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HSC recently opted to remove a few seats from our boardroom as a way to make quicker decisions, engage more members and improve our advocacy efforts for the nonprofit sector. Click here to read the full article.
HSC will award $10,000 grants to 14 nonprofit organizations in partnership with Measure of America with funding provided by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The winning organizations submitted projects that illuminate important issues in their community using indicators from DATA2GO.NYC, a free, online data mapping and visualization tool with 350 indicators of human need and well-being. Read the full press release here.
On Wednesday, September 14, HSC members voted in a new Board of Directors during the Annual Membership Meeting. The Board Slate can be found here. HSC would like to thank all of its members and Board members for your continued support and participation.
HSC hosted a forum on Disaster Preparedness, “The Human Services Sector and the Next Big One: Are We Ready for Disaster!?,” to discuss how human services organizations can get prepared to coordinate with each other and government to provide services to communities immediately in response to disasters and what will be necessary to continue services in the years following. The event also featured the release of our report, "The Human Services Sector of NYC: How Ready Are We For Emergencies?"...Read more here.
HSC is happy to announce a grant competition for its nonprofit members using data to address challenges in New York communities. HSC will award grants of $10,000 to 20 nonprofit organizations in partnership with Measure of America with funding provided by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. The winning organizations will create data-based portraits that illuminate important issues in their neighborhood or field using indicators from DATA2GO.NYC, a free, online data mapping and visualization tool with 350 indicators of human need and well-being...Learn more here.
The 2016 legislative session came to a close this month with little fanfare. While our representatives agreed on fantasy sports and Sunday morning alcohol sales (the “Brunch Bill”), meaningful ethics reform and closing the LLC loophole eluded consensus. A number of new bills and reintroductions would affect the human services sector, but few were passed. In the last-minute frenzy of legislation, a bill that was intended to increase lobbying and campaign finance transparency (Senate Bill 8160) sailed through both chambers in one day. Among other provisions, this legislation includes additional reporting requirements for nonprofits that give money, goods, or services to 501(c)(4) organizations. The Governor has not yet signed the bill, and at this time, we believe that it will have very limited application to nonprofit organizations...Read more here.
On Tuesday, June 14, 2016, the Fiscal Year 2017 New York City budget was finalized. This $82.1 billion spending plan makes targeted investments in human services programs that employ and serve thousands of City residents. The Human Services Council ("HSC") is grateful for these investments because they will support important services that uplift our communities. As explained in our statement, however, the budget falls far short of what is needed to address the systemic problems facing the nonprofit human services sector--a sector that, despite being critical to achieving so many of the Mayor's and Council's goals, is inching closer to the brink of collapse due to the chronic failure of government to pay the full cost of service delivery...Watch the panel here.
State agencies were late 61 percent of the time in approving contracts with not-for-profit providers (NFPs) last year, with half of all agencies reporting contracts as late as 90 to 100 percent of the time, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. In 2015, the state paid $129,824 in interest payments for late contracts...Read more here.
City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal, Allison Sesso, HSC's Executive Director, and Gordon Campbell, Chair of HSC's Commission to Examine Nonprofit Human Services Closures, spoke at NYN Media's OpCon on June 9. The panel discussed the recommendations from the report as well as HSC's upcoming RFP and Government Agency rater. Councilmember Rosenthal expressed her support for fully funding human services nonprofits for our work as well as the need to educate City Council about the importance of fully funded contracts...Watch the video here.
On May 26, 2016, HSC joined New York City Council Members, Helen Rosenthal, Stephen Levin, and Vincent Gentile, and nonprofit human services organizations, to rally for nonprofit funding in the Mayor's Executive Budget. Together, we called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to fund a 2.5% increase to contracted community service budgets to help pay for the increased cost of supplies and repairs, equipment, technology, food, and rent...Read more here.
On May 19, 2016, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a final rule expanding eligibility for overtime pay by more than doubling the salary threshold for exempt white collar status and significantly increasing the salary threshold for “highly compensated employee” status. HSC supports this expansion of overtime eligibility as it will benefit both our workers and the communities we serve. At the same time, we are deeply concerned that without the proper investment from government, nonprofits will have difficulty implementing this new policy. Without additional funding to cover the cost of this expansion, the rule will destabilize the nonprofit sector, compromising the quality of important programs and services nationwide on which countless individuals and families depend... Read more here.
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio released the New York City Executive Budget for Fiscal Year 2017. This $82.2 billion spending plan includes funding to support the next step of the Mayor’s $15 wage floor for nonprofit human services workers under contract with the City, but given the financial fragility of the sector, it falls short in other significant ways. Most importantly, the Executive Budget provides no funding for cost-of-living adjustments (“COLAs”) for the human services workforce or to combat the wage compression that will result from the increase in the wage floor... Read more here.
Late in the evening on March 31, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York’s legislative leaders announced an agreement on the Fiscal Year 2017 State budget. The FY 2017 spending plan includes some significant victories for the State’s workforce and for the human services sector... Read more here.
The New York City Council Committee on Contracts held an Oversight Hearing on Monday, April 4, 2016 on Challenges facing Nonprofits in City Contracting. Read HSC's testimony here. For more information from the hearing, click here.
The Human Services Council, a leading advocate for nonprofits providing human services, today released a report calling for urgent reforms to prevent a looming crisis in the sector, which is responsible for delivering essential government services to 2.5 million New Yorkers each year. The report, New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action, identifies chronic problems and offers solutions for strengthening the nonprofit human services sector...Read more here.
HSC is pleased to release its 2015 Annual Report...Read it here.
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced a $15 minimum wage for all City government employees and employees who provide contracted work for the City at social service organizations – meaning that by the end of 2018, approximately 50,000 additional employees will see their wages boosted to $15 an hour, making New York City a national leader in the fight to raise the wage...Read more here.
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that the just-unveiled must-pass tax package, the “Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015,” includes a permanent extension of key provisions in two anti-poverty tax credits that help working families in New York. The “Earned Income Tax Credit” (EITC) and the “Child Tax Credit” (CTC) are important to nearly 1.5 million children in 755,000 New York families...Read more here.
HSC is proud to announce that we honored the First Lady of NYC, Chirlane McCray, with our inaugural Equity Champion Award at our Leadership Awards Reception this year. We were also excited to honor Capalino+Company as our Friend of the Sector and The Alternatives to Incarceration/Reentry Coalition as our Advocacy Champion.
In December 2013, the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued guidance on indirect costs for contracts funded with federal dollars. That guidance, which applies to pass-through entities including State and City agencies, took effect in December 2014 and established an indirect cost rate floor of 10 percent. Click here for a summary from the National Council of Nonprofits.
HSC has had several conversations with MOCS and the Governor's office regarding the implementation of the guidance and we have sent a memo to the State and City stating our position on the application of the guidance and calling for an overall floor of 10 percent. We will continue to work with the City and State on implementation. Read our memo here.
HSC is please to release our report on the initial impact of HHS Accelerator. As you know, HSC partnered with the New York City Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services five years ago to conceptualize a Web-based procurement system that would streamline human services contracting and foster more open and efficient competition...read the report here.