Monday, March 27, 2017



* FRIDAY FEEDBACK: A strong development team can be hard to build and sometimes even harder to sustain. To coincide with our FundCon event, we asked how long has your current Director of Development/Chief Fundraiser been on staff. About half of the respondents said less than one year, while one-third said from three to five years. The remaining 17 percent said that your fundraising director has been on staff from five to nine years.



* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push to open 90 homeless shelters in the run up to his re-election campaign is based on a calculation that inaction would be more damaging, and the plan’s scale, a seeming deterrent, may work to his advantage, The New York Times writes.

* A judge on Friday issued an order to delay the opening of a controversial homeless shelter in Crown Heights, pausing the open date at least until another judge can decide next week whether the project should go forward, DNAinfo writes.

* Local students, faculty and elected officials and representatives from the city's Department of Social Services and Human Resources welcomed Women In Need - a nonprofit agency that houses and provides social services for families - to the neighborhood during a press conference outside its future home at East 91st St, DNAinfo writes.

* De Blasio can take the rare opportunity to one-up Gov. Andrew Cuomo and take some ownership over New York City’s public transportation system by funding a half-price MetroCard for low-income New Yorkers, Fordham University’s Christina Greer writes in NY Slant.

* Kevin M. Ryan, president and CEO of Covenant House, writes in Huffington Post in support of the Homeless Children and Youth Act which applies uniform definitions of homelessness to young people across all federal agencies.

* With social services stressed and law enforcement often overwhelmed, a growing number of counties in New York are choosing to bring legal action against manufacturers of prescription opioids as they grapple with the addiction crisis, WAMC Public Radio reports.

* This year, hundreds of properties owned by nonprofits are once again caught up in this year’s NYC property tax lien sale, which includes properties that are delinquent on water bills in addition to property taxes, Next City writes.

* Data provided by Upstate organizations and by IRS tax filings obtained through nonprofit databases show a wide spectrum of salaries for nonprofit, government service and education entities in the area, with the top salaries falling well into six-figure territory, the Watertown Daily Times writes.

* The New York City Department of Small Business Services announced the launch of the Neighborhood Challenge, in which tech companies and nonprofits will partner together and propose innovative ideas, Government Technology writes.



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* Across the country, designers and coders are coming together to develop tools for communities targeted by Trump’s orders, CityLab writes.

* Liberal and progressive NYC taxpayers resent filling the coffers of a federal government headed by a billionaire president who refuses to release his own tax returns, brags about avoiding taxes, and who has promised to use the money collected for programs they find repugnant, amNew York writes.



* The convergence of shifting CSR trends, untapped NGO value, and pressing development challenges holds tremendous potential for driving social impact and business innovation, the Stanford Social Innovation Review writes.

* For its 2016 annual report, Breakthrough New York recorded a podcast interview with philanthropists Jeff and Shari Aronson, and a BTNY student, Talib Lawal, who has benefited from BTNY's new college success services that the Aronsons are funding.

* Mother Jones profiles City Councilman Ritchie Torres, who serves as the chairman of New York City's Committee on Public Housing, and has watched the Trump administration propose steep cuts to the federal housing agency, which advocates worry could lead to further backlogged repairs and leave thousands at risk of homelessness.



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.




* For its Job Market column, the New York Times interviews Olga Bas, a youth counselor at the Ali Forney Center in New York.

* After swastikas were painted on the door of the Fourth Universalist Church on Central Park West, there was speculation it was a target because the congregation had voted to be a sanctuary for unauthorized immigrants, the New York Times writes.



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.




* Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires invite nonprofit executive directors, development staff and board members to attend “Planned Giving Basics: What Every Nonprofit Should Know.” Led by planned giving consultant Ellen Estes of Estes Associates and attorney Virginia Stanton Smith of Smith Green & Gold, LLP, the workshop will be held on Thursday, April 20 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington, Mass. This training will explore the various elements of planned giving, including how to: launch a planned giving program; identify prospects for planned giving; discuss giving options; and build personal relationships with donors and prospects. This event is part of Berkshire Taconic’s popular annual “Seminars in Nonprofit Excellence” series. Tickets are 40 dollars per person; light food and beverages will be provided. Registration is now open at

* EAC Network hosted its sixth annual Cohalan Cares for Kids event on March 2 at the Suffolk County Bar Association in Hauppauge in conjunction with the Suffolk Bar Charity Foundation, Suffolk County Matrimonial Bar Association, Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, and the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association. Longtime EAC Network supporter, Connetquot Teachers Association, was honored at the event for their dedication and commitment to the Center, and the fundraiser exclusively benefited the organization’s Suffolk County Children’s Center at Cohalan Court, a safe, nurturing environment for children whose parents are attending to court business in Central Islip. The event raised a record-breaking 29,000 dollars for the Center, which lost government funding six years ago.



* The 2016-2017 Grant Making Committee of JCRC-NY will award micro grant(s) of at least 1,000 dollars to an organization to address the issue of tenant displacement through education of tenants' rights and other support services. For more information or to download the RFP & Application, please visit here. Questions or Concerns? contact Sally Scheidlinger at or 212-983-4800 x122



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Director of Quality Assurance, Birch Family Services

Under the Supervision of the Compliance Officer, the Director of Quality Assurance shall develop and implement Quality Assurance initiatives including the monitoring of and evaluation of the quality of all programs and services at Birch Family Services. The Director of Quality Assurance will assist in facilitating the application of all relevant federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies by identifying the need for policies and procedures, development of policies and procedures, implementation of policies and procedures and evaluation of policies and procedures. The Director of Quality Assurance is responsible for incident management including the investigation of all incidents involving students, residents and other program participants at Birch.


Administrative Supervisor, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services

At Sheltering Arms, the Administrative Supervisor will function within the context of the Family Team Conference model to establish and review permanency-planning goals, ensuring the overall safety, growth and development of every child, placed in the care of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services. Essential functions include supervising a unit of 4 caseworkers providing quality services to children in placement, their birth families and foster parents. Assure the appropriate and effective delivery of casework services in accordance with OCFS, Children’s Services and the agency standards and policies; and assisting in the hiring and orientation of new staff to all procedures and policies related to IOC, including business practices and case management responsibilities.


Youth Specialist, 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. A youth specialist is needed to provide 24/7 “eyes on” client supervision, which includes ensuring compliance with a daily schedule and maintaining program structure; implement group and individual treatment plans utilizing the Missouri approach; develop and model effective relationships and behaviors with youth, co-workers and treatment team; and more.


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* Katrina Huffman, Chief Program Officer at Youth INC and Dr. Kim Sabo-Flores, Co-Founder and CEO of Algorhythm were part of a team that aimed to discover how to improve youth outcomes. They joined us in an NYN Media Insights Podcast Outcomes segment to discuss guiding youth development in out-of-school programs. In an additional segment, we talk with Martin Hassner, who recently launched the Reform Student Debt campaign to change the landscape for students graduating college.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Stephanie Gendell, Associate Executive Director, Policy and Government Relations at Citizens' Committee for Children; and Jess Lopez, Director of Technology at New York Cares.

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* With Friday’s end of day deadline to enact a state budget fast approaching, state leaders may have to settle for a “bare bones” spending plan or even short-term budget extenders that postpone action on the more contentious issues, Kenneth Lovett of the Daily News writes.

* De Blasio’s proposed so-called “mansion tax” is redundant and could ironically contribute to the unaffordability of homes in New York City, Post columnist Nicole Gelinas writes.

* The existing process for choosing the leaders of a New York City public school is touted as being transparent and inclusive of families’ input, but excludes any public oversight or mechanism for appeal, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz writes in the Daily News.



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* Front Line Heroes display excellence in their commitment to serving those in need. Every year, NYN Media recognizes people from the nonprofit industry who work in the field directly helping clients and making their organizations' goals a reality through hard work and dedication. Click here to see this year’s honorees. To RSVP for the April 18 event, click here.

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.




12 p.m. – NY1 anchor Errol Louis is the guest speaker at a Police Athletic League luncheon hosted by Robert Morgenthau and John Catsimatidis, 3 West Club, 3 W. 51st St., Manhattan.

12 p.m. – People in the Albany Can End Homelessness in New York State campaign block passageways to call for an extended millionaires tax and a mansion tax to address homelessness, state Capitol, Albany.

12 p.m. – Hochul makes an announcement with the Girl Scouts Councils of New York State, Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, Manhattan.

1 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hosts the first National Conference on Sanctuary Cities with City Councilman Brad Lander and others, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – The New York City Council Committees on General Welfare, Women’s Issues and Juvenile Justice hold a preliminary budget hearing with the Administration for Children’s Services testifying, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.




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