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So You Wanna Start a Nonprofit?

By Melkis Alvarez-Baez, Acting President, Nonprofit New York

The number one question we get at Nonprofit New York is “I want to start a nonprofit - what do I need to do?” There’s a reason why “So you want to start a nonprofit?” is one of our often-trending resources.

Green City Challenge Teaches Kids about Sustainability through Gaming

Founded in 2010, Green City Challenge has unique experience providing environmental education at businesses, schools and public events throughout New York City. This organization provides educational events that connect directly with students about sustainability through fun and engaging programming targeted at middle schools in the Manhattan and Bronx area.

CAN: Campaign to Advance Nonprofits

CAN: Campaign to Advance Nonprofits
Nonprofit New York’s Public Policy Platform

Nonprofit New York is thrilled to launch our overarching policy campaign, CAN: the Campaign to Advance Nonprofits. CAN is Nonprofit New York’s public policy* agenda, based on our Declaration of Nonprofit Rights.

January 2020 Policy Updates


Repeal of Nonprofit Transportation Tax! The Senate voted to approve two spending bills: 1) the Consolidated Appropriations Act, H.R. 1158, (which funds the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, and general government operations at $860 billion), and 2) the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, H.R. 1865, which, as amended, repeals the 21% tax on nonprofit transportation benefits.

LEAP Expands Arts Access in NYC

Membership Manager Taina Sanon spoke with Richard Souto, Executive Director of LEAP, a member organization of Nonprofit New York. Nonprofit New York will continue to highlight the work of our members, LEAP, because we believe when your nonprofit is stronger, all of us are stronger.

2019 Best Nonprofit Conference Recap

Whether you’re a large organization with a storied legacy or a small nonprofit building your base, Nonprofit New York’s Nonprofit Excellence Awards are designed to help you reach your full potential. And our Best Nonprofit Conference--the culminating event for the year-long Awards process--is an opportunity for all of us to learn from and aspire to the best management practices of exceptional organizations.

Nonprofit New York members in action: New Yorkers for Culture & Arts

New Yorkers for Culture & Arts (NY4CA) is a city-wide coalition of cultural groups that believes that every New Yorker in every neighborhood should be able to engage in the life transforming, community strengthening power of culture and arts. Formed in 2018 by the merger of two existing cultural advocacy groups, we began the work of building a strong network of arts and culture groups to fight for increased funding and improved public policy supporting culture across the five boroughs.

December 2019 Policy Updates


.ORG Registry
Prices for nonprofit website addresses ending in .org may soon increase dramatically and censorship may become a distinct possibility because of two seemingly connected events. Earlier this year, the governing body overseeing the .org domain, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), removed price caps despite 97 percent of the more than 3,200 submitted comments expressing opposition.

Amplifying Community Voices Campaign

Nonprofits often represent the needs of our communities, but fewer than 3% of nonprofits engage in legislative advocacy, which can create the change we want to see (See: Endnote 1). In a time when New Yorkers face housing insecurity, threats to immigration, affordability, and other challenges, policymakers need to hear more from you, not less.

Nonprofit New York’s The Community was nationally recognized at Dreamforce 2019!

Last month, we took a trip to San Francisco to present at Dreamforce, the largest software conference in the world, hosted by Salesforce. As you may be able to tell from our photo above, we had a blast. But it was so much more than flower crowns!

Salesforce's national conference Dreamforce is a week-long series of conversations and presentations meant to inspire innovation and trailblazing ideas.