NYN Daily 9/29

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NYC, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Rainy. New York City, high 78; Albany, high 76; Buffalo, high 69.

Top News

Mayor Opposes Bill For Financial Disclosures From Nonprofit CEOs 

The de Blasio administration will not support a bill to require heads of nonprofits that receive funding from the city to fill out conflict of interest and financial disclosure forms under a new proposal being reviewed by the City Council on Friday, Politico New York reports. “We do not believe this bill is the right approach to our shared goal of ensuring transparency for nonprofits and look forward to working with the Council on determining the best way to achieve this goal,” said Ishanee Parikh, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Read more.

SCO Family Services Sells Off Downtown Brooklyn Building for $23M

New York-based nonprofit SCO Family of Services has sold its foster care and child clinic building at 570 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn for $22.9 million, property records show. CO Family of Services first put the property on the market last September, becoming one of a slew of nonprofits that are cashing in on favorable real estate sales prices around the city, Commercial Observer reports. Read more.

Career and Leadership Program Aims to Help Bed-Stuy Teens and Young Adults 

A new employment initiative from MY BASE — which stands for Motivated Youth Building All Self-Empowerment — is hoping to provide job and internship opportunities for out-of-work youth in Bedford-Stuyvesant, DNAinfo reports. Read more.

National Philanthropy Day 2015 Honors Award Program

Join nonprofit leader and award-winning filmmaker Maria Cuomo Cole, educator and activist Geoff Canada and major philanthropist and NPD Chair T. Denny Sanford for AFP’s 2015 National Philanthropy Day Honors on Nov. 12 in New York at 7:30 the historic 92nd Street Y. The National Philanthropy Day Honors recognize individuals and organizations who have significantly improved the quality of life for people in their communities and around the world. Six honorees from across North America are being awarded this year, and registration is FREE. To register and learn more, click here!

NYN Buzz

Family Service League Receives $10K Grant From United Way

Family Service League (FSL) received a $10,000 Capacity-Building grant from United Way of Long Island (UWLI) to support vocational program expansion at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Bellport.

FSL’s WorkPlus provides computer training for low-income adults who are seeking to enter the workforce or upgrade their skills. Participants will learn Microsoft Office applications—Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook through a self-guided interactive tutorial programs. FSL has successfully used this program in its Flexible Employment Program.

North Bellport, the location of the Boys & Girls Club, is a Suffolk County community impacted by crime, low rates of high school graduation, and high poverty (18.2%, per the U.S. Census Bureau). The median household income is $70,179 compared to Suffolk County’s $87,763. Only 18.5% of North Bellport residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 32.9% of Suffolk County residents. 

For more information on the program, click here.

OurComm.org Launches Nonprofit Volunteer Database and Website That Promote Social Networking 

Volunteers can share their professional skills with nonprofits using a new resource that offers them fast online registration AND the social networking tools they use in their personal lives: OurComm.org. 

With its one-step registration process, OurComm.org streamlines the intake of contact information, skills and interests, so that marketers, IT professionals and accountants, among others, can locate the nonprofit organizations that are eager to accept their services.

"OurComm.org is based on communication and community; it is not simply a transaction for a volunteer to sign up, show up and later fade away," said Achumboro Ataande, Founder and CEO. " Using OurComm.org, nonprofits can cultivate online relationships with their volunteers. In addition, volunteers may get in touch with like-minded others who share their passion for the arts, the environment, fighting hunger and other causes," he added.

OurComm.org is especially useful to nonprofits who seek virtual assistance from skilled professionals, such as attorneys, graphic designers and website developers. According to Ataande, "Many volunteers wish to pitch in on a nonprofit's projects, but are unable to leave their desks during the business day or pitch in onsite on weekends. OurComm.org helps identify opportunities where they can contribute their expertise after-work and still connect to the nonprofit's mission."

"As an all-volunteer organization, Chemo Comfort is thrilled to have a new and exciting outlet to spread the word about our volunteer opportunities and engage new volunteers. We look forward to this collaboration with OurComm.org," said Anne Marie Paolucci, Founder and President, Chemo Comfort.

There is no registration fee for volunteers to sign up on OurComm.org. Participating nonprofits pay a modest fee of $20 per year to request an unlimited number of volunteers to meet those opportunities. 

For more information, or to register, visit www.OurComm.org.

Political Bulletin powered by City & State

* New York has entered into negotiations with the Obama administration on providing free tuition at community colleges, but observers worry the state is rushing into a commitment it cannot fiscally support, City & State reports. Read more.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo appointed a 15-member Common Core Task Force to overhaul the school standards, which will be spearheaded by former Citigroup Chair Richard Parsons, the New York Post reports. Read more.

* A New York City official said the first patient with Legionnaires’ was identified last week, and because none of those infected live in the same building the source may be outdoors, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

Nonprofits in the News

What To Do With A Disgruntled Board Member

A nonprofit writes in to Nonprofit Quarterly's "Dr. Conflict" advice column about a former board member who may be jeopardizing funding relationships with state agencies. How can this situation be prevented and remedied?

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