NYN Daily 10/8


NYC, Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mostly sunny. New York City, high 69; Albany, high 66; Buffalo, high 63.

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Reminder: Two days left for NYN's 40 Under 40 Awards Nominations!

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. 

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Nomination Deadline: Friday, October 9th

East Harlem Pathmark land sold to make way for luxury apartments – but nonprofit involved in deal says they haven’t seen a dime 

Abyssinian Development Corp. completed the sale of a supermarket despite initial opposition from the site’s co-owners — the nonprofit Community Association of the East Harlem Triangle Inc. — and over objections from City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. But 18 months later, Abyssinian has yet to turn over more than $2 million that East Harlem Triangle was supposed to receive as part of its share, the Daily News reports.

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A stalemate over homeless contracts as city expects winter spike in shelter population

In continuing coverage of the gridlock over homeless shelter contracts in New York City, Queens Progress reports that with winter around the corner, the pressure is on for City Hall and Comptroller Scott Stringer to come to a resolution that takes into account historically unsafe conditions at many shelters, the political differences between the two offices, and the needs of nonprofit providers. 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!

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Six New York Nonprofits Selected as Finalists of 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards

Six nonprofit groups from Manhattan and Brooklyn have been selected as finalists for the 2015 New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which include $60,000 in prizes as well as tuition scholarships for the Columbia Business School Executive Education Programs in Social Enterprise. 

The announcement was made by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC), which created and manages the nine-year-old Excellence Awards program.

A selection committee of 34 nonprofit management experts chose the six finalists from a list of 10 semifinalists following an intensive application and vetting process that identifies excellent and replicable management practices among nonprofits in New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

The six finalists represent a wide range of nonprofit sub-sectors, including arts, culture and humanities; education; and human services. A total of 56 organizations applied for the 2015 Awards. Three winning organizations will be announced and honored at ceremony in November. 

“Through excellent management, these six finalists are able to attain extraordinary outcomes for the people and causes they serve,” said Melkis Alvarez-Baez, Director of Programs for NPCC. “All nonprofits should study these organizations’ management practices to elevate their own management performance.”

This year’s six finalists are:

America Needs You: Based in Manhattan, America Needs You fights for economic mobility for ambitious, first-generation college students by providing transformative mentorship and intensive career development.

Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC): Based in Manhattan, Bowery Residents’ Committee helps people reclaim lives lost by restoring hope and dignity and offering opportunities for health and self-sufficiency. 

Groundswell: Based in Brooklyn, Groundswell brings together youth, artists, and community partners, to make public art that advances social change, for a more just and equitable world. 

New York Common Pantry: Based in Manhattan, New York Common Pantry is dedicated to reducing hunger throughout New York City while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency.

The New York Foundling: Based in Manhattan, The New York Foundling empowers underserved children and families to live healthy, independent and fulfilling lives.

TNTP (formerly known as The New Teacher Project): Based in Brooklyn, TNTP’s mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.

On Board: Hindy Poupko Appointed Managing Director of the Commission on the Jewish People at UJA-Federation of New York

UJA-Federation of New York announced the appointment of Hindy Poupko as managing director of the Commission on the Jewish People (COJP). Ms. Poupko was previously the managing director at the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC), a beneficiary agency of UJA-Federation. In her new role, Ms. Poupko will oversee COJP’s mission to develop Jewish unity in New York, in Israel, and around the world. 

In her seven years at JCRC, Ms. Poupko led the agency's efforts to build broad-based support for Israel in New York, advocated for the needs of Jewish communities abroad, and developed innovative programming to support New York-area Hillels. Ms. Poupko also helped to grow JCRC’s Council of Young Jewish Presidents, a leadership development program for young Jewish lay leaders, in areas such as membership and budget. 

Prior to joining JCRC, Ms. Poupko worked at a political consulting firm and as a Yeshiva University Presidential Fellow. She earned a master’s degree in public policy from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a master's degree from the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow alumna and a Schusterman Fellow.

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* The de Blasio administration's rezoning of East New York in Brooklyn will be the litmus test in the mayor's fight against income inequality, but residents won’t be able to afford their rent, no matter how affordable, if they don’t have quality employment, write Audrey Sasson and Rachel Laforest. Read more.

* De Blasio signed into law several bills aimed at improving Rikers Island, including one that requires inmates to get a document informing them of their rights when they enter the system, the Daily News reports. Read more

* Eva Moskowitz scheduled a press conference this morning to reveal her “political plans,” and several people close to her said she was leaning against challenging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, The New York Times reports. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

Brooklyn Program Erasing Warrants for Low-Level Offenses

U.S. Rep Nydia Velazquez and others have written to the U.S. attorney general and urged the Justice Department to issue grants for programs like the Brooklyn D.A.’s Begin Again, which clears warrants for outstanding summons, the Times reports. Nonprofit legal groups such as the Legal Aid society have been involved in the program, which hopes to ease the burden of 1.2 million open warrants for small offenses. Read more.

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