Policy Forums

Want to know more about what we are working on? Our Policy Forums are a way to find out more about the issues affecting your nonprofit. They give you a chance to add your voice to the conversation and be a part of a dynamic exchange of ideas. They’ll also give you the latest policy developments and a chance to ask your questions about policy issues to leaders in the field. These events are open to members and non-members and are free to attend. Do you have an idea for an Policy Forum topic? Email Policy Director Chai Jindasurat at [email protected]

Upcoming Forums

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Past Forums

You Count! Preparing for Census 2020 Forum | Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

Census 2020 is right around the corner! Census data determines approximately $900 billion annually in federal funds among states and localities. For every person who isn’t counted, states lose from over $500 to over $2,000 per year. An undercount could prove devastating to all our work. Regardless of what kind of organization you are, we all play a critical role in ensuring a complete count for Census 2020.

The panel will feature:

  • State Senator Zellnor Myrie
  • City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca
  • Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer Carlyn Cowen
  • Moderated by Chai Jindasurat, Policy Director, Nonprofit New York

How to Implement New York’s New Sexual Harassment Laws | Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019

New York State and New York City recently passed two sets of laws that address sexual harassment in the workplace, with various deadlines from October 2018 through April 2020. Nonprofits now have new policy, training, and onboarding obligations. Learn from the New York City Commission on Human Rights and the New York State Division of Human Rights what these laws are, how they are the same and how they are different, and what you need to do to comply with both the state and city rules. This forum will include model policies, model trainings, and time for your questions.

The panel will feature:

  • Carmelyn P. Malalis, Chair and Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights
  • Caroline J. Downey, General Counsel, New York State Division of Human Rights
  • Moderated by Sharon Stapel, President, Nonprofit New York

Everything You Need to Know about the Exempt Salary Threshold Increase in Effect December 2018 | Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

Recent changes to exempt salary thresholds, that went into effect on December 31, 2017, change again on December 31, 2018. Employers whose exempt "administrative" and "executive" employees are currently paid less than the new salary thresholds must either increase those salaries to the new minimums or start paying the affected employees overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a work-week. We heard from you that these rules are confusing and you need more information. Because the next annual change is coming next month, NPCC is holding a special Forum to allow you to learn about the changes and how to manage and message them within your organization.

The panel will feature:

  • Judith Moldover, Senior Staff Attorney, Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Laurie Lessage, Director of Finance and Administration, Day One
  • Jen Thatcher, Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, Girl Be Heard
  • Moderated by Melkis Alvarez-Baez, Chief Operations Officer, Nonprofit New York

UBIT and Commuter Benefits: What Does it Mean for Nonprofits? | Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018

In December 2017, Congress passed a new tax law that created a new tax for nonprofits (among other things). The Unrelated Business Income Tax, or UBIT, now applies to commuter benefits. It’s counterintuitive, we know. Taxing tax-exempt nonprofits seems like an oxymoron. However, it’s true. Suddenly, and with no notice, nonprofits are incurring a 30% tax on the metrocards, bus passes, or parking fees that their employees use. We are awaiting IRS guidance, but for now we are assuming this is on the entire benefit amount, regardless of whether the nonprofit organization, or the employee, pays for it.

The panel will feature:

  • Laura Abel, Senior Policy Counsel, Lawyers Alliance for New York
  • Jonas J.N. Shaende, PhD, Chief Economist, Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Moderated by Sharon Stapel, President, Nonprofit New York