Friday, March 24, 2017


Editor’s Note: Today, New York Nonprofit Media is hosting Nonprofit FundCon which brings together fundraising and development executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to create a campaign and raise money. Click here to learn more, and and catch our livestream!



* Front Line Heroes display excellence in their commitment to serving those in need. Every year, NYN Media recognizes people from the nonprofit industry who work in the field directly helping clients and making their organizations' goals a reality through hard work and dedication. Click here to see this year’s honorees.

* FRIDAY FEEDBACK: A strong development team can be hard to build and sometimes even harder to sustain. To coincide with our FundCon event today, we'd like to take a poll to gauge the stability of your fundraising team. How long has your current Director of Development/Chief Fundraiser been on staff?


* James Jackson, a white man who police say traveled to New York City to kill black men and killed a black 66-year-old man in midtown Manhattan, who lived in a transitional building managed by the nonprofit Praxis Housing Initiatives was arraigned and charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime, The New York Times reports.

* At 38 weeks pregnant, a 22-year-old woman has been told by the Department of Homeless Services to move out of state and stay with friends or family, even though she insisted to officials it was not an option, PIX11 writes.

* During this morning’s segment with Brian Lehrer, an employee at the New York Foundling asked Mayor Bill de Blasio about contract and funding impacts that threaten nonprofit agencies citywide, leading the mayor to acknowledge the issues, but bring up the threat of federal and state budget uncertainty. Listen to the audio here.

* American Jewish groups said they were simultaneously relieved and anguished at the news that authorities had arrested a young Israeli man for making threats to Jewish schools and facilities in recent months, the Washington Post writes.

* The Omidyar Network is providing seed funding for an Anti-Defamation League center in Silicon Valley that will help digital companies find ways to fight online hate, Inside Philanthropy writes.

* LiveOn NY, a nonprofit organization for older New Yorkers, says the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption could help ease the affordability crisis for seniors, but it is vastly under-utilized, WNYC reports.

* Beth Finkel, AARP’s New York State Director, writes in City Limits that if de Blasio and the City Council truly care about our city’s older residents and senior citizens they need to make funding for seniors more of a priority.

* In a wide-ranging interview with Chalkbeat, Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz discussed her plans for expanding the city’s largest charter network, and her thoughts on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

* Three-quarters of Americans are in favor of expanding the charitable deduction to taxpayers who do not currently itemize their taxes, according to a poll commissioned by Independent Sector, the NonProfit Times writes.

* A controversial Ozone Park drop-in center on Atlantic Avenue - to be operated by Breaking Ground - was supposed to open March 20, but the site has remained vacant, according to Queens Chronicle.

* Branding expert Howard Levy writes in NonProfit Pro that in order to get compelling success stories, you need to help your staff understand the importance of stories in the organization’s marketing and fundraising efforts, and to feel comfortable asking clients for their stories.




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* With the unveiling of the president’s budget proposal last week, it’s clear that science itself has now become a primary target and deep, broad cuts to government research spending signaled an unprecedented assault on research in the United States, Inside Philanthropy writes.

* Trump’s administration has reportedly taken interest in revisiting current net neutrality regulations, which could reshape how nonprofits access the Internet, NonProfit Times writes.


* In a podcast, the Chronicle of Philanthropy interviews Phil Henderson, president of the New York City-based Surdna Foundation, which is still inverting philanthropic norms after a century.

* A huge surge in the popularity of Donor Advised Funds, sparked by the entrance of financial firms to the market, is upending the philanthropic world, the Economist writes.

* The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a special report on young leaders who are helping Holocaust survivors, improving nutrition for schoolchildren, supporting groups to solve the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and more.




Don’t miss Reliant Studios at FundCon:

Imagine what could change if your audience could journey with you to the frontlines of the amazing work you are doing. Having produced hundreds of nonprofit videos, including for Imagine Dragon’s foundation, storytellers Mike and Kristin Sukraw will take you on a journey full of applicable techniques, demonstrating how to move your audience from insight to action through video. Visit Reliant Studios here.





* On Site Opera announced the appointment of its new executive director, Piper Gunnarson, a seasoned nonprofit arts administrator who has experience in theater administration for organizations spanning all manifestations of the art form, writes.

* On April 6, the city’s culinary community will converge in Williamsburg as some of NYC’s best restaurants, food trucks and sommeliers come together to serve up their signature cuisine, specialty cocktails and seasonal wines in support of Citymeals on Wheels, writes.

* Opportunities Long Island, a free program started by organized labor to prepare young adults from poor communities to compete for the limited number of apprenticeships offered by construction unions each year, guarantees its graduates a face-to-face interview for an apprenticeship, Newsday writes.

* Center for Urban Community Services will manage a planned Bronx supportive housing project at 2700 Jerome Ave., The Real Deal reports.




Don’t miss Growth for Good’s upcoming workshop! Claudia Zeldin is facilitating "Marketing that Builds Community" on Wednesday, April 5th, 9:30-11:30am. It will focus on using approaches that are most effective and efficient at cultivating a community, such as social media and fundraising events. Workshop participants will be provided with planning resources including Growth for Good’s communications and fundraising calendar template.





* Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk introduced two new members to its general board, Michael McKeown, P.E., Department Manager - Structural Engineering at H2M Architects + Engineers, and Jeffrey S. Davoli, CP, Partner at AVZ Certified Public Accountants. Davoli has more than 30 years of professional experience. His expertise encompasses advising a diverse client base including service industries, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, engineering, transportation entities, as well as governmental entities and school districts. McKeown directs the structural analysis and design of industrial, municipal, commercial, potable water, sanitary structures, high-rise curtain wall systems, low-rise building structures, wastewater treatment plants, water supply tanks, bridge, culverts and special use structures.

* On March 9, BRiDGES celebrated 30 years of advocacy and leadership on behalf of people with disabilities. One of the original founders, Charles Davis, Esq, was on hand for the event and continues to advocate for people with disabilities. Thanks to the generosity of several local business sponsors, the event was open to all stakeholders at no cost. BRiDGES operates a variety of specialized programs in partnership with public and private agencies in Rockland County that serve to support individuals and families in ways that foster independence.


The NYCDepartment of Small Business Services, along with partners New York City Economic Development Corporation and New York City Business Assistance Corporation, are proud to offer the Neighborhood Challenge Innovation Grant competition. This year’s Neighborhood Challenge 5.0 competition pairs nonprofit community organizations and tech companies to create and implement tools that address specific commercial district issues. The competition seeks to make awards of up to $100,000 to fund innovative ideas that use data-driven capacity building solutions to improve operations, target services, or address local public policy challenges. Read more here.




A new report from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness finds that NYC’S homeless high school students have worse health outcomes than their housed peers. They disproportionately face the most extreme health risks. They are also more likely to take advantage of in-school health clinics, where available. Join us for a FREE webinar to discuss the research findings. Register here.




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Bilingual Lead Clinician & Bilingual Clinicians, Abbott House

Abbott House, an innovative community based social service organization, is seeking a Lead Clinician and Clinicians for our Transitional Resources for Children program located in Irvington, NY. Clinician positions are also available with our Long Term Foster Care program in Bronx, NY. Bilingual Spanish is required for both positions. The Lead Clinician works as an integral member of the Abbott House Interdisciplinary treatment team. He or she provides mental health assessments of children, consultation with social work and child care staff, and treatment of children in selected cases.

Caseworker, MercyFirst

This position involves frequent contact with foster children, birth to 21. Manage a caseload of approximately 10-12 cases in our Family Foster Care program. Make visits to foster homes, help children navigate their world of school, medical needs, psychological needs, family needs, etc. Input progress notes into computer. Appear in court to testify and be a voice on behalf of your client. Participate in “Family Night” - once a week where our foster children meet with birth family members and/or foster family members and have a chance to visit, play, and celebrate milestones such as birthdays. Communicate effectively with internal staff, state and governmental agencies regarding cases through established agency policies and procedures. Observe all HIPAA regulations.

Director, Clinical Services, Graham Windham

Responsible for maintaining a high standard of behavioral health services for the Residential Treatment Center. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Is able to assess situations through a lens of safety and risk and support the development of appropriate plans to address those issues in a timely manner; is able to effectively facilitate partnering with members of the Treatment Team and Graham Windham network to ensure a holistic approach to clinical treatment; ensures the furtherance of the implementation of Solutions Based Casework and Collaborative Problem Solving through their own learning and application, as well as support of the staffs’ skill attainment in those models of practice; and adapts work schedule to meet the needs of the program.

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Event: Power in Numbers: Leveraging Financial Statements for Strategic Decision-Making

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 the Foundation Center will host a session for Board Members, Executive Directors, CFOs, and key decision makers. Paul Konigstein a senior consultant at Accounting Management Solutions (now CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) will help you leverage the financial information you already have to find the best solutions to the most common operational and strategic problems facing nonprofits. Up to three CFRE credits will be available for attendees. Learn more and register.





* Katrina Huffman, Chief Program Officer at Youth INC and Dr. Kim Sabo-Flores, Co-Founder and CEO of Algorhythm were part of a team that aimed to discover how to improve youth outcomes. They joined us in an NYN Media Insights Podcast Outcomes segment to discuss guiding youth development in out-of-school programs. In an additional segment, we talk with Martin Hassner, who recently launched the Reform Student Debt campaign to change the landscape for students graduating college.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Karel S. Karpe, VP, Grants Procurement and Development at Lifespire.

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* Sources said federal prosecutors have revived the grand jury probe into the death of Eric Garner, who was placed in a chokehold by an NYPD officer before he died, and a police witness questioned in front of the panel believes an indictment is looming, the New York Post reports.

* De Blasio walked out on his own news conference without answering any questions because he was irked that reporters were not asking him about what he wanted to discuss, the Times reports.

* The New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board forced one of its employees to resign after discovering that person leaked the disciplinary history of the NYPD officer who placed Garner in a fatal chokehold, and the board confirmed the records were authentic, the Times reports.


March 30 -- MasterVoices hosts its 2017 Spring Benefit

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On June 15, NYN Media will host its third annual Nonprofit OpCon. This event focuses on streamlining processes and operations for nonprofits in New York. How do we make things easier and more pleasant for executive leadership, operations, IT, risk, finance, HR and more? There are new industry standards to consider, and new guidelines around applying for public funds to learn. Bring your organization into the 21st century and abandon old practices that are depleting your valuable resources. It’s a new day in the nonprofit industry; join us as we explore these insights and strategies. Click here to learn more.




The Association of Nonprofit Specialists invites colleagues old and new to join us for a lively networking evening on Thursday, March 23. We’ll share information about upcoming events and programs, and feature a presentation from events specialist Chris Lipari. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dancing Classrooms, 25 W. 31st Street, 4th fl. (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway). The cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door (Includes wine, beer, soda and hors d’oeuvres). Register here.





11 a.m. – Assemblyman Sean Ryan, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and others unveil a package of actions designed to better protect seniors in nursing homes, Edward A. Rath County Office Building, 16th floor conference room, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo.

11:30 a.m. – New York City Councilmen Jimmy Van Bramer and Jumaane Williams tour Queensbridge Houses with Jon Trickett, a member of the British Parliament, and Cleveland City Councilman Zack Reed, Jacob A. Riis Settlement House, 10-25 41st. Ave., Queens.

12 p.m. – Advocates for people with developmental disabilities and the #bFair2DirectCare campaign urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to provide funds so direct care workers can be paid a living wage, Duffy Square, 47th Street and Seventh Avenue, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi and others hold a press conference to raise awareness of homeless families with disabled children living in New York City's shelters, Association for Metroarea Autistic Children, 25 W. 17th St., Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announces the recipients of over $20 million in grants for land banks across New York state, Albany County Building, Cahill Room, first floor, 112 State St., Albany.

2 p.m. – State Sen. David Carlucci and Meals on Wheels Rockland rally against the president's planned budget cuts and raise awareness of the impacts they would have throughout the Hudson Valley, 121 W. Nyack Road, Nanuet.

3 p.m. – Assemblyman Richard Gottfried hosts a presentation by the Medicare Rights Center to discuss benefits and programs that help pay Medicare costs and how they may be of benefit to seniors and caregivers, Hudson Guild, 441 W. 26th St., Manhattan.




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