NYC, Tuesday, May 10, 2016
A slight chance of rain in New York City, and sunny in Albany and Buffalo. New York City, high 62; Albany, high 68; Buffalo, high 64.
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NYN Media Perspectives - Albany's unfinished business: The Coalition for the Homeless’ Mary Brosnahan writes that the sheer size and scope of New York City’s homeless crisis demands that the state fulfill its historically indispensable role as a full partner in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all New Yorkers. Read more.
NYN Media Reports - New federal procurement standards: Sibi Thomas, a partner within the Nonprofit & Government Group at Marks Paneth LLP, unpacks the new procurement standards that apply to purchases of goods and services made with federal funds and will take effect for many nonprofits in 2017. Read more.
HUD slashes funding for some New York City homeless shelters: The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development is slashing millions of dollars in funding for several of New York City’s major homeless shelters, a move that may leave the city on the hook to fill the gaps, Politico NY reports. HUD dealt a major blow to some of the city’s homeless shelters when it announced last week its annual Continuum of Care grants, part of the Obama administration’s efforts to help end homelessness. Read more.
12-story BRC shelter building in Chelsea up for sale: The 12-story building that houses a homeless shelter on West 25th Street has hit the market and could reportedly fetch a whopping nine figures, DNAinfo reports. Read more.
Cuomo to extend Medicaid coverage to inmates on verge of release: A state initiative that would provide increased medical coverage for incarcerated individuals nearing release is drawing support from local substance abuse counseling agencies, the Watertown Daily Times writes. Last week, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced the plan, saying New York will seek federal approval to provide Medicaid coverage to inmates with serious behavioral and physical health conditions prior to their release. Read more.
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Cuomo announces more than $6 million to help children's behavioral health providers improve health information technology
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the award of $6,081,700 to help 122 behavioral health providers that offer children’s services improve or develop their technological infrastructure. These funds, awarded statewide, will be used by providers to implement new technologies to launch or update their Medicaid billing infrastructure.
“This administration is committed to providing the best possible healthcare environment for our state’s children,” said Governor Cuomo. “As we transform and modernize the behavioral healthcare system, this funding will help providers utilize technology to streamline services and continue to improve the lives of young people across the state.”
This one-time funding will be used by providers to purchase technological infrastructure upgrades including electronic health record or billing software, new servers to support database systems, as well as computers, routers, and other hardware. The funding will also be used to educate staff on how to operate these new systems. Each selected provider will receive $49,850, and is under the jurisdiction of the Office of Mental Health and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.
Walmart donates $24,600,000 to New York charitable organizations
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that over the last fiscal year they gave more than $24,600,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to support nonprofit organizations and programs in New York focused on fighting hunger and healthy eating, workforce development, disaster preparedness and other needs specific to many communities throughout New York.
“At Walmart it is our mission and passion to create opportunities that will enable families on Long Island to live better,” said Jason Klipa, director of public affairs and government relations for Walmart. “These nonprofit organizations are making positive change in their communities and beyond, and we are proud to support the remarkable work they are doing.”
The New York contributions are one piece of the $1.42 billion dollars total giving by Walmart and the Walmart Foundation during FY16. The contributions have furthered Walmart’s “whole systems” approach to continue advancing its commitments to creating economic opportunity for associates and others in the retail and related sectors, enhancing the sustainability of Walmart’s operations and product supply chain and strengthening communities in places where Walmart operates.
Know someone with leadership potential? Help build the next generation of NYC’s community leaders. The Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Professional Studies is recruiting for Community Semester, a 16-week academic and community service experience. Students hone skills through coursework and first-hand experience working with a community-based organization while earning college credit and financial support toward educational expenses. Open to students entering the BA in Urban and Community Studies or the MA in Urban Studies.
Director of Development, Mercy Haven
Mercy Haven Inc., a nonprofit mental health agency, is looking for a leader with high energy who is creative and self-motivated with excellent time management skills to fill this full-time position. Bachelor’s Degree in related field with a minimum of 3 years’ experience in development and supervision; excellent oral, written and management skills and a working knowledge of donor database systems is required. Responsibilities include (but not limited to):donor solicitation; experience in planning and executing multi-faceted fundraising events, and representing agency with local organization and community groups in addition to supervision of grant writing, design and purchasing of all marketing material and social media. Read more.
Vice President of Quality Assurance, Performance and Compliance, The New York Foundling
The New York Foundling is currently seeking a VP of Quality Assurance, Performance and Compliance to work at its newly renovated space in Chelsea. Responsible for the integration of performance management, compliance, and mission to ensure the highest quality services for a diverse set of Child Welfare and Developmental Disabilities (DD) programs. Work in partnership with senior leadership on strategic planning, risk management, and program development by focusing management resources on critical agency priorities. Read more.
Therapist, SCO Family of Services
Responsibilities include: Provide individual and group therapy for young people within the group home milieu. Provide crisis intervention. Participate in treatment team meetings, service planning meetings, program-wide Adolescent Services meetings and QI meetings, and training. Ensure that services are delivered in compliance with SCO, NYC, NYS, and federal standards, as well as standards for professional ethics. Complete all contractually required documentation. Participate in training and integrate evidence-based treatment in provision of clinical services. Read more.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* Although New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he is being transparent with several nonprofit groups set up to promote his political agenda, City & State found that many details remain private and that oversight is muddled and compliance is largely voluntary. Read more.
* A state ethics panel asked a court to compel the Campaign for One New York, a political nonprofit connected to de Blasio, to hand over documents related to its lobbying and fund-raising activities, The New York Times reports. Read more.
* A Long Island Republican wants the state Board of Elections to expand an investigation into the use of county party committees by de Blasio and his team to help Senate Democratic candidates in 2014, the Daily News reports. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Say Yes Buffalo is proving its worth as more graduates continue their education: Say Yes Buffalo, a philanthropic group that offers college scholarships to kids who graduate from Buffalo public schools, is proving its worth as graduation rates in the district and in college continue to surge for Buffalo students, The Buffalo News writes. Read more.
Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON on October 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 includeVu Le, Nonprofit Humorist from nonprofitwithballs.com and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.
Nonprofit OpCon is taking place June 9th at Baruch College. This event will focus on streamlining operations and processes for New York’s nonprofit organizations. We will have a full day of sessions with topics on technology, finance, risk assessment, hiring talent, output versus outcome, real estate and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to join executive leadership from New York’s nonprofits. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available. For more details or to RSVP, please click here.
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.
SECTOR FOCUS: Environmental News
Thousands help to clear trash by the ton from the Hudson River: The fifth annual cleanup, organized by the environmental nonprofit Riverkeeper, included more than 100 different service projects along Hudson shorelines from Manhattan all the way up to the Albany region, the Daily News writes. Read more.
In novel tactic on climate change, citizens sue their governments: In the United States, an environmental law nonprofit is suing the federal government on behalf of 21 young plaintiffs, the New York Times reports. Victoria Barrett, one of the plaintiffs, from Westchester County, N.Y., said that older generations had ignored the threat to the planet even as the scientific evidence of warming became undeniable. Read more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
11 a.m. - The New York Civil Liberties Union holds press conference to announce legal action it will take regarding mistreatment, abuse and denial of rights for farmworkers in New York state, East Capital Park steps, Albany.
11:15 a.m. - Mothers of New York’s youth charged as adults urge Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the State Legislature to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York, Legislative Office Building, LCA Press Room, Albany.
11:30 a.m. - Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Diaz Jr. hold press conference to address the city’s inadequate funding of the youth summer jobs program, City Hall steps, Manhattan.