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

National

.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 members in action: Asian American Federation is making sure New York counts!

Can you tell us a bit about AAF?
Founded in 1989, Asian American Federation (AAF) is a pan-Asian nonprofit leadership organization that supports a network of 70 Asian American community service organizations. AAF’s mission is to raise the influence and wellbeing of Asian American communities through research, policy advocacy, public awareness, and organizational development.

November 2019 Policy Updates

Federal

Fixing the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: recently introduced federal legislation (R. 4674) would strengthen the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program, among other things. PSLF allows borrowers to earn forgiveness of the balance of their student loan debt after working in public service, including at 501(c)(3) nonprofits, for at least 10 years while making qualifying payments.

Sustainable nonprofits campaign: our aspiration, our values.

Nonprofits have been operating on an antiquated business model that no longer meets the needs of our communities. We have a plan to solve that problem.

We believe that nonprofits have a right to sustainable resources. This means funding that is dependable, flexible, and collaborative, and that fully covers all program expenses.

Today is Nonprofit Tax Day: Burdensome Federal Tax on Nonprofits Must Be Repealed

By Chai Jindasurat, Policy Director at the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York

May 15, 2019

When most people think about nonprofits, taxes aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. After all, nonprofits are tax-exempt organizations because they take care of communities.

NPCC’s Declaration of Nonprofit Rights

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

The Declaration articulates NPCC’s understanding, through the four principles, of what nonprofits must have in order to be engaged and effective.

The rights-based language is intentional, and provides an aspirational vision that we will work to achieve.

The Declaration is not a call to action; it is action.

Op-Ed: Lobby Laws Should Empower the Grassroots, Not Big Money

NPCC, Human Services Council for New York, and Lawyers Alliance for New York has an op-ed published by the Gotham Gazette regarding the Governor’s attempt to lower the dollar threshold for lobbyist filings. Read the op-ed:

Imagine two New Yorkers heading to Albany for a day of advocacy.

One is a lobbyist with multiple clients, traveling to the Capitol in Amtrak business class for the third time that week. She’s spent a career working behind the scenes with elected officials trying to influence legislation and get favorable treatment for her clients. The other is an entry-level employee at a homeless shelter, sitting in a coach bus filled with clients and nonprofit service providers. It will be his first-ever meeting with an elected official.

The average New Yorker understands that these two New Yorkers— a lobbyist and a nonprofit employee—have very different roles in our political system. Why is Governor Cuomo trying to treat them as the same?