NPW 2021 ADVOCACY and Public Policy AGENDA

The nonprofit sector – under the leadership of Nonprofit Westchester (NPW) and its nearly 200 members – has always provided vital services that are essential to our community.

There has never been a time where our impact has been more important.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with government, the nonprofit sector stepped up to meet the unprecedented need for essential services. We have faced the disproportionate impact of this virus and its corresponding economic fallout head on, supporting vulnerable populations concerning matters of life and death. We’ve also stood with the Black community and all communities of color, and responded to a renewed call for community solidarity and equity has been required. We are supporting the communities most in need and helping create a path forward for our County.

The nonprofit sector is now needed more than ever to ensure the health and safety of all people who live and work in our County. We have significantly contributed to efforts that foster economic stability and advance emotional and financial recovery. Nonprofit organizations help government partners to provide both mandated and other necessary services to the citizens of Westchester at a considerable cost-savings to the County and they taxpayers. We will lead in Westchester’s recovery.

During these unprecedented times, as Westchester prepares for winter and to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases, NPW will focus advocacy efforts that support our sector’s capacity to achieve positive – and necessary - social impact related to the following urgent focal issues:

Hunger and Food Insecurity

Needs have grown tremendously since the start of the pandemic. We must meet this most basic human need.

Homelessness Prevention and Affordable Housing

Westchester lacks housing that is affordable to our community and our workforce, including for our frontline essential workers. We need to support people in maintaining their housing and boldly push forward to create the new affordable housing that Westchester desperately needs.


COVID-19 has had a disproportionate and deadly toll on communities of color.  The pandemic has caused unprecedented stress to individuals and families confronting unemployment, hunger, educational challenges, illness, death of loved ones, and uncertainty and trauma. We must meet the need for access to mental and physical health services for all members of our community.

Immigrant Rights

Immigrant families and individuals have been excluded from federal stimulus opportunities, and have faced disproportionate job loss. NPW will advocate to ensure the safety, stability, and rights of immigrant communities.

Youth Safety, Well-being and Education

In virtual learning, the digital divide between youth of color and their white peers continues to have serious negative impacts related to equity in education and overall health and safety.  NPW will advocate to address these inequities and ensure that all young people in Westchester have the opportunity to thrive.

While these focal issues represent urgent priorities, this is not presented as an exhaustive list of the value and impact of NPW’s broad and diverse membership.

The Nonprofit Sector’s Ability to Meet Current and Increasing Demand for Services

  • Now more than ever, maintaining funding to Westchester’s non-profit sector is imperative.

Regardless of federal stimulus funds, NPW and its members allow Westchester to meet urgent needs, ensure the stability of our community, and pursue equity.

We pledge to continue to be a strong and active partner to Westchester County.  We will stand together with government and other stakeholders to overcome the challenges that our community faces and actively participate in our community’s recovery efforts.

Please contact,  Jan Fisher, Executive Director at or 914-332-6670 (office), 

(914) 439-0203 (cell)

2020 NPW Board of Directors

Anahaita Kotval, Lifting Up Westchester - President

Richard Nightingale, Westhab, Inc.  - Vice President
Barbara Finkelstein, Legal Services of The Hudson Valley - Vice President

Terry Kirchner, Westchester Library System - President Emeritus
Erica Martinson, Brown & Brown of New York, Inc. - Treasurer

Heather Miller, The Thomas H. Slater Center - Secretary

Allison Lake, Westchester Children’s Association 

Marjorie Madfis, Yes She Can, Inc. 

Michelle A. Nicholas, Girls Inc. Westchester 

Maurice Segall, Pro Bono Partnership  

Samuel Wallis, Yonkers Partners in Education 
Jane Veron, The Acceleration Project
Carola Bracco, Neighbors Link
Karen Cheeks-Lomax, My Sisters’ Place
Robert Cordero, PFK O’Connor Davies
Kathleen Halas, Child Care Council of Westchester
Maria Imperial, YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester
Tracy Kay, Westchester Children’s Museum

Janet Langsam, ArtsWestchester
Jirandy Martinez, Community Resource Center
Charlotte Östman, Mental Health Association of Westchester
John Tolomer, The Westchester Bank

 Nonprofit Members, Business Partners, and Sponsors

(914) Cares, Inc.

100 Donors

5 Steps to Five, Inc.

A Voice - Language & Training Services, LLC

Abbott House

Access Equestrian, Inc.

Accreditation Guru, Inc.

African American Men of Westchester


Alliance for Safe Kids, Inc.


Arc of Westchester Foundation

Ardsley Public Library


Arts Westchester

Association of Development Officers

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Backyard Sports Cares, Inc.

Bedford Free Library

Bedford Hills Free Library

Bethel Homes & Services

Boys & Girls Club of Mt. Vernon

Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle

Briarcliff Manor Public Library

Brieant Youth Alliance

Bronxville Public Library

Brown & Brown of NY Inc.

Buzz Creators, Inc.

Cadge Productions Inc.

Cancer Support Team

Caritas of Port Chester

Carver Center

Catholic Charities Community Services


Center for Aging in Place

Cerebral Palsy of Westchester

Change Create Transform Foundation

Chappaqua Children's Book Festival

Chappaqua Library

Charles Newman Co.


Child Care Council of Westchester

Children's Village


Clay Art Center

CLUSTER Community Services

Community Capital New York Inc.

Community Housing Innovations

Community Resource Center

Concorde Staffing

Coordinadora General de los Dominicanos Residentes en el Exterior (DORENEX)

Cora Greenberg Consulting

County Harvest

Crossover Yoga Project, Inc.

Croton Free Library

Destination: College

Dobbs Ferry Public Library

Dorf & Nelson

DOROT Westchester

Dr. TEA, The Leader in Edutainment

Eastchester Public Library

Eliot Kaplan

Emergency Shelter Partnership


Erica Winter LLC - Ethics Training & Harassment Prevention

Evan's Team Inc.

Family Service Society of Yonkers

Family Services of Westchester

Family Ties of Westchester, Inc.


Feeding Westchester

Friends of Karen

Furniture Sharehouse

G.O.O.D. for Girls, Inc.

Gilda's Club Westchester

Girls Inc. Westchester

Glickhouse Consulting, Inc.

Good Wolf

GoodWorks Advisory Group, LLC

Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson

Green Business Partnership

Greenburgh Library Guild

Greenburgh Nature Center

Greenburgh Public Library


Groundwork Hudson Valley

Harrison Public Library

Hastings on Hudson Public Library

Heavenly Productions Foundation

Hendrick Hudson Free Library (Montrose)

Her Honor Mentoring

Hit a Home Run Against Drugs

Hi-Tech Charities

Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center

Hope's Door

Hospitality Resource Group

Housing Action Council

Hudson River Museum

Hudson Valley Community Services, Inc.

Hudson Valley Justice Center

Human Development Services of Westchester

Impact 100 Westchester

In Better Words Marketing

Innovative Microsystems Consulting, Inc.

Inspiria Outdoor

Interfaith Council For Action

Irvington Public Library


JCK Foundation

JDM Benefits

JGT Public Relations

Jill Singer Graphics

John C. Hart Memorial Library

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Katonah Village Library

Kunhardt Film Foundation

LAPA Fundraising

Larchmont Public Library

Latino U College Access

League of Women Voters of Westchester

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Leviticus 25:23 Alternative Fund

Levitt-Fuirst Associates, Ltd.

Lewisboro Library (South Salem)

Lifting Up Westchester

Literacy Solutions NY, Inc.


M&T Bank

Maier Markey & Justic LLP

Make the Road New York

Making Headway Foundation

Mamaroneck Public Library

Meals on Wheels of White Plains, Inc.

Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA)

Mercy College

Morgan Stanley

Mount Kisco Child Care Center Inc.

Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry

Mount Kisco Public Library

Mount Pleasant Public Library

Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center

Mount Vernon Public Library

Mount Vernon United Tenants, Inc.

Mutual of America

My HR Department

My Sisters' Place

NAMI Westchester, Inc.

NCADD/Westchester , Inc.

Neighbors Link

Nepperhan Community Center, Inc.

New Rochelle Day Nursery

New Rochelle Public Library

North American Family Institute

North Castle Public Library (Armonk)

Northeast Stem Starter Academy at Mount Vernon

Northern Westchester Hospital - Northwell Health

NYPALC - New York Portuguese American Leadership Conference

Open Door Family Medical Center, Inc.

Ossining Children's Center

Ossining Public Library

Pace University

Pace Women's Justice Center


Phelps Hospital

PKF O'Connor Davies, LLP

Plan A Advisors

Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Inc.

Pleasantville Community Television

Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library

Pound Ridge Public Library

PRB Wealth Management

Pro Bono Partnership

Purchase Free Library

Purpose Advisors

Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley


Ruth Keeler Memorial Library (North Salem)

Rye Free Reading Room


Rye Youth Council

Scarsdale Public Library

Sharc Creative

Sharp Again Naturally

Sister to Sister International, Inc.

Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP

Solarus Technologies

Somers Library

Songcatchers, Inc.


Spiral Giving

STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck

Stepping Stones Foundation

Strategic Services Inc.

Student Advocacy Inc.

Student Assistance Services Corporation

Sustainable Westchester

Taylor Black, LLC

Teatown Lake Reservation

Teens Under Construction, Inc.

The ABLEities Foundation

The Acceleration Project

The Center at Mariandale

The community Fund of Bronxville, EAstchester, and Tuckahoe

The Event Department

The Field Library

The Guidance Center of Westchester

the harris project

The Legal Aid Society of Westchester

The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center

The Matthew Wallace Foundation

The New Millennium Community Development Corporation Inc.

The New York Milk Bank, Inc.

The Ossining Micro Fund, Inc

The Picture House Regional Film Center

The Warner Library (Tarrytown)

The Westchester Bank

Thomas H. Slater Center

Today's Students Tomorrow's Teachers

Town of Pelham Public Library

Tuckahoe Public Library

United Community Center of Westchester

United Hebrew Geriatric Center

United Way of Westchester and Putnam


VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Volunteer New York!


Westchester Alphas Education Foundation

Westchester Children's Association

Westchester Children's Museum

Westchester Community Foundation

Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc.

Westchester Institute for Human Development

Westchester Jewish Council

Westchester Library Association

Westchester Library System

Westchester Parks Foundation

Westchester Public/Private Partnership for Aging Services

Westchester Putnam School Boards Association

Westchester Putnam School Boards Association

Westchester School for Special Children


WestFair Rides

Westhab, Inc.

White Plains Public Library

With Ribbons We Fight Foundation Inc


Women's Enterprise Development Center

Yes She Can, Inc.

Yonkers Community Action Program, Inc. (YCAP)

Yonkers Partners in Education

Yonkers Philharmonic (Fine Arts Orchestral Society of Yonkers, Inc.)

Yonkers Public Library

Youth Community Outreach Program (YCOP)

Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, Inc

YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester

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