New York Nonprofit Sector Events – October & November 2015

Microsoft Office 365 for Nonprofits, a Special Event by TechSoup Global
November 11, 2015 (Wednesday9:30 am—4:00 pm
Microsoft Welcome Center, 11 Times Square, 7th Floor, New York, NY

Here’s your chance to learn more about Office 365 for nonprofits – what it is, how the licensing works, how it can benefit your nonprofit, and what it takes to implement it. Nonprofit staff can learn more about why nonprofits are choosing Office 365, how it’s saving them money, and how to successfully implement it. IT staff and consultants will have the opportunity to learn tips and tricks about implementing Office 365 at nonprofit organizations.  Everyone will have time to ask questions and learn more about the benefits of O365 for nonprofits.  This event will be hosted by TechSoup and its partner organization, Tech Impact.

This is a one-day event for nonprofits will cover the following topics – and much more!

  • Cloud based services: what they are, advantages and disadvantages
  • Office 365 overview including the various components so you can better understand what they are and how you can use them
  • Information on different implementation strategies and resources
  • Technical deep dive for IT folks to learn more about how to best implement Office 365 for nonprofit organizations

Click here to register for this free event.


Strategic Planning for Mission Impact
November 12, 2015 (Thursday9:00 am—11:30 am
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street, Volvo Room, New York, NY

Great strategic plans are based on measurable goals that can help you achieve your nonprofit’s mission. They are vital tools for guiding nonprofit work. Everyone in your organization has a valuable role to play in creating and using your strategic plan. Led by New York City’s Chief Service Officer, Paula Gavin, a panel of seasoned experts will share their insights about how strategic planning can position your nonprofit to manage challenges effectively, and lead to deeper mission impact. Cost is $25 per person.  Click here to register to attend.


Webinar: How an 80’s pop song can help manage 2 critical IT security risks
Thursday, November 12th, 2:00 pm—3:00 pm

“Back at base, bugs in the software / Flash the message, ‘something’s out there!'”

Hacking, botnets and ransomware – the list of threats goes on and on. Following clear advice from international pop hit, 99 Red Balloons, this workshop will guide you through a methodology and toolset to move from anxiety to action. While you can’t eliminate risk, there are many practical steps you can take to better understand your risks and then manage those risks. You will leave this webinar with the ability to identify your biggest security risks, steps you can take and tools you can use to assess and address those risks, and much more. The webinar will be led by accomplished tech leader Joshua Peskay, VP of RoundTable Technology. Click here to learn more and register.


Demonstration of data2go.nyc, a free mapping and data tool
November 17, 2015 (Wednesday8:30 am—10:00 am
UJA Federation of New York, 130 East 59th Street, New York, NY

HSC, in partnership with Asian American Federation, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, Council for Family and Child Caring Agencies, LiveOn NY, and Staten Island NFP Association, is proud to host a demonstration of data2go.nyc, a pioneering, free, easy-to-use mapping and data tool.

The data2go.nyc website and mobile app bring together for the first time federal, state, and city data on over 350 indicators in a dozen areas vital to improving New Yorkers’ lives – empowering users to pinpoint particular groups and areas in need, craft solutions, target policies and services, track progress, advocate for change, and hold elected officials accountable for results. A one-stop shop for neighborhood-level data broken down by community district (150 indicators are also available by census tract)data2go.nyc enables policy-makers, philanthropists, social service delivery agencies, and community-based organizations to create unique data sets, prepare district profiles, test relationships between indicators, and print or share their results at the click of a button.

Presented by: Kristen Lewis,Co-Director, and Rebecca Gluskin, Chief Statistician, Measure of America

Data2Go was created by Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council, with the generous support of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Click here to register.


2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards Best Practices Workshop & Awards Presentation
November 18, 2015 (Wednesday8:30 am—12:30 pm
CUNY Graduate Center Auditorium, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards honor outstanding management and governance practices among New York’s large and diverse nonprofit community. Join us as this year’s three winners participate in a Best Practices Workshop to share their management strengths and detail the strategies that led to their selection. The panel will be moderated by Stephanie Thomas, President of Stetwin Consulting and NPCC Board Member. The Awards Presentation and a reception will follow. This is a free event, but registration is required. Click here to register.


New York Nonprofit 40 under 40 Honoree Breakfast
November 19, 2015 (Thursday8:30 am—10:30 am
LAVO, 39 East 58th Street, New York, NY

New York Nonprofit celebrates its inaugural 40 under 40 nonprofit rising stars. The breakfast serves to launch NYN’s Rising Stars special issue and to celebrate the accomplishments of the forty under forty with friends, colleagues and family. Programming for the morning will feature speeches, award presentation and networking opportunities. Click here to purchase tickets.


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

Looking for great board members? The Alumni Board Connect program, led by University of Chicago Booth School of Business, matches 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.


There’s still time: October 2015

Conference on Evidence-Based Treatment Interventions for Children and Families (REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 13th)
October 30, 2015 (Friday8:30 am—3:00 pm
Baruch College Conference Center: 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

The New York Foundling Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection proudly presents the 2015 Annual Professional Conference Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment Interventions for Children and Families in Child Welfare: What Works and What Needs to be Done. The conference will feature Gladys Carrión, Esq., Commissioner for the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) as the keynote speaker.  The registration deadline is October 13thClick here to download the event brochure, including the agenda and registration information.


Funding Opportunity for Nonprofits Serving Communities of Color (DEADLINE: October 30th)

As part of the New York City Council Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, the City Council allocated $2.5 million for the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF) intended for nonprofits serving majority Asian, Latino and/or Black communities to build organizational capacity through board development, financial and organization management grants. CCNSF aims to build the capacity of New York City nonprofits, in  recognition of the fact that organizations led by people of the community are best equipped to meet the needs of their constituents. CCNSF also intends to promote learning among Community Based Organization leaders.

Applications are now available for the CCNSF Year 2. The CCNSF committee is led by theCoalition for Asian American Children and FamiliesAsian American FederationBlack Agency ExecutivesHispanic Federation, and New York Urban League, whose mission is to build the capacity of organizations serving communities of color.

Attend an upcoming Community Briefing to learn more about the grant, and apply today! Deadline is October 30th.


Howie the Harp Accepting Applications for January 2016 Training (DEADLINE: October 31st)

Howie the Harp Advocacy Center is now accepting applications for its comprehensive and intensive Peer Training Program starting in January 2016. This program offers people who have lived experience with a mental health condition the opportunity for a career as a Peer Provider in Human Services. The training gives participants the tools to transform their own experiences in mental health care into skills to support and aid others on their road to wellness and recovery. Click here for additional information including eligibility criteria, application form, and details about upcoming information sessionsThe application deadline is Friday, October 31, 2015.

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Melkis Alvarez-Baez Named “New York Nonprofit 40 Under 40 Rising Star”

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

Congratulations to Melkis Alvarez-Baez, Director of Programs for the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, who has been selected as one of New York Nonprofit Media’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars.

Anyone who has ever applied for the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, served on the selection committee, funded or been part of the management of the Awards knows just how good Melkis is at her job. She’s hardworking, detail-oriented, thoughtful, strategic and accomplished—not to mention kind.

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Beware of the “Free Puppies” of Technology Donations

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By Mary O’Shaughnessy, Manager of Information Technology, Her Justice

“Free puppies” sounds so wonderful. Yet once you have acquired an actual puppy, your wallet gets opened for spay/neuter, license, food, toys, dog walker—free isn’t really “no-cost.” The same is true for “free computers” and “free software.” Before you jump to say “Yes,” think carefully about what the real price might be.

“The only thing is…”

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Six New York Nonprofits Selected as Finalists of 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Six nonprofit groups from Manhattan and Brooklyn have been selected as finalists for the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which include $60,000 in prizes as well as tuition scholarships for the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.

The announcement was made by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC), which created and manages the nine-year-old Excellence Awards program.

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New York Nonprofit Sector Events – September & October 2015

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York Rolls Out New Retirement Program

NPCC is excited to announce the formation of a new retirement program and associated fiduciary investment services exclusively for our 501(c)(3) members. Click here to learn more about this program.

The new program with Nationwide will offer ERISA 403(b) and/or 401(k) retirement plans. These plans are available to all NPCC 501(c)(3) members and will offer discounted pricing for nearly all sizes and types of nonprofits (meeting certain first year minimum balance requirements). The Nationwide program is a mutual fund platform featuring more than 1,200 funds from multiple fund families. (Please note that NPCC’s existing retirement programs with MetLife will continue.)

If your organization is interested in the most comprehensive transfer of Plan Sponsor fiduciary liability for investment related issues available in the industry today, Nationwide provides access to a solution through its relationship with IRON Financial. IRON Financial is an independent 3(38) Centre for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) certified investment manager that selects and monitors investment option decisions through its ERISA 3(38) Fiduciary services. This allows an organization to transfer all of its responsibility and legal liability for selecting, monitoring and replacement of plan investments. With IRON Financial’s 3(38) services, the plan sponsor’s responsibility is shifted to simply monitoring the assigned 3(38) Fiduciary, IRON Financial.

In addition to the program with Nationwide, NPCC will offer two separate ERISA 3(16) fiduciary services, one through Pentegra and another through 401K SAFE.

New York Cares’ Volunteer Impact Program (VIP)

Engage volunteers strategically at your organization by enrolling in New York Cares’ Volunteer Impact Program (VIP).

Through an intensive 8 week program comprised of online tutorials and weekly in-person training sessions, participants build critical volunteer management skills and develop a customized action plan to bring best practices to life. VIP empowers non-profits to successfully leverage the power of volunteers.

In the Beginner Track, we build a baseline of volunteer management knowledge, covering topics such as organizational needs assessment, recruitment, training, support and recognition of volunteers.  In the Advanced Track, we dig more deeply into volunteer management topics to help organizations grow their capacity and increase their impact.  Sample topics include tracking volunteers, developing volunteer leaders, cost and benefit analysis of your program, and evaluating your volunteer program.

VIP sessions start on September 30th.  Don’t miss out- register today!

Camp Finance Conference
October 8 – 9, 2015
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY

Join over 300 nonprofit and foundation leaders, state and national experts on finance, fundraising, governance and public policy for NYCON’s 14th annual Camp Finance Conference. This two-day retreat will consist of workshops that are responsive to your professional development and organizational needs with the latest information and tools to empower you to continue to build an effective, compliant, vibrant and sustainable nonprofit organization. Click here for additional information about the schedule, presenters and registration.

Managing for Results: Strategies for Successful Outcome Measurement
October 14, 2015 (Wednesday9:30 am—12:00 pm
Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, CT

Learn how outcomes measurement can focus your organization on what is important about your work and the difference it makes. Through hands-on exercises, you’ll begin to develop an outcomes tracking plan that is both meaningful and manageable and discover the steps you need to take to achieve excellence in managing for results.  This workshop will be most helpful to executive directors and program managers.

This FREE workshop is co-sponsored by Citi Community Development and NPCC, and will help build the capacity of community development nonprofits that serve low-to-moderate income individuals and families. This workshop will be presented by Laurel Molloy, Founder & Chief Consultant at Innovations QuantifiedClick here to register.

2016 National Leadership Conference – Call for Presenters (DEADLINE: October 15th)

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington, DC, is teaming up with other state and regional associations of nonprofits to present the 2016 National Leadership Conference on April 20-22, 2016 in McLean, Virginia. They have issued a call for presenters – dynamic individuals who will motivate, inspire and guide nonprofit organizations across the topics in topics such as leadership, growth, finance, governance, development, volunteer recruitment, program management, among others. Proposals are due October 15. 

Request for Proposals: Connections to Care (DEADLINE: October 19th)

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, with the assistance of the Center for Economic Opportunity and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, is proud to announce the release of the Connections to Care Request for Proposals, available here. The Mayor’s Fund is seeking proposals from qualified 501(c)(3) Community Based Organizations, in partnership with licensed mental health providers, to implement the Connections to Care model.

Connections to Care will support staff training and ongoing coaching to support implementation of evidence-based mental health interventions for at-risk populations. Target service populations include low-income (1) expectant mothers and parents of children 0-4; (2) out of school, out of work young adults ages 16-24; and/or (3) unemployed or underemployed low-income working-age adults ages 18 and over receiving workforce development services.  Connections to Care is expected to last five years, and is a program and research study of the federal Social Innovation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  For more information, please read the Press Release.

All applications are due by October 19th at 2:00 PM. Letters of Interest are strongly encouraged and due by September 25th. Prospective applicants may ask questions regarding the RFP by emailing SIF@cityhall.nyc.gov. All questions must be received by October 8th.

Cybersecurity Planning: Critical Tool for Nonprofit Leaders
October 20, 2015 (Tuesday9:30 am—11:30 am [Workshop & Livestream]
Scandinavia House: 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street, Volvo Room, New York, NY

Does your organization have a strong cybersecurity plan? As trusted parties with limited resources, nonprofits can be vulnerable. Even small charities can experience big cyber problems, and may not be prepared to manage the devastating results. A major incident could do a tremendous amount of harm to an organization’s reputation and finances. The good news is cybersecurity planning steps can help minimize and protect organizations of all sizes. Click here to register.

Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise – Applications Available (DEADLINE: October 21st)

The Senior Leaders Program, beginning January 10, 2016, is a unique and transformative experience, designed to help nonprofit leaders successfully develop their organization’s direction, policies, and programs – all while building an invaluable network of other nonprofit leaders.

The Developing Leaders Program, taking place March 20–25, 2016, shows nonprofit managers how to support their organization’s mission by exposing them to key management concepts and providing tools to better navigate their position within the organization.

Breakfast Seminar: Managing Scarce Resources
October 22, 2015 (Thursday8:00 am—10:30 am
Princeton Club of New York: 15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY

A panel of industry professionals will engage in a discussion on two employee-related topics affecting nonprofits: health care benefit strategies and employee-based risk exposures. This session is free to attend, and is being co-sponsored by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, the Human Services Council, and Crystal & Company. This workshop is geared towards organizations with 100+ employees or an annual budget of $10 million or more. Click here to register.

Conference on Evidence-Based Treatment Interventions for Children and Families (REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 13th)
October 30, 2015 (Friday8:30 am—3:00 pm
Baruch College Conference Center: 55 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY

The New York Foundling Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection proudly presents the 2015 Annual Professional Conference Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment Interventions for Children and Families in Child Welfare: What Works and What Needs to be Done. The conference will feature Gladys Carrión, Esq., Commissioner for the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) as the keynote speaker.  The registration deadline is October 13thClick here to download the event brochure, including the agenda and registration information. 

Funding Opportunity for Nonprofits Serving Communities of Color (DEADLINE: October 30th)

As part of the New York City Council Fiscal Year 2016 Budget, the City Council allocated $2.5 million for the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF) intended for nonprofits serving majority Asian, Latino and/or Black communities to build organizational capacity through board development, financial and organization management grants. CCNSF aims to build the capacity of New York City nonprofits, in  recognition of the fact that organizations led by people of the community are best equipped to meet the needs of their constituents. CCNSF also intends to promote learning among Community Based Organization leaders.

Applications are now available for the CCNSF Year 2. The CCNSF committee is led by the Coalition for Asian American Children and FamiliesAsian American FederationBlack Agency ExecutivesHispanic Federation, and New York Urban League, whose mission is to build the capacity of organizations serving communities of color.

Attend an upcoming Community Briefing to learn more about the grant, and apply today! Deadline is October 30th.

Howie the Harp Accepting Applications for January 2016 Training (DEADLINE: October 31st)

Howie the Harp Advocacy Center is now accepting applications for its comprehensive and intensive Peer Training Program starting in January 2016. This program offers people who have lived experience with a mental health condition the opportunity for a career as a Peer Provider in Human Services. The training gives participants the tools to transform their own experiences in mental health care into skills to support and aid others on their road to wellness and recovery. Click here for additional information including eligibility criteria, application form, and details about upcoming information sessionsThe application deadline is Friday, October 31, 2015.

Reflections from a Semifinalist: The GO Project

The GO Project is one of ten organizations selected as a semifinalist for the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
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By Erica Ahdoot, Executive Director of the GO Project

Most likely, you have heard the phrase, “it takes a village to raise a child.” As leaders in the non-profit/educational space, the staff at the GO Project often uses this expression. But how does it hold up when applied to the running—or raising—of a non-profit organization?

The GO Project was recently selected as a semifinalist for the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Through the application process, we realized the answer to how to run a successful non-profit was remarkably similar to how to raise a successful young person. It takes a village.

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Columbia Business School Program Offers Scholarship Awards to Winners

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There are many benefits to participating in the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, including the 360-degree management review and detailed feedback participating organizations receive. But Awards winners, in addition to their cash prizes and bragging rights, also receive tuition scholarships to two Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise.

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