Year in Review: 2013

Take a glimpse at what we accomplished (huge thanks to our members) and get a sneak peek at all the excitement coming up in 2014!
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Dear Net Impact NY Members & Supporters,

2013 was a great year for the Net Impact New York City Professional Chapter. Our initiatives were recognized last summer when we earned Gold Chapter Status, an honor achieved by only 10 professional chapters last year.
We earned it thanks to great events with social enterprises like A Better Future and Susty Party and conversations with intrapreneurial change-makers at corporations like JP Morgan. We earned it too for fostering our Net Impact community with happy hours, speed networking, sustainable dinner parties, and the largest membership contingent of professional members at the National Conference in October. But perhaps most of all, we earned Gold status because of the effort and dedication of our board and our members, all of you. In 2013 more than 75 members took on consulting projects and board positions with over 21 non-profits in New York to deliver truly impactful work.
Last month, our board gathered to craft a new mission and set annual goals for 2014. We are excited to share with you our new mission statement, which will focus our board’s efforts on continuing to build a sense of community among our membership.

Mission Statement: The Net Impact New York Professional Chapter (NINYPC) activates a network of professionals to leverage the marketplace for social & sustainable change.
In drafting the statement, we chose our words carefully. Key words that inspire our board are “activates a network” – many of our 2014 goals cascade directly from a vision of building a strong community among our membership. We will strive this year to tighten the linkages between all of our initiatives in programming and events to create new opportunities for you to be more closely connected to each other. In the coming year, we will roll out new platforms to enable these connections on our website and via social media. By fostering conversations across our diverse membership, we seek to create a community that will be a source of social and sustainable change for years to come.

Surbhi Martin & Sam Verrill
Net Impact NYC Co-Presidents


2013 was a big  year for Net Impact NY Professional Chapter EVENTS!
We introduced a new event series and established sub-committees to help bring more events of interest to our members.

In April & December we held two successful speed networking events. Attendees represented multiple sectors and interests including education, design, law and non-profits. Due to popular demand, they’ll be back in 2014 – this time we will add a little something extra so you can make the right connections. Be on the lookout!
We like to get people talking and this year we held small dinner discussions with A Better Future, Susty Party and JP Morgan. Each discussion sold out in less than 24 hours and in 2014 we plan on offering monthly opportunities to get in on the discussion.  If you have a suggestion for a Small Dinner Discussion, let us know – if your suggestion is chosen, you’ll be guaranteed a seat at the table!

More than 120 members came out to our Yotel Happy Hours- we have even more engaging happy hour and networking events coming up- don’t miss out!

You told us what you wanted in the last membership survey and we listened! We formed four sub-committees dedicated to your top areas of interest: CSR, Social Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing and Education (which focuses on professional development and networking opportunities). If you want to join us, contact Erika, Events Chair. If you have a topic or subject you’d like us to cover, tell us– we’re still listening!

We have a number of new and exciting events on the roster for 2014, so make sure to check our calendar and if you’re a paid member, look out for special events and discounts just for you!

jpmorgan speednetworking sustyparty

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We had two successful Programs in 2013 (and will again in 2014)!
Over 75 participants volunteered to help out 20 different non-profit organizations in New York.

What are these Programs?

Service Corps
This program provides an opportunity for Net Impact members to use their business skills to help local nonprofits on an actionable project. Volunteers engage in short-term, part-time consulting projects related to marketing, business planning and operations, strategic planning, and other business needs.
2013 Volunteers: 65

It was a both a humbling and rewarding experience where you will learn to stretch yourself in both your knowledge and experience.
– Service Corp Volunteer, Fall 2013

Board Fellows
This program matches talented, energetic, and committed Net Impact members with local nonprofit organizations. The program brings valuable business skills to non-profits and allows nonprofits to cultivate potential new board members, while exposing Net Impact members to “real life” non-profit management and governance.
2013 Volunteers: 11

2013 Non-Profit Participants


See the full list
[It was] great to have people helping us who have expertise that is distinctly different from what we have. Great to have fresh perspective.

– Non-profit Participant, Fall 2013