NYN Daily (5/24/16)


​NYC, Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Sunny in Western New York and showers elsewhere. New York City, high 68; Albany, high 74; Buffalo, high 71.

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



NYN Media Reports - CEO Corner: Suzanne Nossel, PEN America: For nearly 100 years, PEN America has advocated for freedom of speech and the right of writers and artists to express sometimes controversial ideas. Executive Director Suzanne Nossel sat with NYN Media Contributing Editor Jeff Stein to talk about the history of the organization and how it balances promoting free and responsible expression. Read more.

A right to shelter in New York: Mary Brosnahan of the Coalition for the Homeless and Joshua Goldfein of the Legal Aid Society’s Homeless Rights Project write to the Times that it’s deplorable that the federal government is proposing funding cuts for emergency shelter in New York City, but the cuts will not cause evictions. Read more.

Pay For Success Projects Gets Examination: The Nonprofit Finance Fund has released the first-ever compilation of the nation’s first Pay For Success projects, examining a wide range of details on each of the 10 projects, The NonProfit Times writes. There are few generalizations or conclusions that can be made about the 10 projects, or about the PFS field more broadly given its early and rapidly evolving nature, according to the report. Read more.

Merryl Tisch on advancing the DREAM Act with private philanthropy: Private philanthropy plays a huge role in advancing K-12 education, and maybe nobody knows the intersection between private giving and schools better than Merryl Tisch, philanthropist and former chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, City & State Reports. Tisch spoke on the topic at "The Role of Business in K-12 Education," a City & State Reports conference at Hunter College. Read more.

City Council, NYPD compromise on softer approach to low-level offenses: The Council will vote Wednesday on a package of bills that could spare New Yorkers criminal records for some low-level offenses, reduce jail stays for violations and clear up congested criminal courts, according to Crain’s. It will not, however, repeal criminal penalties for "quality-of-life offenses" such as public urination or possession of an open container of alcohol in public, an idea that had been considered. Read more.

NYCHA to hire outside lawyers in federal probe of practices: On Monday, NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye revealed the agency is about to seek proposals from law firms to represent the agency in a wide-ranging Justice Department probe, the Daily News reports. Since December, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has been subpoenaing documents in an investigation of whether NYCHA lied about its claims about addressing toxic mold and lead paint. Read more.


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JCCA raises $700,000 for vulnerable and abused children:

More than 300 people attended JCCA’s annual “Celebration of Hope: A Gala to Benefit Children and Families” at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The May 18 event raised more than $700,000 to help 16,000 abused, neglected and traumatized young people who are struggling with poverty, developmental disabilities and complex mental illnesses. The organization also honored a successful fashion consultant who was taken care of by JCCA in his early years, a foster mother of  medically fragile children and a social worker who enables distraught Jewish children to grow and thrive. It also featured a performance by Tony Award Winner Joanna Gleason. Read more and see photos here.

92nd Street Y Renames its School of the Arts as The Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts at 92nd Street Y:

The organization renamed the school to honor philanthropists Gilda and Henry Block, who made a donation to support the school. It is comprised of the Art Center, which includes the Fine Arts & Design division, as well as the Ceramics Center and the Jewelry Center; the School of Music; and the Harkness Dance Center.  The school serves more than 25,000 adults and children annually, with more than 400 classes each semester.

Community Healthcare Network releases statement in support of state Department of Health clarification allowing minor consent for HPV vaccination:

The nonprofit, which serves up to 9,000 young people a year between the ages of nine and 18, and have provided the full series of three HPV vaccines to over 3,500 young persons since 2007, both supports and endorses the NYSDOH in clarifying HPV vaccine regulations for minor consent within New York Public Health Law. CHN provides access to affordable, culturally competent, and comprehensive community-based primary care, mental health and social services for 85,000 underserved individuals throughout New York City. Read more.


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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* A Brooklyn Heights library redevelopment deal being investigated by authorities included a provision requiring the New York City Department of Education to lease the basement and build a science lab there, despite the department never asking for it, the Post reports. Read more.

* Nine corrections officers on trial in a July 2012 beating of a Rikers Island inmate have decided not to tell their side of the story in court and rested their cases without calling a witness or presenting evidence, the New York Times reports. Read more.





Q&A: Bill Baccaglini, CEO, The New York Foundling: Bill Baccaglini spent 20 years working in New York’s state government before taking the helm in 2003 at the New York Foundling,  sat down for a phone interview with The Chronicle of Social Change. Baccaglini  talked about changes at the 147-year-old nonprofit which is one of the city’s longest-running providers of youth and family services, foster home recruitment, federal finance reform and the future of juvenile justice in New York. Read more.

What's the deal with that shower of big grants from Citi to urban nonprofits?: The list of winners, which include 13 organizations in New York, includes lots of groups that have pulled in money before from Citi or other banks that invest in economic development issues in U.S. cities, according to Inside Philanthropy. A number of a community development corporations won grants, as well as other groups focused on housing. Youth and workforce development are other priority areas of grantees. 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 include Vu 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: Environmental Nonprofits

Video - Environmentalists check pollution in Newtown Creek ahead of cleanup: As part of efforts to arm the community with more information about the health of Brooklyn’s Newtown Creek during its decades-long clean-up process, this spring a local nonprofit began regularly collecting water samples at different spots along the creek, DNAinfo reports. The water testing comes from a grant from the Greenpoint Community Environmental Fund, money pledged to Greenpoint following the 2011 the settlement with ExxonMobil.
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11:30 a.m. - State Sen. Bill Perkins, Assembly members Richard Gottfried and Phil Steck, business owners, union leaders, and supporters hold rally in support of "New York Health Act" universal single payer healthcare bill, West Capitol Park, Albany.

12 p.m. - City Councilman Andrew Cohen and Montefiore Health System announce a pilot program for free shuttle service for Montefiore patients to and from various Montefiore campuses, 3510 Johnson Ave., Bronx.

12 p.m. - The New York state Senate Committee on Health holds a public meeting, Capitol, Room 124, Albany.

6:30 p.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends JCRC and UFA-Federation reception for Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York, 800 2nd Ave #2, Manhattan.

7:30 p.m. - Brewer attends Goddard Riverside Community Center Capitol Hall residence opening and ribbon cutting, 166 W. 87th St., Manhattan.


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