Nonprofiteer of the Year
Thursday, March 23 at 7 PM | The Lounge at Soho WeWork
Looking to meet and build relationships with NYC's finest nonprofit professionals and social change leaders? Come join this fun networking event to celebrate the passion and work of those making a difference.
- Admission to YNPN-NYC's flagship event of the year
- An open bar and delicious snacks to power your energy to mingle and meet
- Access to the most fabulous group of nonprofit professionals and social entrepreneurs NYC has to offer (yourself included!)
- Plus a few surprise giveaways—you have to be there to find out!
YNPN-NYC members! Use your email as the promo code to unlock exclusive $10 tickets.
Thank you to our Nonprofiteer sponsors!
Who should be the next Nonprofiteer of the Year?
The public voting period for this year's Nonprofiteer of the Year is now closed. Thanks for casting your votes! We look forward to seeing you on March 23 to honor the winner.
+ More about Alberto
My name is Alberto Morales. I was born in Bayamon, Puerto Rico and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I have a B.A. in Literature from Brown University and am now pursuing a master’s degree in Media Studies at the New School. I spent the last nine years at the New York Civil Liberties Union; I started as the communications assistant in October 2007 and ended as the director of communications campaigns in December 2016. Before the NYCLU, I worked with Lambda Legal, LatinoJustice and The Nation Magazine. Presently, apart from going to school, I’m working with various nonprofits as a consultant, including the NYCLU and the NAACP.
My passion for social justice stems from my childhood in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. My family subsisted on welfare and our neighborhood was riddled with drugs, violence, struggling schools, and gangs, alongside all else that one could expect from an inner-city community. It was a rough childhood, we experienced first hand what it was like to live in America’s shadows. I was born knowing that I am gay, and this added another layer of experience through which I grew consciousness of systemic and cultural oppression.
Given my experience as a poor Latino gay boy growing up on welfare in Crown Heights in a predominantly Black neighborhood, it makes a good deal of sense that I found a home at the NYCLU where I was able to work on a variety of issues.
It also makes sense that I chose not to be a lawyer. I prefer the culture battle. That’s where you can capture hearts and drive people to take action. When I started at the NYCLU, there was no social media program. Now, the NYCLU is a leading social media force in the nonprofit world. Indeed, social media is an integral part of our public education and advocacy campaigns. Apart from creating thriving Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube communities, I also created the idea behind the NYCLU’s world-famous app ‘Stop-and-Frisk Watch.’ In addition, I am co-lead on an NYCLU culture change project whose goal it is to change the NYPD and its relationship to New Yorkers. Through this project, I am able to leverage new media and technology to advance the goals of progressive causes.
Founder, One Special World
"Danielle is a survivor and fought for her life on and off for 6.5 years and EVEN during her fight for life, she did not give up on this dream...She, with One (Special) World raised $40,000 for Fragile X Syndrome during high school and has raised in excess of $25,000 towards the home thus far despite her battle."
+ MORE ABOUT DANIELLE
Hi, my name is Danielle Preiser. I am a 23-year- old survivor. I fought for my life on and off for 6.5 years. Though doctors still do not know the cause of my diagnosis, I know the cause of my survival, my brother Jonathan. Jonathan is 27-years- old. He has Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic disorder similar to Autism. He is the impetus behind my fire. He is my inspiration, my light, and my teacher. I am his advocate, protector, and #1 fan.
I was six; Johnny was ten. As I watched my brother’s bus pull up, I saw his two bullies making faces out the window. Armed with my Cinderella nightgown, fuzzy slippers, and high-pitched voice, I went for it, full force, I ran. I ran straight to the bullies, with tunnel vision, a deepened voice, a heavy heart, and a fixated mind. My instinctual protection and immense love for my brother silenced the bullies and rendered change. While previous attempts by authority were futile, my defense worked.
When my family and I would go out to eat, Johnny’s needs became apparent. After he was done, he would want to leave, immediately. Jonathan would start to get loud and sometimes cause a scene. I watched teens and adults stare and laugh at my brother. However, no one crosses my brother, I am not a silent bystander. I will forever protect whomever I love. So, 6-year- old me would walk right up to these adults and look them in the eyes and question, “What are you looking at?” This silenced every single one of them. I found my purpose, protection.
My protection doesn’t stop at Jonathan. I began One Special World Organization, INC. The premise of this 501(c)(3) is that we all have needs that are unique and special to ourselves, which make us individuals. We work to eliminate the special needs stigma through volunteerism, fundraisers, and peer education. We primarily volunteer with Special Olympians. We educate on developmental disabilities, social anxieties, mental health and more. All financial proceeds go to build One Special World, a future group home for young adults with developmental disabilities.
Jonathan will be one of the residents. Group homes are one of the number one public institutions for all forms of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse. The waiting lists are extensive. It is nearly impossible to find the perfect fit. One Special World will house three residents, one staff member, and a dog. We plan to cover the home’s cost while taxes, amenities, and activities will be equally divided amongst the residents with continuous fundraisers to lower and divvy the costs. We will apply to the government for staffing. This home will be filled with love, heart, and transparency. Whether we realize it or not, we are all a part if this One Special World. What a gift it is to be a part of an organization that brings out the heart in everyone and spreads my brother’s magic like wildfire.
Chief of Staff, Practice Makes Perfect
"His motto is 'Work on being and not on having, for with what you are, you will have.' As a young professional who is committed to leadership development and capacity building for young people currently in New York, as well as across the world, Oyindamola has remained a source of motivation and inspiration for young people.”
+ More About Oyindamola
Oyindamola has over six years’ experience in youth empowerment, communication for development, and nonprofit management. A Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication graduate from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria, he was the Creative and Music Director for LoveWorld Music and Arts, Durban, South Africa from 2010 to 2014.
As Creative Director, Oyindamola managed a group of over 350 individuals skilled in using creative, contemporary and performing arts as a medium of social engagement. He also facilitated several leadership development and capacity building training, workshops, and seminars, and directly impacted over 500 young people across the Province of Kwazulu-Natal, in Durban. In June 2015, Oyindamola was selected as one of the Top 100 Brightest Young Minds by Barclays Africa and Brightest Young Minds South Africa, an initiative set up to equip the next generation of young African leaders to effectively use entrepreneurship, business, and innovation, to accelerate growth and development in Africa.
Passionate about leadership development, actively involved in developing the capacity of young Africans, and representing their interests both locally and globally, Oyindamola constantly strives for excellence. In November 2015, he was named "African Youth Hero" by the African Union Commission, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia owing to the role he plays in promoting the rights of young people in Africa.
In March 2016, Oyindamola was again selected as a Volunteering for International Professionals (VIP) Fellow by the Malaysian Government. Along with a team of 32 international professionals alongside 18 Malaysian professionals, he spent four months using his talents and passion to contribute towards the development of the social sector in Malaysia. While in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Oyindamola worked with Discover Muaythai Academy, a social enterprise that uses sports and Muaythai martial arts as an innovative and educative means of empowering underprivileged youths, fostering positive attitudinal change through non-formal learning, fitness training, and life-skills development.
Working on development initiatives and projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America, has helped Oyindamola develop strong capacity in leadership and advocacy. And in September 2016, he was selected as an Atlas Corps Fellow. Atlas Corps’ Emerging Global Leaders Initiative Fellowship advances former U.S. President Barack Obama’s Stand with Civil Society agenda, launched in September 2013 as a global call to action to support and sustain civil society.
Presently, Oyindamola is an Atlas Corps Fellow serving as the Chief of Staff at Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) in New York. PMP is a Public Benefit Corporation that operates high-quality academic summer school programming in New York City. Through its programs, PMP narrows the achievement gap, eliminates summer learning loss, and creates high quality learning opportunities for inner-city youth, K-12. PMP has served over 2,000 scholars till date and is well positioned to serve even more in the coming years. His role covers strategy, execution, finance, and people management. Oyindamola also serves as an Advisory Mentor for The Queen's’ Young Leaders Program – UK. In this role, he supports extraordinary young leaders across Commonwealth Countries to make a difference through social, cultural, political, and environmental change.