Monday, July 25, 2016


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NYC review of foster homes finds no abuse cases: Hundreds of foster homes run by a nonprofit that placed children with a man now suspected of child molestation have been given a clean bill of health by New York City's child protection agency, a spokeswoman told the Associated Press. The city's Administration for Children's Services reviewed conditions at 370 homes operated by SCO Family of Services after one of the organization's foster parents was arrested last winter on charges he sexually abused seven children in his home on Long Island.

More childcare rules could cause more harm than good: Additional childcare provider regulations by the state, unless very well thought out, could make life harder for parents and providers, Adelphi University expert Elizabeth Palley writes in City Limits.

Mark Peters, watchdog without a bark against de Blasio blockade: The Daily News writes in an editorial that despite a damning Department of Investigation report, crucial questions remain unanswered about the $116-million sale of a nonprofit Lower East Side AIDS home to a condo developer with an assist from Mayor de Blasio. If DOI Commissioner Mark Peters remains within his shell, ceding to investigations by state AG Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, his reputation for independence will be lost for good.

Breaking Ground - Using housing to reduce healthcare costs: Metropolis Magazine interviews Brenda Rosen from Breaking Ground, which employs housing as a strategy for reducing healthcare costs. Its guiding philosophy is that putting “housing first” infinitely increases the likelihood that an individual can achieve sobriety, live healthier and contribute actively to society.

How did $1.7M for Historic Richmond Town go 'missing'?: Infrastructure projects at Historic Richmond Town were delayed after the City Council mysteriously revoked funding three years ago, the Staten Island Advance reports. More money has since been allocated to the projects, but the Council speaker's office won't say where the original funds ultimately went.

Seven steps philanthropy can take to bring the SDGs home to America: Philanthropy must realize that Sustainable Development Goals represent a roadmap for domestic programs here in America, the World Post writes. For example, DATA2GO, New York City’s groundbreaking online mapping tool created by nonprofit Measure of America, is allowing community groups to determine what demographics and geographies are most in need of support.

What the Donor-Advised Fund revolution tells us: It would be wrong to think that mass hyper-affluence, and the DAF revolution it has spawned, is somehow turning America writ large into a more generous country, writes Inside Philanthropy. That said, the stampede of new, major individual donors into philanthropy is a remarkable thing to watch.

Talking CSR in tech and energy: New York Nonprofit Media’s sister publication City & State Reports hosted its second annual CSR Awards in Tech, Energy and Utilities last month, which honored top corporate citizens for their work in those sectors. Among the panel’s guests were Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, and Jeff Merritt, Director of Innovation at the Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation.


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Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts announces new board leadership, members:

The Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts elected a new president and leadership team, and named several new members during its annual meeting on June 22. The new president of the 11-member board of directors is Jim Liao. The FCCA additionally appointed several new board members: Simon Gerson, Managing Principal, Gerson Properties, and President, Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce; Raymond Jasen, Principal, KPMG New York Financial Services; and, Barbara Garii, newly elected Vice President of Academic Affairs at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn and a Jackson Heights resident. FCCA is a multi-disciplinary arts presenting organization based in the 154-year-old landmark Flushing Town Hall, located in Flushing, Queens.

The Open Society Foundations joins CWA Local 1180:

On July 21, 209 staff members at the Open Society Foundations unionized in their New York and Baltimore locations be electing to join Communication Workers of America Local 1180 . Votes were cast by non-managerial employees with the exception of HR and IT staff members. The final vote count totaled 109 to 80 in New York and 7 to 2 in Baltimore. CWA represents several nonprofits such as Amnesty International USA, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, and many others. OSF's unionized employees will work to broaden and diversify structures of decision making and further demonstrates how organized labor has a future in non-traditional, nonprofit organizations.

BELIEVE gala raises more than $450,000 to support QSAC's programs for the autism community:

On June 14, Quality Services for the Autism Community hosted its annual gala benefiting more than 2,100 children and adults with autism. The event raised more than $450,000 in support of QSAC's programs and services for the autism community of New York City and Long Island. The event took place at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City and honored AT&T, Pratima and Avinash Malhotra and their family, and three members of QSAC’s senior management team: Paul Naranjo, Cory Polshansky and Lisa A. Veglia.



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Chief Financial Officer, Brooklyn Community Services

The CFO serves on the BCS Executive Staff, and is responsible for financial oversight for more than 30 programs and services across 25 BCS sites in Downtown Brooklyn, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, East New York, Brownsville, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Canarsie and Coney Island. The CFO is also responsible for oversight of BCS facilities management, purchasing and information technology systems. As a member of Executive Staff, ensure effective leadership for all BCS programs and services, inspire a culture of accountability and customer service at all levels of the organization, implement and lead continuous quality improvement processes throughout BCS, and work to ensure that leadership and staff throughout BCS communicate effectively and collaboratively. Read more.

Senior VP of Family Foster Care, Saint Dominic’s Home

As a key member of the Management Team, the Senior Vice President of the Family Foster Care will assume responsibility for the supervision and coordination of several units in the Family Foster Care Department. These units may include Case Management, Home-finding, Adoption and/or Therapeutic units. He/She will provide overall administrative supervision to supervisors within the units to ensure that the department meets and exceeds the regulatory standards of all pertinent governmental bodies. He/she will work collaboratively with the Assistant Vice President of Family Foster Care to establish casework methods and determine standards and procedures based on sound social work principles, agency mission and all federal, state and city policies. Read more.

Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care, New Alternatives for Children

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 qualified candidates for the position of Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care.Key Responsibilities include providing direct supervision to Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities/HIV Foster Care Department Supervisors and Case Associates and prepare timely evaluations of supervisees. Read more.

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* A prominent LGBT political club is demanding City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Democratic Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer step down from their leadership posts for refusing to bring a set of proposed police restrictions to a vote, the Post writes.

* Grappling with a growing number of serious injuries at construction sites amid a development boom, the New York City Department of Buildings is using an enforcement tool that halts work at projects deemed unsafe or improperly permitted, Politico New York reports.

* The deal struck between Mark-Viverito and the NYPD to institute internal policy requiring police to let citizens know if they have a right to refuse to be searched is not as assuring as the proposed law that would have codified that policy, The New York Times writes.



Suzanne Shapiro and Samuel Polcer - Making an impression, then waiting 8 years: Suzanne Elizabeth Shapiro and Samuel Joseph Polcer - the communications director at Bike New York, a nonprofit organization that organizes bike tours and seeks to educate cyclists about safe riding - were married July 23 at Louis Valentino Jr. Park and Pier in Brooklyn, the New York Times writes.

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

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

Sept. 16 -- Montgomery – RECAP will hold it’s Annual Golf Outing at Stony Ford Golf Course in Montgomery, N.Y.

Sept. 22 – Legal Services of the Hudson Valley will host its 3rd Annual Dutchess Partners in Justice Reception at Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Idealist closes Portland engineering office, lays off two, a New York-based nonprofit organization that connects people with volunteer opportunities and jobs to seek social change, closed its downtown Portland office this week and laid off two-dozen people who work there, the Oregonian reports.

Long Island summer camp raises spirits of city kids with disabilities: The inner city kids at Fresh Air Home camp swim, play tennis, golf and hold talent shows at the nonprofit-run Southampton, L.I., summer getaway, according tothe New York Post. The camp has 50 kids, ages 8 to 18, during two two-week sessions as well as one one-week term. All told, 150 kids attend each summer.

Recycling center in Brooklyn creates community while serving those in need: As the only nonprofit redemption center in New York City, Sure We Can is an economic lifeline for more than 400 canners, Global Sisters Reports writes. They can cash in what they've gathered for the state-mandated 5 cents per piece, or they can earn a bit more by counting and sorting, which helps Sure We Can reduce its costs. On July 31, Sure We Can kicks off a campaign to raise 3 million dollars in 18 months to buy its current location in Brooklyn.

Councilmember Vincent Gentile secures funds to renovate home for disabled Brooklyn residents: A group home for developmentally disabled people in Bay Ridge will undergo major renovations to make the living space more comfortable for the residents as they grow older, according to theBrooklyn Daily Eagle. Gentile secured $800,000 in city funding toward the renovation of the Gabriel P. Martini Residence, a private house at 311 Senator St. operated by the nonprofit Guild for Exceptional Children.



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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 6:00 pm.


SECTOR FOCUS: Higher Education

Could CUNY be tuition-free again?: Council Member Inez Barron has introduced the ambitious notion of eliminating tuition entirely, Gotham Gazette reports. Her task force bill has a total of ten sponsors in the 51-member Council. If passed and signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, a 13-member group would take on the challenge.



4 p.m. - The Democratic National Convention begins, featuring first lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia.



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