NYC, Monday, June 13, 2016
Mostly sunny and breezy in New York City, partly sunny in Albany and increasing clouds in Buffalo. New York City, high 80; Albany, high 71; Buffalo, high 67.
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NYN Media Perspectives - City budget deal underfunds aging programs: AARP appreciates that the mayor and City Council have added $1.9 million to baseline spending for in-home services, writes its associate state director for New York City. But he argues that’s hardly a blip in the nearly $400 million they added to overall baseline spending in the new budget. Read more.
Memos imply that City Hall knew of nursing home deal: In memos, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services informed the first deputy mayor, Anthony Shorris, that it was working to remove the restrictions after Allure Group, a for-profit nursing-home company, had agreed to pay the city $16.15 million to do so, the New York Times reports. After the city removed the restrictions on the property, which barred any use other than as a nonprofit health care center, Allure Group sold the home to the developers in February for $116 million. Read more.
Culture suck - How a bad ethical culture can doom a good nonprofit: The Healing Arts Initiative controversy should motivate every nonprofit board member and executive to take a good look at their organization’s culture and ask whether the right systems and procedures are in place to reinforce and restate principles of practice with enough frequency and from enough participants that they become a positive informant of action, writes nonprofit consultant Paul Sturm in Nonprofit Quarterly. Read more.
Church agencies looking for answers in response to new overtime rule: A fiscal officer in the Diocese of Ogdensburg, N.Y., said the new federal overtime rule could significantly affect budgets because people who are now exempt from overtime pay will be classified as nonexempt in December, according to The Catholic Spirit. Even with some anticipated overtime pay, he expects the diocese can “absorb a very modest” increase in salary expenses. The diocese is looking at helping parishes revise job descriptions so that workers would be considered ministers, making them exempt from overtime pay. Read more.
Schools move away from suspensions for student misbehavior: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration hopes that bolstering “restorative practices,” which aim to make students take responsibility for their transgressions and repair the harm, will bring peace to schools and cut suspensions, according to the Wall Street Journal. This push includes more peer mediation and staff training to de-escalate conflicts. Read more.
Building a foundation for the 21st century, part 2 - Opening the terrarium: Clara Miller, president of the F.B. Heron Foundation, writes in Nonprofit Quarterly how a change in the operating model can expand its effectiveness and impact. Read more.
Feds probing questionable NYCHA statistics on lead tainted apartments: In 2004, NYCHA identified more than 55,000 apartments likely to contain lead paint, including more than 10,000 where children younger than 6 live, the Daily News reports. Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is conducting a broad-ranging civil investigation into whether NYCHA has lied to the federal government about the conditions of its apartments. Read more.
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The Bridge’s “Partners in Caring” awards gala raises nearly $500,000:
More than 400 people from real estate, business, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector were at New York City’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel on June 6 to celebrate the work of The Bridge, one of New York City’s leading nonprofit organizations working to provide services to people suffering from mental illness and to reduce homelessness. Those honored included John Catsimatidis, Jr., who received The Partners in Caring Next Generation Award; Neil B. Davidowitz, president of Orsid Realty, who received The Partners in Caring Corporate Award; and George McDonald, founder and president of The Doe Fund, who received The Partners in Caring Inspiration Award. The annual fundraising dinner raised nearly $500,000 for The Bridge’s programs.
Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York gala raises at least $1.1 million:
Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York last week held its annual Power of a Wish Gala in New York City at Cipriani Wall Street. The gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for the chapter, and supports the organization’s mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Hosted by Make-A-Wish Ambassador and celebrity photographer, Nigel Barker, the gala honored Mazdack Rassi, co-founder of Milk, for his work over the last decade in granting the wishes of many young people. Click here to see event photos.
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.
Chief Operation Officer, Cayuga Centers
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Director of Development and Community Relations, Abbott House
Abbott House is seeking an experienced, energetic development professional to plan and implement a comprehensive and aggressive fundraising program to include annual giving, grant proposals, special events, and the creation and implementation of an agency communication and marketing plan including social media. The Director of Development will report to the C.E.O. It is expected that this individual will work with the Board of Directors to set goals and lead a strategic plan to broaden the support base and oversee the growth of all development activities. Read more.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* Under the New York Parole Board’s current kneejerk approach, prisoners are often not seriously considered for release, with their actions ignored in their request for parole, a practice courts have ruled against and one that needs to stop, the Times writes. Read more.
* While state Senate Republicans are moving to stiffen criminal penalties for a number of crimes, they also need to ensure the criminal justice system treats the poor and the powerless fairly, the Times Union writes. Read more.
* The effort to revive the lucrative 421-a affordable housing tax break for developers, which expired in January after the real estate industry and unions could not come to a deal on how best to extend it, appears doomed this year, the Daily News’ Lovett writes. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
AfterWork Theater allows former thespians to re-live stage glory, non-actors to shine in spotlight: For the past three-and-a-half years, the nonprofit organization has helped dozens of lawyers, psychologists, computer programmers, businesspeople, and at least one former Homeland Security Department analyst, recharge their performance batteries, the Daily News writes. Read more.
Keeping artists in New York City: As head of Ford Foundation since 2013, Darren Walker is directing its $12.4 billion endowment to focus on inequality, according to WNYC. And part of that effort includes examining how art and artists can address the problem, including issues of affordability and access in cities like New York. Read more.
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
Despite smarts, few on the spectrum college-bound: A pilot program on five campuses at the City University of New York, where the number of students who disclosed that they are on the autism spectrum has more than doubled since 2012, has shown promising results supporting those students, according to The Hechinger Report. CUNY’s program was financed on a relative shoestring by the private nonprofit FAR Fund. The original three-year grant was meant to be used to identify the most effective approaches, which could then be adapted by the rest of the system, but getting additional public dollars for higher education in New York, as in so many states, has been a battle. Read more.
CUNY to replace 14 campus bookstores with a 'user-friendly virtual platform': Fourteen of City University of New York's 21 colleges plan to close their campus bookstores and replace them with one "user-friendly virtual platform," Politico New York writes. The vendor would sell textbooks and course materials "at the lowest possible cost" and pay the university "a commission on sales," the policy says. Read more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
11 a.m. - “The Capitol Pressroom” features state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on NYRA’s uncertain financial future and the heroin epidemic, state Sen. Jose Peralta, the New York State School Boards Association’s David Albert, NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell and the New York State School Boards Association’s Rick Timbs, WCNY.
12:30 p.m. – New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña joins middle school students to make a college access announcement and kick off College Access for All - Middle School, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 11th Avenue between West 58th and 59th streets, Manhattan.
4 p.m. – Mayor de Blasio holds a public hearing for and signs eight bills that comprise the Criminal Justice Reform Act, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.
5 p.m. - State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker joins a community conversation about healthcare issues affecting East Brooklyn, PS/IS 392, 104 Sutter Ave., Brooklyn.
5:30 p.m. - Candidates for the 13th Congressional District participate in debate sponsored by AARP NY, WABC-TV, the Amsterdam News, El Diario, Univisión, its radio partner WADO, and WBLS, Riverside Church, Assembly Hall, 490 Riverside Drive, Manhattan.
7 p.m. - Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer speaks at Regional Plan Association “Reimagining 14th Street” event, TransitCenter, 1 Whitehall Street, 17th Floor, Manhattan.