Year In Review: 2014

2014 was another big year for us and we’re proud of our many accomplishments!

  • We were named Professional Chapter of the Year and received a Gold Chapter rating from Net Impact.
  • Our membership grew and so did our committees and board! We welcomed Dipa Sharif (President), Rick Fernandez (Finance Chair), Christina Webb (Events Co-Chair), Jeremy Botwinick (Sponsorship Chair) and Lei Zhao (Tech Czar) to the board this year.
  • Over 500 attendees enjoyed an exciting variety of events and over 100 volunteers participated in our skills-based programs.

2014 marked the beginning of a new phase for Net Impact NYC as a leader in the social impact space in NYC. We look forward to an even better 2015!

We Are the 2015 Professional Chapter of the Year

We are proud to share that we were named by Net Impact Central as the 2015 Professional Chapter of the Year! We extend a heartfelt thanks to our entire membership who helped our chapter grow, attended our events, and generously gave their time and energy through the Service Corps program. We also want to thank our partners, whose collaboration allowed us to organize high-quality events and programs. We could not have obtained these accolades without all of you, and we are looking forward to another year of working towards leveraging the marketplace for sustainable social & environmental change. Read more about this award in Net Impact Central’s post about us. COY Certificate 2015 - NYC

DipaSharif Dear Net Impact NYC Members & Supporters,

As we start the New Year, we would like to thank all of you for your continued support and commitment to our goals. We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome new members to our Chapter – we’d love to see you at our events soon!

2014 was another great year for the Net Impact New York City Professional Chapter – we earned the Gold Chapter rating for the second year in a row and were also nominated for the Chapter of the Year award – both of which are recognitions from Net Impact for exceeding our Chapter requirements and continuously striving to get you, our members, the quantity and quality of events that you look for.

In 2015, our events and programs will be driven by a vision of connecting, knowledge sharing and inspiring professionals who want to make a positive social change. We are starting the year off with a brand new website that aims to foster more connections and more opportunities for you to get involved with impactful work. We encourage you to think about how you will be involved in our community – there will be many opportunities for you to serve as citizen leaders by participating in events, volunteering through programs and contributing your time and support to our Chapter. Please visit to find the opportunity that is right for you!

Dipa Sharif, President

Last but not least, we leave you with some inspiring thoughts as you seek to fulfill your goals for the coming year:


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

~Anne Frank


The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.



We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

~Winston Churchill

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2014 was another big year for Net Impact NYC EVENTS! We continued to build on all of our event series, grew our sub-committees to help bring more events to our members and Christina Webb joined Erika Parkins as Events Co-Chair!

2014 Events By the Numbers

No. of events (excluding programs) 13
No. of sold out events 9
No. of registered attendees Over 500
No. of expert speakers and participating organizations Over 80
Panel Discussion, Can Business Really Do Good? was our biggest, sold-out event of the year! Participants brands included Havas Media Labs (moderator), Eileen Fisher, B Lab, Warby Parker, and Zady on the panel and Coolhaus and Sweetriot as event reception sponsors.
Our signature series sold out every. single. time. Through this small dinner format, Net Impact NYC members gain access to high caliber local thought leaders, deepen their industry knowledge and get connected to like-minded professionals. Among the most popular small dinner discussions with NYC Economic Development Corp, Rockefeller Foundation (which sold out twice), Mission Markets. In 2015 we plan on offering even more opportunities to break bread with industry leaders. 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!
We have formed five sub-committees dedicated to your top areas of interest: CSR, Social Enterprise, Impact Investing, International Development and Education (which focuses on professional development and networking opportunities). If you want to join us, contact Erika and Christina, Events Co-Chair.

We have a number of new and exciting events on the roster for 2015, so make sure to check our calendar and if you’re a paid Net Impact member, look out for exclusive events, early access and discounts just for you!

Our two successful Programs in 2014 grew, and we hope to make them even bigger in 2015! Over 100 participants volunteered to help out 22 different non-profit or social enterprise 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 or social enterprises 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.
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.

2014 Volunteers: 104

Quotes from Service Corps participants:

“Serving as a Project Manager was an incredible opportunity to lead a team of smart, dedicated volunteers through a challenging project. I learned so much about collaboration, communication, and project management in just a few months.” – Will von Geldern

“I was amazed at the dedication of my teammates – we worked together to create a strategy for our client to scale a program that we all believed in.” – Alex Martin

“Service Corps shows that you can make a positive impact in your own backyard.”

“It was very rewarding to be a part of a bigger mission outside of work- working with a non-profit and understanding how the organization selfishly helps underprivileged individuals is very admirable and fulfilling.”

“Net Impact Service Corps brings about a reservoir of possibilities and untapped potentials.”

2014 Non-Profit/Social Enterprise Participants: 22

Some of our participating organizations:

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