NYN Daily (5/31/16)


NYC, Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Sunny skies across the state. New York City, high 85; Albany, high 83; Buffalo,
high 77.


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Several Council asks remain as city budget negotiations hit home stretch: City Council members have publicly called on the mayor to increase funding for a variety of initiatives and programs including summer jobs for youth, emergency food assistance, cultural institutions, human services nonprofits, seniors and the offices of the five district attorneys, writes Gotham Gazette. Read more


Crazed woman charged with murder for allegedly stabbing Brooklyn YWCA tenant 80 times: Dorothy Curry had been under observation at Kings County Hospital since Saturday after she allegedly stabbed Liza Millet  in the residence for low-income and homeless women on Third Ave. near Atlantic Ave. in Boerum Hill, according to the Daily News. Read more


I.R.S. ruling is obstacle to health care networks promoted by Obama: In a recent ruling, the I.R.S. denied a tax exemption sought by an accountable care organization, formed by a nonprofit health care system, that coordinates care for people with commercial insurance, according to the New York Times. The tax agency said the organization did not meet the test for tax-exempt status because it was not operated exclusively for charitable purposes and it provided private benefits to some doctors in its network. Read more


William Rapfogel enjoys cozy work release as penalty for Jewish charity kickback scam: The former head of a prominent Jewish charity, and longtime buddy of disgraced former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, isn’t eligible for parole until 2017, but is now spending far more time at home than behind bars, according to the Daily News. He was sentenced up to 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty in 2014 for his role in a kickback scam while head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Read more


Advocates nervous about state housing plan as Albany session nears end: Housing advocates are waiting for the governor and legislative leaders to agree how to spend an unprecedented amount of money for a 100,000-unit statewide affordable housing plan before the legislative session ends on June 16, according to City Limits. Read more


Former Marine recruits veterans to mentor at-risk New York City kids: Diego Romero, who once recruited Marines, is now recruiting veterans to guide youngsters for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, the Daily News writes. The nonprofit matches at-risk kids from around the five boroughs with role models to help them navigate school and life. Read more. Romero was also recently featured as one of NYN Media’s Front Line Heroes. 


Woman lost her job for not being Jewish enough, lawsuit says: A woman claims she was fired by her healthcare nonprofit because she wasn’t Jewish enough, the New York Post reports. Helaine Dominguez says she spent nearly a dozen years working as director of medical services for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, but was fired in October 2013 after taking leave to care for her son, who had stomach surgery. Read more



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Long Island philanthropists honored at UJA-Federation of New York’s Day of Inspiration spring event in Old Westbury:

UJA-Federation of New York’s spring event, “A Day of Inspiration,” attracted more than 300 of Long Island’s most influential women philanthropists, whose commitment makes a difference in the lives of more than 4.5 million people each year. UJA honored Mindy Richenstein with its Golda Meir Award for service to the community for The Fourth Week, an initiative focusing on poverty in the New York area. Castagna Realty, owner of Americana Manhasset and Wheatly Plaza in Greenvale, received the Community Business Leader Award for its commitment to philanthropy. Guest speaker Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of “Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives” and “The Happiness Project,” shared tips on creating better habits and living a happier, healthier life.


This year brings renewal of NYC Council Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund:

This year, 77 community-based organizations from all five boroughs received funding. The coordinating organizations, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, Hispanic Federation, New York Urban League, Asian American Federation and Black Agency Executives, leveraged $2.5 million from the New York City Council in 2014 to launch the initiative, which addresses the need for capacity-building funding for nonprofit organizations in communities of color. Oversight of the funding will be provided by the city Department of Youth and Community Development. See NYN Media’s coverage of the fund here.


The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee names David Schizer as its new CEO:

Schizer, the dean emeritus of Columbia Law School and a noted Jewish community leader, will take the helm of the global Jewish humanitarian organization on Jan. 1, 2017, pending his approval by the JDC board. Succeeding Alan H. Gill as CEO, Schizer was unanimously nominated by a selection committee of JDC’s board of directors and confirmed by the board’s executive committee after an extensive global search. Schizer is a member of the board of directors of the 92nd Street Y and Ramaz School; is president of America’s Voices in Israel, and co-director of Columbia’s Center for Israeli Legal Studies. 



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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* Not leaving it to divine chance, the state Catholic Conference has turned in recent years to some of Albany’s most well-connected and influential lobby firms to help block a bill that would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice, the Daily News reports. Read more


* Ending the eviction bonus in New York City, which was responsible for $40 million in rent increases for rent-stabilized apartments from 2011 to 2014, would mitigate the rent burden on low-income tenants, Community Service Society’s Tom Waters writes in NY Slant. Read more


* Success Academy Charter Schools intends to start posting lesson plans online this summer, even specifying what type of snail is the best for kindergartners’ science experiments, to shift education debates away from politics, the Wall Street Journal reports. Read more






Clowning around nets $31.5 million: America’s iteration of Red Nose Day reeled in $31.5 million last week, including $18 million from retail partner Walgreens, The NonProfit Times reports. The second-year event, which benefits children living in poverty domestically and abroad, improved upon last year’s totals by more than $8 million. Read more


Treating autism with a healthy diet: The Center for Discovery believes that autism spectrum disorder is not only a brain disorder, but a biomedical one, and that treating it with a healthy diet, as well as exercise , sleep, and a nurturing environment, will lead to healthier lives for its residents and students, writes its CEO, Patrick Dollard, in Medical Daily. 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


A fake mountain grows in Brooklyn: DUMBO Boulders had its grand opening May 14, and as the first public outdoor climbing center in New York City, it's primed to be a very popular destination this summer, according to The Village Voice. The project is a collaboration between the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, the nonprofit that manages the area, and the Cliffs, a Long Island City–based climbing gym. Read more


On Governors Island, mountains of junk where children find adventure: Eight Brooklyn residents, including parents, educators and an acrobat, created a nonprofit called Play:groundNYC, according to the New York Times. It helped establish an adventure playground that opened last weekend on Governors Island. Read more






1 p.m. - New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, Mark-Viverito and others deliver remarks at Gun Violence Awareness Month Press Conference, outside David Dinkins Municipal Building, 1 Centre St., Manhattan.


4:30 p.m. - Hochul and Co-Chair Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez convene heroin and opioid abuse task force session in the Southern Tier, Binghamton University, Innovative Technologies Complex, 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal.


5 p.m. - Albany City Hall, In Our Own Voices, Inc. and the Pride Center of the Capital Region hold a panel discussion about work LGBT communities of color are doing, rotunda, Albany City Hall, 24 Eagle St., Albany.


5:30 p.m. - The state Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction and state Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer hold a special community forum on heroin and opioid addiction, Williamsville South High School, 5950 Main St.,  Williamsville.



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