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May 4, 2015

Volunteer Consulting Group and Governance Matters Announce Affiliation with NYCON

Relationship Will Provide Enhanced Board Matching, Consulting and Support Services to Nonprofits

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ALBANY, New York – May 1, 2015
The Boards of Directors of the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) and the Volunteer Consulting Group, Inc. (VCG) have voted to affiliate effective May 1, 2015, with VCG becoming a subsidiary of NYCON. VCG has been an innovator in the field of nonprofit governance services in Metro NYC since 1969 and developed and operates boardnetUSA (, a unique online board matching website. Included in the affiliation is Governance Matters, Inc. (GM), a subsidiary of VCG that promotes best practices in governance.

“This acquisition deepens NYCON’s footprint in the New York City area and adds the vital services of board recruitment and matching services to our portfolio,” states Doug Sauer, NYCON’s Chief Executive Officer.  “Moving forward, we are looking to replicate VCG’s services first in the Hudson Valley and Capital Region, and then to other upstate regions. We will also be upgrading boardnetUSA to further revolutionize the way boards and new leaders find each other.”

“Our board is excited about the new relationship with NYCON,” said David Birdsell, Chair of the VCG Board of Directors and Dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. “It takes our work on board development state-wide, roots us in a wider vision of capacity building, and serves as an outstanding example of finding synergies through merger in a sector that increasingly prizes both efficiency and quality of service.”  

Lynn Videka, NYCON’s Board Chair and Dean of New York University Silver School of Social Work agrees, noting that “our two boards and executive teams have worked diligently since last summer to develop a model to integrate our organizations in a way which best serves the missions and needs of our nonprofit constituencies.”

NYCON’s corporate family includes Innovative Charitable Initiatives, Inc., a nonprofit providing employment administration and fiscal sponsorship services, and Council Services Plus, Inc., a full service insurance brokerage social enterprise exclusively serving nonprofits.

The affiliation process was supported in part by a grant from the New York Merger, Acquisition and Collaboration Fund.

Press Contact:
Doug Sauer, CEO
1 (800) 515-5012 ext. 103

About the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.
NYCON, the Soapbox and Toolbox for New York’s nonprofits, works to develop and promote an effective, vibrant charitable community in New York State. With close to 3,000 nonprofit members, NYCON strengthens the business and organizational capacity of nonprofits, acts as an advocate and unifying voice, helps to inform philanthropic giving,  and conducts research to demonstrate the relevance and impact of nonprofits. To learn more visit

About Volunteer Consulting Group, Inc. and Governance Matters, Inc.
VCG is an innovator in the field of nonprofit governance services both regionally and nationally. VCG’s, and its affiliate GM, work to strengthen the governance and management ability of nonprofit Boards of Directors.  VCG trains and brings together Boards needing new members with individuals who wish to serve across the broad range of skill, experience, ethnicity, age, and geography. To learn more visit

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NYCON develops and promotes an effective and vibrant charitable nonprofit community throughout New York State.  We strengthen organizational capacity, act as an advocate and unifying voice, help to inform philanthropic giving, and conduct research and planning to demonstrate relevance and impact.