The Governor's Office of Faith Based Community Development Services

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo created this office in January 2015 to be a key resource for faith-based non-profit organizations to support the valuable social services they provide across the state. 

Faith-based organizations traditionally and currently provide a wide range of vital social services that build and sustain vulnerable people and populations throughout New York. These services range from providing affordable and supportive housing, soup kitchens/food pantries, educational services (daycare, day schools, after-school, etc), employment assistance, mental health support and much more. 

The primary functions of this office include:

Capacity Building

The Office helps build capacity by working with the State Nonprofit Coordinating Unit to connect faith-based community organizations with grant opportunities, as well as provide assistance in completing grant applications.

In addition, we’ll help faith-based community organizations work with the Department of State and other government agencies to maximize resources and opportunities to provide services in their community, including federal Community Service Block Grant funds.

We’ll also work with Empire State Development to help and encourage the development of businesses.

Coalition Building

To build coalitions, the Office of Faith Based Community Development Services will organize local meetings for networking and other opportunities.

Community Outreach

The Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services will partner with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Office of Children and Family Services, Department of State, Housing and Community Renewal and the Governor's State Nonprofit Coordinating Unit to help communities deliver services to their neediest residents and combat the root causes of poverty.

Staff
Staff
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Karim Camara serves as Executive Director and Deputy Commissioner, leading the efforts of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based Community Development Services. Previously, he was a member of the New York State Assembly. Reverend Camara is an ordained minister, motivational speaker and life coach. He is the Founding and Senior Pastor of Abundant Life Church in Brooklyn. He also was the New York State Faith Director for the then-Senator Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Andrea McKoy - Assistant Commissioner

February Seok - Executive Assistant to the Deputy Commissioner

Manuel A. Rosa - Director of Community Relations

Grants Gateway Portal
Grants Gateway Portal
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Grants Gateway provides a one-stop shop for anyone interested in locating grant funding opportunities with State agencies. Nonprofit organizations can browse or search for State funding opportunities and all State agencies are being encouraged to post opportunities in the portal.

ENTER GRANTS GATEWAY PORTAL

  • Recieve information about new funding opportunities by signing up for email alerts under the “notification” section of the page
  • The “registration” section of the page allows nonprofits to register with Grants Gateway. 
  • Nonprofits that want to apply for grants need to register with Grants Gateway and complete the Prequalification process.

 

Prequalify to Apply for NYS Grants:

Nonprofit organizations provide valuable services to millions of New Yorkers on behalf of the State. Prequalification is a system that allows nonprofits to complete many of the administrative tasks that are included in applying for grants prior to the actual grant application process. It also ensures that the State is partnering with qualified, responsible nonprofit organizations. All nonprofits that want to apply for State funding must be Prequalified.  

APPLY FOR PREQUALIFICATION

As part of the Prequalification process, important documents are uploaded into the Document Vault, a secure, web-based “filing cabinet” in which nonprofit vendors can easily store and share information with multiple State Agencies. This reduces the amount of paperwork that needs to change hands during the course of doing business with the State. Prequalification requires nonprofits to upload the following documents into the Document Vault:

  • Certificate of incorporation or equivalent document
  • IRS 501(c) determination letter
  •  IRS 990
  • Audit/Reviews and Findings
  • CHAR500 or CHAR410
  • Board of Directors Profile
  • Senior Leadership Resumes 
  • Corporate Bylaws

Additional Information About Prequalification:

  • In addition to providing documents for the Document Vault, nonprofits also have to answer a series of questions about their structure and practices as part of Prequalification. 
  •  Once Prequalified, a nonprofit does not need to reapply for three years. During this three-year period, however, nonprofits have to keep all of their documents (IRS 990s, etc.) current. Not keeping documents current can lead to a loss of Prequalification status.
  • The Vendor Prequalification Manual provides a more detailed description of the process

 

GRANTS REFORM WEBSITE

The “Quick Links” section of the Grants Reform website has great resources and information for anyone who wants to better understand Grants Reform and Prequalification. These links provide guidance about how to register with the Gateway, how to sign up for trainings, etc. 

 

Resources
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Regional Economic Development Councils

Regional Economic Development Councilsregionalcouncils.ny.gov - The Regional Councils have redefined the way New York invests in jobs and economic growth by putting in place a community-based, bottom up approach and establishing a competitive process for State resources. 

New York State Government:

New York State Department of State (Secretary of State's Office) - www.dos.ny.gov - Organizations that want to incorporate must submit a Certificate of Incorporation to the Department of State.

New York State Department of Taxation and Financewww.tax.ny.gov - Organizations seeking sales tax exemption need to contact the Department of Taxation and Finance.

New York State Office of Attorney Generalwww.charitiesnys.com/home.jsp - Organizations seeking to register need to contact the Office of Attorney General Charities Bureau.

New York State Racing and Wagering Board – www.gaming.ny.gov - Charities conducting raffles must apply for authority to do so.

Federal Government:

Internal Revenue Service www.irs.gov - Provides forms and instructions assisting not-for-profits in completing annual financial filings with the IRS.

Phone: (877) 829-5500 - for questions about tax-exemption and tax-exempt organizations.

Legal Assistance:

Lawyers Alliance of New York (LANY) -www.lany.org - is a not-for-profit corporation whose staff attorneys and volunteer lawyers provide legal services to nonprofit organizations. It provides guidance in drafting by-laws, applying for tax-exempt status, and other aspects of nonprofit governance.

Legal Aid Society Community Development Project Legal Aid Society Community Development Project www.legalaid.org/en/civil/civilpractice/communitydevelopmentproject.aspx - provides support to low-income not-for-profit organizations.

New York City Bar Justice Center - The Public Service Networkwww.nycbar.org /citybarjusticecenter/city-bar-public-service-network - is a program offered through the City Bar Justice Center, and matches attorneys with legal volunteer opportunities in the not-for-profit sector.

Watchdog Organizations:

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliancewww.bbb.org
The BBB publishes standards for not-for-profit organizations that are used in its evaluations of charities. The standards include governance, financial accounting, program efficiency and public disclosure. It also provides guidelines for standards implementation.

Charity Navigator - www.charitynavigator.org - rates organizations that solicit the public and provides information to potential donors.

Economic Research Institute (ERI)www.eri-nonprofit-salaries.com - posts Internal Revenue Service reports of charitable organizations.  

GuideStar www.guidestar.org - is a database that posts financial reports and other information on over 850,000 tax-exempt U.S. nonprofit organizations.

Other Sources:

Alliance for Nonprofit Management www.allianceonline.org - is a professional association, and its mission is to improve the management and governance of nonprofits.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)www.aicpa.org - has information on accounting standards and procedures.

Boardnet USAwww.boardnetUSA.org – helps strengthen the governing and management of nonprofit boards by bringing qualified leadership into boards. Its website is a resource designed to help potential board members, and nonprofit boards needing leadership find each other.

CharitySTRONG - www.charitystrong.org - assists nonprofit organizations in achieving standards of board leadership, governance and oversight. charitySTRONG encourages nonprofit board service, and educates nonprofit boards on their responsibilities.

Council on Foundations -www.cof.org - is a membership organization of more than 2,000 grant making foundations worldwide. It provides leadership expertise, legal services and networking opportunities.

Foundation Center - www.foundationcenter.org – helps strengthen the nonprofit sector by disseminating philanthropy knowledge. It also conducts and facilitates research, provides education and training on grant seeking.

Governance Matterswww.governancematters.org -promotes good governance in the nonprofit sector. Its website posts information about courses and conferences for nonprofit board members.

Independent Sector (IS)www.independentsector.org - is a national coalition of nonprofit organizations and Fortune 500 corporations with commitments to community involvement.

National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) - www.nasconet.org - Members are employees of state agencies that help regulate not-for-profit organizations and their fund raisers. Their site provides information about the registration and reporting requirements.

New York Council of NonProfits (NYCON)www.nycon.org - is a statewide association of over 3,100 charities. Its services include group purchasing and insurance options, governance, and management training and technical assistance.

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC) www.npccny.org - is a nonprofit membership corporation, and its goal is to protect the city's nonprofit sector by offering management services. It monitors the City, the State and Federal government actions and promotes the needs of nonprofits. It holds workshops and roundtables on managerial and organizational issues.

The Urban Institute - www.urban.org - is a nonprofit nonpartisan policy research established to examine the social, economic, and governance problems. It maintains extensive databases of information on the not-for-profit sector.

Unified Registration Statementwww.multistatefiling.org - contains information concerning the registration and reporting requirements of states.

 

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