NYC, Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Showers across the state. New York City, high 69; Albany, high 68; Buffalo, high 59.
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Editor’s note: Tomorrow NYN Media is hosting OpCon at Baruch College with a full day of sessions to help nonprofits streamline operations and processes. Stay tuned for a link to the event’s livestream in tomorrow’s daily. For more details, please click here.
NYN Media Trade Tips - Improving the quality of your nonprofit’s audit: Auditing is a watchdog function, however a financial statement audit is not designed or intended to provide absolute assurance, writes Sibi Thomas. This fact can result in a difference in expectations by various stakeholders. Read more.
NYC moves to improve day care safety, presents changes to city health code: Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett submitted 11 proposed changes to the Board of Health, the oversight entity that must approve any changes to the city’s health code, according to the Daily News. The code changes follow the health commissioner’s vow to hire more inspectors and set up a team to track down and shutter unlicensed day care facilities. Read more.
Developers add affordable units, retail to supportive-housing projects to make them more desirable: Developers of supportive housing often face significant pushback from the surrounding community when proposing a new site for people who were formerly homeless, many of whom suffer from mental health issues, Crain’s writes. Adding affordable apartments for neighborhood residents, as well as useful retail space for the community, can help win them over. Read more.
What new data reveal about gender and race in a creative workforce: "persity in the New York City Dance Community" is the latest in a spate of new research focused on better understanding the dynamics of nonprofit arts and culture, according to the Huffington Post. The report offers some encouraging news for nonprofit dance: in terms of gender and racial persity, dance leads the wider cultural workforce and the major disciplines of theater, music, and museums among the department's grantees. Read more.
Bills aim to expand NYCHA jobs program, measure impact: City Councilmembers are scheduled to introduce two bills aimed at NYCHA residents, including one that would expand JobsPlus, a federal-local partnership program that works with nonprofits to provide site-based career services and ancillary supports to NYCHA residents, according to Gotham Gazette. Besides job placement and training, the program also provides financial counseling, education, childcare, and transportation services, all aimed at ensuring stable career pathways for residents. Read more.
Leader of community school movement says New York is changing how cities think about addressing poverty: Chalkbeat interviews Martin Blank, who advises districts looking to adopt community schools and responds to critics who question whether costly interventions such as pairing schools with nonprofit partners are enough to revamp troubled schools. Read more.
Queens branches recognized with "Oscars of libraries": The NYC Neighborhood Library Awards gave two Queens branches the top prize of $20,000 each, NY1 reports. The Glen Oaks and Arverne branches took home the honor and money. The Far Rockaway Branch received $10,000. Read more.
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Brooklyn Community Services raises over $1 million at 150th anniversary kick-off gala on June 6:
BCS’s milestone 150th Anniversary Kick-Off Gala, held June 6 at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, raised over $1.1 million, a new record for the organization. The gala honored philanthropists and long-time BCS supporters Charles J. and Irene Hamm, builder and corporate leader Forest City Ratner Companies, NYC First Lady and mental health care activist Chirlane McCray, BCS program honoree Lanetta Darlington and BCS outstanding service honoree Ellen Fine Levine. The emcee for the gala was Carla Hall, co-host of ABC’s The Chew and the owner of Carla Hall’s Southern Kitchen Restaurant in Brooklyn. Proceeds of the gala will support BCS programming.
Leake & Watts fights to “Raise the Age”:
Leake & Watts, one of the active supporters of the Raise the Age NY coalition, which is fighting to increase the age for criminal responsibility to 18, worked to advance its cause at its June 1 Spring Benefit at The Milling Room on the Upper West Side. New York State is one of only two states that prosecutes 16 and 17 year olds as adults and sentences them to adult jails and prisons. Executive Director Alan Mucatel introduced a 16-year-old who spent two months at Rikers Island before being placed in Leake & Watts Non Secure Placement program.
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 inpidual 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:
* The Daily News writes that Earl Nash, who allegedly beat a Bronx woman and discussed rape before the woman’s husband fatally beat him, was cast adrift by the government’s dysfunctional mental health system. Read more.
* Five correction officers accused of brutally beating a Rikers inmate in July 2012 were convicted on all charges, including first-degree gang assault, which prompted the victim to say, “justice got served,” the Times reports. Read more.
* A board that runs Brooklyn Bridge Park voted to build two apartment towers in the park, despite opposition from community groups and local elected officials, and a lawyer who lives near the park immediately threatened to sue, the Journal reports. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
A riding program for disabled children finds stables it can call home: Gallop NYC, which began 11 years ago as a weekly program teaching riding skills to children with physical and intellectual disabilities using a handful of ponies and horses, will take over a financially troubled riding stable in Howard Beach, Queens, the New York Times writes. The move will allow it to serve 800 children on its waiting list and teach 2,000 students a year, compared with the 700 currently enrolled. Read more.
Yearbook for young victims of gun violence humanizes startling stats: The nonprofit New Yorkers Against Gun Violence created a posthumous yearbook to humanize victims of gun violence from across the country, according to Metro New York. According to the group, in the last 15 years more than 30,000 young Americans have lost their lives in gun-related violence before finishing high school. Read more.
Neighborhood challenge offers matching funds for community projects: This summer, a nonprofit community engagement platform, “In Our Backyards” is kicking off a new neighborhood challenge to help Lower East Side residents bring their community-based project ideas to fruition. It offers matching funds, training and planning assistance to winners of the challenge, the Lo-Down reports. 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: Religious Charities
Muslim women tap the power of telling their own stories: Women in Islam began the initiative Muslim Women’s Story Lab in New York to provide Muslim women with the tools to access spiritual spaces, discuss Islamophobia and encourage leadership, writes Women's eNews. The group is based in New York but organizes initiatives nationally and internationally. Read more.
Ramadan signs from Council of Churches embrace Muslim neighbors: Dozens of supportive signs have been planted in front of churches and synagogues, and on urban and suburban lawns across the Capital Region, according to the Times Union. The idea for the Ramadan lawn signs came after the Rev. Peter Cook, executive director of the New York State Council of Churches, learned that his Minnesota counterpart had launched a Ramadan sign campaign last month. Read more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
11 a.m. - #bFair2DirectCare coalition members and advocates for people with disabilities call for the state to provide a fair rate to the state’s nonprofit direct-care providers, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.
12:30 p.m. - Sen. Charles Schumer holds conference call with reporters to launch campaign to pass legislation that would close hole in federal law that prevents summer camps and other not-for-profit organizations that work with children from gaining access to federal sex offender background checks on new employees and volunteers.
1 p.m. - State Sens Kevin Parker and James Sanders Jr. hold press conference in regards to the Sickle Cell Treatment Act of 2016, Capitol, outside of Senate Chambers, Albany.
5:30 p.m. – New York City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer delivers remarks at the New York City Council LGBT Pride Celebration, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.
6 p.m. - Sean Delany of Lawyers Alliance of New York, Christine Quinn, CEO of Win & former New York City Council speaker, and Christy Parque, president and CEO of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies and former executive director of Homeless Services United, receive honors at 2016 Homeless Services United 20th anniversary gala, Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 87th St., Manhattan.