Monday, July 17, 2017



* At least 45 charities donated to the campaigns of political parties and candidates in New York, an illegal practice that could jeopardize their tax-exempt status with the IRS, the Post writes.

* Nonprofit leaders called on Vice President Mike Pence to protect and expand the charitable tax deduction in a face-to-face meeting in Washington, while Pence made no promises about what might happen to the charitable deduction amid Republicans’ efforts to rewrite the tax code, the Chronicle of Philanthropy writes.

* Scaffolding has covered a Harlem building controlled by the West Harlem Community Organization, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing and education services, in one form or another for at least 17 years, making it one of the most notorious examples of that increasing scourge of New York City sidewalks, the New York Times writes.

* Even if national candidates can ignore it, New York City candidates must face up to homelessness as a major issue, Jeff Foreman, the policy director for Care for the Homeless, writes in City Limits.

* The annual policy recommendations from participants in the Foster Youth Internship, one of the most anticipated child welfare documents each year, will be unveiled on Tuesday afternoon at a briefing on Capitol Hill, according to the Chronicle of Social Change.

* Homelessness a problem that speaks to the mayor’s management, and to the general sense of life in the city, which the mayor’s election-year opponents are seizing upon, Gotham Gazette Editor Ben Max writes in The Daily Beast.

* As much of the recent public dialogue around the city’s transit system centers on mounting delays and decrepit infrastructure, many low-income New Yorkers remain unable to access the system at all, Gotham Gazette writes.

* Private and community foundations saw their highest average returns in three years but spending rates also jumped, staying ahead of 10-year returns, The NonProfit Times reports.

* The State Education Department is expected to present the Board of Regents with regulations that would designate the vast majority of New York City’s 51 transfer schools, which serve 13,000 troubled students, as “in need of improvement,” putting them at risk of being closed, The New York Times reports.



* Just like its predecessor, the new U.S. Senate healthcare bill whacks New York's Medicaid program, threatens to eviscerate the state's Essential Plan and conflicts with existing state law in several ways, The Buffalo News writes.

* After fending off challenges to their tax-exempt status, the biggest hospitals boosted revenue while cutting charity care, Politico writes.




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* Walter M. Shaub Jr., who is resigning as the federal government’s top ethics watchdog, said the Trump administration had flouted or directly challenged long-accepted norms in a way that threatened to undermine the United States’ ethical standards, which have been admired around the world, the New York Times writes.

* The Trump administration has quietly axed $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research at more than 80 institutions around the country, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University, Reveal reports.



* Philanthropy News Digest writes that international grantmaking is becoming more common among U.S. community foundations, which traditionally make grants in locally-bound geographic communities, a report from the Council on Foundations and Foundation Center finds.

* Tainted needles turn up in places like parks, baseball diamonds, trails and beaches, isolated spots where drug users can gather and attract little attention, and often the same spots used by the public for recreation, the New York Times writes.




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* The mural for late Mobb Deep rapper Prodigythat was vandalized twice before being painted over earlier will be replaced by “community-inspired" art that won't include a tribute to the hip-hop legend, according to Urban Upbound, the nonprofit that operates the building, DNAinfo writes.

* The Design Trust for Public Space’s Public for All winners will address need in the city’s public plazas and provide South Bronx residents a forum in the development of underutilized city-owned land, Curbed writes.

* Camber Property Group has teamed up with nonprofit Settlement Housing Fund to purchase a package of 11 residential buildings in the South Bronx for $70.9 million, The Real Deal writes.

* The developer of a new 22-story apartment building in the Upper East Side that had 35 units of affordable housing planned for the project will reduce that number to eight or fewer due to an expected change to a city housing rule, DNAinfo writes.



* Brooklyn Community Foundation announced $100,000 in grants to five nonprofits that are expanding or advocating for inclusive public spaces for community gatherings in the borough’s Crown Heights neighborhood. The organizations receiving funding are Repair the World NYC, Haiti Cultural Exchange, 596 Acres, Bethany United Methodist Church, and New York Communities for Change. The grants are made through the Foundation’s Neighborhood Strength initiative, a unique resident-led grantmaking model started in Crown Heights. The nine month process engages neighborhood stakeholders to identify local challenges and opportunities, determine the focus of the Foundation’s $100,000 investment, and select projects for funding through a competitive RFP. In this year’s cycle, the Foundation aimed to engage more resident voices in the process, while focusing on a single issue for long-term investment determined by residents: inclusive public spaces.

* Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services to those that cannot afford it in the seven counties of the lower and mid-Hudson Valley, was awarded a $75,000 grant through the New York State Legislature thanks to the assistance of New York State Sen. David Carlucci representing the 38th District. This grant will enable LSHV to hire a staff attorney in its Spring Valley office to provide a full-range of family law and immigration legal services to victims of domestic violence in Rockland County. In 2016 LSHV attorneys handled 2,320 cases that involved domestic violence, impacting more than 1,600 survivors and 3,500 household members under the age of 18. In Rockland County, LSHV handled more than 100 Domestic Violence cases impacting almost 300 family members in 2016.

* Seven children who reside at the Saratoga Family Inn, a shelter for 255 homeless families in South Jamaica, Queens, will attend New York Knicks Summer Basketball Camp on scholarships provided by the Garden of Dreams Foundation. The boys, who range in age from 12 – 15, were nominated for the scholarships by the Saratoga Family Inn’s recreation director, Roy Anderson. They were identified by their interest in the sport as well as their potential. Saratoga Family Inn has an active sports program, in addition to early learning and afterschool programs that are open to children from the community as well as residents. The facility’s intramural teams, the Saratoga Eagles, compete in co-ed track, basketball, football, soccer and Little League baseball.



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* Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s effort to target at least six New York House Republicans in 2018 has already raised about $1 million, with the bulk of the donations coming from major unions like the ones representing health care and hotel and motel workers, the Daily News’ Ken Lovett reports.

* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to put any bad blood aside as they stood together at a press conference Sunday and endorsed each other’s bids for re-election this fall, the New York Post reports.

* A New York judge has ordered Cuomo’s office to turn over documents related to a corruption investigation of former state officials and upstate contractors to The New York Times that it has withheld for the past year, the Times reports.



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11 a.m. – Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul discusses potential effects of the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act on New Yorkers, Canton-Potsdam Hospital, 50 Leroy St., Potsdam.

12 p.m. – New York City mayoral candidate Bo Dietl announces a plan to fight opioid addiction on Staten Island, Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Chemical Dependency at Staten Island University Hospital, 392 Seguine Ave., Staten Island.

2 p.m. – Dietl discusses issues with Staten Island senior citizens, The Brielle at Seaview, 140 Friendship Lane, Staten Island.

2 p.m. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined by de Blasio and Hochul, makes an announcement and hosts an event in support of the Affordable Care Act and against the proposed Senate replacement bill, Mount Sinai Hospital, Stern Auditorium, Icahn School of Medicine, 1468 Madison Ave., Manhattan.

4:40 p.m. – De Blasio participates in an armchair discussion with New York Times columnist Paul Krugman at the seventh meeting of the Society for the Study of Economy Inequality, 365 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at the New York City Department of Homeless Services’ public meeting, 400 E. 30th St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer delivers the keynote address at the Urban Justice Center’s Cashing In on Incarceration panel discussion, Urban Justice Center, 40 Rector St., Manhattan.


POINT OF INTEREST: There were 28 different tax-exempt foundations recorded as contributing about $60,000 to candidates or partisan groups, via New York Post.


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