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March 2015, Volume 32, No. 3
NPCC Annual Meeting Monday, March 23 4-6pm
2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Awards Application Clinics
Nonprofit Infrastructure Fund
Brooklyn Accelerator
Netgain Challenge
Fundraising Day NY
SYEP for Nonprofits
990 Breach
The Art & Science of Grantwriting (members only)
Executive Roundtable
Consulting Day
Restricted Funds
Board Practices
Future Fundraising
Empire State Fellows
New NPCC Members
Space Ads
Workshop Calendar

February 2015, Volume 32, No. 2
Government Grants
Pathways to Excellence
Form 990 Survey
NYS Faith-Based Initiative
NYC Combined Federal Campaign
CSR Awards
Charity Effectiveness Symposium
NYCT Leadership Fellows
Fundraising Effectiveness
NTEN Tech Survey
Salute the Arts Initiative
State of the Sector Survey


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


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 Read about past winners at Follow our Awards blog, Inside Management, at 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 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


Brooklyn Accelerator

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


Netgain Challenge

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 Read more at


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 More about the conference is at


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



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 More details and an application are at


990 Breach

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


Executive Roundtable

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


Consulting Day

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



Restricted Funds

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


Board Practices

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


Future Fundraising

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



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 A related study displaying, by state, the dollar value of volunteers’ time is at



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


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


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Government Grants

If your organization is thinking about pursuing government funding opportunities, you should subscribe to our free Government Grants Information Service (GGIS), which provides a valuable fundraising resource for New York’s nonprofits. Staff and board of NPCC 501(c)(3) members are welcome to subscribe to GGIS to receive federal, state and city notices about funding opportunities in over 66 funding areas. Even organizations that already receive government funding are welcome to subscribe and may find the service useful.

During 2014, we sent over 900 notices about grant opportunities to the 850-plus GGIS subscribers. Our survey in early 2015 found that 27 organizations reported that they had been awarded government grants that they heard about through GGIS. Of those 27, 20 reported more than $7.7 million in grants directly attributed to receiving our notices. Subscribers reported grants ranging from $16,000 to $1,092,000 from New York City, New York State, and Federal agencies. Of the respondents, over 67 percent of users rated GGIS “very good” or “excellent,” over 25 percent rated it “good,” 7 percent rated it “fair” and none rated it as “poor.”

Subscribers note that GGIS helps save time, contributes to research processes, increases awareness of funding possibilities and streamlines their prospecting processes. While forty percent of respondents indicated that they had not applied for government funding, they still they find the GGIS alerts helpful in keeping an eye on what’s happening in the arena. Comments included: “We have a limited number of staff who can prospect for funding opportunities, so this allows us to be more efficient.”; “Seems very comprehensive. Good amount of detail in the alerts - I can tell if this is going to be something to dig into more deeply just by reading the alert.”; “This is a great service.”

NPCC members — staff or board, with no limit to the number allowed — can subscribe to GGIS — for no additional cost — at


Pathways to Excellence: HR Workshop

NPCC will present a Pathways to Excellence: Human Resources workshop on Thursday, February 19 from 3 to 5pm. Each Pathways workshop is based on one of the Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence upon which the Nonprofit Excellence Awards program is built and showcases panelists from the 26 winning organizations over the last eight years, with Selection Committee members serving as moderators. The workshops share nonprofit leaders’ management strategies that achieve management excellence and include panel discussions, practical exercises specific to each topic and interactive question and answer sessions. See NPCC workshops page for details.

Application clinics for those interested in applying to the 2015 round of the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be held in mid-March. The deadline to apply for the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be in early May.

Guidelines for the 2014 round remain online for those unfamiliar with the program at (they are subject to change for the 2015 round).

The Awards blog is at



Form 990 Survey

The Exempt Organizations subcommittee of the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Governmental Entities is seeking input on how the IRS can improve the Form 990. Participation in the questionnaire is confidential and should take 5-10 minutes. Complete the survey at



Phil Buchanan has an opinion piece in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, “Technology Start-Ups Don’t Hold All the Answers for ‘Broken’ Nonprofits,” discussing some of the sweeping generalizations thrown at the sector by folks who aren’t well-versed in the sector. It’s at


NYS Faith-Based Initiative

On January 18, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a new state Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services to help religious organizations apply for and secure money for social services, including job creation and affordable housing programs. One of the office’s first effort will be a one-time $50-million Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program making targeted investments in capital projects that will improve the quality, efficiency, accessibility, and reach of nonprofit human services organizations. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process, with priority given to nonprofits with State contracts that provide direct services in high-need communities, particularly smaller nonprofits and nonprofits that lack access to other capital funding opportunities. The $50-million effort will be funded out of the $5-billion state surplus, but will not become a recurring program.

The new office will work in conjunction with the recently-created State Nonprofit Coordinating Unit. State Assemblyman Karim Camara will serve as the new agency’s executive director. Go to


NYC Combined Federal Campaign

The New York City Combined Federal Campaign Local Federal Coordinating Committee is accepting local independent and local federation applications for inclusion in the 2015 CFC through March 6.

Any nonprofit organization may apply to participate in the New York City CFC if they meet the criteria. There is no fee to apply. Go to to download the application and instructions.



CSR Awards

City & State Reports is accepting nominations for its Corporate Social Responsibility Awards honoring outstanding professionals from New York’s real estate, construction and housing sectors through February 6. Nominations for law, accounting and business services are due March 6; nominations for technology, telecommunications and new media are due April 3. The awards honor individuals who strive to attain the 10 Core Principles of Corporate Social Responsibility on behalf of their companies.

For more, go to


Charity Effectiveness Symposium

The Education and Research Foundation of the BBB of Metropolitan New York will hold its BBB Charity Effectiveness Symposium IX, “Designing the Future for Success and Sustainability” on Tuesday, February 24.

The symposium is for nonprofit and foundation executives and will offer insights about key factors affecting operational excellence and success, including talent development and sustainability issues. It will include opening remarks by James G. Sheehan chief, Charities Bureau Office of the New York State Attorney General and a keynote speech by Karen Rosa, president of the Altman Foundation. The cost is $35 per person. Registrations are required:


NYCT Leadership Fellows

The New York Community Trust Leadership Fellows is a new partnership with the Baruch College School of Public Affairs and its Center for Nonprofit Management and Strategy designed to equip mid-career nonprofit practitioners with the competencies, skills and talents to be more effective in their work and help them develop a deeper understanding of the New York City nonprofit sector. It aims to ensure that tomorrow’s nonprofit organizations have the human capital to flourish and advance their missions on behalf of New Yorkers.

The program requires 12 weeks of class time and meets every Wednesday from 9am-4pm from March 18 to July 29, including a one-month hiatus for Fellows to focus on an application-based project for their organization.

Nominations are open to current employees of organizations that have received a grant from The New York Community Trust or its divisions, the Westchester Community Foundation and the Long Island Community Foundation, in the last three years. A CEO or executive director can nominate a single individual who has demonstrated managerial and/or leadership talent for acceptance into this program. Tuition and fees are covered by the Trust.

Applications are due by Friday, March 6. Applications must be submitted to (use password 7a66fdfe56). More information is at



Fundraising Effectiveness

The Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute and the Association of Fundraising Professionals have released their 2014 Fundraising Effectiveness Project report offering insights from over 3,500 organizations that contributed data for the 2012-13 years.

The FEP annually conducts research on fundraising effectiveness to help nonprofit organizations increase their fundraising results and to help measure and compare their annual growth in giving with other nonprofits. The 2014 report is at

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NTEN Tech Survey

NTEN is conducting its 2015 Nonprofit Technology Staffing & Investments Survey to provide benchmarks and qualitative data about technology decisions and practices among nonprofits.

Data from previous surveys has helped nonprofit leaders answer questions by providing greater context of what similar organizations are doing when it comes to staffing, budgeting, planning, and spending.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete; answers will remain anonymous and will be reported in aggregate only. Go to Results from NTEN’s previous surveys are at


Salute the Arts Initiative

WNYC & WQXR Radio’s Salute the Arts Initiative provides metropolitan New York cultural organizations free on-air announcements and website promotion.

To be eligible, 501(c)(3) organizations must contribute to promoting the arts and education throughout the New York metropolitan area, have an annual marketing budget under $500,000, and an annual operating budget under $1,000,000. For more information, visit


State of the Sector Survey

Nonprofit Finance Fund is conducting its seventh annual nationwide survey examining the state of the nonprofit sector. The survey, which can be completed anonymously and will take 10-15 minutes to fill out, collects data on challenges and trends among nonprofits. The results help: illustrate the vitality of the sector nationwide and in New York; define the challenges that we face; and provides information that advances our advocacy work. Complete the survey at

If you haven’t visited their point-and-click data analyzer, experiment with it yourself by drilling the 2014 data down into specific sectors, geographies, and more at to explore.


Welcome New NPCC Members

new 501(c)(3) members joined between
December 24, 2014 - February 20, 2015

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

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 1,600 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: 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, John E. Craig, Jr., Leslie Goldman, Bernell Grier, Ronda Kotelchuck, Patricia Kozu, Antoinette La Belle, Sheila Lewandowski, Roland Lewis, Carolyn McLaughlin, Karen Pearl, Michael Seltzer, Emily Smith, Sarah (BJ) Sung, G. Robert 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, program associate
Kristen Jones, executive coordinator
Nilanjan Bhattacharya, development associate
Robert J. Vanni, senior consultant, Government Relations

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