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Hurricane Sandy Nonprofit Resources

Hurricane Sandy Nonprofit Resources

CRE has compiled resources for nonprofits that have been impacted by the storm. Please continue to visit periodically for updates.

Information for Nonprofits

Legal Resources
Resources from Local Service Providers
Funding Opportunities for Local Relief Efforts
  • Legal Resources
    • Disaster relief information for nonprofits, including legal alerts on employment issues,commercial real estate, and operating a disaster relief program - Lawyers Alliance for New York
      • When disaster strikes and New York nonprofits are victims or responders, Lawyers Alliance stands ready to provide immediate assistance through telephone consultations, emergency trainings, and outreach to help nonprofits keep pace with emerging legal issues. For more information: call (212) 219-1800.
      • Register for a disaster relief workshop from Lawyers Alliance for New York
    • NYLPI’s Pro Bono Clearinghouse is available to assist organizations with legal needs including, but not limited to:
      • Insurance claims and negotiations
      • Real estate contingencies including subleasing and securing temporary accommodations
      • Employment law including expansion, downsizing, employee leave and employer compensation obligations
      • Compliance with tax-exempt organizations law when fundraising and accepting donations
      • Please contact Alena Jirovska at 212-244-4664 or at
    • The Pro Bono Partnership provides business and transactional legal services to nonprofit organizations serving the disadvantaged or enhancing the quality of life in neighborhoods in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
    • Law firm Morrison & Foerster have published a comprehensive overview of potential issues and resources for individuals, families, and small businesses: Superstorm Sandy Helping Handbook.
  • Resources from Local Service Providers
    • The Centre for Social Innovation has created a pop-up space to provide free temporary workspace access to non-profits and social entrepreneurs who are no longer able to access their workspace as a result of the storm.
    • The Human Services Council is working with government, our members, and others to compile information that is helpful to the sector:
    • Disaster Distress Helpline from the Mental Health Association of NYC, crisis counseling resource available 24/7 with interpreters for 100+ languages:
      • Call 1-800-985-5990
      • Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746 for English/ or "Hablanos" to 66746 for Spanish
      • Facebook and Twitter
    • The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York is letting other nonprofits know about office resources available. If, for example, an organization has temporary office space available or meeting space where an organization can gather to plan, equipment to donate, etc., let NPCC know so that they can spread the word.
    • The NonProfit HelpDesk (NPHD) provides capacity-building services, technical assistance and education to strengthen non-profit organizations. Call their services hotline for assistance, at 718-473-0950 x126 (this is a VoIP system phone number set up post-Sandy—you can reach it from any phone).
      If you have an Internet connection, join us for these no-cost webinars, this week and next week:
      • Technology: Restoring Systems/Offsite Backup for Disaster Recovery on Thursday, November 8th, 12:00-12:30 PM
      • Staff Morale: What do managers need to know and do to facilitate a recovery? on Friday, November 9th, 12:00-12:30 PM. Have your questions ready!
      • Fundraising: How Do You Do Fundraising After a Disaster? on Tuesday, November 13th, 12:00-12:30 PM.
    • Get listed in one central location and highlight the support you have provided in response to the Hurricane at the Center for Disaster Philanthropy
    • Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the National Employment Law Project
    • NY Tech Meetup, supporting the New York technology community, is hosting a relief meetups around the city
    • United Neighborhood Houses is supporting Settlement Houses in helping communities recover from Hurricane Sandy.
    • Rebuilding Together NYC is working to understand the damage done to homes in New York City and is currently putting in place a long-term recovery strategy and fund. They rehabilitate the houses of homeowners in need and of the facilities of nonprofits.
    • Project Hope provides one-to-one or group counseling services wherever individuals wish to have them: in their home, place of work, community centers, schools or houses of worship. Along with providing support, Project Hope staff help individuals to understand their reactions to the disaster and its aftermath.

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