Nonprofit New York's Declaration of Nonprofit Rights


The Declaration of Nonprofit Rights is Nonprofit New York’s bold vision for a powerful nonprofit sector. It is Nonprofit New York’s North Star, the guiding principles that form the basis of our worldview of the sector’s needs and potential, and in turn, guide our day-to-day public policy work to meet those needs and potential.

The Declaration lays out four principles of nonprofit rights, with attendant responsibilities:

  • We have a right to sustainable resources and a responsibility to serve our communities well.
  • We have a right to engage in advocacy and a responsibility to share our expertise.
  • We have a right to be fairly treated as a workforce and a responsibility to champion equity.
  • We have a right to be powerful forces of change and a responsibility to advance the future of all communities.

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