Friday, September 9, 2016



NYN Media Trade Tips - Planning for gala season: Anat Gerstein writes thatbecause galas are a great opportunity to connect with and engage new and potential supporters, organizations shouldn’t miss the chance to move them to action by making communications a priority from the outset.

Study of arts nonprofits shows donations drop as audience numbers rise: A new study of arts and cultural nonprofit organizations from the University of Missouri suggests that there is no evidence that donors are influenced by high attendance numbers; in fact, it may be just the opposite, since higher attendance is linked to higher earned revenue, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

Fundraising on a budget and understanding the fundraising budget:Budgets are important because they allow people to have conversations based in reality, according to Nonprofit Quarterly. They are tools for learning and accountability, but only if staff people and boards are familiar, even intimate with them.

Controversial Maspeth shelter opening date pushed back: The opening date for a controversial shelter for homeless adult families slated to go inside a Holiday Inn near Maurice Avenue has been pushed back after a lawsuit against the city, DNAinfo reports. Assemblywoman Margaret Markey said the city postponed the planned Oct. 1 start date after a telephone conversation she had with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Steven Banks, commissioner of the Human Resources Administration and Department of Social Services.

Natural History Museum files expansion plan: An ambitious $325 million expansion at the American Museum of Natural History, which has rankled some neighbors, took another step forward Thursday when the museum filed its plans for the project to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Wall Street Journal reports. Some aspects have changed since the museum first announced plans for the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation in late 2014, adjustments that respond, in part, to community concerns over the impact on the surrounding public park.

What Does This New Study Mean for the Future of Charter School Giving?: Using data from charter schools in Texas, Princeton’s Will Dobbie and Harvard’s Roland Fryer found that while charter schools improve student test scores and rates of enrollment in four-year colleges, those academic outcomes have not translated into better jobs or earnings, Inside Philanthropy writes. This finding held true for even the highest-performing charters, which many policy makers point to as models for K-12 education nationwide.

Winter is here, and the wall between funders and nonprofits must come down: Grantmakers and nonprofits can face today’s pressing social issues only if we break down the walls between us and see each other as partners on the same side, Vu Le writes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

14-1 Return Projected For Jobs Philanthropy: A $1 billion philanthropic investment into competency-based job training and higher learning could yield returns of up to 14-fold, the NonProfit Times reports.



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New York Bar Foundation grant deadline approaching:

The New York Bar Foundation is accepting applications for their grant program. The program assists nonprofit organizations with law-related projects that: facilitate the delivery of legal services to those in need; improve the justice system and the law; enhance professional competence and ethics; and increase public understanding of the law. The Grant Application deadline is Sept. 15, 2016. Click here to print out the application and mail it to The New York Bar Foundation or email it to The request form can also be printed and filled out by hand if necessary.

Thousands to honor those lost on 9/11 and all first responders who have died in the line of duty by wearing feathers of remembrance:

On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, tens of thousands across the country will honor those lost that tragic day and recognize the sacrifices made by the City's first responders by joining Answer the Call – The New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund, in their second annual "Feathers of Remembrance" campaign. Family members of fallen FDNY, NYPD and Port Authority Police, active and retired NYC first responders, businesses, and thousands of members of the public will be wearing the flash tattoos on the 15th Anniversary of 9/11 to honor those lost.

ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTAs join Citi to participate in largest 9/11 National Day of Service activity in New York City:

On Sunday, Sept. 11, ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTAs will join Citi employee volunteers to participate in the largest volunteer effort in New York City commemorating the annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. This day, established into law in 2009, is designed to honor those who were lost on 9/11 and encourage a continued sense of unity through service and reflection. In New York City, ServiceWorks AmeriCorps VISTAs will serve as team leads for thousands of volunteers, including hundreds of Citi employee volunteers, to prepare 500,000 meals for New Yorkers in need.



Accounting Management Solutions (AMS), a CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Division, is the Northeast’s leading provider of executive-level accounting and finance professionals. AMS will be hosting a NY Nonprofit Accounting Meetup on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at Slattery's Midtown Pub. Come network with us for: Career advancement, partnerships, business development and professional conversation. All are welcome and your first drink is on AMS! Register Today.

Also join us on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Morgan Stanley in NYC, as AMS and JMT join forces once again to take a look at Uniform Grant Guidance and the significant changes affecting nonprofits. In this session we will review the important changes impacting grant and contract-funded nonprofits and strategies for compliance. Space is limited, please register by Sept. 14.




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Assistant Vice President for Programs, Comunilife

Comunilife Inc., a multi-service, nonprofit organization founded in 1989, offers a continuum of supportive housing for adults with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness, a licensed mental health clinic and other programs in NYC. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers with special needs in the Hispanic and broader communities. With the support and supervision of the Vice President for Programs, the AVP is responsible for the overall management and operation of several HASA and OMH-funded congregate and scatter site supportive housing programs, which serve adults with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

Administrative Director, Self-Advocacy Association of NY State

The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. is a not-for profit, grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. SANYS is the largest self-advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities in the world. Our mission is “speaking up for ourselves and others”. To further our mission, the SANYS Board of Directors supports self-advocates and self-advocacy groups throughout New York State. In addition, SANYS takes a leading advocacy role in working with state government, provider organizations, and parent and family groups to promote self-advocacy and person centered and directed practices. After many years of successfully supporting the Board of Directors of SANYS and managing the operations of the organization, our Administrative Director is retiring at the end of 2016.

Foster Care Case Worker, SCO Family of Services

The Case worker will provide comprehensive casework and support services for children and families involved in the foster care system under the guidance of a Foster Care Supervisor. Utilize Solution-Based Casework to engage with and build a partnership with each family that pragmatically focuses on the necessary skills that ensure safety and restore the family’s confidence and competence. Each family will develop a specific action plan with the caseworker to address the relevant concerns that led to placement, so they can work together to create meaningful change, to achieve permanency, i.e., a stable and appropriate family situation for children.

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* Barry Diller and the Hudson River Park Trust won another legal battle in their quest to build a cultural park on a new pier on the Hudson River when the state’s Appellate Division rejected arguments against the $200 million project, the Times reports.

* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said trustees of the New York City Employees Retirement System, the largest of the city's five pension funds, voted to study the possibility of divesting city funds from investments in private prisons, Politico New York reports.

* Before the start of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha and given the rise of islamophobia due to the presidential race, we must listen to the needs and concerns of Muslim-American New Yorkers, Council SpeakerMelissa Mark-Viverito writes in Gotham Gazette.




Upcoming galas and events:

Sept. 13 -- The Police Athletic League holds its 44th Annual Superstar Dinner

Sept. 13 -- The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation hosts its 28th Annual Founders Ball

Sept. 13 -- Junior Achievement of New York hosts Golf Classic at Leewood Golf Club

Sept. 14 -- Green-Wood Cemetery hosts its ninth annual fundraising gala honoring documentary scriptwriter, author and historian Geoffrey Ward

Sept. 16 -- Montgomery – RECAP will hold it’s Annual Golf Outing at Stony Ford Golf Course in Montgomery, N.Y.

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



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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 and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at theNonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.




New Washington Heights career center aims to help immigrants utilize city services: Patch reports that city officials celebrated the opening of a new career center in Washington Heights created to provide the neighborhood's large immigrant community easy access to city services and career guidance. The new Workforce1 Career Center on West 181st St. is the result of a public-private partnership between two city departments - the Department of Small Business Services and the Human Resources Administration - and philanthropic organization The Robin Hood Foundation.

'Limited access letters' used unfairly to ban parents from schools: A little-known letter that's supposed to be used to protect schools from unruly parents in the wake of aggressive incidents is actually being used to unfairly silence outspoken parents in low-income black and Hispanic schools, critics say,according to DNAinfo. Advocates for Children recently worked with a family from an Upper Manhattan public school given a limited access letter after the father sought the nonprofit's legal assistance because the school wasn’t providing his child mandated special needs services.

Woman’s Club of Albany commits to youth: The Woman’s Club of Albany, which saw its membership drop to just three elderly women in 2003, but experienced a resurgence and now boasts 150 members of various ages, is the first local nonprofit to make a pledge, payable over several years, to financially support a student through Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar, the Times Union writes. Like many smaller nonprofits, the club doesn’t have the financial ability to donate that amount in one shot, but is able to do so over a period of time.

Plan to convert Queens Hospital’s ‘T Building’ into supportive housing gets mixed reaction: Queens Hospital Center’s “T Building” in Jamaica currently sits vacant, but there’s a plan in place to transform the structure into an apartment and supportive housing complex, reports. This plan, however, has some steadfast and committed opposition that spoke out during a public hearing on the proposal Wednesday night at the hospital.




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 pleaseclick here.

Submit your nomination for New York Nonprofit Media’s first Cause Awards 2016: Honoring individuals/agencies/philanthropists who’ve had a major impact on the top human services concerns of the New York nonprofit sector throughout 2016. 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 16th at 6 pm.




The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers receives grant from the New York Life Foundation to support grieving teens: The New York Life Foundation, which is dedicated to childhood bereavement awareness, is partnering with the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support students with exceptional artistic and literary talent, to help creative teens express their grief through the healing power of the arts. This new partnership will provide creative services and support for bereaved teens in grades 7 through 12 – a time when access to special programs that foster healthy social and emotional development is critical.

Dance/NYC calls for integrated performance grant proposals: Dance/NYC invites self-identified integrated dance makers to submit proposals for grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 to support production costs for integrated performance(s) in the New York City area from January 2017 through March 2018, according to Broadway World. The purpose of the funding initiative, made possible by support of the Ford Foundation, is to generate dance making and performance by and with disabled artists. This activity is intended to advance artistic innovation and excellence--and, by extension, further disability rights.




11 a.m. – New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal hosts a back to school press conference to announce $17.45 million to 27 public schools in East New York, Brownsville and Cypress Hills as part of the East New York rezoning plan, outside P.S. 108, 200 Linwood St., Brooklyn.

4 p.m. – New York City Councilman Costa Constantinides, NYCHA Director of Disaster Recovery Michele Moore and NYCHA residents attend the groundbreaking of $88 million recovery and resiliency project at Astoria Houses, 27-05 1st St., Astoria, Queens.

6:30 p.m. – Public Advocate James delivers remarks at the Gateway Plaza Tenants Association Gala Reception on the Hudson, Esplanade Plaza, 75 Battery Place, Manhattan.




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