NYN Media Podcast - Jose Jara of Leake & Watts: Jose Jara joined Leake & Watts in 2011 when the organization was in the midst of a turnaround designed to correct a significant deficit and poorly performing programs. He talked with NYN Media about how the board contributed to the organization’s revitalization and some of the best practices that were put in place to help ensure a healthy future. Listen to the podcast.
Queens nonprofit under investigation blocked from getting taxpayer money: The City Council is blocking access to almost a quarter of a million dollars in taxpayer money awarded to a nonprofit with ties to disgraced ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley as the city's Department of Investigation launches an investigation into its actions, reports DNAinfo. The St. Albans-based group, Clergy United for Community Empowerment, says it provides mental health care, HIV services and infant mortality reduction in Southeast Queens. Read more.
NYC effort to help homeless makes slow progress: So far, the results of Mayor de Blasio’s push to decrease homelessness are mixed, according to advocates, homeless-service providers and city officials, the Wall Street Journal reports. More than 57,600 people live in city homeless shelters, about the same as a year ago but up 14 percent from the nearly 51,000 when Mr. de Blasio took office in January 2014, according to city figures. Read more.
Report finds family child care centers burdened by city bureaucracy:Rigid vocabulary lessons for children as young as six months old, and onerous requirements for tracking their progress have made it difficult for family child care centers to stay afloat, according to a report released today by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School, WNYC writes. The report focuses on home-based centers in the city's Early Learn program. Read more.
‘Hometown Hero’ arraigned for stealing from youth council: Authorities said Earnestine Russell pocketed $112,000 meant for the Baychester Youth Council, while basking in praise from Volvo and the City Council for her supposedly charitable efforts, the New York Post reports. She was arraigned on grand-larceny and other charges in Bronx Supreme Court, four years after state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced that she stole money meant for children and used it to gamble at casinos, buy Blu-ray electronics and hand out cash to her relatives. Read more.
National Council of Nonprofits says overtime rules require government overhaul of contracts: With the federal overtime rules now in place, the National Council of Nonprofits released a report based on its survey about the effects of the new overtime rules on nonprofits with government grants and contracts, writes Nonprofit Quarterly. The survey shows that the responding nonprofits now supported the law’s intent but worried about the practical measures they might have to take in order both to comply and also balance their budgets. Read more.
The end of the budget dance?: The New York City budget dance may be over for now, but if the economy slows and the city is forced to make budget cuts, the dance will return, former City Council Finance Director Preston Niblack writes in NY Slant. Read more.
Corporate philanthropy’s mixed motivations; Airbnb and homelessness in NYC: Nonprofit Quarterly writes that Airbnb’s $100,000 donation to the organization led by former NYC councilwoman Christine Quinn comes during the height of a housing policy battle with NYC, where local politicians from both sides of the aisle passed a bill that, if signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo, would fine Airbnb users who rent out an entire home for less than thirty days. Read more.
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Independence Residences and Queens Parent Resource Center complete merger:
Independence Residences, Inc. and Queens Parent Resource Center have merged, effective July 1 to become Innovative Resources for Independence. The merger brings to fruition a three-year affiliation between the two nonprofit agencies, which pooled their resources to provide services to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) in the face of changes toward managed health care. The merger will create an organization that provides a full range of services to the IDD community, which include residential services, family support services, employment and day services, Medicaid service coordination, crisis prevention and intervention, and self-advocacy.
Public health nonprofit, Vital Strategies, launches in New York:
Vital Strategies, a public health nonprofit organization whose experts support government action in responding to complex health problems, especially in low- and middle-income cities and countries, officially launched in New York. It focuses on five program areas in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies including tobacco control, road safety, maternal health, obesity prevention and data systems strengthening. A sixth program area, a clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of shorter drug treatment regimens for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, is supported by the United States Agency for International Development. Read more.
Clearwater receives $20,000 grant for education and youth empowerment programs:
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the John T. and Jane A. Weiderhold Foundation to support K-12 education and the Young Men & Young Woman at the Helm Programs. The centerpiece of Clearwater’s education program is the Sailing Classroom Program for elementary, middle and high school students. For many, this is the introduction to the Hudson River and environmental education that can forge a connection with nature to last a lifetime.
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Program Director - Life is Precious (LIP) Program, Comunilife
Comunilife is seeking a Program Director to lead a unique suicide-prevention program at the growing agency. Under the direction of the Chief Program Officer, the Program Director’s duties include the overall management, direction, budgeting and daily operations of a unique, expanding and highly visible after-school, suicide-prevention program operating in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens and serving over 120 Hispanic adolescent girls with mental health diagnoses, all of whom receive mental health treatment in clinics. LIP provides counseling, academic/vocational supports and promotes positive friendships and family relations by offering activities such as computer labs, art/music/dance groups, wellness activities, tutoring, trips and family activities.Read more.
Supervisor of Preventive Services, New Alternatives for Children
New Alternatives for Children is seeking qualified candidates for a supervisory position in the agency’s Preventive Services at our new Bronx satellite office. Responsibilities include: providing clinical and casework supervision for 4-5 MSW social workers; accompanying social workers into the field for intakes and other visits as needed; participating in Planning, Elevated Risk, and Child Safety Conferences as needed; completing supervisory documentation including monthly case review notes and professional development logs in accordance with ACS guidelines; completing staff evaluations in accordance with agency policy; ensure that progress notes, FASP/service plans, case forms and monthly statistics are timely, complete, and in compliance with NAC and ACS requirements; and monitoring and ensure staff training and development. Read more.
Associate Vice-President: Family Foster Care/Adoption/Preventive, Graham Windham
Graham Windham is one of the first organizations in the New York City to implement solution-based Casework. The Associate Vice President oversees the provision of quality care and services for children, youth and families in Graham Windham city based Foster Care, Adoption and Preventive programs. Required qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field; at least 5 years managerial experience in child welfare; demonstrated skill and experience working in the child welfare field, preferably some experience in family based foster care; and working knowledge of NYS Homefinding and foster care procedures and regulations is a strong plus. The program is based in Brooklyn and also in Harlem and the Bronx. Read more.
Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON onOctober 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.
POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* Seven city charter schools, including Manhattan's Broome Street Academy Charter School, are getting $500,000 each from the state Education Department to help them share best practices with traditional New York City public schools, the Daily News reports. Read more.
* A New York man is accusing the NYPD of violating his First Amendment rights in the latest in a string of legal challenges over whether citizens should be allowed to record police encounters in public, the Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.
* City Councilman Rory Lancman writes in Crain’s that he’s suing New York City to find out who gets to negotiate the commercialization of our public parks and decide how those proceeds are used after being left off the Alliance for Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Read more. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
For cultural Brooklyn, a plan to grow and stay true: Some groups in Downtown Brooklyn want to be sure cultural activity, which now includes more than 60 nonprofit visual, performing and media arts organizations like the Mark Morris Dance Center, Theater for a New Audience and BRIC, not only remains central to the area, but that it also retains the gritty, haphazard quality that has made it distinct, the New York Times writes. Read more.
Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island Boardwalk opens for business: The open-air Ford Amphitheater on the Coney Island Boardwalk in southern Brooklyn, held its ribbon-cutting ceremony, a project that was the work of iStar Financial, the nonprofit Coney Island USA, and the New York City Economic Development Corporation, New York YIMBY writes. Read more.
Girls Who Code free summer program attracts 340 city high schoolers for summer computing classes: A whopping 340 female juniors and seniors from city high schools have enrolled in Girls Who Code’s free summer computing classes, which started Tuesday, according to the Daily News. That's up from 260 city girls in 2015 and just 20 girls when the Manhattan-based nonprofit kicked off its first summer classes in 2012. Read more.
Inside the growing funder push to accelerate social change for young women of color: In February, the Philanthropic Table for Girls and Young Women of Color matched the City Council's $10 million grant with another $10 million and set a new high for public women’s foundations dedicating funds specifically to young women and trans/gender fluid youth of color, according to Inside Philanthropy. Big donors to the Philanthropic Table include the New York Women's Foundation and the Novo Foundation. Read more.
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 pleaseclick here.
SECTOR FOCUS: Health and Hospitals
Care by private doctors among big changes urged for V.A. health system: In response to a report that says that the hospital system needs sweeping changes, including a program that would pay for all veterans to see private doctors, the New York Times writes that Darin Selnick, of Concerned Veterans for America, a conservative group, and Stewart Hickey, former director for Amvets, a lobbying and service group for veterans, said in a letter that they favored turning the healthcare system into a nonprofit public corporation similar to Amtrak. Read more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
11:20 a.m. - “The Brian Lehrer Show” features Norm Stamper, former Seattle chief of police and author of “To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America's Police,” WNYC.
12 p.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks with seniors and holds media availability to discuss severe heat and safety, Bronxworks Morris Innovative Senior Center, 80 E. 181st St., Bronx.