NYN Daily (4/8/16)


NYC, Friday, April 8, 2016

Partly sunny followed by showers in New York City, a chance of showers in Albany, and snow in Buffalo. New York City, high 52; Albany, high 47; Buffalo, high 36.


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NYN Media Reports: From social work to C-suite: Advocating for social workers as nonprofit leaders 

At Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service’s recent panel “Strengthening Communities Through Social Work Leadership for 100 Years," participants encouraged social workers not to undervalue their potential to hold executive roles. Moderator Nancy Wackstein, the new GSS director of community engagement and partnerships, talked about the increasing pressure on nonprofits to achieve outcomes regardless of limited resources. While this kind of operating climate can be problematic, it’s the type of challenge that social workers are particularly adept at handling due to their ability to combine critical thinking and problem solving. Read more.


Acid victim sues Queens nonprofit leaders for allegedly failing to stop embezzlement scheme

The Queens nonprofit director badly burned by a lye-tossing attacker is suing her agency’s directors, accusing them of failing to prevent the $750,000 embezzlement scheme that led to the assault, the Daily News reports. Dyer filed the suit Thursday on behalf of the nonprofit, seeking $750,000 from its directors, accusing them of negligent hiring practices and “hiring non-independent auditors.” Read more.


HIV/AIDS advocates upset over lack of funding in state budget

The recently passed state budget, hailed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as “the best plan the state has produced,” was “woefully short” of fulfilling the promises made to the HIV/AIDS community, according to Charles King, CEO of Housing Works, an HIV/AIDS advocacy group, Politico NY writes. King and several other HIV advocates had hoped the governor would include an additional $70 million in the budget toward ending the AIDS epidemic. Read more.


City Council weighing oversight hearings on Rivington deal

The City Council is looking at the possibility of holding oversight hearings to examine exactly what happened when the city authorized a deed restriction to be lifted that allowed a building operating as a nursing home to give way to luxury condos, Politico NY reports. “I think there is obviously a lot of concerns that have been raised with that transaction, how did it happen and how it came about,” Mark-Viverito said, noting that the council is "open" to holding hearings. Read more.


Council Passes Bill to Improve Diversity at Upper Levels of City-Contracted Businesses

On Thursday, the City Council approved a bill requiring the Department of Small Business Services to survey and study the gender, ethnic, and racial makeup of executive-level staff and board members of companies that contract with the city, Gotham Gazette reports. Councilmembers worked with organizations that advocate for diversity in the workplace to develop the bill, including Catalyst, a nonprofit organization that promotes inclusive workplaces for women. Read more.


Philanthropy and Inclusivity: A Longstanding Problem That Must Be Treated as Urgent

The latest data from the Council on Foundations Grantmakers’ Salary and Benefits research confirm that the rate of underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities and, to a certain extent, women in leadership roles, in philanthropy has not significantly improved over the past five years, Nonprofit Quarterly writes. Read more.



NYN Buzz


Students Urge $16 million Investment in Adult Literacy Services

Adult literacy students and advocates gathered on the City Hall steps in the rain and wind to encourage Mayor de Blasio to invest $16 million in adult literacy services. Hundreds of other students waited outside of security, but were unfortunately turned away. Students thanked the Mayor for his leadership in pioneering social inclusion for immigrants through programs such as IDNYC and ActionNYC and urged him to build on this legacy and create comprehensive adult literacy program for the 1.7 million adult New Yorkers currently lacking English proficiency and/or a high school diploma. Literacy programs are the pathway to economic mobility, social integration, parent-child engagement, improved health outcomes and improved community safety. Advocates said that strengthening adult literacy programs and building a well-coordinated adult literacy system offers the Mayor a unique opportunity to continue his progress in fighting inequality, improving our workforce, and ensuring long-term success for universal pre-Kindergarten.

Council Member Carlos Menchaca began with rally with a call for inclusion. “The full potential of New York City’s immigrant communities will not be unlocked until we ensure everyone has at least basic literacy skills. Service providers throughout the City need a renewed and expanded financial commitment from this City Council and the Administration. I stand with all immigrant New Yorkers and their advocates calling for adequate funding and support for adult literacy.” 

Council Member Julissa Ferreras- Copeland, Chair of the Finance Committee, offered her support for a $16 million investment adult literacy. “Adult literacy funding is a priority for myself and many other Councilmembers. Our Budget Response called for a $16 million investment this fiscal year. These critical services like ESL classes lead to better paying jobs and improved communication with teachers and doctors, among many other benefits. There is an overwhelming need and an already established infrastructure to deliver these services, if the City is able to provide resources. I applaud Councilmember Menchaca, other councilmembers, and all the organizations lifting their voices to show how essential this is to addressing inequality.” 


LICADD recieves $5,000 grant from Morrison Foundation

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Richard & Mary Morrison Foundation for the Building Unique Dynamic and Diverse Youth (BUDDY) program.

The highly successful BUDDY (Building Unique, Dynamic, and Diverse Youth) Mentoring Program was established in 2009 with $150,000 in competitive federal grant funding from the Administration for Children and Families, BUDDY addresses the critical needs of the most vulnerable members of our community, children whose parents have been incarcerated due to substance abuse. Despite the elimination of federal funds, LICADD has not only maintained, but grown BUDDY into a robust program that has to date, successfully matched 75 at-risk children with screened/trained adult mentors. Enrollment in the program has quadrupled over the last three year with 61% of matches recommitting to a second year in the program. 

LICADD’s BUDDY Mentoring Program provides children with a positive adult-child relationship on a stable and predictable basis. The BUDDY Program’s goals are to enhance the protective factors in children of parents incarcerated by helping them to create predictable and attached relationships with one or more adults; promote and facilitate participation by underserved youth in educational and cultural activities that enhance their academic, cultural and social competency skills, build self-esteem and develop self-confidence.  These activities provide opportunities for our children to learn respect for diverse cultures, avoid unsafe and destructive behaviors including gang participation, bullying and experimentation with drugs and alcohol and to ensure that young people’s risk factors are identified and addressed promptly through direct service provision and/or referrals to ancillary services. 

This program further facilitates the delivery of a wide range of support services to at-risk children of incarcerated parents helping to break the multi-generational cycle incarceration frequently fueled by addiction. 

 “We are so grateful to the Richard & Mary Morrison Foundation for supporting this important program. LICADD will continue to work with partner agencies to bring about increased support for these most vulnerable children.” says Executive Director Steve Chassman.

For over 60 years, LICADD has successfully delivered evidence-based programs designed to prevent and treat substance abuse and addiction.  LICADD offers crisis intervention, screenings, brief interventions, referrals to treatment and several family education workshops to help Long Islanders struggling with the effects of addiction. Through our Open Arms, EAP Program, LICADD has provided targeted solution-focused support to companies all along the East Coast, serving over 60,000 employees and their families.


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  

  • Four high-ranking veterans of the New York Police Department were reassigned to desk jobs in what is likely to be a first wave of discipline stemming from a wide-ranging federal corruption investigation, The New York Times reports. Read more.
  • Brooklyn Democratic state Sen. Simcha Felder said that he will continue to vote with the GOP even if a Democrat replaces former state Sen. Dean Skelos, who was the Republican majority leader before his corruption conviction, the Post writes. Read more.
  • Lawmakers and unions were trying to throw cold water on a deal in which the money-losing state Canal Corp., which operates the Erie and Champlain canals, is transferred from the Thruway Authority to the New York Power Authority, the Times Union writes. Read more.


Nonprofits in the News

Skies of Lettuce: Rooftop Greenhouses Sprout in Big Cities

NBC News highlights the work of New York Sun Works, a nonprofit that is teaching urban agriculture and has installed two rooftop greenhouses on city schools, in its coverage of the growing popularity of rooftop greenhouses. “It really is a new way of teaching science through the lens of urban agriculture,” said Sidsel Robards, director of development and events for Sun Works. “If we all grow the food right here in the city, what would that do to traffic patterns, population, contamination?" Read more.


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