Hudson Valley Nonprofit Consultants

Hudson Valley Nonprofit Consultants is a professional network of consultants eager to work collaboratively with nonprofits to address challenges and maximize opportunities. Looking for guidance on a project? Need advice or resources to address a problem? Unsure if your organization is up to date with trends and best practices? Visit the website, or contact lead consultant Susan Ragusa for questions or to learn more about the HVNC.

Mission and More: The Economic Power of the Hudson Valley’s Charitable Nonprofit Sector

Hudson Valley nonprofits emerged out of the pandemic-related economic downturn as strong and as essential to the regional economy as ever, while simultaneously addressing heightened human service and related needs, according to a comprehensive study conducted by the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON).

The research report, “Mission and More: The Economic Power of the Hudson Valley’s Charitable Nonprofit Sector”, which was commissioned by the Hudson Valley Funders Network, demonstrates that the nonprofit sector maintains a critical place in the Hudson Valley’s economy, providing nearly one out of every five non-governmental jobs in the region along with $7.4 billion in annual wages and an estimated $1.1 billion in state and federal payroll tax contributions. 

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Link to full Nonprofit Economic Impact Study

For County-level data, link to County Dashboard

Nonprofit Workforce Crisis

The National Council of Nonprofits has recently been addressing the workforce crisis that has been sweeping the country, with a specific view on how this problem impacts nonprofits and the communities they serve. As stated on their website, “When organizations dedicated to serving the public good can’t secure the workforce to provide vital services, the whole community suffers. That is the case right now, as thousands of nonprofit jobs go unfilled and nonprofits around the country are doing their part to raise awareness of the challenge to whole communities, to collect and analyze data to identify the problem and solutions and take action to protect our communities.”

To read more on this effort and to participate by taking the Nonprofit Workforce Shortage survey, visit the National Council of Nonprofits website.

You may also read the preliminary report, The Scope and Impact of Nonprofit Workforce Shortages in New York.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Assessment

NYCON and its affiliate, BoardStrong, have partnered with the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) to provide an online assessment tool related to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. This self-assessment tool will help get your nonprofit started on your DEI journey by providing you with a detailed analysis as to your current status in this regard along with helpful recommendations to guide future progress.

Click here to learn more and to purchase the assessment tool.

SeaChange – A primer on Nonprofit Mergers & Sustained Collaborations

In light of the impact that COVID has had on many nonprofits, there has been significant interest within the sector regarding the best approach to mergers, shared administration, divestments, joint programs, and other types of sustained collaborations. This report from the New York Merger and Collaboration Fund is a summary of the lessons learned from NYC Nonprofits who approached collaboration as a tool to increase programmatic impact and/or build stronger organizations.

NY HERO Act: Protecting Workers from Airborne Diseases

On May 5, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Health and Essential Rights Act (NY HERO Act) into law. The law mandates extensive new workplace health and safety protections in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the NY HERO Act is to protect employees against exposure and disease during a future airborne infectious disease outbreak. To learn more about your responsibilities as an employer, visit the Department of Labor NY HERO Act webpage, which includes both the plan requirements as well as industry-specific model plans that your organization can adopt.

Mid-Hudson Valley Compensation Study

The results of the NYCON Mid-Hudson Valley Compensation Study are now in! This regional report provides survey results from participating charitable nonprofits with employees based out of or located in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, and/or Ulster counties.

Mid-Hudson Valley nonprofits may download a digital copy for free by clicking here.

Paper copies are available for $25.00 and can be ordered here.

COVID-19 Legal Resources

Pro Bono Partnership is a nonprofit organization that offers free business and transactional legal help to other nonprofits serving underrepresented people or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. Visit their website for information and resources including:

Legal Alert: COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Nonprofit Resources

In this rapidly-changing environment information is constantly being updated. Please contact your local Pro Bono Partnership office for the most current information prior to making critical decisions.

Key Findings from the Mid-Hudson Valley Funders COVID-19 Rapid Response Survey

Prepared by the Center for Effective Philanthropy

In April of 2020, the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) conducted a survey of the Dyson Foundation and other Mid-Hudson Valley Funders’ (“MHV Funders”) grantees, achieving a 38 percent response rate. The downloadable reports below outline the findings from that survey.


Hudson Valley Nonprofits Amidst COVID-19

An Assessment of Capacity-Building Needs

In response to the COVID-19 health crisis and its economic fall-out, a coalition of philanthropic grant makers in the nine (9) county Hudson Valley region (Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties) joined with the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) to survey charitable nonprofits in order to assess the impact of COVID-19 on their financial and organizational stability and to gain insight as to their technical assistance, training and resource needs. The assessment is intended to help strategically inform the capacity-building initiatives of the grant makers as they, individually and collaboratively, respond to the immediate and future recovery needs of nonprofits and the communities they serve.


Value Proposition Tool

Articulating Value within Community-Based and Health Care Organization Partnerships

By the Center for Health Care Strategies

The goal of the Value Proposition Tool is to:

  • Help partners clearly articulate their value within a potential or existing partnership
  • Highlight the range of ways in which CBOs and health care organizations can provide value to each other through a partnership, and the overall value of a partnership
  • Assist those exploring a new partnership in determining how to align around shared goals
  • Inform collaborations with multiple partners ‒ or those partnerships considering adding partners ‒ in thinking through individual and shared value across the partnership


Resources for social sector decision-making in the context of COVID-19

By Deloitte Monitor Institute

Over the course of two months starting in late April 2020, the Monitor Institute by Deloitte began a wide-ranging dialogue with a diverse group of more than 75 nonprofit leaders, foundation executives, and social sector experts from around the country to understand what they were seeing and experiencing and what they anticipate might be coming over the horizon. These conversations informed a “futures-thinking” process aimed at helping funders and operating nonprofits: (1) consider the critical uncertainties of the moment, (2) reckon with the difficult, new “truths” emerging from the pandemic, and (3) explore possible future scenarios that may emerge over the next 12-18 months.


Thoughts on How to Grapple with the COVD-19 Infodemic

By the Support Center

For most organizations, there is an information overload at present. There are multiple daily webinars with guidance on how to navigate federal and state relief programs (both grants and loans). There are also daily directives on how to maintain operations and ensure public safety. The following is designed to be a navigational resource for organizations desperately trying to stay ahead of the curve through this confusing time.


A Decision Framework for Nonprofit Leaders and Boards

By SeaChange Capital Partners

Executive Directors and Boards will need to take decisive and difficult action if the nonprofits they lead are to survive the COVID-19 crisis. In our role as the champion of nonprofits facing complex challenges, SeaChange has a decade of experience working with nonprofits with respect to risk management, lending, financial analysis, mergers/ collaborations, and restructuring/dissolution. We have already been approached for advice by more than a dozen organizations as they grapple with the current situation. This briefing note summarizes the advice we have given them and the best practices we are seeing in the field.


Building Capacity for Sustained Collaboration

By Heather McLeod Grant, Kate Wilkinson, and Mickey Butts

The social sector is facing a perfect storm.

Demand for community services keeps rising. At the same time, government funding is in decline, more philanthropy is concentrated in the hands of fewer funders, and smaller donors are giving less. And this was before the Covid-19 pandemic and economic recession hit—just as we were preparing to launch this report. Since March 2020, an already dire situation has destabilized further, featuring skyrocketing demand for services coupled with falling revenue and an entirely uncertain future.

As a result, demand for “sustained collaboration” is rapidly growing, as nonprofits seek to do more with less by combining resources and putting impact ahead of organizational identities. Over the past decade, more than 100 local foundations in seven communities have committed $20 million in capital and created pooled-funding initiatives to help local nonprofits pursue “a continuum of organizational strategies for structured collaboration that represent a long- term and permanent change to their business or operating models.” These strategies can take the form of mergers, shared services, partnerships, and other arrangements. Six local initiatives are now launching the national Sustained Collaboration Network (SCN) to develop best practices and share frameworks and tools that will benefit members and other communities considering similar efforts.

The launch of this network—and this report— couldn’t be more timely. Inside, readers will find stories from communities that have experimented with pooled funding models for supporting sustained collaboration, two case studies of initiatives in Los Angeles and New York, and a list of emerging practices for other communities and funders seeking to emulate this approach. The time is ripe for funders and nonprofits to begin thinking beyond the immediate crisis and contemplate the structural reform needed to create a more sustainable, resilient sector that can maximize community impact. We hope this report will provide some ideas for advancing this important work.


Leap of Reason Offers Triage Tool for Nonprofits and Their Boards

The Big Reset Triage Tool offers a relatively quick way to identify and prioritize action items in times of crisis and change without adding to your already-heavy burden.

The tool is available in multiple formats so you can choose which one would be easiest for your organization: a fillable Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, a fillable Google Sheet for easy collaboration, and an editable Microsoft Word document. In each format, you’ll find instructions and a set of 27 “here and now” issues that can be tailored to your organization’s needs.

You can also download a PDF of examples from real organizations who have used the triage tool to test its utility and apply it to their own situations.

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The Leap of Reason Initiative is aimed at inspiring and supporting great leaders and funders to build great organizations for greater societal impact.