Nonprofit Forum: Tools for Nonprofits in a Pandemic World
On April 13, 14, and 15, join NYU Community Engagement for a series of virtual conversations with community partners and NYU experts on tools for nonprofits in 2021.
For nonprofits facing the ongoing changes of the pandemic, skills in marketing, board recruitment, volunteer engagement, and operations management are especially valuable. Join us for collaborative discussions on how to reopen your facilities, engage volunteers, and tell your organization's story to recruit board members.
Ronzard is the Director of Project Management Services at Denham Wolf, a firm that provides real estate expertise specifically for nonprofits.Photo credit: Denham Wolf
Paul G. Wolf
Paul is the President of Denham Wolf, a firm that specializes in providing real estate expertise specifically for nonprofits.
Brennon Marcano is the CEO of the National GEM Consortium, an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner, and a leader in the nonprofit field.
Rick Akin has served as the Director of Volunteer Services at the Bowery Residents' Committee (BRC) for more than 15 years.
Before reopening facilities to staff or program participants, there are many questions to answer about the use, layout, and infrastructure of facilities. Denham Wolf, a real estate firm that specializes in providing real estate expertise specifically for nonprofits, will share best practices on reopening your facilities in the context of COVID-19. They'll also touch on other opportunities to upgrade your facilities affordably.
Paul G. Wolf, President of Denham Wolf
Paul is an established leader in the field of real estate, with more than 30 years of development, brokerage, and nonprofit consulting experience. Paul’s expertise is shaped by a breadth and depth of experience in New York City real estate and is proven by his strong record of realizing complex projects. Paul’s insights and creative approaches bolster the expertise of Denham Wolf’s diverse staff, bringing to bear a high level of technical excellence for every client.
As a principal of Denham Wolf, Paul has provided strategic guidance and technical expertise for a range of arts, cultural, community development, healthcare, social service, and educational organizations. He regularly advises nonprofits on major development projects, represents tenants in acquiring and divesting property, advises organizations on team assembly for major capital projects, helps nonprofits secure project financing through traditional and less conventional routes, and provides strategic planning guidance to help ensure that a nonprofit’s real estate is in service to its mission. Working collaboratively with nonprofits to articulate their real estate needs and organizational goals, Paul positively shapes each client’s strategic real estate decisions and grows their capacity to keep mission first.
Paul has spearheaded numerous projects that have shaped the cultural and civic fabric of New York City. For St. Luke in the Field, Paul supported the faith-based institution in evaluating their property’s potential, running a developer selection process, and negotiating a 99-year lease for a new development, which will provide program-sustaining cash flow. In working with Covenant House, Paul helped lead the selection of a developer to purchase part of the nonprofit’s real estate and develop a state-of-the-art shelter for Covenant House, which also catalyzed an additional 400,000 sf of new development. Paul also represented a foundation in the purchase of a 60,000 sf building in the East Village, the first step in a unique process that will preserve the building for community use.
Prior to co-founding Denham Wolf with Jon Denham in 1998, Paul served as Senior Vice President of Asset Management at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Paul regularly presents and guest lectures at institutions such as Columbia University, Yale University, Brooklyn College, and Nonprofit New York. He currently serves on the board of the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics.
Ronzard Innocent, Director of Project Management Services at Denham Wolf
Ron has been a key member of Denham Wolf’s project management team since 2007. Drawing upon his extensive background in facilities planning, design and construction, Ron brings a sophisticated understanding of all aspects of the project management process to the firm and its clients.
As Director of Project Management, Ron leads the Project Management team’s key initiatives and works closely with Jonathan Denham, Principal of the firm, to pilot new business development efforts, and provide guidance to the firm’s Project Managers. His leadership and commitment to seamless delivery of quality services allows him to advance the firm’s expertise in implementing major construction projects.
Ron’s expertise and commitment to community-driven projects is exemplified by his work for the Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center, for which he successfully implemented a complex expansion plan that significantly increased the capacity of healthcare services at one of New York’s most dynamic community-based health centers. The expansion involved acquisition of City-owned land and funding from public and private sources including a $17 million New Markets Tax Credit allocation.
Ron implemented the same level of management excellence for Planned Parenthood of Greater New York where the organization opened the Diane L. Max Health Center. This new 14,000 square foot community healthcare center in Long Island City is PPGNY’s first facility in Queens and will be utilized as a prototype for PPGNY’s other health centers around the five boroughs. Ron’s project portfolio also includes the Brownsville Multiservice Family Health Center, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and the Chinese American Planning Council.
Prior to joining Denham Wolf, Ron served as Project Manager for Partners Healthcare at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston, Massachusetts. While at BWH he managed a 100,000-square foot master-planning initiative of the hospital’s Pathology Research Department. He worked closely with the Pathology group to implement a plan that addressed the department’s spatial constraints, developed project budgets, and scheduled phasing for the multi-year construction effort and facilities re-organization.
Learn how to tell your organization's story in order to recruit new board members.
Brennon Marcano, Chief Executive Officer at the National GEM Consortium
Brennon Marcano is the Chief Executive Officer of The National GEM Consortium. He has over 20 years of experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. His leadership experience spans multiple industries, primarily financial services, technology, and media and entertainment.
Prior to CUP, Marcano was the Executive Director of Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS), an innovative non-profit. During his nine years of leadership, the organization grew to an entity with a budget of over $10 million operating in nine states (19 cities) and internationally in France (under the name SociaLift). Brennon sits on several boards of directors, including for City University of New York, School of Professional Studies Foundation Board, and EyeBeam, a New York tech non-profit. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Brennon holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Journalism from Baruch College.
In a pandemic context, nonprofit organizations are meeting ever-growing demands with limited resources, so keeping volunteers engaged is especially crucial. Rick Akin of the Bowery Residents' Committee will share his expertise on volunteer management in a COVID-19 context, including recruitment, training, recognition, and retention.
Rick Akin, Director of Volunteer Services at the Bowery Residents' Committee
Rick Akin has been the Director of Volunteer Services for the Bowery Residents' Committee (BRC) for more than 15 years. Prior to his tenure at BRC, he was the Volunteer Services Manager at City Harvest for three years, during which time he also served on the volunteer advisory committee for the Office of Emergency Management, as well as served on the volunteer board at America's Second Harvest (now known as Feeding America). His professional experience includes 12 years in national corporate sales and account management. He joined Volunteer Management Group in 2009 as an instructor and specialized in volunteer recruitment & retention, as well as corporate partnerships and project management. Rick has previously, and currently, serves as a board member, as well as board president, of New York Association of Volunteer Administrators. He has a BA in Liberal Arts from SUNY Stony Brook.