The Nonprofit Resiliency Committee was launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio on September 28, 2016 to offer opportunities for collaboration and to expand lines of communication between the City and nonprofit human service sector. The Committee is charged with identifying, designing and launching solutions to support the sector in the areas of administrative processes, service and program design and organizational infrastructure.
The Nonprofit Resiliency Committee is co-chaired by Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Dr. Herminia Palacio and Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, Richard Buery. The Mayor's Office of Contract Services coordinates the Committee with support from the Mayor's Office of Operations and Office of Management and Budget. The Nonprofit Resiliency Committee is comprised of members of the nonprofit human service sector invited to represent the diversity of the sector, including direct service providers, coalitions, academia and philanthropies.
The Committee announces the following new policies and completed projects:
The Committee will meet with Deputy Mayors on a quarterly basis. Our next meeting will be in October. Please check back quarterly for reports on our work and impact.
The Committee launched its second year by recognizing our work and expanded partnership. Key accomplishments over the past year include policy changes in the areas of advances, recoupment and audits; revised human service contracts; development and pilots of collaborative program design guides; and procurement workshops.
The Committee has engaged 18 City agencies and Mayoral Offices and more than 70 nonprofit organizations to expand lines of communication and develop policies and practices that support transparency, accessibility, efficiency, expanded capacity and enhanced cash flow. In a year-end feedback survey, 95% of respondents believe that the work of the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee will have a beneficial impact on the resiliency of the human service nonprofit sector.
In our second year, the Committee will continue with ongoing projects and develop new opportunities to streamline administrative processes, build organizational infrastructure and cultivate collaborative program design.
The Committee reported the completion of a procurement-focused Guide to Collaborative Program Design. The Guide offers approaches for City agencies to obtain information and feedback for providers throughout the program design and procurement processes. City agencies are currently using the Guide to develop upcoming procurements. The Committee’s work in creating this Guide also informed the production of a companion handbook, Civic Service Design Tools + Tactics, produced by the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity.
The Committee announced the launch of the City’s new, online Procurement and Sourcing Solutions Portal (PASSPort). PASSPort was designed with feedback from the provider community and the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee. It offers a streamlined approach to procurement that includes VENDEX online. Register for PASSPort here.
The April NRC meeting was the six-month mark for the Committee and the deadline established to realize short-term accomplishments. The Committee is pleased to report that it met this milestone with the development of policies that support increased cash flow and digital audits and a revision of the standard human service contracts. The policies and revised contracts will go into effect on July 1, 2017, as detailed in the Impact section above.
Deputy Mayor Buery and Deputy Mayor Palacio kicked off the second Nonprofit Resiliency Committee with a question and answer period and a conversation about Committee work and accomplishments. The Committee is pursuing 12 projects in the areas of administrative processes, program design and organizational infrastructure. Committee accomplishments include a collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to pilot a collaborative RFP process, the launch of procurement education courses and the development of HHS Accelerator enhancements that streamline the contract management process. The Committee restated its ongoing commitment to develop policy recommendations that support a resilient sector.
Kickoff meeting of the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee provided the framework for ongoing engagement and collaborative work. Deputy Mayor Buery and Deputy Mayor Palacio introduced the Committee and answered questions from the nonprofit Committee members in attendance. Leaders from Mayor's Office of Contract Services, Mayor's Office of Operations and Office of Management and Budget introduced three workgroups that they will be co-chairing to pursue Committee goals.
Contact Us with questions about the Nonprofit Resiliency Committee. If your organization belongs to a coalition or umbrella group that is a Committee member, you can also contact that group to learn more about our work and to share comments and concerns.