Staten Island Not-For-Profit Association Hosts 4th Annual Self-Care Conference

September 22, 2017 – The Staten Island NFP Association held its 4th annual Self-Care Conference on Friday, September 15th at the Staten Island Children’s Museum.

Over 40 participants from more than 20 organizations and agencies engaged in a day of reflection and relaxation while learning valuable techniques to increase their resiliency, reduce stress and improve their own mental and physical well-being.

The conference is provided to help counselors, advocates, case workers, medical practitioners, spiritual care leaders, and social service providers. These individuals often neglect their own well-being while helping others in need. Activities included art therapy (top photo), chair yoga (middle photo), and interaction with pet therapy dogs (bottom photo).  Attendees also learned how to recognize burnout, PTSD, and stress-related conditions in themselves and others (bottom, right photo). Following the conference, participants visited the Chinese Scholar Gardens, thanks to admission paid for by Staten Island Giving Circle, a member of the Staten Island NFP Association.

The conference is sponsored by the Richmond County Savings Foundation, The Lois and Richard Nicotra Foundation, and is provided in partnership with the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD).









  1. Non-Profit Leaders Learn About Labor laws
    Non-Profit Leaders Learn About Labor laws
    To inform non-profit leaders about labor laws that impact their organizations and recent changes to some of these laws, the association hosted a workshop on February 21st at the JCC of Staten Island, Joan and Alan Bernikow Building. Over a dozen leaders received information and advice from Allen B. Breslow, who has practiced labor and employment relations law for over 50 years. Participants received a packet of information to take with them.
  2. City Elected Officials Help Groups Apply for Funding
    City Elected Officials Help Groups Apply for Funding
    On February 7th representatives from Borough Hall and the Staten Island City Council Delegation provided advice and information on how to apply for FY2018 City funds. Over 30 people attended, representing over 20 organizations.
  3. SI COAD Unveils Diaster Resource Book
    SI COAD Unveils Diaster Resource Book
    On February 8th, the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) unveiled its Resource Book to the New York City Health Care Coalition. COAD Program Director Laura Del Prete discussed how the book was created, and its intended use should a large-scale disaster occur. The Resource Book lists services that COAD members may provide including shelter, transportation, communications, and feeding assistance.
  4. Making the Case to Donors
    Making the Case to Donors
    On January 27th over a dozen organizations learned how to create a strong and compelling case statement to donors. A case statement explains to potential donors what an organization needs funding for and what the benefits will be if the donor gives to the cause. The workshop was led by Gary Bernstein, a leading consultant for not-for-profits nationwide.
  5. Meeting with Mayor DeBlasio
    Meeting with Mayor DeBlasio
    On April 11th Executive Director Alex Lutz and SI COAD Program Director Laura Del Prete met Mayor Bill DeBlasio at his Staten Island Open House in Borough Hall. Alex stressed the need for the city to provide more resources and training on the Island so local organizations do not have to travel to receive direct services from agencies. Laura shared the accomplishments of the COAD and requested representation from the Mayor's Office to establish better communication before the next emergency.
  6. Association Hosts Workshop on Making Social Media Work For You
    Association Hosts Workshop on Making Social Media Work For You
    On March 23rd the Association hosted its fourth workshop of the year, “Making Social Media Work for You,” at St. John’s University. Over 20 people from more than 20 different organizations participated in the workshop that featured Kristine Garlisi, Chief of Staff, The Nicotra Group; and Jaclyn Tacoronte, CEO and President, JMT Media, LLC. Attendees learned the current trends in social media, and do’s and don’ts to consider when posting on social media.
  7. Nonprofit Collaboration Across County Lines
    Nonprofit Collaboration Across County Lines
    On April 13th, the Association met with nonprofit coalition leaders from the Bronx, Long Island and Westchester to discuss collaboration. The meeting was arranged by Sharon Stapel, President, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York. In addition to Stapel and association executive director Alex Lutz, participants included Eileen Newman, Center for Bronx Non-Profits; Joanna Straub, Nonprofit Westchester; and Ann Marie Thigpen, Center for Nonprofit Leadership (Long Island).
  8. SI Chamber of Commerce Joins COAD
    SI Chamber of Commerce Joins COAD
    On April 10th, association ED Alex Lutz and Program Director Laura Del Prete met with Linda Baran and George Chicolo III to discuss collaboration with the chamber and the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD). We’re excited to announce that the chamber will join the COAD, joining the growing number of organizations that are offering to provide services in the event of future emergencies.
  9. Staten Island NFP Assocation one of many grant recipients from The Nicotra Foundation
    Staten Island NFP Assocation one of many grant recipients from The Nicotra Foundation
    On May 24th, the Staten Island Not For Profit Association was one of a select group of nonprofits from across Staten Island chosen to receive a grant from The Richard and Lois Nicotra Foundation. The Foundation awarded over $42,000 to more than 30 organizations. On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Association, thank you to Richard and Lois Nicotra, Foundation Executive Director Kristine Garlisi, and everyone at the Foundation for their support.
  10. Protecting Staten Island From Future Storms
    Protecting Staten Island From Future Storms
    May 30, 2017 - Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD) Program Director Laura Delprete and Association Executive Director Alex Lutz were on hand as Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced $150 Million in State support to construct a 7 mile long sea wall to protect Staten Island from future storm surge. The Association is administrator of the SI COAD, a coalition of over 20 community based organizations that agree to provide assistance during emergencies.
  11. Association & SI COAD Hold Emergency Preparedness Training for the Community
    Association & SI COAD Hold Emergency Preparedness Training for the Community
    June 14, 2017 - the Association and SI COAD, in partnership with the American Red Cross in Greater New York and the Jewish Community Center of Staten Island held a Citizen Preparedness Corps training at the JCC of Staten Island-Bernikow Building, 1466 Manor Road. The one-hour presentation covered the main tasks needed to prepare, respond and recover from local emergencies and large-scale disasters in your community.
  12. Local Nonprofits Learn if Their Organization is Ready for a Fundraising Campaign.
    Local Nonprofits Learn if Their Organization is Ready for a Fundraising Campaign.
    June 2, 2017 - staff and volunteers from local nonprofits learned the steps needed to build and execute a fundraising campaign for their organization. The workshop, entitled "Is Your Organization Ready for a Fundraising Campaign?" was provided by Gary Bernstein, President of Bernstein Group & Associates.
  13. Staten Island COAD and Project Hospitality Honored for Better Preparing our Community for Emergencies.
    Staten Island COAD and Project Hospitality Honored for Better Preparing our Community for Emergencies.
    June 2017 - Laura Del Prete, Program Director of the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD) and Karen Jackson of Project Hospitality received Tenacity Awards from New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) for their work and advocacy in Staten Island. The Staten Island NFP Association is administrator of the SI COAD. Project Hospitality is administrator of the Long-Term Recovery Group and a member of the Association.
  14. SI COAD Brings Together Federal, State and Local Agencies on Staten Island to Plan for Emergencies
    SI COAD Brings Together Federal, State and Local Agencies on Staten Island to Plan for Emergencies
    On June 20 over 30 federal, state and local agencies and organizations attended the monthly meeting of the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD) to discuss emergency planning for the borough.
  15. Staten Island NFP Association Elects New Officers, Welcomes New Board Members
    Staten Island NFP Association Elects New Officers, Welcomes New Board Members
    The Staten Island NFP Association held its Annual Meeting on June 28th, electing new Officers for 2017-2018 and welcoming four new members. Elected were Dr. Joanne Gerenser, Executive Director, Eden II Programs as Chair; Meg Ventrudo, Executive Director, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, as Vice Chair; John Malizia, Director, Staten Island Tuna Club as Treasurer; and Fern Zagor, Executive Director, Staten Island Mental Health Society, as Secretary.
  16. Staten Island Not-For-Profit Association Holds Cultural Awareness Workshop
    Staten Island Not-For-Profit Association Holds Cultural Awareness Workshop
    On July 25th the Association in partnership with the Pride Center of Staten Island and Person Centered Care Services (PCCS) provided a two-hour workshop on building cultural awareness of LGBTQ and persons with disabilities. Participants learned strategies to create, enhance and foster a positive environment for LGBTQ clients, colleagues and individuals and ways to build bridges to better connect, and interact with people who have physical and/or mental disabilities.
  17. Staten Island Not-For-Profit Association Helps Groups Plan for Emergencies
    Staten Island Not-For-Profit Association Helps Groups Plan for Emergencies
    On July 25th, the Association held a seminar focused on helping local community groups create continuity plans so they can continue to function after a major emergency. Participants included Person Centered Care Services (PCCS), the Salvation Army, and the office of Staten Island Borough President James Oddo. The workshop was provided in partnership with FEMA, the JCC of Staten Island and the Staten Island Community Organizations Active in Disaster (SI COAD).