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February 24, 2016

New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action

Nonprofit human services organizations are responsible for delivering essential government services to approximately 2.5 million New Yorkers each year, but too many face financial distress. The Human Services Council has just released a new report, New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action, which identifies chronic problems and offers solutions for strengthening this valuable sector.

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HSC's final report identifies three major problems with New York’s human services delivery system and makes a series of recommendations designed to work together to strengthen it.

  1. Programs should be developed in consultation with human services providers in order to drive more meaningful results. Such engagement would help to ensure that the sector is prepared to effectively participate in new cost-saving approaches such as the State-driven move to Managed Care in the Medicaid system. Additionally, compliance procedures should be examined to ensure they are supporting meaningful government oversight.
  2. The nonprofit human services sector suffers from chronic funding issues in which payment rates and program expectations are routinely misaligned, which impedes its ability to deliver high-quality services. Government and philanthropy should fund core functions and indirect costs, and account for cost increases and mandates that strip money from programs.
  3. The nonprofit sector does not have the tools to assess the risks associated with contracts and programs. Nonprofits and their boards must adopt financial evaluation tools and risk assessment methods to better evaluate risk, and the sector should develop rating systems to evaluate government agencies and individual procurements to inform providers, boards, and the public of problematic practices. 

HSC will be hosting a report release discussion and presentation for our members on Friday, March 4, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM at UJA-Federation of New York; 130 East 59th Street, Room 710 New York, NY 10022.

Panelists include:

  • Louisa Chafee, Senior Vice President, External Relations and Public Policy, UJA-Federation of New York
  • John MacIntosh, Partner, SeaChange Capital Partners
  • Fred Shack, Chief Executive Officer, Urban Pathways

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here

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