NYC, Monday, June 6, 2016
Mostly sunny in New York City and Albany, and breezy then mostly sunny with a slight chance of rain in Western New York. New York City, high 84; Albany, high 84; Buffalo, high 73.
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Study - Seven percent of email appeals go to spam: An average of 7 percent of nonprofit emails end up in spam folders each month, and more than 10 percent during year-end campaigns, potentially costing charities as much as $7,400 in revenue each year, writes the NonProfit Times. Read more.
Rental assistance to families with children falls as need rises: A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that the number of families with children receiving federal rent subsidies has fallen by over 250,000 since 2004 and is at its lowest point in more than a decade, despite rising need, writes the Coalition on Human Needs. Read more.
Manhattan nonprofit finds a way to keep elderly supportive-housing residents healthier and out of the emergency room: Breaking Ground, which describes itself as the city's largest provider of supportive housing, found that when elderly residents have care plans that are tailored to their specific health needs, the number of days these patients spent in the emergency department was cut by 72 percent, Crain’s writes. Read more.
At Carnegie Hall, a new leader with a son named Hendrix: Last week, Robert F. Smith’s intersecting worlds of money, philanthropy and music came together when he was named the chairman of Carnegie Hall, the nation’s most prestigious concert stage, the New York Times reports. He became the first African-American to hold the post at a time when diversity at leading cultural organizations lags. Read more.
The many lives of a New York S.R.O.: Last month, Capitol Hall’s neighbors and its many donors celebrated the completion of a $16.7 million renovation of the Upper West Side building that has finally provided the 200 current tenants their own bathrooms and kitchenettes, and created community rooms to flavor their days with Netflix movies, gab sessions, gardening and more, writes the Times. The executive director of Goddard Riverside noted that 35,000 people live in nonprofit-run S.R.O.s. Read more.
Support women to support communities: The MacArthur Foundation will award $100 million to an organization with the best meaningful proposal to use that money to solve a pressing social problem, such as homelessness, heroin overdoses and a rising maternal mortality rate, the Times writes in its Room for Debate. There are intergenerational benefits to increasing women's earnings and economic independence, including a decrease in maternal mortality and in cycles of violence, Ana Oliveira, the president and chief executive officer of the New York Women’s Foundation, writes. Read more.
Housing for New York City’s senior moment: Investor interest in senior housing that offers assisted-living services and care for dementia-related conditions has grown in and around cities such as New York, where aging residents are increasing in number, industry brokers, analysts, developers and investors told the Wall Street Journal. Read more.
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Fresh Air Fund’s 140th birthday celebration and spring benefit yields $1.3 million:
On June 2, The Fresh Air Fund held its “140th Birthday Celebration, annual Spring Benefit,” at Chelsea Piers. Andrew Ross Sorkin, financial columnist for The Times, news anchor, co-creator of Billions on Showtime, and best-selling author hosted the event. Honorees included: Fresh Air child and celebrity stylist, June Ambrose, who shared her Fresh Air experience; supermodel, Chanel Iman; and head coach of the St. John's Red Storm, Chris Mullin. The event helped the fund raise close to $1.3 million dollars for the nonprofit, which has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.
Prospect Park Alliance proposal to improve Flatbush Avenue awarded funding through Parks Without Borders:
A proposal to improve Flatbush Avenue is one of eight citywide to receive funding through the NYC Parks’ Parks Without Borders Initiative. The Alliance will use this funding to create two new park entrances along Flatbush Avenue, to restore a third entrance near Empire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue at the Park's Children's Corner, and to fund additional park improvements. Currently, there are no entrances between Grand Army Plaza and the Children's Corner. Read more.
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.
Development Coordinator, St. Dominic’s Home
The Development Coordinator works with the organizational leadership of the Friends of St. Dominic’s Inc., appropriate board and committee to plan, structure, and implement the development program and implement strategies for communication with the goal of the advancing the Mission of St. Dominic’s Home. This position reports directly to the President of Friends of St. Dominic’s. Candidate should have a Bachelor’s Degree. CFRE Certification preferred. Minimum of 3 years demonstrated successful fundraising experience and experience working with and organizing volunteers for special events. Development and Event Coordination experience required. 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.
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.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* New York City Councilman Ben Kallos expressed interest in working with his colleagues on legislation that could regulate and limit the use of a political nonprofit class known as 501(c)4s that Mayor Bill de Blasio has used to promote his agenda, reports City & State. Read more.
* State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan has continued to torment Mayor Bill de Blasio as the mayor lobbies to have mayoral control of schools extended, introducing a one-year extension with new oversight that drew swift criticism, the Times writes. Read more.
* A de Blasio-backed bill aimed at boosting the city’s affordable-housing stock by lifting a state cap on the size of residential projects has suddenly gained steam in Albany and could be approved later this month, the Post writes. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
How to force out rent-controlled tenants: In order to protect tenants from evictions, the city should change its approach to issuing vacate orders, DW Gibson writes in the Times. If an order is issued because of illegal activity on the part of a property owner, the affected tenants should be given stable housing and representation through a nonprofit, housing-focused legal aid office. Read more.
Where nearly half of pupils are homeless, school aims to be teacher, therapist, even Santa: The number of homeless people in the city has never been larger, and to spend months in the classrooms of P.S. 188, that crisis is lived in lunchrooms and libraries, in science labs and math classes, or while perched at a tiny desk trying to learn to read, according to the Times. The school has enlisted nonprofits to aid in its work. 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: Higher Education
Study - Nonprofit colleges failing to graduate students: A few of America’s universities may offer the best education in the world, but in terms of helping the average teenager become a college graduate, most of the system is failing, writes Nonprofit Quarterly. Read more.
States that tie higher education funding to performance have it all wrong, report says: The Century Foundation says the performance-based funding model is reinforcing disparities within public higher education and is doing little to move the needle on completion, writes the Washington Post. Read more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
11 a.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joins postal worker Glen Grays for legal announcement regarding ongoing police misconduct investigation, U.S. Post Office Cadman Plaza Branch, 271 Cadman Plaza E., Brooklyn.
11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin on reports the Cuomo administration was warned earlier about PFOA levels in Hoosick Falls, Farm Bureau President Dean Norton on the lawsuit launched by farm workers, and more, WCNY.
6 p.m. - Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul highlights Cuomo’s economic development accomplishments during National CityAge Summit, Sibley Building, 250 E. Main St., Rochester.
6:30 p.m. - New York City Council members Fernando Cabrera, Vanessa Gibson, Ydanis Rodriguez and others attend the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards honoring the best branches with $20,000 prize, Hearst Tower, 300 W. 57th St., Manhattan.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Marie C. Iammatteo, CFO, Housing Partnership Development Corp., Monday, June 6.
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