NYC, Friday, July 10, 2015
Cloudy across the state, with patchy fog possible in Western New York. New York City, high 87; Albany, high 82; Buffalo, high 75.
NYC Service Unveils Expansion of Programs and Employment Opportunities at Second Annual Summit
At its second annual NYC Service Summit on Thursday, NYC Service convened leaders from across the nonprofit, government, and foundation sectors to announce an ambitious expansion of its NYC Service Year program, a fellowship available to recent college graduates, as well as increased employment opportunities for alums of national service organizations, NYN Media reports. Read more.
Mellon Foundation Awards $4.1 Million to New York City Theater Groups
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.1 million to more than forty nonprofit theater organizations in New York City. Two-year grants ranging from $10,000 to $160,000 were awarded through the foundation's New York Theater Program to support the development and presentation of works by small and midsize theater producers, presenters, development labs, and ensembles, Philanthropy News Digest reports. Read more.
Is de Blasio's Nonprofit Hire Part of an "Ego Campaign?"
The Post writes that de Blasio’s use of taxpayer money to hire a seasoned political operative as “director of mayors organizing” at the nonprofit Campaign for One New York only helps his “ego campaign” to enhance his national profile and ambitions. Read more.
OATS Launches Program to Increase Broadband Technology Adoption Among Senior Citizens in New York’s North Country Region
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), a non-profit that seeks to “change the way we age” by engaging older adults with free access to digital technology and training, has launched a multi-partner initiative to improve broadband adoption among New York seniors living in the state’s sprawling North Country region.
In partnership with the New York State Broadband Program Office, the Macquarie Group Foundation, and the CEA Foundation, OATS will build a ‘broadband adoption ecosystem’ to support the region’s residents who are aged 60 and older.
“This unique cross-sector partnership is designed to help older adults in the North Country enter the digital mainstream, improve their quality of life and stay involved in their communities,” said Thomas Kamber, executive director of OATS. “This transformative initiative will connect thousands of seniors to life-changing technologies.”
For more information, visit the OATS website.
TD Bank to Donate up to $2,000 to Sunnyside Community Services through its Bring Change Campaign
Through the "Bring Change" initiative, TD Bank's Penny Arcades serve as designated hubs to support local organizations and people in need. TD will match up to $2,000 in coins counted and donate to selected individuals or organizations.
One such recipient will be Sunnyside Community Services, a local food pantry with a need to replenish its shelves. During the summertime and the off season of giving the number of donations decreases, so the funds raised will go towards restocking the shelves.
For more information, visit the Sunnyside Community Services website.
Political Bulletin powered by City & State
* A bipartisan group of 133 Assembly members signed a letter urging Cuomo to develop 35,000 units of supportive housing across the state to help combat homelessness, the Daily News reports. Read more.
* The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City has been turning down individuals’ offers to help finance a $2 million parade for the U.S. women’s soccer team because it doesn’t have a mechanism to accept them, the Post reports. Read more.
* The Times describes de Blasio’s plan to circumvent bail for some low-level, non-violent offenders “promising,” but writes that the governor and Legislature should pass a related bill to further reform an unfair system. Read more.
Nonprofits in the News
A County in Which Half the Economy is Nonprofit-Driven
The Nonprofit Quarterly highlights a report by economics professor Stephen Sheppard of Williams College finds nonprofits in Berkshire County account for almost half of that region’s economic activity. Specifically, nearly 373 nonprofits now account for $2.4 billion of the total $5.6 billion in economic activity in Berkshire County. And while the whole economy is operating at 14 percent below its peak output in 2005, nonprofits have reportedly recovered to pre-Recession levels. Read more.