Four Challenges for the City in 2016—and Some Solutions

This op-ed was first published by Crain’s New York Business on December 4, 2015:

By Lorie A. Slutsky, President, New York Community Trust

During 25 years as president of one of New York’s leading charitable foundations, I’ve overseen more than $1 billion in grants to nonprofits doing vital work—from educating preschoolers to caring for the elderly. But I’ve come to understand that good intentions and charity alone can’t fix the city’s problems: Homelessness has reached record highs, graduating teens are ill-prepared for today’s jobs, and heroin deaths now exceed murders.

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New York Nonprofit Sector Events – December 2015

Citi Foundation: Community Progress Makers

The Citi Foundation announced the launch of the Community Progress Makers Fund, a $20 million, 2-year initiative designed to invest in visionary organizations committed to aligning the work of residents, nonprofits, businesses and municipal governments in an effort to create opportunity and drive economic progress for low- and moderate-income communities in the metro areas of New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and Washington, DC. The Citi Foundation’s full announcement about the Community Progress Makers Fund can be found here.

Selected organizations will receive operating support grants of up to $500,000 over 2 years, in addition to technical assistance, communications support and access to skill-based, pro-bono Citi volunteer teams.

Citi Foundation is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, December 1st, 2:00 PM to answer questions from potential applications about this funding opportunity. Citi Foundation will collect questions in advance to answer during this webinar. Submit your questions to by November 27thRegister for the webinar here.


Advocacy & Lobbying for Nonprofits
December 2, 2015 (Wednesday), 9:30 am – 11:00 am
The Foundation Center: 32 Old Slip, New York, NY

Nonprofits play a vital role in advocating for social issues and informing and influencing public policy. Yet many nonprofit executives are unclear about the laws surrounding lobbying and political activity. Join us for a seminar that will help you to learn about what is and what is not considered lobbying, how much lobbying a public charity can do, and what your organization needs to do to protect its tax status while engaging in these activities. Join us just in time for election season! Register here.

Presenters: John Bennett and Kevin Roe, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

This session is co-sponsored by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, Foundation Center, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Human Services Council and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.


PennPAC Volunteers (DEADLINE: December 4th)

PennPAC’s University of Pennsylvania alumni volunteers is seeking nonprofit applicants for its Spring 2016 roster of NYC consulting grants. PennPAC’s six person teams provide 8-10 week, project based, strategic consulting engagements customized to meet your business needs. Applications are due by December 4. More information is at


Brooke W. Mahoney Award (DEADLINE: December 4th)

The Brooke W. Mahoney Award recognizes the outstanding work done by a board of directors as it dedicates time and resources to achieving its organization’s unique mission and awards a $5,000 prize. The competition is open to any 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located within the metro area. There is no entry fee. The application deadline is December 4. Go to


Chicago Booth Alumni Board Connect (DEADLINE: December 7th)

Alumni Board Connect matches Chicago Booth alumni with nonprofit organizations to serve as directors on their boards. Through this program, both alumni and the organizations benefit from the effective matching service and subsequent networking and educational opportunities. New York City nonprofits can apply if they have open seats on their board of directors. Applications are due on December 7thClick here to learn more and to apply.


Nonprofit TechCon: How Technology has Changed Everything for Nonprofits
December 10, 2015 (Thursday8:00 am—5:30 pm
Fordham University, Center for Nonprofit Leaders, Pope Auditorium: 60th Street Entrance, Lincoln Center

This full-day conference will bring together leaders in technology, IT and data systems as well as executive management from nonprofits across New York, addressing the impact of technology on the nonprofit community. Click here to learn more and to register.


Junior Boards

BoardAssist has launched a new junior board matching service. Whether your junior board is an established one or needs to be built from scratch, BoardAssist wants to help.  Read more about BoardAssist at and read BoardAssist’s blog post on managing your junior board efficiently at BoardAssist’s new junior board product is offered free of charge to the New York nonprofit community. For more information, contact Cynthia Remec

Gold, Silver and Bronze Prizes Awarded to Three Exceptional Nonprofits

– New York Common Pantry wins the Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence –

– America Needs You and BRC win the Silver Prize and Bronze Prize for Management Excellence, respectively


New York Common Pantry’s Board Chair Michael Fitzsimons and Executive Director Stephen Grimaldi accept the Gold Prize.

(New York, NY) – Three nonprofit groups have been chosen as winners of the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which include a total of $60,000 in prizes as well as tuition scholarships for the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.

The announcement of the three winning organizations – New York Common Pantry, America Needs You and BRC – was made by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC), which created and manages the nine-year-old Awards program.

America Needs You’s Founding Board Member Daron Greene and CEO Kimberly A. Harris accept the Silver Prize.


New York Common Pantry won the Gold Prize for Overall Management Excellence. America Needs You and BRC won the Silver Prize and Bronze Prize for Management Excellence, respectively. The prizes were awarded today at a best practices workshop, Awards presentation and reception held at CUNY Graduate Center.

BRC’s Board Chair Julie Salamon and Executive Director Muzzy Rosenblatt accept the Bronze Prize.

A selection committee of 34 nonprofit management experts chose the three winners from a group of six finalists – which were previously selected from among 10 semifinalists – following an intensive application and vetting process that identifies excellent and replicable management practices among nonprofits in New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

New York Common Pantry is dedicated to reducing hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency. America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development. BRC helps people reclaim lives lost by restoring hope and dignity and offering opportunities for health and self-sufficiency.

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Best Practices: Diversity and Cultural Competence


By Diana Davenport, Vice President for Administration, The Commonwealth Fund

Each year the Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee pays special attention to diversity and cultural competence in its review of Award applications. While we have seen improvement over the years, the fact is that the committee has found this is a management practice where many organizations continue to struggle. The good news is that there are strong and replicable practices and outcomes among this year’s three winners and all six finalists worthy of highlighting for your information:

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Three Exceptional New York Nonprofits Win 2015 Nonprofit Excellence Awards

– America Needs You, BRC and New York Common Pantry win for exemplary management practices –

– Gold, Silver and Bronze Prize winners to be revealed at the November 18 ceremony at CUNY Graduate Center –

(New York, NY) – Three nonprofit groups have been chosen as winners of the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which include a total of $60,000 in prizes as well as tuition scholarships for the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.

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