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Key facts about Philanthropy New York's governance structure:

  • The Board of Directors consists of individuals belonging to member organizations.
  • Board service is open to all members, except associate members.
  • The Committee on Directors seeks nominations from members, interviews prospective candidates, and presents candidates for election by our members at the annual meeting.
  • Board members serve a three-year term; maximum two terms.
  • The Board generally meets five times per year.
  • Board members are expected to serve on at least one committee.
  • There are four or five volunteer officers: Chair, Vice Chair(s), Secretary and Treasurer.
    • These officers must be Board members and are elected by the Board at the Board meeting immediately preceding the annual meeting.
    • Term of office is one year, and is renewable; the Chair may be asked to serve a second year even if her/his term has run out.
  • The Board maintains several standing and special committees to uphold their commitment to good governance and help strengthen the organization’s work.

Nomination Process for Board of Directors

The nomination period for the Board of Directors Class of 2017 is open. Board service at Philanthropy New York offers members the opportunity to share in the leadership and strategic direction of our organization. Interested individuals are invited to submit an application by January 6, 2014.

To learn more about what board service means, visit our Governance Principles page or check out the responsibilities of the Board here.

Send completed forms to Nick Collins' attention at If you have any questions about board service, please contact Liz Sak, Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee and Board Member, at or Leisle Lin, Chair of the Board, at We welcome your interest.

Serve on a Philanthropy New York Committee

One of the many ways members may become more involved in Philanthropy New York is by serving on a committee. Members interested in serving on a committee may contact Yves Etheart (, who will forward your letter of interest to the appropriate committee Chair.

Please make note of the operating timeline for committees.

Each committee operates on a July 1st- June 30th calendar. Registration is accepted from mid-May through mid-June. Members will be notified by July 1st of their status on their selected committee. Please note that committee membership depends on the availability of open slots. The first meeting will be held at some point between September and October.

Documents for Board and Committee Members

Members of the Board of the Directors and certain standing and special committees may access relevant documents by logging in with your username and password and navigating to the Board or committee section below that you wish to access.


Board of Directors & Committees


  • Board Nomination Form: Class of 2017
    Complete this application form to nominate a colleague or yourself to the Philanthropy New York Board of Directors. Candidates will be elected to the board in May 2014.
  • 2013-2014 Leadership Opportunities
    Learn more about the Board committees, networks and issue-based Working Groups Philanthropy New York members can join for 2013-2014.
  • 2013-2014 Volunteer Form
    Interested Philanthropy New York members can submit this form to join one of our committees, networks or working groups.