NYN Daily 9/4

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NYC, Friday, September 4, 2015

Mostly sunny upstate. Sunny with isolated showers and thunderstorms in New York City. New York City, high 83; Albany, 80; Buffalo, high 85. 

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Editor's Note: Happy Labor Day!

There will be no NYN Daily on Monday, but we'll be back in action on Tuesday. We hope that everyone enjoys the long weekend!

Mitchell Holdings Buys Inwood House Nonprofit Building for $16M

Developer David Mitchell’s Mitchell Holdings purchased the Upper East Side headquarters of the nonprofit Inwood House for $16 million, Commercial Observer reports. Inwood House, which was founded in 1830 as the Magdalen Benevolent Society, provides supportive housing and counseling for pregnant teenagers, according to its website. It has been located at the East 82nd Street location since 1964. Read more

Led by New Office, De Blasio Forms His Brand of Public-Private Partnerships 

Mayor Bill de Blasio is seeking to deploy Public-Private partnerships differently than prior administrations by leveraging the private sector for public good and leading his Office of Strategic Partnerships to focus as acutely as possible on reducing inequities, Gotham Gazette reports.

Read more. And - if you missed it - watch NYN's interview with the director of the Office for Strategic Partnerships, Gabrielle Fialkoff, here.

Opinion: Street smarts for Bill, as the mayor tacks tough on homelessness

The Daily News' Editorial staff claims that De Blasio’s mental health street squads will be as effective as his willingness to seek court orders for psychiatric treatments, but he must stand behind the NYPD’s enforcement. Arguing that the mayor must "bring the cops to bear" on "defiant junkies and hustlers," the Daily News calls this a "reality-based" approach to homeless issues. Read more

NYN Buzz

Cuomo Announces $20 Million For New Mental Health Services

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new mental health services have been developed in communities across New York State, including cost-effective and innovative mobile mental health teams, home-like residential programs, and early intervention services. With $20 million allocated from the State Office of Mental Health, the programs are available to children and adults alike and will increase the accessibility of mental healthcare, enabling New Yorkers to find help closer to their homes and communities. 

“By helping more New Yorkers find mental health treatment in more convenient locations, we will help our communities become stronger and healthier," Governor Cuomo said. "Immediate access to care is essential for families in need of assistance and these new programs are available when and where they are needed most."

The funding is part of New York State's $59 million plan to expand the availability and accessibility of mental health services to more New York residents, with a goal of reducing the need for costly inpatient hospitalizations. This funding also supports two OnTrackNY teams in Syracuse and Rochester, which provide early identification and treatment services for young adults experiencing their first psychotic episodes. More information about OnTrackNY is available here.

Camber Collective Releases "Money For Good 2015" Report, Breaking Down Donors Motives 

Camber Collective's report on improving the amount and quality of philanthropic giving claims that barriers, such as mistrust of nonprofits and donors feeling overwhelmed by the giving process, "mean most donors default to comfortable, known giving patterns with high levels of loyalty, low levels of research, and a preference for large and/or well-known nonprofits." 

Camber Collective claims that to push average giving above 2% of GDP - where it has stagnated since the 1970s - and shift where those funds go, nonprofits and funders will need to better address donors’ concerns as, well as their motivations. The report also suggests other solutions, like "reframing the giving conversation" into a more joyful and connected process, as well as identifying and segmenting potential donors into broad categories.

Read the report here.

Political Bulletin powered by City & State 

* A federal report laid out concerns about a Brooklyn detention center that failed to stop a Staten Island man facing the death penalty from manipulating staff, intimidating inmates and impregnating a guard, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

* A settlement agreement was reached in a lawsuit filed by the state Board of Elections' independent enforcement counsel Risa Sugarman targeting the so-called "LLC loophole" in election law, the Times Union reports. Read more.

* Contending they are being demonized, some nail salon owners have begun to organize, pushing back against the state’s new regulations to strengthen worker protections and better enforce existing laws, the Times writes. Read more

Nonprofits in the News

Abandoned Playground on 127th Street to Become Community Garden

Harlem Grown, a nonprofit that converts vacant lots into working gardens, signed a lease to take over an abandoned playground on 127th Street from its current owners, the Abyssinian Development Corporation, DNAinfo reports.

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