Friday, March 31, 2017



* In our excitement to share this week’s podcast featuring Allison Sesso of the Human Services Council and Jina Paik of the Nonprofit Finance Fund discussing the nonprofit funding crisis yesterday, we forgot to provide the link.

* FEEDBACK FRIDAY: The de Blasio administration is reportedly considering a plan to dismantle Rikers Island's correctional facility and house its inmates in each of the five boroughs. Given many communities opposition to siting homeless shelters in their neighborhoods, how likely is it that the proposed plan will be able to overcome potential resistance to new jails in the neighborhood?



* Sara L. Engelhardt, longtime president of the Foundation Center who retired in 2008, has died after a battle with a form of dementia, the NonProfit Times reports.

* CORE Services Group, which wants to open a 104-bed men's shelter in Crown Heights, has earned millions of dollars in a federal government contract initially under the Community First Services, and was the subject of a damning report in 2012, NY1 reports.

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have endorsed a broad plan to shutter Rikers Island within a decade, as will be proposed by Jonathan Lippman in a report to be released this weekend, Politico New York writes.

* A federal district court judge in Washington, D.C. ruled that a suit challenging a Federal Election Commission rule permitting donor secrecy could proceed to an actual trial, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

* With the state mired in a historic homeless crisis and budget negotiations underway in Albany, low-income New Yorkers and housing advocates are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to back up various press releases, addresses and previous budget proposals by finally funding long-term affordable housing development, CityLab writes.

* NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill acknowledged that immigrants who get arrested for hopping a subway turnstile may be deported, contradicting a statement made last month by one of his top aides, Politico New York writes.

* Paying trustees is just one of the many taboos that the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations & Executives want to bust up, and they make no apologies for it, the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.

* Nonprofits can use Big Data and analytics to deliver on their missions, however nonprofit leaders and IT managers need to be aware of the data they have and how best to use it, BizTech writes.



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* The Trump administration served notice that its next move to deregulate broadband internet service companies would be to jettison the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, which were intended to safeguard free expression online, the New York Times.

* New York City Congressman Adriano Espaillat introduced federal legislation that would bar immigration officials from arresting or interviewing people at “sensitive locations,” including schools, places of worship and courthouses, DNAinfo writes.

* Senior House Republicans said that they expected the federal government to continue paying billions of dollars in subsidies to health insurance companies to keep low-income people covered under the Affordable Care Act for the rest of this year, and perhaps for 2018 as well, the Times writes.



* The Times profiles some of the nonprofits and other organizations attempting to help improve the living standards and perception of Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood. Also, read our Perspectives piece from Rob LoCascio, whose Dream Big Foundation worked to open a cafe in the neighborhood.

* BDO’s Nonprofit Standard blog highlights insights from a recent panel on organizational leadership, board member responsibilities and how nonprofits can position their boards for success.

* When defined and used well, competencies help individuals grow in their roles and their organizations, but when ill-defined and poorly applied, they can undermine a nonprofit's talent management process, Bridgespan writes.



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 New York City, which renovates rundown houses for purchase by low-income, first-time homeowners, closed a deal with the New York City Housing Authority to purchase 20 properties in Southeast Queens, the Queens Chronicle writes.

* The Elder Rental Assistance Program proposed by Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz, would provide rental assistance to low-income seniors who pay more than 30 percent of their income in rent, Judi Kende, vice president and New York market leader at Enterprise Community Partners, and Fr. Michael J Callaghan, executive director of Nazareth Housing, write in City Limits.

* Callen-Lorde Community Health Center has signed a 25,000-square-foot lease at 40 Flatbush Avenue Extension in Downtown Brooklyn, Commercial Observer reports.



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.




* Congressman Jerrold Nadler announced more than 1.1 million dollars in federal funding, provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, for nine New York institutions and individuals, including New York University, the CUNY Research Foundation, and the New York Historical Society. This funding will support a range of projects in New York which make important contributions to our history and culture and include publications, exhibitions, and productions that make the humanities more accessible to the public. Other grantees include Aquila Theatre Company Inc., Ithaka Harbors, Inc. and the New York City Department of Records & Information Services.


The Vera Institute of Justice announced the appointment of Khalil Gibran Muhammad and E. Danya Perry to its board of trustees, both of whom bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and leadership that will advance Vera’s mission to build and improve justice systems that ensure fairness, promote safety, and strengthen communities. Laurie O. Robinson, the Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at George Mason University, is becoming an honorary trustee after 13 years of active service. Gibran Muhammad is professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Perry is deputy general counsel and chief of litigation at MacAndrews & Forbes Inc.



* The William T. Grant Foundation in New York City has announced the launch of a challenge grants program designed to encourage research institutions to build research-practice partnerships with public agencies and nonprofit organizations focused on reducing disparities in youth outcomes. Through its new Institutional Challenge Grants program, the foundation will award a single three-year grant of 650,000 dollars annually to a research institution interested in partnering with a state or local agency or nonprofit organization to build the capacity of researchers to produce relevant work in the field of youth outcomes. Successful partnerships may be eligible for an additional two-year award. Read more here.



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Director of Quality Assurance, Birch Family Services

Under the Supervision of the Compliance Officer, the Director of Quality Assurance shall develop and implement Quality Assurance initiatives including the monitoring of and evaluation of the quality of all programs and services at Birch Family Services. The Director of Quality Assurance will assist in facilitating the application of all relevant federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies by identifying the need for policies and procedures, development of policies and procedures, implementation of policies and procedures and evaluation of policies and procedures. The Director of Quality Assurance is responsible for incident management including the investigation of all incidents involving students, residents and other program participants at Birch.


Administrative Supervisor, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services

At Sheltering Arms, the Administrative Supervisor will function within the context of the Family Team Conference model to establish and review permanency-planning goals, ensuring the overall safety, growth and development of every child, placed in the care of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services. Essential functions include supervising a unit of 4 caseworkers providing quality services to children in placement, their birth families and foster parents.


Youth Specialist, SCO Family of Services

SCO Family of Services has provided vital human services throughout New York City and Long Island for more than 100 years. SCO helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. We get young children off to a good start, launch youth into people children and adults with special needs. A youth specialist is needed to provide 24/7 “eyes on” client supervision, which includes ensuring compliance with a daily schedule and maintaining program structure; implement group and individual treatment plans utilizing the Missouri approach; develop and model effective relationships and behaviors with youth, co-workers and treatment team; and more.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Jillian Lubarsky, Communications Director at The New York Foundling; and Yolanda Vega, Associate Director at The Child Center of NY; on Saturday, April 1 to Aliza Kelman, Social Work Supervisor, Holocaust Survivor Support Systems at Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island.

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* As Bob Gangi, executive director of the Police Reform Organizing Project, launches his longshot candidacy for mayor, he is encountering an array of problems, including finding a spot for he and his campaign workers to meet, amNew York writes.

* Chelsea Clinton joined New York City Public Advocate Letitia James at a roundtable on gender pay equity where the public advocate said she expects the City Council to pass her legislation banning employers from asking for salary histories, the Daily News writes.

* The Assembly’s version of a bill to reform police interrogation and identification procedures provides real change to the system, while the governor’s bill does not meaningfully correct key problems, the leaders of three legal advocacy groups write in Gotham Gazette.



April 4 -- As part of the Nonprofit Formation Fundamentals Series sponsored by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Foundation Center, a workshop will focus on the legal considerations before starting a nonprofit.

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* 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. To RSVP for the April 18 event, click here.

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.




11 a.m. – New York City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo will stand with residents and local elected officials to urge de Blasio to repurpose 267 Rogers Ave. as permanent low-income housing, 267 Rogers Ave., Brooklyn.

11 a.m. – The state Senate is in session, Senate Chambers, state Capitol, Albany.

11:30 a.m. – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng holds a roundtable discussion on President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts and the negative impacts it would have on Queens, Meng’s office, 40-13 159th St., Queens.

12:30 p.m. – Brewer speaks at the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Urban Health Conference lunch, Olive Garden, 100 W. 125th St., Manhattan.

5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – “MetroFocus” features City & State’s Jon Lentz on the state budget, WLIW21 (5 p.m.) and WNET Thirteen (6 p.m.).

7 p.m. – Brewer speaks on a women’s history month panel, The Friendship Church, 144 W. 131st St., Manhattan.

7:30 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer delivers remarks at the LGBT Night at the Garden, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx.




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