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* The NYPD needs to work more closely with the city's embattled Administration for Children's Services to help investigate complaints of violence against kids, because their expertise could help prevent another child from being killed, experts tell DNAinfo.
* Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 400 million dollar Renewal program aimed at improving nearly 100 struggling schools has been heavily criticized, but leaders of troubled school districts across the state are looking to the program as a model, Politico New York reports.
* Kelley Gott, an executive board member of Urban Pathways since 2015, writes in Gotham Gazette that it’s time for the mayor to complete his work and enact a budget that includes a 12 percent increase in the city’s human services contracts.
* Advocates for the intellectual and developmentally disabled community recently gained bipartisan support in the Legislature and are now hoping to gain the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who they feel has put their needs on the back burner, the Staten Island Advance writes.
* The Donald J. Trump Foundation gave away 10.9 million dollars from 2001 to 2014, taking a scattershot approach to philanthropy with donations to more than 400 different charities, according to a Forbes analysis of 14 years of IRS documents.
* Charitable giving to American colleges and universities reached the $41 billion mark in 2016, eclipsing 2015’s record of $40.3 billion, representing a 0.4 percent increase adjusted for inflation, according to the NonProfit Times.
* The widow of late Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson donated several of her husband’s suits as part of an initiative with the Metropolitan Black Bar Association that is making an effort to clothe men who have recently been released from Rikers Island, according to The Grio.
* New York City’s five district attorneys are considering throwing out a large number of warrants in an effort to move past the controversies over former policing practices and to spare New Yorkers from being arrested for petty infractions committed long ago, the New York Times writes.
* Diana Gurieva, who stewarded the Millbrook-based Dyson Foundation through a 24-year period of dynamic growth and influence that helped shape the fabric of the region, died this week, according to Philanthropy New York.
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* U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler has filed a rarely-used “resolution of inquiry” to try and force the U.S. Department of Justice to share whatever information it has on President Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest and potential ties to Russia, the Daily News reports.
* Trump said that he was open to considering a comprehensive immigration reform plan if senators come up with a new one, but he said he opposes a 2013 proposal that passed the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support, The Washington Post reports.
* In a podcast, the Chronicle of Philanthropy talks to Robert Lynch, president of Americans for the Arts, the nonprofit advocacy group represents the interests of the 5,000 local arts councils that serve the needs of those 100,000 organizations.
* Urban resilience planning for natural disasters must include efforts to protect and secure food systems for food-insecure populations, a report from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and the Rockefeller Foundation warns, according to Philanthropy News Digest.
* Nonprofit Quarterly writes that data is clearly needed to track services to clients; advocate for issues with local, state and federal impact; and to identify trends and changes in almost all the programs, but what about feeding innovation?
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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS:
* An apartment complex that developers claim will be one of the largest energy efficient buildings in the country is planned for East Harlem and will target three income tiers: “extremely low-income,” low-income and middle-income, DNAinfo writes.
* Art in General announced the appointment of Laurel Ptak as its executive director, effective next week, ArtNet writes.
* Atlas DIY, a Sunset Park community center dedicated to unlocking immigrant youths’ access to legal services and spearheading leadership development has a new leader, the Brooklyn Reporter writes.
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* Touro Law Center Dean Harry Ballan announced that Touro Law has received a grant in the amount of $200,000 from the Robin Hood Foundation to support the Disaster Relief Clinic. On Oct. 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy earned its place in history as one of the costliest and most destructive natural disasters to disrupt the United States. Within three days of the storm, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center established a help center for Sandy victims in need of legal services through a Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team (HEART) hotline. The main purpose was to provide referrals, assistance and legal advice for local residents and small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. The TLC- Heart hotline evolved into a full service legal clinic to address the changing needs of Sandy survivors.
* The Association for Community Affiliated Plans named Dr. Luis Freddy Molano, Vice President of Infectious Diseases and LGBTQ Programs at Community Healthcare Network, a 2017 Leadership in Advocacy Award Honorable Mention winner. The Leadership in Advocacy Award recognizes individuals who exceed the norm in advocating for Medicaid and other safety net health programs and on behalf of the vulnerable populations that these programs serve. Amida Care nominated Dr. Molano for the award in recognition of his pioneering efforts to improve the health, access to care, and quality of life of transgender individuals in New York.
* The Workmen’s Circle is hosting a tasting and event centered around modern and traditional Jewish desserts on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The event, “From Here to Halvah”, features confections from Shelsky’s of Brooklyn, Danny Macaroons, and Breads Bakery. While guests enjoy the desserts, Leah Koenig (author of Modern Jewish Cooking) will moderate a panel on Jewish desserts as they relate to Jewish culture and tradition.
GRANTS AND FUNDING:
* To all applicants and potential applicants for NYS Office for the Aging Classic Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Program and Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Program Request for Applications: an Addendum and revised RFA was issued on Thursday Feb. 9, and is available through Grants Gateway and on NYSOFA’s website. The Addendum and revised RFA includes changes to the RFA Timeline, including an extension of the due date, as well as the removal of an eligibility requirement. Please review the Addendum and revised RFA for complete details on the changes.
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CAMBA’s three family shelters, located in Queens and Brooklyn, have been awarded a grant to expand the range and depth of mental health and related services to families with children in shelters by hiring Licensed Clinical Social Workers with supervisory experience and LMSW as Care Coordinators to work in teams with case managers and housing specialists. The Client Care Supervisors are responsible for team supervision, provision of information and training to team members on psychoeducation, mental health assessments and techniques such as motivational interviewing. The Supervisor consults with professional and technical personnel to bring a multidisciplinary approach to client care, develop linkage agreements and serve as liaison with other community based organizations and local mental health service providers.
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning health and social services agency in NYC with 30+ years of experience serving children with special medical needs and their families. We are currently seeking a Director of Specialized Foster Care to be responsible for the direct management of the agency’s Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities and Treatment Family Foster Care programs. This position offers a highly rewarding experience for a social work professional who welcomes the opportunity to use high-level management skills. It’s an exciting opportunity to be part of multidisciplinary teams of professionals at an innovative agency serving the needs of some of the most vulnerable children and families in NYC.
Abbott House, an innovative community-based social service organization based in Irvington, NY, is seeking a part time Article 31 Mental Health Clinic Supervisor. Initially, the position will require up to 14 hours per week, with the possibility of expanded hours with program growth. Flexible schedule. The successful candidate will have the equivalent of 5 years of experience in the discipline of Mental Health with knowledge regarding the transition to Behavior Health Contacts and Medicaid Managed Care, a Master’s Degree from an accredited school in social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology or counseling and a valid clinical license from the NYS Department of Education. Bilingual is an asset.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* New York City lawyers defending City Councilman Vincent Gentile from a 10 million dollar lawsuit brought by former staffer Michael Bistreich, who was allegedly mocked and locked in a basement, saying the incidents were just “petty slights and trivial inconveniences,” the New York Post reports.
* Bronx Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj, the frontrunner for the soon-to-be-vacant seat of term-limited New York City Councilman James Vacca, dished out more than 72,000 dollars in donor funds last month at his brother Paul Gjonaj’s restaurant, the Observer reports.
* Just as de Blasio is to meet with federal prosecutors to talk possible pay-to-play with the city’s teachers union, that same union endorsed the mayor for a second term, resulting in an awkward situation, Bob McManus writes in the Post.
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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED:
11:30 a.m. – State Sen. Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and City Council members Daniel Garodnick and Ben Kallos host a town hall on changing zoning laws to prevent super high-rise buildings on residential side streets, and encourage the development of affordable housing, Plaza 400, Skytop Lounge, 400 E. 56th St., Manhattan.
12:30 p.m. – Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU; Bhairavi Desai, executive director of National Taxi Workers Alliance; Deborah Axt, co-executive director of Make the Road New York and other advocates hold press conference to unveil platform to protect workers’ rights, 32BJ SEIU office, 25 W. 18th St., fifth floor, executive boardroom, Manhattan.
5 p.m. – U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat hosts and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman attends an immigration “Know your Rights” forum, Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., third floor, Manhattan.
7:30 p.m. – De Blasio participates in live interview with Pod Save America, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn.