Monday, September 12, 2016



9/11 families find comfort in sharing their grief: Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, those who lost loved ones in the tragedy came together for a ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan and read the names of those who died, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Lawsuit over NYC Marathon Lottery is settled: New York City Marathon organizers settled a lawsuit by runners who said their use of a lottery, in which nonrefundable fees were charged, to decide who gets to race was illegal,Reuters reports. Papers detailing the settlement with the nonprofit New York Road Runners Inc were filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Podcast - Going beyond shelters to tackle homelessness: The Chronicle of Philanthropy talks to Rosanne Haggerty, the chief executive of Community Solutions, a New York nonprofit that helps communities use data and design to rethink complex problems affecting their most vulnerable residents, about challenging longstanding assumptions about homelessness and connecting the governmental, economic and medical dots that contribute to it.

Fighting racial bias in voting through donor collaboratives and litigation:Gail Ablow, Carnegie Visiting Media Fellow at the Carnegie Corporation, writes in Philanthropy New York that foundations are funding the right and the fight to vote, working collaboratively to engage the next generation of leaders.

How Donald Trump retooled his charity to spend other people’s money:The Donald J. Trump Foundation is not like other charities, the Washington Post reports. An investigation of the foundation, including examinations of 17 years of tax filings and interviews with more than 200 individuals or groups listed as donors or beneficiaries, found that it collects and spends money in a very unusual manner. For one thing, nearly all of its money comes from people other than Trump.

Gov. Cuomo announces $5M grant to train workers on common workplace hazards: An education and training grant program will try to improve health and safety for workers, according to the Daily News. The money will be distributed to nonprofits and community-based organizations to provide training programs “targeting workplace hazards in industries with high rates of injury that often employ immigrant workers.”

Bronx groups unhappy with city’s outline of Jerome rezoning: A coalition of community groups, clergy and labor leaders say they are "deeply disappointed" by a recently released document detailing the city's rezoning proposal for Jerome Avenue in the western Bronx, City Limits reports. The coalition is currently working with trade groups and nonprofit developers to create a new program that would finance a larger percentage of units for people making $24,480 or less and are urging the city consider their program.

Opinion - Mayor has stepped on toes to fight homelessness; He should do the same to desegregate NYC schools: Boris Santos, a former public school teacher, writes in City Limits that it’s no secret that de Blasio inherited the homeless crisis after decades of failed government policies by his predecessors. However, he also inherited a school segregation crisis that also resulted from the indifference of his predecessors. The difference is that he is dealing with one issue and not the other.



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Berkshire Taconic announces final round of 2016 grant deadlines for Columbia County:

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced the fourth and final round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2016. Covering the period fromSept. 15 through Dec. 31, the fall cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, schools and individuals. For nonprofits and individuals, the Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports projects that encourage learning about Judaism and dispel religious intolerance. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded. Applications are due Nov. 1.

Urban Resource Institute receives $10,000 from the TD Charitable Foundation:

Urban Resource Institute announced the continuing support of its economic empowerment programs by the TD Charitable Foundation. A vital component of URI’s economic empowerment programs, the Working Internship Network empowers domestic violence survivors with opportunities to learn new skills and increase their confidence, financial literacy and job-readiness in supportive environments while they are still in shelter. Participants are placed into internships based on their skills and interests and receive ongoing support and guidance through their internship. They are also paid for their work.

NYSBA and WBASNY commit to expanding legal services for domestic victims:

The New York State Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York announced a joint initiative to enhance access to legal services by victims of domestic violence. Women and men who leave abusive relationships frequently have limited resources. Many desperately need legal assistance in seeking orders of protection against their abusers and in dealing with legal issues such as housing, child custody, support and visitation, and divorce. The 74,000-member New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. It was founded in 1876. The 4,400 member Women's Bar Association of the State of New York is dedicated to the advancement of women in law and society.



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* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has sparked a debate among developers, theater owners and city officials with a proposal to raise the fee on the sale of theaters' development rights, Politico New York reports.

* While de Blasio called for transparency, he is accused of failing to deliver because his administration says it can no longer release information on police discipline decisions and is fighting to shield his communications with private advisors, the Times reports.

* Pier 55 will add a gem to the Hudson River Park, and New Yorkers can expect work on the 2.4 acre park to move full speed ahead now that another court has decisively slapped down the City Club of New York’s bid to derail the project, the Post writes.




Upcoming galas and events:

Sept. 13 -- The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation hosts its 28th Annual Founders Ball

Sept. 13 -- Junior Achievement of New York hosts Golf Classic at Leewood Golf Club

Sept. 14 -- Green-Wood Cemetery hosts its ninth annual fundraising gala honoring documentary scriptwriter, author and historian Geoffrey Ward

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

Sept. 19 -- 2016 YAI Annual Golf Outing at North Shore Country Club

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Accounting Management Solutions (AMS), a CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Division, is the Northeast’s leading provider of executive-level accounting and finance professionals. AMS will be hosting a NY Nonprofit Accounting Meetup on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at Slattery's Midtown Pub. Come network with us for: Career advancement, partnerships, business development and professional conversation. All are welcome and your first drink is on AMS! Register Today.

Also join us on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Morgan Stanley in NYC, as AMS and JMT join forces once again to take a look at Uniform Grant Guidance and the significant changes affecting nonprofits. In this session we will review the important changes impacting grant and contract-funded nonprofits and strategies for compliance. Space is limited, please register by Sept. 14.

Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON onOctober 6th & 7th at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz NY, this is an incomparable two-day retreat experience for Executive Directors, Financial Staff, Board Members, Fundraisers, Marketing and Development Staff alike. Keynote Speakers include Vu Le, Nonprofit Humorist and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at theNonprofit Risk Management Center. Information online now.




New York cultural groups innovate to reach new audiences: Leaders of four institutions, including the Intrepid, highlighted the changing role of museums as they reach out to diverse populations, Crain’s writes. The Museum of the Moving Image Queens, has been bringing programming to residents of nearby Queensbridge Houses. Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island offers true residencies, including housing, to bring artists to the borough. And the Children’s Museum of the Arts has programs for autistic children and children in foster care.

Black Lives Matter Benefit is canceled over stand on Israel: A popular Broadway cabaret club has canceled a concert benefiting Black Lives Matter, citing the movement’s criticism of Israel, the New York Times reports. The owners of Feinstein’s/54 Below, a small performance venue just north of Times Square, emailed ticket buyers to the event, informing them of the cancellation. In a separate message to participants, the owners cited a platform released this summer by a coalition of groups affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement that declared “Israel is an apartheid state” and denounced what it described as “the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.”

Local nonprofit helps people with disabilities build friendships: For many people with disabilities, making friends is a challenge, which is why Debbie Cordone, whose son has autism, started the Fantastic Friends of Western New York in April, Time Warner Cable reports. Since then the group has met once a month to host events for anyone aged 10 to 20 that have a disability.

The Lowline is recruiting local teens to help with planning process: The Lowline is looking for local teens interested in playing a role in the design and construction of the innovative underground park, as it prepares to launch a six-month program that will put a handful of high schoolers at the forefront of the project’s community engagement process, DNAinfo reports.




On Thursday, September 15th, New York Nonprofit Media will host the 2nd annual Nonprofit MarkCon which will bring together marketing and communications executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to build a brand. We expect over 200 nonprofit communications, marketing, PR and strategy executives to attend this event. Topics to include: brand transformation, social media, event planning, integrated marketing, data analytics and more. If you are looking to reach nonprofit executives pleaseclick here.

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 pm.



SECTOR FOCUS: Higher Education

As lockout continues at Long Island U., students report meager classroom instruction: Many students on the Brooklyn campus have reported bare-bones classrooms after the New York university locked out 236 full-time faculty members and 450 adjuncts, all members of the Long Island University Faculty Federation, after their contracts expired, on Aug. 31, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Unions knocking on the academy’s doors: For decades, universities treated graduate teaching and research assistants not as professionals in their own right, but as supplicants working long hours for low pay in return for the privilege of being considered for the academic club, the New York Times writes. But a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board now requires private universities to bargain with graduate-employee labor unions over compensation and working conditions.




11 a.m. - New York clergy and activists hold “Higher Ground Moral Day of Action,” West Capitol Park, New York state Capitol, Albany.

11:30 a.m. - State Senate candidate Sara Niccoli holds a press conference with advocates, environmental experts, local property owners, and concerned residents to urge DEC to block the Dominion gas pipeline, in front of the glass doors of the Senate, Capitol, Albany.

4:30 p.m. - New York City Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, Executive Deputy city Commissioner for Mental Health Gary Belkin and New York City Councilman Barry Grodenchik host community forum to discuss ThriveNYC, Samuel Field YM & YWHA, 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Queens.




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