Greater NY was launched in 2008 by civic leaders working with the New York City Mayor’s Office to bring the best of the private sector to help nonprofit leaders during the financial crisis. The program was overwhelmingly successful and after five years at City Hall, Greater NY became an independent nonprofit.
The idea is simple: Greater NY identifies senior business executives with non-profit board experience and matches them with some of the most dynamic non-profit executive directors in New York for one-on-one partnerships. CEO to CEO - one hour of confidential conversation each month for two years.
Non-profit partners say Greater NY offers confidential and targeted advice that enables them to be stronger business leaders. Corporate partners say Greater NY gives them a chance to get closer to the issues that matter to them, and use their experience and skills for maximum impact.
How it works: Partners are matched to bring specific business skills to an identified nonprofit challenge and together develop the roadmap and goals for their work. Nonprofit leaders take responsibility for managing the partnership. Corporate partners contribute time and money to support the program. Time is in the form of a once-a-month meeting with a non-profit partner. Financial support is in the form of a tax-deductible contribution that supports Greater NY programming, including round-table meetings that share and disseminate Greater NY's growing body of knowledge on cross-sector leadership strategies. Corporate partners meet with government leaders to discuss how all sectors - non-profit, government and business - can work together for the benefit of New York.
Greater NY was founded in 2008 by Cheryl Cohen Effron and Jamie S. Rubin. From 2009-2014 it operated as a public-private venture of the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. Greater NY became an independent nonprofit in 2015.
"I'm a venture capitalist and I sit on the Boards of eight private companies and three nonprofit organizations. Greater NY enables me to use my experience in business, and on my corporate and nonprofit boards, to help the leader of an organization have maximum impact."
— Managing Director, Private Equity
“My Greater NY partner really strengthened how I think about my role as CEO. When you are running an organization there are not that many people you can have an honest conversation with: where you can lay it out there and get advice that you can take or leave.”
— Executive Director, Homeless Services