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July 2015, Volume 32, No. 7
Pathways To Excellence
New Paychex Account Rep
NYS Contracting Report
Giving USA 2015
JCOPE on Lobbying
Job Applicants’ Credit
DOL on LGBT Protections
When Candidates Speak
Laws & Regulations Affecting Employers (members only)
State Registration Costs Survey
Leading in Community
Overhead Myth Busters
Using Data Webinar
Leadership Westchester
New Executive Consultations
Creative New York
Crain’s/AFP Survey
Pricing Guide
New NPCC Members

Space Ads
Workshop Calendar

June 2015, Volume 32, No. 6
Nonprofit Excellence Awards
Jitasa: Bookkeeping and Accounting for Nonprofits
BoardSource Awards
Proposed FASB Changes
Best Places to Work Competition
Leadership Program
Strategy Execution Guide
Coro Leadership NY
HHS Accelerator Report
Financial Management
Foundation Center Moving


Pathways To Excellence
Since January, NPCC has offered six Pathways to Excellence workshops expanding upon the best practices of recent winners of the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The series shares practices and strategies that work to achieve management excellence. Each Pathways workshop is based on one of the Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence (found at http://npexcellence.fcny.org/npea/excellence) and showcases panelists from our roster of winning and finalist organizations over the last eight years, moderated by a member of the Selection Committee.

The workshops so far have included fundraising and resource development; results; human resources; communications; governance; and, financial management. Each featured a panel discussion, a practical exercise specific to the topic and an interactive question and answer session.

Extensive materials from the sessions, including guides, articles and templates, are available at http://npexcellence.fcny.org/npea/workshops.

 

New Paychex Account Rep

NPCC’s new account representative with Paychex is Allison Baker.

NPCC members are eligible to sign up with Paychex who will take on full liability to process your payroll, make the businesses tax deposits and report and file your quarterly and annual reports to the appropriate government agencies. Paychex provides services like direct deposit and check signing taking the responsibility for accuracy and timeliness. In addition, Paychex offers a variety of insurance products and human resource services.

Paychex offers a significant discount off of their regular rates for payroll processing and HR services to NPCC members. Members using Paychex should contact Allison to ensure that you are correctly enrolled in the program and are seeing the discounts to which you are entitled.

To sign up with Paychex, or to ensure that you are receiving and will continue to get the NPCC discount, call Allison Baker at Paychex at 212-239-9400 extension 42181 or email her at abaker@paychex.com.

 

NYS Contracting Report

The New York State Comptroller has released a report on the timeliness of payments to nonprofits, showing agencies late more than 77 percent of the time in approving contracts with nonprofit providers during 2014. Although an improvement over 2013 when 87 percent of payments were late, these late approvals cost the state over $195,000.

The Comptroller’s recommends quarterly reports using Grants Gateway data on the timeliness of contracting and interest paid on late contracts and development of bridge funding mechanisms to help nonprofits that face cash flow issues as a result of any delayed contracting process.

More is at www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/may15/052915.htm.

 

 

Giving USA 2015

Giving USA 2015, reporting on donations from individuals, corporations and foundations during 2014, has been released by Indiana University School of Philanthropy. The main finding is that charitable donations have recovered from their decline during the recession. More about the findings is at www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/news/article/giving-usa-2015. An executive summary is available for free; the full document can be purchased for $89 at http://givingusa.org.

 

JCOPE on Lobbying

New York State’s Join Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) has issued a proposal that would expand the definition of “direct lobbying” and “grassroots lobbying” under the State’s Lobbying Act. The proposed definition goes beyond the federal definition of lobbying, and would essentially cover anyone who had anything to do with a grassroots communication whether or not the communication called for action.

JCOPE is accepting comments on the proposed definition through July 10. Read more from Lawyers Alliance at http://bit.ly/1LRwClL and from JCOPE at http://on.ny.gov/1HqLR5D or www.jcope.ny.gov.

 

Job Applicants’ Credit

New legislation signed in early May by Mayor de Blasio amends the City’s Human Rights Law to make it an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to use an individual’s consumer credit history in making an employment decision. Exceptions are provided for a limited number of positions due to the sensitive nature of certain employment positions that require additional layers of security.

Generally, the law prohibits employers from requesting or using the consumer credit histories of applicants or employees for employment purposes, or otherwise discriminating against applicants or employees with respect to hiring, compensation, or the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment based on their consumer credit history. It will become effective on September 3.

The legislation can be found at http://legistar.council.nyc.gov/Legislation.aspx (search for Int 0261-2014). Jackson Lewis has a memo at www.jacksonlewis.com/resources.php?NewsID=5150.

 

DOL on LGBT Protections

The U.S. Department of Labor has released regulations extending protections that prohibit federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees and applicants, effective April 9. They can be found at www.dol.gov/ofccp/LGBT.html. Jackson Lewis has an article at www.jacksonlewis.com/resources.php?NewsID=5026.

 

When Candidates Speak

As candidates enter the 2016 races and develop their policy platforms, organizations may feel compelled to comment on the issues. However, 501(c)(3) organizations need to remain nonpartisan because they cannot communicate something that could be perceived as attempting to influence voters to support or oppose a candidate for office.

Alliance for Justice has tips on how to respond to statements made by candidates at http://bit.ly/1e8hYMn and at http://bit.ly/1U20SQw.

 

State Registration Costs Survey

Independent Sector is conducting a short survey to determine how much time and resources nonprofits spend complying with state registration requirements. Charitable nonprofits must submit individual registrations to each state-level agency where they expect to solicit donations. Your answers will support efforts to improve the registration process. The survey is at www.surveymonkey.com/s/nonprofit_state_registration.

 

Leading in Community

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership at Adelphi University is accepting applications for the Leading in Community program to broaden and strengthen leadership of nonprofit professionals and community leaders of color in Long Island’s underserved communities. Participants will receive a Certificate in Organizational and Community Leadership from Adelphi University upon completion of the eight month program.

Applications are due July 24. The program runs from September 2015 through April 2016. The tuition is $2,000; partial scholarships are available. More information is at http://nonprofit.adelphi.edu/center-initiatives/leading-in-community.

 

Overhead Myth Busters

Anat Gerstein has written a piece for New York Nonprofit Press, “$0.88 of Every $1 for Programs: That’s Nothing to Brag About!”, discussing how the claims of low overhead are not helping the sector and the need to stop calling it “overhead” because that term is misleading. It’s at http://bit.ly/1g3fEHn. You can sign up for her email, NonprofitTalk, offering advice on communications at http://anatgerstein.com.

 

Using Data Webinar

Westchester Children’s Association will host a three-part webinar on demystifying data. The free series, “Using Data to Build Credibility and Engage Your Audience,” will discuss how to select and collect data that matters, avoid unreliable or misleading data, and use free and low-cost resources to create compelling infographics that will engage an audience. It will share tips and tools so other organizations can use data to better understand their own work and communicate the impact of what they do. Webinars will be held from 1-2pm on Thursdays: July 16 (Finding and Choosing Data That Matters); July 30 (Avoiding Data Traps); and August 13 (Visualizing Data). Register at www.wca4kids.org/blog.

 

Leadership Westchester

Volunteer New York’s Leadership Westchester is a nine-month program designed to develop effective leaders and encourage them to focus their personal passions and professional expertise to support the nonprofit community. The program, which begins in October, explores leadership concepts and issues of nonprofit board responsibilities and key management tools and will help participants prioritize their issues and connect with a network of nonprofit and for-profit leaders.

Applications are due September 19. Twenty individuals will be accepted into the program. The cost, for nonprofit organizations, is $1,750; a limited number of scholarships may be available. More information is at www.volunteernewyork.org/leadership.

 

New Executive Consultations

This summer, Cause Effective is offering up to 20 new executive directors a one-time Fundraising Check-In, coaching new executive directors in what they need to know to be successful at fundraising.

The consultation is for an executive director who has come on board to his or her NYC nonprofit within the last 18 months and is not currently in a consulting relationship with Cause Effective.

Write consulting@causeeffective.org to find out if your organization is eligible and read more at http://bit.ly/1gbKsFS.

 

Creative New York

Center for an Urban Future has release Creative New York, a report analyzing the economic impact and conditions of the City’s arts and creative sectors. It discusses the challenges facing artists, nonprofit and for-profit cultural organizations and puts forth some recommendations on how the sectors can overcome these challenges. The report is at https://nycfuture.org/research/publications/creative-new-york-2015.

 

Crain’s/AFP Survey

The results of the 2015 Crain’s/AFP-New York Metropolitan Nonprofit Survey have been released. The 157 nonprofit professionals who responded represent a broad cross-section of nonprofit organizations.

The greatest number of responses came from organizations based in the five boroughs of New York City. Of particular note this year is a sharp increase in development hiring and an encouraging increase in expectations of greater fundraising returns.

See the Crain’s article at http://bit.ly/1GdNTUS and the survey’s complete results at http://bit.ly/1LRAsvm.

 

Pricing Guide

The SCAN Foundation’s Pricing Guide provides an introduction to determining cost and establishing prices. It offers considerations in developing pricing for integrated care and community-based services: pricing structures; how to set a price; and other pricing strategies along with a sample spreadsheet to help determine the costs of services in order to set prices.

Although geared toward health care, other nonprofits may find points of interest in determining or thinking about valuing their services. Download the free guide at www.thescanfoundation.org/tsf-pricing-guide.

 

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Fifty-six eligible nonprofit groups have been accepted for consideration for the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, NPCC’s program that annually recognizes outstanding management practices by nonprofits in New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

Members of the Selection Committee will review the applications submitted by these groups and provide detailed feedback to the organizations about their management strengths and weaknesses. Ten semi-finalists will be announced in August and six finalists in October. In November 2015, three groups will be awarded a total of $60,000 in prizes at a ceremony and workshop/discussion on their management practices that propelled them toward winning.

NPCC manages the Awards program to help organizations improve their management practices and to recognize those that are extremely well-run. The eight areas of excellence are: management focus on results; strong governance structure; great financial management; diverse and culturally competent organizational practices; enlightened human resources; model IT practices; model communications; and, exemplary fundraising and resource development.

More about the Awards program, including a list of the Selection Committee members; the program’s guiding document, Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence; past winners and more are at www.npccny.org/info/awards.htm. Sign up for our weekly-updated blog, Inside Management, at https://neawards.wordpress.com.

NPCC created the Nonprofit Excellence Awards in 2007 and serves as the program’s tax-exempt manager in collaboration with The New York Community Trust and Philanthropy New York. WNYC sponsors the program, which is also supported by The Clark Foundation, Ford Foundation, McGladrey LLP, and Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.

 

 

Jitasa: Bookkeeping and Accounting for Nonprofits

Through Jitasa, NPCC members can outsource all or portions of their financial operations, from basic bookkeeping functions to financial analysis assistance. No matter the size of your nonprofit, they offer solutions to establish a healthy accounting system, streamline your accounting processes, and take the pressure and headache out of managing your bookkeeping and accounting functions.

For over five years, NPCC has partnered with Jitasa, the accounting and bookkeeping provider dedicated solely to nonprofits. NPCC members will receive one month of services free when you sign up with them. To learn more, go to www.jitasa.is/npcc.

 

BoardSource Awards

As part of its November 2015 conference in New Orleans, BoardSource is accepting applications for two programs. The 2015 Leadership Awards for Exceptional Boards recognizes the role boards play in overseeing their organizations’ missions, finances, and strategic directions and includes a $15,000 grand prize and two $3,000 honorable mentions. The application deadline is June 25. More is at http://boardsourceleadershipforum.org/?page_id=435.

The 2015 Judith O’Connor Memorial Fund Scholarships for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders enable 15-20 emerging leaders to participate in the BoardSource Leadership Forum to advance their leadership skills, learn about progressive practices in nonprofit governance, and interact with leaders from across the country. The application deadline is June 26. More is at http://boardsourceleadershipforum.org/?page_id=378.

 

Proposed FASB Changes

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has issued an “Exposure Draft,” a proposal that would impact generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) relating to how nonprofits report information on their financial statements. The goal of the proposal is to improve the presentation of nonprofits’ financial statements and make more easily understood the status of entities’ liquidity, financial performance, and cash flows.

Among the changes would be simplification of the classification of net assets to two classes (net assets with donor restrictions and net assets without donor restrictions) from the three currently required classifications (unrestricted, temporarily restricted, and permanently restricted).

The proposal would require that cash flow statements present operating activities using exclusively the direct method of reporting (which reflects the services and uses of actual cash), rather than the indirect or reconciliation method, which is currently the preferred format in the marketplace.

Additional disclosures about the transfer or removal of funds that are not restricted by a donor’s intention would be required. Those disclosures would include a description of the purpose, amounts, types of transfers, and qualitative and quantitative information about any period-end balances of board designations of net assets without donor restrictions.

Another requirement would call for increased disclosures in the notes to financial statements on an organization’s liquidity, functional expenses, and investments, which currently are not required under GAAP.

In presenting a summary of the proposed changes to the NPCC Government Relations Committee, Julie Floch, CPA partner at Eisner Amper, cautioned the group that the “capture” of some of the information that would be required will entail advanced understanding and planning by financial personnel. However, the proposed changes are not final and implementation would most likely be several years down the road.

FASB is accepting comments through August 20. The proposal is at www.fasb.org/jsp/FASB/Document_C/DocumentPage?cid=1176165949852.

Additional readings are at www.eisneramper.com/fasb-exposure-draft-financial-statement-not-for-profit-blog-0415.aspx, http://mcgladrey.com/content/mcgladrey/en_US/what-we-do/industries/not-for-profit/proposed-fasb-standard-details-significant-shift-in-nonprofit-ac.html, and, www.kpmg-institutes.com/content/dam/kpmg/financialreportingnetwork/pdf/2015/defining-issues-15-18-not-for-profit.pdf.

 

Best Places to Work Competition

Crain’s New York Business 2015 Best Places to Work in New York City competition recognizes workplaces based on employee surveys and a two-part assessment process measuring factors including work environment, innovations and ideas, as well as an employer survey of policies and practices.

To be eligible, companies must have a facility in New York City and have a minimum of 25 full- or part-time permanent employees working in one of the five boroughs. Applicants may be for-profit or nonprofit and must have been in business a minimum of one year.

The deadline is June 19. There is no entry fee. Read more at www.bestplacestoworknyc.com.

 

Leadership Program

The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College has launched The Belle and George Strell Executive Leadership Fellows Program to identify and cultivate the next generation of human service CEOs. Silberman’s rigorous nine-month program is designed to create a pipeline of MSW leaders to fill future CEO positions. The program includes seminars, personalized leadership assessment and coaching, and extensive networking opportunities.

Nominations are encouraged from high-performing social workers serving in an organization’s top functional roles. Applications and recommendations are due by Friday, June 19. Program details and forms are at http://sssw.hunter.cuny.edu/programs/professional-development.

 

Strategy Execution Guide

Clearpoint Strategy has released The Strategy Execution Toolkit: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Balanced Scorecard, a 41-page toolkit that guides an organization through a strategy planning process and execution. It offers an explanation (along with worksheets to answer the components) of a purpose statement, a change agenda, a strategy map, and how it all ties into the balanced scorecard.

Download it for free at http://offer.clearpointstrategy.com/strategy-execution-toolkit.

 

Coro Leadership NY

Coro Leadership New York, a nine-month, part-time program that challenges professionals from diverse sectors, backgrounds and perspectives to explore current public policy issues and cultivate leadership skills to create change, is seeking applications for its Leadership New York 27. Fifty successful mid-career professionals are selected to participate each year. Applicants must live or work in New York City, have a minimum of seven years of professional work experience, be passionate and curious about developing new leadership skills germane to problem solving in New York, and be interested in civic engagement.

Tuition is $5,500 for approximately 175 hours of leadership development training, individual and small group coaching, travel, lodging and meals at the opening retreat, and access to Coro alumni and cross-program events. Limited scholarships are available. The application deadline is Friday, July 17. More information is at www.coronewyork.org/corony/programs/lny.

 

HHS Accelerator Report

Human Services Council has released a preliminary report on the City’s HHS Accelerator designed to streamline and make smoother the procurement process for nonprofits. Read it at www.humanservicescouncil.org/documents/Reports/HSC%20HHS%20Accelerator.pdf.

 

Financial Management

Baruch College School of Public Affairs will offer its Not-For-Profit Financial Management & Reporting certificate program in September 2015. The 10-session program, meeting 6-8pm on Wednesdays, is for executive directors, upper management, fundraisers, and others who need to be familiar with accounting, financial and regulatory concepts specific to nonprofits.

The course is normally $1,980; however a 10% discount for early registrations ($200) has been extended to June 15, and an additional discount of 5% is offered by instructor Laurence Scot of Skody Scot & Company to NPCC members. NPCC members should go to www.npccny.org/members_only/Baruch.htm for the 5% discount code. If you have questions, contact Edgar Zavala at Baruch College at 646-660-6718 or Edgar.zavala@baruch.cuny.edu. To register or read more, go to www.baruch.cuny.edu/spa/exec/npfmr.

 

Foundation Center Moving

The Foundation Center will be moving its New York City office to 32 Old Slip in July 2015. For updates, visit http://foundationcenter.org/newyork.

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Welcome New NPCC Members

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

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

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

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New York Nonprofits is a monthly publication of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc. (NPCC). NPCC was established in 1984 to help nonprofits meet common challenges and problems, to serve as a meeting ground, and to strengthen the nonprofit sector as a whole. NPCC has nearly 1,500 members in the New York metropolitan area, ranging from all volunteer groups to major institutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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