When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit New York, nonprofit organizations did their best to ensure safe operations while still carrying out their missions—and, in many cases, increasing their workload. So many people rely on the services that nonprofits provide to New York communities, especially in times of crisis. New York Nonprofit Media will host “Virtual Nonprofit Checkup” bringing together Executive Leadership from nonprofits across New York to learn how to best assess the health of your nonprofit amid the pandemic and going forward into the new normal.
Virtual Nonprofit CheckUp
Welcoming Remarks By Kay Dervishi, NYN Media
Effective Nonprofit Leadership & Operation
Leaders and nonprofit operations have never been more scrutinized than they are in a time of crisis. Most good leaders know that their nonprofit is only as effective as its people, so it’s imperative to staff your organization for success. Furthermore, nonprofits that are concerned about their own viability will also be thoughtful about operating smooth transitions of leadership - as well as making sure their nonprofit is prepared for unexpected changes. And finally, the panel will address how to promote a good, comforting work environment with an efficient operational style, while working with a board to oversee leadership transition, make the hard calls, shift practices and do what it takes to get to operate monetarily and legally efficient .
- Amy West, Executive Vice President And Chief Financial Officer AHRC NYC (Session Leader)
- Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Children's Village
- David Garza, President & CEO, Henry Street Settlement
- David Rottkamp, Partner, Not-For-Profit Practice Leader, Grassi & Co.
- John Eusanio, Partner & Not-for-Profit Practice Leader, Citrin Cooperman
- Alice K. Jump, Partner, Reavis Page Jump LLP
Importance of Operational and Financial Health of Your Organization
The hard-hitting pandemic identified the need that nonprofits for organizational resilience and helped ensure community well-being by embracing virtual collaboration tools and practices. How can nonprofit executives, funders, and advisors identify what matters most when reviewing finances especially in times of crisis? What are some trends and indicators that can direct them through an overwhelming amount of data and help assess true financial health? What do remote operations mean for your business? Is this a short-term anomaly or a long-term trend? How does your organization continue to work and create value in this new environment while fulfilling its mission?
- David Woodlock, President and CEO, Institute for Community Living (Session Leader)
- Donna Lieberman, Executive Director, New York Civil Liberties Union
- Jennifer Jones Austin, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
- Ethan Kahn, Partner, Not-for-Profit Practice Leader, & Myrlande Hector, Manager, Mazars USA LLP
- Roberta Katz, Nonprofit Finance Consultant, Roberta Katz Consulting
- Matthew Kirkpatrick, VP of Business Development, Paymerang
- Keith Mulvihill, Vice President, Lockton Companies
Pivoting During a Pandemic: Lessons Learned
No one has everything figured out yet, but this panel will address some actions nonprofits can take to be fiscally responsible in the uncertainty New York faces right now. It is important to prioritize stability by making sure staff feels supported while working remotely and discussing how long will you be working remotely, what do virtual meetings look like, implementing telehealth and more. Nonprofits should also track and apply for the many national and regional funds created to support nonprofits while also learning from funders and making them feel connected to how you are adapting. And finally, perhaps it is time to re-evaluate fundraising through creativity and innovative technology. It is important to take a pause and re-examine your nonprofit overall in order to stay focused and effective.
- Michelle Yanche, Executive Director, Good Shepherd Services (Session Leader)
- Karin Kunstler Goldman, Assistant Attorney General, New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau
- Lisa Burch, VP & Chief Operating Officer, Family and Children's Association
- Matthew Estersohn, Partner, Marks Paneth LLP
- John MacIntosh, Managing Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners
- Jeffrey Sobel, Founder and President, Jeffrey Sobel Consulting LLC