Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting our 2010 Annual Meeting at the MetLife Building, with Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch as our featured speaker. He gave our members a sobering assessment of the fiscal deficits that our state faces and the difficult challenges we face in coming to agreement about the necessary and inevitable cuts that must be made. The Lt. Governor also gave helpful advice on how funders can use targeted investments to produce better results in their giving and how they can attract—and retain—young professionals as they enter the workforce.
Given Philanthropy New York’s renewed focus on fostering collaboration between the governmental and philanthropic sectors, Mr. Ravitch’s address was especially helpful in pinpointing areas of mutual concern and opportunities for partnership.
In addition, our 2009 Annual Report is now posted on our website. We are delighted that in 2009 we hosted over 140 programs, produced a comprehensive report on diversity among foundations and nonprofits, initiated more web-based channels for members to engage with each other, and expanded our peer network groups.
Philanthropy New York will continue to be involved in local and national initiatives that support the work and stability of our sector, bringing back fresh ideas, resources, and connections to you, our members. We look forward to seeing you often—at programs, committees, and projects—over this next year.
President, Philanthropy New York
Thank you again to everyone who attended our 31st Annual Meeting!
We are happy to welcome Philip Li of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, Joan Steinberg of Morgan Stanley, and Lynn Thoman of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation to the Philanthropy New York Board of Directors.
We also thank our departing Board members Orlando Bagwell of the Ford Foundation, Helen Dorado Alessi of the Early Years Institute, Joelle-Jude Fontaine of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Stephen J. McCarthy of the Mary A. and John M. McCarthy Foundation, and Elizabeth Olofson of the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation for their years of distinguished service.
The board and staff of the Robert Bowne Foundation have decided to close its doors on December 31, 2015.
The Foundation has supported youth programs in New York City since its inception in 1968 by the late Edmund A. Stanley, Jr., then President and CEO of Bowne & Co. In 1987, under the leadership of Dianne Kangisser, the Foundation's work became more focused on afterschool programs that support literacy development, capacity-building strategies to make these programs programmatically and managerially stronger, and building the field that has become out-of-school time education.
"We have sketched out a general plan for spending out the Foundation's assets, and over the next year many of you will be invited to help us develop a strategy that we hope will have maximum impact in improving programs and the field," said Lena O. Townsend, the Foundation's Executive Director. "During the final three years of our grantmaking we will focus our resources on a smaller group of our long-term grantees that represent the Foundation's core principles that literacy happens in community; develops through active engagement; is a means to self-determination; and is a fundamental part of being human in 21st-century America."
Learn more about the Robert Bowne Foundation's spend-out plans.
On Wednesday, June 16th, We Are The Bronx Fellowship will present "Welcome To The Bronx: Meet the Non-Profits Shaping Today's Bronx," an event geared towards funders which will highlight the Bronx-based nonprofit sector and the issues, challenges, and successes taking place in the borough.
We Are The Bronx (WATB) Fellowship is generously funded by the J. P. Morgan Chase Foundation and receives consultation from CAUSE-NY, the intergroup relations department of the Jewish Community Relations Council of NY (JCRC-NY). Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne, Vice President of Upper Manhattan & Bronx initiatives at the J. P. Morgan Chase Foundation, will also be a featured speaker at the event.
For more information, and to register, please contact Orly Ben-Zvi via email or at 212-983-4800 ext. 144.
The Collaboration Prize is a national award designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations. In 2011, the Collaboration Prize will award a total of $250,000 to the collaborations that best exemplify the impact that can result from working together. Each of the eight finalists will receive $12,500 and the winner will receive an additional $150,000.
The Collaboration Prize was created and is funded by The Lodestar Foundation, a Phoenix-based philanthropic organization dedicated to maximizing the growth and impact of philanthropy.
The online application process for the Prize will open on June 1, 2010 and close on July 16, 2010.
Learn more about the Prize, eligibility criteria, and the application process.
Philanthropy New York is exploring an outside reader project that would connect government grantmakers with private funders. If you have reviewed or rated funding proposals for other organizations or government agencies, and would like to share your experience with us, please contact Member Services Manager Kristen Ruff via email.
Philanthropy New York's Board of Directors maintains several standing and special committees to uphold their commitment to good governance and help strengthen the organization's work.
Our goal for committee membership is to involve as diverse a group of our members as possible and to gain from your expertise. Being a member of a committee also affords you the opportunity to interact with and learn from your colleagues and add your distinct voice to the direction of Philanthropy New York.
We invite you to review the committees and submit your preferences at http://www.philanthropynewyork.org/s_nyrag/doc.asp?CID=5514&DID=39246 (member login required).
If there are more people interested in a committee then there are available slots, the Committee chair, in conjunction with the Board chair, will select those members whose skills and training are not currently represented on the committee. If space is no longer available on the committee(s) of your choice, your interest will be noted for future openings.
The deadline for joining a Philanthropy New York Committee is Friday, June 11th.
If you have any questions, please contact Yves Etheart via email.
(View a full text, PDF version of Philanthropy New York Currents, May 2010.)