Our Values


  • Nonprofits play vital and vibrant roles. Nonprofits drive the economy, create and sustain the safety net, build communities, help them make meaning, change and art together, and fuel local democracy by motivating and facilitating civic engagement.
  • Equitable policies and practices are important in the work we do AND the way we do the work.
  • Nonprofit New York’s work should be accessible. The spaces we gather in, the ways we communicate, and the tools we provide need to work for more people.
  • Nonprofit New York must be responsive and resilient. Our work should evolve and adapt as we solicit and integrate feedback from our members through relationship building, collaborative learning spaces, regular evaluations, and community gatherings.
  • Creating change requires building solidarity across the nonprofit sector. Working together and advocating collectively, across subsectors, missions and sizes, amplifies the nonprofit voice and enhances our ability to mobilize for change.


  • Centering equity is a condition of success for nonprofits. Focusing on equity makes nonprofits more effective, accountable, and sustainable.
  • Consistent accountability is required for enduring change. Like most institutions, nonprofits were shaped by systems based on white supremacy, patriarchy, marginalization, and exclusion. Our shared work toward social change requires awareness, action, and accountability.
  • Strengthening and sustaining the nonprofit sector requires reshaping our structures, systems, and approaches in order to ensure power and access are shared. BIPOC led nonprofits, emerging organizations, and groups serving communities who have been intentionally excluded and marginalized are priority constituencies for us.