The Soapbox and Toolbox for New York State's Nonprofits

What is NYCON? 

Founded in 1927, the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) is a 501(C)(3) membership-based, mission-driven, statewide association of diverse charitable nonprofit organizations. We provide a collective policy voice for the nonprofit sector and serve as a crucial support and information provider.

With over 3,000 members, we work to build the capacity of nonprofits and communities to enhance the quality of life through responsive, cost-effective service and by forming a long term, multi-layered service relationship with our member nonprofits.

We also work in close partnership with government (federal, state and local) and the private sector (community foundations, private foundations, and United Ways) to educate and directly assist their nonprofit constituencies.

NYCON's Values:

  • Charitable nonprofits are essential to the fabric of a civil society and the quality of life in our communities.
  • Diversity and inclusion is an essential value and characteristic of a healthy, charitable nonprofit community
  • Charitable nonprofit boards of directors should be comprised solely of volunteers.
  • Charitable nonprofit volunteer leaders and employees should strive for excellence in carrying out their fiduciary and leadership role through adhering to high ethical standards and best practices as appropriate.
  • Charitable nonprofits, including their boards of directors, should be accountable for their performance and actions to their constituencies, stakeholders, donors and regulatory bodies.
  • All charitable nonprofits, particularly those that are small to mid-sized community-based organizations, should have affordable access to quality and seamless capacity-building services and resources that will assist them in achieving their aspirations and missions.
  • Regulations on charitable nonprofits should not result in an undue financial and/or mission-related burden.
  • Advocacy for mission advancement and self-defense is essential for every nonprofit to engage in.

Our mission-based activities are enhanced by three subsidiary corporations: Innovative Charitable Initiatives, Inc., Council Services Plus, and Governance Matters.


NYCON is proud to be an active member of the National Council of Nonprofits

The New York Council of Nonprofits provides a family of services to help you
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NYCON develops and promotes an effective and vibrant charitable nonprofit community throughout New York State.  We strengthen organizational capacity, act as an advocate and unifying voice, help to inform philanthropic giving, and conduct research and planning to demonstrate relevance and impact.