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NYC, Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mostly sunny in New York City, partly sunny in Albany, and a chance of a rain snow mix followed by rain in Western New York. New York City, high 46; Albany, high 43; Buffalo, high 53.

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Nonprofit executive attacked with drain cleaner in embezzlement cover-up, officials say

The Rev. D. Alexandra Dyer, executive director of the Healing Arts Initiative, was targeted for attack by a man with a cup filled with a chemical drain cleaner as part of a cover up of a scheme to embezzle more than $750,000 from the organization, according to a 65-count indictment unsealed on Tuesday, The New York Times reports. The authorities said that three people, including the bookkeeper, Kim Williams, had been arrested on various charges. Ms. Williams faces charges that include assault, grand larceny and conspiracy. Read more.


Mayor Bill de Blasio makes pick to tackle rise in homelessness

Mayor Bill de Blasio has recruited Michael Jacobson a veteran of not only the Giuliani administration but also those of mayors Edward Koch and David Dinkins, to help get the rising number of homeless people off city street, New York Newsday reports. He’s now charged with overseeing efforts to reach all of the homeless living on the city’s streets and determine how they got there.  Read more.


How New York City principals are thinking about the opt-out movement

Chalkbeat reports that for some city principals, opting out of state testing poses a set of questions: Could it affect their ability to get a full view of students’ abilities? Could they be sanctioned if they are suspected of pressing their thumb to the scale in conversations with parents? Could students without test scores struggle to get into competitive high schools? In interviews with a handful of school leaders, principals offered a range of answers. Read more.


Opinion: Record increase in funding for schools should have been tied to progress

The Buffalo News writes in an opinion piece that, "the state that spends more per student than any other just got even more expensive, and without asking districts to do a thing to improve how education is delivered in New York." Read more.


Albany launches LEAD diversion program

Albany, following in the footsteps of Seattle and Santa Fe, has become the third city to launch an innovative criminal justice program aimed at reducing low-level arrests, racial disparities and recidivism called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD, the Times Union reports. The planning took Albany more than two years among dozens of groups. The program is designed to divert low-level criminals away from jail and into treatment services for addiction and mental illness. Read more. 


CUNY school to relocate from Bryant Park to new UWS digs

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, the City University of New York’s newest institution, will relocate from its Midtown home to much larger digs in a CUNY-owned building on the Upper West Side, The Real Deal reports. The institution, CUNY’s first new community college in more than four decades, will move to a CUNY-owned building on West 59th Street currently home to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  Read more.


NYN Buzz

Seeking New York City nonprofits to apply for Walmart Foundation grants 

The Walmart Foundation will begin accepting grant applications to its State Giving Program through April 15 at 11:59 p.m. The application window begins April 4; grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. New York City nonprofit organizations can apply for grants between $25,000 and $200,000 to support programs that focus on hunger relief and healthy eating, career opportunity and disaster preparedness. 

The Walmart Foundation will award grants to organizations that address areas of need among underserved populations. In 2015, New York City-based charities including City Harvest, New York City Rescue Mission and Bailey House, received more than $200,000 in grants from the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program.

Launched in 2008, associate-led State Advisory Councils work with the Walmart Foundation to help identify needs within their state, review grant requests and make funding recommendations to the Foundation. Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria. Grant submissions are only accepted online at  http://corporate.walmart.com/_foundation_/apply-for-grants/state-giving-program.

Once this application window closes, New York City nonprofits will have one additional opportunity this year to apply for a Walmart Foundation State Giving. The final grant application window in New York is August 29 through September 2.


The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation announces open call for 2017 grant applications under art and social justice initiative  

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is pleased to announce its open call for 2017 grant applications under the Foundation's Art and Social Justice initiative for non-profit organizations serving the five boroughs of New York City. Grant applications are now being accepted through September 15, 2016 on the Foundation website www.sdrubin.org, and applicants will be notified of the Foundation's decision in January 2017.

The Foundation's Art and Social Justice initiative, now in its second year, supports art and culture with the belief that art is a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient and engaged communities. Through this initiative, the Foundation provides crucial funding and programmatic support to organizations promoting art as a mechanism for positive social change in New York City, the Foundation's headquarters. 

Funding specifically encourages organizational and institutional engagement with pressing social and cultural issues. Potential grantees should provide one or more of the following to audiences in New York City: arts education, public art, art in community and service centers, artistic activism, community-based museums, expanded access to art, art in the service of social justice or change, and the promotion of under-recognized artistic practice.


Featured Event: The Role of Business in K-12 Education 

May 19th, Hunter College - City & State Reports presents a one-day, high-impact conference that will explore how businesses, foundations and nonprofits can have a tangible, positive effect on K-12 education. Stanley Litow of IBM; Dale Russakoff, author of “The Prize”; and Lisa Belzberg of PENCIL present. Early bird and nonprofit rates available. Register now


Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have been spending considerable time in New York ahead of the state’s April 19 primary, working to maintain a narrowing lead over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Read more.

* Environmentalists and anti-gas activists, who won a huge victory in late 2014 when Gov. Andrew Cuomo banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing, are gearing up for another battle to ban the Constitution Pipeline. Read more.

* On the latest Slant Podcast, City & State’s Michael Johnson talks with Gerson Borrero and Nick Powell about the state budget, its impact on New York City and whether an “on-time” budget even matters. Read more.


Nonprofits in the News

Can collectors get 'pimped' shopping cart at Williamsburg redemption site

This Saturday, a group of artists will team up with local can collectors to adorn the shopping carts they use to collect cans as part of an art project called Pimpex, hosted by Sure We Can, a nonprofit redemption center for can collectors, DNA Info reports. Silvia Xavier, 27, a Brazilian graduate student, studying Urban Ecologies at the New School Urban Ecologies, was inspired by the work of Brazilian artist Thiago Mundano who has organized “Pimp My Carroca [cart]” events in cities across Brazil. Xavier said she’d interviewed many can collectors there whose decorated carts led to tangible benefits, she said. Read more.


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