NYN Daily 10/7

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NYC, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cloudy with a chance of showers in Western New York. Mostly sunny in the rest of the state. New York City, high 73; Albany, high 69; Buffalo, high 64.

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Reminder: Send in your nominations for NYN's 40 Under 40 Awards! 

Do you have a client, a colleague or a friend who is a Rising Star in the New York nonprofit community? Nominate someone you work with or someone you know for NYN’s 2015 top 40 Rising Stars under the age of 40 in the New York nonprofit sector. Please include: Name, title, organization, and a brief description of the nominee as well as details on the nominator. 

Email Nominations to:info@nynmedia.com

Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 9th 

D'Amato, Melius, Schlesinger charities get subpoenas in state AG's charity probe 

The state attorney general's office has issued subpoenas to charities run by former Sen. Alfonse D'Amato, political power broker Gary Melius and prominent Democratic attorney Steve Schlesinger as it tries to determine whether Schlesinger broke state law when he gave away millions of dollars meant for Jewish charities, Newsday reports. North Shore-LIJ Health System and Nassau Healthcare Corp. also received subpoenas as part of the attorney general's investigation. Read more.

The Eight Building Blocks of Strong Nonprofit Brands

Peter Frumkin of The Nonprofit Quarterly explains why building a strong brand is of paramount importance to nonprofit organizations, and outlines the essential steps that organizations must take, citing successful examples such as Harlem Children's Zone. Read more.

National Philanthropy Day 2015 Honors Award Program

Join nonprofit leader and award-winning filmmaker Maria Cuomo Cole, educator and activist Geoff Canada and major philanthropist and NPD Chair T. Denny Sanford for AFP’s 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors on Nov. 12 in New York at 7:30 the historic 92nd Street Y. The National Philanthropy Day Honors recognize individuals and organizations who have significantly improved the quality of life for people in their communities and around the world. Six honorees from across North America are being awarded this year, and registration is FREE. To register and learn more, click here!

NYN Buzz

Coro New York Leadership Center Receives $150,000 Grant from the PIMCO Foundation to Bring Youth Voice to City Government 

Coro New York Leadership Center has received a $150,000 grant from the PIMCO Foundation to expand its youth leadership programming. This funding will allow Coro to grow its Youth Leadership Academy program which prepares student leaders with an understanding of how education policy and practice is shaped; the skills to engage critically to develop their ideas; and the opportunities for senior policymakers to meaningfully engage youth around their solutions.

Sarah Middleton, Executive Director of the PIMCO Foundation, said “The PIMCO Foundation is thrilled to partner with Coro and the New York City’s Mayor’s Office to build out the Coro Youth Leadership Academy (YLA). The YLA will empower youth on so many levels and allow them to impact urban issues. We feel the YLA is really an unprecedented movement, and we’re honored to help expand youth voice across the city.”

Recently, Coro has been partnering with the NYC Department of Education to train high school students participating in their seven Borough Student Advisory Councils.  The PIMCO Foundation funding will support the expansion of this work with 12 additional city agencies.  Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration have set an ambitious goal of engaging 10% of teens in the city to serve on a youth leadership council by 2020.  Coro will partner with the Mayor’s Office to fulfill the city’s vision by training and supporting 12 new councils with up to 250 high school students. 

“Youth Leadership is critical to our city’s future and youth voice is critical to today’s urban solutions,” said Paula Gavin, Chief Service Officer at the New York City Mayor’s Office. “NYC Service is proud to partner with city agencies and community based organizations on championing Youth Leadership Councils.”

On Board: Bailey House Announces New Executive Staff Promotions Related to Significant Program Expansion

Bailey House announced that two members of its executive team have been promoted to the position of Senior Vice President. Denise Arzola, formerly Deputy Director of Community Services, and Jeannette Ruffins, formerly Deputy Director of Supportive Housing, have both been with Bailey House for more than a decade.

“Denise and Jeannette have been integral to our success in adapting to the ever-changing landscape of affordable housing and access to healthcare for marginalized New Yorkers. Their leadership helps Bailey House transform the lives of significantly greater numbers of New Yorkers, enabling them to improve their health outcomes and lead more stable lives,” said Gina Quattrochi, who is in her 25th year as Bailey House’s CEO.

This program expansion, including the recent addition of a $1.5M behavioral health pre-treatment initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has helped establish Bailey House as one of the top housing and health services organizations in NYC.

From its start in 1983 as the very first agency to provide supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS, Bailey House has expanded its reach to offer nearly 30 programs to 4,000-plus New Yorkers every year. As it has become possible for HIV-positive people to live longer and healthier lives, the agency has broadened its services to provide wraparound care that supports clients holistically.

In addition to these leadership enhancements, Bailey House also promoted Lauren Pallies to Vice President of Integrated Health Services and Operations, Kevin Blank to Vice President of Supportive Housing and Operations, Minori Nakamura to Director of Client Services in Supportive Housing and Luz Rivera to Director of Health Homes.

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* Eva Moskowitz, founder of Success Academy Charter Schools, accused Mayor Bill de Blasio of breaking his pledge to find space for seven new elementary charter schools in time for them to open in August, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more

* Bertha Lewis, a longtime ally of de Blasio, is knocking statistics the mayor issued last week claiming city contracts with minority-and women-owned businesses exceeded $1.6 billion, which puts it on pace to reach its 10-year goal, the Post reports. Read more.

* De Blasio and New York City Chancellor Carmen Farina must stop denying space to charters, putting taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in rent and open the doors wider for schools that have been proven to benefit students, the Daily News writes. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

Local Chefs Cooking Up Meal to Raise Money for Disadvantaged Kids

The chefs behind two Michelin-starred restaurants are joining a small group of local chefs raising money for disadvantaged children in India, DNAinfo reports. The chefs are participating in “Curry for a Cause,” a multi-course Indian-inspired dinner on Oct. 12. Read more.

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