Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP, a law firm located in New York City assisted PSA in obtaining its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Sanford Bernstein, a major financial organization in New York City, gave a cocktail reception pro bono for PSA for 100 people on November 15th, 2005, in their offices in NYC, on the 41st floor. This was a celebratory event re IRS approval as an official nonprofit organization, and was meant to spread the word.
Con Edison donated the space in their headquarters for the Partnership’s first official fundraiser on April 26th, 2006, also attended by about 100 guests. This featured both a silent and live auction. The space has been donated a second time for an event on April 25th, 2007 for the same purpose.
Meeting space has been donated by the First Alliance Church and Clearwater Capital Advisors, LLC, a hedge fund, and AXA Financial, all here in New York City, for various fundraising functions.
PSA has received pro bono networking education from Roni Abrams Associates, Ltd., a networking education company
Paul Wrablica, an internationally recognized industrial designer, founder and creative director of Full Circle Marketing, assisted in designing materials, brochures, and appeal material.
The American Bar Association had broadcast the need for Board members for the Partnership to its large membership, and Dawn Rudenko Albert, Esq., joined our Board for about a year, but later resigned, due to workload pressure.
The NYSAE (New York Society of Association Executives) has provided the Executive Director a mentor, Susan Greenwood, formerly CEO of the Association for Graphic Communications, who has been tremendously helpful to the organization. Ms. Greenwood joined the PSA Board.
In early 2008, NYSAE donated a $700 educational grant to the Executive director.
Donations for our auction events at Con Edison were received from private individuals and businesses.
The Partnership has the support of The Diversity Director of McGraw Hill who has negotiated for PSA and gotten a full page ad in Business Week. The ad has run 3 times in the magazine. She plans to introduce PSA to other diversity directors of major corporations in order to assist us.
An Intern from Columbia University Teacher’s College post-graduate Guidance Counselor program and the NYU Master’s degree Fundraising program joined PSA as a coach.
Commerce Bank and North Fork Bank have provided trainers for the financial literacy coursework.
Funding grants have been received from Business Professional Women of New York (BPW), the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust, the Cooper Foundation for Neurological Research and Education (three grants),the Rotary Club of New York (2008 and 2009 grants) and the Lanza Family Foundation. Individual donors have contributed as well.
The Executive Director joined a networking group called Gotham Networking which consists of over 700 business people in order to solicit support for PSA.
PSA joined the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee(NPCC) of New York, an umbrella organization for not for profits.
Solicitations for additional Board members have been made at events sponsored by the City Bar of New York.
PSA worked with staff video personnel from McCann Erickson and created a professional video of our students, Board members and interns to use as a marketing tool.
Claire Gaudiani, an Adjunct professor at NYU Fundraising school where PSA’s Executive Director took classes, is interested in PSA, gave a generous donation and says she is employing a specific method to solicit other donations for PSA.
PSA is participating in a career fair at NYU in March to solicit interns.