Strategic Plan for 2017-2021

Special Thanks!

Thanks to the Strategic Planning Committee for their terrific guidance and hard work:

Mike Pratt (Chair)
The Scherman Foundation

Chris Cardona
Ford Foundation

Stephen Foster
The Overbrook Foundation

Michael Haberman
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Philip Li
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Paula Luff
Viso Strategies

Kavitha Mediratta
The Atlantic Philanthropies

Jane O’Connell
Altman Foundation

Pooja O’Hanlon
The Elmezzi Foundation

Supported by consultant Cynthia Gibson

Executive Summary

Philanthropy New York stands upon an impressive 39-year history and solid financial footing.  Our stable membership of 280+ organizations and now more than 3,500 individual philanthropic professionals and trustees, highly value our core offerings, especially our wide array of networking opportunities, information services and educational programs.  Those services will remain the centerpiece of all we do, and we will build upon our progress by focusing on these areas:  

A. Distilling and highlighting innovative sectoral practices that build a stronger philanthropic ecosystem through:

  1. Recognizing and analyzing emerging trends

  2. Collaborating with colleague organizations around promising practices

  3. Engaging members to provide lessons learned around implementing new practices

  4. Investing in the development of enriched communications platforms 

B. Enhancing our successful network and cohort-based professional development opportunities that develop individual leadership skills through:

  1. Developing new professional networks for program staff

  2. Exploring opportunities to build rich leadership trainings

  3. Enhancing our unique skills-based intensive training for grantmakers

  4. Investing resources in a diverse next-generation of philanthropic practitioners  

C. Cultivating and catalyzing institutional leadership around public policy, advocacy and collaboration in the sector through:

  1. Strengthening PNY’s role as an advocate for policies that affect the entire nonprofit field 

  2. Developing new training for our members in policy and advocacy

  3. Bringing together members that wish to advocate on critical issues

  4. Identifying trends and serving as a hub for collaboration

D. Supporting long-term sustainability with a focus on enhancing member value, by: 

  1. Diversifying revenue sources

  2. Analyzing and evaluating fee-based services and incorporating new strategies, as appropriate

  3. Examining new categories of membership while ensuring quality of service to existing members

  4. Pursuing opportunities to offer paid premium services to non-members

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