Tuesday, July 22, 2014
NYC’s Changing Nonprofit Landscape:
Trends & Opportunities in Light of the New Mayoral Administration
With every new mayor comes some change. New priorities. New opportunities.
So, how will the new mayoral administration impact New York City’s nonprofit sector? What trends should all nonprofit stakeholders be mindful of over the next few years? And how can capacity builders and grantmakers help nonprofits adapt to the potential opportunities and challenges ahead?
On July 22nd, the Association of Nonprofit Specialists assembled a panel of grantmakers and capacity builders to explore these questions and more.
Deborah Sakellarios, Senior Management Consultant, Robin Hood Foundation
Sharon Sewell, Executive Director, Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI)
Jenny Way, Nonprofit Contract Facilitator & Assistant Director of Capacity Building and Oversight, Mayor’s Office of Contracts
Miguel Bonilla, Director, Organization Development, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
In a packed room at the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, our collaborator on the event, the panelists examined changes that had already taken place, and opportunities coming down the pipeline for nonprofits and capacity builders. They then fielded a lively Question & Answer session from the audience.
Some key take-aways:
• A new city-wide contracting process may require some nonprofits to adjust aspects of their operations, especially related to IT and outcome measurement
• A strong focus related to income inequality, workforce development, and open access to education will call upon nonprofits to be strategic about partnerships, program design, and collaborations around shared resources
• Given current funding trends, organizations might need to look into merging, expanding their reliance upon private funding, and/or having social media play an increased role
• All of these developments represent new opportunities for capacity builders to provide new and expanded services to the sector
Feedback from the wide range of attendees, who also enjoyed networking before and after the event, was very positive.
• “Nice mix of panelists. Diverse and high quality.”
• “Excellent questions from the audience.”
• “Practical, current info. Got breadth of changes afoot in new administration.”
ANS will continue offering educational programs like this one in the coming months, so keep an eye out for event announcements. In the meantime, we would like to thank our fantastic panelists and moderator for sharing their time and expertise.