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Citizen Action Program

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Resources for Non-Profit Groups


Big Duck
Big Duck works with non-profit organizations to transform the way that they communicate.  They offer services that include podcasts, webinars, workshops, newsletters, articles, and links.  Through focusing on communication strategies and tools with the biggest value and longest shelf life, Big Duck teaches organizations how to raise money and visibility.

Legal Assistance

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest is a nonprofit, civil rights law firm that partners with member law firms, corporate law departments, and other organizations to help underrepresented people develop legal strategies for achieving social justice.  The NYLPI’s Environmental Justice Project has engaged in campaigns across New York City that provide organizing and legal assistance to low-income neighborhoods and communities of color that bear an unfair burden of environmental threats.

NYLPI offers free legal assistance for nonprofits and community groups by matching them with some of New York’s finest lawyers to assist with incorporation and tax except status, contract disputes, lease negotiations, corporate structure reviews, landlord / tenant disputes, employment manuals, finding a general counsel, and much more.  While focused in NYC, the NYPLI pro-bono match up service has an extensive network and all groups regardless of geography are welcome to use this service.

Hurwit and Associates 
Hurwit & Associates deliver comprehensive legal counsel in all aspects of nonprofit law, governance, regulation, and charitable giving to tax-exempt organizations, foundations, and charitable donors throughout the U.S. and abroad. The website of Hurwitz & Associates has recently been expanded to include a free and user-friendly Nonprofit Law Resource Library, which contains an extensive collection of materials and resources on tax-exempt organizations and state-by-state filing and compliance requirements.  Additionally, the Tax Exempt Organization News highlights current and valuable news

Lawyers Alliance for New York 
The Lawyers Alliance for New York is the leading provider of business and transactional legal services for nonprofit organizations improving the quality of life in New York City neighborhoods. By connecting lawyers, nonprofits, and communities, the Lawyers Alliance helps nonprofits develop affordable housing, stimulate economic development, and operate vital programs for low-income New Yorkers. The Lawyers Alliance provides quality, affordable legal services from an experienced staff and volunteers, legal representation, a resource call hotline, and practical educational programs to help nonprofits meet every day challenges.


Pro Bono Partnership, Inc.
The Pro Bono Partnership, a 501(c)(3) legal assistance organization, provides business legal advice to qualifying nonprofit organizations that cannot afford to hire an attorney, including environmental and conservation groups, nonprofits serving the disadvantaged, and arts and civic groups. 

The Partnership is free of charge except for assistance with incorporation/obtaining tax-exempt status and certain workshops. The Partnership assists nonprofits located in Westchester, Orange, Putnam, and Rockland Counties, New York; Connecticut; and New Jersey, and will assist nonprofits in surrounding areas on a case-by-case basis. To request services, please complete the Request Services Application or contact the Partnership for brief advice by phone.


Non-Profit Management

Blue Ridge Foundation New York 
The BRFNY Resource Bank is a searchable database of materials geared toward helping non-profits, and particularly new organizations, overcome practical, day-to-day operational challenges. The site includes articles that provide background or answers the question “why,” rather than “how,” a directory of resources, people, etc., a “how-to” guide, and a website template. 

Capaciteria helps nonprofits build their institutional capacity by providing useful information and resources for making better decisions. The site offers a comprehensive, searchable database directory of categorized administrative resources.  The search return results are weighted to reflect the ratings and popularity assigned to them by nonprofit users. 

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, Inc.
Established in 1984, NPCC informs and connects nonprofit leaders, saves nonprofits money, and strengthens the nonprofit sector’s relations with government.  NPCC publishes a monthly newsletter, New York Nonprofits, offers workshops and roundtables on management issues, provides cost-saving vendor services, manages a Government Relations Committee that works on sector-wide government and legislative issues, and maintains a website loaded with information on operating a nonprofit. 

For over forty years, Riverkeeper has worked to protect the environmental, recreational, and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries and to safeguard the drinking water supply for New York City and Westchester County. Riverkeeper is widely regarded as an expert in building strong alliances with key partners and broad-based coalitions to successfully topple the many polluting Goliaths of the Hudson River.  The Riverkeeper website lists a number of these allies as well as important information regarding the Hudson River and the NYC watershed.

The Support Center for Nonprofit Management
The Support Center for Nonprofit Management, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that has been serving the tri-state area for over twenty years, helps clients to gain practical knowledge, build productive relationships, and find the information resources they need to further their professional development. The Support Center offers a number of services including consulting, executive leadership services, grantmaker services, and training. 

Tides Foundation
The Tides Foundation defines fiscal sponsorship as a cost-effective way to implement programs, bring together groups to collaborate around an issue, and test new approaches to social change. It enables individuals and organizations to start new programs without establishing a new, separate nonprofit organization. Tides partners with donors to increase and organize resources for positive social change. This is largely done through facilitating effective grantmaking programs, creating opportunities for learning, and building community among donors and grantees. They offer a complete catalogue of services and consultation for every level of grantmaking.


Environmental Resources

Hudsonia Ltd.
Hudsonia Ltd. is an independent, non-advocacy, nonprofit, environmental research institute for the Hudson Valley and the northeastern states.

Hudsonia conducts scientific research and provides the results to other organizations, planners, land managers, and scientists in the forms of technical assistance reports, maps, popular articles, presentations, seminars, training courses, workshops, testimony, books, and scientific papers. Biodiversity assessments and biological surveys to address conservation planning issues at development sites and parks are a specialty.

Hudsonia also maps ecologically significant habitats on a scale from a single site to an entire municipality, prepares detailed interpretive reports, and offers training in the use of these products. Hudsonia staff are particularly expert on rare species and their habitats, invasive species, wetlands and waterways, and planning for the protection of biodiversity.  For more information, please contact

Erik Kiviat, kiviat@bard.edu

Gretchen Stevens, stevens@bard.edu




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