6:30 PM18:30

Nonprofiteer of the Year 2015

Meet and build relationships with NYC's finest nonprofiteers and social enterpreneurs. Grab a beverage. Enjoy some delicious food. Have a great time with YNPN-NYC as we recognize the 2015 Nonprofiteer of the Year.

Buy a ticket and you get....
- Open bar. Toast to fall with a drink or two. 
- Delicious hors d'oeuvres from COFFEED. Friendly for veggie and meat eaters alike.
- Not yet a member of YNPN-NYC? Your ticket purchases you a membership for the next year too! 
- Mingle with the most fabulous group of nonprofit professionals and social entrepreneurs that NYC has to offer. Yourself included! 

2015 Semi-Finalists

Claudia Espinosa :: L.O.V.E.

Isabel Sheinman :: Library for All

Kimberly George :: Rebuilding Together NYC

Mary Lee Dinski :: Fiver Children's Foundation

Tiasia OBrien :: MoCADA

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to Oct 9

FREE Webinar Series: 5 Experts on Donor Aquisition

5 Experts on Donor Acquisition [Free Webinar Series]

October 5 - 9, 1:00PM EDT

Is donor acquisition a priority for your organization?

Learn 5 donor acquisition strategies from 5 experts!

In this free mini-webinar series, you'll learn actionable donor acquisition techniques. Each day features a new expert, 20-minute webinar, and lesson designed to help you find new donors and identify new gift potential.

You'll learn to:

  • Acquire new donors through referrals from your current donors

  • Find new major gift potential in your donor pool

  • Turn one-time donors into new annual givers

  • Utilize content marketing to reach new supporters

  • Find new donors through corporate giving

  • and more!


Space is limited, so sign up today!

Click here to register

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NY Youth Success Scrimmage: ReWork!
9:30 AM09:30

NY Youth Success Scrimmage: ReWork!

Announcing the NY Youth Success Scrimmage! On August 29th, ReWork is running the New York Youth Success Scrimmage. The Scrimmage partners together exceptional minds (that's you!) from New York communities and organizations leading initiatives focused on building success for New York youth. You will learn and apply rapid prototyping, a key element of the design thinking process, to create solutions to real challenges in education and youth development in the City. To reserve your spot visit: bit.ly/1JkgyWX 

Learn a valuable new skill set then apply it to real life high-impact challenges. We have created a high-impact, hands-on event for you to up-skill and take your work to the next level.

Why come?

1) It's one thing to read about how to be innovative; it's quite another thing to actually DO innovative work.  The Scrimmage is a place where you'll quickly learn a highly valuable human centered design skill set -- rapid prototyping -- and be able to apply it. This is a highly collaborative and creative workshop that will help you drive innovation. And, most importantly, on an important social change.

2) You'll be working on real challenges that real organizations are facing.  The organizations at the scrimmage will take the insights you help them uncover to reframe and tackle a real challenge within their organization. This is a chance for you to apply your unique life and professional experiences to real-world challenges in the space of youth success. This is a chance to make a tangible impact.

3) The room will be filled with other like-minded, passionate, talented professionals like you. THINK: authentic collaboration, connections, and professional development with impact-driven professionals. And like you, they're awesome!

So, mark your calendar on August 29th for this unique opportunity that you won't want to miss!  For more details, check out the Youth Success Scrimmage website.

Join us and get your ticket while you still can.  Hope to see you there!

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Intern Host Sites needed!
to Aug 13

Intern Host Sites needed!

PowerPlay NYC, a nonprofit that develops girls through sports, and its SuperSTARS Leadership Academy (SSLA), a yearlong girls-youth development program (with an intensive 6-week summer session) for NYC high school girls are seeking internship host sites. PowerPlay NYC's girls get to play a variety of sports, develop workplace and life skills for success, prepare for college and train to become youth leaders in our after-school programs for younger girls. 

For the final two weeks of the program, the girls participate in mini-internships at organizations across the city where they get to try out the skills they've learned over the summer. STARWorks internships provide Academy participants with the opportunity to get an introduction to the real world of work in a professional setting. Over the first four weeks of the Academy, participants prepare for their STARWorks internships by focusing on particular workplace skills including: "dress for success," office etiquette, phone skills, computer skills, filing, office equipment use, project participation and interviewing skills.

PowerPlay NYC is looking for hosts for their SuperSTARS! Your participation in this program makes a world of difference to the SSLA participants and allows them to envision and create a successful future for themselves. Internships take place from August 3rd - 13th, 2015. If you or your organization is interested, please fill out this form and PowerPlay NYC be in touch with more information shortly. 

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7:00 PM19:00

Moving Beyond 2%: How Will We Grow Charitable Giving in the U.S.?

When: Thursday, July 9, 2015, 7:00 PM

Where: LMHQ (150 Broadway, 20th Floor)

What: Charitable giving in the U.S. has hovered around 2% of GDP for nearly four decades. Minor increases in this rate could have a massive impact on the health of our nonprofit sector. In this meet-up, we'll hear from nonprofit leaders as they discuss strategies on how we might increase charitable giving; from corporate giving, major gifts, and moving casual donors into regular givers.

Why: Learn from leaders. Network with like-minds. Spread the word. Also, free drinks provided by Sixpoint Brewery!

Speakers will include Ami Dar (Founder of Idealist.org) and Tony Martignetti (Host of Nonprofit Radio).


Ami Dar
Ami Dar has created an online supermarket for social action which makes it possible for just about anybody to act on their desire to change society for the better: Idealist.org, one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the web, with information provided by 100,000 organizations around the world and millions of visitors every month.

Tony Martignetti
Tony hosts a weekly podcast, Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio, which is devoted to helping small and mid-size nonprofits in all areas of challenge, from fundraising to finance to donor relations. 

To learn more or RSVP, click here: http://www.meetup.com/NP2-0-Future-Focused-Nonprofits/events/223018498/

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to Jul 10

Mentor Capital Network: Where Mission Drives Margin

When: July 9-10

Where: Conference Room 1 & breakout rooms, The United Nations Headquarters

Registration: https://wjf.wufoo.com/forms/2015-annual-gathering-tickets/

***Discount code ($150 off general admission) available. Please let us know if you're interested! (email jobs@ynpnnyc.org)


Overview : Tickets : Agenda : Speakers : Volunteering : Hotels : Sponsorships

The Mentor Capital Network (MCN), formerly known as the William James Foundation, and the United Nations Office for Partnerships are bringing together the MCN's 2015 Sustainable Business Plan Competition finalists at the United Nations in New York City on July 9-10, 2015.

MCN identifies and supports entrepreneurs who are building mission-driven companies for the long-term; creating truly sustainable business models that support the UN's Global Development Goals. Our primary program is our William James Sustainable Business Plan Competition which provides feedback, mentorship, promotion and prizes to the entrepreneurs participating, as well as highly qualified pipeline for our investors. 

Finalist Presentations from:

  • Estufa Doña Dora sells clean, efficient cookstoves in Guatemala to the 735,000 families that buy all of their cooking wood, through vertically integrated field activities of flexible financing and selling the cookstoves.

  • Eqalix is developing the first plant-based skin substitute wound dressing, to replace currently marketed products that are made from culturally sensitive sources (cadavers, embryonic materials, cows, pigs), which may be sold at disruptive prices due to a cost structure roughly 1/10 that of current products.

  • RemitRight is a cost comparison website that allows you to quickly compare sites and find the service that meets your needs of international money transfers, a "KAYAK for remittances." They are currently providing services to El Salvador, Mexico, India, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

  • Sanivation provides a household sanitation service and affordable fuel to residents living in the parts of Kenya where current toilets are too expensive and require infrastructure that local residents are not set up to invest in.



  • Paul Saginaw: Co-Founder of Zingerman's. The Zingerman’s Community of Businesses has 17 partners, employs over 500 people and generates over $40 million in annual sales from eight separate businesses operating in the same community. Co-Founder Paul Saginaw has used these companies as a way of fostering entrepreneurship in his community, and often be found sharing his stories to help others do the same
  • Tyler Gage: Co-Founder of Runa. Runa makes energizing beverages with guayusa ("gwhy-you-sa"), an Amazonian "super leaf" that has as much caffeine as coffee and double the antioxidants of green tea.  Runa now supports over 3,000 farming families in Ecuador that grow guayusa organically, and Runa products are sold in over 8,000 stores across the US and Canada. Co-Founder Tyler Gage  was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur" in January 2013 and the Citizen Leader of the Year Award in January 2014 by the Specialty Food Association. 

Conversations we are having (a very partial list)

  • Working with existing culture to provide disruptive technology
  • Multi-Year, Multi-National, Bleeding-edge research on creating the best mentor-entreprenur match
  • Using Business to Create Community
  • More than money: A whole eco-system to support social entrepreneurs
  • Behind the curtain at a real investment pitch.
  • Getting the most our of your mentor
  • Cross-Sector Collaborations
  • Cutting Edge Financial Innovation for Social Benefit
  • Where Mission Drives Margin
  • Scaling Impact for the short and long term
  • Investor Readiness
  • Martyrdom in Social Change
  • How to Use "Knowledge of Change"
  • Achieving Growth valuations for social enterprises

Featuring more than three dozen social enterprise leaders, including representatives from:

ZingermansPomegranate ConsultingCurtis ConceptsRuna

WelloEstufa Doña DoraRemitRightSanivation

SMEFUNDSFuego Del Sol HaitiLumeter NetworksIron Goat

MaternovaWall Street Without WallsSunSaluterTeysha

1000ecofarmsToilets for PeopleZenful BitesBlocPower

EvaptainersShore to Shore AdvisorsImpact HubCovalent

convenors.orgBethesda GreenChange:WaterEqalix

Solve for GoodPearlman and PearlmanGham PowerNetcito

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Webinar: How to Close a Major Gift (WeDidIt)
1:00 PM13:00

Webinar: How to Close a Major Gift (WeDidIt)

Do you know what fundraisers report feeling the least comfortable with when it comes to major gift fundraising?

Making the actual ask.

That's a pretty important part of the process.

WeDidIt wants to help take the fear out of the ask by giving a free webinar on major gift fundraising!

Join us on June 25th for our webinar, "How to Close a Major Gift (Even If You've Never Done It Before)"

We have special guests lined up, free downloadable resources, and even a special offer for some private Q&A time with some talented fundraising pros.

You'll learn how to:

  • Create a repeatable system for finding prospects and tracking your relationship
  • Pitch a case for support to major gift prospects
  • Make the big ask and close the deal

Register today! Space is limited.

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Interactive Workshop: Why You Should Use Podcasting to Reach Your Audiences
10:00 AM10:00

Interactive Workshop: Why You Should Use Podcasting to Reach Your Audiences

Join Policy Studies in Education on Tuesday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for an interactive workshop: Why You Should Use Podcasting To Reach Your Audiences!

As a non-profit organization, you advocate for a target audience. Engage and educate your audience 24/7 with a podcast. In this workshop, we’ll guide you in the process of planning a podcast that will work for your organization and your clients. No technical experience is required.

This is an Internet Week New York citywide event. Join us at the Foundation Center New York. Admission is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP to info@policystudies.org or by completing the form at http://policystudies.org/why-you-should-use-podcasting-to-reach-your-audiences/.

We look forward to meeting you there!

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Sloppy Strategic Planning
6:00 PM18:00

Sloppy Strategic Planning

This spring, the YNPN-NYC board is excited to launch Sloppy Strategic Planning happy hours!

Cool... What does this mean? 

We think strategic planning has become a tortured phrase for impact industry professionals. On the one hand, it symbolizes our hopes and savvy thinking for where we want to go.  On the other hand, it has become a painful shorthand for endless, risk-averse discussion, and paper pushing. This can create an unpleasant tension.  

We want to change this by offering a bi-monthly opportunity to confront topics of strategic importance in an informal social setting over drinks. Together, we can create a space and time to talk openly, honestly, and humorously about the direction of our sector and how it relates to our individual professional // organizational development.


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to May 12

National Nurses Week! May 6-12, 2015

New York Based Charity Tackles the Global Nursing Shortage
Purses for Nurses, Inc. sells pre-owned handbags to fund humanitarian Nursing trips abroad

New York, NY, April 16, 2015: In recognition of National Nurses Week, Manhattan based organization Purses for Nurses, Inc. is taking action to combat the shortage of nurses worldwide by addressing its biggest barrier: funding. The organization aims to fund nurses' volunteer trips abroad by collecting and reselling pre-owned handbags. The nurses will provide training and other critical services that are in short supply to health professionals and locals in underdeveloped communities.

Purses for Nurses was founded in 2014 by CEO Melissa Zuk, RN, BSN, CCRN out of her own frustrations with volunteering abroad. “I’ve spent time volunteering abroad – up to a month at a time – but most of that was spent shadowing other professionals and the cost to volunteer was more than most vacations I’ve taken.” According to Melissa, volunteer abroad organizations are aplenty, but the costs [often as much as $4,000 for 2 weeks] keep many qualified, eager nurses from volunteering. And for nurses who do volunteer abroad, the costs limit them to one or two short trips per year, making sustainability a major issue for communities in need. 

The team is just short of their first goal to collect 500 purses by May 1st, and already has their sights set on the next big milestone of 1,000 bags collected by December 2015.

Purses for Nurses Inc. has applied for 501(c)3 status and is expecting to have that designation by Fall 2015. In recent months, the organization has made great progress, becoming Incorporated in New York State, making connections with humanitarian organizations abroad, and earning the support of International Council of Nurses (ICN) President, Judith Shamian. Supporters of the new organization have popped up all over the United States, donating purses and monetary gifts to help the vision become a reality. 

Purse donations in the NYC area can be scheduled for pickup by contacting info@pursesfornurses.org 

Purses for Nurses, Inc. also accepts financial contributions which may be made through the organization’s website http://www.pursesfornurses.org/get-involved/

Interested parties (volunteers, collaborators, other organizations) may reach Melissa directly at melissa.zuk@pursesfornurses.org 

Contact Information:
Melissa Zuk, Founder
Purses for Nurses Inc.
136 W 74th St Ph A, New York, NY 10023

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1:00 PM13:00

WEBINAR: How to Raise $10k in 30 Days

April 30, 2015 at 1:00pm EST

Free webinar hosted by Andrew Littlefield, Inbound Marketing Specialist for WeDidIt, on crowdfunding called "How to Raise $10K in 30 Days."

What will be discussed?

  • How to plan a crowdfunding campaign (including selecting an achievable goal)
  • How to promote your campaign
  • Where most crowdfunding donations come from and how you can take advantage of these channels
  • And much more!

Sign up here: http://blog.wedid.it/raise-10k-webinar

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