NYN Daily (5/9/16)



NYC, Monday, May 9, 2016

Mostly sunny and breezy in New York City, mostly sunny in Albany and Sunny in Western New York. New York City, high 73; Albany, high 61; Buffalo, high 56.


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




DSS responds to charges of misrepresentation in street homelessness survey: In a letter to the editor, David Neustadt, deputy commissioner of the city Department of Social Services, says that NYN Media's most recent article on the city’s HOPE count "left out the essential fact that the de Blasio administration relies on far more than HOPE count results to accurately identify and provide services to street homeless New Yorkers,"  and that "the article’s main point relies on past incorrect information provided several months ago by the Department of Homeless Services that the HOPE count only counts 'chronic' street homeless." Read more.


NYN Media Perspectives - Thoughts on leadership: Nancy Wackstein, former executive director of United Neighborhood Houses, asks several probing questions about shifts in nonprofit leadership, including: Does it matter if the executive director of a ballet company has never danced? Does it actually make a difference for mission-based organizations whether the leaders they select have personally been exposed to the challenges or needs the organization is engaged in addressing? Read more


Legislature, with little time left in session, plans to address heroin use: With just 18 scheduled legislative days remaining in the current session, state lawmakers are due once again to try to address the surge of heroin and opioid use, Politico NY reports. At an event in Manhattan last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters that the state needed to come up with a “a heroin plan” before legislators break for the summer. Read more.


Lawmakers mull remedies for insurers after collapse of Health Republic: After the collapse last year of Health Republic, the nonprofit health insurance company set up in New York to offer low-cost coverage under the Affordable Care Act, state lawmakers are exploring how to prevent other health insurers from suffering the same fate. Read more.


New York City and nonprofit clash over accessibility of Roosevelt Memorial: Ever since Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park opened on Roosevelt Island four years ago, City Hall has been arguing with the nonprofit group that built and runs the park over whether it is fully accessible to the disabled, the New York Times reports. The little-known dispute has now reached an impasse, with the de Blasio administration declaring categorically that the park is not accessible and needs to be fixed. Read more.


Wall Street is profiting from foreclosures as neighborhoods suffer: In New York, like elsewhere, even though people of color have not been the majority of homeowners, they were foreclosed on the most often, Ana Maria Archila, co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy, and Jonathan Westin, executive director for New York Communities for Change, write in the New York Daily News. Read more.


Public barred from Inwood rezoning meeting reserved for 'key stakeholders': Locals residents and nonprofits who planned on attending a meeting about a controversial rezoning plan were told by officials that it is only open to a group of undisclosed "key stakeholders," despite an invitation circulating widely online, DNAinfo reports. Read more.


Nonprofit allegedly tried to downgrade chartered flight prize: A nonprofit that auctioned off a private, chartered flight to Cuba allegedly tried to swap the prize for coach seats instead, the New York Post writes. The Legacy of Hope Foundation, which was raising money to build Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Hospital in Africa, offered the swanky trip via online auctioneer CharityBuzz last year. Read more.



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Tory Burch, Elizabeth Sackler and NYC's Young Women's Initiative honored by The New York Women's Foundation


Thousands joined The New York Women’s Foundation on May 5 to celebrate the leadership and philanthropy of Tory Burch, CEO & Designer of Tory Burch LLC and founder of the Tory Burch Foundation and Elizabeth A. Sackler, PhD, human rights activist, President of The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation and founder of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The breakfast honored the Young Women’s Initiative, launched in 2015 by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council, the first-ever effort solely dedicated to supporting girls, young women and transgender youth of color in the United States.


The Foundation’s 2016 grant recipients were recognized at the breakfast for their exemplary efforts to create an equitable and just future for women and families in New York City.


“Tory Burch and Elizabeth Sackler are proof of the power of women’s leadership. Remarkably accomplished in their respective professional lives, each is deeply committed to advancing and promoting economic opportunities and social justice for women.  It was an honor to recognize them for their achievements at this year’s Celebrating Women Breakfast,” said Ana L. Oliveira, president and CEO of the foundation. 



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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* New York schools are struggling to implement guidelines for teaching children learning English, with teachers saying the state Education Department is not supplying enough resources, and many of those kids continue to fall behind, The New York Times reports.


* The FBI raided the homes of former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo Joe Percoco and lobbyist Todd Howe two weeks ago as part of a widening probe into dealings with companies tied to Cuomo administration economic development projects, the New York Post reports. Read more.


* Cuomo ordered nail salons to hand over $2 million to hundreds of workers after creating the Nail Salon Industry Enforcement Task Force a year ago to crack down on widespread abuses at nail shops, where many are paid less than minimum wage, the Daily News writes. Read more.






L.I. mom who runs non-profit dedicated to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation makes caring for critters a family affair: Rescuing animals is a family affair for Cathy Horvath and her FDNY firefighter husband, Bobby, who regularly take their 8-year-old daughter, Sadie, on rescue missions and educational presentations in the city and out on Long Island through their non-profit Wildlife in Need of Rescue and Rehabilitation, the Daily News writes. Read more.


NYC nonprofits expand outreach to tackle stigma in Latino communities against Alzheimer’s, dementia: According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hispanics are at a higher risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias than older Caucasian individuals, Metro NY writes. However, even with the high risk the National Council on Aging has found that among Spanish-language communities there is a lack of knowledge of the illnesses, with many not fully knowing the extent and complications of the disease. 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: Higher Education

At small colleges, harsh lessons about cash flow: In the last few years, small liberal arts colleges have been under financial siege, forced to re-examine their missions and justify their existence, the New York Times reports. Even several established and respected ones — Bard College, Yeshiva University, Mills College and Morehouse College, among others — have received negative financial ratings. Read more.






12:30 p.m. - The City Council Committee on Aging, the Subcommittee on Senior Centers and Committee on Finance hold an executive budget hearing, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.


1:30 p.m. - The Senate Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, Legislative Office Building, Room 309, Albany.


1:30 p.m. - The Senate Committee on Civil Service and Pensions, Legislative Office Building, Room 410, Albany.


6 p.m. -  Rep. Jerry Nadler, state Sen. Brad Hoylman, Assemblywoman Deborah Glick and City Councilman Corey Johnson host Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Director of the National Park Service Jonathan Jarvis for a public meeting on creation of a national monument in recognition of the LGBT movement, PS 41, 116 W. 11th St., Manhattan.



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