Friday, August 26, 2016

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NYN Media Reports - Paying for charter schools: In 2011, the New York State Education Department received a $113 million federal grant to create 400 charter schools by 2016, adding to the 171 charter schools operating that spring. But at the last bell this school year, just 256 charter schools served the state. Where did the money from that grant go? And if the state failed to create the schools, how would they convince Congress to give New York more charter money in the future?

NYC homelessness hits all-time high, as advocates blame Gov. Cuomo for not following through on housing pledge: The Coalition for the Homeless says in a new report that a shortage of supportive housing has helped drive homelessness for single adults to record highs, the Daily News writes. The number of single adults living in city shelters hit an all-time high of 14,442 in March, the group found, and lingered over 14,200 as of June.

Money for charity sitting in state coffers: When you give to charity, you expect your money will be used appropriately, but when New York State is the middleman, that may not be the case, WHEC News reports. Hundreds of thousands of dollars meant to support very serious causes have been sitting in state coffers for more than a decade, according to a recent audit by the NYS Comptroller’s office, which indicates donors’ money may not have been spent to support the cause at all.

Back from the brink: Over the past 20 years, New York’s Catholic schools have been in decline and more than 100 have closed since 2000, City Journal writes. But a feisty band of educators are working to turn Catholic schools in Harlem and the South Bronx into examples of student achievement. In 2013, the nonprofit Partnership Schools reached an agreement with the Archdiocese of New York to run six Catholic elementary schools

Two sides on affordable housing: City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer explains in NY Slant why he is opposing Phipps Housing’s proposed housing development in Sunnyside and the reasons for the lack of community support.Ross Barkan writes if City Council members like Van Bramer and Ydanis Rodriguez want to celebrate the concept of affordable housing and oppose it in practice, they will only get more unaffordable residential developments in their districts.

As affordability worsens, state and local governments act on their own:With federal response failing to keep up with the need for housing, a growing number of state and municipal governments have been taking matters into their own hands in attempts to add to the supply of affordable housing,Shelterforce writes.

Fighting the tenant blacklist: Landlords, even mission-driven affordable housing providers, are increasingly using civil court records to screen thousands of applicants who are swelling their waiting lists for the scarce affordable units, Nonprofit Quarterly reports. Third-party tenant screening services have become a big business in the years since the Internet made public records accessible with the stroke of a key.

 

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Last chance to apply for research trip grant

Applications close Sept. 9 for the David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship, which is awarded to a CEO of a nonprofit organization in New York, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. The 2016 Fellowship recipient will receive a grant of $20,000 to cover airfare, accommodation and other costs associated with a research trip/s to research best practice social innovation internationally. Visit us to apply.

 

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NYN BUZZ


New York Bar Foundation offers fellowships:

The New York Bar Foundation has fellowships available for nonprofit and public service organizations throughout New York State. The application deadline is Sept. 15. The Corporate Counsel Section Fellowship will take place at a New York public interest legal or charitable organization. The student will assist the organization's general counsel (or other similar individual holding a counsel position) with matters relating to counsel or advice to the organization. The Miriam Maccoby Netter Fellowship, created and funded by the Intellectual Property Law Section, will award a $5,000 grant to a public interest intellectual property organization or charity to conduct the fellowship. The fellow will assist the organization with matters relating to intellectual property law.


United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region kicks off the 2016 Campaign for the Common Good:

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region will be kicking off the 2016 Campaign for the Common Good on Sept. 15. A committee of community and civic leaders selected this year’s two Community Champion honorees, Sheila Appel of IBM and Michael Gilfeather of Orange Bank & Trust Company, for their service to the community and leadership of their respective United Way campaigns. In addition to presentations to the honorees by Dutchess & Orange County executives, Marcus Molinaro and Steven Neuhaus, there will be discussions by three nonprofit partner leaders.


South Shore Child Guidance Center elects three new directors:

Christopher J. Clarke, Steven Greenfield and Roberto Concepción, Jr. have been elected to join the Board of South Shore Child Guidance Center. SSCGC, an affiliate of EPIC Long Island, Inc., is a nonprofit agency that provides comprehensive outpatient behavioral health services to Nassau County children from 5 to 18 years of age and their families. Steven Greenfield, a retired Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, has decades of nonprofit management experience and knowledge of the mental health landscape. Christopher Clarke, an associate with the law firm of Moritt, Hock & Hamroff, LLP practices in the areas of commercial litigation and trusts and estates. Roberto Concepción, Jr., is an associate at the law firm of Jackson Lewis, specializing in employment discrimination and civil rights.

 

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NYN CAREERS

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


Social Worker I, St. Dominic’s Home

The Family Treatment/Rehabilitation Social Worker is responsible for providing all aspects of the casework method, and in consultation with both the families and the Program Supervisor, will assess needs, formulate service planning, treatment strategies, goals and objectives. The Social Worker participates in on-going assessments, offers casework counseling, writes progress reports, and maintains all job-related records. The Social Worker is the first person responsible to note safety concerns and ensure risk elements are addressed.


Job Developer, Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island

The Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island is a community-based organization serving individuals and families in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan with a wide range of social services, as well as capacity-building support to other community-based non-profit organizations throughout the city. The Job Developer is responsible for developing internship sites and cultivating contacts in high growth sectors of finance, media/technology, health and retail. He/she will recruit students for employment opportunities, attend and arrange industry networking events and market the program to external agencies. He/she will work directly with case managers and employment specialists to achieve outcomes.


Associate Vice President of Residential Services, Graham Windham

The Associate VP of residential services provides direct oversight and management of Residential services. The ideal candidate leads and manages with excellence the group living arm of the Graham School maintaining a consistent focus on prevention and being highly responsive to safety and risk; develops and manages program that provides opportunities for youth to build skills leading to a pathway to a successful adult life; demonstrates genuine care and joy in working with youth and remains responsive to their needs; and partners with on-site Greenburgh Graham School District leadership to promote academic success with a strong emphasis on school attendance and behavior planning.


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

 

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

*The Times and The Marshall Project traveled the state to report on the prison system and examines how many reforms that were promised back in the 1970s after a four-day rebellion at Attica Correctional Facility were never made or have been rolled back.

* Citing a clause in a 40-year-old law, the NYPD has suddenly decided to keep records regarding the discipline of officers under lock and key - and will no longer release the information to the public, the Daily News reports.

* The Post commends the city Department of Education’s move to extend its contract with Pearson to provide entry exams into the city’s specialized schools and writes de Blasio has succeeded in seeing more qualified, well-prepared minority students earning admission to elite high schools.

 

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NYN SOCIAL BUZZ


Recent galas and events: (view photos):

WHEDco, Art Connects New York


Upcoming galas and events:

Sept. 7 -- Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser, Picnic By Design.

Sept. 8 -- Rebuilding Together NYC will host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament in Carmel NY at the Centennial Golf Club

Sept. 8 -- Urban Pathways hosts Sundown Social

Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Children hosts “Rise Up” Downtown”

Sept. 12 -- Voices for the Voiceless hosts performance.

* To have your event featured here send your top 1-2 photos, along with a one sentence caption and photo credit, to info@nynmedia.com with the subject line “Recent Galas and Events.” To see more events, check our events/community calendar here.

 

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Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON onOctober 6th & 7th at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz NY, this is an incomparable two-day retreat experience for Executive Directors, Financial Staff, Board Members, Fundraisers, Marketing and Development Staff alike. Keynote Speakers include Vu Le, Nonprofit Humorist fromnonprofitwithballs.com and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at theNonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

Columbia University pledges $300k to grant program benefiting Inwood parks: In 2011 the university and the New York City Planning Commission agreed that in order to construct a new boathouse and field, Columbia would have to make some concessions to the Inwood community, Patch writes. In exchange for relaxed zoning regulations, Columbia pledged to donate $100,000 annually for three years to support Inwood parks.

A different type of homeless shelter: Queens Community Board 9 and elected officials expressed frustration at a nonprofit proposing a transitional homeless shelter in Ozone Park for not being forthright with the plans, the Queens Chronicle writes. Officials from the nonprofit Breaking Ground, which specializes in caring for the homeless, touted their plan to place a transitional residence at 100-32 Atlantic Ave. as good for the community.

A community garden became an alternative to juvenile detention: The New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit dedicated to cleaning up public spaces across the five boroughs, bought up land along with 51 other plots in the late ‘90s and created a 10,983 square-foot, well-manicured corner lot at the edge of a sleepy residential neighborhood, CityLab reports. In 2008, a donation from the rapper 50 Cent (who grew up in the area) funded a rainwater harvesting system and overhauled planting areas.

 

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NYN EVENTS

On Thursday, September 15th, New York Nonprofit Media will host the 2nd annual Nonprofit MarkCon which will bring together marketing and communications executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to build a brand. We expect over 200 nonprofit communications, marketing, PR and strategy executives to attend this event. Topics to include: brand transformation, social media, event planning, integrated marketing, data analytics and more. If you are looking to reach nonprofit executives pleaseclick here.

Submit your nomination for New York Nonprofit Media’s first Cause Awards 2016: Honoring individuals/agencies/philanthropists who’ve had a major impact on the top human services concerns of the New York nonprofit sector throughout 2016. If a colleague, client or employer has had a major impact on one of this year's top causes though good work or philanthropy, nominate them for this great honor today by clicking here. The opportunity to submit your nominations will officially close Friday, September 16th at 6 pm.

 

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SECTOR FOCUS: Culture

Bryant Park to begin tracking visitors' mobile data: The nonprofit Bryant Park Corporation, which manages the city-owned park in midtown Manhattan, announced that it was partnering with data firm PlaceIQ to track anonymous data from mobile phone users in the public space, NBC New York reports. It said the move is aimed at improving sponsorships, programs, events and staffing at the popular park.

Tenement Museum showcases three unique LES immigrant stories: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum is transporting visitors back to the 1950s, '60s, and '70s and into the lives of three immigrant families - Holocaust survivors, members of a mass Puerto Rican exodus, and Chinese immigrants seeking a better life - who have all called the tenement at 103 Orchard St. their home, DNAinfo reports.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

11 a.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, state Sens. Liz Krueger and Roxanne Persaud, Assembly members Rebecca Seawright, Linda Rosenthal, Carmen Arroyo, Annette Robinson, Nily Rozic, and Jo Anne Simon, and New York City Councilwoman Darlene Mealy hold Women’s Equality Day rally and press conference, City Hall steps.

11 a.m. – New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres, the Belmont BID and Community Board 6 announce an Italian Disaster Relief Fund and efforts to help the victims of the Italian earthquake, Belmont Library, 610 E. 186th St., Bronx.

1 p.m. - Hochul and other women leaders launch NYS Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary Commission and celebrate Women’s Equality Day, Redbury New York, 29 E. 29th St., Manhattan.

1 p.m. – State Senate Candidate Marisol Alcántara unveils her housing agenda on NYCHA repairs, rent regulation, Mitchell-Lama and more, 3333 Broadway, Manhattan.

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Bill Gettman Jr., CEO of Northern Rivers Family Services; Dawn Valentine Saffayeh, Executive Director of HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services, Saturday Aug. 27; and Mon Yuck Yu, Executive Vice President & Chief of Staff at Academy of Medical & Public Health Services,Sunday Aug. 28.

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