In Conversation With Gray Matters

Programs Coordinator Devon Stein spoke with Gray Matters, a member organization of Nonprofit New York. We will continue to highlight the work of our members because we believe when your nonprofit is stronger, all of us are stronger.

Tell me about the organization and what you do.

Gray Matters is a pro bono advisory services organization serving New York City nonprofits. We are retired or near retirement professionals specializing in areas including Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Marketing, Finance, and Legal. We have a long-term commitment to our clients.

Once you contact us a Gray Matters member will call or email you within a few days to discuss your projects, your needs, and your priorities. Then a Gray Matters member whose skills match your needs will be asked to contact you and begin the relationship. Requests are also presented at our monthly meeting for comment and collaboration among all members. There is no set structure for our services. We work with organizations for as long as we mutually feel we can be of use and with as many Gray Matters members as are needed to address the organizations issues.

Gray Matters was founded in 2000 by the late Larry Levine and George Adams  who understood that not-for-profit organizations in the New York City metropolitan area could benefit from experienced advice. They also recognized a capacity and desire among colleagues and friends to devote more time to social and community activism. This led them to ask: How do you harness the talents of these professionals and match them with the needs of particular not-for-profit organizations? The answer was Gray Matters.

How many people are on your team?


What population do you serve?

New York City nonprofits

Where do you see your organization in the next five years or ten years?

With each new client experience we build our inventory of capabilities to apply to future situations.

How has partnering with Nonprofit New York helped you succeed?

Partnering with Nonprofit New York has provided us with our main source of new clients.

What are you currently working on that you want us to mention to our membership?

Comprehensive Strategic Plans