FROM NYN MEDIA:
* In this week’s podcast, we speak to Sharon Stapel, who leads the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York about state ethics laws and potential federal rules that could affect charitable giving. We also speak to Common Impact’s CEO Danielle Holly about matching volunteers from private corporations who have skills in areas such as marketing, strategic planning or human resources, with nonprofits who could benefit.
* New York state could withhold 700 million dollars from New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services if it doesn’t improve, the New York Post reports.
* The number of abuse and neglect cases handled by the Administration for Children’s Services rose, as ACS caseworkers handled an average of 9.8 cases from July through October of 2016, up from 8.5 cases during the same period in 2015, the Daily News writes.
* The Foundation Center, which has the world's largest database of grant and fundraising information, uses big data to create apps that encourage transparency and innovation, TechRepublic reports.
* In an editorial opposing the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, Bloomberg View writes that religious organizations should remain able to engage in political campaigns, but only on their own dime.
* In what appears to be another setback, the Africa Center, located at the top of what’s known as Manhattan’s Museum Mile, acknowledged that Michelle D. Gavin, its much-heralded director, hired two years ago to move the center and the project forward, quietly left more than three months ago, the New York Times reports.
* As a landlord, NYCHA has a commitment to maintain the safety of its residents, but must also recognize the role of families and housing for people involved with the criminal justice system when considering permanent exclusions, according to a recent report by the Vera Institute of Justice.
* The New York Housing Conference released its list of city, state and federal legislative priorities for 2017.
* The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, in collaboration with the ThriveNYC initiative, NYC Health + Hospitals, the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center have expanded mental health services to the NYC Family Justice Centers in Brooklyn and Queens, Kings County Politics writes.
* Amid a surge of STDs, the New York City Health Department has increased funding to fight STDs from 15.5 million to 25.5 million dollars, which helped fund an ad program in the subways, the Daily News reports.
* A report by New York University’s Furman Center found that, under the latest 421-a tax abatement proposal, New York City would lose as much as 5.7 million dollars in tax revenue for each 300-unit building, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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* An organization in Virginia is the third nonprofit to recently reject federal funding for efforts to make it more difficult for extremist groups to recruit would-be terrorists, the Associated Press writes.
* President Donald Trump lashed out at the judicial branch for considering challenges to his executive order banning travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, asserting that politically motivated judges had held a “disgraceful” federal appeals court hearing, The New York Times reports.
* In her first speech as head of the federal education department, Betsy DeVos tried to distance herself from the Betsy DeVos who ignited national backlash, Chalkbeat writes.
* The Atlantic writes about New York City’s renewal school effort, which could offer hope for other struggling schools in poor and disadvantaged neighborhoods, not just in New York, but nationally.
* New York can learn from other cities’ policies in how to respond to the dearth of affordable housing, City Limits reports.
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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS:
* The Charles Schwab Corporation will pilot a program of matching individual donations for classroom projects, pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade, designed to build financial literacy for today’s youth, with the matching donations provided through the innovative nonprofit organization DonorsChoose.org, according to a press release.
* New York-based Writopia Lab, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, is now national, offering creative writing workshops for writers as young as four across five U.S. cities, in addition to running retreats and a yearly sleep-away camp, The Forward writes.
* Reclaim New York is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization looking to ramp up public engagement regarding the cost of living in the Empire State, Binghamton Homepage writes.
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* Brooklyn Community Foundation announced nearly $100,000 in grants to support the critical response of 8 local nonprofits to the immediate challenges triggered by the Trump Administration’s Executive Order banning travelers from 7 Muslim-majority countries as well as new refugee admissions. The grants are deployed through the Foundation’s recently launched Immigrant Rights Fund. These Immediate Response grants support Brooklyn’s immigrant-led organizations that are defending the liberties of immigrant individuals and families as well as promoting the safety and strength of our communities. Grantees included the New York Immigrant Coalition (25,000 dollars) for city-wide collaboration and the “This is Our New York” 6-point response plan, including outreach and education, legal services, combating hate crimes, advocacy and organizing, capacity building, and media campaign; Arab American Association of New York (10,000 dollars) for advocacy and organizing in Brooklyn’s Muslims communities; and more. See the full list here.
Barbara Finkelstein, CEO of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, announced the promotion of Rachel Chazin Halperin, J.D., L.M.S.W., to Chief Program Officer at the $16 million nonprofit organization serving the seven counties of the lower and mid-Hudson Valley. Halperin joined LSHV in 2014 as the Deputy Director. In this role, she will be responsible for supervising the organization’s eight offices, as well as its special projects, intake unit, and grants initiatives. Halperin has been working as an advocate for underserved and vulnerable populations for almost 20 years. From 2008 to 2014, Halperin worked at HELP USA as the Executive Director of Domestic Violence Programs – including HELP Haven emergency shelter and HELP ROADS non-residential domestic violence program.
GRANTS AND FUNDING:
* The New York State Health Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Special Projects Fund. Applicants must submit an online inquiry form to determine whether a proposed project fits the funding criteria. The deadline for the online inquiry form is March 15. Selected organizations will be invited to submit full proposals, with a deadline of May 17. NYSHealth Special Projects Fund awards are one-time, nonrenewable funding opportunities consistent with the Foundation's mission to improve the health of all New Yorkers but outside of its main priority areas. See more information here.
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CAMBA’s three family shelters, located in Queens and Brooklyn, have been awarded a grant to expand the range and depth of mental health and related services to families with children in shelters by hiring Licensed Clinical Social Workers with supervisory experience and LMSW as Care Coordinators to work in teams with case managers and housing specialists. The Client Care Supervisors are responsible for team supervision, provision of information and training to team members on psychoeducation, mental health assessments and techniques such as motivational interviewing. The Supervisor consults with professional and technical personnel to bring a multidisciplinary approach to client care, develop linkage agreements and serve as liaison with other community based organizations and local mental health service providers.
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning health and social services agency in NYC with 30+ years of experience serving children with special medical needs and their families. We are currently seeking a Director of Specialized Foster Care to be responsible for the direct management of the agency’s Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities and Treatment Family Foster Care programs. This position offers a highly rewarding experience for a social work professional who welcomes the opportunity to use high-level management skills. It’s an exciting opportunity to be part of multidisciplinary teams of professionals at an innovative agency serving the needs of some of the most vulnerable children and families in NYC.
Abbott House, an innovative community-based social service organization based in Irvington, NY, is seeking a part time Article 31 Mental Health Clinic Supervisor. Initially, the position will require up to 14 hours per week, with the possibility of expanded hours with program growth. Flexible schedule. The successful candidate will have the equivalent of 5 years of experience in the discipline of Mental Health with knowledge regarding the transition to Behavior Health Contacts and Medicaid Managed Care, a Master’s Degree from an accredited school in social work, marriage and family therapy, psychology or counseling and a valid clinical license from the NYS Department of Education. Bilingual is an asset.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* The United Federation of Teachers gave de Blasio’s re-election bid a boost by praising the mayor for creating the largest pre-K program in the nation and respecting teachers, the Daily News reports.
* The New York City Police Department announced it would send 75 new investigators to the Bronx to address a longstanding shortage of detectives, where retired police leaders say enormous caseloads have hindered the NYPD for decades, the Times reports.
*The Times writes that the state Legislature is abusing its power by overriding New York City’s plan to impose a nickel surcharge on plastic and paper bags, and Cuomo should stand up for home rule by vetoing the legislation.
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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED:
11 a.m. – De Blasio hosts press conference with New York City officials to discuss winter weather and the city’s response, New York City Emergency Management, 165 Cadman Plaza East, Brooklyn.
8 p.m. – New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm hosts #CLOSErikers representatives and the New York Civil Liberties Union to speak about Rikers Island’s culture and the coordinated mass effort to close it down, Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, 37-06 77th St., Queens.