Charity Review

Issued: August 2016 Expires: August 2018

Charity Seal Holder

Human Services Council Of New York

Meets Standards
(212) 836-1230 130 East 59th street, New York NY 10022-1302
  1. Conclusions
  2. Purpose
  3. Programs
  4. Governance & Staff
  5. Fund Raising
  6. Tax Status
  7. Financial

Human Services Council Of New York meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The Human Services Council strengthens the not-for-profit human services sector's ability to improve the lives of New Yorkers in need. The Human Services Council does this by: Enhancing the capacity of human services organizations to carry out their missions; Acting collectively to establish greater balance in the partnership between the human services sector and government; Influencing public policy and advocating for adequate funding for human services; Addressing the implications of social, racial, and economic justice issues in human services policy and delivery; Giving voice to those we serve, highlighting their struggles and how human services programs help them; and Holding government accountable for the needs of all New Yorkers by honoring the commitments made to our communities.

Incorporated: 1993 in NY


Government Relations and Advocacy - HSC builds and maintains relationships with elected and appointed State and City officials to educate and increase the understanding of government leaders about the struggles nonprofits face. Convening Stakeholders, Recruiting Allies and Building Coalitions – HSC creates and convenes coalitions and campaigns to ensure the voice of human services is heard. By engaging stakeholders and unlikely allies, HSC increases the power of human services nonprofits. Improving Sector Visibility and Recognition – To Influence policies, the general public must be in support of proposed changes; yet there is often a lack of recognition of the contributions the human services sector makes to society and the communities we serve. Human Services Sector Capacity Building – Many nonprofits mistakenly believe that they cannot advocate for themselves or their clients because of 501(c)(3) rules. HSC corrects this misconception by offering trainings and information on what organizations can and cannot do while lobbying. HSC helps its members engage in and understand key issues by sharing timely information and analyses of policies that affect their work and clients.

Governance & Staff

Board Chair: Joel Copperman Business Affiliation: CASES, Executive Director

CEO: Allison Sesso Compensation:* $139,022 Business Affiliation: Human Services Council

Board Size: 46

Staff: 8

* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
Fund Raising
Method(s) used: Direct Mail Appeals Invitations to Fundraising Events Grant Proposals Internet Appeals Membership Appeals

% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 19.32%

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on Human Services Council Of New York Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Source of Funds
Dues and assessments $372,052
Government grants $0
Foundation grants $346,128
Contributions $19,398
Special events income (net of direct benefit to donors) $155,271
Interest income $1,085
In-kind contributions $58,500
Net assets released from restricitons $0
Total Income: $952,434
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Program Expenses: $633,222
Fundraising Expenses: $111,918
Administrative Expenses: $88,488
Total Expenses: $833,628
Income in Excess of Expenses: $118,806
Beginning Net Assets: $337,030
Ending Net Assets: $455,836
Total Liabilities: $54,631
Total Assets: $510,467

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Standard 3: Board Meetings


An organization shall have a minimum of three evenly spaced meetings per year of the full governing body with a majority in attendance, with face-to-face participation. A conference call of the full board can substitute for one of the three meetings of the governing body. For all meetings, alternative modes of participation are acceptable for those with physical disabilities.

Human Services Council Of New York does not meet meet this standard because:

The organization’s board meetings were not evenly spaced throughout its fiscal year.


Standard 6: Effectiveness Policy


Have a board policy of assessing, no less than every two years, the organization's performance and effectiveness and of determining future actions required to achieve its mission.

Human Services Council Of New York does not meet meet this standard because:

The charity's board policy on effectiveness assessments (i.e., the policy stating that the charity will review its program services to ensure they are meeting its mission) does not specify that the charity will produce a written report.


Standard 18: Donor Privacy


Address privacy concerns of donors by (a) providing in written appeals, at least annually, a means (e.g., such as a check off box) for both new and continuing donors to inform the charity if they do not want their name and address shared outside the organization, (b) providing a clear, prominent and easily accessible privacy policy on any of its websites that tells visitors (i) what information, if any, is being collected about them by the charity and how this information will be used, (ii) how to contact the charity to review personal information collected and request corrections, (iii) how to inform the charity (e.g., a check off box) that the visitor does not wish his/her personal information to be shared outside the organization, and (iv) what security measures the charity has in place to protect personal information.

Human Services Council Of New York does not meet meet this standard because:

The charity's website,, does not provide access to the charity's privacy policy..