The Soapbox and Toolbox for New York State's Nonprofits

NYCON's Policy Work

There is a saying that “if you are not at the table, you are on the menu." 

This is certainly the case for charitable nonprofits when it comes to state policy-making in today’s troubled economic and social environment.  NYCON is committed to engaging in public policy efforts that´s sole purpose is to advance, improve, and progress our sector as a whole.

NYCON´s Public Policy benefits include:

  • Access to several educational advocacy and lobbying resources
  • Timely legislative updates though our Public Policy e-Newsletters
  • Working in partnership with NYCON and our members to make sure your nonprofit voice is heard in our state

On behalf of our members we work to build a relationship with Elected Officials, address legislation affecting the sector, and advocate for sector-wide issues that can only be done through a collective and unified state wide network such as ourselves.  



Nonprofit Statistics

Capital Region (NY) 501(c)(3)s:
An Extract of Basic IRS Data on Finances & Types

To help fill out the basic picture on 501(c)(3)s in the Capital Region, we’ve pulled some figures from the IRS Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract (EO BMF).

Several things to keep in mind when viewing the information:

  1. Scope and Timeliness- This data is fairly basic, and includes only the most recent data the IRS has for each entity they are aware of. While most entries are for 2016 or 2015, some date back further; leading this data to possibly include entities that have ceased operations (especially churches), despite IRS efforts to purge such entities from their records Also, fixation on the number of organizations isn’t per se illustrative, as one organization can be ‘larger’ than 100 small organizations.
  2. Churches- Less than half of all the churches reporting in the Capital Region have either asset or revenue values associated with them. Further, there are no associated economic values for the 160 total churches listed in Saratoga, Washington, and Warren counties. Thus, while the exact number of currently-operating churches is uncertain, their associated economic values are certainly under-represented.
  3. Foundations- There are no “revenue amount” values in the data for the three types of private foundations. For these values, we’ve inserted the (otherwise-odd) values given for “income amount” (defined as “a computer-generated amount” taking total revenue and “adding ‘back in’ expense items”). The logic here is that these expense amounts represent the revenues, either from return on foundation investments or additional inflows, which allowed the foundation to have these charitable and administrative expenses.
  4. Mailing Addresses- The specific city associated with entities in the IRS data (and which were used to construct respective county and net Capital Region values), aren’t necessarily where the organization performs its activities, nor is it meant to imply that such activities take place exclusively within that city (or even county).

The description of the field headings is available in the associated IRS “information sheet”: 

Additional Data & Surveys

Poll Results Released: NYS Grants Gateway Analysis
Are nonprofits getting pre-qualified?

Nonprofit Jobs & Employment
Nonprofit Employment Defied Recession

Prompt Contracting & Payment
New York State Prompt Contracting Annual Report
NYS Prompt Contracting Annual Report- Breakdown by Region

The Real Stats About New York State's Nonprofits


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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.