Monday, March 20, 2017



FEEDBACK FRIDAY: Last week we asked you which charity should receive President Donald Trump's $400,000 salary, after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested that the press corps should weigh in with suggestions. We received a number of responses that included WNYC, UNICEF, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Police Athletic League, as well as one respondent who said, “We should not participate in this (farce)” But Planned Parenthood and Meals on Wheels, which have been in the news for proposed cuts, led the total number of responses.

* City & State’s editorial board, which includes New York Nonprofit Media’s editor Aimée Simpierre, is partnering with the Community Service Society of New York and Riders Alliance to support their Fair Fares campaign to advocate for reduced MetroCard fares for low-income New Yorkers. In addition, New York City progressive leaders, including U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bill Lipton of the Working Families Party, penned an open letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging him to fund the initiative.



* David Rockefeller, the banker and philanthropist with the fabled family name who controlled Chase Manhattan bank for more than a decade and donated tens of millions of dollars in particular to Harvard, the Museum of Modern Art and the Rockefeller University, died, the New York Times writes.

* State Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Jeffrey Klein called New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to build 90 homeless shelters over five years a “terrible idea” and predicted it was going to be “outrageous,” the Daily News reports.

* Philanthropy New York released a statement in opposition to the proposed repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates.

* A shortage of home health aides is a national problem advocates say could get worse in New York because of a phased-in, $15-an-hour minimum wage that will be statewide by 2021, pushing notoriously poorly paid health aides into other jobs in retail or fast food, NBC New York reports.

* Dr. Norbert W. Sander Jr., a beloved running visionary who transformed a former homeless shelter in Manhattan into the nation’s busiest and most prestigious indoor track and field facility, died unexpectedly Friday morning, Runner’s World reports.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo said conditions at Rikers Island have become “intolerable” and the site must be closed, and he floated the idea of building new jails to replace it on Wards Island, which currently houses a state psychiatric facility, the Daily News reports.

* The state inspector general is ramping up her probe of the City University of New York to include hiring and spending practices at its two-year community colleges, the New York Post writes.

* New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and parents are urging the city Department of Education to fix a computer system they say fails to properly track the needs of students with disabilities, the Daily News reports.

* A longstanding city-run program to refurbish dilapidated apartments and sell them to tenants for $250 has turned into a bureaucratic mess with residents describing waiting a decade for stalled repairs while purchase prices increased tenfold, Politico New York reports.

* Nonprofit government accountability group Reclaim New York launched a website that encourages the public to help rate the accessibility of local municipalities and school districts across New York State, Long Island Press writes.




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* State Sen. Daniel Squadron whose district includes Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, is calling for a hearing on the potential unanticipated effects New York’s criminal laws might have in aiding Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, the Daily News writes.


* Proposed cuts to social welfare programs and the revelation that the House version of a proposal that would rewrite the Affordable Care Act has been fashioned to place the aging and the poor at most risk, has riveted the public’s attention to the targeting of a growing aged and aging population, which is being layered atop nonprofits already struggling with systemic weaknesses, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

* In an interview with WNYC, Richard Gelles, former dean and chair of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, explains the major problems in the child welfare system, which still leaves too many children at risk for harm, and offers solutions on how to fix the broken system.




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* Jamaica-based nonprofit Project Petals, a group focused on helping communities in underserved neighborhoods. wants young people from the neighborhood and beyond to get interested in architecture to one day become part of the construction boom, DNAinfo writes.

* Queens College received a 1 million dollar donation from the Give Something Back Foundation, which will support 50 lower income students through four years of tuition-free study at Queens College, as well as cover the cost of room and board, according to The Knight News.

* Albany will use a 1.5 million dollar state grant to fight poverty, and the work will start immediately, with CARES Inc., a local nonprofit, as the lead organization to form a plan to reduce and end poverty, the Times Union writes.

* A 50,000 dollar grant from the Argosy Foundation could help as many as 25 schools in Western New York start robotics teams, the Buffalo News writes.

* The Richmond County Savings Foundation provided $37,325 to fund a variety of community programs serving thousands of Staten Islanders, the Staten Island Advance writes.




Don’t miss Growth for Good’s upcoming workshop! Claudia Zeldin is facilitating "Marketing that Builds Community" on Wednesday, April 5th, 9:30-11:30am. It will focus on using approaches that are most effective and efficient at cultivating a community, such as social media and fundraising events. Workshop participants will be provided with planning resources including Growth for Good’s communications and fundraising calendar template.





* In this week’s podcast, we speak to Michael Glickman, president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage about about what he’s doing to raise the museum’s profile and how he’s responding to recent incidents of anti-Semitism and bomb threats across the country. We also speak to Thomas Kamber, founder and executive director of Older Adults Technology Services talks with us about how their innovative technology curriculum for seniors is being put to use in places like the Queensbridge Houses.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Bertha Lewis, President & Founder at the Black Institute; and Victoria Ramsay, Senior Director of Billing and Family Services at QSAC.

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A new report from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness finds that NYC’S homeless high school students have worse health outcomes than their housed peers. They disproportionately face the most extreme health risks. They are also more likely to take advantage of in-school health clinics, where available. Join us for a FREE webinar to discuss the research findings. Register here.





* The Jeffrey Fashion Cares fundraiser will return to New York on April 3, featuring a star-studded cocktail party, silent auction, and fashion show. This year’s proceeds will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, along with two other major LGBT organizations. Over the past 15 years, Jeffrey Fashion Cares has raised more than 8 million dollars for LGBT rights, HIV prevention and research, and education for LGBT youth. The event has offered a platform for the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS and movement for equality by supporting organizations like EJAF, whose mission is to end the AIDS epidemic and advocate on behalf of those affected by HIV. The benefit will take place Monday, April 3 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

* April’s Child’s (previously the Child Abuse Prevention Center) annual "Strengthening Families One Step at a Time Walkathon” will be held at Rye Playland on Sunday, April 30 at 9 am. All ages are welcome to participate in this fundraising event, and the first 200 registrants will receive a complimentary tee shirt and goody bag. The event raises awareness about preventing child abuse and neglect in Westchester County for April’s Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Walkathon will benefit April’s Child’s programs and services, which include a home visiting Parent Aide Program, a 24/7 Parent HelpLine, Parenting Groups and Workshops, and a Speaker’s Bureau.


The New York State Health Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals to support conference attendance among nonprofit organizations in New York State working to improve the health of residents in the state. Conferences may be at the regional, state, or national level; conferences outside the United States will not be considered. Scholarships of up to 2,000 dollars per person will be awarded for up to two attendees at each organization (for a maximum of 4,000 dollars). Scholarship funding will be used to cover the costs of registration fees, travel and lodging, and incidentals for attendees while at the conference. Applicants will be eligible for a one-time, non-renewable award in this area.




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Bilingual Lead Clinician & Bilingual Clinicians, Abbott House

Abbott House, an innovative community based social service organization, is seeking a Lead Clinician and Clinicians for our Transitional Resources for Children program located in Irvington, NY. Clinician positions are also available with our Long Term Foster Care program in Bronx, NY. Bilingual Spanish is required for both positions. The Lead Clinician works as an integral member of the Abbott House Interdisciplinary treatment team. He or she provides mental health assessments of children, consultation with social work and child care staff, and treatment of children in selected cases.

Caseworker, MercyFirst

This position involves frequent contact with foster children, birth to 21. Manage a caseload of approximately 10-12 cases in our Family Foster Care program. Make visits to foster homes, help children navigate their world of school, medical needs, psychological needs, family needs, etc. Input progress notes into computer. Appear in court to testify and be a voice on behalf of your client. Participate in “Family Night” - once a week where our foster children meet with birth family members and/or foster family members and have a chance to visit, play, and celebrate milestones such as birthdays. Communicate effectively with internal staff, state and governmental agencies regarding cases through established agency policies and procedures. Observe all HIPAA regulations.

Director, Clinical Services, Graham Windham

Responsible for maintaining a high standard of behavioral health services for the Residential Treatment Center. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Is able to assess situations through a lens of safety and risk and support the development of appropriate plans to address those issues in a timely manner; is able to effectively facilitate partnering with members of the Treatment Team and Graham Windham network to ensure a holistic approach to clinical treatment; ensures the furtherance of the implementation of Solutions Based Casework and Collaborative Problem Solving through their own learning and application, as well as support of the staffs’ skill attainment in those models of practice; and adapts work schedule to meet the needs of the program.

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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. Up to three CFRE credits will be available for attendees. Learn more and register.





* The late Jimmy Breslin was a reporter’s columnist who constantly went out into the streets of New York City, often in the outer boroughs, and told the stories of the weak and disenfranchised, City & State President Tom Allon writes.

* Ricardo Morales, a former deputy commissioner at the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, said he was axed to let other civil servants know that they had better be quiet amid now-closed probes into de Blasio, the New York Post reports.

* Ken Lovett’s column in the Daily News notes that four of the Central Park Five are urging Assembly Democrats to drop their opposition to Cuomo’s plan to curb wrongful convictions.


March 22 -- Ropes & Gray LLP, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Foundation Center host Contract Law for Nonprofits

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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, and catch our livestream, which goes live that morning!




The Association of Nonprofit Specialists invites colleagues old and new to join us for a lively networking evening on Thursday, March 23. We’ll share information about upcoming events and programs, and feature a presentation from events specialist Chris Lipari. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dancing Classrooms, 25 W. 31st Street, 4th fl. (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway). The cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door (Includes wine, beer, soda and hors d’oeuvres). Register here.





11:30 a.m. – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, National Organization for Women of New York President Sonia Ossorio and others launch Take Rape Seriously NOW Campaign to protect women and preserve Violence Against Women Act funding, Bowling Green Fountain, Broadway and Whitehall Street, Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. – Citizens Union releases the latest edition of its report, Spending in the Shadows, on unspecified lump sum spending in the fiscal year 2018 executive budget, state Capitol, third floor, outside LCA Room, Albany.

12 p.m. – Faith leaders draw attention to the 3 million residents of the state living in poverty and deliver a petition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Sen. John Flanagan calling for the millionaires tax to be expanded, War Room, state Capitol, Albany.

12:30 p.m. – New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña delivers remarks and City Councilman Jumaane Williams moderates a panel at the Hispanic Federation Education Summit, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

2 p.m. – New York City veterans voice their concerns about the issues they face in the city, including homelessness, substance abuse and lack of mental health services and job training, VFW Post 3427, 136-06 Horace Harding Expressway, Queens.

5 p.m. – The Citizens Crime Commission of New York City hosts a panel discussion on the role social media plays in gun violence, with New York University’s Dr. Shabnam Javdani and others, John Jay College, Moot Court Room,524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr. and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams co-host public hearings of the “Gifted & Talented Task Force,” Bronx High School of Science, 75 W. 205th St., Bronx.




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