New York Nonprofits is the monthly newsletter of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc. Select articles are available only to NPCC members. To receive a print edition of New York Nonprofits, join us at www.npccny.org/howto.htm.
April 2015, Volume 32, No. 4
Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Grants Gateway Changes
.ngo Now Available
NYC Bar Nonprofit Institute
Uniform Grant Guidance
CRE Rising Fund
Google AdWord Training
New NPCC Members
March 2015, Volume 32, No. 3
NPCC Annual Meeting Monday, March 23 4-6pm
2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Awards Application Clinics
Nonprofit Infrastructure Fund
Fundraising Day NY
SYEP for Nonprofits
The Art & Science of Grantwriting (members only)
Empire State Fellows
Applications are due Friday, May 1 at 10am.
The 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards program — produced by NPCC, The Trust and Philanthropy New York, and sponsored by WNYC — teaches, recognizes and encourages outstanding management practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. The Awards program gives organizations a free 360-degree review of their management strategies in eight nationally-recognized key performance areas.
Winning organizations receive $60,000 in cash awards and tuition scholarships for Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise. Winners will be honored at a special Awards Presentation in November 2015.
Applications are due Friday, May 1 at 10am. The application and more information are at http://npexcellence.fcny.org. Read about past winners, Selection Committee members, and more at www.npccny.org/info/awards.htm.
See our Workshop Calendar for a list of clinics that prospective applicants are encouraged to attend to get insight on the process and answer any questions.
What does it take to achieve excellence in Overall Management for Results? We’ve compiled 20 (of many) excellent practices from past winners of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
Take a look and see how your practices stack up compared with these stellar groups at our new Awards blog — Inside Management — at https://neawards.wordpress.com.
We post new content each week, including tips on what our Selection Committee looks for in an application, perspectives from finalists and winners, panelists’ thoughts, materials from our Pathways to Excellence workshops, semi-finalists, and scads more.
Be sure to subscribe to Inside Management. Click the “follow” tab that’ll pop up on the bottom right of the page so that you are notified each time the site is updated, which we’ll be doing weekly.
The New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau has issued Audit Committees and the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013, offering guidance about establishing an audit committee, hiring an independent CPA, the role of the audit committee or board in overseeing an organization’s finances, and more. It is at www.charitiesnys.com/pdfs/Audit_Committees.pdf.
Grants Gateway Changes
New York State’s Nonprofit Coordination Unit has made changes to the Grants Gateway system. Nonprofits that are prequalified will no longer lose this status when they update their documents. Two new statuses have been added: prequalified/open, and prequalified/in review. If a prequalified organization opens its document vault to upload new documents before the old ones expire, it will be placed in the prequalified/open status. Once new documents are submitted and under review, the organization will be in the prequalified/in review status. Grant applications received from nonprofits in either of the new statuses at the application due date will be eligible for State agency review.
Nonprofits that allow documents in their vault to expire will lose their prequalified status and will be placed in a new document vault expired status. State agencies will not review grant applications submitted by nonprofits in this status.
Trainings on these changes will be available on a regular basis. See the schedule at http://grantsreform.ny.gov/training-calendar. For assistance, contact email@example.com or 518-474-5595. Read more at http://bit.ly/1BMsSfw.
.ngo Now Available
Nonprofits can now register for website addresses with the new domain name .ngo, available only to active, independent, nonpolitical nonprofits that meet eligibility requirements. For more, go to http://pir.org.
Read RoundTable Technology’s post on why you may or may not want to reserve another domain name at http://roundtabletechnology.com/2015/03/should-i-care.
NYC Bar Nonprofit Institute
The New York City Bar Association will present “Nonprofit Law in the Age of the Revitalization Act” on Wednesday, April 29. The full-day conference will provide an overview of developments in nonprofit law with a focus on the Act, which went into effect last July. Sessions include: related party transactions and conflicts of interest; board governance and committee structure; compensation; charitable solicitations; auditing and accounting issues (and the role of audit committees); IRS updates, new procedures relating to mergers, dissolutions and sales; the enforcement and regulatory authority of the Attorney General; whistleblower policies and employment practices; and ethics issues. The program will be of interest to in-house counsel for nonprofit organizations, those who advise them, and nonprofit executives. The cost is $599 with a 50% discount for attorneys working for government, public interest organizations, full-time students and full-time academics.
For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1GVW0EK or to http://cle.nycbar.org/Overview.aspx and click “upcoming programs.”
Lawyers Alliance for New York has published the sixth edition of Getting Organized, a manual for nonprofit managers and attorneys representing organizations. Topics include: reporting requirements for groups; rules for federal tax-exempt groups; organizing and operating a nonprofit; the powers of a nonprofit, and more. The guide incorporates the significant legal and practical developments in state and federal law related to nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt organizations since the last edition. This edition contains step-by-step instructions with legal commentary and extensive appendices with sample forms and resources. Print copies are $100; a site license PDF is $200. Order at www.lawyersalliance.org/publications.php.
Uniform Grant Guidance
McGladrey has an overview of the new Uniform Grant Guidance to help public sector entities understand the new regulations and developments since the initial issuance of the Guidance. The Uniform Grant Guidance streamlines requirements from eight different federal grant circulars into one set of guidance. A joint interim final rule was issued in December 2014 to incorporate implementing regulations by all the federal awarding agencies for the Guidance. Download the article at http://bit.ly/1AcK1x0.
The Rooftops Conference NYC 2015 will be held Friday, April 24 at New York Law School on West Broadway in Manhattan. The fifth annual symposium for the nonprofit sector focuses on the role of real estate — owned or leased — and the operations, financial performance, and achievement of mission by nonprofits of all sizes and types. The Conference is a forum for discussion and a chance to interact with peers in the social sector and the real estate industry. Panelists will explore themes illustrating how executives, staff, and board members can collaborate in addressing real estate and space needs in achieving their organizations’ core objectives. There is no charge for nonprofit board or staff members. Register at https://nyls.wufoo.com/forms/the-rooftops-conference-2015. Program details are at http://bit.ly/1BQqymx.
Rooftops Project publications for nonprofits offer essays and insights, guides, project descriptions, and more at http://bit.ly/1H7vmbZ.
CRE Rising Fund
CRE has a new initiative — The CRE Rising Fund — offering pro bono consulting services to small, dynamic nonprofits in New York City. Priority will be given to organizations that seek to focus on transformation, organizational growth, or partnership development to meet an important need in the community they serve. Applicants may be a single nonprofit organization or a network, collaborative or coalition. Organizations must have an annual organizational budget between $250,000 and $1 million and work in the Bronx or Queens. Awards will be made to three eligible nonprofits.
Applications are due May 1. Go to www.crenyc.org/cre-rising-fund.
Google AdWord Training
Need help in unlocking $120,000 in Google advertising? Whole Whale is offering a new online training for Google AdWords. Google AdWords Grant for Nonprofits helps bring traffic to your website and amplifies your digital impact. Whole Whale’s training will show you how to apply strategies specific for nonprofits to use AdWords that drive impact, walk you through the grant application process, and show you the nuances of working within a grant account. Learn how to get a grant, maximize it, and optimize the grant for impact in this course designed for all levels of users.
The course is $249, but is available to NPCC members for a 50% discount. Get the code and URL at www.npccny.org/members_only/WholeWhale.htm.
Join New York Nonprofit Press for its inaugural Nonprofit Operations Conference to learn how to streamline processes and operations and strive for efficiency and effectiveness. The full day conference offers a view of what goes into making for successful operations and will bring together board members, executive directors and chief financial officers to discuss how to streamline processes and make smart choices. Topics will include leading and managing; assessing the real estate process; human resources challenges; efficiently reporting outcome instead of input; finance strategies; tech talk; and, managing risk, overhead and failure. It will be held Tuesday, June 2 from 8am to 5pm. Tickets are $25. Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/15977095924.
Andy Goodman’s Storytelling as Best Practice debuted in 2003 and for this seventh edition he has completely redesigned it, organized the articles into three sections, added more stories and provided an index.
Most organizations have stories that can help people understand what they do, how they do it, and why they’re worthy of support. This booklet can help you improve how you tell those stories to create a more cohesive culture internally to engage more people in your work.
It’s available for $17.50 at www.thegoodmancenter.com.
RoundTable Technology invites NPCC members to TechBoost for Nonprofits, a one-day tech intensive by Centre for Social Innovation and Tech Impact, on April 23 from 8:30am to 5pm at Centre for Social Innovation on West 26th Street in Manhattan.
The workshop is designed for non-IT nonprofit leaders and decision makers with the goal of providing a concrete understanding of strategic technology planning so that leaders can own, replicate and plan their technology decisions and projects. The cost is $100. RoundTable is offering NPCC members a 25% discount for reservations made before April 7. The discount code is at www.npccny.org/members_only/TechBoost.htm. Visit https://techboost.splashthat.com for the program schedule, facilitator profiles, and registration info.
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Annual Meeting Monday, March 23 4-6pm
Join us for our biggest event of the year on Monday, March 23 from 4-6pm. Catch up on NPCC’s activities during the past year, and find out what’s happening in the nonprofit world.
The keynote speaker will be Earl Lewis, president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Then join us for refreshments as we celebrate our former board chair, John E. Craig, Jr., and his 30 years of dedicated service to NPCC. The event will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan.
Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/npccs-2015-annual-meeting-registration-15637622550.
NPCC is delighted to announce the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, produced by NPCC, The New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York, and sponsored by WNYC. Now entering its ninth year, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards program teaches, recognizes and encourages outstanding management practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. The Awards program gives organizations a free 360-degree review of their key management strategies in eight nationally-recognized key performance areas.
“With so many pressing problems in New York and the suburbs, we need well-run nonprofits,” said Lorie Slutsky, president of The New York Community Trust, one of the region’s leading funders of nonprofits. “Our Awards program recognizes the importance of strong management and rewards those organizations that are leading the way.”
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. Winners will be honored at a special Awards Presentation in November 2015.
“More than simply a chance for prize money, the Awards process is a unique opportunity for nonprofits to improve their management practices, thanks to the selection committee’s expert guidance,” says NPCC president Michael Clark.
Applications are due Friday, May 1 at 10am. The application and more information is at http://npexcellence.fcny.org. Read about past winners at www.npccny.org/info/awards.htm. Follow our Awards blog, Inside Management, at https://neawards.wordpress.com with profiles of previous finalists and winners, panelists’ insights and breaking news.
2015 Awards Application Clinics
NPCC will hold five application clinics and one phone conference to give those considering submitting an application for the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards a chance to ask questions and get more detailed information about the application and selection processes. Prospective applicants are encouraged to bring a board member. Register at www.npccny.org/workshop.htm or click the link below.
Wednesday, March 18, 3:30-5pm — NPCC, Manhattan
Thursday, March 19, 10-11:30am — Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville
Friday, March 27, 10-11:30am — Adelphi University, Garden City
Wednesday, April 1, 3:30-5pm — A.R.T./New York South Oxford Space, Brooklyn
Thursday, April 2, 10-11:30am — Baruch College, Manhattan
Tuesday, April 7, 3:30-5pm — Hostos Community College, Bronx
Wednesday, April 8, 12-1pm Conference Call Q & A
Nonprofit Infrastructure Fund
UJA-Federation of New York, United Neighborhood Houses and Human Services Council is calling for the establishment of a $500 million nonprofit infrastructure fund for nonprofits from New York’s $5 billion surplus. Human services organizations provide critical services to our children, families and older adults, but a lack of money to fix leaky roofs, upgrade buildings, replace computers and boilers is hurting them. Governor Cuomo’s budget includes a $50 million investment for human services infrastructure, but more is needed. Sign on or write your own letter to elected officials at http://bit.ly/SaveNonProfits.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation has launched the Brooklyn Accelerator, a new strategy to act as a hub of information, ideas exchange, and gathering of philanthropic resources across the borough. Its functions will include connecting community-based nonprofits to new donors and board members; sponsoring nonprofit capacity-building and technical assistance services; and providing training on equity, cultural competence and anti-racism.
Startup Brooklyn nonprofits in need of office space are eligible to apply for the Incubator Project, which will award up to three recipients free co-working space within the Foundation’s office for one year and a stipend of up to $5,000. Priority will be given to community organizations and leaders that meet one or more of the following: are based in Crown Heights; have a mission of youth justice, immigrant families, youth development or racial justice; have been in operation for at least one year; and have an operating budget under $250,000.
Applications are due by Friday, March 20. An open house will be held on March 4. More information and an application are at www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/brooklyn-accelerator.
On February 11, a group of foundations along with leading figures from government, philanthropy, business and the tech world launched a new partnership to explore shared principles and think about the next generation of innovation for social change and progress. It aims to identify the biggest challenges that lie ahead, including how we balance security and privacy; how we can connect the world’s population; how we will archive information and make knowledge accessible; and, how technology can make democracies more participatory and responsive.
Submit your ideas on the most significant challenges at the intersection of the internet and philanthropy at http://netgainchallenge.org. Read more at www.fordfoundation.org/newsroom/events/937.
Fundraising Day NY
The New York City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is offering a limited number of scholarships to Fundraising Day in New York on Friday, June 12. The scholarship entitles a recipient to attend the full conference free of charge, as well as a special scholar orientation. Fees for the conference range from $325 to $495 depending on time of registration. A scholarship application must be accompanied by a $25 application fee which will be returned if a scholarship is not awarded. Those who do not receive a scholarship will be able to register until June 11 at the “special early” member registration fee of $325.
To qualify, an applicant must be employed by or volunteering for a 501(c)(3) organization with a total budget under $3,000,000 and live or work within the New York metropolitan area and suburban communities. Applicants should also be either a full-time or part-time fundraiser who is new to the field or an individual with extensive volunteer and/or professional experience in the nonprofit sector who seeks to expand his or her knowledge of fundraising.
Applications must be postmarked on or before May 8. The application is at www.nycafp.org/events/fund-raising-day/maurice-gurin-scholarship. More about the conference is at www.nycafp.org/events/fund-raising-day-new-york.
SYEP for Nonprofits
The New York City Summer Youth Employment Program run by the Department of Youth and Community Development provides over 6,500 employers with interns and entry-level employees. Youth work up to 25 hours per week for six weeks with the goal of building their individual strengths, developing their skills and competencies and providing positive adult role models.
DYCD is responsible for paying the youth employed through the program; there is no cost to the nonprofit. Organizations must provide productive and meaningful work assignments; provide training and supervision; and, evaluate its participants and provide adequate feedback and mentoring.
The deadline to apply is May 16. More information is at http://on.nyc.gov/1ziQEh8.
ServiceWorks, the national college and career readiness program that harnesses the power of volunteer service to benefit underserved youth, is recruiting New York City nonprofit organizations to serve as host sites for year two of the program. The program is delivered in 10 curriculum modules on topics ranging from networking to college admissions. Program participants will also have opportunities to develop and lead a number of skills-based volunteer service projects through the ServiceWorks experience. Organizations selected to serve as ServiceWorks host sites receive up to $20,000 in grant funding, and must be willing to supervise and staff up to five AmeriCorps VISTA members to facilitate the program. An ideal host site has existing programs or initiatives which might be a meaningful complement to ServiceWorks. Organizations should also have strategic partnerships or a pipeline that will be helpful in recruiting participants.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, with initial consideration given to applications submitted by February 19. Questions can be submitted to ServiceWorksInfo@pointsoflight.org. More details and an application are at www.pointsoflight.org/serviceworks.
Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics has disclosed a security breach into the systems that handle electronic filings for nonprofits that have filed online versions of IRS Forms 990.
No sensitive data appears to have been compromised, but Urban Institute suggests that nonprofits change their passwords. More on this is at www.urban.org/publications/904643.html.
The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi will hold its 2015 Executive Roundtable series beginning March 17. Participants will meet once a month at Adelphi’s Garden City Campus to explore challenges, discuss board issues, offer peer support and resources in a no-holds-barred environment of total confidentiality.
The cost of the eight-part series is $125 for organizations with budgets under $500,000 and $150 for organizations with budgets over $500,000. More information is at http://nonprofit.adelphi.edu/news-events/events/executive-roundtable-series.
The Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at Baruch College will hold Consulting Day for New York City’s nonprofit community on Wednesday, March 25. The event is an opportunity to meet with a consultant and discuss the challenges facing your organization. Participants can receive up to two appointments consisting of a free 45-minute one-on-one session, network with leading nonprofits, and attend workshops led by nonprofit experts. Attendance is very limited. Go to http://bit.ly/1BCqxJn.
A recent post by Paul Shoemaker in the Stanford Social Innovation Review discusses the damage done by restricted funds, including insufficient overhead allocation and limited overhead. Read it at www.ssireview.org/blog/entry/reconstructing_philanthropy_from_the_outsidein.
BoardSource has published Leading with Intent: A National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices, based on survey responses submitted in 2014 by more than 1,000 nonprofit chief executives and board chairs. This review of nonprofit board practices, policies, and performance is an insight into current board leadership and the trends and challenges faced across the sector. While the report includes good news, the bottom line is that nonprofit chief executives and board chairs give their boards a B- grade in overall performance, and a C in fundraising.
It’s available for free at http://leadingwithintent.org/core-report.
See3 Communications has a new white paper, Nine Insights on the Future of Fundraising, with advice and simple tips to improve your organization’s fundraising and communication efforts. It’s at http://see3.com/9-insights-future-fundraising.
Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2014 has just been released by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Reporting on 2013 figures on volunteerism and civic engagement, the study found that New York State ranks 50th in the number of people that volunteer, and overall, that volunteerism is lower than in past years. It can be found at www.volunteeringinamerica.gov. A related study displaying, by state, the dollar value of volunteers’ time is at www.volunteeringinamerica.gov/pressroom/value_states.cfm.
Philamplify is a new initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy that aims to maximize the impact of grantmakers. The site was created to bring together straightforward feedback from everyone involved in philanthropy and address the reluctance among grantmakers, nonprofits and the communities that benefit from philanthropic support to provide honest, constructive feedback to specific foundations. Read more at http://philamplify.org.
Empire State Fellows
Applications for the fourth class of Empire State Fellows are now available. The two-year program is a full-time leadership training program that prepares a new generation of leaders for policy-making roles in New York State government, and encourages professionals from underrepresented groups to participate.
Each Fellow will work directly with a commissioner, deputy commissioner, or other high-level policy maker, and while taking part in the work of government, participate in educational and professional development programs to prepare them to confront the complex policy challenges facing New York.
Applications are due April 10. More information is at www.dos.ny.gov/newnyleaders/fellows_app.html.
Welcome New NPCC Members
new 501(c)(3) members joined between
4 Kids in Need • Achieving Leaderships Purpose, Inc. • Advocates for Justice • American Friends of Attingham • Ascend, Inc. • Breaking Ground • Brooklyn Book Festival • Center for Curatorial Leadership • Collaborative for Palliative Care • Five Points Runners Track Club • Friends of Bogardus Garden, Inc. • Harlem Community & Academic Partnership, Inc. • Los Pleneros de la 21 • The Me Nobody Knows • Vet2Mentor • VitaLife • War Child USA
December 24, 2014 - February 20, 2015
see the complete list of NPCC members at www.npccny.org/memberlist.htm