Monday, August 22, 2016

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NYC homeless shelter residents making more calls to 311 over problems, but ‘no one’s listening’: The city’s homeless shelter residents are increasingly angry and lashing out about poor living conditions despite Mayor de Blasio’s assertions that the struggling system serving more than 60,000 people is improving, the Daily News reports. With the city often confronting safety and sanitary issues, residents have called the city’s complaint hotline nearly 10,500 times this year, about a 50 percent increase from the same stretch in 2015.

Additional information means 'ongoing Investigation' into Rivington deal:The lifting of deed restrictions on Rivington House, a nursing home on the Lower East Side, which allowed the property owner to sell to a luxury condo developer at massive profit, has been scrutinized and criticized over the past several months, Gotham Gazette writes. Even after two recent and damning investigative reports, one city agency maintains its investigation is "ongoing" given newly turned over information and the state Attorney General is still looking into the matter.

Economic experts trash Cuomo proposal to revive affordable housing tax credit with wage subsidy: A proposal to revive a lucrative affordable housing tax credit for developers by providing government wage subsidies for the workers they hire is being blasted by business groups, nonprofit providers and economic experts, according to the Daily News. Nonprofit groups are unhappy since their calls for higher state reimbursements were flatly rejected when the state raised the minimum wage.

When innovation goes wrong: Efforts by social enterprises to develop novel interventions receive a great deal of attention, yet these organizations often stumble when it comes to turning innovation into impact, according to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, which provides a guide to diagnosing and preventing several “pathologies” that underlie this failure.

Private equity pursues profits in keeping the elderly at home: Until recently, only nonprofits were allowed to run programs that keep older and disabled Americans from nursing homes, the New York Times writes. But a year ago, the government flipped the switch, opening the program to for-profit companies as well, ending one of the last remaining holdouts to commercialism in health care. The hope is that the profit motive will expand the services faster.

Concerns over rule banning sex offenders from playing Pokémon Go:Nonprofit advocates such as the Fortune Society, New York Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are among those critical of a serious policy enacted by Gov. Cuomo to protect children who play games over the internet, the New York Times reports.

Opinion - Federal Section 8 initiative would cripple thousands of New York City families: New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres writes in NY Slant that that, though well-intentioned, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Small Area Fair Market Rents proposal would drive thousands of New York City families out of their homes with no alternatives.

Criminal justice reforms stall in a liberal capital, New York: Lawmakers across the country are experimenting with a range of criminal justice reforms, driven by protests, a reckoning with the effects of mass incarceration and anger over police killings, according to the New York Times. But this legislative momentum has mostly stalled in an unexpected place: New York, a state led by Democrats that outlawed the death penalty more than a decade ago and did away with the last of the Rockefeller Drug Laws, which mandated strict sentences for low-level drug offenses, in 2009.

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Last chance to apply for research trip grant

Applications close Sept. 9 for the David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship, which is awarded to a CEO of a nonprofit organization in New York, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. The 2016 Fellowship recipient will receive a grant of $20,000 to cover airfare, accommodation and other costs associated with a research trip/s to research best practice social innovation internationally. Visit us to apply.

 

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NYN BUZZ


Long Island Cares mourns passing of former board member, Scott Martella:

Long Island Cares, Inc. is deeply saddened by the tragic death of its former board member and friend, Scott Martella who died in an automobile accident on the Long Island Expressway on the morning of Sunday, Aug. 21. Martella served on the board of directors of Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food from April 2011 through December 2013, and was the youngest member of the regional bank’s 30 member board at the time of his appointment. He stepped down from the board to avoid and conflict of interest with his role as Suffolk County Representative for Governor Andrew Cuomo since the organization contracts with New York State to administer the state’s Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program for the Long Island Region.

Oscar Raposo Jr. joins United Way of New York City:

United Way of New York City announced the appointment of Oscar Raposo Jr. as executive vice president & chief financial and operations officer. Reporting to Sheena Wright, president and CEO of UWNYC, and as a member of the executive leadership team, Raposo follows John McKegney who, as planned, served as EVP & CFOO for the organization for the past year. Raposo served as Managing Director of Finance for the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation and had a 20-year career at General Electric, where he held various senior global finance and operational roles, including divisional CFO for GE’s Components Business.

CaringKind appoints Niurqui Mariano manager of healthcare outreach:

CaringKind, a leading expert in Alzheimer's and dementia care for more than three decades, appointed Niurqui “Nikki” Mariano as manager of healthcare outreach. In her new role, Mariano will build and strengthen CaringKind’s relationships with NYC’s healthcare professionals, including primary care providers, geriatricians and others, introducing them to the myriad services available to their patients who may have dementia and their caregivers. The program’s goal is to ensure that CaringKind becomes a vital resource for New York City’s medical community.

 

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NYN CAREERS

(Visit www.nyncareers.com to view all jobs.)


Social Worker I, St. Dominic’s Home

The Family Treatment/Rehabilitation Social Worker is responsible for providing all aspects of the casework method, and in consultation with both the families and the Program Supervisor, will assess needs, formulate service planning, treatment strategies, goals and objectives. The Social Worker participates in on-going assessments, offers casework counseling, writes progress reports, and maintains all job-related records. The Social Worker is the first person responsible to note safety concerns and ensure risk elements are addressed.


Assistant Director - Beacon at P.S. 15, Good Shepherd Services

Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for the day to day management of the community center programs and for the coordination of after school program activities at the center. He or she will ensure the implementation of all contracted activities and school requirements for space use. In partnership with the Director and Assistant Director of Evening and Saturday programming, the Assistant Director of After School is responsible for ensuring a continuum of services and youth development programming for families and youth of Red Hook.


MST Supervisor, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services/Safe Space

Safe Space is seeking an MST Supervisor Responsible for providing supervision to one MST-SA team which is composed of 3 team members. The MST Supervisor will be responsible for small caseload, providing intensive home/community based behavioral treatment to high-risk youth and their families residing in Queens.


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

 

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* Twenty-five years after race riots scarred Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, residents gathered to mark the quarter-century anniversary with a memorial service, march and street festival, though some critics condemned the events as insensitive, The Associated Press reports.

* Instead of spending a half-million dollars to study the current situation, Albany should seriously consider closing the Ezra Prentice Homes, assessing residents’ health and helping them find new housing, the Times Union reports.

* In New York’s judicial hierarchy, the Manhattan Appellate Division ranks as among the state’s most important courts, but Cuomo has failed to appoint a presiding judge since the post came open on Jan. 1, the Daily News writes.

 

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NYN SOCIAL BUZZ

Samantha Wolf and Adrian Cohn - A relationship built while rebuilding stormy New Orleans: Samantha Natalie Wolf was married Aug. 20 to Adrian Kirrin Cohn, the New York Times writes. The bride is the assistant manager of special events of City Harvest, a nonprofit that fights hunger in all five boroughs of New York City.


Upcoming galas and events:

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. 8 -- Rebuilding Together NYC will host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament in Carmel NY at the Centennial Golf Club

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

Sept. 12 -- 26th Annual St. Jude Golf Classic in Memory of Eric J. Fenton.

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

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

Brooklyn hospitals band together to survive, but Wyckoff Heights may go it alone: Wyckoff Heights Medical Center pulled out of plans to create a nonprofit consortium of four hospitals to jointly apply for $700 million the state has designated to improve care in the borough, Crain’s writes. Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, Interfaith Medical Center and Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, which like Wyckoff rely on state money to stay afloat, are moving forward with the plan hatched in July to form the One Brooklyn Health System. All of the hospitals will remain separate nonprofit entities.

Thousands of bikers arrive in NYC on 'last' ride honoring 9/11 victims:The America's 9/11 Ride began Friday morning at the Flight 93 crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and continued through Cumberland and Hagerstown, Maryland, before heading south through Leesburg, Virginia, to a hotel near the Pentagon, Fox News reports. The ride continued Saturday from the Pentagon to the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City. Organizer Ted Sjurseth said the 16th annual ride would be the last, partly because he's tired of battling Maryland and Virginia state police and highway agencies over their reluctance to block traffic for the motorcycle procession.

Construction remaking Manhattan theaters, arts complexes: In the fall, Second Stage Theatre will begin its long-delayed, much-anticipated renovation and reinvention of the 104-year-old theater, Newsday reports. The venue will become Broadway’s sixth nonprofit theater, a relatively recent hybrid in which a nonprofit institution operates with the showcasing benefits of a Broadway house.

Staten Island $1M kids cancer center gets funding boost: The Staten Island University Hospital/Northwell Health pediatric cancer center came one step closer to reality last night after a gala fundraiser, the Staten Island Advance writes. More than 100 people gathered Saturday night at the Staten Island waterfront home of Jules Nasso to listen to the voice of Andrea Bocelli's Duet Singer, Ilaria Della Bidi and raise funds for the Kids Against Cancer Pediatric Cancer Treatment Center.

Residents will soon be able to buy, restore abandoned homes in their communities: New York announced a pilot program that will allow residents to buy abandoned properties in their neighborhoods at little to no cost and rehabilitate them into affordable rental housing, Patch writes. Created with affordable housing and community development nonprofit Enterprise Community Partners, the program requires the new housing units to remain affordable for at least 20 years.

 

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NYN EVENTS

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.

 

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SECTOR FOCUS: Higher Education

BMCC Partners with IAB Education Foundation to Offer Digital Training Course: The Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development at Borough of Manhattan Community College partnered with IAB Education Foundation and its iDiverse initiative to offer a digital training course to prepare students for entry-level jobs in the digital media and marketing industry. IDiverse will cover the students’ tuition fees, and connect them to potential employers in the industry. BMCC and the Education Foundation will work with nonprofit partners, including Year Up and Per Scholas, to recruit applicants for the BMCC/IAB program.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

11:30 a.m. – Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski and more announce funding for renovations at Hart Playground, Broadway and 65th Street, Queens.

4 p.m. – New York City Councilman Andy King makes a special announcement at the Gun Hill R.A.I.N town hall meeting, 3710 White Plains Road, Bronx.

 

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