Monday, February 27, 2017



FEEDBACK FRIDAY POLL: Last week we asked whether you agreed with Mayor de Blasio’s implication that there is no racial bias in New York City’s child welfare system because the racial makeup of the staff closely resembles the racial makeup of the families served. An overwhelming 88 percent of you disagreed with his remarks. One respondent said that “diversity is not reflected in the leadership of child welfare organizations.” Another remarked that, “... People of any race can be biased against people of the same or different races.” Thanks for participating.

* City & State presents the 2017 New York City Power 100, with a number of notable changes near the top of this year’s list. Who’s No. 1? Click here for an early preview of the list. Aimée Simpierre, editor-at-large for NYN Media, sits on the City & State editorial board.

* Avoiding what can sometimes be a glacial grantmaking process – and the bureaucratic rules and laborious metrics that can accompany foundation funding – 100 New Yorkers Who Care has decided to make grant-making a participatory affair.



* Bedco, the nonprofit operator of a shelter where two girls were scalded to death by a malfunctioning radiator is a "bad actor" that may deserve to lose all of their city contracts, Comptroller Scott Stringer told DNAinfo.

* Despite the importance of human services and other nonprofits to employees and those they serve, many nonprofit workers do not earn a living wage, Jeremy Kohomban and David Collins, the president and CEO, and assistant vice president for programs and policy at The Children’s Village write in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

* The man who gave Nixzmary Brown his surname and helped raise her as a baby says he’s been forced to relive her infamous slaying with each new tragedy tied to Mayor de Blasio’s bumbling child-welfare agency, the New York Post writes.

* A New York City employee involved in a deed restriction debacle that led a nursing home to be sold to a luxury condo developer - and sparked multiple investigations, including one by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara - has left his position, Politico New York writes.

* The cozy relationship between the Eastern Rensselaer County Solid Waste Management Authority and the ERC Community Warehouse was noted in a recent state report that criticized the authority's handling of its finances, but there may be additional ethical questions surrounding the warehouse's operations, the Times Union reports.

* Private providers are one of the pre-kindergarten program’s fundamental building blocks, but many of them say that surviving within the framework of city-mandated expectations, guidelines and funding is tough, even though the city has put in place numerous incentives and supports, WNYC reports.

* Three members of the Central Park Five, who spent years in prison for the notorious rape of a jogger that they didn't commit, are calling on the state Legislature to enact reforms designed to keep innocent people from being incarcerated, the Daily News’ Kenneth Lovett writes.

* Kimberly Shannon, the Department of Education’s first-ever gender equity coordinator, has a long list of issues she plans to tackle, from gender-based violence and pregnant or parenting students to boosting representation in career technical programs or STEM classes, DNAinfo reports.

* As chief philanthropy officer and executive vice president of corporate relations at Salesforce, Suzanne DiBianca hopes to fix what she says is a fundamental hang-up in corporate giving: that generosity often seems market-dependent, FastCo.Exist writes.

* NewYork–Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center is gouging patients for copies of their medical records, charging them twice what the law allows, according to a new class-action lawsuit, the New York Post writes.



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* With the unpredictable President Trump in the White House, there’s uncertainty at every level regarding his administration’s approach to many issues, including food policy, according to City Limits.

* New York nonprofits are banking on emergency funding to help more undocumented immigrants detained under the Trump administration access legal representation - following in the footsteps of San Francisco’s top foundations in setting up grants to assist those targeted by the president’s executive orders and newly emboldened immigration agents, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

Even as school choice is poised to go national, a wave of new research has emerged suggesting that private school vouchers may harm students who receive them, and researchers say the results are startling, according to the New York Times.



* Nonprofit Quarterly dives into Blackbaud’s fifth annual Charitable Giving Report which leverages data from the Blackbaud Index resulting in an extensive and unique analysis of global charitable giving data.



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* The parks department said eight conservancies, such as the Central Parks Conservancy and Friends of the Highline, have met or exceeded their combined 15 million dollar commitments to the city’s Community Parks Initiative, which launched to provide funding and resources to improve smaller parks in the city, am New York writes.

* NYU can make a difference in helping non-felony defendants afford bail through the Dollar Bail Brigade, a partnership between Broome Residential College and the Bronx Freedom Fund, according to Washington Square News.



* In this week’s podcast we speak to Rhea Wong of Breakthrough New York about how the organization shepherds at risk youth through middle school, high school and college with after-school tutoring, summer enrichment programming, SAT prep, internship placement and mentorship. Also, New York Civil Liberties Union Organizer Brandon Holmes talks about his work on police reform and other progressive causes since the election of President Donald Trump.


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Event: Power in Numbers: Leveraging Financial Statements for Strategic Decision-Making

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 the Foundation Center will host a session for Board Members, Executive Directors, CFOs, and key decision makers. Paul Konigstein a senior consultant at Accounting Management Solutions (now CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) will help you leverage the financial information you already have to find the best solutions to the most common operational and strategic problems facing nonprofits. Learn more and register.




* Leading New York City youth advocates will examine critical issues facing at-risk youth in Brooklyn's low-income neighborhoods at Brooklyn Community Services Youth Action Summit: Voices for the Future of Brooklyn, a panel discussion and youth action resource hub on February 28 at St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street in Brooklyn from 5:30pm – 8:00pm. It is free to the public and will be broadcast live on BCS Facebook. This community event will be moderated by C. Nicole Mason, PhD, a noted policy expert, economic justice advocate, educator and author. Learn more here.

* Nominations opened on January 9, 2017, for Thinkso Creative’s Give a Brand, the firm’s annual pro bono event that gives a small nonprofit a complete rebranding worth more than 50,000 dollars. Now in its sixth year, Give a Brand is a design sprint that builds a new identity, website, social media materials, and other essential tools for a worthy organization all in one day. Directors and staff of small charities and grassroots-type nonprofits are encouraged to nominate their organization by March 24. Applications are available here.



* Graham-Pelton Consulting Inc., a leading global fundraising and nonprofit management firm, announced the appointment of its current president, Elizabeth S. Zeigler, to chief executive officer. She succeeds company founder Craig J. Leach who, after 19 years at the helm, will focus full-time on leading Collegium Holdings Inc. as its chairman and CEO. Collegium, Graham-Pelton’s parent company, provides products and services to the nonprofit and social impact sectors through its network of best-in-class operating companies. Zeigler joined Graham-Pelton in a part-time role in 2001 and quickly rose through its ranks.



The Department of Homeless Services is soliciting proposals from organizations interested in developing and operating transitional residences for homeless adults and families including the Neighborhood Based Cluster Residence, Drop-In Centers for Adults and Overnight Facility Program. This is an Open-ended Solicitation; there is no due date for submission. Proposals will be reviewed by the Department as they are received and contracts will be awarded on an ongoing basis, until the agency`s capacity needs are met. Any organization that believes it can provide these services may contact: Marta Zmoira Department of Homeless Services RFP Unit at 929-221-7025, 150 Greenwich Street, 37th Floor, NY NY 10007, to request a copy of the RFP application, which is available at or for pick-up only Monday through Friday on business day between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm due to security please email to access in the building.



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Training Specialist, Saint Dominic's Home

The successful candidate will conduct new staff orientation, mandated trainings and workshops such as Infection Control, First Aid/CPR and SCIP-R (certified instructor a plus). Develop staff in various locations. BA and exp. in social services and training a must. Excellent Benefits. If you are interested in the above position, please contact Mercedes Gabella, Talent Acquisition Director, (845)359-3400 x 206 e-mail:


Director of Residential Program Services, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City

Under general direction, is responsible for directing one or more of the Agency’s residential facilities. This includes directing staff, providing consumers with proper care, ensuring the safety of the consumers, scheduling necessary repairs and the general upkeep of the facility. Administers designated program in accordance with Agency policies and regulations and requirements of applicable regulatory agencies. Is responsible for all aspects of program including personnel, budgeting, services to individuals and physical plant management.


Bail Associate, The Liberty Fund

The Liberty Fund is new citywide charitable bail fund dedicated to reducing the number of New Yorkers subjected to pretrial detention at Rikers Island simply because they are unable to post bail. The organization is ready to begin operations this spring and is seeking bail associates to work on the front lines of bail reform in New York City. These bail associates will operate out of criminal courts in the five boroughs and nearby offices to identify defendants who are eligible for these services and post bail on their behalf. They will then be responsible for connecting clients with appropriate social services and monitoring each case as it proceeds through the criminal justice system.


Program Nurse / RN, SCO Family of Services

SCO Family of Services has provided vital human services throughout New York City and Long Island for more than 100 years. SCO helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. We get young children off to a good start, launch youth into adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children and adults with special needs. Minimum responsibilities include Receiving turnover report from prior shift and checking communication log; administering the medications as prescribed by the staff psychiatrist. GSHMC physicians, and resident’s private physicians. Recording on individual medication sheets. Administering standing order as per physician; and assessing physical complaints of residents.


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* For the first time since January 2015, 60 percent of New Yorkers have a favorable view of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and his job performance rating is now positive for the first time since July 2014, according to a statewide Siena College poll released today.

* With just over six months until the Democratic primary, no credible challenger to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has emerged, even as he has mostly failed to win the support of white voters and is struggling with the homelessness problem, The New York Times writes.

* Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas plans to introduce legislation that would make it a felony for anyone to report the immigration status of a crime victim or applicant for an order of protection to prevent them from coming forward, the Daily News writes.



Feb. 28 -- The annual PASEsetter Awards Benefit gathers more than 500 city leaders from government, business, education, advocacy, philanthropy, and youth development to honor five of New York City’s most innovative and effective community educators, as well as Afterschool Champions.

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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.

On June 15, NYN Media will host its third annual Nonprofit OpCon. This event focuses on streamlining processes and operations for nonprofits in New York. How do we make things easier and more pleasant for executive leadership, operations, IT, risk, finance, HR and more? There are new industry standards to consider, and new guidelines around applying for public funds to learn. Bring your organization into the 21st century and abandon old practices that are depleting your valuable resources. It’s a new day in the nonprofit industry; join us as we explore these insights and strategies. Click here to learn more.



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11 a.m. – Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s office announces 58 million dollars in grants to fund 100 community organizations, The Door, 555 Broome St., Manhattan.

11 a.m. – State Sen. Daniel Squadron, the New York Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, New York City Housing Authority and the New York City Office of Emergency Management hold a town hall on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities, Lillian Wald Senior Center, 12 Avenue D, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer honors Queens Library President Dennis Walcott and others at Black History Month celebration, Jacob Riis Neighborhood Settlement, 10-25 41st Ave., Queens.

6:45 p.m. – The Rev. Dennis Dillon releases The Economic State of Black New York, America and the Black World Report, Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn.

8 p.m. – Brewer speaks at Theater for the New City 14th annual Valentine Benefit, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park S., Manhattan.




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