NYC, Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Rain in New York City, a chance of rain in Albany, and sunny in Western New York. New York City, high 57; Albany, high 59; Buffalo, high 59.
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NYN Media Perspective - Give low-income tenants a fair chance in housing court: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. urges the New York City Council to hold a hearing on a bill that would create a blueprint for providing attorneys to tenants facing eviction, ejectment and foreclosure proceedings. Read more.
NYN Media Reports - At the board table with America Needs You: America Needs You board members Aditya Sanghvi and Ron Bezoza, Vice Chair, talked with NYN Media about how they have supported the nonprofit – which helps low-income, first generation college students succeed in higher education and beyond - as it expands to other states. “In going to corporate sponsors,” Sanghvi said, “ we use the folks that we know. We tell them about the idea and almost always it aligns exactly with what they’re looking for anyway. And that’s how a lot of the sponsorships come about.” Read more.
NYC's bureaucratic red tape blamed in raise delays for social service workers: Mayor de Blasio last year trumpeted cost of living raises for 35,000 social service workers whose employers are contracted with the city - but a year later many of those nonprofits are still waiting for the higher wages, the Daily News reports. Nonprofits who employ about 15,000 social service workers - almost half of the workers entitled to the raise - have yet to get their money because of bureaucratic red tape, City Hall confirmed.
Capital budget for homeless services grows: Mayor Bill de Blasio has increased his capital budget for homeless services by $89.6 million, according to POLITICO New York. This is the latest in a series of increases to the Department of Homeless Services capital budget to deal with major deficiencies and repair needs at the city’s homeless shelters, which have recently received a great deal of political attention from the mayor and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Read more.
Middle schoolers excluded from free lunch under loophole, critics say: Middle school students who attend schools attached to another elementary or high school are being unfairly blocked from accessing the city's "universal" free lunch program due to a bureaucratic loophole, DNAinfo reports. Under the pilot program, which costs the city $6.25 million annually, a "middle school student" is defined as someone attending a school that exclusively serves the sixth through eighth grades. Read more.
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Long Island’s largest real estate office teams up with leading nonprofit housing advocate:
Community Housing Innovations, Inc., has teamed up with Long Island’s leading Real Estate Agency, Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc., to help first-time homebuyers fulfill their dreams of owning a home. As a program administrator for New York State, CHI provides down payment assistance grants of up to $25,000 to qualified first-time homebuyers.
The organization’s collaboration with the Real Estate Agency includes multiple levels of involvement from the firm, its brokers and agents. Among these is participation in CHI’s First-Time Homebuyer Orientations, which will be attended by Charles Rutenberg Realty RE Broker/Owner Joseph Moshé, or by the firm’s office manager, Ruth Pfeffer. Participating agents will have the opportunity to sponsor clients’ mandatory attendance in CHI Homebuyer Orientation by providing a $50 scholarship towards the $99 fee for HUD-certified counseling. If a CHI client ultimately purchases a home through a Charles Rutenberg agent, that agent will donate 15 percent of their commission back to CHI.
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Strengthen your ability to advocate for equity and social justice in your workplace. Examine the challenges facing workers, the dynamics of class, race and gender and their impact on social movements. Earn a Master’s in Labor Studies at the Murphy Institute at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. Faculty includes scholars such as Ruth Milkman, Ph.D., and Penny Lewis, Ph.D.
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.
Case Manager, CAMBA Homeless Shelters
CAMBA’s Shelters for single men and women as well as families are among the most successful in NYC, placing thousands of homeless clients in permanent and transitional housing. Recent increases in capacity, awarded by our funder, NYC DHS, have resulted in expanded professional opportunities in these Brooklyn facilities. Current open positions include general and specialty case managers (for Housing, Employment and MICA services). Read more.
Director of Major Gifts, JCCA
The Director of Major Gifts is the principal individual and major gifts fundraiser responsible for the day-to-day identification, cultivation and growth of the individual giving program. Will be working with a team of approximately 16 colleagues including the communications, events and foundation funding team to identify prospective major gift donors, design and implement a comprehensive moves-management system to increase the giving of existing donors and explore options for inspiring lapsed donors and their families to re-engage. 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.
POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Campaign for One New York was accepting thousands of dollars in donations from people who do business with the city, potentially violating a directive from New York City's Conflicts of Interest Board, NY1 reports. Read more.
* John Catsimatidis, a billionaire businessman who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2013, answered questions from investigators last week about his donations to upstate Senate races in 2014, part of a probe into de Blasio’s fundraising activities, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.
* Catsimatidis denied a report that the feds had reached out to him to discuss the $50,000 that he donated to a Mayor de Blasio-led push for Democratic control of the state Senate, the Daily News reports. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Diversity in New York theater roles rose in 2014-15 season, study says: Minority actors, long underrepresented on New York’s stages, are winning an increasing percentage of roles, according to a new study by the Asian American Performers Action Coalition, the New York Times reports. Read more.
New York City casts a net to catch the next big start-up: To improve the odds of fostering that next big thing in New York, executives at tech start-ups, big tech companies and venture firms are creating a new policy and advocacy organization, Tech:NYC, the New York Times reports. The nonprofit will be formally announced at an event this week. Read more.
Blend Progressive Theory and Practical Experience at The New School
At the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy—part of The New School in New York City—you can turn your commitment to social justice into a successful career with a master’s degree in International Affairs, Nonprofit Management, Urban Policy Analysis and Management, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Studies, or Organizational Change Management. Apply by May 5 to start your program this fall.
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: Environmental Nonprofits
City to launch new community solar program: Mayor Bill de Blasio's office on Thursday will announce a new solar incentive program while touting increases in solar power since the mayor took office in 2014, Politico NY reports. The new Solarize NYC program will allow communities to aggregate into single purchasing groups, giving them much greater buying power than individual entities. The city estimates savings could range from 10 percent to 20 percent, a significant reduction in a city where energy costs are among the highest in the nation. Read more.
Apps to build your understanding of the environment: The New York Times profiled several groups building awareness about the environment through interactive apps, including GoodGuide, the World Wildlife Fund, and NASA. Read more.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director, Big Apple Circus
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
12 p.m. - AIDS activists hold rally and press event calling for $50-million rental assistance program for low-income HIV positive New Yorkers and passage of legislation to ensure the housing program is an entitlement across the state, Million Dollar staircase, Capitol, Albany.
1 p.m. - The City Council Committee on Women’s Issues holds a public meeting on creating a commission on gender equality, 250 Broadway, Committee Room, 14th Floor, Manhattan.