Letter from the Executive Director

As we wrap up another year, I want to thank HSC’s members for their support and participation in our mission to strengthen the human services sector, ensuring New Yorkers across diverse neighborhoods, cultures, and generations reach their full potential. Together, we’ve made incredible progress in actualizing the recommendations from our New York Nonprofits in the Aftermath of FEGS: A Call to Action report to create a stronger, healthier human services sector.

In the past year, we released the results of our GovGrader survey, the country’s first online scorecard for human services providers to share their feedback on government procurement and contract management processes. Over one hundred nonprofits throughout the State filled out the survey, providing 572 individual program ratings across New York City and State human services agencies. As a follow up to the survey, we organized roundtable discussions with government agencies; creating a space for open dialogue between our members and their government partners around procurement processes. We’ve also rated ten RFPs since the release of our RFP Rater, unearthing contract risks and providing a framework for RFPs going forward. We harnessed the knowledge and expertise of our members to build these tools, demonstrating the power of our collective.

In April, we released the report, Integrating Health and Human Services: A Blueprint for Partnership and Action, developed by our Commission on Value-based Care. This new publication offers a human services lens to the challenges and opportunities of integrating health and human services with recommendations for a path forward. Since the release of the report, HSC has engaged a variety of stakeholders in the health care sector and is seeking to develop an approach that will facilitate formal, paid relationships between healthcare payers and human services CBOs that will include rate setting methods and contractual terms.

Together, our advocacy has paved the way for real progress. HSC is methodically and relentlessly bringing attention to the business needs of nonprofits and seeing results. Comptroller Stringer recently released a report highlighting the late contract registration issues faced by human services providers in City agencies. Councilmember Brannan and Councilmember Levin held a hearing focused on model budgets and procurement delays.

And we continue to coordinate the advocacy efforts of the sector’s many umbrella associations through the Human Services Advancement Strategy Group to  build on the over $300 million investment achieved through the Sustain our Sanctuary Campaign in the FY18 City budget. At the State, the Strong Nonprofits for a Better New York campaign, co-led by HSC, FPWA, and the Fiscal Policy Institute, achieved $15 million to fund the minimum wage for nonprofit human services providers and a carve out of over $300 million was made for nonprofit capital needs in the State and Municipalities Facilities State budget allocation.

HSC is growing in its influence and effectiveness. We are pushing an agenda on behalf of the collective nonprofit human services sector that addresses the business needs of the institutions themselves because communities need strong and reliable nonprofits.  The national political climate promises more challenges ahead that will require strong, resilient communities.  Human services institutions foster that resilience and HSC’s work helps ensure their ability to play this critical role.

I look forward to continuing to fight for the needs of the human services sector this coming year so they can continue to support our communities!

Allison Sesso

Executive Director

August 2018