2024 Advocacy and Policy Agenda
COLLABORATING FOR EQUITABLE CONTRACTING
Responsible. Efficient. Fair.
Nonprofit and Government Partners Working Together for a Better Contracting System
Nonprofit Westchester's Collaborating for Equitable Contracting Initiative seeks to create a task force of government and nonprofit partners committed to advancing changes in the contracting system that:
NPW’s Policy Committee is comprised of nonprofit organizations of diverse missions, sizes and locations throughout Westchester County who join together to discuss and develop recommended actions impacting the nonprofit sector. On the recommendation of the committee and approval by the Board of Directors, in 2022, NPW distributed a survey to Westchester’s 501c3 nonprofits to gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities experienced with government contracting. Survey results, meetings of the committee, research and intensive subcommittee work helped to frame and prioritize challenges and identify policy solutions presented in this report.
The most prevalent challenges that Westchester nonprofits experience fall into three categories:
All of these challenges impact the majority of nonprofits who contract with the government. Research and member input shows that the impact is significantly greater for small and Black, Indigenous, People of Color led (BIPOC-led) nonprofits who experience the greatest disproportionate impact from contracts that do not cover administrative costs, late payments, reimbursement-based contracting, and growing and burdensome insurance requirements.
Westchester nonprofits are grateful for government partnerships that meet common goals. Nonprofits understand that the issues highlighted are part of a a two-sided equation. From our perspective, the partnership can be improved in the following ways:
At the County and State level, Westchester nonprofits expressed appreciation for the accessibility, knowledge and support of elected officials, members of their teams. At the County level additional appreciation was expressed for contracting staff, Westchester County’s contracting assessment project, and discretionary funding that helps to meet the needs of specific communities.
Westchester nonprofits value their partnerships with government. If barriers and complexities can be eliminated, more funding, time, and energy can go toward maximizing quality services to Westchester residents.
The next step is twofold:
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