Friday, December 15, 2017



* Today’s NYN Media Buzz features details on $1.35 million in grants to out-of-school programs from the New York Life Foundation and the Afterschool Alliance, and a new nonprofit drug treatment facility in the Bronx.

* NYN Media editor Aimée Simpierre hears from Amida Care President and CEO Doug Wirth on how a nonprofit special needs help plan succeeds in today’s ever-changing health care industry, in the latest NYN Media Insights Podcast.

* State Sen. Tony Avella urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to reject $250,000 in tax forgiveness for a city landlord after a report that a synagogue he controlled donated money to a state assemblyman who sponsored a state law forgiving the debt, City & State reports.



* A new statewide coalition of community and advocacy groups is demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo make housing justice one of his top priorities in the 2018 legislative session, reports City Limits.

* New York City Councilman Andy King is expected to face an ethics inquiry today over allegedly inappropriate comments he made in 2015 to a staff member of the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, The New York Times reports.

* U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York unveiled a bipartisan proposal yesterday that would make any Capitol Hill harassment settlement public unless a victim decided otherwise, Politico reports.

* New York nonprofits are mobilizing to bring aid to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, the Daily News reports, with a particular focus on helping residents there deal with electrical blackouts and climate change.

* More news below …




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* New York City Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander oppose a bill in the revised Right to Know Act which would require cops to only identify themselves with business cards during stops based on a suspicion of criminal activity, the Daily News writes.

* Former German Vice Chancellor Philipp Roesler was appointed to lead Chinese conglomerate HNA Group’s New York-based foundation, which plans to contribute up to $200 million towards charitable causes in the next five years, Reuters reports.

* Nonprofit Make the Road New York endorsed legislation proposed by New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile that aims to make it easier for citizens to report municipal corruption, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.

* State Senate Republican Majority Leader John Flanagan expressed confidence that his party will retain control of the state Senate next year despite a deal cut several weeks ago that would unify Democratic factions in the chamber, The Buffalo News reports.




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The Times features a series of infographics that break down how the expiration of the Children’s Health Insurance Program would affect states across the country, including New York where funds for the program will run out by the end of March.

Nonprofit Quarterly writes on ways nonprofits can achieve strategic outcomes through social media by accumulating, converting, spending and wielding the “linchpin of social media’s return on investment.”

* A focus on death after mass shootings ignores the stories of those who are injured, undermining Americans’ understanding of the consequences of gun violence and potential solutions, writes The Atlantic.

* New research suggests free swag may hurt nonprofits’ bottom lines by offering potential donors a way to display token support for a cause without opening their wallets, NonProfit Pro writes.




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* The reconciled Republican tax bill in Congress will not include a repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which limits political contributions by nonprofit groups, Nonprofit Quarterly reports.

* A three-year-old nonprofit with ties to the Koch Brothers, American Commitments, was among the groups that were pushing for the FCC vote to repeal net neutrality, an effort that paid off yesterday, the Center for Responsible Politics’ Open Secrets reports.

Politico reports that House Speaker Paul Ryan is considering retiring at the end of his term in 2018 since it looks like the Republican tax plan will become law, but before he leaves office he wants to lead an effort to cut spending on Medicare and Social Security.

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KICKER: “The reason people are less likely to make tangible donations of time and money after they put on a pink Komen wristband at the office Christmas party is because of what psychologists call moral licensing [which] results in people perceiving they then have the ‘license’ to decline to engage in later, more significant actions.” – authors Katrina VanHuss and Otis Fulton, via NonProfit Pro.


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