Philanthropy New York Currents April 2012


Dear Members,

Did you know that Philanthropy New York is the fiscal sponsor for several innovative initiatives? Fiscal sponsorship of member-driven projects is one of the member benefits that may be least familiar to many, but immensely valuable to funders developing new initiatives. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Philanthropy New York acts with increasing frequency as a host and administrator for external projects that require financial support but do not have tax-exempt status.

We have served as fiscal sponsors for the National Diversity in Philanthropy Project, the Asset Funders Network, and the Palliative Care Initiative, and recently agreed to work with Veterans on Wall Street, an initiative dedicated to facilitating career and business opportunities in the financial services industry for former military personnel.

Not only does our tax status enable donations to the projects to qualify as tax-deductible contributions, but perhaps more importantly, our fiscal stewardship comprises full financial and administrative responsibility for these projects, including accounting and cash management, oversight of financial and program reporting, and Form 990 tax reporting.

Fiscal sponsorship is squarely within Philanthropy New York's mission—strengthening grantmakers as they strive to serve the public good. We are honored when we can help support our members' projects through this service.

You can read more about fiscal sponsorships on our website and we encourage you to share the page with colleagues who may be starting a new initiative that requires a fiscal sponsor.

For more information about sponsoring your project through Philanthropy New York, please contact our Chief Financial Officer, Katy Toolin, via email or at 212.714.0699, ext. 207.

Best regards,

Ronna Brown
President, Philanthropy New York

Welcome New Members

Philanthropy New York's 33rd Annual Meeting: A Dialogue with Education Reform Leaders

For our 33rd Annual Meeting, Philanthropy New York is bringing together for the first time ever in one forum:

  • U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan,
  • New York State Education Commissioner John King, Jr., and
  • New York City Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott.

These panelists will discuss education reform and the role of philanthropy based on questions formulated by Philanthropy New York members. The event will bring funders who have supported some of the most innovative education reform projects in the city, state, and nation together with these public officials to discuss how private donors and government at all levels can better coordinate their efforts.

Philanthropy New York's Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, June 4, 2012 from 3:15 to 7:30 PM.

RSVP for our Annual Meeting.

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Seeking Board Members

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation is seeking recommendations for board members. The Foundation has one current vacancy and two vacancies that are opening up in January 2013. The board term is six years.

Potential candidates must be committed to the Foundation's vision, mission, values, and theory of change; think broadly about issues and social change; and be willing to listen and exchange views and ideas.

The Foundation has also identified additional preferences for board candidates—while a candidate does not have to fit all three preferences, an ideal one would

  • be a person of color, in particular a Latino/a for the current vacancy;
  • live in the South or Midwest; and
  • have community organizing and/or coalition building experience in the areas the Foundation funds: Environmental Justice, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, and Reproductive Rights.

In addition to the above preferences, the Foundation is interested in candidates with skills in social media, fundraising, or the arts. (Due to potential conflicts of interest, the Foundation has decided that current Noyes grantees are not eligible to serve on the Board.)

If you have someone you would like to suggest, please feel free to email Noyes Foundation President Vic De Luca or call him at 212.684.6577, ext. 17.

The 2012 New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards

The New York Community Trust, The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC), and Philanthropy New York are pleased to announce the sixth annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards, sponsored by New York Magazine. The Awards acknowledge the important role played by New York's nonprofit organizations in improving our lives and our communities. They also help nonprofit leaders improve the management of their organizations and inform all New Yorkers about management excellence at nonprofits.

Winning organizations will be recognized at a special Awards Presentation in November 2012. Each winner will also receive a cash award, a special mention in New York Magazine, and a scholarship towards tuition at the Social Enterprise Programs in Executive Education at Columbia Business School.

We hope our members will encourage their grantees to apply for the Awards; the application deadline is 10:00AM on Friday, May 18, 2012.

Learn more about the Awards and how to apply.

Participate in the 2012 Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey

Each year, Philanthropy New York partners with the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers for the annual Grantmakers Salary and Benefits Survey.

This survey collects data on compensation, staff demographics, and benefits costs across a wide range of positions and grantmaking entities, and is one of the most important and effective tools produced for our sector.

The deadline for participation is May 18, 2012.

Learn more about the survey and how to participate in the 2012 edition.

NYU Wagner Capstone Program: A University Resource for the Public Good

Part of the core curriculum of the Masters program at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the Capstone Program is a resource for nonprofits, government agencies, health institutions, urban planning firms, international NGOs, and private organizations with a public service component.

Capstone brings together teams of NYU Wagner graduate students with client organizations over an academic year. Project teams research important issues, address complex challenges, and identify opportunities key to organizational growth.

NYU Wagner is currently accepting applications for its 2012-2013 Capstone Program; the deadline for proposals is May 25, 2012.

Learn more about the Capstone Program and the guidelines for proposals.



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  • Transitions, April 2012
    New appointments and departures at the Arcus Foundation, the Council on Foundations, the Long Island Community Foundation, the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, the Media Development Loan Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the United Way of New York City.

Members in the News & Resources

  • Carnegie philanthropy awards coming to Scotland
    Source: BBC News, April 13, 2012
    The Carnegie Corporation of New York's Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy ceremony will return to the Scottish Parliament in October 2013 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Carnegie UK Trust.
  • Hungry Kids Can't Keep an Empire State of Mind
    Source: The Huffington Post, April 10, 2012
    An op-ed by United Way of New York City President and CEO Gordon Campbell.
  • Rockefeller Foundation Seeks Ideas to Help Solve Challenges
    Source: Philanthropy News Digest, April 9, 2012
    The foundation has announced the launch of a new online effort to find innovative ideas with the potential to create long-term solutions to ongoing global challenges. The second in a series of annual Innovation Challenges, this year's competition (part of Rockefeller's centennial initiative) will focus on enhanced data practices, irrigation efficiencies, and farming revitalization.
  • Foundation Files Reveal Insights on Culture
    Source: The New York Times, April 8, 2012
    Thousands of the Ford Foundation's records, films, oral histories, and unpublished reports have been opened to researchers at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., where they will now be housed.
  • Signature Theatre Will Get $10 Million From Irene Diamond Fund
    Source: Bloomberg, April 5, 2012
    The 21-year-old New York theater company will name its largest theater for Diamond, who died in 2003 and was the widow of New York real estate developer Aaron Diamond.
  • Soros Philanthropy: the Next Generation
    Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy, April 5, 2012
    Alexander Soros, son of the billionaire philanthropist George Soros and a board member at Bend the Arc and the Open Society Foundations, has announced that he is establishing his own foundation to support organizations that promote social justice and human rights.
  • Nonprofit Finance Fund State Of The Sector 2012: A System Under Pressure
    Source: Fast Company, April 2, 2012
    This article on NFF's fourth annual survey of nonprofits nationwide includes comments from Kerry Sullivan, President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation (one of the survey's funders).
  • Rauschenberg’s foundation could outspend Warhol’s
    Source: The Art Newspaper, March 28, 2012
    Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Executive Director Christy MacLear talks about the foundation's plans to increase the scale of its operations dramatically over the next 15 years, becoming one of the largest grantmaking organizations for the visual arts in the U.S.
  • Ford Foundation Follows Its Charter
    Source: The Wall Street Journal, March 26, 2012
    The Ford Foundation's Marta L. Tellado responds on the foundation's behalf to a March 10th op-ed by Adam Meyerson, President of The Philanthropy Roundtable.
  • Rockefeller Foundation, Institute for the Future to Launch Interactive Gaming Effort to Identify New Solutions to Global Problems
    Source: Philanthropy News Digest, March 23, 2012
    On April 3rd, the foundation and the Institute for the Future will invite gamers from all walks of life to join them on the Catalysts for Change platform to help identify new solutions to global poverty.
  • American Express, National Trust for Historic Preservation Award $3 Million to New York City Sites
    Source: Philanthropy News Digest, March 16, 2012
    New York City will be this year's location for Partners in Preservation, a community-based initiative to raise awareness of the importance of historic sites. Grants will be awarded to support the preservation of the city's historic buildings, icons, and landmarks. The grassroots effort aims to enlist the aid of all New Yorkers and anyone who loves the city to vote online for the projects most important to them.
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York Awards $14.85 Million in Grants
    Source: Philanthropy News Digest, March 14, 2012
    The 17 grants were awarded through the foundation's international, national, and external affairs programs.
  • Defining Success at The Samuel Bronfman Foundation
    Source: eJewish Philanthropy, March 13, 2012
    An op-ed by Dana Raucher, Executive Director of the foundation.
  • A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City
    Published by the Schott Foundation for Public Education, April 2012
    According to this report, in New York City public schools, a student’s educational outcomes and opportunity to learn are statistically more determined by where he or she lives than their abilities. Education Redlining bases its findings on an “Opportunity to Learn” Index that examines 500 NYC middle schools across the city’s 32 Community School Districts. The report identifies a series of inequalities, between and within districts, that largely correlate to race and poverty level.
  • 2011 Nonprofit Fundraising Study
    Published by the Nonprofit Research Collaborative, April 2012
    PDF, 479 KB
    For the first time since 2007, 53 percent of surveyed U.S. charitable organizations saw growth in charitable giving in 2011. Looking ahead for 2012, more than 70 percent of organizations in this latest study anticipate increases in charitable contributions received. However, the economy remains a concern to many. About a third said that the economy, both nationally and globally, is the greatest challenge to fundraising this year.
  • What the Supreme Court Could Do to Health Reform: A Conversation with Abbe Gluck
    On March 15, 2012, the New York State Health Foundation hosted a conversation with Abbe Gluck, Associate Professor of Law and Milton Handler Fellow at Columbia Law School, who reviewed the main issues in the landmark Supreme Court case on the Affordable Care Act (ACA); previewed what could be expected during oral arguments; and provided her perspective on the factors that could influence the Court and what it may ultimately decide.
  • The RBF Diversity Report: 2012 Update
    Published by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, March 2012
    PDF, 318 KB

    In 2008, RBF launched a foundation-wide project to assess and improve diversity within its operations and grantmaking. The 2012 Diversity Project update summarizes the Fund’s progress in collecting and analyzing data on human resources, operations, grantmaking, public programs, and conference activities. This report also provides a brief update on board diversity, which was previously examined by staff in 2010.
  • Executive Leadership in Family Philanthropy: The CEO Leadership Guides
    Published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy, March 2012
    This series of guides examines all aspects of hiring, supporting, and evaluating a family foundation chief executive and the issues unique to them, their foundations, and their trustees.