NYC, Monday, May 23, 2016
Scattered showers in New York City, mostly sunny in Albany and clear skies in Western New York. New York City, high 72; Albany, high 79; Buffalo, high 77.
You are receiving New York Nonprofit Daily a Monday-Friday morning e-brief covering the state’s nonprofit sector.
NYN Media Perspectives - New York City’s hidden literacy crisis: It is time for this silent crisis to end with a real investment in adult literacy programs, writes Kevin Douglas, a Co-Director of Policy and Advocacy with United Neighborhood Houses of New York. Over 15,000 New Yorkers currently sit on waitlists for literacy classes, and with just a $16 million investment – .0002 percent of the mayor’s proposed budget – nearly 9,000 of them could be served. Read more.
Lawmakers urge more funding for youth employment, emergency food and cultural organizations: Given this year’s tighter timeline, City Council members have begun publicly pushing for their top priorities, including expanding youth employment programs, doubling the amount of money for soup kitchens and food pantries, increasing the budget for cultural organizations and allocating enough for library branches to remain open six days a week, City & State reports. Read more.
Honchos at NYC’s ailing nonprofits still collect huge paychecks: Some of New York City’s top cultural organizations are cutting staff, facing budget shortfalls and soaking up taxpayer money, yet their top honchos rake in millions of dollars in compensation, the New York Post reports. Some of the nonprofit museums and organizations are housed in city-owned buildings and receive government money for operations. Others rely on city and state grants to fund programs. Read more.
Sunset Park Library to temporarily move to courthouse if redeveloped: Brooklyn Public Library, in partnership with Fifth Avenue Committee, a nonprofit developer, is proposing rebuilding and expanding the Sunset Park branch with a new library and 49 units of affordable housing constructed on top of it, according to DNAinfo. The Uniform Land Use Review Procedure for the project will begin this spring, library spokeswoman Madeline Kaye said last week. Read more.
Former City Council speaker Christine Quinn tapped for position with N.Y. state Democratic Committee: Mayor de Blasio’s political rival Christine Quinn was named vice chairwoman Sunday of the New York State Democratic Committee, the Daily News reports. Quinn, president and CEO of nonprofit homeless advocate WIN, said the party will build on the $15 minimum wage and LGBT equality efforts. Read more.
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Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development announces 2016-17 class of the Morgan Stanley/ANHD Community Development Fellowship:
The Fellowship selects nine local graduate students studying urban planning or policy and individually pairs them with nine community-based organizations that have an especially compelling community development project. Each fellow has a significant role advancing that project, and receives a $20,000 stipend to serve in a half-time, year-long fellowship with a host group. The community development projects include developing affordable housing, planning to improve the environmental efficiency of an affordable housing portfolio, planning to develop not-for-profit light-manufacturing space, among other important community development projects. Read more.
William T. Gettman, Jr. named new CEO of Northern Rivers:
St. Catherine's Center for Children Executive Director William T. Gettman, Jr. has been selected to become the new Chief Executive Officer of Northern Rivers Family of Services. He will replace replace retiring Chief Executive Officer John Henley effective July 18. Gettman became Executive Director of St. Catherine's Center for Children in January of 2012. His tenure marked a period of growth as he guided St. Catherine's through an agency-wide transformation in the planning, implementation, and delivery of services.
Human Services Council releases statement on U.S. Department of Labor overtime rules:
The new overtime rule has the potential to strengthen nonprofits across the country by addressing one of the core workforce issues driving employee burnout and turnover; however, the sector simply cannot bear the cost of this rule without a significant increase in funding, it wrote. View the full statement 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.
Child Care Worker, SCO Family of Services
SCO Family of Services helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. It is seeking a Child Care Worker whose job includes providing a safe, clean and caring living environment for program residents; preparing meals according to weekly meal planner; participating in activity programming including individual and group activities, sports, games, trips, enrichment activities, etc.; and enforcing the program’s daily routine by accurately completing reports, checklists & daily point sheets. Read more.
Director of Medicaid Re-Design Initiatives, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services/Safe Space
Sheltering Arms is seeking a Director of Medicaid for our Administration Office, who will be responsible for the development, implementation and initial operational oversight of new programs and services for children and families made possible through New York State Medicaid Redesign. These programs and services are expected to include: Care Management, Home and Community Based Services, and State Plan Amendment (SPA) services for children. Read more.
Licensed Substance Abuse Specialist and Employment Specialist, The Bridge
The Substance Abuse Specialist leads the team’s integrated treatment addressing the needs of consumers at various stages of recovery. The integrated substance use services are delivered individually and also through group treatment. The specialist will use assertive outreach and engagement strategies, motivational interviewing and stage-wise interventions that target readiness for change. This is a field-based position and requires at least 80% of services to be provided to consumers in their homes, shelters, places of employment, vocational and education settings and other community settings. Read more.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached deals with three major real estate firms to stop what he claimed was the illegal denial of apartments to people on public housing assistance, the Daily News reports. Read more.
*A coalition of groups is launching a campaign to push Cuomo to follow through on a promise to fund thousands of new supportive housing units before the legislative session ends next month, according to the Daily News. Read more.
* Clergy across New York City were talking to their flocks over the weekend about mental health as part of an ambitious education push by Chirlane McCray, all part of her ThriveNYC campaign to overhaul the mental health system, The New York Times writes. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
10 steps nonprofits should take to increase cybersecurity: Nonprofits are particularly vulnerable to hacking, given that they often retain vast amounts of donor information, including financial information as well as staff employment and insurance data, writes BDO. Many philanthropic organizations are operating under tight resource constraints, and cybersecurity measures may not have historically been a top priority. Read more.
Giving like Michael Bloomberg: ‘find one small thing’: Bloomberg has managed through philanthropy to work toward goals that were thwarted when he was mayor, writes the New York Times. A case in point was his effort to impose a ban on the sale of large soft drinks in New York City and to persuade the New York State Legislature to impose a statewide soda tax. He was defeated on both counts. But he has contributed money to successful campaigns elsewhere to impose a tax on soda sales. 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.
On Thursday, September 15th, New York Nonprofit Media will host the 2nd annual Nonprofit MarkCon which will bring together marketing and communications executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to build a brand. We expect over 200 nonprofit communications, marketing, PR and strategy executives to attend this event. Topics to include: brand transformation, social media, event planning, integrated marketing, data analytics and more. If you are looking to reach nonprofit executives please click here.
SECTOR FOCUS: Higher Education
College Applications that cross a line: By asking about criminal convictions on their applications, schools and universities discourage applicants who are capable of performing academically at college and who present no danger to campus safety, the New York Times writes. The remedy is to stop asking about these records or at least delay the question until the applicant has received a provisional offer of acceptance. Read more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
11 a.m. - The Assembly Committee on Labor and Commission on Skills Development and Career Education hold a joint public meeting on pre-apprenticeship and work preparation programs in New York state, Hamilton Hearing Room B, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany.
1 p.m. - The state Senate Committee on Education meets, Legislative Office Building, room 810, Albany.
1 p.m. - Assemblyman David Weprin, Michael Carey of the Jonathan Carey Foundation and others call for the passage of legislation to stop the abuse of individuals in homes for the disabled, LCA Pressroom, Room 130, Legislative Office Building, Albany.
1:15 p.m. - New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina delivers brief remarks at the Arts & Cultural Education Services Fair, The Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Ave., Manhattan.
5 p.m. - Circles of Support hosts #KnowJusticeHarlem discussion and calls on Gov. Cuomo and the state Legislature to raise the age of criminal responsibility, St Philip's Church, 204 W. 134th St., Manhattan.
6 p.m. - New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer delivers remarks at the Dance/NYC Brooklyn for Dance celebration, Mark Morris Dance Center, 3 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn.
6 p.m. - Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul keynotes NYS Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year recognition event, Siena College, Snyder Hall, 515 Loudon Road, Albany.