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NYN Media Podcast - CEO Corner with David R. Jones of the Community Service Society: The Community Service Society of New York has been working to end the cycle of poverty since 1843 and has been weighing in on affordability issues since well before reducing income inequality and the housing crisis became major policy points. Many New Yorkers might know its president, David Jones, from his advocacy over affordable transportation, summer jobs for students, rent hikes, reducing the cost of college and a host of other issues. He joined us to discuss these issues and more.
NYN Media Frontline Hero - Laura Wellington, founder and editor, Thread MB: Wellington founded the Three Souls Grant, which helps to support widows and nonprofits that work with widows and their families, along with the blog, Thread MB. The blog began simply as a way to highlight other “social media moms” in hopes of fostering an online community. Over the months that followed, it gained traction, expanding to include feature posts on dad bloggers, nonprofits working for a variety of causes and interviews with celebrities about their charitable efforts.
Few homeless shelter workers are trained to administer heroin antidote: Overdoses were the leading cause of death among homeless people in shelters during the last fiscal year, yet only a fraction of the 272 city shelters, about 18 percent, have staff members who have been trained by the Department of Homeless Services to administer Narcan, an antidote for heroin overdose, which is available as a nasal spray or an injection, the New York Times reports.
Developer behind Rivington House land deal flub ditches plans for Bedford-Union Armory project in Brooklyn: Slate Property Group, the developer implicated in a Lower East Side land deal scandal, has pulled out of a big city-backed project in Brooklyn, the Daily News reports. The de Blasio administration moved to push Slate out at the Bedford-Union Armory project in Crown Heights because officials believe the developer misled them about its plans for former nursing home Rivington House.
Cuomo signs ethics bill, with few cheers: Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an ethics reform package that would impose tight new restrictions on deep-pocketed outside spending groups in New York elections, but has also drawn criticism for sweeping new disclosure requirements it will place on nonprofit lobbying groups and donors, the Times Union writes.
Queens councilman urges DOJ to investigate NYC's broken bail system: Last week the Department of Justice filed a court brief claiming that the state of Georgia's practice of jailing defendants who can’t afford bail is unconstitutional, now Queens councilman Rory Lancman is pushing the DOJ to investigate the bail-or-jail system in New York for the same discriminatory problems it poses for the city’s low-income defendants, according to the Village Voice.
Bed-Stuy, Brownsville lead Brooklyn in homeless student population: School districts in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Brownsville had the greatest percentage of homeless students in the borough, according to a recent study, DNAinfo reports. Bed-Stuy’s School District 16 and Brownsville’s School District 23 both had a homeless student population of 15.2 percent in the 2014-15 academic year, an August report from the Institute for Children, Poverty, & Homelessness shows.
Five decades after the wrecking ball demolished six acres on the LES, a new development rises: A six-acre site that was the largest piece of undeveloped city-owned land in Manhattan south of 96th street is finally being developed, and is one of the biggest projects in the Lower East Side in decades, NY1 reports. When it's finished, the development will include 1000 apartments, half of them affordable for low- and middle-income residents, including seniors. Grand Street Settlement will be providing community services at the site.
Last chance to apply for research trip grant
Applications close Sept. 9 for the David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship, which is awarded to a CEO of a nonprofit organization in New York, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. The 2016 Fellowship recipient will receive a grant of $20,000 to cover airfare, accommodation and other costs associated with a research trip/s to research best practice social innovation internationally. Visit us to apply.
The New York City Mission Society is bringing music to underserved students in New York City:
The Mission Society is working to remedy curtailed music and arts programs in city schools with an innovative program called GRIOT (Global Rhythms In Our Tribe). Created in partnership with the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, GRIOT brings the gift of music to students who otherwise have no access to professional music instruction. On Sept. 6, GRIOT instructors – all members of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance - will perform a special recruitment concert at Minisink, the Mission Society's flagship community center in Harlem. The concert is free and open to the public and is aimed at recruiting new students for the 2016 academic session.
Career moves - Brian Parchesky named senior program director at The Jewish Board:
Brian Parchesky has been promoted to senior program director at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York State’s largest provider of programs and services in the areas of mental and physical health, domestic violence, and supportive housing. As he has done since 2013, Parchesky will continue to run the Westchester-based Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, one of The Jewish Board’s residential treatment centers for teens with emotional challenges. He will add to his portfolio responsibility for training, at all of The Jewish Board’s residential treatment centers, the social workers, psychologists, and direct-care staff members who work with young people who have experienced family violence, sexual exploitation and other types of trauma. We recently sat with the group's board leadership for our At The Board Table podcast.
Boys & Girls Club of Harlem receives $50,000 grant for new center:
Summer campers and staff from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem were joined by volunteers from the Manhattan Lowe's store and Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes to celebrate the home-improvement retailer's gift of $50,000 to the neighborhood nonprofit for renovations to its brand-new facility on West 146th Street, according to Patch. The club in Harlem is one of 50 branches to receive a grant as part of Lowe's "Renovation Across the Nation" campaign that will end up donating $2.5 million to clubs across the U.S.
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The Family Treatment/Rehabilitation Social Worker is responsible for providing all aspects of the casework method, and in consultation with both the families and the Program Supervisor, will assess needs, formulate service planning, treatment strategies, goals and objectives. The Social Worker participates in on-going assessments, offers casework counseling, writes progress reports, and maintains all job-related records. The Social Worker is the first person responsible to note safety concerns and ensure risk elements are addressed.
The Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island is a community-based organization serving individuals and families in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan with a wide range of social services, as well as capacity-building support to other community-based non-profit organizations throughout the city. The Job Developer is responsible for developing internship sites and cultivating contacts in high growth sectors of finance, media/technology, health and retail. He/she will recruit students for employment opportunities, attend and arrange industry networking events and market the program to external agencies. He/she will work directly with case managers and employment specialists to achieve outcomes.
The Associate VP of residential services provides direct oversight and management of Residential services. The ideal candidate leads and manages with excellence the group living arm of the Graham School maintaining a consistent focus on prevention and being highly responsive to safety and risk; develops and manages program that provides opportunities for youth to build skills leading to a pathway to a successful adult life; demonstrates genuine care and joy in working with youth and remains responsive to their needs; and partners with on-site Greenburgh Graham School District leadership to promote academic success with a strong emphasis on school attendance and behavior planning.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* Ken Thompson, the Brooklyn district attorney, has agreed to pay a $15,000 fine as part of a settlement with New York City’s Conflicts of Interest Board for having police and security officers fetch and pay for his meals, the New York Times writes.
* The state Education Department named its first-ever chief privacy officer in charge of protecting and securing student data, more than two years after New York legislators passed a law mandating the position, the Times Union reports.
* While de Blasio and other New York City politicians have celebrated record lows in many categories of violent crime, rapes and sexual assaults are on the rise, a fact that has not been highlighted at press conferences, Gotham Gazette writes.
NYN SOCIAL BUZZ
Upcoming galas and events:
Sept. 7 -- Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser, Picnic By Design.
Sept. 8 -- Rebuilding Together NYC will host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament in Carmel NY at the Centennial Golf Club
Sept. 8 -- Urban Pathways hosts Sundown Social
Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Children hosts “Rise Up” Downtown”
Sept. 12 -- Voices for the Voiceless hosts performance.
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Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON on October 6th & 7th at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz NY, this is an incomparable two-day retreat experience for Executive Directors, Financial Staff, Board Members, Fundraisers, Marketing and Development Staff alike. Keynote Speakers include Vu Le, Nonprofit Humorist from nonprofitwithballs.com and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Summer Construction complete at Barry Diller-funded island park: Barry Diller is putting forward $130 million for a new pier off Hudson River Park just below 14th Street, known as Pier55, DNAinfo reports. The nonprofit organization that Diller and his wife, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, formed with the Hudson River Park Trust to support the park, Pier 55 Inc., plans to partner with schools and provide performance and arts opportunities for emerging local talent.
Floating oyster bar tests owners’ mettle: In addition to hosting an oyster bar, a boat docked in the Hudson River operates as a nonprofit, also run by the Pincus brothers, dedicated to maritime education and restoring historic vessels, the Wall Street Journal writes.
Counting Nighthawks in flight: Volunteer "citizen scientists" of all ages teamed up with the nonprofit Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission and the Hudson Mohawk Bird Club to monitor migrating birds, specifically Common Nighthawks as they flew over the preserve on a more than 6,000-mile journey southward, the Times Union reports.
On Thursday, September 15th, New York Nonprofit Media will host the 2nd annual Nonprofit MarkCon which will bring together marketing and communications executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to build a brand. We expect over 200 nonprofit communications, marketing, PR and strategy executives to attend this event. Topics to include: brand transformation, social media, event planning, integrated marketing, data analytics and more. If you are looking to reach nonprofit executives please click here.
Submit your nomination for New York Nonprofit Media’s first Cause Awards 2016: Honoring individuals/agencies/philanthropists who’ve had a major impact on the top human services concerns of the New York nonprofit sector throughout 2016. If a colleague, client or employer has had a major impact on one of this year's top causes though good work or philanthropy, nominate them for this great honor today by clicking here. The opportunity to submit your nominations will officially close Friday, September 16th at 6 pm.
SECTOR FOCUS: Health and Hospitals
New York hospitals in critical condition as deficit looms: New York City’s public hospitals are in critical condition with rising costs and plummeting revenue, Bloomberg News writes. The problem is with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed cure, according to health policy makers, hospital administrators and budget watchdogs. As NYC Health + Hospitals President Ram Raju describes it, the largest U.S. municipal-healthcare provider is an ailing system of 11 hospitals that’s losing revenue because of increased competition from non-profit hospitals for Medicaid patients and drastic cuts in federal and state aid for indigents.
Texas leads four other states, nonprofits in lawsuit over transgender health rule: The lawsuit alleges that the Affordable Care Act regulation addressing transgender coverage, as well as abortion-related coverage, “not only forces healthcare professionals to violate their medical judgment, it also forces them to violate their deeply held religious beliefs,” Buzzfeed reports.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
12 p.m. - State Sen. Jeff Klein, NYCHA Chair and CEO Shola Olatoye, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, City Councilwoman Annabel Palma and others join NYCHA tenants to deliver nearly 400 brand new refrigerators, 710 Noble Ave., Bronx.
5 p.m. – Public Advocate James, Comptroller Scott Stringer, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and more deliver remarks at Rally to End Violence Against the Transgender Community, Woodside Plaza, 40-12 59th St., Queens.
7 p.m. – Public Advocate James delivers remarks at Gays Against Guns general meeting, LGBT Community Center, 208 W. 13th St., Manhattan.
7 p.m. – Elected officials attend the “Reducing Gun Violence Summit: A Community Response,” an open community dialogue hosted by The 67th Precinct Clergy Council and other organizations on reducing neighborhood and gang tension, Tabernacle of Praise Cathedral, 1274 Utica Ave., Brooklyn.