Friday, September 23, 2016

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NYN Media Reports - NYCHA embraces HUD tool to stop “deepening decline”: In an attempt to address mounting funding challenges, the New York City Housing Authority is seeking allies among tenants and the federal government as it embraces a tool that could transfer nearly 15,000 apartments to private developers.

Maspeth takes its anger on the road: Maspeth residents have pledged for weeks to take their homeless shelter fight from their doorstep to those who they believe have wronged their community, Queens Chronicle reports. They did just that on two occasions last week, when they drove 40 minutes to Human Resources Administration Commissioner Steve Banks’ home in Brooklyn, and will do so again this weekend.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces computer science initiative fundraising is ‘ahead of schedule’: The city has raised $20 million to spread computer science education across New York City, reaching the halfway mark of its private fundraising goal, Chalkbeat writes. Today, the mayor reported that number has risen by $9 million, including a $2.5 million donation by Math for America, a group that gives fellowships to STEM teachers so they can share their knowledge and skills with others.

New charges for Long Island foster father accused of abusing boys: A longtime foster father, already accused of sexually abusing five of his adopted sons and endangering the welfare of two foster children, was charged on Thursday with abusing another boy in his home on Long Island, according to the New York Times. SCO Family of Services, a nonprofit foster care provider on Long Island, had contracts with New York City and Washington State to oversee the children placed with the man.

De Blasio is 'not moving fast enough' to address inequality, Stringer says:Comptroller Scott Stringer criticized City Hall for not being "engaged" on issues that would improve equality such as minority contracting, affordable housing and dealing with the homelessness crisis, DNAinfo reports. To address homelessness, Stringer proposed the creation of a city land bank where nonprofits would partner with local government to try and develop the 1,100 vacant plots of land across the five boroughs to create more affordable housing.

Updating the nonprofit work ethic: Co-authors of “The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout” write in the Stanford Social Innovation Review how nonprofit leaders can protect themselves and their staff from burnout and achieve higher, more sustainable organizational performance.

Funders need good data to evaluate programs that decriminalize drug addiction: Insha Rahman, Senior Planner at the Vera Institute, tells Philanthropy New York that data is a major component of those seeking to enact drug policy reform.

City moving in to address Bay Ridge homeless issue, Councilman says:The de Blasio administration is taking steps to address a homeless problem in Bay Ridge, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who said an advocacy group that works with the Department of Homeless Services has visited Leif Ericson Park to help people living in encampments find places to live, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle writes.

 

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ARTS SPOTLIGHT

Unrestricted donations are rising in the arts space. But why?: Inside Philanthropy looks at a report that shows that growth in unrestricted contributed revenue, meaning contributions that are provided without any restrictions on how the funds are to be spent, slightly outpaced growth in expenses, suggesting that over time, arts organizations have built deep, committed relationships with their supporters.

 

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HIGHER EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT

Complaint charges SUNY Poly's Kaloyeros, developer Nicolla with bid-rigging: Alain Kaloyeros, the architect of the Capital Region's nanotechnology boom, and Joseph Nicolla, Albany's most prominent developer, were charged Thursday with blatantly rigging the bids of multimillion-dollar development projects to benefit themselves and favored contractors, the Times Union writes.

Government moves to close a watchdog of for-profit colleges: The Education Department on Thursday moved to shut down the nation’s largest accreditor of for-profit colleges, which had stood watch as failing institutions like Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute teetered on a pileup of fraud investigations, the New York Times reports.

 

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NYN BUZZ


FPWA hosts intimate discussion on emerging nonprofit leadership featuring Brian Silva, executive director of Marriage Equality USA:

FPWA’s Personally Speaking series features prominent leaders who help to shape the nonprofit, philanthropic, civic and business sectors in New York City. The Sept. 28 installment focuses on Brian Silva and his journey to nonprofit leadership. Mr. Silva is a passionate leader recognized for his work in the non-profit space, especially around LGBTQ issues, having led MEUSA’s efforts to sway the Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Stewart has spent much of her career focused on local politics as a reporter, previously at The Washington Post and The Star-Ledger in New Jersey. The discussion will feature a wide range of issues facing the nonprofit sector today.


Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito and the East Harlem community joined The Bowery Mission for the launch of its Community Hope Resource Center

On Sunday, Sept. 18, hundreds of East Harlem residents joined Speaker of the New York City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito, The Bowery Mission’s President & CEO David P. Jones, and the Director of the Community Hope Resource Center Cheryl Dennis for a ribbon-cutting celebration and block party to celebrate the official opening of the Community Hope Resource Center, located at 315 East 115th Street in East Harlem.


Amy Kohn, CEO of The Mental Health Association of Westchester, presented with Legacy Leadership Award by The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies:

The Mental Health Association of Westchester announced the recent recognition of its chief executive officer Dr. Amy Kohn by The Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies. Kohn was presented with The Coalition’s Legacy Leadership Award at its annual reception on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Along with Kohn, The Coalition presented awards to Richard R. Buery, Jr., Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives at the New York City Office of the Mayor; Briana Gilmore, Director of Planning and Recovery Practice at Community Access; and Emil Slane, the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Fiscal Officer for the New York State Office of Mental Health.

 

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Building Healthier Communities: Environment, Energy and the Role of Women

When it comes to environmental issues that affect their families, women are often the driving forces of change. A new analysis of data presented by bipartisan pollsters Celinda Lake and Vince Breglio will examine the potential of women to make clean energy a reality in our communities and for the country. Join The New York Women’s Foundation and Civil Society Institute to discuss on September 29.


Critical Business Skills for Nonprofit Leaders

The Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals at Columbia Business School Executive Education prepares nonprofit managers to support their organization’s mission by exposing them to key management concepts and providing tools to better navigate their position within the organization. Offering formal training in fundamental elements of strategic management, the program covers such critical skills as the planning and implementing of organizational change, negotiating effectively, and increasing one’s self-awareness.


Jump-start your career at MCNY! Join us at our Grad Info Session on Thursday, September 29 from 6-8 pm at our new Financial District campus. Learn how to advance your career and network with faculty and alumni. Seats are filling up fast! Financial Aid and scholarship opportunities available. RSVP here.

 

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NYN CAREERS
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Bilingual Case Planner, Lower East Side Family Union

Lower East Side Family Union seeks qualified professionals to assist in its efforts of enhancing the quality of family life through the delivery of culturally linguistic and responsive services. Successful candidates will be responsible for providing case management services to a maximum of 12 families to prevent foster care placement or replacement. Ensures the safety and well-being of children. Assesses the family’s needs and strengths and provides meaningful assistance in accordance with City, State and Federal Regulations. Makes home visits and other required contacts, such as school visits. Makes appropriate service referrals for quality preventive services and accurately documents activities and information in the case record/systems timely.


Healthcare Enrollment Specialist - Single Stop, Good Shepherd Services

As part of Single Stop’s initiative to provide accurate knowledge and assistance to families and individuals in need of health insurance, the Healthcare Enrollment Specialist will provide application assistance to participants under the new Affordable Care Act regulations, and will serve as an expert educator to consumers on how to properly navigate the health care system, including programs and subsidies. The HES will obtain training from Single Stop and from the New York State Department of Health to become a Certified Application Counselor. Completion of all applications will take place through the NY State of Health Marketplace. The HES will be supported by the Single Stop Training Associate as well as Single Stop’s entire Navigator program team.


Fatherhood Specialist, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services/Safe Space

Sheltering Arms is seeking a Fatherhood Specialist for our Early Childhood Education program. The overall intent of the Fatherhood Program is to support families and to benefit children’s learning and development. The role of the Fatherhood Specialist is to engage fathers and male father figures to work with the program staff as partners to promote their child’s best interest, and to support successful child outcomes. In addition, the Fatherhood Specialist will work with fathers and their families to establish family goals that are motivating, fulfilling and that will help to enhance their quality of life. The Fatherhood Specialist will link fathers and refer to supportive services and will maintain records and track outcomes.


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

 

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. writes in NY Slant that the revitalized Bronx is better than ever, thanks to the advocacy and activism of elected officials, community leaders, nonprofits, businesses and everyday Bronxites who refused to take no for an answer.

*At least three New York City Council members have made requests to the council’s bill drafting unit to formulate legislation that would regulate political participation by and with “social welfare” nonprofit organizations, Gotham Gazette writes.

* While state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia can’t help that her predecessor’s roll out of the standards was a disaster, her department has made a notable step forward this week with its release of updated Common Core standards for public comment, Newsday writes.

 

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NYN SOCIAL BUZZ


Recent galas and eivents: (view photos):

Police Athletic League, UJA-Federation of New York, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services


Upcoming galas and events:

Sept. 26 -- United Hospital Fund 2016 Gala

Sept. 28 -- Community Resource Exchange hosts Rooftop Party

Sept. 28 -- The Asian American Arts Alliance will host its 34th Annual Benefit Gala, honoring opera soprano Hei-Kyung Hong.

Sept. 29 -- Women's City Club of New York hosts From Inequality to Equality: Polices and Programs that Work

Sept. 29 - The Bridge will host a Masquerade Party at the Angel Oresanz Foundation.

* To have your event featured here send your top 1-2 photos, along with a one sentence caption and photo credit, to info@nynmedia.com with the subject line “Recent Galas and Events.” To see more events, check our events/community calendar here.

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

LES tenants demand repairs from landlord, say they’re being pushed out: A group of predominantly Chinese residents of 247 Broome Street and 135 Eldridge Street, many of whom live in rent-controlled units, complained of eviction threats, chronically ignored maintenance requests, shambolic common areas and illegal construction in the buildings, Bedford + Bowery reports. A total of 12 tenants from the buildings have filed suit against the landlord with the assistance of MFY Legal Services, a not-for-profit law firm.

Foundation leads the fight against suicide: With only one paid staffer, the Capital Region chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the organization's motivated and dedicated volunteers have helped raise more than $1 million over the past decade, according to the Times Union.

 

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NYN EVENTS

Don’t forget to submit your nomination for New York Nonprofit Media’s first Cause Awards 2016: Honoring individuals, agencies and philanthropists who this year have had a major impact on the top human services concerns of the New York nonprofit sector. If a colleague, client or employer has had a major impact on one of this year's top causes though good work or philanthropy, nominate them for this great honor today by clicking here. The opportunity to submit your nominations will officially close Friday, September 30th at 6 pm.

New York Nonprofit Media is proud to present our 2nd annual Nonprofit TechCon taking place Dec. 6 from 8 am to 5 pm at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. We have all learned to accept technology at different rates. We explore the innovation and challenges of new tools, apps, and gadgets in our own personal ways. Whether you're an early tech adopter or more careful user, we all have a role to play in advancing our organizations in a rapidly changing world. This event will cover everything from entry-level learning about the current state of technology to more advanced discussions. Nonprofit TechCon is the place to go to stay informed of new technology tools and developments that are shaping the future of nonprofits.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

1 p.m. – State Sen. Tony Avella, Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, City Councilman Barry Grodenchik and more provide an update on the homeless shelter crisis, Quality Inn, 256-15 Jericho Turnpike, Queens.

5:30 p.m. - Members of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement hold actions to highlight more than five thousand New Yorkers subjected to solitary confinement every day and call for passage of the Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act, West 181st Street and Fort Washington Avenue, Manhattan.

7 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends Loisaida United Neighborhood Gardens’ 2016 Harvest Arts Festival, La Plaza Cultural Community Garden, East 9th Street and Avenue C, Manhattan.

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Katarina Leiser, Senior Development Associate at Legal Action Center, Saturday, Sept. 24.

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