NYCOFI was founded in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing public education, advocacy, research, and direct services for low and moderate income New Yorkers. Our first two years were spent developing a strong foundation and launching essential programs with our partner organizations, especially New York Communities for Change (NYCC).
Our third year was one full of transition, as we brought on Carlie Steen as the organization’s third executive director. Unfortunately, we struggled through the deteriorating health and eventual loss of Jon Kest, head of NYCC. Jon “organized” me to serve on the NYCOFI Board and he is greatly missed.
Still, there were positive developments during 2012. We produced our first White Paper: Charter Schools in Public School Buildings: Best Practices for Co-Location, created a new website, activated our work on Facebook and Twitter, increased the clients we served through our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and ended with our largest organizational budget to date.
The first half of 2013 has been about moving forward: Working together with Jonathon Westin and the other leaders of NYCC to develop relationships with foundation friends and supporters, expanding our VITA program through pilot projects, and finalizing our second White Paper, focused on the plight of low wage workers in New York City.
As we move forward, the Board, staff and I are excited about working towards improving housing, schools, and economic security for New York’s low income and people of color communities
I want thank Mark Peters, our outgoing Board Chair, for his exceptional leadership during the first three years of NYCOFI’s existence, and for his continued service on the NYCOFI Board. I am prepared to work hard to continue growing and strengthening the organization and the people we serve.
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