NYC, Friday, August 28, 2015
Sunny across the state. New York City, high 80; Albany, 79; Buffalo, high 73.
CEO Corner: Nancy Wackstein, United Neighborhood Houses
New York Nonprofit Media sat down with Nancy Wackstein, Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses, an association of 38 settlement houses and community centers and a leading voice in nonprofit advocacy on the city and state level.
Watch the interview here.
Op-Ed: How New York City is preparing girls for our STEM-focused future
Carmen Farina, the New York City Schools Chancellor, and Marissa Shorenstein, president of AT&T New York, write in the Daily News of the importance of creating and funding STEM programs that encourage the participation of young women, including the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code. Read more.
New York Relies on Housing Program It Deplores as Homeless Ranks Swell
New York City continues to rely on temporary housing known as the cluster-site program, even as housing advocates and city officials have lamented the program as wasteful and ineffectual, denouncing it as "a stopgap that papered over one problem only to worsen another, pushing low-income residents out of their homes and removing otherwise affordable apartments from circulation," the New York Times reports.
UJA-Federation of New York Awards $1 million In Scholarships to Students In Need
UJA-Federation of New York awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships to more than 450 of New York’s Jewish students in financial need at the 22nd annual scholarship presentation during the Seventh Annual Rose Biller Career Fair. The scholarships were provided by the Rose Biller Endowment Fund, which was established with UJA-Federation in 1984 and is the largest scholarship program for low-income Jewish students in the United States.
For more than three decades, the scholarship program, which is administered by the Hebrew Free Loan Society, a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency, has enriched the lives of thousands of Jewish students, helping them to fulfill their educational aspirations. This year, the 463 scholarship recipients are both undergraduates and graduate students in attendance at 44 New York metropolitan-area campuses and are focused on a wide range of careers.
The Rose Biller Career Fair, focusing on careers in Jewish communal service, offered students the opportunity to network with professionals from nonprofit agencies and receive information about the variety of job paths within communal service. Several participating organizations were on site to discuss career opportunities, job openings, and paid internships available for students and graduates.
Participating agencies included: Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Jewish Association Serving the Aging, American Jewish World Service, Kings Bay YM-YWHA, The Jewish Education Project, and UJA-Federation of New York.
Chess in the Schools Officially Establishes New York City Chess Week
Chess in the Schools announced today the inaugural New York City Chess Week will be held Monday, September 14, 2015 through Saturday, September 19, 2015 throughout New York City. Chess in the Schools will host a series of chess-themed events to engage the New York City community and showcase the organization’s extensive work empowering inner-city students throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The long-anticipated six-day event will culminate in the 15th annual Chess-in-the-Park Rapid Open at the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park.
“We are thrilled to officially announce New York City’s inaugural Chess Week!” said Marley Kaplan, CEO of Chess in the Schools. “Chess is an incredible game of skill which brings together many different types of people, from all walks of life and of all ages. The programs we have organized throughout the week will, for the first time, emphasize the role the game of chess plays in many different aspects of New York’s culture— its art, film and even cuisine. We hope this, along with what is shaping up to be one of the most successful Chess-in-the-Park Rapid Opens, will make NYC Chess Week a mainstay in New York for years to come.”
For more information on the events, visit the Chess In the Schools website.
Political Bulletin powered by City & State
* U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced his office would coordinate and work with the Dutchess County district attorney’s to investigate the death of an inmate at the Fishkill Correctional Facility, The New York Times reports. Read more.
* A New York City attorney filed court papers seeking to unseal 850,000 dismissed summonses in a closely watched class action lawsuit alleging the NYPD operates on a quota system, the Daily News reports. Read more.
* The New York City Campaign for Fair Latino Representation, a coalition of leaders lobbying the Mayor Bill de Blasio to hire more Latinos, said it is frustrated by the de Blasio’s lack of movement, the Times reports. Read more.
Nonprofits in the News
Fundraising for nonprofits now made easier with Facebook's 'Donate Now' button
The popular social media platform announced on August 24 that it would open up the "Donate Now" button, which is a more effective call-to-action for a nonprofit website and other linked advertisement, the Venture Capitalist Post reports.