#WHY15 Budget Advocacy Opportunities

#WHY15 Budget Advocacy Opportunities

Dear Nonprofit New York Members and Community,

Thank you to our members who recently reached out to let us know the continued harm and extent of the City’s budget cuts to programming this fiscal year. While #WHY15 has had partial wins, the nonprofit sector is still very much hurting from cuts in November and January. We have learned of nonprofit organizations being completely zeroed out, particularly small cultural nonprofits, and various others on the brink of financial collapse.

As Nonprofit New York’s #WHY15 campaign continues to call on the City to restore these arbitrary and unnecessary cuts from this fiscal year, we would like to highlight upcoming advocacy opportunities being hosted across the sector. If you have advocacy opportunities you would like us to highlight in upcoming communications, please email Policy & Advocacy Coordinator Thara Duclosel.

Parks Advocacy

New Yorkers for Parks is hosting a Rally for Parks on Tuesday, May 7, at Union Square Park at 6 PM. Mayor Adams’ proposed Executive Budget did not include any restorations to Parks. Over $55M was cut from NYC Parks, and over 600 essential jobs were eliminated, with funding for NYC Parks altogether lower than in the Preliminary Budget. Learn more and RSVP here.

Arts & Culture Advocacy

While the $22 million restoration over the next three years to the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) for the Cultural Development Fund (CDF) and cultural institution groups (CIGs) is a notable win for the sector, it is only a partial restoration of the January cuts to culture as smaller, hyperlocal organizations have not received any reversal of FY24 cuts. Arts and culture organizations remain in a fragile financial state. New Yorkers for Culture and Arts (NY4CA) are hosting a CULTURE RALLY on the steps of City Hall on May 21. For more information, contact [email protected].