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Nonprofit Assistance Initiatives

With thousands of nonprofits delivering services across the City on a daily basis, New York is committed to supporting and enhancing the nonprofit sector. To ensure the sector continues to thrive, the City has launched several initiatives aimed at:

  • Reducing Costs
  • Improving Contracting Procedures
  • Strengthening Nonprofits

Significant progress has been made and a joint nonprofit sector-government task force continues to collaboratively advance efforts in each category. The Strengthening Nonprofits Task Force was established to guide the City as initiatives to support the nonprofit sector are developed and implemented. Since its launch, the task force has helped to shape the following key initiatives:

  • HHS Accelerator:  an online portal designed to improve the procurement process. Providers can store and electronically share frequently requested enterprise data and documents with the City and other funders.
  • GreaterNY: a public-private initiative that has led to deeper civic engagement by business leaders and enhanced nonprofit capability.
  • Group purchasing: an opportunity for New York City funded nonprofits to access discounts on a wide range of goods and services.

Additionally, the City has developed other key forms of support:

Expanded Returnable Grant Fund
The Mayor's Office of Contract Services and the Fund for the City of New York offer a bridge loan program known as the Returnable Grant Fund (RGF). On July 1, 2009, the loan capacity of the RGF was increased by 150%, an enhancement that enables the City to provide loans to additional nonprofits receiving City funds and assist them during short-term cash flow difficulties. Eligibility for the loan program has been greatly expanded; for more details, please review the application (in PDF).

Leveraged Live Management Assistance
In addition to the content on this website, nonprofit leaders can call 311 to identify resources related to a broad range of management issues. Additional assistance is provided by the Community Resource Exchange's Executive Director Hotline.

Why the Sector Remains Important

Here are some facts about NYC nonprofits, that continue to drive joint efforts to strengthen the sector:

  • There were 35,000 registered nonprofits in NYC
  • Health, human services, and cultural nonprofits employed over 470,000 people in NYC
  • There were 2,500 nonprofits doing business with the City
  • Over 2,500 nonprofit programs are available through 311

Looking for more information about New York’s nonprofit sector? Please visit the Index of Data Sources


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