Thursday, February 23, 2017

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FROM NYN MEDIA:

* In this week’s podcast we speak to Rhea Wong of Breakthrough New York about how the organization shepherds at risk youth through middle school, high school and college with after-school tutoring, summer enrichment programming, SAT prep, internship placement and mentorship. Also, New York Civil Liberties Union Organizer Brandon Holmes talks about his work on police reform and other progressive causes since the election of President Donald Trump.

* CORRECTED LINK: Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed KPMG executive David Hansell to replace former Administration for Children’s Services Commissioner Gladys Carrion, who officially stepped down earlier this month following a string of deaths and high-profile abuse cases.


TOP NEWS:

* New York City may have to spend nearly 200 million dollars more on homeless shelters next year, in addition to what’s in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget, according to a report by the New York City Independent Budget Office, the Daily News writes.

* As city-contracted nonprofit organizations continue to call for funding increases from the de Blasio administration, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery insisted that the administration is “sympathetic” to those concerns and is doing everything in its power to ensure a “strong and robust” nonprofit sector, Gotham Gazette writes.

* A Queens nonprofit executive was sentenced for embezzling approximately 100,000 dollars in federal and state funds meant to serve the developmentally disabled in order to subsidize her posh personal lifestyle, including maids and nannies, a personal spa and luxury furnishings, according to the New York State Inspector General.

* Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America founder and CEO Paul Rieckhoff denied allegations that he had pressured the staff of the New York City nonprofit to misuse grant money and mislead donors, Stars and Stripes reports.

* De Blasio’s new commissioner for the Administration for Children’s Services unveiled a four-point plan to “fix what isn’t working” at the beleaguered agency and said he’s looking forward to working hand in hand with a state-appointed independent monitor, the Observer reports.

* Financial, leadership and mission challenges are plaguing the Municipal Art Society, which in the 20th century led the charge for better planning and historic preservation in the city, the Architects Newspaper writes.

* Researchers found that in the year following the adoption of same-sex marriage, a state showed a 14 percent drop in suicide attempts among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and questioning youth, LGBTQ Nation writes.

* Many baby boomers with long careers in the business world are now eyeing work in the nonprofit sector, according to Kiplinger.

* Kimberly George, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together NYC, writes in Gotham Gazette that while the City Council debates legislation to curb construction accidents, they should consider supporting and partnering with nonprofits that are already pursuing this work nimbly and effectively.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former state budget director Bob Megna will serve as president of the SUNY Polytechnic Institute's two nonprofit development arms and will oversee day-to-day operations of the real estate entities at the center of the school's bid-rigging allegations, the Times Union reports.

 

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Princeton AlumniCorps is accepting applications for our 2017-18 Emerging Leaders program. Emerging Leaders provides young nonprofit professionals with the skills, knowledge, and confidence necessary to accelerate their growth in the sector. This nine-month program includes monthly workshops, individual coaching, and networking opportunities with established nonprofit leaders. Cohorts are formed in both New York City and Washington, DC. Applications are due March 8th, 2017. Apply online at www.alumnicorps.org.

 

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION:

*President Trump rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, overruling his own education secretary and placing his administration firmly in the middle of the culture wars that many Republicans have tried to leave behind, according to the New York Times.

* With the Trump administration intent on curbing illegal immigration, for many people, the threat of deportation has now begun affecting their every move, the New York Times writes.

* NYPD commissioner James O’Neill had a defiant message for the president, saying his officers will not enforce administrative warrants issued by federal immigration officials as a result of the new expansive deportation policies, the Daily News writes.

 

IN DEPTH:

* The National Council of Nonprofits has created a webpage about its platform against the proposed repeal of the Johnson Amendment that conditions tax-exempt status in part on not engaging in partisan, election-related activities for or against candidates for public office.

* For those seeking to aid refugees, the New York Times offers suggestions on how to decide which charities to support, as well as a sampling of well-regarded organizations to which donors can give directly.

 

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Event: Power in Numbers: Leveraging Financial Statements for Strategic Decision-Making

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 the Foundation Center will host a session for Board Members, Executive Directors, CFOs, and key decision makers. Paul Konigstein a senior consultant at Accounting Management Solutions (now CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) will help you leverage the financial information you already have to find the best solutions to the most common operational and strategic problems facing nonprofits. Learn more and register.

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS:

* Staffed mostly by ex-offenders, New York’s Fortune Society works to build a safety net for its clients, even before they’re released from jail or prison, CityLab writes.

* The Joint Equity Ownership Entity, also called JOE NYC, plans to officially launch this spring, taking ownership of 3,000 affordable units in about 50 developments, Bisnow writes.

 

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NYN BUZZ:

* The Local Initiatives Support Corporation has selected three social services agencies developing Pay for Success programs focused on disconnected youth, chronic health challenges and children at risk of entering foster care to receive technical assistance from LISC to launch their programs. LISC will use its $1.33 million grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service Social Innovation Fund to help the organizations design first-time PFS programs—efforts that connect government funding directly to outcomes. Program efforts are funded upfront through loans, grants or other private-sector investments with government providing payment for successful outcomes as specific benchmarks are met. The grantees announced this week include: Latin American Youth Center, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan's Diabetes Prevention Center, and Safe Families for Children.

* St. Christopher’s, Inc., a local not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping children with special needs and their families, announced that the internationally respected Council on Accreditation has reaccredited the organization, following an intensive eighteen month audit of its programs, management and operating procedures, financial practices and governance structure. St. Christopher’s was expedited through the Pre-Commission Review Report process as a result of not receiving any out of compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards. Since its inception in 1881, St. Christopher’s has helped teens with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities by providing a residential program encompassing comprehensive therapeutic, social and family services coordinated with special education schooling.

* Council Member Margaret Chin, chair of the Council’s Committee on Aging, joined the Council’s LGBT Caucus and community partners to encourage all New Yorkers 50 years or older who identify as LGBTQ to take an important survey on the housing needs of the LGBTQ senior community. The online survey, which will be live until April 15, can be taken at www.lgbtsurvey.org. The survey, which is available in English and Spanish, should take about 10 minutes to complete. The anonymous responses will be used to understand the “housing market profile” of the community and will inform strategies to deal with this upcoming crisis.

 

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NYN CAREERS
(Visit www.nyncareers.com to view all jobs.)

 

Case Planner, Astor Services for Children & Families

The Bronx Prevention Program has implemented the Evidence Based Model, Family Connections. We are a home based program and weekly contact is made with our families who reside in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx, Community District 12. Case Planners typically have a caseload of 8-10 families. A Case Planner is responsible for: insuring case records are maintained; documenting client and collateral engagement; completing Family Assessment Service Plans and other required Family Connections assessments; and collaborating with ACS and other familial supports to provide quality and supportive services to families. Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.

 

Consulting Psychiatrist, The Mental Health Association of Westchester

OnTrackNY is a new, innovative treatment program that will serve adolescents and young people (16-30 years old) who are within one year of experiencing the onset of non-affective psychosis. The Psychiatrist will work approximately 10 hours per week as part of a small multidisciplinary team providing coordinated and assertive treatment and support in the earliest stages of psychosis. The team Psychiatrist engages the participant in shared decision making about medication and the next steps in medication treatment. Medication management will be guided by a medication algorithm that provides information about evolving best practices.

 

Clinical Therapist, Children's Village

Acts as the primary therapist to a caseload and performs case management functions as necessary. Communicates with family collateral and other agency staff and coordinates services with other agencies on behalf of clients. NYS LCSW required or Ph.D. Minimum of 2 years of post master exp. and high degree of computer literacy. Starting salary is 56,100 dollars. Position is located in Valhalla (Westchester County), NY. For complete details and to apply visit our website at www.childrensvillage.org/employment. Please contact us with any questions at (914) 693-0600 x1754. Recruiting a Diverse Workforce EOE

 

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Services for the UnderServed

As a leading provider of residential and support services to individuals with special needs, Services for the UnderServed provides the resources you need to build on your experience amidst our culture of team support. The practitioner Meets with Program Director, Director of Social Services, Psychiatrist, Program Nurses, and Social Service staff to coordinate shelter residents to receive ongoing psychiatric treatment in the community; Meets with all new residents within the first 30 days for psychiatric evaluation; and provides referrals for transitional Psychiatric Treatment to all Residents not currently in care.

 

NYN MEDIA CAREERS: To advertise your employment opportunities with NYN Media email lblake@cityandstateny.com.

 

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* NYPD commissioner James O’Neill said it will cost significantly less to guard Trump Tower than the city had initially estimated, and will now seek reimbursement of 24 million dollars from the federal government, The New York Times reports.

* A New York City building owner failed to convince a Manhattan judge to scrap the city’s list of “100 Worst Landlords” – that includes him at No. 34 – but is still reviewing his case against Public Advocate Letitia James, whose office compiles the list, the Post reports.

* In passing the 5-cent bag fee, the New York City Council had already researched the pros and cons of a total ban and rejected it, but Cuomo trashed all that hard work when he signed legislation to block the fee, the Daily News writes in an editorial.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Feb. 28 -- Critical issues facing at-risk youth in Brooklyn’s low-income neighborhoods will be examined at Brooklyn Community Services Youth Action Summit: Voices for the Future of Brooklyn.

Visit http://go.cityandstatemedia.com/e/168882/events/m8bpn/53116023 to submit an event or view all community events.


NYN EVENTS:

On Friday, March 24, New York Nonprofit Media will host Nonprofit FundCon which brings together fundraising and development executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to create a campaign and raise money. Click here to learn more.

On June 15, NYN Media will host its third annual Nonprofit OpCon. This event focuses on streamlining processes and operations for nonprofits in New York. How do we make things easier and more pleasant for executive leadership, operations, IT, risk, finance, HR and more? There are new industry standards to consider, and new guidelines around applying for public funds to learn. Bring your organization into the 21st century and abandon old practices that are depleting your valuable resources. It’s a new day in the nonprofit industry; join us as we explore these insights and strategies. Click here to learn more.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED:

11 a.m. – State Sen. Daniel Squadron tours senior centers in Manhattan to organize a petition drive against proposed senior center cuts in state budget, CPC New York Chinatown Senior Center, 70 Mulberry St., Manhattan.

11 a.m. – State Sen. Tony Avella holds press conference to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to change his plan to redirect Title XX funds away from senior centers, SNAP of Eastern Queens, 80-45 Winchester Blvd., Building No. 4, Queens.

1:30 p.m. – New York City Councilman Ruben Wills, nonprofits, faith leaders and small business owners hold event to provide clarity on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions in Richmond Hill, Sybil’s Bakery, 13217 Liberty Ave., Queens.

2 p.m. – Cuomo holds a closed-press roundtable with the Jewish community and interfaith leaders, followed by an announcement, Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, Manhattan.

6:15 p.m. – Public Advocate James delivers remarks at Grand Street Guild Tenants Association meeting, 131 Broome St., Manhattan.

7 p.m. – Velazquez attends a Woodhaven immigration know your rights workshop, All Saints Episcopal Church, 85-45 96th St., Woodhaven, Queens.

8 p.m. – De Blasio and Stringer deliver remarks at One Hundred Black Men Annual Gala, Sheraton Hotel, 811 Seventh Ave., Manhattan.

 

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