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* Not-for-profit administrators, already pinched by tight budgets, are finding the minimum wage increase is adding to the daily turmoil of operating an organization dependent on dwindling government grants, donations and a pushback from clients as they try to raise fees to cover the higher wage expense, the Press & Sun Bulletin writes. Also, listen to our recent podcast from nonprofit leaders on the minimum wage increase.
* Sister Paulette LoMonaco, executive director of Good Shepherd Services, writes in the Daily News that de Blasio’s proposed 2 percent wage increase, with no retroactive relief, for only a portion of our staff is insufficient to address the ballooning costs of rents, liability insurance, health care or even just turning on the lights every day.
* Though Rivington House, formerly owned by VillageCare, is now in the hands of developers who plan to convert the nonprofit site into a for-profit luxury development, the fight is far from over, according to Curbed.
* City Limits collected reactions after Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday revealed a major shift toward lower-income families in the allocation of units to be created under his housing plan, and on Sunday announced with Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito that they agreed to create a universal right to legal services for tenants facing eviction.
* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito revealed a 93 million dollars program to give legal counsel to any tenant facing eviction, the Observer writes.
* JustLeadershipUSA, a New York-based national nonprofit dedicated to cutting the US correctional population in half by 2030, are hitting Mayor de Blasio with an attack ad set to air during his regular “Mondays with the Mayor” TV show on NY1, the New York Post reports.
* The New York Community Trust, has been been responsive to Trump rise in its grantmaking, even as it also continues business as usual, according to Inside Philanthropy.
* Four times in the last six weeks, demonstrations at the Capitol have ended in arrests, in events which have been organized by VOCAL-NY, a two-decade-old advocacy group that was founded to help people with AIDS, Politico New York writes.
* Once a year, thousands of volunteers canvass New York interviewing the homeless, but critics question whether this parachute-in approach is accurate or adequate, Narrative.ly writes.
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* Federal immigration officials arrested more than 600 people across at least 11 states, detaining 40 people in the New York City area, though it was unclear whether these actions were routine or a ramping-up of deportations under President Donald Trump, The New York Times reports.
* City officials, including de Blasio, were among hundreds of protesters who braved the rain on Sunday to attend a rally organized by the Jewish nonprofit HIAS, in support of refugees in lower Manhattan, am New York writes.
* Nonprofit organizations in various cities including Chicago and New York have developed apps aimed at helping the homeless in their respective cities, Pacific Standard writes.
* GOOD Magazine spoke to Peter Buffett, Warren Buffet’s son, about resistance in the time of Trump, his advice for those new to donating their funds or talents, and whether music or philanthropy are enough to make real progress in the modern world.
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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS:
* Local politicians, community leaders and activists from Selfhelp Community Services gathered on Feb. 3 to celebrate the opening of Van Cortlandt Green, an apartment building with affordable units for seniors, according to the Riverdale Press.
* As support among local advocates and officials builds for policies to help desegregate New York City schools, two Manhattan moms say mixing students of different ability levels is a key part of the equation, Chalkbeat writes.
THIS WEEK’S PODCAST:
* This week, we speak to Sharon Stapel, who leads the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York about state ethics laws and potential federal rules that could affect charitable giving. We also speak to Common Impact’s CEO Danielle Holly about matching volunteers from private corporations who have skills in areas such as marketing, strategic planning or human resources, with nonprofits who could benefit.
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* Children in the Bronx that are served by Astor Services for Children & Families, a nonprofit organization that provides children's mental health services, child welfare services and early childhood development programs in the Bronx and the mid-Hudson Valley, have more to smile about thanks to a sizeable toy donation from CUNY in the Heights, NY. Since 1953, Astor Services for Children & Families has been providing behavioral and educational services to more than 8,000 children and their annually in more than 65 locations, in the Bronx and the Hudson Valley.
* Imagine Learning, developer of Think Through Math, the web-based instruction system for grades 3 and above, announced that New York City’s Renewal High School students using Think Through Math donated $3,430 to the Food Bank for New York City during the NYC Gives contest. During each Think Through Math lesson, students gain motivational rewards in the form of points. Students from multiple NYC Renewal schools chose to convert those reward points into charitable dollars on behalf of NYC Gives and their local food bank community.
* Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens announced the appointment of Christine L. Chisholm as Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development and Management at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens and Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Charities Progress of Peoples Development and Management Corporations. As Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development and Management at Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, and the Chief Operating Officer of CCPOP, Christine will direct all aspects of Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens’ robust affordable housing real estate portfolio, and will oversee the agency’s housing development, financing, construction and property management activities. Christine previously worked as the Chief Financial Officer of Bowery Residents Committee, Inc.
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PCDC is seeking an executive-level Senior Director for External Affairs and Advocacy to provide leadership and strategic perspective to PCDC in the areas of external affairs, advocacy, and communications. This is a varied, fast-paced career opportunity that will lead PCDC to have a strong and vibrant primary care and community development presence locally, regionally and nationally. This position will lead all communications, website and external affairs in collaboration with PCDC’s senior leadership and other staff; identify, develop, prioritize and execute strategies to reach and engage key target audiences including policy makers and influencers, government officials, corporate leaders, and others; shape messages in support of PCDC’s strategic goals; and establish plans, goals, metrics and assessment tools to evaluate success of strategic communications and external affairs activities.
Our Residential Treatment Facility is seeking Registered Nurses to provide nursing care to pre-adolescent children. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team comprised of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and other mental health providers. Must be a NYS License RN. We are looking for team players who will give our residents the high level of care they deserve. Pediatric and/or Psychiatric nursing experience a plus. New graduates also welcome.
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning health and social services agency in NYC with 30+ years of experience serving children with special medical needs and their families. We are currently seeking a Director of Specialized Foster Care to be responsible for the direct management of the agency’s Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities and Treatment Family Foster Care programs. This position offers a highly rewarding experience for a social work professional who welcomes the opportunity to use high-level management skills. It’s an exciting opportunity to be part of multidisciplinary teams of professionals at an innovative agency serving the needs of some of the most vulnerable children and families in NYC.
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Join New York nonprofit professionals at the next NY Nonprofit Meetup on February 23, 2017. Invite a friend, colleague, or client to join you at this Midtown networking event. Sponsored by Accounting Management Solutions (AMS), first drink is no charge! AMS, a CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Division, is a leading provider of executive-level accounting and finance professionals and executive search services. Register now.
POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* Although crime numbers are down, the acquittals of the officers involved in the killings of Ramarley Graham and Eric Garner serve as a reminder that despite New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledges to hold the NYPD accountable, the behavior of police in the city remains a liability as he seeks another four years in office, Nick Powell writes in NY Slant.
* After a long period of improvement, the New York City subway system’s reliability has dropped significantly, with delays more than doubling over the last five years, the Times reports.
* Nearly 390 million dollars of the NYPD’s budget is shrouded in secrecy, with the names of vendors getting paid listed as “not available” on the city’s transparency website, though the payments are vetted by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, the Daily News writes.
Feb. 15 -- SAGEWorks and The LGBT Center's Career Advancement for Women Program host roundtable on empowering women in the workplace.
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On Friday, March 24, New York Nonprofit Media will host Nonprofit FundCon which brings together fundraising and development executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to create a campaign and raise money. Click here to learn more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED:
11 a.m. – New York City Councilman Chaim Deutsch and Assemblywoman Pamela Harris join Brooklyn Public Library leadership and staff and others to celebrate the reopening of the Brighton Beach branch, 16 Brighton 1st Road, Brooklyn.
11:15 a.m. – U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey hosts a roundtable discussion on the impacts of ACA repeal on the Lower Hudson Valley, White Plains Hospital, Center for Cancer Care Conference Room, 2 Longview Ave., White Plains.
12:30 p.m. – Public Advocate James, New York City Fight for 15 workers, 32BJ SEIU and others protest during lunchtime rush at local McDonald’s against Andy Puzder, Trump’s labor secretary nominee, McDonald’s at Broadway and Thomas Street, Manhattan.
2:30 p.m. – The NY Renews coalition holds a press conference to call for climate action legislation to codify the governor’s climate and clean energy goals, outside LCA Pressroom, third floor, state Capitol, Albany.
6 p.m. – Coalition to End Broken Windows holds a protest against broken windows and gentrification outside Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address, Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Manhattan.
7 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his fourth State of the City address, with City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Stringer, Public Advocate James, McCray and others attending, The Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., Manhattan, nyc.gov/ourcity.