NYN Daily (5/11/16)


NYC, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mostly sunny in New York City and Buffalo and sunny in Albany. New York City, high 78; Albany, high 75; Buffalo, high 72.

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NYN Media Perspective - De Blasio controversy is giving nonprofits a bad name: In light of the investigations dogging Mayor Bill de Blasio's political nonprofits, the term nonprofit is bantered about in a way that is beginning to sound, at least to those who care about the sector, more and more like a curse, NYN Media Editor-at-large Aimée Simpierre writes, imploring news agencies and casual observers alike to delineate between 501(c)4s and 501(c)3s. Read more.  


Former head of Charity Navigator takes over at troubled New York arts charity: Nonprofit Quarterly reports that Ken Berger, former head of Charity Navigator, has been hired to save  Healing Arts Initiative a city-funded arts nonprofit mired in financial and legal trouble that goes back years but came to a head after Executive Director D. Alexandra Dyer was assaulted with “a chemical drain cleaner containing lye” after attempting to expose financial irregularities. Read more.


New Chancellor Rosa voices concerns on charters, lack of options for English learners: Chancellor Betty Rosa said it is “abusive” to force some English language learners to take state tests on grade level, pledged to be tough on charter schools that don’t enroll many high-needs students and made some of her first comments about school segregation during a whirlwind tour of New York City this weekend, City & State reports. Read more.


United on summer youth employment funding, Jeffries and Diaz decline to back de Blasio: At a press conference organized to call for increased funding for New York City’s Summer Youth Employment Program, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. declined to throw their support behind Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2017 re-election bid, City & State reports. While both offered vague answers about their own political aspirations, Jeffries and Diaz were unequivocal in their support for a proposed $80 million in additional funding to expand the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Read more


Your neighborhood determines your child's high school grad rate, study says: Despite New York City’s choice system for high school admissions, the neighborhood where you live may still dictate your child’s chance of graduating on time — regardless of where they attend — according to a study released Wednesday from the nonpartisan initiative Measure of America, DNAinfo reports. Read more.


Internal documents lay out threats to the Success Academy model: Success Academy, New York City’s largest and most influential charter network, faces multiple potential crises as it attempts to triple in size over the next decade, according to a series of internal documents, Politico NY reports. Read more.


Where do bail funds end up in NYC? Despite discussions about who cannot afford bail fueling a push for reforms, the current bail process, particularly how much money is involved and where it ends up, remains poorly understood, City & State reports. Neither the city or the court system follows the flow of all cash and bail bonds. Read more.



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Service Program for Older People Receives Major Grant From hope & grace fund

Service Program for Older People/SPOP has received a grant of $94,370 from the hope & grace fund, a project of New Venture Fund in partnership with the global women’s skincare brand philosophy, inc.  The grant supports mental health care for older women who have a dual diagnosis of substance use disorder and mental illness; the project will include individual and group counseling as well as strategies to reduce stigma and barriers to treatment.


“I am delighted to thank the hope and grace fund for its generous support of our work on behalf of older women in New York City,” stated Nancy Harvey, Chief Executive Officer of SPOP.  “SPOP has always been sensitive to the need for substance use counseling; this grant will enable us to expand our program and provide specialized mental health care for older women.”


Founded in 1972, SPOP was one of the first agencies in the U.S. entirely dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of older adults living in the community.  SPOP provides mental health care and related services to over 1,000 adults each year through its mental health clinic; a PROS/Personalized Recovery Oriented Services program exclusively for seniors; bereavement support for adults of all ages; and training and education in the field.



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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AMS will be hosting a NY Nonprofit Accounting Meetup on May 11th from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at Slattery's Midtown Pub. Come network with us for: Career advancement, partnerships, business development, and professional conversation. All are welcome. Your first drink is on AMS! Register today.





* The state Public Service Commission and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which provided approvals for energy projects involved in a federal investigation into lobbying and conflicts of interest, were subpoenaed, Newsday reports. Read more.


* For the latest Slant Podcast, Gerson Borrero and Nick Powell sit down with retiring U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel for part one of a two-part interview, with Rangel giving his thoughts on the presidential race and reflecting on his career in the House of Representatives. Read more.


* While there’s plenty to celebrate about the way U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has pursued political corruption, his shaping of public opinion before a criminal case is tried has journalist Ross Barkan increasingly wary of his tactics. Read more.






Program metrics added to GuideStar listings: The NonProfit Times reports that nonprofits can now add quantitative metrics to their profiles on GuideStar.org with the launch of the website’s Platinum Seal of Transparency. GuideStar, which provides data on 2.4 million nonprofits, describes it as the first of its kind, sector-wide effort to share hard data about programs. 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: Religious Charities

Altamont Program under fire from ousted Albany tenants: An Albany facility run by the Altamont Program, part of Father Peter Young's vast social services network, in a building owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, has been shuttered by the city code inspector after finding a leaky roof that threatened the building's electrical system appeared to be getting worse, the Times Union reports. Read more






1 p.m. – New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson joins advocates, lawyers, and immigrant clients to call for enhanced legal service funding in New York City budget, City Hall steps, Manhattan.




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