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.


January 2015, Volume 32, No. 1
Pathways to Excellence Workshops
Give Us a Piece of Your Mind
Open Data
Pay Notices to Employees
IRS Reimbursable Mileage
Minimum Wage Increase
GAO Report on IRS
GASB: Revenue Foregone
Above & Beyond Awards
Updated Green Book
Serve2Gether Consulting
Nonprofit Summit
Effectiveness Symposium
IT: Strategic Planning (members-only)
More from RoundTable
ReServe
NWB

New NPCC Members
Space Ads
Workshop Calendar

December 2014, Volume 31, No. 12
Nonprofit Excellence Awards Winners
Unemployment Insurance Trust
NPCC Member Survey
New: .nyc
GuideStar: Diversity
Timesheets for Advocacy
New York Pooled PRI


 

Pathways to Excellence Workshops

NPCC will present a series of eight Pathways to Excellence workshops in January and February. Each workshop is based on one of the Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence upon which the Nonprofit Excellence Awards program is built and will showcase panelists from the 26 winning organizations over the last eight years, with 2014 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. Fundraising & Resource Development will be held on Friday, January 23 from 9:30-11:30am, and, Managing for Results on Friday, January 30 from 9:30-11:30am. Register at www.npccny.org/workshop.htm.

Application clinics for those interested in applying to the 2015 round of the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be held, tentatively, in March and April. It is anticipated that the deadline to apply for the 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards will be in early May. Guidelines for the 2014 round are online for those unfamiliar with the program, although they are subject to change for the 2015 application round, at http://npexcellence.fcny.org. The Awards blog, which includes posts from panelists, highlights of finalists and more, is at http://neawards.tumblr.com. Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence is at http://npexcellence.fcny.org/npea/excellence.

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. Along with sponsor WNYC, the program is supported by The Clark Foundation, Ford Foundation, Google, Taconic Foundation, McGladrey LLP, Fund for the City of New York, and Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.

 

Give Us a Piece of Your Mind

We are conducting our annual survey of NPCC programs and services and need your input whether you call us once a year or once a week; use one cost-saving program or several, including Staples (office supplies), Paychex (payroll processing), MetLife (retirement plan), ReadyTalk (phone and web conferencing), TransitChek, Jitasa (bookkeeping), subscribe to Crain’s, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, or use the information from our website, newsletter and workshops.

We encourage everyone at an organization to complete the survey, particularly those that come to workshops, read this newsletter, and use any of the above-mentioned member services. Those who aren’t familiar with NPCC’s services might want to take a look at the survey as it gives a quick overview of our wide-ranging programs or check them out at npccny.org/member.htm.

Complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014NPCCMemberSurvey.

 

 

Open Data

More organizations are embracing the idea that collecting and measuring data and acting on what they learn from it can improve their work and better their services. But few are talking about open data. To start a conversation about nonprofits and open data, Idealware recently posted an overview of what open data is, what it means for nonprofits, and the benefits and risks of opening data to a wider audience. It’s at http://idealware.org/articles/open-data-overview. In collaboration, TechSoup has a post at http://bit.ly/13hfCEE.

 

Pay Notices to Employees

A bill passed last summer by the New York State Legislature that proposed significant changes to the state’s labor laws, would, among other things, have eliminated the requirement that employers furnish wage notices to employees between January 1 and February 1 every year. It was expected that Governor Cuomo would sign the bill, but six months after passing both legislative houses, it has not been delivered to the Governor.

So, New York employers must provide the annual wage notices, as they have in previous years, to all existing employees between January 1 and February 1, 2015. Copies of the notice are at http://labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/wp/ellsformsandpublications.shtm.

On December 29, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed the legislation; employers do not have to provide the wage notices. See www.labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/employer/wage-theft-prevention-act.shtm or http://assembly.state.ny.us for more.

 

IRS Reimbursable Mileage

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be: 57.5¢ per mile for business miles driven; 23¢ cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (down half a cent from 2014); and, 14¢ cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (the same as 2014).

See www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-79.pdf for more.

 

Minimum Wage Increase

New York State’s minimum wage increased to $8.75 per hour on December 31, 2014. Required posters and more information are at https://labor.ny.gov/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/minwage.shtm. Jackson Lewis has a memo with more details at www.jacksonlewis.com/resources.php?NewsID=5017.

 

GAO Report on IRS

The U.S. Government Accountability Office published a report, Better Compliance Indicators and Data, with findings that the IRS Exempt Organization division budget has been severely cut and has become too short-staffed to effectively regulate the sector. GAO recommends that the IRS develop compliance goals and additional performance measures that can be used to assess the impact of enforcement activities on compliance, and clearly communicate with state charity regulators how they are allowed to use IRS information related to examinations of charitable organizations. GAO also recommends that Congress consider expanding the mandate for 501(c)(3) organizations to electronically file their tax returns. The report is at www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-164.

 

GASB: Revenue Foregone

Through January 30, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board is accepting comments on its proposal to require state and local governments to disclose descriptions, numbers and dollar amount of revenue foregone in granting corporate tax abatements.

To submit comments, go to www.gasb.org, click “proposals” in the quicklinks section and search for Tax Abatement Disclosures.

 

Above & Beyond Awards

Each year, City & State honors 25 women who have made important contributions to society and exhibit exceptional leadership in their fields, including labor, business, media, nonprofit, and government sectors. Nominations for the 2015 Class of Above & Beyond Honorees will be accepted through Friday, January 9. The winners will be profiled in a special March 2015 print edition and honored at the Above & Beyond Gala. Go to www.cityandstateny.com/2/personality/above-and-beyond/above-and-beyond-nominations.html.

 

Updated Green Book

The U.S. Government Accountability Office recently released a revised edition of Standards for Internal Control in the Federal Government, also known as the Green Book. The guide offers concepts and criteria for designing, implementing and operating effective internal controls that nonprofits can adopt to help prevent fraud, waste and abuse.

It’s available at www.gao.gov/products/gao-14-704G.

 

Serve2Gether Consulting

Applications will be accepted through January 31 for the 2015 Consulting Challenge which matches selected nonprofits and social enterprises with American Express employees for short-term consulting projects that address a specific organizational challenge or opportunity identified by the nonprofit. Consulting projects include: building customer relationships; digital marketing; messaging and branding; performance management; and more. Organizations must commit staff resources of 3-5 hours per week over a 10 week period to work with their assigned consulting team. At the end of the engagements, teams compete to receive a seed funding grant to begin implementing the organizational recommendations resulting from the consultations. More details and how to apply are at www.americanexpress.com/probono.

 

Nonprofit Summit

McGladrey’s annual Non-Profit Summit will be held Thursday, January 22 at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The full-day seminar and networking event focuses on the unique financial and operational needs of nonprofit organizations, and includes presentations on: accounting updates; tax updates including Form 990; top 10 risks for nonprofits organizations; hot topics facing New York nonprofits; and more. The summit will include opportunities to engage in Q&A and networking.

The cost of the summit is $125 per person. Register at http://events.mcgladrey.com/NonprofitSummits2015.

 

 

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 from 8am-12noon at Baruch College School of Public Affairs.

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: www.nycharities.org/events/EventLevels.aspx?ETID=7727.

 

More from RoundTable

RoundTable Technology offers NPCC members a variety of free and discounted services including: a free technology assessment and a report of their findings and recommendations; a free website and social media assessment and a report of findings and recommendations; and, free assistance applying for Google For Nonprofits and/or Office 365 for Nonprofits. NPCC members are also eligible for discounted pricing on a variety of antivirus, security, backup and cloud services from RoundTable’s experts. If you are interested, complete the application at www.roundtabletechnology.com/npcc.

 

ReServe

ReServe, an organization that provides matching and placement services for retired professionals and New York City nonprofits, will hold its next partner breakfast on Wednesday, January 21 from 8:30-9:30am. Interested nonprofits are invited to attend to learn more about how an organization can utilize their services and meet their continuing professionals, partners and the ReServe staff. Register at http://reservepartnerbreakfastjan.eventbrite.com. More about ReServe is at www.reserveinc.org.

 

NWB

NWB is an insightful and irreverent blog written by an executive on topics and issues he faces running his organization. Recent posts include “Can we all just admit there is no such thing as nonprofit sustainability?”; and, “Dear business community, stop thinking you are better than us nonprofit folks.” Go to http://nonprofitwithballs.com.

 

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Nonprofit Excellence Award Winners

NPCC is delighted to announce the three New York City nonprofits receiving the 2014 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which recognizes outstanding management practices of nonprofits in New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

Leake & Watts won the Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence, Row New York won the Silver Prize and Graham Windham the Bronze Prize for Management Excellence. The winners were announced November 20 at a Best Practices Workshop & Awards Presentation held at Citi’s auditorium in Manhattan. The winners received cash awards of $30,000, $20,000, and $10,000, respectively, as well as six full scholarships for Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.

The winning organizations were selected for their use of excellent management practices to turn around a failing organization, to strategically manage growth of a young organization, and to review and improve an organization’s ability to realize its mission, respectively. The winners were selected by a panel of 30 nonprofit management experts. A total of 77 organizations applied for this year’s Awards, up 25 percent from 2013.

All three winners serve New York City’s at-risk youth, the first time in the program’s eight year history that the winners serve a similar population, although with different services and goals. Row New York, founded in 2002, is the smallest and youngest with a budget of $1.8 million, and 24 full time staff members. Graham Windham, founded in 1806, is the oldest. Leake & Watts has the largest budget, at nearly $75 million.

Founded as an orphanage in 1831, Leake & Watts today provides support to thousands of children, adults and families so they can achieve success tomorrow through a wide variety of early childhood, child welfare, developmental disabilities, special education, and juvenile justice programs. Five years ago, the organization was operating with a multi-million dollar deficit and 80 percent of its programs were in Corrective Action, as identified by the Administration of Children’s Services. Today, it operates with a surplus, has had clean audits for the past two years, and is routinely cited for its excellent program practices and outcomes. The turnaround is the result of implementing robust management practices across the board, including financial management that focuses on rate maximization and program utilization; competency-based hiring and focus on employee satisfaction; strong collaboration among the board, executive director, and staff; employing performance effectiveness indicators beyond those prescribed by grants; and, developing an agency-wide culture focused on results. Read about their practices at http://npexcellence.fcny.org/npea/practices/Examples_of_Excellence_-_Leake__Watts.pdf.

Row New York, based in Queens and Manhattan, empowers youth from under-resourced communities to build strength, gain confidence, and pursue excellence through the competitive sport of rowing, paired with academic support. Row New York is the first Queens-based nonprofit to win the Award. The organization has seen tremendous growth in the last few years, but its expansion has been thoughtful, analytic, and strategic—including having to say “no” when the opportunity for growth threatened their strength and sustainability. Today it not only serves more teens, but also has stronger outcomes thanks to its commitment to and culture of continuous learning, focus on results, and use of strategic partnerships. Its action plans for participating youth incorporate metrics on academics, physical fitness, and social emotional learning and have led to the hiring of a director of academics and college readiness to ensure that program graduates complete college. Row New York has effectively engaged strategic consultants to: improve program goals and develop metrics; enhance the board’s committee structure and board expectations; and develop a financial model for expansion. Read about their examples of excellence at http://npexcellence.fcny.org/npea/practices/Examples_of_Excellence_-_Row_New_York.pdf.

Since its founding in 1806, Graham Windham has been a vital force in providing innovative child welfare, educational, vocational, youth development and other social service programs that help New York City children and families achieve life-changing outcomes. In 2009, the board and senior management of the nearly 220-year-old organization began a re-visioning process informed by its review of the organization’s performance, impact and outcomes. As a result, Graham Windham refreshed its mission, clarifying its fundamental commitment to children who have experienced childhood neglect and trauma. It also phased out programs that were deemed off-mission, assessed the effectiveness of each of its core approaches, integrated its work across programs, and implemented a series of major practice advancements. Informed by advisory groups of those it serves, and co-led by staff and board, Graham Windham sets annually almost 50 mission-aligned goals and over 100 targets to assess performance. The board has an impressive committee structure, including a Program Performance Committee, to ensure intense board member participation. Each board member serves as an ambassador for Graham Windham, and many participate in its campaigns to shape policy at the local level. Read about their examples of excellence at http://npexcellence.fcny.org/npea/practices/Examples_of_Excellence_-_Graham_Windham.pdf.

The Awards program is an opportunity for nonprofits to improve their management practices in eight areas: focus on results; governance structure; financial management; human resources; diversity and responsiveness; information technology; communications; and fundraising. All applicants are eligible to receive 360-degree feedback on their management practices from the Selection Committee.

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. Along with sponsor WNYC, the program is supported by The Clark Foundation, Ford Foundation, Google, Taconic Foundation, McGladrey LLP, Fund for the City of New York, and Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise. More information about the Awards, including the guiding Eight Key Areas of Nonprofit Excellence and a list of its Selection Committee members, can be found at www.npccny.org/info/awards.htm or at http://npexcellence.fcny.org.

 

 

Unemployment Insurance Trust
Opt-Out Deadline Approaching

New York nonprofits have three options in providing unemployment benefits to their employees: they can pay into the State’s unemployment insurance fund; they can reimburse the State on a dollar-per-dollar basis when a claim arises; or, they can join an independent unemployment program.

NPCC has partnered with the Unemployment Services Trust (UST) to help members safely opt out of the State unemployment system. UST is a not-for-profit grantor trust founded to help nonprofits build a reserve of funds with stop-loss protection; continually monitor claims; provide hearing and HR support; and, save up to 60% off the state’s tax rate.

If your organization has been thinking about leaving the State unemployment insurance system, you need to complete an evaluation with UST by December 15 to opt out of the State’s unemployment fund for 2015. Organizations with 10 or more employees are the best fit to join the program; those with fewer than 10 employees will find it best to stay with the State’s system. Groups that have had few unemployment claims are probably putting more into the State’s system than they’re getting out, and using UST may help save them money.

Complete a savings evaluation by December 15 at http://bit.ly/ustsave.

 

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NPCC Member Survey

Each year, we ask our 501(c)(3) members for feedback on our programs and services. We encourage everyone at an organization to complete the survey, particularly those that come to workshops, read this newsletter, use the D&O liability program, Paychex or Staples or other cost-saving programs, or read our management and operations tips. Those who aren’t familiar with NPCC’s services might want to take a look at the survey, as it gives a quick overview of our wide-ranging programs.

If you have any questions, contact Danielle Penabad at NPCC at dpenabad@npccny.org or 212-502-4191, extension 230.

Please complete the survey and share it with all of your staff who use our services: www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014NPCCMemberSurvey.

 

New: .nyc

A new class of generic top level domains is now available to businesses, organizations and individuals with a physical address in New York City: .nyc. New Yorkers can register their own personalized .nyc web addresses and select an independent domain name retailer. Domain names are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Go to www.ownit.nyc.

 

GuideStar: Diversity

GuideStar has launched a new way to help set standards for how data about diversity within the nonprofit sector is collected. In collaboration with the D5 Coalition and others, it developed the data standards to advance transparent and uniform data collection about staff, board, and volunteer demographics in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. The voluntary program will appear within the GuideStar Exchange, the free component that encourages nonprofit transparency and allows nonprofits to supplement the public information that is available from the IRS.

The new data collection feature of the GuideStar Exchange provides recommended standards for organizations to voluntarily share information about the make up of board members, staff, and volunteers based on gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and ability/disability. Organizations can enter this information into GuideStar Exchange, or they can integrate the standards into their own collection and reporting systems, such as voluntary surveys, annual assessments or client intake forms—whatever an organization determines is the best mechanism.

For more information, go to www.guidestar.org/rxg/update-nonprofit-report/index.aspx.

 

 

Timesheets for Advocacy

Good recordkeeping helps an organization report how grant dollars were spent, and demonstrate its quantitative and qualitative work. BolderAdvocacy, an initiative of Alliance for Justice, has an article, Keeping Track: A Guide to Recordkeeping for Advocacy Charities, to help nonprofits comply with federal tax law by tracking their lobbying activities. It includes sample forms and describes the options for tracking staff time, overhead expenses and direct costs. It’s at http://bolderadvocacy.org/resource/keeping-track-a-guide-to-recordkeeping-for-advocacy-charities.

A related piece that offers sample timesheets is at http://bolderadvocacy.org/sample-timesheets.

 

New York Pooled PRI

A new collective effort among a group of foundations — the New York Pooled PRI Fund (NYPRI) — will make capital available to nonprofit organizations working with and on behalf of low-income New Yorkers.

NYPRI will seek opportunities to help organizations increase their impact while offering the potential for some amount of financial return for its investors. Organizations may be involved in health and human services, housing, education and youth development, community and economic development, or the arts. NYPRI will make investments from $250,000 to $750,000 in the form of secured and unsecured loans, loan guarantees, equity and equity-like securities. Investments outside this range will be considered on an exceptional basis and/or alongside co-investors. Each investment made by NYPRI will be structured to qualify as a program-related investment for its participants. SeaChange Capital Partners will manage the fund. More information is at http://seachangecap.org/the-new-york-pooled-pri-fund.

 

 

Welcome New NPCC Members

new 501(c)(3) members joined between
October 1-December 23, 2014

American Friends of the Statens Museum for Kunst Ltd.  •  Art Deco Society of New York  •  Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.  •  Centre for Social Innovation  •  Chinese Theatre Works, Inc.  •  Community Empowerment Network Inc  •  COPE Foundation  •  Crisis Text Line, Inc.  •  East New York Restoration Local Development Corporation  •  EMPower - The Emerging Markets Foundation  •  Friends of Carroll Park  •  Friends of Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering, Inc.  •  Housing Plus Solutions, Inc.  •  Love Heals/The Alison Gertz Foundation  •  Marine Park Alliance Corp.  •  Nonprofit Westchester  •  Reb-Dovid Fund Inc  •  Smith Street Stage  •  Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe  •  The Acceleration Project  •  The Dorothea Tanning Foundation, Inc.  •  The Lineage Project  •  The Tyler Clementi Foundation  •  The Womans Club of Rye, Inc.  •  Vietnam Learning, Arts & Cultural Center (VLACC)  •  Waterwell  •  Women’s League for Conservative Judaism

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 1,600 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: 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, Cao K. O, Stephanie Palmer, 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, administrative director
Kristen Jones, executive coordinator
Nilanjan Bhattacharya, development associate
Robert J. Vanni, senior consultant, Government Relations

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