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September 2015, Volume 32, No. 9
New NPCC Retirement Program & Services
Government Watch
OMB Solicits Input
NYN MarkCon
Volunteer Program
Strengthening Advocacy
New NYC Nonprofits
Money for Mission
Leadership: Proposals Wanted

New NPCC Members
Space Ads
Workshop Calendar

August 2015, Volume 32, No. 8
Sharon Stapel Named New NPCC President & Executive Director
Nonprofit Excellence Awards Semifinalists Announced
Government Watch: NYS Court of Appeals Decision
Violence Protection Legislation
Proposed DOL’s FLSA Regulations on Overtime Compensation
Form 990 Comments Solicited
NYC Fair Chance Act Signed
OSHA Restroom Access for Transgendered Workers


New NPCC Retirement Program & Services

For over 20 years, NPCC has sought to offer members a way to protect their employees’ futures. The retirement plan offered by MetLife has given organizations ERISA and non-ERISA options, allowing even very small organizations a way to implement a retirement plan. In recent years, members have requested additional options, including ones offering a mutual fund platform. And, as compliance became more complex, requests for help with retirement plan compliance grew.

NPCC is excited to announce the formation of a new retirement program and associated fiduciary investment services exclusively for our 501(c)(3) members.

The new program with Nationwide will offer ERISA 403(b) and/or 401(k) retirement plans. These plans are available to all NPCC 501(c)(3) members and will offer discounted pricing for nearly all sizes and types of nonprofits (meeting certain first year minimum balance requirements). The Nationwide program is a mutual fund platform featuring more than 1,200 funds from multiple fund families. (Please note that NPCC’s existing retirement programs with MetLife will continue.)

If your organization is interested in the most comprehensive transfer of Plan Sponsor fiduciary liability for investment related issues available in the industry today, Nationwide provides access to a solution through its relationship with IRON Financial. IRON Financial is an independent 3(38) Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) certified investment manager that selects and monitors investment option decisions through its ERISA 3(38) Fiduciary services. This allows an organization to transfer all of its responsibility and legal liability for selecting, monitoring and replacement of plan investments. With IRON Financial’s 3(38) services, the plan sponsor’s responsibility is shifted to simply monitoring the assigned 3(38) Fiduciary, IRON Financial.

In addition to the program with Nationwide, NPCC will offer two separate ERISA 3(16) fiduciary services, one through Pentegra and another through 401K SAFE.

Pentegra, a 3(16) operational fiduciary service provider, offers members the opportunity to outsource the administration of their retirement plans. Pentegra can oversee the operational functions of your organization’s retirement plan. They will also be the named plan administrator, and will be responsible for completing, signing and filing the annual IRS Form 5500. They also manage and oversee all administrative functions including the servicing of plan provisions, participant communication, and administration for all eligible employees, whether active or terminated.

401K SAFE, a 3(16) operational fiduciary service provider, offers members the opportunity to outsource the compliance administration of their retirement plans. 401K SAFE oversees the operational functions of your organization’s retirement plan and conducts the fiduciary monitoring of the plan’s service providers. They will also be the named plan administrator, and will be responsible for completing, signing and filing the annual IRS Form 5500. All plan related documentation, including the Form 5500, participant notices, service agreements, and 401K SAFE’s fiduciary reviews are managed and housed by 401K SAFE on a portal site customized to your plan. They also manage and oversee all administrative functions including: the servicing of plan provisions, participant communication, and administration for all eligible employees, whether active or terminated.

All of these new services are offered to NPCC’s 501(c)(3) members at a reduced cost. NPCC will hold two workshops on retirement plans: Tuesday, October 13 will discuss the basics of retirement plans for those who are not familiar with them; a session on Thursday, October 15 will provide more detail about the new program with Nationwide and is geared toward those familiar with the concepts and issues surrounding retirement plans. See the NPCC workshops for more information and register at

For detailed information on the new NPCC program or on each of the providers, please contact Mark Rubinstein at MetLife at 212-578-7802 or


Government Watch

NPCC’s Government Relations Committee spent considerable time and effort analyzing concerns practitioners and nonprofits have in complying with the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (NPRA) this past year. We have cooperated with other groups to draft a consensus “white paper” making recommendations to NPRA’s legislative sponsors as to how it might be amended. At the end of the current session the State legislature passed three bills, which the Governor is expected to sign into law, that respond to some but not all the recommendations made in the white paper. Bill S5870/A8117 makes technical amendments, S5868A/A8118B makes more substantive changes, and S573/A7641 extends until January 1, 2017 the date after which an employee cannot serve as chair of a nonprofit’s board of directors.

Additionally, the State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau has issued several guidance memos to clarify and amplify certain provisions of NPRA. Though these bills and the guidance memos aim to answer many of the concerns in complying with NPRA’s provisions, the terrain remains complicated.

As we move forward in implementing the new NPRA amendments and guidance memos, NPCC’s Government Relations Committee will continue to deal with questions that remain unanswered.



OMB Solicits Input

Office of Management and Budget is soliciting suggestions on how to reduce costs and burdens associated with Federal awards. The invitation for input recognizes that “the management of federal contracts, grants, and other awards requires multiple layers of reporting across multiple agencies, contributing to costs and duplication within and across the communities,” and asks for ideas on how to clarify standards, identify and eliminate legacy requirements or processes, with the purpose of freeing “entities to focus their resources on outcomes.” Go to


NYN MarkCon

New York Nonprofit Media is hosting Nonprofit MarkCon on Thursday, September 17 that will bring together marketing and communications executives to offer panel discussions, speeches on promoting and communicating, as well as networking opportunities. The event costs $25 per person and will be held at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus. More information and registration is at


Volunteer Program

New York Cares’ Volunteer Impact Program is an an intensive eight-week program of online tutorials and weekly in-person training sessions at which participants build critical volunteer management skills and develop a customized action plan to bring best practices to life. The beginner track builds a baseline of volunteer management knowledge, covering topics such as organizational needs assessment, recruitment, training, support and recognition of volunteers and the advanced track digs more deeply into volunteer management topics. The cost is $200 for up to two members from an organization. Sessions begin September 30. Go to


Strengthening Advocacy

A new report from BolderAdvocacy at the Alliance for Justice, What Funders Should Know in Order to Help Strengthen Grantees’ Advocacy, provides a snapshot of nonprofits’ advocacy strengths and wish lists. Offering a glimpse into how nonprofit organizations view their capacity for public policy work, it is based on data from 280 groups that completed AFJ’s self-assessment tool, the Advocacy Capacity Tool. Go to



New NYC Nonprofits

NYC Nonprofits is a newly revamped site hosted by New York City offering resources and guidance with links to various sites and resources, including how to start a nonprofit, board training and recruitment, legal issues, volunteer management, human resources, and more. It’s at


Money for Mission

The Education and Research Foundation of the BBB of Metropolitan New York will host Money for Mission: Possibilities & Pitfalls of Non-Grant Financing on Wednesday, September 16 from 9-11:30am at the Scandinavia House in Manhattan. In the session, providers of non-grant funding and nonprofit leaders who have accepted this type of financing will share insights about their successful experiences as well as pitfalls and problems. Speakers will discuss the types of financing that are available, purposes and the range of providers; pointers on evaluating eligibility for funding, cash flow and ability to repay; common problems and how to avoid them, and more. The cost is $25 per person. Register at



Leadership: Proposals Wanted

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington, DC will produce the National Leadership Conference in Virginia, April 20-22, 2016, and has issued a call for proposals and speakers. They are looking for dynamic individuals who will motivate, inspire and guide nonprofiteers and lead intermediate and advanced sessions on leadership; growth and prosperity; finance; fund development; technology; volunteer recruitment; program growth; new funding streams; and governance. Proposals are due October 15. More information is at


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Sharon Stapel New NPCC President & Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) has selected Sharon Stapel as its new president and executive director, effective October 19, 2015.

In welcoming Ms. Stapel, Ian Benjamin, the chair of the board, said, “We look forward to the enthusiasm, expertise and passion that Sharon brings to the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee, and know that she will build on its firm foundation. Sharon’s success in leading and growing a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization is extraordinary, and will serve as a model for all the nonprofits who are current and future members of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee.” Karen Pearl and Bobby Watts who co-chaired the search committee added, “After undertaking a thorough search that produced a number of highly qualified candidates, we were delighted that Sharon agreed to bring her vision, leadership and experience in strategic thinking and coalition-building to the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee.”

Ms. Stapel is currently executive director of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (AVP), 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 Obama for her advocacy work. Prior to joining AVP, Ms. Stapel worked with South Brooklyn Legal Services, the Legal Aid Society, and the Street Law Project of the National Lawyers Guild. Ms. Stapel is a graduate of CUNY School of Law and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and has served as an adjunct professor at CUNY School of Law and Hunter College.

Ms. Stapel said, “I’m excited to lead an organization that is vital to the success of New York’s nonprofits. NPCC’s advocacy work and management support services have enabled its member groups - and the entire sector - to thrive. I’m grateful to Michael Clark for his stewardship of this effective organization and I look forward to working with the amazing staff to do even more.”

Ms. Stapel is replacing Michael E. Clark, who has served as president and executive director of NPCC for the past 10 years. Mr. Benjamin thanked Mr. Clark for his years of outstanding service, stating, “Michael Clark has served the New York area nonprofit community extraordinarily well for over 40 years, culminating with the last decade at the helm of NPCC. We are grateful for his service and commitment to our member organizations and the nonprofit sector. Michael is leaving a strong organization, and we wish him well in his next endeavors.” Mr. Clark is stepping down on September 30, 2015 to pursue part-time opportunities that will allow him to continue to contribute his rich experience and deep expertise to the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Excellence Awards Semifinalists Announced

NPCC is delighted to announce the semifinalists for the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

America Needs You (Manhattan)
America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development.

Bowery Residents’ Committee – BRC (Manhattan)
Bowery Residents’ Committee helps people reclaim lives lost by restoring hope and dignity and offering opportunities for health and self-sufficiency.

Cardinal McCloskey Community Services (Westchester)
Cardinal McCloskey Community Services protects, empowers and promotes independence for at-risk children and families and those with developmental disabilities through community based services.

Ghetto Film School (Bronx)
Ghetto Film School educates, develops, and celebrates the next generation of great American storytellers.

Girls Write Now (Manhattan)
Girls Write Now provides guidance, support, and opportunities for at-risk 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.

GO Project (Manhattan)
GO Project helps shape the futures of low-income, underperforming NYC public school children by providing critical academic, social and emotional programs starting in the elementary years.

Groundswell (Brooklyn)
Groundswell brings together youth, artists, and community partners, to make public art that advances social change, for a more just and equitable world.

New York Common Pantry (Manhattan)
New York Common Pantry is dedicated to reducing hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency.

The New York Foundling (Manhattan)
The New York Foundling empowers underserved children and families to live healthy, independent and fulfilling lives.

TNTPformerly The New Teacher Project (Brooklyn)
TNTP’s mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the student who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.

Six finalists will be announced in October. Three organizations will be honored at a special Awards Presentation in November 2015. Winning organizations 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 Nonprofit Excellence Awards are produced by NPCC, The New York Community Trust, and Philanthropy New York, and are sponsored by WNYC. Now in its ninth year, the Awards 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 the guiding document, Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence, at or at


Troubling NYS Court of Appeals Decision

In early July, The New York Court of Appeals handed down a troubling decision in the Matter of Greater Jamaica Development Corporation (GJDC) et al. v. New York City Tax Commission, et al., finding that certain parking garages owned and operated by GJDC (a 501(c)(3) corporation), in what it had considered were in furtherance of its mission, were not eligible for real estate tax exemption, and affirmed the revocation of the exemption.

The facts are, in 2001, GJDC took over from the City, at the City’s request, the ownership and operation of what were then poorly run garages, and was granted a real estate tax exemption. In 2011, the City Tax Commission revoked the garages’ exemption, which gave rise to this case. NPCC has been closely following this case since its inception, and has vigorously supported GJDC’s position in meetings with officials as well as the submission of amicus curiae briefs at both the lower and Court of Appeals levels. GJDC prevailed in several lower court decisions.

This Court of Appeals decision is at the least, a very serious blow to the role of economic development organizations as part of the charitable nonprofit sector. NPCC is continuing to review the decision and will keep you apprised of developments.


Violence Protection Legislation

At the end of the New York State legislative session, A7721/S5130 was passed, which amends the definition of “employer” in State Labor Law to include a not-for-profit corporation that received at least 50% of its budget through municipal, state or federal government sources, including, but not limited to Medicaid or Medicare, during its preceding fiscal year. The effect of this change is to make applicable to such nonprofits the section of the Labor Law that requires them to make a workplace violence risk review, prepare a written workplace violence policy statement, and develop a prevention program (see

In brief, such nonprofits would have to: (a) evaluate their facility infrastructure to identify, in writing, the risk of occupational assaults and violence; (b) permit employees to register internal complaints of such risks, which, if not corrected, would allow the Commissioner of Labor to inspect and fine continued noncompliance, as well as permit the Commissioner make inspections independently; (c) assure that complaining employees would be protected from adverse employment consequences; and (d) for nonprofits with 20 or more employees, develop a written workplace violence prevention program containing affirmative actions to address any identified risks, post and circulate it to employees, and provide annual training on risks and the prevention program.

The bill has not yet been sent to the Governor, but it is expected he will sign it. If members have comments in favor or in opposition to this bill, they should be sent to the Governor’s office at


Proposed FLSA Regulations on Overtime Compensation

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations that address exemptions for overtime compensation of executive, administrative, and professionals—often referred to as white collar exemptions. The proposed regulations expand overtime protections for workers and would more than double the minimum salary level that white-collar employees must be paid (from $23,660 to $50,400) to exempt them from overtime pay. Also proposed is raising the minimum salary level for “highly compensated employees” from $100,000 to over $120,000.

Currently, comments on the proposed regs are due September 4. NPCC, through the National Council of Nonprofits and Independent Sector, is lobbying to allow the comment period to remain open for an additional 60 days. The proposed regulations are at To submit comments, go to The National Council has an analysis at



Form 990 Comments Solicited

The Department of the Treasury is soliciting comments on the IRS Form 990, particularly on Schedule A, which generates special data for organizations filing as public charities or nonexempt charitable trusts, and Schedule B, which identifies certain contributors.

Comments are due September 14 and should speak, in part, to whether the collected information is necessary and useful as well as possible improvements and ways to reduce respondents’ burdens. Go to


NYC Fair Chance Act Signed

In late June, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Intro. 318-A, legislation prohibiting discrimination based on a person’s arrest record or criminal conviction when applying for a job. The Fair Chance Act prohibits employers from inquiring about candidates’ criminal records until after they have made a conditional offer of employment, and require them to provide a written copy of the inquiry, analysis, and supporting documentation to applicants. It includes exemptions for public and private employers who are required by law to conduct criminal background checks. The legislation is at


OSHA Restroom Access for Transgendered Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has released guidance for employers with their suggestions for best practices regarding restroom access for transgender workers at


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Welcome New NPCC Members

new 501(c)(3) members joined between April 30-June 29, 2015

826 NYC  •  8 Henderson Place Foundation  •  Alliance for Progress  •  Animal Zone International Inc  •  Bruce Arnold Foundation  •  Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund  •  Fund for New York City Voter Assistance Corporation  •  Good Neighbors of Park Slope  •  International African Arts Festival Inc  •  JUST Capital Foundation Inc.  •  Latino U College Access Inc  •  New Amsterdam Boys and Girls Choir  •  Open Future Institute  •  Opus Dance Theatre & Community Service  •  Planned Parenthood of Nassau County  •  Rabbit Rescue and Rehab  •  Reading 4 Smiles, Inc.  •  Roosevelt Institute  •  SoHo Broadway DMA, Inc.  •  The Climate Museum Launch Project  •  The Coney Island AntiViolence Collaborative Inc.  •  Transfernation Inc.

see the complete list of NPCC members at

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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 1,500 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: Ian J. Benjamin, chair; Michael Clark, president; vice chairs: Robert Acton, Joyce M. Bove, Richard Burns, Gregory Cohen, Barbara Schatz; Charlene Laniewski, treasurer; Merble Reagon, secretary.

Board Members: Victoria Bailey, Diana Davenport, Leslie Goldman, Bernell Grier, Ronda Kotelchuck, Patricia Kozu, Antoinette La Belle, Larry Lee, Sheila Lewandowski, Roland Lewis, Carolyn McLaughlin, Karen Pearl, Michael Seltzer, Emily Smith, JoAnn D. Smith, Richard Souto, Sarah (BJ) Sung, Stephanie Thomas, Eileen Torres, G. Robert Watts, Jo-Ann Yoo.
Peter Swords, Esq., president emeritus
Jonathan A. Small, Esq., president emeritus
John E. Craig, Jr. chairman emeritus

Staff & Consultants : Michael Clark, president
Melkis Alvarez-Baez, director of programs
Danielle Penabad, membership & outreach director
Constance Ferber, program associate
Kristen Jones, executive coordinator
Robert J. Vanni, senior consultant, Government Relations

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