NYC, Friday, June 3, 2016
Rain in New York City, a chance of rain and thunderstorms in Albany and mostly sunny in Buffalo. New York City, high 74; Albany, high 79; Buffalo, high 77.
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NYN Reports - Cuomo launches new effort to fight homelessness, overhaul shelter system: Kicking off Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Homelessness Action Plan,” the state released requests for proposals to create 1,200 permanent supportive units and said it would immediately make available 513 shelter beds in underused state and state-licensed facilities. Read more.
Comptroller audit slams juvenile justice program: The city's Administration for Children's Services has been grossly mismanaging detention facilities connected to the Close to Home program, shirking its responsibility to meet with kids and their parents and failing to monitor service providers, a city comptroller’s audit found, DNAinfo writes. Read more.
City summer jobs programs are a key front in the fight against anti-LGBTQ discrimination: Nonprofit providers of employment programs recruit youth employees and worksites, but they can also act as troubleshooters when worksites don’t quite understand how to relate to young LGBTQ people, or when young LGBTQ people face problems in figuring out how to represent their sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, writes Andrea Bowen in Slate. Read more.
A 'Housing First' solution could actually stimulate homelessness: HUD, in the name of housing the homeless, has paradoxically adopted a policy that could stimulate homelessness, writes Ralph da Costa Nunez in the Huffington Post. By withdrawing the very funding that supports this nation's homeless safety net, HUD is leading the nation down a perilous path. Read more.
New overtime rules expose practices that limit nonprofit diversity: The continuing debate over whether the Obama administration’s recent move to make more than 4 million workers eligible for overtime pay should stand is giving us an opportunity to debate the supposed merits of paying low salaries to workers expected to work long workweeks, writes Nonprofit Quarterly. Read more.
HUD’s homeless plan: Permanent housing policies have stronger, more effective outcomes and cost less, and HUD has been signaling a funding shift toward these for several years to grantees, HUD Secretary Julián Castro writes in a letter to the New York Times. Read more.
Harlem HIV/AIDS Activist appointed to mayor's Advisory Board: A Harlem activist who is living with AIDS is one of six new appointees to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration Advisory Board. Her nonprofit, Can’t Be Silenced, encourages individuals to get tested for HIV/AIDS and learn safe-sex practices. Read more.
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Dinner for a Better New York raised $450,000 for Services for the UnderServed Urban Farms:
James Beard winner, chef, TV personality and SUS board member Andrew Zimmern joined SUS Board Chair Gareth Old and its CEO Donna Colonna in awarding Dana Cowin, Creative Director of Chefs Club and Christina Grdovic, Senior Vice President and Publisher of FOOD & WINE magazine for their contributions to the food industry. SUS Urban Farms touches over 300 people each year, providing therapeutic horticulture, nutritional programming, and employment opportunities through workshops, field experiences, and its network of community farms and garden spaces. Read more.
Claire P. Gutekunst takes office as president of New York State Bar Association:
Claire P. Gutekunst of Yonkers this week became the 119th president of the New York State Bar Association. Gutekunst, an independent mediator and arbitrator, is the sixth woman to serve as president of the 74,000-member association. She succeeds David P. Miranda of Albany and was a fellow of The New York Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the association. "Many low-income New Yorkers face potentially life-changing legal problems without a lawyer. They risk losing their homes, health care or child support, often creating additional problems for them and their families."
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.
Communications Associate, Human Services Council of New York
HSC seeks a Communications Associate to assist with communications, fundraising, development, research, and other tasks important to our mission. The ideal candidate is motivated, can work independently, has strong writing and communication skills, and is passionate about the nonprofit sector. The position will report to the Membership Services Manager. Duties include working with internal staff to identify newsworthy events and programs, facilitating HSC’s communications to members by creating and disseminating weekly e-blasts and other regular e-communications through Constant Contact, writing the Annual Report and overseeing HSC’s blog. Read more.
Chief Financial Officer, Greystone Programs, Inc.
Greystone Programs, Inc., a Mid-Hudson Valley not-for-profit, is seeking an experienced financial professional to lead our Finance and Accounting department, and along with the CEO and the Board of Directors, be accountable for the overall fiscal well-being of the organization. The CFO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer and works closely with the senior management team. Read more.
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:
* The de Blasio administration and the New York City Council are aiming to wrap up budget negotiations in time for lawmakers to vote on the fiscal year 2017 spending plan during the City Council’s next scheduled stated meeting on June 9, sources told City & State. Read more.
* One day after her organization scrapped its pre-K program over a bitter contract dispute with the de Blasio administration, Eva Moskowitz blasted the mayor for failing to provide facilities for charters as mandated by state law, the Post reports. Read more.
* The state’s Office of Homes and Community Renewal was right to stop a plan from developer Norstar Development Inc. to accelerate the removal of low-income residents from a housing complex that is to be demolished and rebuilt, The Buffalo News writes. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Queens counselor makes it her mission to guide students through college application process: Norma Feriz-Gordon, the college counselor at Hillcrest High School, has made it her mission to help students explore all their options for college, according to the Daily News. She started out at several nonprofit organizations that assist children with developmental disabilities and mental health issues as well as youngsters in the juvenile justice system. Read more.
'Safety Villages' let kids navigate fire, traffic hazards: The Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village in upstate New York is one of dozens of safety villages in the United States and Canada, and more are in the works, the idea being that learning by doing in a safe environment is the best defense against real danger, the New York Times writes. It is funded by donations, fundraising and a $5 per child fee after getting off the ground with a $1.7 million federal grant. 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: Culture
City funding for the arts strengthens our social fabric: As the mayor and City Council focus on creating a budget that provides essential services for all city residents, increasing support in the city's budget for arts and culture should be a top priority, Jorge Daniel Veneciano, the executive director at El Museo del Barrio, and Lisa Robb, the executive director at The Center for Arts Education, write in City Limits. Read more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
2:30 p.m. - Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz hold a press conference in support of legislation benefitting military veterans, triangle at intersection of 3rd Avenue and Senator Street, Brooklyn.
12 p.m. - State Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other elected officials attend Community Voices Heard’s first Statewide Member Congress, Evander Childs Campus, 800 E. Gun Hill Road, Bronx.
4 p.m. - Urban Librarians Unite hold a 24-hour Read-In in support of increased funding for the city's libraries, plaza of The New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Manhattan.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Jeff Swansen, Director of Logistics, United War Veterans Council, Saturday, June 4.