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April 2014, Volume 31, No. 4
NPCC Annual Meeting
Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Government Grants Information Service
Guide to NYC Elected Officials
Fundraising Day 2014
Peer Leadership Circle
Salary Survey Results
Communication Strategies
Insurance:  D&O & General Liability

New NPCC Members
Space Ads
Workshop Calendar

March 2014, Volume 31, No. 3
NPCC Annual Meeting
Salary Survey Results
Nonprofit Excellence Awards
IRS ACA Tax Tips
Social Security
NYS Unclaimed Funds
Citizen Preparedness
New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act
OMB Guidance Questions?
Consulting Day
Idealist’s New Network
Measuring Services
Catalog for Giving RFP
Conflict of Interest Questionnaire
IT Staffing Survey
Volunteer Training
Creative Symposium
Coalition Assessments
#womenimpact
Social Media Conference


 

 

NPCC Annual Meeting

Join us for our biggest event of the year on Wednesday, April 9 from 4-6pm. The keynote speech, “Future Directions in Regulating New York Nonprofits” will be given by James G. Sheehan, newly appointed chief of the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau.

Catch up on NPCC’s activities during the past year, and find out what’s happening in the nonprofit world. Then join us for refreshments and a chance to meet the NPCC board and your fellow NPCC members. The meeting will begin at 4pm; the reception will follow.

The meeting will be held at Citi, 399 Park Avenue (between 53rd and 54th streets) in the 12th floor auditorium. Register at www.npccny.org/workshop.htm.

 

Nonprofit Excellence Awards

It takes more than passion to achieve your nonprofit mission. It takes strong management. How can you improve your organization’s management? One way is to apply for The 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Managed by NPCC, The Trust and Philanthropy New York, and sponsored by WNYC, the Awards program offers a review of your key management strategies in eight nationally-recognized key performance areas. 

Three Reasons Why You Should Apply
1) Strengthen your organization’s performance, sustainability and growth.
2) Get a free 360-degree review of your organization’s management practices.
3) Receive detailed feedback tailored to your organization from nonprofit management experts.

And, the prizes: winning organizations will receive a total of $60,000 in cash awards, special mention on WNYC and other media, and scholarships for Programs in Social Enterprise in Executive Education at Columbia Business School. Organizations will be honored at an Awards presentation in November, 2014.

Build a stronger nonprofit. Now in its eighth year, the Awards program gives nonprofit leaders the key tools and management insights in eight areas: overall management focus on results, governance structure, financial management, diversity and cultural competence, human resources, IT practices, communications, and fundraising/resource development.

All 501(c)(3) nonprofits in the New York City area, including Long Island and Westchester, are welcome and encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Friday, May 2 at 10am. The guidelines and an application form are at http://npexcellence.fcny.org

Conference Call Q&A on Tuesday, April 8, 12-1pm
If you’re thinking about applying for the Awards but haven’t been able to attend an application clinic in person or if you’ve started an application and have questions, here is a chance to ask questions and get more detailed information about the application and selection process: on Tuesday, April 8 from 12-1pm, we’ll hold a conference call Q&A. Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/11105040475.

 

Government Grants Information Service

NPCC’s Government Grants Information Service (GGIS) provides a valuable fundraising resource for New York’s nonprofit organizations. Staff and board of NPCC 501(c)(3) members are welcome to subscribe to GGIS and receive federal, state and city notices about funding opportunities in over 66 funding areas.

During 2013, over 960 grant notices were sent to the 800-plus GGIS subscribers; and since the beginning of this year we’ve sent over 250 funding notices. Our last survey found that 70 percent of respondents rated GGIS “very good” or “excellent.” Twenty-seven subscribers reported that they had been awarded a government grant that they heard about through GGIS. Of those 27, 17 subscribers reported more than $8.5 million in grants directly attributed to receiving our GGIS grant notices. Subscribers reported grants ranging from $25,000 to $2,500,000 from New York City, New York State, and federal agencies.

NPCC members note that the service saves time, contributes to research processes, increases awareness of funding possibilities, and streamlines their prospecting processes. While forty-one percent of respondents noted that they had not applied for any government funding, they found it useful to know what’s going on. Subscribe to GGIS at www.npccny.org/grants.htm.

 

Guide to NYC Elected Officials

The New York City League of Women Voters has published a new edition of They Represent You: A Directory of Elected Officials, a 40-page publication that includes a directory of New York City’s national, state and city elected officials; runoff voting information; and borough maps identifying NYC Council, Congressional, State Senate, and State Assembly districts. It also has guidance on how to communicate with elected officials; tips on how to take action; voter registration and party enrollment rules; and facts about New York City government. Community Board contacts and government related websites and phone numbers are also included.

The guide costs $8 at www.lwvnyc.org/Publications.html.

 

Fundraising Day 2014

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 27. The scholarship entitles a recipient to attend the full conference free of charge, as well as a special scholar orientation the evening before. (The fees for the conference range from $315 to $475 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 6 at the “special early” member registration fee of $315.

To qualify for a scholarship, an applicant must be currently 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 full-time or part-time fundraisers who are new to the field or have extensive volunteer and/or professional experience in the nonprofit sector seeking to expand their knowledge of fundraising.

Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before May 9. The application is at http://bit.ly/1g50BVP. More about the conference is at www.nycafp.org/events/fund-raising-day-new-york.

 

Peer Leadership Circle

The Foundation Center’s Leadership Circle 2014 is a monthly peer group meeting of executive directors of small organizations that meets to share challenges and strategies for personal and organizational success. In an informal, roundtable format, participants will share insights, gain practical solutions, and alleviate on-the-job isolation or stress. Possible topics include: managing multiple priorities; strategic communications; board relations; clarifying your theory of change; and more.

Eligibility is limited to full-time, paid executive directors of a nonprofit organization with an annual budget of at least $200,000; at least 12 months of experience as executive director and a minimum of two full-time staff members. The peer circle will gather monthly on Fridays from 9-10:30am beginning on May 2. There is no membership fee. The application deadline is April 7. Go to www.grantspace.org/leadership-circle-2014.

 

Salary Survey Results

Many thanks to the NPCC members who completed our salary survey. The results are now available. With over 440 valid responses, the 2014 survey results are the largest such report of New York City area 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

Completed responses for the survey were received from 441 member nonprofits and are included in the analysis. Salary data were asked for four “top” positions: executive director, deputy director/COO, chief financial officer, and development staff. In addition, salary data for administrative assistants was requested.

The results report on salary data arrayed in three ways: by budget size; by organization type (arts, health, education, etc.) within budget size; and by number of full-time staff.

The survey also asked nonprofits about whether the current salary was an increase or a decrease from the previous year and whether salaries were projected to increase, decrease or remain flat in the coming year.

The 2014 NPCC Salary Survey results are available for no charge to NPCC members at www.npccny.org/members_only/2014SalarySurvey.pdf. A summary of the findings is at www.npccny.org/newslet.htm#2.

 

Communication Strategies

The Center for Nonprofit Strategy & Management at Baruch College will present New Communication Strategies for Nonprofits on Tuesday, April 8 from 4-6pm. Nonprofits stand little chance of receiving funding, having their voices heard, and creating impacts with the communities they serve without excellent communication strategies. Drawing upon the expertise of communication practitioners whose work covers public relations, campaign development, advertising and promotions, social media, and the applications of new mobile technologies for public causes, a panel will explore questions about what’s new and what should be done by nonprofits seeking to improve their communication strategies.

Admission is free; space is limited. Register at www.baruch.cuny.edu/calendar/EventRegistration.aspx?Rid=1268&Iid=22922&Frm.

 

Insurance: D&O & General Liability

NPCC offers members a low-cost comprehensive policy for Directors and Officers liability insurance coverage. Coverage is afforded to the organization, its directors, officers, employees, trustees, committee members and volunteers at all locations, and includes full employment practices liability, publishers liability and defense cost coverage for listed IRS Code violations, including excessive compensation.

Read more about D&O coverage at www.npccny.org/info/oi2.htm. To obtain a quote on the D&O insurance, contact NPCC’s new account rep, Robert Panza at Crystal & Company at 646-810-3468 or Robert.Panza@crystalco.com.

NPCC also offers a property and casualty insurance program with affordable pricing to all sizes and types of members. Crystal & Co., Inc. and Northeast Agencies, Inc. provide coverage and service of the highest quality along with competitive pricing for coverage of: property, business interruption and crime; general liability; automobile liability and physical damage; workers’ compensation and employer’s liability; and umbrella/excess liability coverage.

For a quote on general liability insurance coverage, go to www.npccnyinsure.com/QuotingServices.aspx or contact Lisa Williams at lisa.williams@crystalnea.com or 877-319-6568, extension 2977.

 

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NPCC Annual Meeting

Join us for our biggest event of the year on Wednesday, April 9 from 4-6pm. Catch up on NPCC’s activities during the past year, and find out what’s happening in the nonprofit world. Our keynote speaker will be James G. Sheehan, newly appointed chief of the NYS Attorney General’s Charities Bureau. Then join us for refreshments and a chance to meet NPCC board members and your fellow members. The meeting will begin at 4pm; the reception will follow. The meeting will be held at Citi, 399 Park Avenue (between 53rd and 54th streets) in the 12th floor auditorium. Register at www.npccny.org/workshop.htm.

 

Salary Survey Results

NPCC has published the results of the 2014 Salary Survey undertaken on behalf of its members. Our salary survey, with over 440 responses, is the preeminent and largest survey of New York City area 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

Completed responses for the survey were received from 441 NPCC member nonprofits and are included in the analysis. Salary data were asked for four “top” positions: executive director, deputy director/COO, chief financial officer, and development staff. In addition, salary data for administrative assistants were requested.

Aggregated salary data are arrayed in three ways: by budget size; by organization type (arts, health, education, etc.) within budget size; and by number of full-time staff.

The survey also questioned nonprofits about whether the current salary was an increase or a decrease from the previous year, and asked about projected salary increases or decreases.

Over 36 percent of respondents reported annual operating budgets less than $1 million; just over 35 percent of respondents had annual budgets between $1 and $4.9 million; 12.2 percent reported budgets between $5 and $9.9 million; and 15.9 percent reported budgets between $10 and $236 million.

Twenty-nine percent of respondents came from human services groups; public/societal benefit organizations accounted for almost 21%; education organizations represented 13.8%; and, arts/cultural/humanities groups represented 13.8% of respondents.

Nineteen percent of respondents had one or two full-time staff members; almost 30% have between 3 and 9 full-time staff; 27% had between 10 and 99 full-timers; and, 15% had more than 100 full-time staff.

The 2014 NPCC Salary Survey results are available at no charge to members at www.npccny.org/members_only/2014SalarySurvey.pdf.

some findings on . . .
Executive Director/CEO Salaries
At organizations with annual operating budgets between $500,000-$599,999, the median salary of an executive director is $78,000; for those with budgets between $1 million and $1.5 million, the median salary is $110,000; for budgets between $5 and $6 million, the median salary is $174,500.

When arrayed by sector (arts, health, education, etc.), median salaries for executive directors at organizations with annual operating budgets between $1 - 3 million are: $150,000 for arts and cultural groups; $120,000 for human services; and $112,500 for public/societal benefit organizations.

. . . Salary Increases & Decreases
When asked whether a salary reported was an increase, a decrease, or the same from the previous fiscal year, the results show that fewer executive directors’ salaries increased compared to other positions. Almost 45% of ED salaries remained the same, while only between 30-36% of deputy director, CFO and developments salaries stayed flat. A number of respondents noted that CFO salaries had decreased because those positions were now being outsourced or contracted out.

In projecting the next fiscal year salaries, fewer executive directors’ salaries were scheduled to be increased (49%) and over 28% of their salaries will remain the same. In contrast, 52% of deputy director salaries will increase and 25% will remain the same. Between 21-25% of all positions “don’t know” what they will do with salaries next year. But, only between .9 and 1.2% plan on decreasing any salaries.

Salary levels — both sector-wide and all positions reporting — in the current year showed: just over 5% of total respondents reported salary decreases; 58.5% reported increases; and 36% remained the same as in the previous fiscal year.

Within sub-sectors, all positions combined: 68.8% of religious groups report salary increases; 62.8% of health organizations had increases; 58.7% of arts groups had increases; 59.9% of education groups had increases; and 52.4% of human services groups had increases.

Looking to the next fiscal year, sector-wide for all positions: just .4% of all respondents project salary decreases; 24.5% expect salaries will remain the same; 22.6% don’t know what they will do; and 52.3% expect to increase salaries.

Almost 55% of arts groups plan to increase salaries (all positions), as do: 60% of education groups; 46.4% of environmental groups; 55.8% health; 42.9% human services; 53.3% international/foreign affairs; 39.6% membership organizations; 55.5% public/societal benefit; and, 62.5% of religious groups.

The results also display the percentage of salary increases and decreases in the current year and for the projected upcoming fiscal year. These results are grouped by position and also by subsector. 

 

 

Nonprofit Excellence Awards

NPCC is thrilled to announce the 2014 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 eighth year, the Awards program teaches, recognizes and encourages outstanding management practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. “When nonprofits apply, they get a chance to step back and improve their management practices, leading to better results for the people and causes they serve,” says NPCC president Michael Clark.

Detailed feedback is available to all participants, based on reviews by the top nonprofit experts of the selection committee. “The real prize is the intensive feedback and coaching that applicants receive,” notes Lorie Slutsky, president of The New York Community Trust, one of the region’s leading funders of nonprofits. “By showcasing top management by nonprofits, we help scores of others learn from best practices.”

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 2014.

The application deadline is Friday, May 2 at 10am. The application and more information is at http://npexcellence.fcny.org. The program’s guiding document, Eight Areas of Nonprofit Excellence, is at http://npexcellence.fcny.org/npea/excellence.

Read about past winners at www.npccny.org/info/awards.htm and follow our Awards blog at http://neawards.tumblr.com with profiles of previous finalists and winners and breaking news.

Application Clinics for 2014 New York Community Trust
Nonprofit Excellence Awards

NPCC will hold five application clinics to give organizations considering submitting an application for the 2014 New York Community Trust 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 to a clinic. Register for a clinic at www.npccny.org/workshop.htm.

March 14 (Friday) 10—11:30am, Location: Bronxville Public Library, Bronxville, NY
March 19 (Wednesday) 10—11:30am, Location: NPCC
March 21 (Friday) 10—11:30am, Location: Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
March 26 (Wednesday) 3:30—5pm, Location: South Oxford Space, Brooklyn, NY
April 3 (Thursday) 10—11:30am, Location: Baruch College School of Public Affairs, New York, NY

 

IRS ACA Tax Tips

The IRS has a new page on its website with tips to help individuals understand how the Affordable Care Act may affect their taxes. Although many of the provisions in the law went into effect on January 1, 2014, most do not affect 2013 tax returns. The site includes information on the premium tax credit, the shared responsibility payment, making health care coverage choices and more. It’s at www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Health-Care-Tax-Tips2.

In addition, another website offers informative flyers and brochures, FAQs and in-depth legal guidance regarding the tax provisions of the Affordable Care Act at www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions-Home.

 

Social Security

Beginning in August 2014, the Social Security Administration will no longer issue Social Security number printouts in their field offices. Individuals who need proof of their Social Security numbers and cannot find their cards will need to apply for a replacement card. In addition, beginning October 2014, field offices will no longer provide benefit verification letters except in emergency situations. Benefit verifications are available online, and can be obtained by registering for a “my Social Security” account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount or by calling 800-772-1213. Outreach materials and more information is at www.socialsecurity.gov/thirdparty/whatsnew.html.

 

NYS Unclaimed Funds

The State Comptroller’s Office of Unclaimed Funds is where money ends up when an individual or an entity fails to claim the funds. Currently, more than $12.5 billion in lost and forgotten money is held by the office and more than 30 million accounts are unclaimed in New York, some dating back to the 1940s. To search for unclaimed funds, go to https://ouf.osc.state.ny.us/ouf.

 

 

Citizen Preparedness

New York State has launched a Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program that will train New Yorkers to properly prepare for emergencies or disasters. The program will provide citizens with the tools and resources to prepare for emergencies and disasters to respond accordingly and return as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

Its website has information about trainings, disaster preparedness tips, and a “skilled volunteer” registry where individuals can indicate their skills from accounting and case management to taxes and truck driving. Go to www.prepare.ny.gov.

 

New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act

On February 26, the New York City Council amended legislation passed last year to expand sick time leave to include most NYC employers with five or more employees. It is expected that Mayor de Blasio will sign the legislation.

Effective April 1, 2014, most employers with five or more employees employed in New York City will be required to provide up to five paid sick days per year to each employee (except for certain manufacturing industries). Businesses with 19 or fewer employees will not be subject to penalties or violations that occur before October 1, 2014.

Under the Earned Sick Time Act, Int 0001-2014, an employee who is employed for more than 80 hours in New York City in a calendar year is entitled to paid sick time. Sick time is to be accrued at one hour for each 30 hours worked, capped at 40 hours in a calendar year.

Employees are entitled to use sick time for absences from work due to: the employee’s mental or physical illness; injury or health condition; need for medical diagnosis, care, or treatment, or need for preventive medical care; the care of a family member needing medical diagnosis, care, treatment, or preventive medical treatment (grandparents, grandchildren and siblings have been added to the definition of family members workers can legally care for using paid sick time); and, the closure of the place of business due to a public health emergency or to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed due to a public health emergency.

Employers must retain records for two years that document the number of hours worked by each employee and the amount of sick leave accrued and taken by each. Employees must be provided with written notice of their entitlement to sick time and the notice must provide information relating to accrual, use of sick time, and more. Persons alleging a violation of this right will have the right to file a complaint within two years. The Department of Consumer Affairs is charged with enforcement and investigating violations, although the Mayor can reassign this to another city agency.

The legislation can be found at http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Legislation.aspx (run a search for 0001-2014). Proskauer has a memo at www.proskauer.com/publications/client-alert/city-council-expands-new-york-city-earned-sick-time-act. Jackson Lewis has a memo at www.jacksonlewis.com/resources.php?NewsID=4766. Lawyers Alliance for New York has a memo at http://bit.ly/1fTm0SA.

NYC’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) has guidance at www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/law/PaidSickLeave.shtml; www.nyc.gov/html/dca/downloads/pdf/Employers_PaidSickLeaveOnePager.pdf; www.nyc.gov/html/dca/downloads/pdf/MandatoryNotice.pdf; and at www.nyc.gov/html/dca/downloads/pdf/PaidSickLeaveFAQ.pdf.

DCA will hold a public hearing on April 29, 2014 on proposed rules to clarify provisions in the Earned Sick Time Act (Paid Sick Leave Law). Go to www.nyc.gov/html/dca/downloads/pdf/DCA_PaidSickLeaveRulesHearingNotice.pdf to read more about the public hearing.

 

 

OMB Guidance Questions?

The December 2013 release of new grants guidance by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has generated interest by nonprofits that perform work on behalf of governments, as well as raised questions. In response, the Council on Financial Assistance Reform (COFAR), which is working with OMB to implement guidance, has published its first set of answers to frequently asked questions at http://1.usa.gov/1kw84Vk, covering such topics as when the new rules go into effect and what “profit” means in the context of charitable nonprofits.

The initial FAQs are the first of several expected sets over the next few months. Federal officials have not yet addressed a number of questions regarding the mandate that pass-through entities (typically state and local governments) pay the indirect costs of nonprofits (see http://bit.ly/1fFTliE).

The COFAR is encouraging individuals and organizations to submit questions to help it identify where clarification is needed to cofar@omb.eop.gov.

The National Council of Nonprofits also asks nonprofits with government contracts or grants to send questions to David Thompson at dthompson@councilofnonprofits.org so that they can follow up and ensure that the new OMB Guidance is achieved through appropriate actions and interpretations.

 

Consulting Day

On Tuesday, March 18, The Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management at Baruch College School of Public Affairs will hold Consulting Day for Nonprofits. The complimentary event is an opportunity to meet with a consultant to discuss the challenges facing your organization (topics range from boards to volunteers; maximum two 45-minute consultations per attendee). A morning workshop on the Nonprofit Revitalization Act and an afternoon session on evaluating and improving websites will also be offered along with networking opportunities.

Consulting appointments are required and will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis. The deadline to register is March 11. Go to www.baruch.cuny.edu/spa/researchcenters/nonprofitstrategy/events.php.

 

Idealist’s New Network

Idealist will launch a new network to help people and organizations connect and take action on any issue that concerns them, locally or globally, online and in person.

On Tuesday, March 11 at 12noon and again at 11pm, they’ll offer live, online presentations on the concept and take questions. Read more and RSVP at www.idealist.org/March11 and at www.idealist.org/invitation.

 

Measuring Services

Idealware’s latest report, The Reality of Measuring Human Service Programs: Results of a Survey, looks into how human services organizations are measuring their programs. The answers they found are: not as often nor as well as they could be, or would like to be. Tracking the right data can help improve their services and expand their reach, but their ability to understand their impact on the communities they serve, or even to know how to measure that, leaves a lot to be desired. The report offers some advice on what to do about it. The free report is at http://bit.ly/1caCUQt.

 

Catalog for Giving RFP

The Catalog for Giving is soliciting proposals for its 7th edition which will commence in January 2015. Selected organizations will receive three years of general operating funding, ranging from approximately $40,000-$65,000 per year and have the opportunity to be part of a community of supporters of innovative opportunities for NYC youth. 501(c)(3) applicants’ primary mission must be direct services to low-income children or teens for a period of time sufficient to enhance education of life skills and constitute a life-transforming activity; have an annual operating budget between $100,000 and $1.5 million; be independent and not a subsidiary or branch of a national organization, unless a wholly independent program; be located and operate within New York City; and, have been founded between 2004 and 2012 and remain in continuous operation. The RFP is due March 20. Go to www.catalogforgiving.org/contact/RFP2014.html.

 

Conflict of Interest Questionnaire

Karen Kowgios with the accounting firm Fried & Kowgios, LLP, has made available to NPCC members a sample questionnaire that she recommends each board member, officer and key employee complete relative to questions that need to be answered in question 12a in Part VI of the IRS Form 990.

Kowgios notes that the beauty of using such a collection method is that each board member and key employee answers these questions independently and employees do not have to ask personal information directly. Rather, the completed forms are sent to the audit committee chair (or chairman of the board if no audit committee exists) and that person collects the responses and summarizes for the full board.

Kowgios notes: “How can you answer this if you don’t ask the person who actually knows?” The IRS instructions read: “The organization is not required to provide information about a family or business relationship between two officers, directors, trustees, or key employees if it is unable to secure the information after making a reasonable effort to obtain it. An example of a reasonable effort would be for the organization to distribute a questionnaire annually to each such person...”

Although a conflict of interest and other policies asked about in this section of the 990 (whistleblower and document retention) are not officially required by the IRS, you can be pretty sure that not answering them in the affirmative may raise red flags not only within the IRS but by others viewing your 990 on Guidestar or elsewhere. It should also be noted that in order for organizations to be prequalified to apply for most grants and contracts with New York State, these policies are now required. And, the recently passed New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act legislation will also mandate many of these policies (NPCC will cover the Act in an upcoming issue).

Kowgios encourages members to download her questionnaire and modify it to suit your purposes. It’s at www.npccny.org/members_only/Form_990_Board_Questionnaire.doc.

NPCC offers sample policies on conflict of interest and whistleblower at www.npccny.org/compliance_checklist.htm.

 

IT Staffing Survey

NTEN is conducting the 8th annual Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments survey to provide benchmarks and qualitative data about technology decisions and practices at nonprofits. Data from previous surveys (download the 7th edition at www.nten.org/research/download_it_staffing_2012) has helped nonprofits answer questions of what others are doing for staffing, budgeting, planning, and spending. Go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/NTENTechStaffing13.

 

Volunteer Training

New York Cares has launched its new Volunteer Impact Program, an intensive volunteer management course for nonprofit professionals teaching proven volunteer recruitment and management strategies. The program is for those who want to use volunteers effectively and strategically and get more out of their volunteer program by learning strategies for recruitment, training, retention and support. The Beginner Track component will help attendees master the concepts of volunteer management; create standard volunteer policies and procedures; learn best practices to increase engagement; and integrate volunteers throughout your organization.

The sessions will be held on eight consecutive Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm, March 26 to May 21. The cost of the eight-session training is $1,000 for up to two participants from an organization. Scholarships may be available. The enrollment deadline is March 14. For more information or to register, go to www.newyorkcares.org/vip-program.

 

How to Read the New IRS Form 990

 

Creative Symposium

SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit artist residency program housed on a working organic farm in Brewster, New York, is accepting proposals from individuals and organizations to participate in the Creative Solutions Symposium, a fully-subsidized four-day conference from August 21-24 that aims to support groups and individuals seeking artistic and creative solutions in their work for positive social change. The application deadline is April 1. For information about eligibility and how to apply, visit www.spaceonryderfarm.com/creative-solutions-symposium-space or email at susan@spaceonryderfarm.com.

 

Coalition Assessments

Coalition Assessment: Approaches for Measuring Capacity and Impact is a new paper from Innovation Network offering insights into the coalition assessment process along with concrete examples and lessons learned from their work. It’s available for free, along with more than 300 other evaluation resources, at www.innonet.org/resources. In addition, their Point K Learning Center provides a free logic model builder and evaluation plan builder. Go to www.innonet.org/pointk.

 

#womenimpact

NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising will sponsor a Women’s Philanthropy Summit on April 28 to celebrate, showcase and convene women leaders who are working to improve the status of women and are changing the face of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship.

The inaugural Naomi B Levine Award for Philanthropist of the Year will be presented as well as recognition of a nonprofit leader and innovator of the year and a rising star among women social entrepreneurs.

Registration cost will be $125 through March 14, $175 thereafter, or $200 at the door. More information and registration is at http://bit.ly/1ftOZkl.

 

Social Media Conference

The full-day Social Media for Nonprofits conference in New York on Monday, March 17 at NYU will offer tips and tools for fundraising, marketing and advocacy, featuring sessions and keynotes. The cost ranges from $175-$225, depending on budget size. NPCC members can save $30 on admission using the discount code “NCCNY” when registering at www.SocialMedia4Nonprofits.org/ny.

 

Welcome New NPCC Members

new 501(c)(3) members joined between December 21, 2013 - February 28, 2014

Arts & Minds  •  Bowery Babes NY  •  G.O.O.D. For Girls  •  Give GoodyBags, Inc.  •  Green Inspired Art  •  International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination  •  International Theatre And Literacy Project Inc  •  Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance  •  My Blind Spot Inc.  •  New York Center for Civil Justice Tolerance & Values  •  Say Ah, Inc.  •  Seeds of Africa Foundation  •  Space on the Farm Inc.  •  World Bible Project 

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

New York Nonprofits is a monthly publication of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc. (NPCC). NPCC was established in 1984 to help nonprofits meet common challenges and problems, to serve as a meeting ground, and to strengthen the nonprofit sector as a whole. NPCC has nearly 1,600 members in the New York metropolitan area, ranging from all volunteer groups to major institutions.

Membership in NPCC provides a place where your voice is heard and adds to the collective voice of the nonprofit community.

Dues for 501(c)(3) nonprofits (that are not grantmakers) are based upon the organization's annual operating budget, and are as follows:

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

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

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

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

Please visit 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, Richard Burns, Gregory Cohen, Barbara Schatz; Charlene Laniewski, treasurer; Merble Reagon, secretary.

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

Staff & Consultants : Michael Clark, president
Peter Swords, president emeritus
Jonathan A. Small, Esq., president emeritus
Marcia Brown, director of programs
Danielle Penabad, membership & outreach director
Melkis Alvarez , associate director, special projects
Alison Kincaid, program associate
Constance Ferber, executive coordinator
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.
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