Resources for NYC Nonprofits

Below is a list of some of the many organizations that provide various types of support to New York Area not-for-profit organizations.  The brief descriptions come directly from their websites — which can be accessed directly by clicking on their headings.

If you have other such organizations you think should be added, or would like your organization included in our list, please send your request to


BoardAssist, a New York based nonprofit corporation, is the leading personalized board recruiting resources available to the tri-state nonprofit community. We offer New Yorkers who want to make a real change in the nonprofit world a wide selection of board options and advice on selecting the right one for them.

Our nonprofit clients range from start-up organizations to some of the most established names in the nonprofit community, and serve interest areas from arts and education to the environment and poverty relief. Though most BoardAssist clients are New York-based, they serve locally, nationally and internationally.


BoardnetUSA is the unique website revolutionizing the way nonprofit boards and new leaders find each other.

If you’re an individual interested in board service or a nonprofit looking for a new board member … you’ve come to the right place.


BoardServeNYC is a United Way of New York City initiative launched in response to “NYC Service – A Blueprint to Increase Civic Engagement,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s plan to increase volunteerism and support nonprofits within New York City.

BoardServeNYC builds the capacity of nonprofits in New York City by connecting them to a pool of prospective board members.

The candidates represent a cross-section of New Yorkers of varied skills and backgrounds, all of whom are interested in joining boards.

Training the board member candidates in nonprofit governance and actively preparing nonprofits to recruit, engage, and utilize new board members are integral components of BoardServeNYC.


Catchafire matches professionals who want to give their skills with nonprofits and social enterprises that need their help. We match professionals and organizations based on a variety of characteristics including skills, cause interests, and time availability.

We help organizations identify their needs as short-term, discrete, and individual-based projects. Our projects are structured in this way to make it easy for professionals to help in the midst of their busy daily lives

Community Resource Exchange (CRE)

Community Resource Exchange is a nonprofit management consulting firm that makes New York City’s nonprofit organizations stronger and more effective in fighting poverty and advancing social justice.

Council of Urban Professionals

The Council of Urban Professionals (CUP) connects, empowers and mobilizes the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. Founded in 2007, CUP is a 21st century leadership development organization with over 1,500 individual members, a national network of 20,000, and 65 corporate partners spanning the financial services, law, media & entertainment, digital & technology, non-profit and public sectors, healthcare, and consumer packaged goods. Through a series of forums, leadership development programs, and peer networks, CUP empowers aspiring diverse professionals to develop connections, opportunities, and expertise that best position them for top leadership positions, resulting in transformative impact on our communities.

Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grant makers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center’s web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of 470 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world.

Human Services Council

The Human Services Council strengthens the not-for-profit human services sector’s ability to improve the lives of New Yorkers in need.

The Human Services Council does this by:

  • Enhancing the capacity of human services organizations to carry out their missions;
  • Acting collectively to establish greater balance in the partnership between the human services sector and government;
  • Influencing public policy and advocating for adequate funding for human services;
  • Addressing the implications of social, racial, and economic justice issues in human services policy and delivery;
  • Giving voice to those we serve, highlighting their struggles and how human services programs help them; and

Holding government accountable for the needs of all New Yorkers by honoring the commitments made to our communities.

Lawyers’ Alliance

Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, we help nonprofits to develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, promote community arts, and operate and advocate for vital programs for children and young people, the elderly, and other low-income New Yorkers.

New York Community Trust

Through the generosity of New Yorkers, past and present, who set up charitable funds with us, we are able make grants for a huge range of charitable activity so important to the well-being and vitality of our city. We are New York City’s community foundation, and are one of the largest private funders of City nonprofits.

Since 1924, The Trust has helped make donors’ charitable dreams come true by funding the nonprofits that make our city a vital and secure place. We ended 2011 with assets of nearly $2 billion in more than 2,000 charitable funds, and made grants totaling $137 million.

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc., (NPCC) is the voice and information source for New York nonprofits. NPCC is an umbrella organization representing and serving some 1,500 member nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

As the largest such organization in our area, we represent all types of nonprofits on sector-wide issues. Established in 1984, NPCC informs and connects nonprofit leaders, saves nonprofits money, helps them manage and govern themselves better, and protects and strengthens the nonprofit community’s relations with government.

NPCC publishes a monthly newsletter, New York Nonprofits, offers workshops and roundtables on management issues, provides cost-saving vendor services, manages a Government Relations Committee that works on sector-wide government and legislative issues, and maintains a website loaded with information on operating a nonprofit.

Partnership for After School Education (PASE)

The Partnership for After School Education (PASE) is a child-focused organization that promotes and supports quality after school programs, particularly those serving young people from under-served communities.


ReServe is an innovative nonprofit that matches continuing professionals age 55+ (ReServists) with organizations that need their expertise. Nonprofits and public agencies (Partners) can tap into a lifetime of experience to fill crucial staffing gaps at affordable rates. ReServists can do great things for their communities while they put their professional expertise to work on part-time service projects, in exchange for a modest hourly stipend.

TapRoot Foundation

Most organizations tackling social problems don’t have access to the marketing, design, technology, management or strategic planning resources they need to succeed. Without this talent, few are able to have their intended impact on critical issues like the environment, health and education.

Taproot is a nonprofit organization that makes business talent available to organizations working to improve society.

We engage the nation’s millions of business professionals in pro bono services both through our award-winning programs and by partnering with companies to develop their pro bono programs. One day, we envision all organizations with promising solutions will be equipped to successfully take on urgent social challenges.


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