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June 2020 Newsletter: budgeting for equity, a tool to guide your nonprofit to success, and more!

By Public Works Partners

June 30, 2020

Businesses shuttered on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn | Aaron Barlow

How can the City’s FY 2021 budget shape recovery?

New York City is at a crossroads. The convergence of a public health crisis, an economic crisis of as yet unknown proportion, and a long-overdue national awakening to the reach and impact of systemic racism has led to unprecedented scrutiny of the allocation of City resources. In this time of heightened need and awareness, the New York City budget should reflect the City’s unique position as a global leader and changemaker. Fulfilling this role will require a budget that actively leverages the City’s resources and populations to create a framework for a lasting, equitable recovery.

Read the Story here: Budget Talks



LESEN team at December 2019 liaison meeting

This month we spoke with the Lower East Side Employment Network (LESEN) about their trajectory from a loose coalition of neighborhood workforce development providers to the local hiring entity for Community Board 3. While their role has evolved significantly since their founding, the last few months have presented brand new challenges; “we’re just trying to figure out how a central entity membership program can be of the most support to our members,” Gaspar Caro, LESEN’s Partnership Director said.

Read the story here: Catching up with the Lower East Side Employment Network



Recap: A conversation with emerging firms

Panelists discuss the future of their firms

Earlier this month, Public Works Partners brought together Schillivia Baptiste of Laland Baptiste, Michael Crowley of LaPlaca Cohen, Sunil Narayan of Urbane Development, and Jeanette Nigro of Perch Advisors for a virtual panel discussion to  examine efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We discussed the impact of the pandemic on small firms, hopes and expectations for recovery, and how firm culture has adapted to continue to meet the needs of staff and clients.

Check out our graphic summary and watch highlights


Upcoming event: Learn about what our Nonprofit Tune-Up can do for you

The COVID-19 Edition of the Nonprofit Tune-Up is live now!

We are experts in organizational and financial health and have been speaking and working with nonprofit leaders since COVID-19 began to affect workflows and business models in March 2020. Join us for a free webinar on July 22nd that will build on what we’ve learned to create strategies for the future. The conversation will include an introduction to our COVID-19 Edition of the Nonprofit Tune-Up, a pro bono tool that identifies challenges and best practices for nonprofit organizations.

Register here:



Check out key takeaways from our last conversation with workforce development leaders, co-hosted by WPTI.

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