How big is the New York nonprofit sector?

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Jericho Project has a new board president. Miriam “Mimi” Boublik first joined the board in 1990 after founding the Jericho Associate Board as a graduate of Columbia Business School, according to a press release. She has also worked as a senior managing director at KRC Research & Consulting, a division of Robinson Lerer Sawyer Miller. 


There is a new board president at Sanctuary for Families. Denis McInerney is a litigation partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell. He first served on the board from 2005 until 2010, when he resigned the post to work at the U.S. Department of Justice, first as the chief of the Fraud Section and later as deputy assistant attorney general of the criminal division. He rejoined the board after leaving the department in 2014.

He is not the only new blood being added to the board. Fellow attorney Garrard Beeney, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, is joining, as is Katherine Forrest, a partner at Cravath, Swaine & Moore who served as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and Jessica Tuchinsky, a partner at Simpson Thacher. 


Who is the star of the latest “Driving Forces” on WBAI radio? That would be New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, a candidate for city comptroller and former chair of the City Council Committee on Contracts; Jacqueline Ebanks, executive director of the New York City Commission on Gender Equity; New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell; and Michael Clendenin of Con Edison. Find out what they had to say below.


The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded $224,000 in research grants. Fellows will receive up to $50,000 each to support scholarship into “experimental and under-recognized practices.” These grants follow the announcement last week of $3.81 million in grants to support visual arts organizations. Among the recipients of the latest round of grants is Olga Viso of El Museo del Barrio in New York City. She will use to funded to help develop an exhibit entitled “Por America: Juan Francisco Elso in Context,” which will highlight the work of Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso.

“Through her research, Viso will explore how Elso’s art dovetailed with that of contemporaries, particularly the better-known Ana Mendieta, whose works were also inspired by personal mysticism, Afro-Cuban ritual traditions, and Amerindian civilizations,” reads the press release. “In addition, Viso will examine Elso’s and Mendieta’s intersection with other key figures of the 1980s, including Jimmie Durham and Luis Camnitzer, and the vital role the artists played in the development of contemporary Cuban art on and off the island.”


The Guild for Exceptional Children has solved the “funding puzzle” to renovate its headquarters in Brooklyn. A $750,000 state grant will allow the nonprofit to get down to work renovating its headquarters at 260 68th Street in Bay Ridge, according to Brooklyn Reporter. Work will include upgrading an elevator, modernizing heating and cooling systems and other changes to make the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. State Sen. Andrew Gounardes, who represents the surrounding neighborhood, secured the funding for the project. 


Claudia Varela of Special Citizens Futures Unlimited is getting some recognition. Briscoe Protective recognized her work with autistic adults and children with a certificate – and a $500 check. Briscoe, which specializes in fire safety, gives out an award every year recognizing the good work of a staff member at a nonprofit.

”Claudia takes time out of her day to assist the individuals we support and make sure they are greeted with a smile and treated with dignity,” Alex Dimaio, executive director of Special Citizens, said in the press release.


A new report examines just how big the New York state nonprofit sector has become. The state has more nonprofits than any other – 1,404,492 in total – with only California coming within about 600,000, according to the report published by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. New York also has the third-highest proportion of people working at nonprofits within the private sector, at 17.8%. Only Vermont and Maine have higher percentages. The sector in New York is growing at roughly the same pace as the nation as a whole.