Monday, March 6, 2017

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FROM NYN MEDIA:

* While it’s obvious that federal funding cuts under President Donald Trump could affect the availability of future state and city contracts, new federal policies could also affect prior contracts largely because of two features of New York City procurement: retroactive contracting and future funding clauses.

* FRIDAY FEEDBACK POLL: Last week, we asked you whether you approved of the job that Steven Banks is doing leading the city’s homelessness prevention effort. About 66 percent of the respondents said “yes.” One called Banks “a dedicated and devoted public servant in an impossible to solve position.” Thanks for participating.

 

TOP NEWS:

* The nonprofit and public sectors recorded their most active year for real estate deals in New York City since the recession, driven by health care mergers, the search for less expensive space and organizations looking to cash in on property they owned, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* From legal assistance to racial justice training, the benefactors behind the new $1 million Liberty Fund are taking a front-line position in the battle to preserve civil rights and basic freedoms, the Daily News reports.

* The federal formula used to determine affordable housing requirements in New York City actually includes income statistics from Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, and critics say it’s helping put affordable housing out of reach for scores of city residents, but there’s another approach that may be gaining momentum, The Real Deal writes.

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's push to open a homeless shelter for 106 men in Brooklyn was met with outrage from local residents at a raucous two-hour meeting on Saturday, Politico New York reports.

* The Rent Stabilization Association threw its support behind Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi’s Home Stability Support program that is intended to reduce reliance on homeless shelters by creating a new statewide rent subsidy, the Daily News writes.

* Peter Cook, executive director of the New York State Council of Churches, writes in Crain’s New York Business that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should sign the 2 billion dollar affordable housing memorandum of understanding and get vital supportive housing built.

* While Cuomo wants to make New York the first age-friendly state in the nation, he presented a budget with 17 million dollars in proposed budget cuts to Title XX funds, blatantly ignoring the needs of older New Yorkers, LiveOn NY’s Bobbie Sackman writes in NY Slant.

* The Schenectady Public Housing Authority will allow qualified formerly incarcerated New Yorkers to live in city public housing as part of a pilot program that seeks to reduce rates of recidivism, the Times Union writes.

 

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION:

* The U.S. Supreme Court announced this morning that it would not hear a major case on transgender rights after all, acting after the Trump administration changed the federal government’s position on whether public schools had to allow transgender youths to use bathrooms that matched their gender identities, The New York Times writes.

* Many Israelis are buoyed by signs that Trump will be a friend to Israel, but the recent wave of toppled tombstones and threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. has at least as many worrying that his rise may also not be good for Jews, the Times reports.

 

IN DEPTH:

* In a podcast, the Chronicle of Philanthropy speaks with Meals on Wheels America CEO Ellie Hollander about how the charity has developed into a lifeline and alert system, providing not just nutritious meals, but companionship and safety checks for seniors who might otherwise spend days in isolation.

* Recent leaps in giving to specific causes in the U.S. probably don’t represent a net addition to the annual total, which means a lean season for many nonprofits unless foundations step up their game, the Stanford Social Innovation Review writes.

 

THIS WEEK’S PODCAST:

* The Floating Hospital sends vans throughout the city to transport homeless families from shelters and individuals in domestic violence safe houses to their clinics for care. In this week’s podcast Sean Granahan, its president and general counsel, spoke about the state of health care delivery and how he brought the organization back from a financial loss.

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS:

* Thanks to a 1 million dollar gift from the Give Something Back Foundation, 50 lower-income students will get the chance to attend Queens College for four years of tuition-free study, including room and board, Metro writes.

* The Idaho-based Lee Pesky Learning Center, which serves children with learning disabilities in reading, writing and math, has been selected to be one of the official charities of the New York City Marathon, which is held in November, Boise State Public Radio reports.

* The New York City Housing Authority finalized an agreement last week to transfer 20 vacant single-family homes scattered across Brooklyn and Queens to Habitat for Humanity New York City, DNAinfo reports.

 

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NYN BUZZ:

* Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, announced the appointment of five new board members. The new board members are: Kaya Henderson, the former chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools; John King Jr., the former secretary of education under President Barack Obama and current leader of Education Trust; Joel S. Marcus, chairman, chief executive officer and founder of Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. and Alexandria Venture Investments; David Saltzman, Robin Hood’s co-founder and former executive director and Marta Tienda, Maurice P. During professor of demographic studies and professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. Robin Hood also announced that Michael Weinstein, the organization’s chief program officer of 14 years, will be leaving the organization in March to become the executive director of Impact Matters, a global impact assessment charity. In his new role, Weinstein will help charities around the world implement the rigorous metrics he created at Robin Hood.

* More than 600 New Yorkers will join Summer Search New York City for its 2017 Leadership Gala. This year’s gala will honor Christina Paxson, president of Brown University, for her tremendous leadership in the field of higher education and commitment to ensuring all students have opportunities to reach their full potential. Paxson also recently opened the nation’s first First Generation College and Low-Income Student Center. The center serves students who identify with any aspect of the first generation or low-income experience, including international, undocumented, transfer and graduate students. The 2017 Leadership Gala is expected to raise 1.7 million dollars, which will support Summer Search New York City’s programs that provide students from low-income backgrounds with the resources they need to succeed in school and in life.

* The Chinese-American Planning Council announced the expansion of their no-cost legal services – including consultation and, for the first time, representation if needed – thanks to a new partnership with Advocates for Justice. In addition to the new services for immigrants, CPC’s new partnership with Advocates for Justice will also include consultation and representation on housing or employment issues for all New Yorkers. All legal services are no-cost will be offered in both English and Chinese. These new services expand on those already provided legal services at CPC community centers in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn. These services have helped almost 1,000 people a year through aiding in the completion of paperwork and applications, revision of documents and personal consultations for issues regarding immigration, naturalization, housing, employment, entitlements and benefits.

 

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NYN CAREERS
(Visit www.nyncareers.com to view all jobs.)

 

Purchasing and Procurement Coordinator, Comunilife

The Purchasing and Procurement Coordinator designs, implements, and oversees the agency process to ensure the timeliness, accuracy of expenditures. The Coordinator also conducts all facility inspections and manages equipment service requirements, securing all permits, registrations, etc. This position is also responsible for fleet management including, inspections, registrations, repairs, and maintains the authorized drivers list for the organization.

 

Social Services Supervisors - CAMBA Homeless Shelters, CAMBA

Shelter Supervisors are responsible for planning and executing shelter activities, meeting contracted goals, ensuring that all direct reporting staff complete individual and group case management documentation notes, housing applications, ILPs and referrals to providers, including psychiatric referrals, service plans, recertifications and psychiatric assessments. All supervisors collaborate to develop programming to address clients’ needs related to housing, substance abuse treatment, mental health and/or employment. Supervisors provide crisis management and interventions with clients, ensure teamwork and ensure consistent services in accordance with program policies and procedures.

 

Multiple Opportunities, JCCA

JCCA is seeking Social Workers to provide treatment and case planning for children with emotional problems who require residential treatment and for their families in accordance with Agency policy/governmental regulations. Social Workers will provide therapeutic services to children and families with a minimum of one therapeutic contact per youth per week. REQUIREMENTS: MSW/LMSW, great clinical assessment and interpersonal skills. Bilingual/Spanish preferred. Send resumes to campusresumes@jccany.org. Positions include Floater Milieu Counselor, Health Care Integrator and Mental Health Care Coordinator.

 

NYN MEDIA CAREERS: To advertise your employment opportunities with NYN Media email lblake@cityandstateny.com.

 

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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.

 

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* The purpose of Cuomo’s breakneck 15-hour trip to Israel was an odd mash-up of showing emotional support – amid a rash of anti-Semitic threats and acts of vandalism – and promoting business ties, the Times reports.

* Rikers Island has gotten so dangerous that some inmates are copping unfavorable plea deals just to get out – even if it means they land at notorious prisons such as Sing Sing or Attica, the New York Post writes.

* New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is heading to Columbus, Ohio, to meet with legislators and community groups looking to create their own version of New York City’s municipal identification card program, Politico New York reports.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

March 8 – Association of Development Officers’ 2017 Philanthropy Awards Breakfast

Visit http://go.cityandstatemedia.com/e/168882/events/ngqgj/55294129 to submit an event or view all community events.


NYN EVENTS:

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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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED:

11 a.m. – U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney joins Jewish leaders and cemetery officials at a press conference to discuss the recent vandalism and desecration at Jewish cemeteries across the U.S., 1651 Third Ave., Manhattan.

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried, Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner and National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care’s Cynthia Rudder and others, WCNY.

12:30 p.m. – U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey joins leaders of Jewish community centers for a roundtable discussion on the anti-Semitic bomb threats against JCCs in Westchester, JCC on the Hudson, JCC Library, 271 S. Broadway, Tarrytown.

1 p.m. – The New York City Council Committee on Finance and the Committee on Youth Services holds a preliminary budget hearing on the Department of Youth and Community Development, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends the Jackie Robinson Foundation awards dinner, Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, Manhattan.

 

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