The following resource list includes many associations, service organizations, and technical assistance providers serving the New York City area. The list is not comprehensive, but rather is intended to serve as a starting point for those in need of assistance. When available, we provide direct links to an organization's Web site.

Organizations that help startups are also listed on the Foundation Center's Nonprofit Startup Resources by State—New York

Academic Programs

Columbia University's Programs in Social Enterprise offers various options for nonprofit leaders, including the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management, an Open Enrollment program offering graduate-level management education for nonprofit professionals.

The School of Social Work at Columbia University offers a variety of programs that ultimately lead to the Master of Science in Social Work (The MS in Social Work at Columbia is the equivalent of the MSW). Programs are organized around in-depth study of one of five social work methods and on focused study of one of seven fields of practice. The School also offers a doctoral program in social work.

The School for Management and Urban Policy offers master's degree programs oriented toward public policy and nonprofit management, including Health Services Management and Policy, Human Resources Management, Nonprofit Management, Organizational Change Management, and Urban Policy Analysis and Management. The program offers a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy, as well as various professional development programs.

The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University offers advanced programs leading to the professional degrees of Master of Public Administration, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Science in Management, and Doctor of Philosophy. Through these rigorous programs, NYU Wagner educates the future leaders of public, nonprofit, and health institutions as well as private organizations serving the public sector. NYU Wagner prepares serious, talented professionals to face the constantly changing challenges of public service.

The School of Public Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York specializes in teaching, research and service in the areas of municipal government, nonprofit administration, policy analysis and evaluation, health care policy and educational administration. The School offers graduate, undergraduate and executive degree programs. The School operates nationally recognized research centers, including: Center for Innovation and Leadership in Government, Center for Educational Leadership, Center on Equality, Pluralism and Policy, Center for the Study of Business and Government, and the Baruch Survey Research Unit.

The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, established in 1958, offers several pathways leading to the master of social work degree. The M.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for responsible, advanced, and creative practice in social work. As a public graduate school of social work in New York City, the School recognizes a special responsibility toward serving the urban community under social agency auspices.

The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University is dedicated to education, social work practice, and research. The School offers flexible Master’s, Doctoral, and Certificate programs in Social Work with an emphasis on social work values and ethics.

See the Foundation Center's GrantSpace Knowledge Base article on colleges and universities with academic programs in fundraising, philanthropy, or nonprofit management for further information.


Arts Resources

  • Americans for the Arts 
     New York Office
     One East 53rd Street
     New York, NY 10022
     Phone: (212) 223-2787

With offices in Washington and New York, and more than 5,000 organizational and individual members and stakeholders across the country, Americans for the Arts is focused on three primary goals: fostering an environment in which the arts can thrive and contribute to the creation of more livable communities; generating more public- and private-sector resources for the arts and arts education; and, finally, building individual appreciation of the value of the arts.

Services provided by the Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) include direct financial support to individual artists and non-profit organizations; information services and technical assistance; education and community programming; advocacy and the operation of our Longwood Arts Project; an exhibition gallery and cyber arts program; and the Bronx Writers Center, an initiative dedicated to the creative and professional development of our writers.

In the firm belief that culture contributes to the health of the community, Brooklyn Arts Council takes a leadership role in creating an environment conducive to the arts, and provides grants, resources, referrals, networking opportunities, seminars, and other activities that support and encourage the arts.

Creative Capital, a New York City-based nonprofit organization, acts as a catalyst for the development of adventurous and imaginative ideas by supporting artists who pursue innovation in form and/or content in the performing and visual arts, film and video, and in emerging fields.

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council serves artists and art audiences in New York City’s financial district and throughout the city’s diverse neighborhoods and cultural communities. This is accomplished in four ways: supporting artists and arts organizations with funding, career support and audience development; fostering public participation in the arts through free events in visual, performing and new-media arts; arts advocacy; and cultural planning.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is a statewide service organization for artists that provides this free national information resource for artists in all disciplines and for those who support them in any way.

The New York State Council on the Arts hosts a web page listing resources for artists in New York State, from resources offering very general support to those specific to the individual arts. The site also provides link to local community arts groups as well as information about funding for artists.

The Queens Council on the Arts is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1966 to support, promote, and develop the arts in Queens County. Its mission is to assist arts organizations and individual artists and to present our diverse cultural resources to the two million residents of our borough, to residents of other boroughs, and to visitors to New York City.

The mission of Staten Island Arts is to develop, foster and promote the arts, cultural and humanities activities on Staten Island.


Consulting, Training, and Resources

CRE helps New York City nonprofits achieve their missions through customized consulting, coaching, and leadership development. Our services enable nonprofits to find solutions to challenges they face, address issues that prevent them from achieving their full potential, and demonstrate the results they are achieving in order to make the case for greater investment. Our capacity building addresses the foundations for nonprofit success: effective leadership, effective programs, financial strength, and high performing staff.

Nonprofit Central NY/NJ is a web site that connects nonprofit leaders in New York and New Jersey with consultants and other resources. On this web site, nonprofit leaders can use the "Quick Consultant Search" directory to find consultants who have references, post volunteer opportunities and jobs for free, and sign up for a free NY & NJ grant opportunities E-newsbrief.

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc. (NPCC) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1984 to help nonprofits meet common challenges and problems, to serve as a meeting ground, and to strengthen the nonprofit sector as a whole. NPCC publishes a monthly newsletter, New York Nonprofits, offers workshops and roundtables on management issues, provides low-cost vendor services, convenes a monthly Government Relations Committee providing a watchful eye over government and legislative issues affecting the sector, and maintains a website with writings on matters pertaining to operating a nonprofit.

Resource Development Network, a thirteen-year-old fund raising consulting firm, is a network of consultants with offices in New Jersey and New York City. Its area of specialization is proposal writing for youth, social service and education organizations in New York and New Jersey.

The Support Center for Nonprofit Management helps organizations increase their impact. Building on agencies’ traditions, culture and strengths, its mission is to help shape management and leadership solutions that support their mission and expand internal capacity. The Support Center provides management training and consulting, disseminates information and practical resources to the sector, and works to build strategic alliances.

See the Foundation Center's GrantSpace Knowledge Base articles on nonprofit consultants.


Employment in the Nonprofit Sector

NYFA Classifieds offers Jobs in the Arts, a targeted listing of jobs in the New York metropolitan area. Free registration to view all sections of the NYFA web site, including the job listings, is required.

Nonprofit Career Network offers a number of services, including job listings and posting resumes.

Professionals for NonProfits, Inc. (PNP), based in New York City, is a staffing company that specializes in providing temporary and permanent staff to nonprofits.

See the Foundation Center's GrantSpace Knowledge Base article on nonprofit employment for further information.


Government Grants

The Grant Opportunity Portal provides a one-stop shop for anyone interested in locating grant funding opportunities with New York State agencies. Search or browse by funding opportunity.


Legal/Accounting Services

Since 2001, TBCNYC has served nonprofit, public, and private businesses with outsourced accounting services.

Lawyers Alliance for New York provides business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations that are improving the quality of life in low-income New York City neighborhoods. Their network of pro bono lawyers and staff of experienced attorneys collaborate to deliver corporate, tax, real estate, employment, intellectual property, and other legal services to community organizations. The fee for new clients is $375.

  • Legal Aid Society of New York 
     Legal Aid Society Headquarters
     199 Water Street
     New York, NY 10038
     Phone: (212) 577-3300
     Fax: (212) 509-8761 
     For offices in every city borough, please see Locations

Legal Aid Society's Community Development Project (CDP) provides support for three client groups: low-income nonprofit organizations, low-income entrepreneurs, and low-income housing cooperatives. Areas of service include: Incorporation Financing Tax issues Lease negotiations Corporate governance

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest works with more than 80 of the top law firms in New York City to provide free legal assistance to community organizations.

  • Northeast New Jersey Legal Services 
     Bergen County Division
     61 Kansas Street
     Hackensack, NJ 07601
     Phone: (201) 487-2166
     Fax: (201) 487-3513

Hudson Division
574 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (201) 792-6363
Fax: (201) 798-8780

Passaic County Division
152 Market Street, 6th Fl.
Paterson, NJ 07505
Phone: (973) 523-2900
Fax: (973) 523-9002

Northeast New Jersey Legal Services provides free legal services to low-income Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic County residents in a variety of civil law matters, including housing, family, public benefits, employment, consumer, and community and economic development. We seek to assure that access to the civil justice system is not denied to our clients simply because they cannot afford a private attorney.

  • Pro Bono Partnership 
     New York Office (also serves Fairfield County, CT)
     237 Mamaroneck Avenue
     Suite 300
     White Plains, New York 10605
     Phone: (914) 328-0674
     Fax: (914) 328-0538
     New Jersey Office
     7300 Lanidex Plaza
     Suite 3203
     Parsippany, NJ 07054
     Phone: (973) 240-6955
     Fax: (973) 240-6966
     Connecticut Office
     280 Trumbull Street
     28th Floor
     Hartford, CT 06103
     Phone: (860) 541-4951
     Fax: (860) 275-8299

Pro Bono Partnership provides free business and transactional services to nonprofit organizations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

  • Urban Justice Center 
     123 William Street, 16th Floor 
     New York, NY 10038 
     Phone: (646) 602-5600
     Fax: (212) 533-4598

The organization's Community Development Project (CDP) provides legal, technical, research, and policy assistance to grassroots community groups. Through General Counsel and Transactional Legal Services, it offers legal services to grassroots organizations, including incorporation and tax exemption, complying with non-profit, employment, and tax laws, and real estate and lease issues.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is a New York-based organization that offers volunteer legal services to arts organizations and individual artists nationwide. Among the services is the Art Law Line, a multilingual hotline for art law-related questions, consultation services, and an attorney referral service.

See the Foundation Center's GrantSpace Knowledge Base article on legal assistance for nonprofits for further information.

Resources for Small Businesses and Start-ups

Audubon Partnership for Economic Development's Community Business Partners program provides guidance to access financing and tools; it assists with the development of business plans, loan packaging, technical assistance, minority certification, and computer training. It runs the Inwood Housing Preservation Program, aimed at preventing further deterioration of the housing stock in Inwood and Washington Heights.

Business Outreach Center Network (BOC) is a micro-enterprise/small business development organization located in New York City and in Newark, New Jersey. The BOC Network provides information, technical assistance, financing, and other services and resources, free of charge to small businesses and enterprises. BOC Capital Corporation Small Business Loan Fund provides flexible loans of up to $25,000. Its Childcare Business Development Project provides help to home-based childcare providers. The agency's Crunch Program uses a combination of counseling and computer technology to build spreadsheets that identify mismatches between planned actions and hoped-for results in sales, expenditures, and timing.

New York City Department of Small Business Services runs NYC Business Solutions, which provides free services to help businesses start, operate, and expand in New York City. Among the free services offered are business courses, legal assistance, training, help in recruitment, and certification. To find a location near you, visit the NYC Business Solutions Centers section of the web site.

New York City Economic Development Corporation operates a variety of programs in each of the five boroughs with an eye toward strengthening the competitive position of the City's business sector. Its Center for Economic Transformation supports the business sector by providing access to capital, office space, technical assistance, and mentorship. It lists key web sites of interest to small businesses and start-ups.

The New York Public Library's NYC Small Business Resource Center provides online access to information and learning tools for start-up businesses. These include a services directory, guides to starting and running a small business in New York, business plans and forms, as well as business advice and counseling at SIBL through the SCORE program. Many other resources, including online training and videos, are also accessible through this web site.

New Jersey Office
150 West State Street, Suite 310
Trenton, New Jersey
Phone: (609) 392-5600
Fax: (609) 392-7092

The Regional Alliance for Small Contractors, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving small, minority and women construction contractors. Its Financing Small Contractors Program provides help in preparing applications for bonding and loans.

  • Seedco 
     915 Broadway, 17th Floor 
     New York, NY 10010
     Phone: (212) 473-0255 
     Fax: (212) 473-0357 

Seedco is a national nonprofit organization that provides workforce development programs, work and family support services, and "community finance and small business services". Through its subsidiary Seedco Financial Services, it offers small business and nonprofit organization lending, technical assistance, and other services. It also runs an anti-poverty program that serves, Opportunity NYC, based on family and work rewards. Find program offices in New York in the Contact section of the web site.

The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) is a non-profit volunteer association of businesspeople who provide counseling on how to start a business and offer help to people who are in business and experiencing difficulties. The service is free. Walk-in service is available at some sites.

New York District Office
26 Federal Plaza, Suite 3100
New York, NY 10278
Phone: (212) 264-4354
Fax: (212) 264-4963

U.S. Small Business Administration Financial Assistance Program makes loans available for purposes such as expansion, equipment purchases, working capital and inventory. Small Business Development Centers for the New York area can be found online through the Association of Small Business Development Centers.

Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation’s BO$$ Business Development Loan Program provides direct loans of up to $25,000 to small community-based existing and new businesses, primarily in upper Manhattan.

See the Foundation Center's GrantSpace Knowledge Base article on for-profit enterprises for further information.


Service Organizations and Associations

AFP Greater New York Chapter
211 West 56th Street, Suite 7J
New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 582-8565
Fax: (212) 582-8492
AFP Long Island Chapter
4250 Hempstead Turnpike, Suite 12A
Bethpage, NY 11714
Phone: (516) 520-5084 

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents 26,000 members in 174 chapters in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and China working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education, and certification programs. Its New York Chapter is the founding chapter of the AFP and the nation’s largest association dedicated to harnessing the spirit of philanthropy. The AFP also boasts a Long Island Chapter, whose stated objectives are to advance professionalism, foster ethical standards, and promote public understanding of philanthropy and fund raising.

A United Way of New York City initiative, BoardServeNYC provides a free service to nonprofits by matching New York City organizations with prospective board members who have undergone governance training. Eligibility and other information as well as an initial application form can be found online.

Cause Effective provides consulting services for nonprofits in three major areas: board development, special events, and fundraising. It offers individual consultation and assessment, as well as workshops and other training. Learn more about the services and training offered in each of these areas of expertise on the organization's web site. Cause Effective can provide pro bono services to eligible organizations. Find out whether your organization is eligible here.

New York City Office
305 7th Avenue @ 27th, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (917) 522-8304

The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) is a membership organization that serves nonprofit organizations throughout New York State. It provides legal and financial services to nonprofits of all kinds and a variety of group purchasing, insurance, and employee benefits in the context of membership. NYCON is a member of the National Council of Nonprofit Associations, the National Association of Planning Councils, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and Governance Matters.

The NonProfit HelpDesk (NPHD) was created to provide technical assistance to nonprofit organizations throughout New York City. It focuses on on small to mid-sized organizations and provides capacity-building in financial services, technology, organizational development, program development, and marketing communications. NPHD is a project of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island.



The Fund for the City of New York is a private operating foundation launched by the Ford Foundation in 1968 with the mandate to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers. Through centers on youth, government and technology as well as core organizational assistance, the Fund introduces and helps to implement innovations in policy, programs, practice and technology in order to advance the functioning of government and nonprofit organizations in New York City and beyond.

The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) seeks to help nonprofits make more effective use of technology to advance their missions. NTEN supports the people who provide technology services to the nonprofit sector by creating opportunities to identify peers and develop professional support networks, share information and resources, and work collaboratively on a range of projects. Use its Member Directory to find technically savvy individuals by country, city, and state.

  • NPower 
     3 Metrotech Center, Mezzanine Level 
     Brooklyn, New York 11201
     Phone: (212) 564-7010
     Fax: (212) 564-7009

NPower helps nonprofits use technology more effectively in serving their communities. Their direct services and online tools help to demystify the technology that sits on your desk and in your office. NPower works to blend mission and technology effectively to produce high performing, high impact nonprofits.

  • Per Scholas 
     804 E. 138th Street 
     Bronx, NY 10454
     Phone: (800) 877-4068
     Phone: (718) 991-8400 
     Fax: (718) 991-0362

Per Scholas is a nonprofit organization founded by a consortium of foundations and corporations whose mission is to bring computers to technology-deprived children and families at the lowest possible cost, to train disadvantaged community residents to become computer technicians and to provide environmentally responsible recycling of end-of-life computer equipment.

     435 Brannan St., Suite 100
     San Francisco, CA 94107 
     Phone: (415) 633-9300 Fax: (415) 633-9444 
     Submit questions here.

TechSoup offers nonprofits a one-stop resource for technology needs by providing free information, resources, and support. In addition to online information and resources, it offers a product donation service calledTechSoup Stock, which includes its Refurbished Computer Initiative for nonprofits to find low-cost warrantied refurbished computers or donate equipment that is five years old (or newer).

Through its KidSmart program, the United Way of New York City leads technology outreach to help local nonprofits overcome the initial intimidation that new technologies can present; streamline their office procedures to save time and money; integrate technology into their programs to ensure more consistent, quality services; plan long-term solutions rather than short-term fixes; obtain affordable, quality hardware and software; and, finally, train staff and volunteers to use technology efficiently.


Volunteer Resources

  • Action Without Borders 
     360 West 31st Street, Suite 1510
     New York, NY 10001
     Phone: (212) 843-3973 
     Fax: (212) 564-3377

Action Without Borders (AWB) connects people, organizations and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. AWB maintains a searchable database of international volunteer opportunities in its effort to match volunteers with nonprofit groups from around the globe.

Through Business Volunteers for the Arts® (BVA) and other programming, ABC/NY connects the skills and passion of the business community with the needs and passion of the arts community. Find volunteers and volunteering opportunities by visiting the volunteerism section of the web site.

  • New York Cares 
     214 West 29th Street, 5th Floor
     New York, NY 10001
     Phone: (212) 228-5000 
     Fax: (212) 228-6414

New York Cares connects New Yorkers to volunteer opportunities. It helps bring volunteer support to over 850 nonprofit organizations, public schools, and other organizations in the City. More than 36,000 people volunteer their time through New York Cares every year and over 400,000 people are helped through these volunteer services. Find volunteering opportunities by using Search for Projects section of the web site.

The Coalition Against Hunger's volunteer matching system allows volunteers to find emergency feeding programs (soup kitchens, food banks, and other nonprofit groups) that are in need of volunteer assistance. The lookup tool allows volunteers to search by criteria matched to particular preferences, including borough, travel time, subway line, and professional skills.

In April 2009, Mayor Bloomberg launched NYC Service, the office in charge of setting a new standard for how cities work with volunteers. Its largest and most important initiative is the NYC Civic Corps, which will focus volunteer services on strengthening communities, helping neighbors in need, education, environment, health, and emergency preparedness.

The Volunteer Consulting Group is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening nonprofit boards of directors. The organization works as a consultant to nonprofits on issues of board structure, governance, and succession, as well as on board responsibility in terns of oversight of the organization and on board recruitment. Operates, an online tool that connects nonprofit boards needing board members with individuals who wish to serve in leadership roles.

The Volunteer Referral Center (VRC) is a service organization with a dual role: serving both the needs of volunteers and not-for-profit agencies. As a matchmaker VRC matches volunteers (including fundraisers and grantwriters) with the non-profit agencies in NYC that need them. In a typical year, VRC makes approximately 2500 referrals based on personal interviews to over 275 non-profit agencies in the five boroughs.

See the Foundation Center's GrantSpace Knowledge Base articles on volunteering for more information.