Public Policy Member Benefits
There is a saying that, “if you are not at the table, you are on the menu”. This is certainly the case for the bulk of the charitable nonprofits when it comes to state policy-making in today’s troubled economic and social environment. NYCON’s goal, as the state association of nonprofits with over 3,000 diverse members throughout the state. NYCON is committed to engaging in public policy efforts that´s sole purpose is to advance, improve, and progress our sector as a whole.
Hundreds of nonprofits across New York State have joined our State Association to connect with us, as well as fellow peers, to address statewide public policy issues impacting our State´s nonprofit sector. NYCON´s Public Policy member benefits include having access to several educational advocacy and lobbying resources, getting immediate legislative updates though our Public Policy Newsletters, as well as using NYCON as a vehicle to get your voice heard on a local, state, and federal level. On behalf of our members we work to build a relationship with Elected Officials, address legislation affecting the sector, and advocate for sector-wide issues that can only be done through a collective and unified state wide network such as ourselves.
NYCON 2014 Public Policy Agenda
NYCON Public Policy Priority One: Extend the Effective Date of The Nonprofit Revitalization Act ! Extend the Effective Date from July 1st 2014 to January 1st 2015
NYCON has been doing extensive webinars and trainings on the Nonprofit Revitalization Act, educating the nonprofits
So why should we extend the deadline from July 1st 2014 to January 1st 2015? Find a few key points below:
1. The bill was not signed until the end of 2013 and the legislative amendments have not yet been completed, thus nonprofits are not given sufficient lead time to implement. A minimum six month extension is needed in order for nonprofits to successfully implement changes needed to be compliant with the the new Nonprofit Revitalization Act.
2. The Act will require most nonprofits to amend their bylaws (which for some may require membership meetings) and develop or amend policies. This should be done with deliberation and care by individual nonprofits so that they understand and can appropriately implement. The current time-frame does not allow that.
3. Some of these changes, such as with committee structures, will require significant changes in the role and perhaps loss of volunteer leaders (i.e. current non- board members sitting on Committees or in cases where there is not a sufficient number of “independent directors”. These changes do not represent simply amending the wording on documents.
4. State contracts and the Governor’s Grants Gateway initiative requires nonprofits that contract with the State be compliant with all applicable laws and regulations. Gateway requirements and policy submissions are extensive, are not inclusive of the Act, and have already caused unprecedented delays in contracts and payments. Without an extension of the date, more nonprofits are likely to face even more dire cash flow circumstances and local services will be threatened.
Action Steps to Extend the Deadline
1.) Sign Our Petition! Be sure to provide your Organization´s Name in the "Optional" text box. This Petition will be sent to both Senate & Assembly Bill Sponsors of the Act, as well as the office of Governor Cuomo, requesting for the date to be extended form July 1st, 2014 to January 1st, 2015.
2.) Contact Your Local Elective Official: Not sure who your local Representative is? Please use the following links to contact your local legislator and let them know why your nonprofit needs this extension! Feel free to use our NYCON letter template email or fax to your representative.
3.) Send Us Your Testimony: Tell us why the Act´s effective date should be extending and why we need a six month extension!