The Division of the Budget is launching a new website — www.ny.gov/nonprofits — designed to improve the working relationship between the state and those not-for-profits that provide services to New Yorkers.
The website will serve as New York’s source for information impacting the nonprofit sector and as a portal to streamline the myriad interactions between the state and its nonprofit partners.
New York’s 100,000 nonprofit organizations account for more than 18 percent of all private sector jobs in New York, employing more than 1.25 million New Yorkers. Nonprofits do vital work on behalf of state government and its residents through more than 6,000 state contracts.
The new website will reinforce relationships between the state and its nonprofit vendors and strengthen the nonprofit sector so that its organizations are better positioned to carry out their missions, says the Division of Budget.
Features on the new website include:
- A step-by-step guide to help New Yorkers establish a nonprofit organization, including how to file for tax exemptions and links to the appropriate forms and instructions.
- Instructions for nonprofits to prequalify for state grants. The Grants Gateway system allows nonprofits to complete many of the administrative tasks prior to the application process and also ensures that the state is partnering with qualified, responsible nonprofit organizations.
- Information on new state initiatives.
- A news portal where nonprofits can find the latest updates and guidance.
The new website is the latest initiative of the Division of Budget’s Nonprofit Coordination Unit, created in 2014. The unit works to address issues that are important to the nonprofit sector and ensure that nonprofits are providing the best level of service to residents.
This includes simplifying grants management, managing special projects, and providing coordination and support when state-funded nonprofit organizations are in crisis. The unit is also available to assist with questions from nonprofits about state regulations, new initiatives and other concerns.