Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York
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Calendar of Actions

Join when you can, how you can!  We have many opportunities to get involved--from call in days, to social media, to trips to Albany.  


Mar
20
12:00 PM12:00

3/20 Press Conference in Albany

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther is holding a press conference for March 20th at Noon on the second floor of the Million Dollar Staircase.  She will be pushing for the COLA, and more investment in the field generally. If you are in the Albany area or in Albany for a lobby day, we hope you can join providers and the Assemblywoman in support of the human services COLA. If you are interested in attending the press conference or have any questions, please feel free to email info@strongnonprofitsny.org OR Glenn Leibman (MHANYS)at gliebman@mhanys.org.

 

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Mar
19
to Mar 29

Tweet at Your Legislators

As we march towards the end of the budget session, we need to keep the momentum going and make sure that our priorities are in the final adopted budget. Keep the conversation going by tweeting at your local State Senators and Assemblymembers. Let them know that we need them to support the our campaign budget priorities on COLA, minimum wage, and nonprofit infrastructure as they debate the budget in conference and session. You can find your local State Senator and Assemblymember on Senate website and Assembly website. Everything you need to participate including tweets, hashtags, and handles can be found by clicking here to automatically download the toolkit.

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Mar
5
10:30 AM10:30

Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame

March is Women's History Month and we will be highlighting notable women in human services from past to present times in an effort to highlight the importance of our workforce in building a better New York in Albany on March 5, 2019. The human services workforce is over 80% women and an investment in our workforce helps to address issues around equity. 

We hope to have a huge showing of workers and legislators to demonstrate the importance of investing in the human services workforce through the funding in our contracts for the minimum wage and a wage adjustment.

Please join us at the 3rd Floor Terrace of the Legislative Office Building at 10:30 am for the Notable Women in Human Services Legislative Breakfast and Award Ceremony. We will be engaging with legislators and staff in the Breezeway (between the Capital and LOB) and meeting with them in their offices from 12 noon until 3 pm! More information will be provided when you arrive. 

The Strong Nonprofits Campaign is looking to charter a bus to Albany from NYC and other cities across the State (availability depending on the number of RSVP’s and seats). Please indicate in your RSVP if you would be interested in joining us on a bus from your city to Albany!

Please RSVP here by March 1

Cant be there in person? Join us on social media. Click here for everything you need (including tweets, hashtags, and handles) to participate to support Notable Women in Human Services Hall of Fame

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Feb
25
to Mar 11

Tell Your State Legislators to Support our Budget Priorities in One House Budgets

Human services are the foundation of our communities, providing critical interventions all New Yorkers, including after-school programs, supportive housing, job training, community centers, and more. This is why it is urgent that you email and call your local State Senator and Assemblymember to support our budget priorities to be included in the One House budgets.

You can find your local State Senator and Assemblymember on the Senate website and Assembly website.

Email your local State Senator and Assemblymember with the draft email below:

Dear Senator/Assemblymember (insert name),

Hi, my name is (your name) and I am from (your organization) which is a member of the Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York Campaign. We are advocating for key investments in human services:

We hope that Senator/Assemblymember (insert name) will support our asks to be in the One House Budget. If you have any questions about the Strong Nonprofit campaign and our budget priorities, please feel free to email info@strongnonprofitsny.org.

Call your local State Senator and Assemblymember with the phone script below:

Hi, my name is (your name) and I am from (your organization) which is a member of the Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York Campaign. We are advocating for key investments in human services:

We hope that Senator/Assemblymember (insert name) will support our asks to be in the One House Budget. If you have any questions about the Strong Nonprofit campaign and our budget priorities, please feel free to email info@strongnonprofitsny.org.

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Nonprofit Infrastructure Week Press Conferences, Social Media, and Letter to Legislators
Feb
19
to Feb 23

Nonprofit Infrastructure Week Press Conferences, Social Media, and Letter to Legislators

State Senator Roxanne Persaud and Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi has sponsored a Resolution in the Legislature to declare the week of February 18th as Nonprofit Infrastructure Week. Support the campaign in these three actions:

 

1. Join the campaign in press conferences across the State with human services providers and local elected officials to call for an $100 million investment for nonprofit infrastructure in the FY20 State Budget:

February 19 - Syracuse (Central NY)

February 20 - Cattaraugus (Western NY),

February 20 - Bronx (New York City)

February 21- Binghamton (Southern Tier)

February 22 - Westbury (Long Island)

 

2. Can't be there in person? Participate on Twitter !

Click here for everything you need to participate on the week of February 18th including tweets, hashtags, and handles.

3. Send letters to your local State Senators and Assemblymembers asking them to support investments in infrastructure. You can find the letter here and send them throughout the month of February. You can find your local legislator on the Senate and Assembly website.

 

If you have any questions about the Nonprofit Infrastructure Week Press Conferences, the social media action, or the letter to legislators, please email info@strongnonprofitsny.org

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Feb
8
to Feb 15

Call to Action: Contact Your State Legislators to Sign-on to Budget Letter

Call to Action: Contact Your State Legislators to Sign-on to Budget Letter

(Deadline: Friday, February 15th)

As part of the campaign's advocacy, Senator Roxanne Persaud and Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre have agreed to be champions in leading a sign-on letter amongst their colleagues within their own legislative chamber to the Senate President and the Speaker of the Assembly in support of our budget priorities. You can help make sure our budget priorities are in the budget by using the language below to email your local State Senator to send and call your local State Assemblymember to sign-on to a budget letter in support of the Strong Nonprofit Campaign's budget priorities for FY20 by Friday, February 15th.

You can find your local State Senator and Assemblymember on Senate website and Assembly website.

Email your local State Senator:

Dear Senator (insert name),

Hi, my name is (your name) and I am from (your organization) which is a member of the Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York Campaign. We are advocating for key investments in human services:

  • $140 million for a cost-of-living-adjustments for human services workers;

  • $25 million for adjustments to human services contracts to implement the minimum wage; and

  • $100 million for nonprofit infrastructure.

We hope that the Senator will send a budget letter to the Leader Stewart-Cousins in support of our asks to be in the One House Budget Bill. You can find a draft of the letter here. If you have any questions about the letter or the campaign, please feel free to email info@strongnonprofitsny.org.

Call your local State Assemblymember: Hi, my name is (your name) and I am calling from (your organization) which is a member of the Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York Campaign. We are advocating for key investments in human services:

  • $140 million for a cost-of-living-adjustments for human services workers;

  • $25 million for adjustments to human services contracts to implement the minimum wage; and

  • $100 million for nonprofit infrastructure.

We hope that the Assemblymember will sign-on to a letter to the Speaker in support of our asks. The letter is being led by Assemblymember Jean-Pierre and you contact Elizabeth Sutton by February 15th to sign-on. Thank you for your support of human services. 


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact info@strongnonprofitsny.org.

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Feb
5
to Feb 25

Sign On Letter in Support of Human Services Workforce

Tell the Governor to fund the human services workforce! Governor Cuomo has built his platform pushing for women’s equality, yet has refused to make critical investments in the salaries of our workers, 80 percent of whom are women. We are asking women who work for non-profit organizations that provide human services to sign this letter, ask the Governor to fulfill his promise on delivering for women across New York by investing in non-profit human services organizations.

We are working with coalitions across the State on this effort to make sure that we can show the Governor not only that this is a critical issue that must be addressed, but also how vast and involved women are in human services organizations. Please take a few moments to share this with your networks and encourage women involved with non-profit human services organizations to sign on.

Below is sample language for your own outreach email. The deadline to sign-on is February 25th, 2019.

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Nonprofits and coalitions across the State are coming together to demand better wages for the human services workforce – 80% of whom are women! Governor Cuomo has built his platform pushing for women’s equality yet has failed to make the necessary investments in non-profit human service organizations who employ mostly women. We know how dedicated you are to your work and want to ensure the Governor sees the true impact of this workforce. Women in non-profit human services organizations are asked to sign-on to this letter asking the Governor to fulfill his promise on delivering for women across New York by investing in non-profit human services organizations. This is a critical issue that must be addressed and each and every sign-on makes a difference by showing the Governor that women in human services are united on this issue.

Please share this with your networks and colleagues, asking women who work for non-profit human services organizations to sign-on by February 25th, 2019.

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Letter to Governor Cuomo to include Human Services COLA in the 30-Day Amendment
Jan
25
to Feb 8

Letter to Governor Cuomo to include Human Services COLA in the 30-Day Amendment

While our Human Services Bake Sale was a huge success, there still remains much work to be done. This past week, Governor Cuomo announced his Executive Budget and it did not include our budget priorities. Human services are the foundation of our communities, providing critical interventions to constituents, including after-school programs, supportive housing, job training, community centers, and more. For 8 of the last 10 years, Governor Cuomo has deferred the statutory cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for nonprofit human services employees, withholding over an estimated $707 million from human services employees. As the Legislative and Budget session for FY20 begins, the Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York campaign is advocating for $140 million COLA that encompasses the entire human services sector, including organizations contracting with the following State agencies: OTDA, OCFS, DOL, DHCR, DHR, NCS, OWIG, OMH, OPWDD, OASAS, DDPC, CQCAPD, DOH, NYSOFA. This investment will help to ensure that our services remain intact and we be able to sustain our programs throughout the State.

It is important that the human services sector’s voice is heard and that is why we are asking for your organization’s Board Chair to send a letter to Governor Cuomo to ask him to support a COLA for human services workers. Please find a template of the letter here for your Board Chair to sign on and send to Governor’s office by February 8th to show the importance of this to the human services sector and the communities we serve.

If you have any questions, please email info@strongnonprofitsny.org

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Jan
15
10:00 AM10:00

Human Services Bake Sale

Participate via Twitter!

Even if you can't be there in person, you can join us on social media starting at 10AM on 1/15! Everything you need to participate including tweets, hashtags, and handles can be found by clicking here to automatically download the toolkit.

If you have any questions about the Bake Sale or the social media action, please email info@strongnonprofitsny.org

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Dec
1
to Dec 28

Meet with your Local State Legislators

As our campaign prepares for the 2019 Legislative and Budget Session, we are asking you to meet with your local State Senator and State Assemblymember in district, throughout December, to discuss our budget priority on ensuring that the statutory COLA (Cost-of-Living-Adjustment) is not taken out of the budget and for the Legislature to join us in our advocacy. (Due to the recent November elections, the composition of the legislature has changed. Please refer to an updated list of State Senators and Assemblymembers.)

A statutory COLA for human services providers with state agency contracts exists in the state budget, but is consistently taken out. Deferring the human services COLA means that human services contracts have not seen a salary increase in 8 of the last 10 years, totaling well over half a billion dollars in withheld salary adjustments. That is why we are asking the Legislature to join us in calling on Governor Cuomo to keep the statutory COLA in this year’s state budget.

This winter is a perfect opportunity to meet with State Senators and Assemblymembers before they head of to Albany in the new year. You can find talking points (internal information), the one-pager (general COLA information to be handed to legislator) and a fact sheet (more detailed information on COLA if they request it) on the campaign website for your meetings. If you need assistance scheduling the meetings or have any questions about the materials, please feel free to contact the campaign at info@strongnonprofitsny.org.

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Nov
1
10:30 AM10:30

SAM Call-In Day

Save the Date: November 1 SAM Call-In Day

Through the advocacy of the Strong Nonprofits Campaign and human services providers from across the state, we were able to achieve State and Municipal Facilities (SAM) funding for nonprofits. In order for us to continue to advocate for continued investments in nonprofit infrastructure and strengthen the implementation process of SAM funding, we ask that you call your local representatives (find your local State Senator and State Assemblymember) on Thursday, November 1st. More information will be provided later in the week. If you have any questions, please email Gloria Kim at kimg@humanservicescouncil.org

More info here

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Oct
31
10:00 AM10:00

Nonprofit Horror Stories Social Media Campaign

We need your help to tell the story of why State investment in nonprofit infrastructure is so important! In advance of our SAM call-in day on November 1, we are highlighting nonprofit human services infrastructure needs. We encourage you to join the conversation by sharing others’ stories of physical or technological infrastructure challenges and adding your own.

Show your support on social media starting at 10AM on Halloween Day! Everything you need to participate is available here.

If you have any questions, please email Mackenzie Deary at dearym@humansercvicescouncil.org

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Mar
13
11:00 AM11:00

Women in Human Services Hall of Fame

JOIN US ON MARCH 13th IN ALBANY.

March is Women's History Month and we will be highlighting notable women in human services from past to present times in an effort to highlight the importance of our workforce in building a better New York in Albany on March 13, 2018. The human services workforce is over 80% women and an investment in our workforce helps to address issues around equity.

Please join us for a press conference at the Million Dollar Staircase in the Capital at 11am celebrating Notable Women in Human Services and calling for increased investment.  Please RSVP here (transportation may be available from select locations depending on turnout.) 

Can't join us in person?  Show your support via social media--everything you need is here!

Stop by our Hall of Fame that day from 12-3PM on the 13th to get more info on our honorees and show your support on social media at our photo booth!

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

Caucus Weekend Panel

Strong Nonprofits will be discussing the nonprofit workforce and the need for investment on a Caucus Weekend Panel in Meeting Room 4 in the Capital Concourse.  

Joining the panel will be:

  • Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute
  • Edline Jacquet, FPWA
  • Carlyn Cowen, Chinese American Planning Council
  • Kelly Gonzalez, Center for Community Alternatives 
  • Alex Ellis, direct support professional

You can also stop by the campaigns table all day in the Capital Concourse!

Here's a flyer to share!

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Feb
15
to Apr 27

"How Nonprofits Make Us Strong" Video Campaign

Nonprofit human services build strong communities, and we need your help to put a human face on these critical services.

Are you an elected official?  Tell us how nonprofits make your district strong.

Are you a nonprofit leader or front line worker?  Tell us how you and your nonprofit make your community strong.

Are you a program participant?  Tell us how nonprofits make you strong.  

You can find everything you need to participate (instructions, script, instructional video, etc.) here.  

We hope to collect as many videos as possible  to use in response to the State of the State, and as a precursor to the executive budget.  Send your videos to info@strongnonprofitsny.org.  

 

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Feb
6
to Feb 13

Testify Or Submit Written Testimony to Joint Budget Hearings

You can find the schedule of hearings here, along with the contact person to request to testify. 

If you want to submit written testimony instead, just email it to wamchair@nyassembly.gov within 7 days after the hearing.  Everything you need for written or in-person testimony is here! 

Testifying about other items?  No problem!  If you can drop in a mention of your support for these items into your testimony, that will help us to make the case to legislators that there is broad based support for these items that span across subsectors of human services.

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Feb
5
11:00 AM11:00

Nonprofit Infrastructure Day

RSVP HERE TODAY

JOIN US IN FEBRUARY 5th IN ALBANY!

The New York State Assembly has adopted a resolution in recognition of February 5th as Nonprofit Infrastructure Week. The Strong Nonprofits campaign will be holding Nonprofit Infrastructure Fair to illustrate the nonprofit infrastructure projects across the State and the need to further support the Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program (NICIP).  We will be in the Breezeway between the Capital and LOB all day! We will be talking to legislators as they go to and from session, doing drop ins and literature drops in legislative offices, and more.  
Was your organization a grant recipient?  Did your organization apply, but still have outstanding infrastructure needs?  This is our time to thank the legislature for funds that have been allocated, but make sure they know the work is not done!

we will engage legislators with our Nonprofit Infrastructure Fair in the Breezeway (just inside the concourse level of the LOB), along with drop-ins to legislative offices and off the floor meetings.  We will arrive at 10:30, and be in the LOB until approximately 3PM. We will be highlighting the great projects funded by the Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program, and the outstanding infrastructure needs facing our sector.  

Can't make it?  Join us on social media!  Everything you need is here.

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Jan
29
to Feb 7

Email Governor Cuomo To Include Strong Nonprofits in 30 Day Amendments

As you know, Strong Nonprofit’s budget asks were left out of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Budget—luckily there is still time to correct this.  Use this link to quickly customize an email to Governor Cuomo urging him to include Strong Nonprofits in his thirty day amendments.  Share with your colleagues, staff, and clients—this is only impactful if we have an overwhelming number, and it takes just a few moments of your time.  Please take action by Wednesday, February 5th.  

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Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Nonprofit Bake Sale and Lobby Day

Back  by popular demand, we will hold a tongue-in-cheek bake sale to demonstrate the funding challenges facing our sector. Last year, the bake sale featured delicacies like a $60 million brownie needed to address infrastructure needs and COLA zero, to represent lack of cost of living adjustments.  We will also be setting up legislative meetings. We hope that we can have coalition representatives, including front line workers with us to advocate for our budget priorities.

We will meet at 10AM just inside security at the end of the concourse, between the LOB and the Capital.  

You can RSVP Here.  Can't make it?  Join us on social media!  Everything you need is right here.

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Jan
3
12:00 PM12:00

Social Media Rally: State of the State

Governor Cuomo is delivering his 2018 State of the State address on Wednesday, January 3rd at 1PM.  

Make sure the human services sector is heard one final time before his address by taking to social media beginning at 12PM.  Tweet at Governor Cuomo and at your own elected officials. 

Everything you need to participate is right here:

Sample tweets, hashtags, and infographics

Legislator Twitter Handles

 

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Dec
11
12:00 PM12:00

Coalition Call

Join our full coalition call to go over our new branding, asks for budget session, talking points, and strategy.  RSVP HERE.  Having a representative from your organization on the call is extremely important—we need your feedback and your actions to make this campaign a success this year.

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