NYC, Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Sunny. New York City, high 86; Albany, high 84; Buffalo, high 78.
New rules, rising homeless numbers led to increased shelter contracts
Statistics provided by the New York City comptroller show rising numbers of homeless individuals and new contracting rules for shelters led to a 15 percent increase in the number of contracts submitted by City Hall for homeless services, Politico New York reports. These statistics come as City Hall and the Comptroller's office continue to wage a battle over processing of contracts for homeless shelters, some of which have been outside of the city's contracting system for over a decade. Read more.
Bill de Blasio to announce bold education plan during speech at Bronx school
De Blasio will also unveil a $15 million plan to provide personal guidance counselors for 16,000 at-risk students under a “Single Shepherd” program to help them finish high school and go to college, the Daily News reports. Read more.
How a nonprofit accelerator is borrowing from the business, tech communities
A Schenectady, New York, accelerator program is taking lessons from the business community to help nonprofits scale, Albany Business Review reports. "There's so many great nonprofits and faith-based organizations that are doing great work, but they're often stuck in the weeds," Dylan Hall, the program's director, said. "Stuck meaning that they're doing their work and serving their cause, but one of the problems we're trying to solve is the lack of capacity."
Editor's Note: NYN Media's Livestream Channel
In anticipation of next week's MarkCon event, we want to share our Livestream Channel. So far, we have over 400 attendees signed up for next week's event, but we know that many from around the state would like to hear from our panelists and speakers but are unable to attend. For just this reason, we'll be broadcasting the entire day's events at this link. Simply hit "follow."
NYC Nonprofit Technology Meetup
The NYC Nonprofit Technology Meetup is for technology and nonprofit professionals interested in discovering and learning about the latest innovations. New organizers for the NYC Nonprofit Technology Meetup will kick off their monthly series with "Geospatial Analysis and Tools for Nonprofits on September 30. Join us to learn about the powerful ways nonprofit organizations implement the products and how they utilize different technical options. Details are available on here.
Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York Raises $160K
Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York, one of the largest and most respected children’s services agencies serving New York City and Long Island, recognized Jack O’Connor of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank at its Annual Golf Outing at Engineers Country Club in Roslyn, New York. The event raised over $160,000 to benefit Little Flower’s programs and services for those in our care. The program was emceed by co-Chair of the Committee Frank Tosto of Willis.
Little Flower honored Jack O’Connor for his commitment to supporting communities and fostering economic development throughout Long Island. Jack serves as an Executive Managing Director in Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Long Island office. Among other clients, Jack and his team exclusively represent Suffolk County as their real estate consultant.
Proceeds from Little Flower’s Annual Golf Classic will support a wide variety of programs and services. Programming efforts for youth include vocational and independent-living skills, activities for children with special needs, art, music and horticultural therapy, healthy living enrichment and more. Services for adults with developmental disabilities range from day habilitation to therapeutic horseback riding to chaperoned day excursions. All offerings are provided by caring, licensed staff that devote themselves to enriching the lives of those the agency serves, every hour of every day.
For more information, visit the Little Flower website.
Political Bulletin powered by City & State
* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to announce today that within 10 years all of the city’s public schools will be required to offer computer science to all students, with $81 million to be spent on the program, The New York Times reports. Read more.
* Cuomo’s call for a $15 minimum wage statewide is the moment he learned to stop worrying and love economic populism, but it’s also a bait-and-switch on voters, the Daily News’ Bill Hammond writes. Read more.
* Almost two years into his tenure and as his popularity sags, de Blasio hasn’t leaned on celebrity surrogates as much to give him a boost in the public eye–at least, compared to his campaign, the Observer reports. Read more.
Nonprofits in the News
Asian Tenants Need More Language Services From NYCHA: Report
According to a report, which was released Tuesday by the activist group CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and the Community Development Project at the Urban Justice Center, The city needs to do more to provide translation and interpretation services to Asian public housing residents who speak limited English, DNAinfo reports. Read more.