Million Trees NYC

A tree-mendous month! Due to all of our upcoming events we are extending our inaugural MillionTreesNYC Month through May 18. Find out the latest events.

About A Million Trees:
MillionTreesNYC, one of the 127 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs over the next decade. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest—our most valuable environmental asset made up of street trees, park trees, and trees on public, private and commercial land—by an astounding 20%, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees.

The City of New York will plant 60% of trees in parks and other public spaces. The other 40% will come from private organizations, homeowners, and community organizations.

Hat tip to City Room blog.

New York Women Social Entrepreneurs (NYWSE) every fourth Thursday


Please join New York Women Social Entrepreneurs (NYWSE) every fourth Thursday of the month for engaging discussions.

NYWSE is proud to present a special guest who will be speaking at our March 27 meeting. Lara Galinsky is VP of Strategy at Echoing Green and co-author of Be Bold, which is “a call to action for a new generation of social leaders.”

“Echoing Green is a nonprofit organization that identifies and supports emerging social entrepreneurs and the launch of their groundbreaking organizations. Since its launch in 1987, Echoing Green has invested nearly [US]$25 million in seed and start-up grants to over 400 social entrepreneurs and their innovative organizations, to spark social change.”

For more information on Echoing Green, you can check out their website at

NYWSE is also in the process of starting up a book club. New members and book suggestions are welcome!

Finally, don’t forget our February 28 meeting. Please confirm to receive directions.

To confirm your attendance to the events, sign up for NYWSE’s book club, and for general information please email:

University Technology and Entrepreneurship: Anatomy of Spin-outs

Here’s a neat little event for those of you who are in the tri-state area: MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC presents University Technology and Entrepreneurship: Anatomy of Spin-outs

Learn about the role area universities are playing in developing new technologies and fostering entrepreneurship. A panel of experts will discuss how ideas move from the Petri dish to production and how nascent entrepreneurs can go from a university lab or incubator to leading a commercial venture.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Brian Kelly, who is the Director of Cornell University`s Center for Technology, Enterprise & Commercialization . The panel members will include: Mr. John P. Elton, Partner at iNovia Capital; Mr. John Fox, CEO of Innovation Fuels, the first company to enter and graduate from Pace University’s incubator; Dr. Donna Rounds, Associate Director of Technology Transfer at Columbia University; Mr. Sven Jacobson, Principal at a seed stage investment fund, Carrot Capital; Mr. Franklin Madison, Technology Program Director for Industrial and Technology Assistance Corporation (ITAC); and Mr. Kevin Greaney, the President and CEO of Children`s Progress, a spinout from Teacher’s College, Columbia University that makes products and tools to assess learning skills for children.

Attend a timely and thought-provoking introduction to the important changes underway as Microfinance comes of age.

Not sure if this is limited to Yale alums but sounds interesting:

Microfinance lending institutions have traditionally been recognized for making small loans to the poor in developing countries a market considered too small, too expensive, and too risky for conventional lenders. Repayment rates, however, have been remarkably high, and over the last few decades this market has quietly grown to include more than 10,000 micro financiers around the globe, providing around 17 billion in capital. Conventional lenders have taken serious notice and this market is estimated to grow to over $250 billion in the next 10 years.

Our distinguished panel of experts and practitioners will address these important developments from the perspective of global capital markets, governments, and NGOs, and will examine the various opportunities, pitfalls, and ethical implications of whether it is possible to balance financial return and social responsibility.

This idea exchange will continue the important dialogue on Markets and Microfinance begun by faculty and alumni in the SOM Alumni Magazine, Q2. We look forward to seeing you at this special event!
Program Schedule

6:30 7:00 pm Reception and Networking (Saybrook Room)
7:00 8:00 pm Discussion and Q&A (Trumbull Room)
8:00 8:30 pm Reception Continues (Saybrook Room)

Featured Panelist

Deb Burand, former Executive Vice President, Grameen Foundation;

Mary Ellen Iskenderian, SOM 86, President and CEO, Womens World Banking;

Dean Karlan, Assistant Professor Economics, Yale University;

Christian Novak, Microfinance Institutions Group-Debt-Products, Morgan Stanley.

Additional Info/Contact: To register:

Invitation to New York Women Social Entrepreneurs’ January Event

Passing this message along:

New York Women Social Entrepreneurs (NYWSE) is a group of women that is forming to share experiences, insights, support and ideas related to social change and entrepreneurship. We are the New York chapter of Young Women Social Entrepreneurs (
For this gathering, we invite you to join us to discuss the power and pitfalls of networks. Today the question is not, “Is there a network I can join?” Instead, we find ourselves wondering, “What network should I join? Which one will provide me with the best fit?”

While in the process of finding a community, have you made sure to ask yourself:

* What do I want in a network? Fundraising ideas & connections?
* What can I bring to the table?
* What is my personal mission?
* Who do I wish to meet? A business partner? A mentor?

Join us at Yasmina Zaidman’s house, NYWSE co-founder, on January 24 at 7:00 P.M. for the first NYWSE gathering in 2008.
Come and share your personal experiences in finding support, seed funding, mentorship, friends, and much more within a network, and on your own.
Know someone else who would be interested in this event? Invite her!
Please email to confirm your attendance and receive directions.
From all of us at NYWSE, we look forward to seeing you and wish you a very happy new year!

Global Microfinance Investment Congress

I guess it’s not too early to promote the Global Microfinance Conference, which will happen in May 2008

PlaNet Finance and American Conference Institute invite you to attend the Global Microfinance Investment Congress taking place in New York City on May 14-16, 2008.

The agenda for the Global Microfinance Investment Congress is based on extensive, in-depth research with investors like you. We’ll not only
provide context for the current market transactions, but explore their implications and present a blueprint for a sustainable microfinance business model going forward.

As investment activity increases, with almost daily announcements by the biggest players in the capital markets, don’t get left out in the
cold. Attend the Global Microfinance Investment Congress and capitalize on the growing returns social and financial!

We welcome you and looking forward to seeing you in New York in May 2008.


Here’s a plug for the Pace University Pitch Contest:

Thursday, December 6, 2007
5:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Pace University (east of City Hall)
1 Pace Plaza, NYC

3:30 – 5:00 Special Bonus Session on Technology Entrepreneurship, conducted by faculty from the Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

Directions to Pace’s Downtown NYC Campus:


  • $1,000 prize for the top New Business Concept and for the best Social Venture.
  • Pace is partnering with Ashoka/Youth Venture and the M.I.T. Enterprise Forum of NYC. Ashoka/Youth Venture will provide EVERY team with a successful Social Venture Action Plan with $1,000 in seed funding (i.e. 30 teams = $30,000). Ashoka is one of the oldest and most respected social entrepreneurship organizations in the world. The M.I.T. Enterprise Forum was founded in 1978 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alumni Association.
  • David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, is the Keynote Speaker.
  • The event is being sponsored by Goodwin Procter LLC, one of the nation’s leading law firms.
  • The Judging Panel includes: Thatcher Bell of DFJ Gotham Ventures; Lori Smith, a partner at the law firm Goodwin Procter LLC, Liz Hamburg, co-host of Launchpad on WOR Radio 710, and Bernie Siegel, a CPA and professional business coach.
  • Last year’s contest drew participants from a number of outside universities, including Harvard and Princeton.
  • The winner of the Third Annual Pace University Pitch Contest, Bill Phelps, is one of only three student Finalists in Fortune Small Business’ 5th Annual Business Plan Competition –
  • Pace’s Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship, SCI2 incubator, and Small Business Development Center are also supporting the Pitch Contest.
  • Detailed information and an online registration form can be found at Or contact Professor Bruce Bachenheimer at (212) 618-6580 or

    Jobs: Trickle Up, Director of Development

    About Trickle Up

    Trickle Up ( is a 28-year-old nonprofit global microenterprise development organization working in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the United States. We provide opportunities for the very poorest people to improve their living standards by developing microenterprises via a combination of seed capital grants, training and support services. We work with a network of partner agencies in 14 countries. Since 1979, Trickle Up has supported more than 150,000 micro-enterprises in a total of 120 countries, benefiting more than half a million people. This year we will help start or expand more than 10,000 microbusinesses in 14 countries, improving the lives of more than 50,000 people.

    Based in New York City, Trickle Up has a $5 million operating budget, a headquarters staff of 22 and four field offices around the world. The Director of Development is a full-time, senior staff position, reporting to the President.

    The opportunity
    We are looking for a high-energy development professional with the experience, creativity and organizational skill to help us achieve our ambitious goals.

    Trickle Up funding comes from four major sources: individual donors, corporations; foundations and government and bi/multilateral agencies, such as USAID and the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.

    Trickle Up has a wealth of potential. We have a hard-working and well-connected board and an impressive list of individual donors. Our mission is compelling and easy to communicate. Our goals are to broaden our base of individual donors, both within New York City and around the U.S.; and aggressively seek greater funding from all categories of donors.

    The position

    As Director of Development, your role is to manage our current fund-raising activities while also building significant new sources of revenue. We want an entrepreneurial development professional who is equally adept at developing strategy, executing plans, cultivating donors, and managing staff and outside resources.

    You will work closely with the President, who devotes a substantial amount of his time to development, and will be one of his four direct reports. The Board of Directors, both individually and through its Development Committee, is actively engaged in fund-raising and will look to you for both support and leadership.

    Initially, you will manage a three-person staff. Additionally, you will work closely with the Marketing Director on communication strategy and execution. Our program staff also supports development, as needed, in grant writing, reporting, and presentations.

    Marshalling those resources, you will be responsible for managing all development functions, including:

  • Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with current major donors and identifying and cultivating new ones;
  • Cultivating and maintaining relationships with foundations, corporations, and government and bi/multilateral agencies;
  • Developing creative and effective direct mail for individual donors;
  • Serving as primary liaison to the Development Committee of the Board;
  • Ensuring that the development team maintains robust, high-quality and timely processes for managing major and other individual donors, corporations and foundations, government and multilateral organizations;
  • Ensuring that our development database (Raiser’s Edge) and donor-acknowledgement systems function at a high level of quality and timeliness.
  • Managing events, including an annual benefit gala, public presentations, small group meetings, and other fund-raising events;
  • Budgeting and forecasting Trickle Up revenue and development expenses.
  • Working with the President and Development Committee, defining and executing the organization’s long-term fund-raising strategy.

    The person

    We seek a strategic development professional with a minimum of 7 to 9 years of relevant experience and an impressive track record fundraising from individuals, foundations, corporations and governments and international multilateral organizations. Your development/fundraising experience may have been preceded by related corporate roles (such as, sales and marketing). We are looking for someone who thrives on challenges, meets (or exceeds) annual goals and functions effectively in a demanding role.

    You will have prior experience at: managing a team; engaging a Board; and reporting to an organization’s president or executive director. You should be able to lead strategic planning for development and then effectively execute those strategies, in collaboration with the Trickle Up staff and the Board. Ideally, you will have significant experience with the tools of fundraising: maximizing the value of Raiser’s Edge, creating powerful letters and publications, developing Web and email fundraising campaigns, organizing an annual benefit gala and other events. You should be a strong communicator, both orally and in writing. We will want to learn how you have seen and seized upon opportunities, as well.

    We are a high energy team, accustomed to managing multiple priorities. We are optimists who know we are contributing positively to the world. We are looking for someone who is, simply put, a team player who is great with people — comfortable and effective on fundraising calls, inspiring with staff, collaborative with other colleagues and the Board.

    We are passionate about Trickle Up’s mission and are looking for a candidate who demonstrates a strong commitment to it. Experience with an international organization is a plus.

    Some ability to travel domestically and, on occasion, internationally is a significant plus.

    Salary and Benefits

    This is a full time position. The salary will be competitive for New York-based nonprofits. Excellent benefits.

    There is no reimbursement available for any relocation expenses.

    To Apply

    This position is currently open. We will appreciate all applications but only finalists will be contacted further. Please, no phone calls.

    To apply, send a cover letter (including current salary) and résumé to our search firm: . Please indicate Trickle Up in the subject line of your email.

  • Jobs: New York Cares, Corporate Service Manager

    About New York Cares

    Founded in 1987, New York Cares enables 33,000 New Yorkers each year to serve on hands-on volunteer projects benefiting schools, social service agencies, homeless shelters, and other deserving organizations. For more information about New York Cares, visit New York Cares has been designated by The Princeton Review, for the second year in a row, as offering top job opportunities to recent college graduates.

    New York Cares’ Corporate Relations Department manages all aspects of corporate partner relationships including the planning of customized volunteer service projects, and is also responsible for raising nearly half of the organization’s total budget through corporate donations.


    Reporting to the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, the Corporate Service Manager is responsible for planning customized volunteer service projects for New York Cares’ corporate partners, and for engaging employees of New York City corporations in New York Cares’ Annual Events. Responsibilities include: working with corporations to determine their needs and interests; identifying New York Cares Programs and Events that meet those needs and interests; working with New York Cares’ Program Departments, and, at times, other New York City non-profit organizations, to plan and execute corporate projects; leading Corporate Relations Department activities for two Annual Events; planning and executing Team Leader trainings for corporate projects and Annual Events; writing Event-related newsletters and mailings; working with Finance Officer to ensure proper reconciliation of project expense accounts; and, anticipating and responding to, as appropriate, corporate and societal trends.


    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Business experience, including an understanding of corporate hierarchy, timetables and expectations
    • Experience in non-profit organizations, event planning, or business development
    • Superior written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
    • Excellent organizational and project management skills and attention to detail
    • Effective presentation skills
    • Ability to juggle concurrent multiple assignments and prioritize accordingly
    • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a team
    • Ability to conscientiously maintain own timelines and meet own deadlines
    • Ability to establish, maintain and cultivate strong working relationships
    • Professional demeanor, both in person and on the telephone
    • Broad-based computer skills
    • Ability to work with numbers and to think analytically about budgets
    • A flexible schedule, including the ability to work late evenings, early mornings and occasional weekends as needed

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to New York Cares, attn: HR/CSM.

    By mail: 214 W. 29th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001. By fax: 212-228-6414. EOE .No calls, please.

    More Nonprofit Jobs

    Here’s a great opportunity for a Project Manager position at New York City Center for Charter School Excellence.

    JOB DESCRIPTION – Project Manager

    The mission of the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence is to stimulate the supply of new, high-quality charter schools and
    support student excellence in all existing charter schools in the city. As an independent non-profit, we serve as an advocate, bridge
    and catalyst. We focus on supporting strong classroom instruction and operational efficiency in all NYC charter schools by guiding new
    school founders through the start-up process and supporting existing school leaders with both technical assistance and financial support.
    The Chancellor of the Department of Education has championed charter schools and provided unprecedented support for them. Philanthropic
    leaders in the city have pledged $41 million to fund the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence for the next four years. Website:

    Job Description

    The Project Manager will be responsible for the coordination of the Baseline Assessment Program that assists charter school leaders in
    identifying levers of change with the greatest impact on boosting student achievement. The Project Manager will also be responsible for
    the coordination of the Charter School Assessment Cohort – a group of schools dedicated to the creation of an interim assessment sharing

    We are seeking a talented, dynamic and highly-informed team of people who are willing to do whatever it takes to build and sustain great
    charter schools, and who are:

    · convinced that high-quality instruction is central to school success
    · committed to closing the achievement gap

    Scope of Jobs:

    Lead Baseline Manager-
    · Lead 4-5 school baseline visits
    · Manage 3 baseline manager consultants
    · Maintain and update Baseline Calendar
    · Maintain and update group web page
    · Maintain and update comprehensive school observation tools menu
    · Keep the Director of School Leadership Development informed as to
    the progress and issues faced via updates
    · Generate trend analysis reports twice a year

    Coordinator of Charter School Assessment Cohort-
    · Provide ongoing technical support to approximately 15 schools
    · Coordinate conference calls for school-based assessment leadership team
    · Refine interim assessment toolkit resources
    · Manage relationship with external partners
    · Provide first line of technical support for assessment development
    and data tracking technologies
    · Capture best practices identified through interim assessment data
    and disseminate to other assessment cohort members


    Must have at least 2 years experience in one or more of the following:
    · Experience as a member of a high-performing charter school team
    · Professional work experience with data analysis and/or project management
    · Creative and highly innovative self-starter
    · Highly accomplished writers and oral communicator
    · Comfortable with database use and Microsoft Office applications
    · Bilingual applicants encouraged

    Compensation: $45K-$60K

    Please submit a CV with cover letter outlining your commitment to the mission of the New York City Center for Charter School Excellence to
    Nathan Hood at, subject line “Project Manager”.

    The New York City Center for Charter School Excellence is an Equal Opportunity Employer