NYN Daily (5/13/16)


NYC, Friday, May 13, 2016

Showers across the state. New York City, high 64; Albany, high 67; Buffalo, high 61.


You are receiving New York Nonprofit Daily a Monday-Friday morning e-brief covering the state’s nonprofit sector.




NYN Media Reports - NYN Media honors 2016 Front Line Heroes: Friends, family and colleagues gathered on the morning of April 26 at New York Law School to celebrate New York Nonprofit Media’s first class of Front Line Heroes: 26 individuals who have displayed excellence in their commitment to serving those in need. Read more.


Security cameras finally coming to Bellevue Shelter after murder, city says: The city will install security cameras at a troubled homeless shelter that was the scene of a grisly murder last month after admitting that the facility had never had a functioning camera system, according to a Department of Homeless Services spokeswoman, DNAinfo reports. The 30th Street Men’s Shelter, a city-operated homeless shelter at First Avenue and 30th Street, will get 230 new security cameras, according to an aide to Councilwoman Rosie Mendez. Read more. (NYN Media Contributing Editor Jeff Stein wrote about the considerable privacy concerns that come with such homeless surveillance here.)


City homeless agency about to grow — again: Steven Banks, commissioner of the Social Services Department, testified at a City Council hearing that he intends to add 263 positions to grapple with a steady number of applicants seeking shelter, to repair shelters, and to deal with domestic-violence issues and other factors that leave people out on the street, the New York Post reports. Read more.


Alerted to danger, New York City failed to curb harm at group homes: Under the ACS program Close to Home, again and again, at facilities where the city had ordered more aggressive oversight, there was little curbing of additional harm and violence, ProPublica writes. Indeed, three home operators placed under heightened monitoring ultimately continued to have serious enough problems that their contracts wound up terminated altogether. Read more.


Builder acquires valuable Harlem plot after deed change: During the same week in November that an obscure New York City agency lifted a protective covenant on a nursing home on the Lower East Side — an alteration that is now the subject of at least three inquiries — a similar move was playing out in Harlem, The New York Times reports. A property formerly owned by the Dance Theater of Harlem ended up in the hands of developers with ties to the mayor. Read more.


Astoria is the only Queens neighborhood to make 'gentrifying' list: Astoria is among 15 in the city to get the classification in a report released by NYU's Furman Center Monday. It's the only area in Queens to get the label, DNAinfo reports. The report defined gentrifying areas as formerly low-income neighborhoods that saw a greater growth in rent than other areas since 1990, with Astoria's average rent jumping 26.7 percent between then and 2014. Read more.



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Pro bono Consulting Support for NYC Nonprofits


NYC nonprofits are invited to apply for PennPAC pro bono consulting support valued at approximately $60,000. Applications are due on May 26, 2016. Accepted applicants will be awarded the support of a team of six University of Pennsylvania alumni-volunteers for an 8-10 week consulting engagement this fall valued at approximately $60,000. Consulting Engagements will begin in October 2016 and end by mid-December 2016.


Nonprofits are encouraged to apply if they met eligibility criteria and seek support to address a strategic issue. Eligibility criteria includes having 501(c)(3) status, three or more paid, full-time staff and an operating budget of $350k or more.  Strategic issues addressed in past PennPAC projects include growth planning, marketing strategy, communication strategy, funding strategy and financial analysis. 


PennPAC works closely with clients to craft detailed project plans that help ensure actionable deliverables. Past clients have expressed great satisfaction with their PennPAC experience and project deliverables. “The expert team of PennPAC gave us a tremendous boost of confidence that yanked us out of the worst financial year ever, and energized our annual appeal campaign to bring us a 50% increase over the past year,” said Dr. Yeou-Cheng Ma (pictured in photo attached), Executive Director, Children's Orchestra Society “Our time with the PennPAC team was quite simply, invaluable,” said Rachael Barrett, Executive Director of the David Nee Foundation. “I have been encouraging other nonprofits I know to apply to PennPAC and I hope they will take up this opportunity.”


Nonprofits learn more and apply here.



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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Accounting Management Solutions (AMS), a CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Division, is the Northeast’s leading provider of executive-level accounting and finance professionals. We support nonprofits with part-time, interim, business advisory, project resources and professional search. 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.





* Skelos was sentenced to five years in prison on federal corruption charges after evidence presented at his trial suggested he was willing to do anything for his son, The New York Times reports. Read more.  


* SolarCity, which is building a state-funded facility as part of the governor’s Buffalo Billion initiative, acknowledged that it received a subpoena from federal officials investigating improper lobbying and undisclosed conflicts in state contracts, Newsday reports. Read more.


* Joseph Percoco,  a former Cuomo aide, took part in the earliest organizational sessions, received legal and operational documents and corresponded with a de Blasio official on a push to elect Democratic state senators in 2014, which is now part of a criminal probe, the Times reports. Read more.






Have three Boston arts groups solved riddle of attracting younger folk? In Boston, at least three arts groups are bucking national trends and finding creative ways to attract—and keep—new audience members, especially younger ones, Nonprofit Quarterly writes. Among the strategies for success, as described by reporter Maureen Dezell, are “data mining, refining and redefining subscription offerings and 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: Cultural Nonprofits


At Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn teens get to work with pros on their songs: A Wednesday concert was the culmination of eight weeks of workshops provided by Musical Connections, which connects communities with the resources to positively express themselves via music, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange writes. Students from Brooklyn’s Belmont Academy, a nonsecure detention and placement site, could take part through partnerships the program has with the New York City Department of Education and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services. Read more.  Also see NYN Media’s coverage of a similar project here






10 a.m. - The Doe Fund’s George McDonald joins Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, City Councilman Jumaane Williams, Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte and others to celebrate the start of construction on Crystal Towers, a supportive/affordable housing project, 1345 Rogers Ave., Brooklyn.


11 a.m. - Long Island residents concerned with the spread of vacant, dilapidated homes protest at state Sen. Tom Croci’s office to demand action against abandoned homes, Croci’s office, NYS Office Building, Room 3B-41, 250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppaugue.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: On Saturday … Sami Abu Shumays, Deputy Director,  Flushing Town Hall



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