NYC, Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Sunny early with a chance of thunderstorms later in New York City, showers followed by thunderstorms in Albany, and scattered showers throughout the day in Buffalo. New York City, high 85; Albany, high 79; Buffalo, high 66.
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New York Attorney General seeks to halt nursing home sales amid inquiries: State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking to prevent the purchase of two nursing centers by a company that was involved in a series of transactions that put a Manhattan nursing home in the hands of luxury condominium developers, according to the New York Times. In letters sent to lawyers representing nursing care providers in Harlem and Coney Island, an official from Schneiderman’s office said that the office was objecting to “any proposed sales of not-for-profit organizations, in particular nursing homes, to the Allure Group.” Read more.
Demanding that nonprofits not pay for overhead is preventing them from doing good: A new report from Bridgespan, a consulting firm for nonprofits and philanthropists, says it is incredibly damaging when most foundations pay only up to 15 percent of any group’s indirect costs, such as office space, salaries, or equipment, writes Fast Co.Exist. Read more.
Food Bank warns funding cuts will hurt needy families: Food Bank For New York City warned that hundreds of families may be turned away after Mayor de Blasio’s office proposed a $1.2 million cut in funding to the Emergency Food Assistance Program, DNAinfo writes. The organization, along with hundreds of those that work with it, wrote to the mayor asking the administration not to cut funding and provide a baseline of $22 million in funding for the program for the future. Read more.
80 Nonprofits receive $11 million in grants from New York Community Trust: The new grants, the trust's largest round of funding so far this year, will take on numerous projects, ranging from supporting clean energy to advocating for alternatives to school suspensions to countering Islamophobia, according to a press release. NYCT approved more than $3.8 million in grants to improve literacy among young students, which included nearly $1.3 million to New York University to encourage more teachers to use storytelling and student assessment data to improve reading skills, and a $439,000 grant to the Union Settlement Association to use photography to help those who are just learning English. Read more and see the full list.
Big Donors Losing Faith In Charity To Solve Problems: Seven out of 10 high-net-worth Americans have more confidence in the private sector to solve social and environmental problems than the public or nonprofit sector, writes the NonProfit Times. Six in 10 also believe that private capital invested in social and public programs can produce superior outcomes, all while ownership and interest in impact investing climb. Read more.
High school gets stung by deadbeat-high-dollar-donor syndrome: After a donor calling himself Juan Diaz Romero volunteered a $1.5 million donation to Enterprise High School in Brooklyn, the school planned for a number of big-ticket purchases, including a big class trip to D.C., writes Nonprofit Quarterly. But it turned out that the long history of “Dr. Diaz” is short on donations but long on writing bad checks. Read more.
Down to one resident in 15,600 square feet, a missionary sisterhood’s home is for sale: Since 1948, the sisters of the Immaculati Cordis Mariae, begun in Belgium, has called a block on Stuyvesant Square home, the New York Times writes. But as so many religious groups have done, the sisters are cashing out and the buildings are now on the market for a combined $19.75 million. Read more.
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Bronx nonprofit receives $1,500 grant from Yankee Stadium fund:
Special Citizens Futures Unlimited was awarded $1,500 from the New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, Inc., which aims to improve the quality of life in the Bronx by addressing civic, socioeconomic and educational needs and providing social, arts, health, cultural, and recreational opportunities. The grant will go towards recreational activities for all Special Citizens program participants. Read more.
LICADD receives $18,000 to decrease drug dependence and alcoholism:
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) received more than $18,000 in donations from friends and family members through Go Fund Me to support LICADD’s programs and services to all families and individuals in need. The event featured a tennis tournament, drills, and awards at the Robbie Wagner’s Tennis Tournament Center in Glen Cove, NY. With the heroin and opiate crisis raging, the demand for LICADD’s services has increased exponentially.
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:
* A report released by state investigators on the escape at the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility documented a host of “systemic deficiencies” that gave two escapees time and space to plan and execute a prison break, The New York Times reports. Read more.
* With the legislative session winding down, advocates for raising the age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18 say they will remain at the state Capitol until the end of the legislative session as part of an extended “sleep-in,” the Times Union writes. Read more.
* The “multiple investigations” of de Blasio are one reason state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan won’t agree to extend mayoral control of the city’s public schools by more than a year, the Post reports. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
The merger of two tech nonprofits shows the industry is spreading its roots in NYC: The host of the The NY Tech Meetup, where Foursquare and Tumblr made their New York debuts, has merged with the New York Technology Council, an industry advocacy group founded in 2009, writes Crain’s. They are now the NY Tech Alliance, with a combined membership of more than 60,000 and a mission to bring diversity to the industry and to help both large and small companies grow. Read more.
The Center for Urban Community Services opens Bronx supportive residence: More than 100 homeless and low-income people and families in the Bronx will now have access to supportive housing and on-site support services thanks to the newly opened Sydelle residence, according to the mayor’s office. The city’s newest supportive housing residence is located at 600 East 181st Street and provides 108 homes and offers on-site support services to homeless and low-income individuals and families, including people with complex psychiatric and medical needs. The project was developed by the Center for Urban Community Services, one of the nation’s largest supportive housing services providers. 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
Supporters of QueensWay Announce Launch of Design Phase: The design phase of the first half-mile of QueensWay Park, which involves converting the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line of the Long Island Rail Road into a $120 million public park, similar to the Highline in Chelsea, will start this summer, The Forum reports. Read more.
Map - Find the wilderness in New York City: A new interactive map of the city-owned parkland locates the 10,000 acres of natural areas - wetlands, forests, grasslands and open water that would altogether cover Central Park 12 times over - on NYC Parks Department property, DNAinfo writes. It is the outcome of a two-year study of the city's natural areas by the Natural Areas Conservancy, a nonprofit that collaborates with the Parks Department. Read more.
Re-laying floors, restoring homes: Rebuilding Together NYC helps low-income New Yorkers with repairs and renovations, according to the Wall Street Journal. The nonprofit has worked on 10 Hurricane Sandy-related projects in Canarsie and almost 200 across the city last year. Read more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
11 a.m. - “The Capitol Pressroom” features Assemblywoman Sandra Galef on ending pay-to-play politics, Assemblywoman Pat Fahy and Senate Minority Leader John DeFrancisco on indigent legal defense reforms, and more, WCNY.
11:30 a.m. - State Sen. Thomas O'Mara, Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo and advocates hold press conference to discuss the newly amended Safe School Drinking Water Act, Capitol Building, 3rd Floor outside of the LCA Room, Albany.
7:30 p.m. - Brewer speaks at West Side Commons event, Apollo Theater Soundstage, 253 West 125th St., second floor, Manhattan.