Monday, August 15, 2016


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NYN Media Trade Tips - What happened to your RFP?: Have you responded to a New York City government request for proposals and then waited for months, wondering “what happened to my proposal?” Claude Millman, a partner at Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP, writes that while the typical life of a proposal can be gleaned from laws and court filings, there is a general roadmap.

New York City makes progress on homeless shelters: New York City officials said they reduced some building and safety violations in homeless shelters, providing welcome news in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s struggle to curb homelessness and improve the shelter system, the Wall Street Journal writes. City officials said shelter violations had dropped from about 25,000 in January to about 17,000 at the end of July, after a stepped-up program of inspections and repairs.

Health care reaches homeless on streets: An estimated 200 homeless New Yorkers will receive immediate professional medical treatment wherever they can be found, including street corners, underpasses or park benches, the Wall Street Journal writes. Run through the Center for Urban Community Services, the street team has a $400,000 contract from the city’s Department of Homeless Services.

Nonprofit’s defunct lot collects rent but owner is a mystery: A Queens lot is owned by a defunct nonprofit tied to Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, who bought it with a half-million dollars in public Port Authority funds. At least two companies are paying rent to store their vehicles there, the New York Post reports. But who collects the thousands of dollars in rent money is a mystery.

Deal aims to keep a former welfare hotel in Manhattan affordable: By 1986, 600 homeless families with 1,500 children had been squeezed into the Prince George and two nearby hotels, where more homeless people lived than in the city’s four other boroughs combined, the New York Times writes. In 1996, the Prince George was taken over by a nonprofit group, Breaking Ground, then known as Common Ground.

Judge rejects public advocate's settlement in foster-care case: In a blistering decision that marks a significant victory for Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration, a federal judge struck down a proposed settlement between the state agency overseeing foster care and a group of plaintiffs who last year sued the city and state over its foster care system, according to Politico New York. In a 21-page memorandum and order, U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain deemed the proposed settlement, which would have vastly expanded the state's oversight over New York City's child welfare agency and the more than 10,000 children currently in foster care in New York City, "patently unfair and unreasonable."

East Harlem's affordable housing 'under threat,' report warns: East Harlem’s affordable housing stock could shrink by 25 percent over the next 40 years, a new report warns, DNAinfo reports. The Regional Plan Association, a Manhattan public policy think tank, said the city is “experiencing a crisis of affordability” and East Harlem could bear much of the brunt.

International grantmaking issues for nonprofits: Does your organization face international compliance issues? The answer may surprise you, as there are many activities common to the nonprofit sector that are subject to international taxes and regulations, even some that are conducted from within the United States, writes BDO’s Nonprofit Standard blog.


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Saratoga Bridges elects 4 new Foundation Board Members:

Over the past year, Saratoga Bridges Foundation has elected four new board members who all reside in Saratoga Springs. Christianne Smith, Erik Whittle, Erin Callahan and Kate Jarosh join a group of distinguished and dedicated individuals who ensure that the agency is able to raise necessary operating funds for programs, capital and special projects which are not sufficiently supported by state or federal dollars; establish an endowment to insure the availability of future services; and exercise fiduciary responsibility of Foundation assets.

IOLA seeking applications for grants:

The Interest on Lawyer Account Fund of the State of New York is seeking applications for the FY 2018 and 2019 IOLA grant. The IOLA Fund’s mission is to support those qualified nonprofit organizations throughout New York State that will most efficiently and effectively provide stable, economical and high quality civil legal representation to eligible clients, and will improve the administration of justice. Applications for the $24 million awards are due Sept. 29.

Career Moves - Nicholas Tsang, owner of High Line West, joins Breaking Ground board:

Breaking Ground, New York City’s largest supportive housing developer and manager, announced that Nicholas Tsang has joined its board of directors. Tsang is the owner and principal of High Line West, LLC, a real estate investment company that develops and operates multi-family housing and farmland in New York and New Jersey, and the owner of Manhattan Saddlery, the historic retailer of equestrian goods located in NYC’s Gramercy Park area. As the administrative director of the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter from 2006-2007, Tsang managed the full budget and operations of a 24-bed student-run homeless shelter.




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Bilingual Case Managers and Clinicians, The Children’s Village

Bilingual Case Managers and Clinicians needed in Dobbs Ferry (Westchester County). The primary task of the Case Manager is to ensure the safe and expedited release of UAC to potential sponsors that meet the ORR criteria for release. Case Manager in consultation with Clinicians is responsible for assessing the needs of each UAC in care. Case Manager, along with Clinicians, also develop implement and coordinate Individual Service Plans for UAC. These plans are oriented toward safe family reunification, preparation for return to the country of origin, transfer to a higher level of care or a less restrictive setting, or transition to an alternative living arrangement once legal immigration status has been obtained.

Case Worker, SCO Family of Services

SCO Family of Services is seeking a Case Worker who can provide casework services to children and families. Their role specifically includes: Developing and implement service plan as part of the RTC multi-disciplinary Treatment Team. Focusing on permanency planning and discharge planning; Provide on-going assessment of risk and safety for each case, making necessary referrals for children and families; Developing and maintaining Electronic and Paper Case Records; Ensuring timely and thorough documentation in case record including FASPS, progress notes, and other reports; Providing crisis-intervention when necessary; and acting as a liaison between ACS, DSS, OCFS, OPWDD or any other contract agency, school or service provider.

Payroll Specialist, The Bridge

The Bridge, an innovative and well respected mental health agency serving people with serious mental illness, substance abuse, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders, and co-morbid medical conditions is seeking a Payroll Specialist to administer payroll processing by gathering and verifying information, making calculations, inputting data for processing biweekly payroll, printing reports, inputting corrections and transmitting payroll, checking output and making adjustments as necessary.

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* More than 5,400 Ground Zero responders and others who lived, worked or attended school near the World Trade Center have come down with Sept. 11-related cancers, a tally that has tripled over the last two-and-a-half years,the Post writes.

* The killing of an imam and an assistant in Queens, which may have been motivated by hate, has sparked fears in that community that demonstrate just how much pressure Muslim Americans live under, as hate crimes against them are on the rise, the Times writes.

* Cuomo and the state Legislature are once again seeking to protect New York City charter schools from de Blasio policies, something they need to keep up to ensure greater school choice in the city, the Post writes.




Weddings - Jessica Singer, Jordan McLean: The bride is a staff lawyer in the family defense practice at Brooklyn Defender Services in Brooklyn, the New York Times writes. The groom is is a member of Antibalas, a Brooklyn-based Afrobeat band and the deputy director of Make Music New York, a nonprofit group that organizes two annual musical celebrations in New York City.

Upcoming galas and events:

Aug. 17 -- ACC's Pit Bowl

Aug. 21 -- Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's 8th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium

Aug. 22 -- Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk hosts the 18th Annual Roger Metcalf Memorial Golf Classic at the Southward Ho Golf and Country Club in Bay Shore.

Sept. 7 -- Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser, Picnic By Design.

Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Childrenhosts“Rise Up” Downtown”

* 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.



Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON onOctober 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.




Mansion that once hosted Mark Twain may face expansion: The nonprofit Institute for Community Living, which serves the mentally ill and developmentally disabled and has owned the Saint Marks Avenue building since 1998, won city approval to surround the High Victorian Gothic-style structure with a new five-story building, the New York Post writes.

Alvin Ailey funds an expansion: The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation is planning a $25 million expansion of its already sizable headquarters in Midtown West, the Wall Street Journal reports. The plan would add more than 10,000 square feet, including four new studios and classroom space, to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s home base at Ninth Avenue and West 55th Street.

Fresh Air Fund brings New York City kids to Saco water park: Dozens of children descended on Maine this summer thanks to the Fresh Air Fund,according to the Portland Press Herald. He and his host family spent the day with other Maine and New Hampshire Fresh Air Fund families splashing at Aquaboggan, where for years owner Wes Hurst has opened the doors to the nonprofit several times each summer.




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.



SECTOR FOCUS: Higher Education

How elite colleges and universities help perpetuate the nation’s income inequality: A recent report shows that the 138 institutions that have over $500 million in endowment assets with a per-student value above $137,000, compared to the 1,525 four-year, public and private nonprofit institutions with a per-student endowment value of approximately $9,600, are holding on to the money, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

Education Department stops for-profit college from sidestepping federal rules: The Department of Education denied a request from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education, a Utah-based chain of career colleges, to switch its status to nonprofit for federal financial aid, leaving the chain unable to shake loose regulations aimed at for-profit schools, The Washington Post writes. Beside the millions of dollars saved in taxes, nonprofit schools are not subject to what’s called the 90/10 rule, which bars for-profit colleges from getting more than 90 percent of their operating revenue from federal student aid funding.

College retirement plans face a new wave of lawsuits: Plaintiffs' attorneys recently filed lawsuits against Yale, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Johns Hopkins University, Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University and Emory University, CNBC reports. The eight complaints hit upon a common claim in litigation over retirement plans: Participants are paying excessively high fees for investments, record keeping and administration services.




12 p.m. - Citizens Union unveils its position on a variety of police oversight reforms and urges New York City government officials to enact local laws on public oversight with enhanced accountability to New Yorkers, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Mark-Viverito visits II Centro Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn, 8711 13th Ave., Brooklyn.

2 p.m. - The City Council Immigration Committee meets, 250 Broadway, 14th floor committee room, Manhattan.

2 p.m. - The City Council Committee on Civil Service and Labor discusses the establishment of a division of paid care, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

3 p.m. - The City Council Health Committee discusses clarifying responsibilities of youth leagues with respect to defibrillators, 250 Broadway, 16th floor committee room, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. - New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez unveils and discusses his final decision on the Sherman Plaza rezoning, the corner of Sherman Avenue and Broadway, Manhattan.



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