A New Era for NYC Government, an Opportunity for Philanthropy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dear Members,

The new era of New York City government presents opportunities for our philanthropic community. Philanthropy New York and many of our members are beginning to engage in proactive conversations about ongoing public-private partnerships that different members support and are sharing lessons learned from past work.

Leaders at all levels of government -- and in all sectors -- are aware of the fiscal limitations facing government and the indispensability of public-private partnerships. Philanthropy New York is hearing from many voices associated with the new Administration an acknowledgement of the need to not just tap philanthropy's financial resources but also to learn from funders' knowledge, experiences and relationships within the nonprofit community.

All of these conversations mean that we anticipate further opportunities to share information about productive partnerships. While we are aware of many extraordinary efforts supported by our members and their grantees, we don't know all of them!

And, we certainly want your input about what you think is most important for a new Administration to know. You can help us do this well by answering this question: What are the most important and productive multi-funder collaborative efforts we should spotlight every time we talk about productive working relationships with New York City government?

We have already been sharing our knowledge of members' collaborative work on education, workforce development, health, women & girls, out-of-school-time, juvenile justice and the arts. But we know that you have many ideas and specifics that would add meaningfully to these conversations.

Please share them with us by emailing me. Or, give me a call. And, either way -- here is an early wish to each of you for a peaceful and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

Best regards, Ronna

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