Friday, July 15, 2016

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TOP NEWS

NYN Media Podcast with Frederick Watts of the Police Athletic League: Even Frederick Watts, CEO of The Police Athletic League, has had questionable interactions with the police. But creating positive interactions with the cops is a primary goal of this nonprofit, which runs everything from after-school programs, summer day camps, summer Playstreets and juvenile justice programs with sports activities as a cornerstone. How’s that going when the country is dealing with videotaped footage of black men being fatally shot by the police, demonstrations in the streets and retaliatory shootings of police officers in Dallas and elsewhere? Listen to the podcast.

City Hall ‘aware of and involved in’ lifting Rivington deed restriction, DOI says: The Observer writes that despite insistence that it came as a surprise to the mayor’s office, high-level aides at City Hall were aware of and involved in the decision to lift a deed restriction on the nonprofit AIDS hospice Rivington House that allowed it to be sold to luxury condo developers, the Department of Investigation said in a deeply damning report. Those findings were compounded by an allegation from DOI that their investigation was “hindered” by the Law Department, which refused to turn over documents and city computers to the city’s in-house investigatory agency. Read more.

Finances of City College’s president are under federal investigation: Federal prosecutors are investigating the finances of the president of the City College of New York and her family, as well as those of a nonprofit foundation affiliated with the institution, according to the college and a lawyer’s letter obtained by The New York Times. The 21st Century Foundation paid for personal expenses of the president, Lisa S. Coico, and then reimbursed more than $150,000 from the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. Read more.

Pokémon Go…to the opera? How nonprofits have made the game their own: Many of the popular game’s Pokéstops and Pokégyms to which users are currently flocking are located at public places such as parks, churches, art installations, historical markers, and museums, Nonprofit Quarterly writes. This gives these organizations a unique opportunity to take advantage of new visitors as well as reach a younger audience. Read more.

Amid conflict, Buffalo parent group reaches out to charters: One Buffalo parent organization is bringing charter school parents into the fold in the hopes of creating one district-wide voice, a move highlighting the ongoing power struggle in the Buffalo City School District, Politico New York writes.The district-recognized parent engagement organization last week approved the inclusion of parents from the Enterprise Charter School and Westminster Community Charter School into the organization. Read more.

How collaboration can spur innovation and spread good ideas: Leigh Ross, a program associate at The New York Community Trust writes in Philanthropy New York that well-intentioned partnerships often struggle, but there are some key predictors of success. Read more.

Caretakers shopped while autistic patient banged his head against wall 120 times, lawsuit charges: The New York Post writes that staffers at a Long Island home for the disabled let an autistic resident bang his head against a wall 120 times and left him in a van while caretakers shopped for clothes at Walmart, according to a new lawsuit. Jonathan and Stacy Zauderer are suing Extraordinary People in Care, the organization that runs their 23-year-old son Matthew’s group home, as well as the state’s Office for People with Developmental Disabilities over the alleged negligence. Read more.

 

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Jump-start your career at MCNY! Join us at our Grad Info Session on Thursday, July 21 from 6-8 p.m. at our brand new Financial District campus. Learn how to advance your career and network with faculty and alumni. Fall semester starts Thursday, Sept. 8. Seats are filling up fast! Financial Aid and scholarship opportunities available. RSVP here.

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NYN BUZZ

Westchester Community Foundation announces $552,000 in grants:

Westchester Community Foundation announced $552,000 in grants to a broad range of nonprofits throughout the county. A total of $320,000 in college prep and persistence grants was awarded to The Guidance Center, Yonkers Partners in Education, Westchester Community College Foundation and Project Morry to help young people prepare for and succeed in college. The Foundation will also award $250,000 in scholarships to students throughout the county this year. A third round will be announced in late October. Letters of Intent for the first round in 2017 are due Nov. 4.

Friends of Hudson River Park names Tony Simone new director of external affairs:

Friends of Hudson River Park, the dedicated fundraising and advocacy partner of Hudson River Park, announced that community advocate and social entrepreneur Tony Simone has been selected as Director of External Affairs for Friends of Hudson River Park, effective July 11. In this newly created position, Tony will lead the organization’s efforts to meaningfully engage and interact with residents, businesses, and community leaders in the neighborhoods surrounding Hudson River Park and throughout New York City and State, with the aim of advancing efforts that are central to the care, completion and enhancement of Hudson River Park.


Request for Proposals to conduct community outreach and convenings on affordable housing, community economic development and town center vitality:

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s HousingUs initiative is soliciting proposals from nonprofits, community organizations and public agencies to plan and convene outreach activities that bring residents together to explore the interrelated issues of affordable housing, economic development and town center vitality. Grants of up to $10,000 will be available for projects that result in action-oriented community development strategies or create broader public awareness of the elements of healthy and resilient communities, including the availability of affordable housing. Organizations serving Berkshire County, Mass.; Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY; and northwest Litchfield County, Conn., are eligible. Read more.

 

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NYN CAREERS

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

Superintendent of Schools, Greenburgh-North Castle UFSD

Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District seeks a candidate who is an effective leader who can enhance the diversity of a 550-student school district, listen to and respect the ideas of others, consistently maintain open and candid dialogue with all staff, students and other members of the Greenburgh-North Castle School District. The candidate should also be a skilled collaborator who will lead and motivate the staff in the implementation of the School District’s strategic plan, and an experienced leader with a successful track record of dealing with children with special need by helping them achieve higher levels of accomplishment through the development of their critical thinking skills. Read more.


ACT Program Director, The Bridge

The Bridge, an innovative and well-respected mental health agency serving people with serious mental illness, substance abuse, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders has an exciting opportunity for a Program Director to lead an ACT Program in the Bronx. The Program Director is responsible for clinical and administrative oversight of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Clinical responsibilities include direct practice and supervision of intake, clinical assessment, treatment planning, medication management and treatment, benefits eligibility, crisis intervention, family support and documentation. Administrative functions include the management of internal and external statistical reporting, billing, petty cash, staff supervision and time and attendance. Read more.


Program Director - Life is Precious (LIP) Program, Comunilife

Comunilife is seeking a Program Director to lead a unique suicide-prevention program at the growing agency. Under the direction of the Chief Program Officer, the Program Director’s duties include the overall management, direction, budgeting and daily operations of a unique, expanding and highly visible after-school, suicide-prevention program operating in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens and serving over 120 Hispanic adolescent girls with mental health diagnoses, all of whom receive mental health treatment in clinics. LIP provides counseling, academic/vocational supports and promotes positive friendships and family relations by offering activities such as computer labs, art/music/dance groups, wellness activities, tutoring, trips and family activities. Read more.


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

 

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Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON on October 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 from nonprofitwithballs.com and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.

 

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* By scuttling the Right to Know Act, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito blew her best opportunity to distance herself from an embattled mayor with whom she has been inextricably linked, Nick Powell writes in NY Slant. Read more.

* New York City education officials spelled out two ideas for rezoning elementary schools on the Upper West Side to alleviate overcrowding and foster integration in its southern end, in what has a been a fraught and complex debate for neighborhood residents, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

* The de Blasio administration’s efforts to cover up what happened in the property flip of a Lower East Side nursing home to a private developer to build luxury condos is creating an obvious issue for the mayor, and should be picked up by federal authorities, the Post writes. Read more.

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

At a refuge for New York City’s hungry, summer brings scarcity: Hour Children Food Pantry relies on grants in the city budget for the fiscal year, which begins on July 1, the New York Times writes. Across the city, there is almost always a lag in the availability of actual money in the summer as the bureaucratic processes mosey along. This is a particular problem in July and August, when fewer children are eating school lunches. Read more.

The Lowline just got a thumbs-up from City Hall: City Hall gave the Lowline project its first official approvals, writes New York Magazine. After an eight-month bidding process, the Economic Development Corporation selected the nonprofit Lowline as the designated developer for the underground trolley terminal at the base of the Williamsburg Bridge that has been disused for nearly seven decades. Read more.

All-girls soccer team provides community for undocumented immigrants: The Safe Passage Project, a nonprofit organization that provides legal assistance to immigrant minors, is using soccer to provide undocumented high school women living in New York with a team of support, the Huffington Post reports. The high school students are seeking asylum in the U.S. to escape violent conditions in their home countries in Central America. Read more.

 

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NYN EVENTS

On Thursday, July 21st from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Capital Grille, 120 Broadway, New York Nonprofit Media is recognizing 40 of New York’s rising stars in the nonprofit world under the age of 40. Celebrate the 40 Under 40 honorees at a breakfast event, and pick up the special print journal profiling the winners! For more information, click here.

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 please click here.

Join City & State Reports on Thursday morning, July 28, for the CSR Awards in Sustainability, which will honor outstanding corporate citizens for their work in sustainability - from the construction, energy, transportation and food industries and beyond. The breakfast event at New York University will feature a thought leadership panel discussion on trends in sustainability from top executives in the field. Nonprofit rates available. RSVP here!

 

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SECTOR FOCUS: Culture


New York Public Library releases app allowing access to ‘growing’ e-book collection: The library released an app that will allow readers to easily access its popular e-book collection, according to the Daily News. More than 300,000 e-books will be available on the app - dubbed “SimplyE” - to anyone who has a library card and access to either an iOS or Android device. Read more.

Competition brings in 252 renderings of the New York State Pavilion in Queens, and you can choose the best one: A rusting World’s Fair relic in Queens has sparked the imagination of designers looking to transform the hulking steel structure back into a vibrant public space, according to the Daily News. All 252 fanciful renderings submitted to the New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition are online. And the public has until today to cast their votes for the “fan favorite.” Read more.

From Brookline to Brooklyn, Eli 'Paperboy' Reed finds his way home: WBUR interviews Eli Reed, a former teacher of gospel quartet music to high school boys at the Harlem nonprofit Gospel for Teens, who is headlining an upcoming Boston festival. Read more.

Officials set up programs to help low-income residents break into the business: A push to diversify productions extends to entry-level positions, NY1 writes. For a decade, the city has teamed with Brooklyn Workforce Innovations, a nonprofit job-training organization, to teach low-income New Yorkers to work as production assistants. It has helped 600 people get jobs. Read more.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED


11 a.m. - Advocates for people with developmental disabilities and the #bFair2DirectCare coalition announce the the “300 Days to Better Pay” campaign calling for a state budget increase for wages for underpaid staff, City Hall steps, Manhattan.


11:15 a.m. - Rep. John Katko, advocates, members of law enforcement and others hold event urging President Obama to sign legislation to combat the opioid epidemic, Prevention Network., 906 Spencer St., Syracuse.

2 p.m. - De Blasio, joined by Mark-Viverito, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, and others, delivers remarks at the kickoff of New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Henry Street Settlement, 301 Henry St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. - New York City Councilwoman Debi Rose, community members and others mark the two-year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner, Tompkinsville Park, Victory Boulevard and Bay Street, Staten Island.

 

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