Honor your unsung heroes!

When was the last time you took the time to publicly thank your long time volunteer, the staff member who goes above and beyond, the Board member who is committed to the success of your organization and who serves as  a key ambassador and confidant?  You know that these people are at the core of your organization’s success, and are happy to have them stand up and be recognized!

The 2014 Staten Island NFP Association Community Service Awards is an outstanding opportunity to publicly recognize the outstanding commitment and support of those who are most important to your organization in a very easy and efficient manner. In short –  we book the venue, we invite the speakers, we produce the program and awards and take care of the event logistics – all you do is show up with your group and enjoy the day! Last year we were pleased to welcome close to 300 people at this wonderful event and we are looking forward to a similarly rousing event in 2014.

Once again this year we are thrilled to provide the opportunity to secure individual profiles in the Staten Island Advance for all honorees! This very successful component of the Awards event means that every honoree will receive personal, direct recognition in front of the entirety of the Staten Island community!

This year’s SINFPA Community Service Awards event will take place at 11am on Sunday, November 16th, at the Grand Oaks Country Club (formerly the South Shore Country Club).   Organizations wishing to honor someone at this event can reserve a table of ten tickets (to include the honoree) for $550 at this link.




SINC 2014: Access to Opportunity

2014 SINC Conference tickets are on sale NOW at  sinc2014.eventbrite.com.The schedule for the fourth annual SINC Staten Island Not-for-profit Conference on March 28th is nearly complete!  In addition to keynote presentations by Professor Mitchell Moss and Sheena Wright, President and CEO of the United Way of New York City,  we have eight breakout sessions planned for the Conference that aim to address the needs of leaders and managers from throughout our not-for-profit sector:

  • Using video to tell your not-for-profit stories: Presented by Staten Island Arts
  • Translating disaster volunteer management strategies to non-disaster volunteer projects: Presented by World Cares Center
  • Compliance with New York State Executive Compensation and Administrative Overhead requirements : Presented by Potter& LaMarca
  • How not-for-profits can navigate the Affordable Care Act
  • How the Nonprofit Revitalization Act will impact not-for-profits: Presented by Lawyer’s Alliance 
  • Foundation Fundraising Panel: Moderated by Betsy Dubovsky, Staten Island Foundation
  • Evaluating your not-for-profit’s IT needs: Presented by Online Computers and Communications 
  • PR Pesto: Building Buzz for your not-for-profit: Presented by Jaclyn Alderete

In addition to these keynotes and sessions the 2014 SINC Conference will feature breakfast, lunch, and cocktail reception sessions that will offer attendees plenty of time to network and interact with the hundreds of colleagues from across the sector who will be in attendance at the Conference.

Tickets are on sale now at sinc2014.eventbrite.com.

Presenting Sponsor: Potter & LaMarca LLP

Title Sponsor: Northfield Bank 

Business Partner Sponsor: Bentson Insurance Agency

Breakfast SponsorOnline Computers and Communications

Lunch Sponsor:  Enterprise Fleet Management

Break Sponsor: H2 Technology Partners 

Foundation Sponsors:
United Way of New York City
Richmond County Savings Foundation
The Staten Island Foundation

2013 Community Service Awards

Take this opportunity to honor your unsung heroes in an easy and efficient way.

The 2013 Staten Island NFP Association Community Service Awards ceremony  is taking place on November 17th, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn.  This third annual event is designed to provide your organization with an easy way to thank the “unsung hero” supporters of your organization in a joint recognition ceremony.  Over the past two years we have been pleased to honor long time staff members, volunteers, and Board members who have served their organizations without recognition for years and sometimes decades, and we are very much looking forward to doing the same this year.

This year the SINFPA is pleased to add a very important and very exciting addition to the benefits provided through the Community Service Awards: between now and November 17th every award honoree will be individually profiled in the Staten Island Advance.   This means that in addition to receiving recognition at the public awards event, your honoree will also have the story of their devotion and dedication to your organization presented to our entire Borough.

Because we are working with the Advance to provide this VERY special honoree benefit, we will need for interested organizations to reserve their honoree spot as soon as possible.   Visit www.sinfpa.org/awards  now to reserve your honoree spot at $550 including ten tickets to the awards event.

SINFPA Annual Meeting

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 2013 SINFPA Annual Meeting taking place on Wednesday, June 26th, at 4pm at the Alice Austen House Museum (2 Hylan Boulevard.)   Please RSVP here.

As in years past the SINFPA Annual Meeting will represent a great opportunity for members of the Association to spend some informal time together on the lovely grounds of the Alice Austen House Museum. Each year the Annual Meeting stands as a well attended and well received networking opportunity for our members and is an event that we know provides a welcome chance to interact with colleagues from across the sector.
At the Annual Meeting we will announce the Board Directors who have been elected via the annual Board election process taking place right now, and will have a chance to reflect on the Association’s successes and accomplishments over the past year.   We promise, though, that the program will be brief and that the majority of the Annual Meeting will be focused on simply spending some enjoyable time with members of the Borough’s not-for-profit sector at the Austen House’s wonderful harborside location.

A new financial management website of interest to SINFPA members

The SINFPA was pleased to host our partners at Fiscal Management Associates at a recent workshop on Staten Island for the benefit of SINFPA members to discuss the creation of their new website at www.strongnonprofits.org.  This extensive site contains many resources focusing on financial management, governance, and budgeting that will be useful to almost every not-for-profit organization.   In addition, the site makes all of these resources – manuals, templates, decision making tools – available at NO COST.

Take a look at www.strongnonprofits.org to review all of these useful materials.

SINFPA Response to Disaster Coalition

The Staten Island NFP Association has been pleased to begin work on creating a multi-stakeholder collaborative effort designed to serve as a forum for not-for-profit and civic organizations serving those impacted by the storm to collect and analyze data regarding what organizations need to strengthen their capacity in the aftermath of the storm and to determine how the sector will respond to similar unforeseen needs in the future.  Made possible by the Staten Island Foundation, this effort will include SINFPA members as well as other civic groups involved in post-storm efforts with a goal of creating the most comprehensive view of organizational efforts undertaken and where gaps in these service areas are located.

The overall goals of this project are:

1)  Convening a multi-stakeholder coalition to strengthen the capacity of organizations to serve their constituents and to be better prepared to respond to disasters in the future.

2)   Collect and analyze data about what has happened, what is happening, and what needs to happen in the future to meet the needs of affected constituents

3) Coordinate information about resources and responses that are available and/or occurring that will be of use to those providing direct services

We very much envision this coalition as an opportunity to focus on the organizational needs of those groups involved in disaster response and as an opportunity to develop the plans necessary to build capacity among organizations that are now and will in the future be involved in responding to the needs of impacted communities.

Updated list of post-storm recovery resources

Obviously the effects of the recent storms on our area have been dramatic.  Many of our not-for-profits have reported negative impacts to both their organizations and, in many cases, to their respective staffs.

There are, as you likely know, many recovery resources available to help both organizations and individuals negatively impacted by the storm.  Our partners at the Human Services Council of New York City are maintaining an updated list of these resources that you and your constituents can access here.

2012 Community Service Awards

In 2011 the Staten Island NFP Association launched the first Staten Island Community Service Awards event, an awards celebration designed to offer any of our 149 member organizations the opportunity to publicly recognize the outstanding work of the volunteers, staff and Board members who do so much of the important work that results in real, positive change in our communities.

The response to last year’s event was fantastic! We attracted 17 organizations and nearly 200 individuals to the inaugural awards brunch, many of whom were family and friends of the honored individuals there to see their loved one receive an award for the first time. We heard over and over again how happy the honorees were to receive their awards, and how happy the organizations who sponsored them were to have an easy and inexpensive way to say thank you to essential supporters who have been at the core of their success.

We will once again host the Awards event this year on Sunday, January 13th at the Vanderbilt at South Beach. The SINFPA books the facility, secures press coverage for our honorees, produces the event programs and physical awards, hires the professional photographer and invites a keynote speaker to address the crowd. All you do is show up with your honoree and their supporters and have a good time! Each honoree is featured in the event program, and is announced to the assembled crowd during the event.

The cost of honoring an individual is $525, and the price includes 10 tickets to the Awards ceremony. You can reserve your honoree’s spot by clicking Reserve. We hope to see you there!

SINFPA Annual Meeting

Over and over again we hear from the members of the Staten Island NFP Association that they are interested in opportunities to spend some time discussing their work and the challenges they face with colleagues from around the sector.   The SINFPA Annual Meeting on July 11th represents a great time to do just that as we meet on the grounds of Alice Austen House Museum to review the significant achievements that we have enjoyed over the past year and to talk about how we plan to continue to build on our achievements in the future.