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.


October 2014, Volume 31, No. 10
New NPCC Board Chair
Reflections on the Indispensable Role of NPCC by our retiring Board Chair, John E. Craig, Jr.
Nonprofit Excellence Awards Finalists Announced
Nonprofit Coordination at NY State DOB
New OMB FAQs
EO 38 Memo
ACA Changes for 2015
New Advising Nonprofits Edition
SmartBrief from BoardSource
IT: Passwords (members only)
Effective Campaigns
Bad Meetings?
Pro Bono Day NYC
Benchmark Study
High Performing Initiative
FMA Courses Discount for NPCC
AFP Long Island Meeting
Free Energy Assessments
Brooke Mahoney Award
Salesforce NGO Connect
CultureAID

New NPCC Members
Space Ads
Workshop Calendar

September 2014, Volume 31, No. 9
Audit Survey
Nonprofit Excellence Awards Findings
NPCC Staff Changes
D&O Feature
America Gives More Act
Voter Guide
Free Translations
Software Guide
Storymakers Competition
40 Rising Stars
Tech Staffing


 

New NPCC Board Chair

NPCC is delighted to announce that Ian J. Benjamin has been named to succeed John E. Craig, Jr. as chair of the NPCC board of directors, effective December 1, 2014. At its regular meeting on September 17, the NPCC board of directors unanimously elected Mr. Benjamin as the new chair.

Mr. Craig has served as NPCC’s board chair for the past 28 years. In addition to departing NPCC’s board December 1, he will also leave his current position at The Commonwealth Fund at the end of 2014 after 33 years of service there. Mr. Craig informed the board of his intention to depart earlier this year, and a Transition Committee has been considering his successor.

Ian J. Benjamin, CPA, who will assume the role of the NPCC board chair on December 1, 2014, is a partner at McGladrey LLP where he leads the Not-for-Profit, Education and Healthcare Services Practice and Employee Benefit Plans Practice in the firm’s New York office. He is a member of McGladrey’s National Leadership Team for nonprofits and has over 30 years of experience serving nonprofit and higher education organizations. Benjamin advises boards of directors, CEOs and CFOs on matters such as government audits, OMB Circular A-133 audits, governance reviews, bond offerings, organization changes such as mergers and the implementation of new auditing standards. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in law from the University of Kent, England.

“It’s an honor to be elected as the incoming NPCC chair,” said Benjamin. “I’ve been a member of the NPCC board for over 10 years and a vice president since March 2009. It’s a privilege to move into this new role and continue serving alongside this dedicated board and committee. John Craig has been instrumental to the success of NPCC, and I will strive to continue building the relationships and groundwork he set forth.”

 

Reflections on the Indispensable Role of NPCC
by our retiring Board Chair,
John E. Craig, Jr.

It has been a great privilege to serve as chair of the NPCC board for the past 28 years. I have been extremely fortunate in having worked with three outstanding presidents-executive directors over these years: first Peter Swords (1986-2000), then Jon Small (2000-2005), and, for the last 10 years, Michael Clark. No organization is stronger than its CEO, and NPCC is no exception. Peter, Jon, and Michael took the helm at different points in NPCC’s evolution, and each has proven to be just what the organization needed to take it to the next level of mission and performance.

Many will remember that NPCC arose out of the late Mayor Ed Koch’s mid-1980s effort to levy property taxes on the City’s nonprofit sector. The Mayor mistakenly thought that there were a lot of rich nonprofits with properties off the tax rolls. Thanks to the committee of nonprofit leaders that was formed to educate him, the Mayor quickly learned that this was not the case. More importantly, he came around to appreciating the vital role that nonprofits play in our City, and indeed became a strong ally of the sector.

The committee that was born from that experience had the good sense to realize that New York nonprofits need a standing capacity to defend the sector when misguided regulatory or legislative actions threaten it as a whole. Thus, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York was formed. Early on, we recognized the need to be prepared to play not just defense when threatened, but offense as well—working with political and regulatory leaders to promote a healthier environment for nonprofits and with the media to enhance appreciation of nonprofits’ major contribution to the City’s economy and culture.

As NPCC’s membership grew, we increasingly discovered infrastructure gaps that particularly handicapped smaller nonprofits—for example, problems in getting affordable directors and officers liability insurance and pension plans for employees, weak purchasing power in the market for office supplies, and big information gaps regarding reliable vendors for a wide range of services. This led to the development of the robust set of services that NPCC now provides to its 1,400 members. I should add that none of this would have happened without the extraordinary knowledge, creativity, and skill of Marcia Brown, who served as NPCC’s director of programs from 1995 until just recently.

Over the last three decades, NPCC has more than proved its worth to the nonprofit sector and to the City as a whole. Our Government Relations Committee is peopled with the most knowledgeable and able lawyers in the City focused on nonprofit matters; the services we provide to organizations—at no charge—are essential infrastructure that would otherwise be missing; and programs like the annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards are beacons for learning and achieving.

Looking forward, the need for NPCC is as great as ever: budgets of nonprofits will continue to be threatened by a still slow economy and the uncertain fiscal shape of governments; at the same time, growing inequality in our society is placing more demands on nonprofits. Fortunately, it’s likely that more and more young people are going to be drawn to the nonprofit sector, by the opportunity to improve society and their communities and by the scarcity of jobs in the for-profit sector. As more nonprofits appear, NPCC is going to be needed increasingly as a clearing house on best practices and the go-to place for how to get things done. And the sector will always be vulnerable to well-intentioned but misguided regulatory initiatives that could cause the sector harm. More positively, NPCC will continue to be an essential voice in the development of policies aimed at improving the accountability and performance of the nonprofit sector.

In addition to its staff and Government Relations Committee, NPCC’s other great strength is its board—some of the best nonprofit leaders in the City. I find it gratifying that someone of Ian Benjamin’s experience and standing will now lead our highly engaged and hard-working board.

If NPCC has a weakness, it is that it provides what economists call a “public good”: services from which society at large and every nonprofit in the City benefit, whether they contribute to the organization’s support or not. My hope is that we can continue to grow our dues-paying membership and attract more support from foundations and other sponsors (including individuals) with the ability to help underwrite a public good like NPCC.

I step down as Chair of NPCC with enormous satisfaction for having been present at its creation and then participating in its development into the very strong organization that it is today. This is a unique organization—indeed an indispensable one—performing a unique role that is likely to grow in the coming years.

 

Nonprofit Excellence Awards Finalists Announced

Six nonprofits have been named as finalists in the 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. They are: Bowery Residents’ Committee, Community Access, Graham Windham, Leake & Watts, Row New York, and, Washington Heights CORNER Project.

Join us on Thursday, November 20 from 2-5:30pm for the Best Practices Workshop & Awards Presentation as three winners participate in a workshop moderated by Carolyn McLaughlin sharing their management strengths and the strategies that led to their selection. The presentation of the awards and a reception will follow. The event will be held at Citi, 399 Park Avenue, 12th Floor Auditorium. Register at www.npccny.org/workshop.htm.

The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards honor outstanding management and governance practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. Read more about the Awards at www.npccny.org/info/awards.htm and http://neawards.tumblr.com.

 

Columbia Business School is Proud to be a Sponsor of the
Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Behind every great cause is a great leader. Nonprofit organizations such as yours face greater complexity today than ever before, and with even more limited financial resources. This is why Columbia Business School Executive Education is proud to sponsor the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards and awards tuition scholarships to their Programs in Social Enterprise.

Learn more about the Columbia programs…

 

Nonprofit Coordination at NY State DOB

New York State has created a new unit within the Division of Budget (DOB) that will focus on nonprofit issues. The new entity, which will report to Fran Barrett, Governor Cuomo’s InterAgency Coordinator for Not-for-Profit Services, will deal with compliance issues, late payment and late contract issues, and the implementation of the new Federal OMB guidance on reimbursements to nonprofits. New York Nonprofit Press has the story at www.nynp.biz/index.php/breaking-news/22200-state-forms-nonprofit-coordinating-unit-at-dob.

 

New OMB FAQs

The federal government has taken steps to deliver on its recent promise that nonprofits will be paid the true costs for performing work on behalf of governments. The Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards has released another set of answers to frequently asked questions on the guidance for entities that receive federal funds that was released last December. It’s at http://1.usa.gov/1qjegTT.

OMB removes much of the grey area in the mandate that pass-through entities (typically state and local governments) using federal funds must pay federally negotiated rates for indirect cost or, if such a rate doesn’t exist, pay at least a 10 percent rate to eligible nonprofits. The FAQs also provide preemptive instructions on what governments may not do to avoid complying with federal grantmaking reforms that take effect in December. See the September 2 special edition of the National Council of Nonprofit’s Nonprofit Advocacy Matters for a brief analysis of the FAQs and related information at http://bit.ly/1wgl4RM.

 

EO 38 Memo

Lawyers Alliance for New York has released a new memo on Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 38, which limits the amount of compensation certain organizations may pay their executives with state funds. The first round of reports and waivers are due in December. Read more at http://bit.ly/1rTSfe0.

 

ACA Changes for 2015

Starting in 2015, large employers (those with more than 50 employees who work the equivalent of full-time as defined by the Affordable Care Act) will have to report to the IRS whether or not they offer health coverage to their employees. The IRS has released a draft of the Form 1095-C that will be used for this purpose and welcomes comments. It’s at www.irs.gov/pub/irs-dft/f1095c—dft.pdf.

Read more about the Act at www.npccny.org/info/hdi19.htm and at www.councilofnonprofits.org/resources/resources-topic/affordable-care-act-and-nonprofits and about New York’s exchange at www.npccny.org/info/hdi20.htm and at nystateofhealth.ny.gov.

 

New Advising Nonprofits Edition

Lawyers Alliance has released the sixth edition of Advising Nonprofits, a comprehensive guide to legal issues encountered by New York nonprofit staff, board members, and the attorneys who advise them. The publication provides practical information to help navigate the legal and regulatory environment. The guide has been substantially updated since the 2013 edition to reflect New York’s Nonprofit Revitalization Act, which became effective on July 1, 2014. The guide costs $100 and is available at www.lawyersalliance.org/publications.php.

 

 

NPCC is on AmazonSmile!
Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to NPCC

when you log in to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3216408 and shop.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know: same products and same prices. It’s easy and free to start helping NPCC.

 

 

SmartBrief from BoardSource

BoardSource now offers a daily alert of the news and trends affecting nonprofit leaders on governance and management. Sign up for free at http://bit.ly/1otzLf8.

NPCC members are eligible for a one-time discount to BoardSource membership: $79 instead of the regular rate of $99. BoardSource helps nonprofits build strong and effective boards through their publications, trainings and forums. Read more at www.npccny.org/member.htm.

 

Effective Campaigns

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and Spitfire Strategies has released Planning to Win: The Just Enough Guide for Campaigners offering guidance, lessons from experts, and advice on creating effective campaigns of all types, including policy, issue or corporate campaigns. The six-stage process asks questions to help guide users to create effective campaigns. The tool can help with other types of campaigns, like fundraising or long-term perception change campaigns. Go to http://planningtowin.org.

 

Bad Meetings?

The Bridgespan Group has published an article, Unproductive Meetings? Maybe It’s Your Agenda, discussing how poorly run and managed meetings waste staff time and your organization’s money when you consider lost hours of productivity. Communications expert Andy Goodman offers some tips on how you can make your meetings a success. It’s at http://bit.ly/1raSAUq.

 

Pro Bono Day NYC

On October 23, Pro Bono Day NYC: Connecting Passion with Purpose will return for a second year with an expanded program that connects nonprofit organizations with free, skilled pro bono service opportunities from business professionals across the city.

The day will feature panels, workshops and trainings with a kick-off breakfast at Citi Auditorium with keynote speaker, Rich Buery, New York Deputy Mayor. Attendees will include nonprofit and business professionals, NYC-based Fortune 500 companies, professional service firms, and grant-making foundations. Read more at http://probonodaynyc.org.

 

Benchmark Study

NTEN has published the 2014 Nonprofit Benchmarks Study, which analyzes the numbers from 53 nonprofit organizations on online fundraising, advocacy, and list building. The report looks at data and metrics on email open rate for advocacy, fundraising, and newsletter emails; funds raised; list churn; and website engagement and social media.

Read a summary of the findings and download the full report for free at www.nten.org/blog/2014/04/ 09/report-release-the-2014-nonprofit-benchmarks-study.

 

High Performing Initiative

Community Resource Exchange’s High Performing Managers Initiative (HPMI) supports the professional development of middle managers of Staten Island nonprofit organizations. HPMI consists of a series of highly interactive issue days in which participants explore relevant management topics interspersed with action-learning sessions (small peer exchange groups), that deepen learning and provide support for application assignments that are participant driven. CRE also provides the opportunity for self-reflection and input about management practices via a 360° feedback instrument.

Sixteen middle managers will be selected to participate. Participants must commit to eight sessions over eight months to engage in the program. The per participant cost to attend is $350 for Staten Island Not For Profit Association members and $500 for non-members. The application deadline is October 15. More information is at http://crenyc.org/sihpmi2014.

 

FMA Courses Discount for NPCC

FMA is offering NPCC members discounts on registration fees for two of their upcoming trainings on Excel and Quickbooks.

Using QuickBooks as a Small Nonprofit will include two one-hour online sessions, December 9 and 16 from 2-3pm, with practical tips and guidelines for using QuickBooks to meet nonprofit financial reporting needs for smaller nonprofits. It will include structuring the chart of accounts; managing the tracking and release of temporarily restricted net assets; and, tips to maximize system use, including importing and exporting data, using memorized transactions, generating financial reports, and customizing available data security features. Between sessions, participants will be asked to identify changes that need to be made to increase the functionality of their QuickBooks system and develop an initial action plan for change.  NPCC members are eligible to receive 30% off the regular fee of $149 (reduced to $104.30).

Excel for Nonprofits: Operational Excellence through Data Analysis will be October 28 and 29 from 9am to 3pm each day at FMA’s Park Avenue South office. This course introduces practical tools immediately applicable to your day-to-day work and provides analytical insights and best-practices. You will learn: how to maximize short-cuts, create views and other tips to navigate Excel; important Excel functions and how they can help improve quality and accuracy; how to collect and format data in an easy to manage, replicable, and efficient way; and how to create pivot tables and other visually appealing charts and reports. NPCC members will receive 30% off the regular fee of $745, to make the total $556.50.

The registration links and discount codes are at www.npccny.org/members_only/FMA.htm.

 

AFP Long Island Meeting

The Long Island chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is holding Philanthropy Day 2014 on Friday, November 14 at the Huntington Hilton in Melville. The all-day conference is where fundraising professionals, volunteers, board members, executive directors, business leaders and community activists gather to hone their fundraising skills and celebrate leaders in fundraising and philanthropy. The cost for a non-AFPLI member is $365, through November 11. Some scholarships may be available.

The day offers workshop sessions with industry professionals; access to the resource advisory center; networking and career opportunities; an awards luncheon; and a post-conference social event. More information and a registration form are at www.philanthropyday.org.

 

Free Energy Assessments

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority offers no-cost energy assessments for nonprofit organizations and small businesses throughout New York State. A team of energy efficiency experts identify cost-effective, energy-saving opportunities (for example, lighting, heating equipment, motors, thermostats, insulation) to help make informed energy efficiency decisions and save money. The assessments identify improvements that can yield substantial savings, as well as available incentives and low-interest financing opportunities to reduce the cost of implementing the improvements. Organizations with 10 full-time equivalent employees or fewer are eligible for the free program.

Contact TRC, the regional program contractor, at 518-688-3136 or lgiannini@trcsolutions.com. Full details are at www.nyserda.ny.gov/small-commercial-energy-assessment.

 

Brooke Mahoney Award

Nominations for this year’s Brooke W. Mahoney Award for Outstanding Board Leadership are open through December 8. The competition is open to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located within the tri-state area including the Hudson Valley and Long Island. There is no entry fee. Nonprofits of any size, structure, and program service area are encouraged to apply for the $5,000 prize. Organizations do not need to register on boardnetUSA nor be members of VCG Governance Matters to apply.

Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/PH7JM38 or to www.vcg.org for more information.

 

Salesforce NGO Connect

The Salesforce.com Foundation has launched NGO Connect, a new app that helps nonprofits connect with their constituents in a new way on the Salesforce platform. The app should allow users to get a complete picture of funders, campaigns and supporters; streamline event planning and execution; recruit, track and manage volunteers; and, measure impact and report in real-time on fundraising and program effectiveness.

Eligible 501(c)3 organizations can receive up to 10 licenses of Sales Cloud Enterprise Edition at no cost (valued at $15,000 per year) through Salesforce’s Power of Us program. The first two licenses of the new NGO Connect are available for free to eligible 501(3)(c) nonprofit organizations. See www.salesforcefoundation.org/power-of-us for details.

More information is at www.salesforcefoundation.org/introducing-ngo-connect and www.salesforcefoundation.org/nonprofit-product-overview.

 

CultureAID

New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs and the Office of Emergency Management have launched CultureAID Disaster Response and Recovery Network, a response and recovery network committed to strengthening New York City’s cultural community before, during, and after disasters and to help prepare for the next potential disaster by sharing resources and best practices about emergency preparedness throughout the year. There is no cost to participate in the network. Cultural organizations, artists and others are welcome to join at www.cultureaidnyc.com.

 

- - - September 2014, Volume 31, No. 9 - - -

 

Audit Survey

NPCC is surveying members to find out the audit firms they use and associated costs.

The survey is for nonprofits 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. If your organization hires an independent auditor, please help us help the nonprofit community and complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/npcc-audit.

 

Nonprofit Excellence Awards Findings

A recent survey of the applicants for the 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards found that the application process alone helps nonprofits improve management in eight key areas, including: management focus on results; governance structure; financial management; diverse and responsive organizational practices; human resources; information technology practices; communications; and fundraising and resource development.

“We created this program to provide nonprofits with a free, fast way to improve management practices. It provides an opportunity to hit the pause button, conduct an internal assessment, and get feedback from experts on how they can improve management practices. This survey proves what we’ve said all along: this isn’t about winning, it’s about participating,” said Michael Clark, president of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York.

Among the findings: 72% of respondents say they made improvements in management practices as a result of the application process (top areas of improvement include: communications, board governance, and focus on results). 75% of respondents plan to make additional improvements to management practices. 58% of respondents report identifying a management weakness they were previously unaware of. These findings do not include the impact of the feedback offered to all applicants by the awards’ panel of management experts, which further helps improve practices and outcomes.

Now in its eighth year, the Awards program has received more than 630 qualified applications. Since the Awards’ inception, 23 organizations have been recognized for outstanding management practices, such as creating online outcomes tracking systems, budgeting for financial stability and future growth, and implementing a training program on organizational values for prospective employees.

Six finalists will be announced in October, and in November, three winning organizations will be honored at an Awards presentation.

NPCC created the Nonprofit Excellence Awards in 2007 and manages the program in collaboration with The New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York. Along with co-sponsor WNYC, the program is also supported 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. Read more at www.npccny.org/info/awards.htm and at neawards.tumblr.com.

 

NPCC Staff Changes

Marcia Brown, NPCC’s long-time director of programs, will be leaving NPCC as of September 5. During Marcia’s nearly 20 years at NPCC, she developed more than 800 workshops for NPCC member organizations, making them one of our most popular member services. She has provided information and referrals in person, by phone and by email to thousands of NPCC members on questions ranging from finding a good maternity leave policy to health insurance coverage for a one-person office to finding a meeting space for 400 people (preferably for free and needed in two days). Finally, Marcia helped build and develop many of NPCC’s vendor services, working with companies like Staples and Paychex to secure savings and services for our members. Throughout her tenure, Marcia’s unwavering concern and affection for NPCC’s members were always evident and she will be sorely missed.

As of September 8, Melkis Alvarez-Baez, currently associate director for special programs, and Danielle Penabad, currently membership and outreach director, will assume the positions, respectively, of director of programs and director of member services.

Melkis can be reached at malvarez@npccny.org or 212-502-4191 extension 225. Danielle can be reached at dpenabad@npccny.org or 212-502-4191 extension 230.

NPCC’s bookkeeping and financial management has been outsourced to Kiwi Partners, a New York based accounting and bookkeeping firm that specializes in nonprofit services.

 

D&O Feature

If you are renewing your directors and officers liability insurance policy through NPCC or enrolling for the first time, please be aware of an additional choice you need to make when reviewing the proposal sent to you by Crystal & Company.

The D&O policy provides that the limit of liability available to pay judgments or settlements will be reduced by amounts incurred for legal defense. Those amounts are applied against the retention amount of the policy. In other words, unless a separate limit for defense costs is purchased (see below), the aggregate limit of the policy will be reduced by the incurring of defense costs. For example, if your policy limit is $1 million for D&O/EPL (employment practices liability) and a claim is received and incurs $100,000 in defense costs, the aggregate limit for the policy will be reduced by $100,000. With respect to the retention amount, the incurring of defense costs will also be factored into the out-of-pocket expenses before coverage will apply. The retention amount that must be met prior to insurance kicking in is specific to each member’s policy. Please refer to the declarations page of your current policy in order to find your corresponding retention amount.

Note, however, that the policy offered by Hiscox offers the option to purchase a separate $1 million limit for defense costs, providing a separate $1 million of coverage strictly for the payment of legal fees. With this limit, the first $1 million of legal fees incurred would not draw down on the policy’s aggregate limit of $1 million for D&O/EPL lawsuits, settlements and judgments. The cost for this additional limit is 4% of the annual premium and as such it is additional coverage you may want to consider. For more information, contact Michael.Santocki@crystalco.com or Robert.Panza@crystalco.com at Crystal & Co., Inc. Read more about D&O coverage at www.npccny.org/info/oi2.htm.

 

America Gives More Act

We have the opportunity to ensure that nonprofits won’t have to ask Congress every year to extend charitable giving incentives that Congress has approved for the past decade. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the America Gives More Act in July by a strong, bi-partisan vote. The legislation promotes giving back to communities in several ways: it renews and makes permanent expired charitable giving incentives that promote donations of nutritious food to food banks, conservation of land, and contributions from individual retirement accounts directly to charitable nonprofits. The measure would simplify a foundation excise tax, making more funds available for good works. The bill also would permit taxpayers to claim charitable deductions from the previous year up through April 15.

When Congress returns to DC. in September, there are barely a dozen legislative days left before it adjourns for the November elections. This means that Senators must return to Washington in September committed to passing the America Gives More Act as quickly as possible. And they must make known to their Senate leaders their commitment to passing the bill that is important to their communities and constituents before leaving D.C. to campaign for re-election.

NPCC has sample language for a letter, phone call or text at www.npccny.org/info/AmericaGivesMoreAct.doc. Read more at www.councilofnonprofits.org/america-gives-more-act.

 

Voter Guide

The League of Women Voters has a new voter guide where users can enter their address and receive a personalized ballot with information about the candidates running for office in their area. It’s at www.vote411.org. A voter guide, including candidates and Senate and Assembly districts that have a primary and additional resources such as a poll site locator, is at www.lwvnyc.org.

 

Free Translations

The Translation Program at the Asian/American Center of Queens College provides nonprofit and other community organizations free written translations of materials from English into Chinese, Korean, and Spanish. The program serves any nonprofit organization in the five boroughs, including schools, government agencies, health care, youth and senior groups, and community organizations. For guidelines visit www.qc.cuny.edu/Translation.

 

Software Guide

Idealware has published the 2014 Field Guide to Software for Nonprofits, a handy reference book on the different types of software available. The 220-page book offers information on every type of software from fundraising to collaboration and back-office to measurement. It offers an overview of the different tools and what you can use them for, the options widely used by other nonprofits, and guidance on where to seek out more information. For the 2014 edition, they’ve added new research and recommendations, up-to-the minute listings of software rates and features, and insight into software and technology on the cutting edge.

The publication costs $20 and is available at www.idealware.org/reports/2014-field-guide-software-nonprofits.

 

Storymakers Competition

TechSoup is accepting applications through September 26 for its annual digital storytelling challenge, Storymakers. Submit your two-minute digital video, five-photo slideshow, super-short video (or all three) for the chance to win a cash prize. You can also sign up for their series of free webinars to learn digital storytelling tips and tricks to make your stories stand out and read tips on how to create low- or no-cost videos. Go to www.techsoup.org/community/community-initiatives/storymakers.

 

40 Rising Stars

City & State is accepting nominations for its 2014 top 40 Rising Stars for individuals under 40 years of age in New York City government, politics, advocacy and media. Nominations are due Friday, September 12 and selections will be announced at the end of September. Go to http://bit.ly/1wtI97a.

 

Tech Staffing

NTEN has released the 8th Annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments Report which collects nonprofit spending and practices data. The research provides valuable benchmarks to help assess and plan technology budgets and strategies.

It’s available for free at www.nten.org/research/the-8th-annual-nonprofit-technology-staffing-investments-report.

 

Welcome New NPCC Members

new 501(c)(3) members joined between July 1 - September 30, 2014

Academy of Medical and Public  •  Health Services  •  Big Initiatives Inc.  •  Brooklyn Lifelong Learning, Inc.  •  Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission  •  CHIP International, Inc.  •  Congregation Beth Elohim  •  Discover Outdoors Foundation  •  FamilyKind  •  Friends of Brooklyn Community Board 9, Inc.  •  Friends of the East River Esplanade  •  Good Neighbors of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Inc.  •  Grameen PrimaCare  •  Green Beetz Inc.  •  Institute of Jewish Spirituality  •  Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy  •  LFA International Inc. DBA Library for All  •  Lilac Preservation Project  •  Long Island City Partnership, Inc.  •  MAPP International Productions  •  Mentoring In Medicine Inc  •  National CARES Mentoring Movement  •  Navy League New York Council  •  NCBW Community Services Fund  •  New Direction Services, Inc.  •  New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy  •  Not Another Child Inc.  •  One Brooklyn Fund, Inc  •  Pride Live Nation  •  Refugee Solidarity Network  •  Shantideva Meditation Center  •  Sinfonietta of Riverdale  •  Society of Voice Arts and Sciences  •  Students for Service  •  Suffolk Perinatal Coalition  •  TENET NYC Inc.  •  The Art of Problem Solving Foundation  •  The Bridge, Inc.  •  The Duke of Edinburghs International Award USA  •  The Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation  •  Vines NY  •  Yes She Can Incorporated

see the complete list of NPCC members at www.npccny.org/memberlist.htm

New York Nonprofits
Copyright © 2014
Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc.
135 West 36th Street, 15th Floor, New York, NY 10018
Daniel J. Myers, writer & editor & website
dmyers @ npccny.org
fax 212-502-4189
www.npccny.org

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 www.npccny.org/howto.htm for more information on NPCC membership.

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

Board Members: Victoria Bailey, 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
Melkis Alvarez-Baez, director of programs
Danielle Penabad, membership & outreach director
Constance Ferber, administrative director
Kristen Jones, executive coordinator
Nilanjan Bhattacharya, development associate
Robert J. Vanni, senior consultant, Government Relations

Copyright © 2014 Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc. New York Nonprofits is published twelve times a year. Select articles may be reprinted in print form (they may not be printed in any medium other than print form) with the express permission of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc.
Daniel Myers, editor, writer, & design, New York Nonprofits

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc.
135 West 36th Street, 15th Floor
New York, New York 10018

phone: 212-502-4191
www.npccny.org