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August 2014, Volume 31, No. 8
Nonprofit Excellence Awards Semifinalists Announced
Audit Survey
NYC’s Sick Time Leave
Proposed Finance Rule
NYS Grants Streamlining
From the AG’s Office
CRE Leadership Caucus
New Financial Certificate Program
OMB Guidance Survey
Social Innovation Fellowship
Election Season Guidance
Webinar Discounts

New NPCC Members
Space Ads
Workshop Calendar

July 2014, Volume 31, No. 7
Government Watch: State Interest Payments & OMB Uniform Guidance
New Member Service: RoundTable Technology
Nonprofit Revitalization Act Status at Year End
Exempt Org Resources
NYS Comptroller Report
Social Media for Beginners (members-only)
Jitasa Special Offer
The Funding Network
Storytelling for Nonprofits
Get on Board: Long Island
Consider the Cloud
Pro Bono Consulting
Coro Leadership NY


Nonprofit Excellence Awards Semifinalists Announced

NPCC is delighted to announce the semifinalists for the 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

Bowery Residents’ Committee: This Manhattan-based organization is a leading provider of housing and services to more than 10,000 of New York City’s neediest individuals.

Community Access: Based in downtown Manhattan, this organization expands opportunities for people to recover from trauma, mental illness and discrimination through affordable housing, training, advocacy and healing-focused services.

Equal Justice USA:This Brooklyn-based national organization works to make our criminal justice system fair and effective by ending the death penalty, strengthening programs that help crime survivors address trauma and rebuild their lives, promoting constructive responses to violence, and enacting other common sense criminal justice reforms.

Girls Write Now: Based in Manhattan, this organization provides guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk and underserved girls from New York City’s public high schools to develop their creative, independent voices, explore careers in professional writing, and learn how to make healthy school, career and life choices.

Graham Windham: Since its founding in 1806, Graham Windham has been a vital force in providing innovative child welfare, educational, vocational, youth development and other social service programs to help New York City's children and families achieve life-changing outcomes.

Leake & Watts: From their roots as an orphanage supporting vulnerable children founded in 1831, Leake & Watts helps over 5000 children, adults and families in need to create strong foundations for success in the five core areas of child welfare, special education, early education, developmental disabilities services and juvenile justice services each day.

Planned Parenthood of New York City: For nearly 100 years, this organization has been providing affordable sexual and reproductive health services and information to individuals regardless of income, ethnicity, immigrations status or sexual orientation.

Row New York: Based in Queens and Manhattan, this organization empowers youth from under-resourced communities to build strength, gain confidence, and pursue excellence through the competitive sport of rowing, paired with academic support.

Safe Horizon: With 57 programs in all five boroughs, Safe Horizon provides support, prevents violence and promotes justice for victims of violence and abuse, their families and communities.

Washington Heights CORNER Project: Based in Washington Heights, this organization seeks to better the lives and health of those who use drugs through outreach programs, education, and referral services.

Read the full press release here.

Six finalists will be announced in early October and visited by the program’s selection committee. Three organizations will be honored at a special presentation in November 2014. Winning organizations will receive $60,000 in cash awards, special mention on WNYC, and tuition scholarships for Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School.

The Awards are produced by NPCC, The New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York, and are sponsored by WNYC. Additional financial and in-kind support is provided by The Clark Foundation, Ford Foundation, Google, Taconic Foundation, McGladrey LLP, Fund for the City of New York and Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School. Now in its eighth year, the program teaches, recognizes and encourages outstanding management practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. Read more about the program, including the selection committee members and Eight Areas of Nonprofit Excellence, at


Audit Survey

To help guide nonprofit managers, NPCC is surveying members to find out the audit firms they use and associated costs.

The survey is for organizations that are required to or choose to retain an outside CPA firm to audit their financial records. Results will be anonymous and displayed in aggregate form by operating budget size and by subsector (arts, health, etc.). The results will not identify firms in relationship to fees reported nor to any comments received.

The survey will take five minutes to complete and will be open until August 22.

If your organization hires an independent auditor, please help us help the nonprofit community and complete the survey at


NYC’s Sick Time Leave

New York City’s Earned Sick Time law became effective July 30. It requires most employers with five or more employees in New York City to provide up to five paid sick days per year to each employee. Read more and download guidance at


Proposed Finance Rule

The New York City Department of Finance has issued a proposed rules amendment on the penalties assessed on owners of income-producing property who fail to file timely income and expense reports. The proposed rules amendments will actually reduce the penalties for failure to file income and expense statements.

A public hearing will be held September 3; the deadline to submit written comments is September 3. See


NYS Grants Streamlining

The New York State Division of Budget has released Revised Budget Bulletin H-1032 which addresses its grants streamlining reform effort. It includes notice that state agencies should no longer execute contracts for grants under $10,000 in value and instead issue purchase orders with a “letter of agreement.” And, it encourages state agencies to move from an April 1 start date for contracts to June, July or August start dates to allow agencies to properly contract with nonprofits.

The bulletin is at Organizations that need to update their bylaws and other documents should not wait until September 30 if they need to submit revised documents to the NYS Grants Gateway system.


From the AG’s Office

The NYS Attorney General’s Charities Bureau continues to add guidance on the implementation of the Nonprofit Revitalization Act, including audit threshold and fee changes, dissolutions with assets or without assets, mergers and consolidations, and sales and other dispositions of assets. Go to

An updated CHAR500 is now available at The update reflects the fee and CPA audit threshold changes that came into effect July 1. Organizations with an original or extended due date after July 1 should use the new CHAR500. All forms and instructions are at


CRE Leadership Caucus

CRE is accepting applications for its 2014-2015 Leadership Caucus to strengthen the capabilities of nonprofit leaders by providing early career executive directors and senior managers a forum to: discuss challenging leadership and management issues; reflect on the impact of their leadership practices; and support the application of principles and tools from current thinking in leadership and management to their own organizations.

The caucus is for executive directors who have been in their current position five years or less and senior staff with significant management responsibilities. The total time commitment is approximately eight days over eight months. The program costs $7,000; some scholarship funding is available. The deadline is October 31. More information is at or contact Jeff Ballow at


New Financial Certificate Program

Baruch College School of Public Affairs is offering a new certificate program, Financial Management and Reporting, on Wednesday evenings from October 1 to December 3.

The program provides training in financial management concepts and principles as well as the reporting requirements for nonprofit organizations. It covers a wide range of accounting, financial and regulatory concepts specific to nonprofit operations, including accounting system and control environment, proper and effective budgeting techniques, grant reporting, handling a federal, state, compliance and financial audit, and more.

The fee for the 10-session course is $1,980. Information is at


OMB Guidance Survey

Changes in regulations by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) effecting federal grants go into effect on December 26. These apply to nonprofits with grants directly from the federal government and those receiving federal grant funds indirectly through pass-through entities (usually states and local governments). Within the new OMB Uniform Guidance is a requirement that pass-through entities pay nonprofits for their indirect costs. The National Council of Nonprofits and NPCC want to make sure that New York implements this new requirement as OMB intended so that you actually receive additional reimbursement to offset your indirect costs.

Help us by completing a short survey (five minutes, tops) at


Social Innovation Fellowship

The Macquarie Group Foundation invites eligible New York City nonprofit CEOs/EDs to apply for the Macquarie David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship. The fellowship will be presented biennially to the CEO of a registered 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in New York City to visit and research best practice social innovation around the world. The recipient will receive up to $20,000 to cover airfare, accommodation and other associated costs. The application deadline is October 1. For more information and to apply, visit or email


Election Season Guidance

501(c)(3) organizations may engage in many forms of advocacy, including nonpartisan election-related activity. However, resources may not be used for partisan political activities, including supporting or opposing a political party or organization or supporting or opposing candidates for public office. In an election year, it is especially important for organizations to remind their staff and volunteers that certain election activities on behalf of the 501(c)(3), or using the resources of the 501(c)(3), are prohibited.

Alliance for Justice has a sample policy for organizations to adapt and provide to employees and volunteers to help clarify allowable activities at


Webinar Discounts

Through NPCC’s membership in the National Council of Nonprofits, NPCC members are eligible to receive a discount on two Foundation Center webinars: a three-part session, “Sustainable Funding Equals Greater Impact,” September 16, 23 and 30; and a four-part series, “More Asking, Less Writing,” October 8, 15, 22, and 29.

Members can purchase individual sessions for $75 ($20 savings) or an entire series for $250 ($49 savings). Registration includes access to the webinar recordings in case you can’t make it to the live event.  The discount code and registration site is at


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Government Watch

State Interest Payments

NPCC has expressed its support for legislation designed to ensure prompt payments for interest due to nonprofits that have State grants or contracts. The legislation (S6482/A8964) was passed by the Senate and the Assembly. NPCC has urged Governor Cuomo to sign it.

It would require the payment of interest on late payments owed to nonprofits and public benefit corporations under State contracts within thirty days of the date the payment is required under the contract.

Late payment of contract fees and the late approval of contracts put resource-short nonprofits in a situation where in order to meet contract obligations, they must “finance” the projects until the State reimburses them. When remittances are late or contract approvals delayed, the manner of “financing” the cost of continued service falls to the nonprofits, who are forced to either obtain bridge loans at commercial interest rates, invade reserves, or decrease other services and/or staff and necessary indirect costs. This results in a negative impact on the efficient and planned operation of the nonprofits and more seriously, diminishes services to New Yorkers. The bill would aid the situation by incentivizing prompt contracting and payment of legally mandated interest for late payment. Further, the bill will enhance and reinforce the strides made under the Grants Gateway program to regularize and reduce the burdens on nonprofits engaged in contracting with the State, as well as incentivize State agencies to implement the Grant Gateway procedures.

The legislation is at

OMB Uniform Guidance

The December 2013 release of new grant guidance by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (at overhauls the federal grantmaking process in order to ensure consistency across governments and the entities to which they provide funds. There are three areas of importance to nonprofits:

1. Cost Allocation: The guidance specifies more costs that are directly reimbursable and clarifies definitions and cost allocation rules.

2. Audit Threshold: The guidance raises the threshold for single audits to $750,000 from $500,000, reducing administrative costs for both nonprofit entities and government agencies.

3. Reimbursement for Indirect Costs. The guidance explicitly requires that pass-through entities (typically states and local governments receiving federal funds) and all federal agencies reimburse a nonprofit’s indirect costs by applying the nonprofit’s federally negotiated indirect rate, if one exists. If a nonprofit already has a negotiated rate with a federal agency, the agency is required to honor it.   

If a nonprofit doesn’t have a negotiated rate, the nonprofit can either negotiate a rate with the government agency providing the grant, or elect the default rate of 10 percent of their modified total direct costs. However, filing for a negotiated rate is an extremely complicated matter; it requires a great deal of technical skill and wherewithal.

David L. Thompson, vice president of public policy with the National Council of Nonprofits, notes that the new guidance is an opportunity to help undo the “overhead myth” that has long besieged nonprofits. Normal administrative costs for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations are between 25 and 35 percent. Nonprofits have typically been reimbursed at much lower rates and OMB’s guidance should rectify this discrepancy. “All our lives we’ve been told to keep overhead low to the point that many nonprofits are not sustainable.”

The new OMB Uniform Guidance creates a promise for nonprofits, but if states and local governments don’t follow it or if nonprofits don’t know about it, it will be worthless. As of now, states and other pass-through entities have not determined how they intend to comply with the new requirement. It is expected that forthcoming guidance from OMB will address this and other issues.

Pass-through entities may simply ignore the guidance or take actions to avoid complying, or they may misinterpret the guidance. Thompson notes that there already are attempts some take to avoid existing payment rules. For example, a particular State has been known to cut checks on time as required by its laws, but fails to put them in the mail for several months. The next six months are an opportunity to get rules in place so these types of manipulations cannot occur.

Thompson notes that the changes brought by the OMB Uniform Guidance will not expand the total amount of money available for nonprofits. And, if a contract’s performance requirements remain the same, the 10% reimbursement rate for overhead does no good unless a nonprofit negotiates for fewer deliverables.

A set of FAQs by the Council on Financial Assistance Reform, established by OMB to implement guidance, is at By the end of August another set of FAQs may be released. The implementation date of the Uniform Guidance is expected to be December 26, 2014. Thompson notes that the nonprofit community has a six-month window of opportunity to ask questions, raise issues and concerns, and get their own practices in order. NPCC members with government contracts or grants can send questions and comments to him at so that he can follow up and work to ensure that the promise of the new OMB Guidance results in appropriate government actions and interpretations, and more sustainable nonprofits.


New Member Service: RoundTable Technology

NPCC is pleased to announce a new member service in collaboration with RoundTable Technology.

Starting July 1, RoundTable will offer NPCC members a variety of free and discounted services including: a free technology assessment and a report of their findings and recommendations; a free website and social media assessment and a report of findings and recommendations; and, free assistance applying for Google For Nonprofits and/or Office 365 for Nonprofits. In addition to these free services, NPCC members are eligible for discounted pricing on a variety of antivirus, security, backup and cloud services from RoundTable’s experts.

If your organization is interested in securing one or more of these services with RoundTable, please complete an application at

RoundTable provides nonprofit organizations with a wide range of technology services from basic troubleshooting to strategic planning and fully managed IT services. Read more at If you have questions, contact Danielle Penabad at 212-502-4191 extension 230 or at


Nonprofit Revitalization Act Status at Year End

The following are the results of actions taken by the New York State Legislature on bills related to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act (NPRA) that NPCC’s Government Relations Committee has been tracking.

1) S7341/A9600 failed to pass. The bill would have delayed the effective date of certain sections of the NPRA until March 31, 2015. This means NPRA will become effective July 1, 2014, as originally enacted.

2) S7340/A9599 passed both houses of the State Legislature. If signed into law by the Governor, this bill requires the State to develop procedures to ensure that any nonprofit that has already pre-qualified and registered under the Grants Gateway will not be disqualified from applying for or receiving State grants or contracts if it incorporates the requirements of the Nonprofit Revitalization Act in its application by January 1, 2015.

3) S7799A/A10027A passed both houses of the State Legislature. If signed into law by the Governor, this bill would delay until January 1, 2016, (instead of January 1, 2015) the provision of NPRA that prohibits employees of a nonprofit from serving as chair of the nonprofit’s board.

4) S6482/A8964 passed both houses of the State Legislature. If signed into law by the Governor, this bill provides that nonprofits and public benefit corporations shall be entitled to all prompt contracting interest from the State agency within 30 days of the time of the first payment. (See story on page 1.)

Several other bills that NPCC has been following that would have amended or impacted NPRA also failed to pass.

Members can download from NPCC’s website a sample whistleblower policy (required of an organization with 20 or more employees and annual revenue exceeding $1 million in its previous fiscal year) at and a checklist of items for consideration in reviewing its by-laws at Lawyers Alliance for New York has a memo at and FAQs at


Exempt Org Resources

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP has just launched an online resource for information and insight on the legal issues impacting nonprofit organizations. The site is designed to keep the nonprofit, tax-exempt organization community up-to-date on legal developments, changing regulations and good practices.

It includes a blog, memos, alerts and a section on the Nonprofit Revitalization Act. It’s at


NYS Comptroller Report

New York State government agencies failed to live up to the state’s prompt contracting law 87 percent of the time in 2013, up from 78 percent in 2012, according to the New York Comptroller’s 2013 Prompt Contracting Report. The report found that while state agencies report that penalty interest could have been assessed for late contracting associated with 3,409 contracts, they paid interest in only 716 cases (21 percent of the contracts eligible for interest payments), down from 38 percent in 2012.

The Comptroller urges state agencies to prioritize prompt contracting and prompt payment and recommends that interest payments be included in a nonprofit’s first payment once the contract is executed. He also repeats past calls for streamlined state agency contracting processes and greater utilization of multi-year contracts. Since 2007, the Prompt Contracting Law requires the State Comptroller report annually on agency adherence to the law. The report is at


Jitasa Special Offer

Jitasa has created The Nonprofit Accounting Support Center offering unlimited phone and email support from their nonprofit accounting specialists. The new service is in addition to their finance, accounting and bookkeeping services where members can outsource basic bookkeeping functions like recording cash receipts and cash disbursements as well as complex tasks like designing and compiling financial statements, tracking grants, and preparing the Form 990.

The Support Center puts the knowledge and expertise of Jitasa’s nonprofit accountants a phone call or email away. Whether it is conducting indepth research, explaining or demonstrating a nonprofit accounting concept, or providing a best practice templates, they can help. To find out more and take advantage of the free 30 day trial, go to and select NPCC in the “how did you hear” question. You can then start calling and emailing with your nonprofit accounting questions.

In addition, NPCC members that purchase the Support Center service after the trial period will get unlimited support for 33% off the $90 monthly retail price (the code for NPCC members to use to receive the discount is at For more about Jitasa’s services, call 855-865-4408 or email


The Funding Network

Through live crowd funding events, The Funding Network (TFN) brings together donors and community members to help organizations make a real and positive difference in the world. Since its launch 10 years ago, TFN has matched more than 5,000 donors with more than 600 projects around the world. In November 2013, TFN launched in the U.S. TFN funds projects that aim to: address issues of inequality and disadvantage; create advocacy/campaigning/disseminations; change attitudes, behavior, laws and public policy, and more.

On October 14, TFN USA/NY will hold its 3rd live event at which three candidates selected by the TFN committee will be supported. Organizations with an annual budget below $350,000 are preferred, but larger organizations will be considered. Applications are due August 4. Go to


Storytelling for Nonprofits

Network for Good has released Storytelling for Nonprofits, a free guide offering lessons in building the elements of a great story; choosing the best, most effective stories to tell; incorporating powerful visuals; using emotion and a sense of urgency to motivate audiences; and telling your story through different vehicles such as social media. Download it at


Get on Board: Long Island

Is your nonprofit organization looking for candidates to serve on its board, or are you an individual who wants to serve on the board of a Long Island nonprofit organization? Get on Board, from the Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University, is a free recruitment and matching service, which connects nonprofit boards with individuals seeking an opportunity to serve. To participate, nonprofits must be located in and serving one or more communities within Nassau County or Suffolk County. Submit an application at


Consider the Cloud

Idealware’s Should Your Organization Consider The Cloud is a series of nine easy-to-understand worksheets that help you define your software and security needs and weigh them against the benefits and weaknesses of the cloud. The workbook will help define your cost, security, and functionality priorities, and help determine if the cloud is a good cultural fit for your organization, if your existing technology will complement the cloud, and if it would be a worthwhile investment to make the switch.

The workbook is free at


Pro Bono Consulting

Gray Matters, a group of retired and semi-retired senior executives, provides a range of consulting services to NYC-based nonprofit organizations at no charge. Services provided by Gray Matters range from legal and property use advice, to marketing and public relations, board and staffing issues, to finance and strategic planning, among others. Organizations need not have a specific problem to use Gray Matters. Gray Matters volunteers have provided professional services to more than four dozen organizations, the length of involvement with an organization has ranged from one or two meetings to several years. To find out more or to contact Gray Matters, visit


Coro Leadership NY

Coro Leadership New York, a nine-month, part time program that challenges professionals from diverse sectors, backgrounds and perspectives to explore current public policy issues and cultivate leadership skills to create change, is seeking applications for its Leadership New York 26. Fifty successful mid-career professionals are selected to participate each year. Applicants must live or work in New York City, have a minimum of seven years of professional work experience, be passionate and curious about developing new leadership skills germane to problem solving in New York, and interested in civic engagement.

Tuition is $5,400 for approximately 160 hours of leadership development training, individual and small group coaching, travel, lodging and meals at the opening retreat, and access to Coro alumni and cross-program events. Limited scholarships are available.

The application deadline is Friday, July 18. More information is at


Welcome New NPCC Members

new 501(c)(3) members joined between May 1 - June 30, 2014

Bridge to Life  •  Brooklyn Ice Inc  •  CEKPET  •  City Growers Inc.  •  Crutches4Kids  •  GP Dementia Services New York Inc.  •  Harlem Seeds  •  •  Kids to Save the Planet Inc. DBA StudentKind, Inc.  •  Making Books Sing  •  New York Legal Assistance Group  •  New York Shakespeare Exchange  •  PennPAC  •  PortSide New York  •  Reprieve US  •  Rondo Young Artist Festival  •  Trees New York  •  Turkish Philanthropy Funds  •  Tusk USA Inc.  •  Ziegfeld Club

see the complete list of NPCC members at

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Select articles may be reprinted in print form only (they may not be reprinted in any medium other than print) with the express permission of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc.

New York Nonprofits is a monthly publication of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc. (NPCC). 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 nearly 1,600 members in the New York metropolitan area, ranging from all volunteer groups to major institutions.

Membership in NPCC 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, and are as follows:

Operating Budget . . . . . . . . . Dues
$0 - $124,999 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$ 35
$125,000 - $249,999 . . . . . . . . . $ 100
$250,000 - $499,999 . . . . . . . . . $ 250
$500,000 - $749,999 . . . . . . . . . $ 350
$750,000 - $999,999 . . . . . . . . . $ 475
$1,000,000 - $4,999,999 . . . . . . .$ 675
$5,000,000 - $9,999,999 . . . . . .$1,200
$10,000,000 + . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,500

Grantmaking Member . . . . .$3,000 (requested)
. . . $1,500 (minimum)

The following memberships are for those who are not affiliated with a 501(c)(3) organization:

Corporate Member . . . . .$3,000 (requested)
. . . . $1,500 (minimum)
Individual Sustainer . . . . . . . . $1,000
Individual Member . . . . . . . . .$100
Student Member . . . . . . . . . .$15 (with valid, current ID)

Please visit for more information on NPCC membership.

Board Officers: John Craig, chair; Michael Clark, president; vice chairs: Robert Acton, Ian J. Benjamin, Richard Burns, Gregory Cohen, Barbara Schatz; Charlene Laniewski, treasurer; Merble Reagon, secretary.

Board Members: Victoria Bailey, Joyce M. Bove, Miriam Buhl, Leslie Goldman, Bernell Grier, Ronda Kotelchuck, Patricia Kozu, Antoinette La Belle, Sheila Lewandowski, Roland Lewis, Carolyn McLaughlin, Cao K. O, Stephanie Palmer, Karen Pearl, Michael Seltzer, Emily Smith, Sarah Sung, Bobby Watts.

Staff & Consultants : Michael Clark, president
Peter Swords, Esq., president emeritus
Jonathan A. Small, Esq., president emeritus
Marcia Brown, director of programs
Danielle Penabad, membership & outreach director
Melkis Alvarez-Baez, associate director, special projects
Constance Ferber, administrative director
Kristen Jones, executive coordinator
Robert J. Vanni, senior consultant, Government Relations

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