Friday, April 14, 2017

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FROM NYN MEDIA:

* Changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit could help working New Yorkers, Ron Deutsch, the Executive Director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Reg Foster, the President and CEO of United Way of New York State write.

* FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Do you think New York state's new Excelsior Scholarship does enough to support the higher education goals of young people from middle class families? Let us know here.

 

TOP NEWS:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo says among the items approved in the new state budget is 20 billion dollars for New York's homeless, however that appears to hold the line on funding for New York's five-year plan, WBFO reports.

* The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University have announced a 6 million dollar initiative to explore how arts organizations can better serve diverse communities in New York City, according to Philanthropy News Digest.

* Nearly a month ago, a women's homeless shelter opened in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn and hardly anyone noticed, including many of its neighbors, DNAinfo reports.

* A foundation run by the youngest son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett is announcing its strategy for distributing 90 million dollars to help improve the lives of young women and girls of color in the United States, NBC New York writes.

* The National Council of Nonprofits’ work to support the Johnson Amendment has resulted in a letter cosigned by almost 4,500 nonprofit organizations “from every state and every segment of the charitable and foundation communities” supporting the law and opposing any repeal effort, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

* Using one of the LinkNYC tablets, New Yorkers can now tap into an app’s robust database of food pantries, emergency housing, childcare, healthcare, transportation assistance and financial aid programs located within that zip code, CityLab writes.

* The New York state Assembly recently passed legislation banning the controversial practice of conversion therapy for minors, the Daily Orange writes.

* Young black and Latino men are more likely than any other group to be the victims of violent crime, but society has devoted few resources to helping these young men heal after their violent encounters, according to researchers with the Vera Institute of Justice, WBEZ reports.

* Nonprofit Quarterly writes about the offloading and planned closure of prisons across New York State.

 

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Human services workers across systems are invited to NYU Silver School of Social Work’s 3-hour, 3CEU seminar on Autism Spectrum Disorder: From Early Signs to Diagnosis and Treatment. On Friday, April 21st, presenter Sarah Kern, LCSW, Program Coordinator of NYU Langone’s ASD Clinical and Research Program, will explore the characteristic symptoms of and treatments for ASD as it manifests in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral functioning across the lifespan. Learn more here.

 

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION:

* President Donald Trump signed legislation aimed at cutting off federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other groups that perform abortions, a move cheered by conservatives who have clamored to impose curbs on reproductive rights, the New York Times writes.

* Alarming ads on Breitbart and InfoWars from the humanitarian medical group Doctors of the World, click through to a site that seeks to humanize Syrian refugees, according to Buzzfeed.

* Labor unions Actors’ Equity and American Federation of Musicians say that if Trump is serious about creating jobs in the nation’s heartland then he needs to rethink his proposal to eliminate federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, the agency that helps fund the not-for-profit groups behind thousands of the theater and music productions seen every year in middle America, In These Times writes.


IN DEPTH:

* The New York Times speaks with Peter A. Nadosy and Darren Walker of the Ford Foundation after its move to commit 1 billion dollars to investments that “earn not only attractive financial returns but concrete social returns as well.”

* In a podcast, Raj Kumar, editor-in-chief of Devex, talks with the Chronicle of Philanthropy about how the tools of for-profit finance have been carried over to the nonprofit arena to tackle huge undertakings in health and education.

* The lack of shared understanding of the structures of financial capital inside nonprofits is a big problem, because capital helps organizations to both smooth out the inevitable rough spots and expand impact and improve quality, Consultants at Fiscal Management Associates write in Nonprofit Quarterly.

 

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What drives family homelessness in NYC? Join the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness for an in-depth look at the data as we launch the 2017 “On the Map: The Dynamics of Family Homelessness” with a panel discussion featuring leaders in the field. The moderator is WNYC’s Mirela Iverac. Introduction by Dr. Ralph da Costa Nunez. Thurs. 4/20, 9 am. Free. Details and registration at http://go.cityandstatemedia.com/e/168882/mu9ygan/s431z/63893331. To obtain the report, email media@icphusa.org.

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS:

* A mural designed by a group of high school students attending The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Astoria, will soon replace graffiti tags covering the walls of an old Long Island Rail Road overpass in Queens, DNAinfo writes.

* A housing facility for homeless LGBT youth named for "Golden Girls" star Bea Arthur will open its doors this summer, according to DNAinfo.


THIS WEEK’S PODCAST:

* We ask what happens when a city agency goes directly to community leaders to find out what their priorities are? That was the thinking behind the neighborhood health initiative that helped to inform the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Take Care New York 2020 program which Dr. Oxiris Barbot, First Deputy Health Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Reverend Dr. Terry Troia of Project Hospitality joined us to discuss.

 

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NYN BUZZ:

* The Long Island Community Foundation’s board of advisors recently approved 252,500 dollars in grants to help 14 nonprofits encourage the arts and make it accessible for special needs youth, help vulnerable Long Islanders with food stamp benefits, restore our Island’s natural habitats, and create innovative college-prep programs. Funded projects also will help advocate for transit-oriented development in Hicksville and Baldwin; provide free legal services for veterans; and provide care for young victims of sexual abuse. This is the Foundation’s first round of grants for 2017, following its total giving of nearly $1.5 million total to 100 nonprofits last year from its competitive grants program. Overall, LICF and its donors granted nearly $8.2 million in 2016.

* On April 5, more than 340 people attended the New York City Mission Society’s annual Champions for Children Gala, raising a half million dollars to help youth and families in the city’s most underserved communities break the cycle of poverty and achieve success. Co-chaired by Jean Shafiroff and Katrina Peebles, the benefit honored actress and singer Diahann Carroll and entrepreneur Don Peebles, as well as recognized lifetime members of the Mission Society’s Board of Directors. WABC News Anchor Bill Ritter, a longtime supporter of the Mission Society, emceed the event. Performing were Kathy Sledge, the voice of Sister Sledge; acclaimed singer Alex Donner and his Orchestra, and students enrolled in the Mission Society’s free afterschool music education program, GRIOT.


GRANTS AND FUNDING:

* NYC nonprofits are invited to apply for PennPAC pro bono consulting support valued at approximately 60,000 dollars. Applications are due on May 22 and accepted applicants will be awarded the support of a team of six University of Pennsylvania alumni-volunteers for an 8-10 week consulting engagement. Consulting Engagements will begin in October and end by mid-December. Nonprofits are encouraged to apply if they meet eligibility criteria and seek support to address a strategic issue. Eligibility criteria includes having 501(c)(3) status, three or more paid, full-time staff and an operating budget of $350k or more. Strategic issues addressed in past PennPAC projects include growth planning, marketing strategy, communication strategy, funding strategy and financial analysis. PennPAC works closely with clients to craft detailed project plans that help ensure actionable deliverables. Learn more here.

 

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Accelerate your future at MCNY. Join us at our Graduate Info Session on Tuesday, April 18 from 6-8 pm - Manhattan Financial District Campus. Meet and network with faculty and alumni. Learn more about Metropolitan College of New York’s accelerated Master’s degrees in Public Affairs & Administration, Education, Business, Financial Services, Emergency & Disaster Management and Healthcare Systems Management. Seats are filling up fast. Financial Aid and scholarships available to those who qualify. RSVP here.

 

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NYN CAREERS

(Visit www.nyncareers.com to view all jobs.)


Multiple Opportunities, St. Christopher's

St. Christopher's is an innovative social service agency with a 136 year tradition of helping children and families at risk. We have three beautiful campuses, located in Dobbs Ferry, Valhalla and New Windsor, where we serve youth in need of emotional, behavioral and educational support. We are looking to hire the following positions: Full and Part Time Youth Care Counselors (all sites) Part time Psychiatrist/Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (Dobbs Ferry and Valhalla) Per Diem Driver (Dobbs Ferry) Per Diem Nurse (all sites).


Bilingual Social Worker, VISIONS / Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

This position encompasses three distinct components: social casework with consumers and their families, assistance with benefits and outreach to recruit potential consumers. The Social Worker offers time-limited adjustment to blindness counseling and case assistance with blind or visually impaired people of all ages. The Social Worker serves as a bridge between consumers with vision loss, other service providers and VISIONS. Visually impaired or blind people often need advocates to assist in accessing community based mental health or health services.


Licensed Social Worker, Services for the UnderServed

Under the supervision of the Director of Social Services, the Social Worker is responsible for managing all mental health and social service needs of the residents to include providing individual and group services. Essential functions include: Serve as clinician in the development of resident treatment plan and the coordination of service delivery, monitor the implementation of treatment services for caseload; Conduct needs assessment and interviews; Provide individual and group sessions for residents as directed; and more.


Director of NAC’s Regional Permanency Center, New Alternatives For Children

New Alternatives for Children, Inc. is seeking a Director with strong programmatic and administrative skills to design and implement its new Regional Permanency Center. This Center will deliver a range of interventions that are designed to prevent post adoptive/post guardianship dissolutions/disruptions; provide assistance to families so that children can be cared for in their own homes with their adoptive parents or legal guardians; and strengthen post adoptive/post guardianship families with the goal of avoiding foster care or other out-of-home placements.


NYN MEDIA CAREERS: To advertise your employment opportunities with NYN Media email lblake@cityandstateny.com.

 

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POLITICAL BULLETIN BY CITY & STATE:

* A sculptor is suing Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan for moving his bronze re-creation of a huge sycamore tree that was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, saying that the church had sent it to a church-owned site in Connecticut without telling him, the Times reports.

* Former Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny turned himself in after being linked to a massive Medicaid and painkiller scam and pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, health care fraud and scheming to defraud, the Daily News writes.

* A group of activists representing low-income customers and environmentalists are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to nominate a so-called “People’s Commissioner” to the state Public Service Commission, someone who would represent issues facing needy New Yorkers, the Times Union reports.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

April 19 - The New York Women’s Foundation hosts “In Focus Where Women Stand: The First 100 Days of the New Administration.”

Visit http://go.cityandstatemedia.com/e/168882/events/s4332/63893331 to submit an event or view all community events.


NYN EVENTS:

* Front-Line Heroes display excellence in their commitment to serving those in need. Every year, NYN Media recognizes people from the nonprofit industry who work in the field directly helping clients and making their organizations' goals a reality through hard work and dedication. Click here to see this year’s honorees. To RSVP for the April 18 event, click here.

* On June 15, NYN Media will host its third annual Nonprofit OpCon. This event focuses on streamlining processes and operations for nonprofits in New York. How do we make things easier and more pleasant for executive leadership, operations, IT, risk, finance, HR and more? There are new industry standards to consider, and new guidelines around applying for public funds to learn. Bring your organization into the 21st century and abandon old practices that are depleting your valuable resources. It’s a new day in the nonprofit industry; join us as we explore these insights and strategies. Click here to learn more.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED:

11:15 a.m. – De Blasio hosts a press conference, Mariner’s Harbor Houses, 157 Barbant Ave., Staten Island.

 

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