Labor Day has come and gone, there’s a chill in the air, and our New York office is abuzz. Here are a couple of reasons why:
- We’re piloting a new initiative and we’d love to have you involved. If you identify as a connector; if you believe good ideas can and should spread more quickly; and if you believe that with all of the resources available to us, we should be able to do much more to address the problems around us, please take a look and follow this new blog: http://idealistnyc.org/
- Our Idealist Grad Fair team is about to kick off their 18-city fall tour, starting in NYC next Thursday, Sept. 15. If you’re thinking about going to grad school to further your social impact career, please join us from 5-8pm that night at NYU’s Metropolitan Pavilion. The event is free and open to the public; it helps us greatly when you RSVP here.
You might have noticed that things have been quiet around here. We’re cooking up some new projects at Idealist’s NYC office and hope to be back soon.
In the meantime, keep an eye on Idealist.org – we’re re-launching our website shortly and hope to see you there. And we’ll leave the blogroll up so you can continue to connect with and help good ideas travel around the five boroughs.
We also want to thank our Idealist in NYC editor emeritus Joanna Eng, who recently moved on to pursue what is sure to be a brilliant freelance writing/editing career after five wonderful years at Idealist. We miss you, Jojo!
Today on Idealist’s main blog, we issued a second warning about a new tax law that many nonprofits have apparently not caught wind of yet. Put Barber explains:
New rules passed in 2006 require nearly every exempt organization (houses of worship are the exception) to [file a Form 990]; previously, only organizations with more than $25,000 in annual revenues needed to do it.
An organization that misses three years in a row will be automatically removed from the list of approved tax-exempt organizations.
The IRS is offering one more chance to avoid that unhappy outcome. An organization that files the necessary report between now and October 15 of this year will be considered to have met the deadline.
A lot of the organizations that seem to have missed the May 17 date are listed on these files from the IRS. You can check pretty quickly to see whether your organization, or one you care about, needs to pay attention to this new deadline to avoid the expense and extra work of re-applying for exemption later on.
A quick glance at the list for New York State shows that we have over 21,000 nonprofits who haven’t filed for the past three years.
So, in case you haven’t gotten the point yet… file that 990 ASAP! The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York offers an explanation of the form itself.
This summer, the community development organization Community Lab has been running a series of happy hours in NYC around the theme of global development. The networking events, called Bring Your Own Cause (B.Y.O.C.), bring together nonprofit professionals, students, and anyone else interested in the topic. As the name implies, the theme of global development is left intentionally broad and open, and your participation is encouraged no matter what your specialty is.
There are only two left for the season, on July 29 and August 12. The July 29 event will feature three organizations: Women’s Education Project, Hemma, and Earth Intelligence Network. There will be an element of healthy competition, as the featured organization that receives the most votes via text message during the event will get a prize from Community Lab.
We just got a letter in the mail about a free translation service offered to nonprofit organizations in Queens. Thanks to the Translation Program of the Asian/American Center of Queens College, nonprofits based in the city’s most diverse borough can now reach more people with written materials in Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Spanish.
The program offers to translate up to four pages from English into any of the four target languages. Click here for more details about how your organization can make use of these services.
Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and Spanish only begin to crack the surface of the linguistic diversity of Queens (in the 2000 Census, 138 languages were reported to be spoken in the borough). But it’s a great start!
These two city-wide public art projects make me even more excited for summer:
Play Me, I’m Yours: Sixty pianos have been placed in parks and streets across all five boroughs, just waiting for you to play them. What a democratic way to let people experiment, perform, learn, and listen; not to mention a fun new way to “play” outside. It’s a project of Sing for Hope, a nonprofit that involves professional artists in volunteer programs that aim to benefit youth, hospital patients, and the public.
Key to the City: Based on the idea of the symbolic “key to the city” once reserved for dignitaries, now anyone can get a key that will open 24 doors around the five boroughs. The keys give you access to secret rooms in museums, restaurants, parks, houses of worship, even a politician’s office. Keys are being given out through June 27 in Times Square, where participants ceremonially bestow keys and compliments on each other. Not everyone will get a chance to stand in line to receive a key, so key-copying is also encouraged.