NYC, Thursday, May 12, 2016
A chance of showers in Western New York and sunny elsewhere. New York City, high 74; Albany, high 80; Buffalo, high 70.
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Charity whose leader was attacked with Lye closes: Healing Arts Initiative, whose executive director was attacked with lye after she began investigating missing money, shut down suddenly on Wednesday, The New York Times reports. The board of the Queens-based charity said Healing Arts was months behind on rent and other payments and that it expected to declare bankruptcy. Read more.
Weighing the risks…before it’s too late: Not only will proper risk management help stop the flood of organization closures occurring year after year, but it will also give providers the freedom to explore innovative new programs and delivery mechanisms, HSC's Allison Sesso and NYU professor Gordon Campbell write in Nonprofit Quarterly. Read more.
Ex-CEO Thomas Galante demands Queens Library to pay for his defense against countersuit: Ex-CEO Thomas Galante is demanding that the Queens Library, which is suing him to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary and benefits he lavished upon himself, is obligated to pay for his defense against the clawback countersuit, the Daily News reports. Read more.
Success Academy charter school probed over alleged bias against disabled kids: Federal officials have launched an investigation into allegations that the city’s largest charter school network discriminates against disabled kids and their families, the Daily News reports. Read more.
The brains behind the Robin Hood Foundation: Most annual benefits have the party system down to a science - like the Robin Hood Foundation’s, which works like a perfectly calibrated chemistry experiment where you know the results: a lot of money will be raised, The Wall Street Journal reports. In this case, that number was around $61 million, which means that since its inception over 25 years ago, the organization has raised $2.5 billion. Read more.
Pre-K offers parents opportunity at economic gain: While the main focus of pre-K has been and will be student learning and development, a universal pre-kindergarten program also has significant potential benefits for working parents and the economy, Gotham Gazette writes. It is a secondary positive that Mayor de Blasio and his team don’t often cite, but have referenced on several occasions over the years. Read more.
A nightmare court, worthy of dickens: The Bronx Defenders, a nonprofit which represents indigent clients, and two private law firms, filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday in Federal District Court alleging the Bronx court has become the stage for Dickensian nightmares, writes The New York Times Editorial Board. Transforming the court will take more resources, better laws and an improved courthouse culture. Read more.
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The New Jewish Home appoints new COO, CFO and general counsel
The New Jewish Home (formerly, Jewish Home Lifecare), one of the nation’s largest and most diversified nonprofit geriatric health and rehabilitation systems, announces several appointments to its executive management team and to senior positions at its Westchester campus, the Sarah Neuman Center in Mamaroneck. The arrivals include Jacob Victory, Chief Operating Officer; Elliot Hagler and Gabrielle Genauer, who move into the newly created positions of Chief Financial Officer and Vice President – General Counsel, respectively; and Sandra Mundy, who has been promoted to Administrator of Sarah Neuman.
Departing are Tom Gilmartin, who is stepping down after 10 years as Chief Operating Officer, and Rita Morgan, who is retiring after 27 years in senior positions, mostly recently as Interim Administrator at Sarah Neuman.
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:
* After being convicted on eight counts, former state Sen. Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son Adam are scheduled to be sentenced on federal corruption charges in Manhattan Thursday morning, the Times Union reports. Read more.
* While Gov. Andrew Cuomo has downplayed his relationship with Todd Howe, a lobbyist at the center of a federal probe of his administration, records show Howe steered developers to contribute to Cuomo’s campaign as recently as five months ago, Politico New York reports. Read more.
* Democratic Assemblyman Sean Ryan said he will not run for the seat state Sen. Marc Panepinto will soon vacate because he wants to avoid the “gray and questionable” money he believes will dominate the election for that seat, The Buffalo News reports. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Upcoming fundraisers for Hour Children, a non-profit assisting incarcerated moms and their children: Hour Children runs programs not only in New York prisons to keep incarcerated mothers with their newborns, but also to keep family bonds strong so children can visit and spend time with their mothers, removing stigma and shame, PIX11 reports, highlighting the organization's upcoming fundraisers. Read more.
27 'affordable' art studios open in Gowanus: The nonprofit Spaceworks NYC recently opened 27 art studios with rents up to $800 on the ground floor of 540 President St., the former bakery building that's also home to the Brooklyn Creative League co-working space, DNAinfo reports. Artists entered a lottery to win the spaces after a screening committee verified that applicants were actively producing art and attempting to show it publicly, said Spaceworks NYC executive director Paul Parkhill. 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: Health and Hospitals
City & State 2016 insurance spotlight: From the changes under Obamacare that continue to shake out at the state and local levels to flood insurance, medical malpractice, and more, read all about it in City & State’s new spotlight on insurance. Read more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Jaqi Cohen, New York Public Interest Research Group senior legislative associate, on concerns over lead in the water of schools; Rebecca Fuentes, the lead organizer with the Workers’ Center of Central New York and Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, on the NYCLU’s lawsuit challenging the exclusion of farmworkers from organizing; and more, WCNY.
1:15 p.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and education experts announce the National Institute for Early Education Research’s state of preschool report for the 2014-2015 school year, Sugar Hill Museum Preschool, 898 St. Nicholas Ave., Manhattan.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Andrea Bowen, Policy Analyst, United Neighborhood Houses