CAN: Campaign to Advance Nonprofits

Nonprofit New York’s Public Policy Platform

CAN: the Campaign to Advance Nonprofits is Nonprofit New York’s public policy agenda, based on our Declaration of Nonprofit Rights. In order to ensure the nonprofit sector’s continued vibrancy, strength and capacity, Nonprofit New York will protect, uphold and sustain the following four principles:

  • we have the right 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

Sustainable nonprofits initiative

Nonprofit New York seeks to fundamentally change the way nonprofits in New York are resourced. The Sustainable Nonprofits Initiative will empower the sector with tools for understanding their actual costs, advocate that funders reform practices to fully fund nonprofits’ work, and serve as a filter for taking positions on legislation that will either support or weaken nonprofits’ financial position.

Sector promotion and nonprofit advocacy

Nonprofit New York seeks to promote nonprofits for the important role they play in civil society, with research on the state of the sector and its impact. We will advocate for legislation and resources for nonprofits to engage in advocacy and share their expertise in the policymaking process.

Nonprofit racial equity

Nonprofit New York will work with nonprofit capacity builders in the New York City area to develop tools for organizational development that advance racial equity to address racial disparities within the sector. Nonprofit New York will also support legislation and policies to promote racial equity within the sector.

In addition to the above priorities, Nonprofit New York will monitor legislation that will have an impact on the sector and take positions in support or against legislation for the sector using our framework of the Declaration of Nonprofit Rights.

Nonprofit New York understands nonprofit public policy to include both the legislation and regulations that govern the nonprofit sector, and the non-legislative policies and aspirations that impact the sector’s culture, norms, and expectations. Nonprofit New York’s public policy work includes legislative priorities and macro-level efforts to influence philanthropy, business, and the sector as a whole. We endeavor to take on issues that are sector-wide, that have significant impact on nonprofits that are not being led by other organizations, and in places where others do not have the bandwidth to address the issue.

Read our full Policy Platform