Spring is always a busy time for nonprofits as it's the budget season. This year, the sector - and HSC - is even busier, as we recover from Superstrom Sandy and its aftermath. Our sector continues to support people and communities affected by Sandy in prfound ways. And, though the focus on the storm's effects may fade from public consciousness, we know that recovery efforts will continue for years and human services organizations will remain deeply involved.
As such, we are glad to have received grants from the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and The Altman Foundation in January, enabling us to convene the human services sector around post-Sandy matters with special views to ascertaining unmet needs and interfacing with government to shape programs and policies that best address them; ensuring that human services organizations are reimbursed for services provided; fostering optimal coordination among human services organizations; and partnering with the philanthropic sector to ensure high-impact grant-making in support of recovery efforts. Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to share information and offer opportunities for involvement to members and other partners.
This month, we're also delighted to have received a grant from The New York Community Trust to promote cost-savings in government-funded human services. Use of this grant will help HSC develop recommendations to strengthen delivery of human services and implement action steps to enhance the sector's ability to provide efficient, effective, and compassionate services.
In fact, we're in the process of formulating recommendations and implementation steps to address issues identified in January's Nonprofit Summit. We look forward to working with members and partners to share this information in the coming months and implementing a strategy to move forward on the changes we seek.