Human Services Council and Pace University hosted a panel discussion June 7 about the state of the nonprofit human services sector in New York City with Council Member Domenic Recchia, Chair of the City Council Finance Committee.
“This year I’ve come to appreciate nonprofits more than ever,” Council Member Recchia said, commending the critical work that nonprofits perform, and adding that the Council understands the importance of the sector in the economy. He also recognized the benefits provided by umbrella organizations such as HSC, noting that “HSC plays a crucial role in bringing nonprofits together and being the voice for the sector.”
A diverse and dynamic panel of nonprofit and philanthropy leaders shared views on how budget cuts and deficiencies in the contracting process have impacted organizations and human services City-wide. They discussed a range of topics, including rising costs faced by nonprofits; contracting issues; difficulties of recruiting and retaining staff with no cost of living increases over several years; the importance of community-based and immigrant-serving nonprofits; and the nickel and diming of nonprofits that adds to the obstacles the sector faces.
Panel members were Fred Shack, Executive Director, Urban Pathways; Steven Choi, Executive Director, MinKwon Center for Community Action; Marilyn Gelber, President, Brooklyn Community Foundation; Marla Simpson, Executive Director, Brooklyn Community Services; and William Rapfogel, Executive Director, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty; and the panel was moderated by former City Council Member and host of “Eldridge and Co.” on CUNY TV Ronnie Eldridge.
See more coverage of the event in the New York Nonprofit Press.
Contributed by Sara Abraham-Oxford of the Human Services Council.