Friday, July 8, 2016



NYN Media Perspectives - The language of disability: Dr. David Jacobsen, the executive director of Rockland Independent Living Center, writes that the language that is used to discuss individuals with disabilities is an often-overlooked aspect of the disability rights movement. Even though there has been a great deal of improvement in our use of language to address issues of sexual orientation and race, attitudes and perceptions about people with disabilities have been slower to change. Read more.

Mayor de Blasio defends his lobbying to kill day care reform, insists it would 'create more bureaucracy': Mayor de Blasio defended his behind-the-scenes lobbying to kill day care reform prompting a Gov. Cuomo aide to label the mayor as “either oblivious or incompetent,” the Daily News writes. De Blasio insisted the Cuomo-sponsored bill would “create more bureaucracy” and not help kids. Read more.

Dispute as Westchester housing pact nears end - Did the county honor it?: Westchester County has spent seven years putting into place a far-reaching affordable housing agreement that promised to remake one of the wealthiest suburbs in the nation, the New York Times writes. But as the time period covered by the settlement winds down, county and federal officials, as well as fair housing advocates, are at odds over whether Westchester has honored the terms of the deal. Read more.

NYC public school overcrowding increases, with 80 percent of students in classes exceeding state-set class size limits: A report issued by the nonprofit Education Law Center shows that class sizes in city schools crept up again in the school year that ended in June and class sizes in all grades exceeded limits established by the city under 2007 state law, according to the Daily News. Read more.

The future of prize philanthropy: The use of prizes to drive social change continues to grow in popularity and continues to evolve, according to the Stanford Social Innovation Review. In more and more cases, prize competitions provide recipients with resources to pursue their work even before they complete a proposed project and under the right circumstances, this model is superior both to other prize models and to traditional grantmaking. Read more.

Measuring how we measure impact: There is much to be said about providing an enriching human experience for an individual donor to understand how their dollars tangibly better the lives of beneficiaries, Gary Laermer, the chief development officer of YMCA of Greater New York writes in the Huffington Post. Development Officers need to create opportunities that provide for the sense of joy and gratitude a donor experiences through their involvement. Read more.

Most funders don’t think about disaster until it strikes: For both natural and manmade disasters, a good place to start is with The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook, a joint project of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy and the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers in association with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers and with support from the Rita Allen Foundation, writes Philanthropy New York. Read more.



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Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda raises $2 million for charity through charity network fundraising platforms:

Prizeo, Charitybuzz and Lin-Manuel Miranda announced that the campaigns to win Hamilton tickets have raised $2 million for charity, the majority of which will benefit the Hispanic Federation, a nonprofit organization that uplifts millions of Hispanic children, youth and families locally and nationally. As an online giving platform that enables those at any income level the ability to participate and give, the Prizeo "Your Shot" experience allowed fans to donate as little as $10 for a chance to win tickets to see Miranda's last performance as Hamilton on July 9 and to attend the wrap party as his guest.

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation tops $2 million in summer grants, including nearly $500,000 in scholarships:

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced the recipients of the second round of grantmaking for 2016. The foundation distributed a total of $430,378 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, $496,786 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and grants totaling over $1.1 million from donors with charitable funds at the foundation. A full list of regional grants can be found here and a full list of regional scholarships can be found here.

Union Settlement makes director of development and communication, and director of human resources appointments:

Union Settlement, the oldest and largest social service provider in East Harlem, announced that Susan Puder was appointed to the position of director of development and communication, and Joy Pittman was appointed as the new director of human resources. Prior to joining Union Settlement, Susan Puder worked at Sanctuary for Families, where she was the director of individual giving & special events. Joy Pittman most recently served as the human resources manager for the Start Treatment and Recovery Centers, and before that was the assistant to the provost at Long Island Business Institute, where she managed the college’s human resources operations.


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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.

Supervisor of Preventive Services, New Alternatives for Children

New Alternatives for Children is seeking qualified candidates for a supervisory position in the agency’s Preventive Services at our new Bronx satellite office. Responsibilities include: providing clinical and casework supervision for 4-5 MSW social workers; accompanying social workers into the field for intakes and other visits as needed; participating in Planning, Elevated Risk, and Child Safety Conferences as needed; completing supervisory documentation including monthly case review notes and professional development logs in accordance with ACS guidelines; completing staff evaluations in accordance with agency policy; ensure that progress notes, FASP/service plans, case forms and monthly statistics are timely, complete, and in compliance with NAC and ACS requirements; and monitoring and ensure staff training and development. Read more.

Associate Vice-President: Family Foster Care/Adoption/Preventive, Graham Windham

Graham Windham is one of the first organizations in the New York City to implement solution-based Casework. The Associate Vice President oversees the provision of quality care and services for children, youth and families in Graham Windham city based Foster Care, Adoption and Preventive programs. Required qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field; at least 5 years managerial experience in child welfare; demonstrated skill and experience working in the child welfare field, preferably some experience in family based foster care; and working knowledge of NYS Homefinding and foster care procedures and regulations is a strong plus. The program is based in Brooklyn and also in Harlem and the Bronx. Read more.

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* New York City Controller Scott Stringer slammed de Blasio’s political non-profit Campaign for One New York as a “slush fund,” with the mayor shooting back that his sometime rival “doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” the Daily News reports. Read more.

* The city’s largest landlord group is suing the city to overturn the year-long rent freeze enacted last month – saying the move is a political ploy to win votes by a struggling mayor who “hypocritically” raised the rents for his own tenants, the Post reports. Read more.

* The fundraising scandals faced by de Blasio present an opportunity for the mayor to step up and embrace a better way of running for office by cutting off lobbyists and telling his own consultants that it’s time to get off the gravy train, the Times’ Jim Dwyer writes. Read more.



Daily News hosts high school seniors to learn about building careers through ‘Boss for a Day’ program: The News writes that a half-dozen ambitious seniors from city high schools visited the publication’s headquarters in a workplace education program with the Manhattan nonprofit, PENCIL. The group’s “Boss for a Day” program brings public school students from underserved communities to professional settings and offers lessons on building careers. Read more.

Fresh Air Fund brings NYC children to Maine: Over a dozen kids from low-income families in New York City are getting a chance to find out what it's like to live in Maine, WLBZ news reports. The fund is a nonprofit that gives kids who otherwise may not get one. a chance to see what life in a more rural setting is like. This year about a dozen children are staying with volunteer host families. Read more.

Groups to protest gun violence in Harlem: Hands That Make a Difference and Save Our Seeds, both Harlem-based anti-violence nonprofits, are leading a protest this afternoon to raise awareness about gang violence, according to DNAinfo. Read more.



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‘Mosaic Man’ is getting back into pole position: The Village Alliance business improvement district, nonprofit City Lore and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation successfully lobbied to have the mosaic restoration added to the agenda for the city Department of Design and Construction’s $16 million reconstruction plan for Astor Place and Cooper Square, the Villager writes. According to organizers the best way for supporters of the project to donate money is through City Lore. Read more.

New York State Pavilion redesign competition meant to spur refurbishing: People for the Pavilion, a non-profit devoted to restoring the tower of the New York State Pavilion to their one-time World’s Fair glory, is helping to run a competition soliciting redesign ideas aimed at generating buzz for a refurbishing. Read more.

Blue-sky thinking guides a push to turn LES park building into a community center: Several advocates seeking changes to a structure in Sara D. Roosevelt Park include Wendy E. Brawer, founding director of Green Map System, a nonprofit that creates maps of green living sites and natural resources, who is interested in using the Stanton Building space to equip the community with resiliency skills, according to Bedford + Bowery. Read more.



11 a.m. - Lt. Gov. Hochul meets and reviews plans for eco-friendly community center for Long Island LGBT community supported by state investment, LI LGBT Network, 7 Crossway Drive, Patchogue.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Inside City Hall” features host and advocate Dean Obeidallah and The Friday Reporters Roundtable with Politico's Annie Karni, the Observer’s Dana Schwartz, The Nation’s Mychal Denzel Smith and Politico New York’s Sally Goldenberg, Time Warner Cable News NY1.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Carol Luong, Founder of GreatPositive; and Lucia Rivieccio, Chief External Affairs Officer, Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families, Saturday, July 9!

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