. This topic summary provides key steps for an organization to consider when developing a fundraising plan and includes a worksheet, developed by Wingo NYC, to help you get started.
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. 
Have Questions? Use Our HelpLine!

The HelpLine is a resource for Nonprofit New York members to get quick, personalized assistance from our team. 
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.

New York Nonprofits is a monthly publication of Nonprofit New York. Archived issues are available for download on  Nonprofit New York's website.
Editor: Kelly McLain, Communications Manager.  For information or questions about the e-newsletter, email: kmclain@nonprofitnewyork.org.  
Nonprofit New York (formerly 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 1,600 members in the New York metropolitan area, ranging from all volunteer groups to major institutions.

Membership in Nonprofit New York provides a place where your voice is heard and adds to the collective voice of the nonprofit community.
Dues for 501(c)(3) nonprofits (that are not grantmakers) are based upon the organization's annual operating budget.
For more information about Nonprofit New York membership, visit our website or email: tsanon@nonprofitnewyork.org.

Board Officers: 
Chair: Ian J. Benjamin
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
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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