Thursday, September 22, 2016



NYN Media Trade Tips - What you need to know about Donor Advised Funds: Christina Taler, an associate director at CCS consulting firm, sharesactionable information to help you get a grant from a donor-advised fund. She also writes that DAFs are growing because they can accept donations of unusual or illiquid assets, provide a way to make contributions anonymously and require no yearly payout mandates or cumbersome administration.

The fight for supportive housing isn’t over yet: Cuomo’s announcement last week that he has signed a proposed memorandum of understanding to release all of the funds appropriated in the fiscal year 2017 state budget was a major step forward, but we are far from finished, Steve Coe, CEO of Community Access, Marc Greenberg the executive director of the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing, and Giselle Routhier the policy director for Coalition for the Homeless, write in NY Slant. We recently wroteabout the signing of the MOU.

New tool shows New York neighborhoods at risk of rent hikes: The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development, a group that campaigns for affordable housing, released a building-by-building interactive map that can steer officials and tenant organizers to neighborhoods of New York City where affordable apartments may be threatened, the New York Times writes.

Homeless shelter violence rates nearly double after data tweak: The number of violent and other serious incidents reported in the city’s homeless shelters more than doubled in one year after officials revamped the way the incidents were classified, according to the New York Post. The increase in reported incidents in fiscal 2016, comes as the shelter population hit another record high of 59,786. Under the new methodology, the Department of Homeless Services tallied 1,698 “critical” incidents in shelters, including 890 classified as violent.

Mother-daughter duo indicted for stealing from Sunset Park nonprofit:Two former employees of a Sunset Park nonprofit have been indicted for allegedly pocketing approximately $17,000 from the organization and at least five clients that it served, the Brooklyn Reporter writes.

The Bronx’s Lambert Houses may be replaced with 1,665 affordable housing units: The Section 8-funded Lambert Houses, built in 1973, are overseen by nonprofit developer Phipps Houses, the largest affordable housing operator in the city, 6sqft writes. They purchased the 300,000-square-foot Bronx site in 2015, but since then the city’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development has found many problems with the existing six structures.

Christine Quinn on finding her focus after suffering the biggest loss of her career: Christine Quinn, the former Council Speaker and head of WIN,writes in Vogue that after losing the 2013 election she returned to her advocacy roots by joining nonprofit boards, pushing for choice and women’s health and reproductive rights at the National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund, advocating for LGBT youth through the Tyler Clementi Foundation and fighting for equality in sports through Athlete Ally.

Clinton Foundation to lay off dozens of staff: The New York-based Clinton Global Initiative has alerted dozens of employees that their jobs will be eliminated at year’s end, even as it plans to retain some staff to continue working with donors, Politico reports. The winding down of CGI after this week’s glitzy gathering and the resulting layoffs stem from concessions made by the Clinton Foundation to controversies swirling around Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

New York builds housing to cut healthcare costs: New York is among the earliest and most aggressive states to use Medicaid funds to build housing, so far investing around $500 billion in about 10,000 units statewide, according to WNYC. Tenants typically pay around $200 a month after rent subsidies, and they can stay as long as they want.



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Out of prison and into the arts: Arts programming for the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated has been shown to have therapeutic benefits, City Limits reports. A 2014 Justice Policy article found that arts education in prisons led to increased participation in academic and vocational programs as well as a decrease in disciplinary reports. Clients of the nonprofit Fortune Society, which is focused on helping the formerly incarcerated, are the stars of one show.

Meet Dancing Classrooms: Pix11 profiles Dancing Classrooms, which was founded by Pierre Dulaine in 1994 as a not-for-profit project of the American Ballroom Theater Company in NYC. Dancing Classrooms is an arts program, teaching ballroom dancing to the upper elementary and middle school students of participating schools throughout the five boroughs with the goal of cultivating essential life skills in children through the practice of social dance.




Former ITT Technical students can get counseling at new website: The New York Times reports that thousands of students affected by the abrupt closing of ITT Technical Institute campuses can seek free academic and financial counseling through an online tool introduced this week by two nonprofit groups and the federal government.




Long Island Autism Communities, Inc. announces new executive director Terri Manzione:

Long Island Autism Communities, Inc., a recently formed not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to developing supportive integrated communities for adults with autism, announced the appointment of Terri Manzione, Esq. as Executive Director. Manzione brings extensive experience and expertise working on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities including developing successful grant proposals to the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, various other agencies and foundations. Her experience also encompasses community outreach, marketing and compliance related initiatives.

Shorefront JCC celebrates grand opening of the Leader Family Food Pantry:

The Shorefront Jewish Community Council is celebrating the grand opening of the Leader Family Food Pantry Sept. 22. The Leader Family Food Pantry will be a unique, one of a kind client choice food pantry, which will nourish food insecure households in South Brooklyn in an empowering and dignified way. Unlike other pantries, the Leader Family Food Pantry will operate utilizing an innovative point system, which will give needy households the ability to make their own food choices based on preferences and household size. The Leader pantry will serve 1200 households a month distributing 3,500 lbs of food, with capacity to expand to meet the growing need for food.

Jeffrey D. Kellogg and Jessica Vanacoro join Putnam Family & Community Services board of directors:

Jeffrey Kellogg and Jessica Vanacoro are the most recent additions to the governing body of the Carmel NY-based nonprofit that provides mental, emotional and social health counseling services as well as substance use prevention and treatment programs to area residents. Kellogg recently retired from Putnam Hospital Center/HealthQuest after more than 20 years of service as the Executive Director of the PHC Foundation and senior vice president of Putnam Hospital. Vanacoro, another longtime Putnam resident, currently serves as senior program director for Camp Herrlich in Carmel.



Building Healthier Communities: Environment, Energy and the Role of Women

When it comes to environmental issues that affect their families, women are often the driving forces of change. A new analysis of data presented by bipartisan pollsters Celinda Lake and Vince Breglio will examine the potential of women to make clean energy a reality in our communities and for the country. Join The New York Women’s Foundation and Civil Society Institute to discuss on September 29.

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Bilingual Case Planner, Lower East Side Family Union

Lower East Side Family Union seeks qualified professionals to assist in its efforts of enhancing the quality of family life through the delivery of culturally linguistic and responsive services. Successful candidates will be responsible for providing case management services to a maximum of 12 families to prevent foster care placement or replacement. Ensures the safety and well-being of children. Assesses the family’s needs and strengths and provides meaningful assistance in accordance with City, State and Federal Regulations. Makes home visits and other required contacts, such as school visits. Makes appropriate service referrals for quality preventive services and accurately documents activities and information in the case record/systems timely.

Healthcare Enrollment Specialist - Single Stop, Good Shepherd Services

As part of Single Stop’s initiative to provide accurate knowledge and assistance to families and individuals in need of health insurance, the Healthcare Enrollment Specialist will provide application assistance to participants under the new Affordable Care Act regulations, and will serve as an expert educator to consumers on how to properly navigate the health care system, including programs and subsidies. The HES will obtain training from Single Stop and from the New York State Department of Health to become a Certified Application Counselor. Completion of all applications will take place through the NY State of Health Marketplace. The HES will be supported by the Single Stop Training Associate as well as Single Stop’s entire Navigator program team.

Fatherhood Specialist, Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services/Safe Space

Sheltering Arms is seeking a Fatherhood Specialist for our Early Childhood Education program. The overall intent of the Fatherhood Program is to support families and to benefit children’s learning and development. The role of the Fatherhood Specialist is to engage fathers and male father figures to work with the program staff as partners to promote their child’s best interest, and to support successful child outcomes. In addition, the Fatherhood Specialist will work with fathers and their families to establish family goals that are motivating, fulfilling and that will help to enhance their quality of life. The Fatherhood Specialist will link fathers and refer to supportive services and will maintain records and track outcomes.

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* Changes proposed to common core by the state Department of Education, including tweaks to language and clarifying examples, only adjust the broad concepts that students were expected to master, despite a call from Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year for a “total reboot” of the standards, the Times reports.

* The New York City Council will release a report examining $2.8 billion in subsidies the city gave out last year, calling for more oversight of tax abatement programs, with much of the benefit going to real estate developers,Politico New York reports.

* De Blasio’s administration plans to use $500 million in New York City taxpayer money to fund initiatives related to superstorm Sandy that were expected to be fully paid for with federal aid, as the cost for repairing and elevating some homes could hit about $1 million, the Journal writes.




Upcoming galas and events:

Sept. 22 -- New York Women’s Foundation Neighborhood Dinner in Queens

Sept. 26 -- United Hospital Fund 2016 Gala

Sept. 28 -- Community Resource Exchange hosts Rooftop Party

Sept. 28 -- The Asian American Arts Alliance will host its 34th Annual Benefit Gala, honoring opera soprano Hei-Kyung Hong.

Sept. 29 -- Women's City Club of New York hosts From Inequality to Equality: Polices and Programs that Work

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Historic Hudson Valley gets $149K grant for film on colonial slavery: A $149,780 Institute of Museum and Library Services grant for Historic Hudson Valley in Pocantico Hills will be used to create a film-based online curriculum to educate students about the complex issues surrounding slavery in American history, according to Patch.

Two nonprofit leaders among the 2016 MacArthur ‘Genius’ grant winners:Ahilan Arulanantham, director of advocacy and legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, and José Quiñonez, founder and chief executive of Mission Asset Fund, will each receive a $625,000 stipend over the next five years, money often referred to as "genius" grants given each year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to individuals breaking ground in the arts, sciences, and public spheres, the Chronicle of Philanthropy writes.




Don’t forget to submit your nomination for New York Nonprofit Media’s firstCause Awards 2016: Honoring individuals, agencies and philanthropists who this year have had a major impact on the top human services concerns of the New York nonprofit sector. 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 30th at 6 pm.

New York Nonprofit Media is proud to present our 2nd annual Nonprofit TechCon taking place Dec. 6 from 8 am to 5 pm at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. We have all learned to accept technology at different rates. We explore the innovation and challenges of new tools, apps, and gadgets in our own personal ways. Whether you're an early tech adopter or more careful user, we all have a role to play in advancing our organizations in a rapidly changing world. This event will cover everything from entry-level learning about the current state of technology to more advanced discussions. Nonprofit TechCon is the place to go to stay informed of new technology tools and developments that are shaping the future of nonprofits.




11 a.m. - The state Senate Standing Committee on Social Services holds a public meeting on “Food Pantries - Identifying Best Practices to Address Food Insecurity,” Meals on Wheels Headquarters, 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet.

12 p.m. - New York City Public Advocate Letitia James attends Eleanor's Legacy's Fall Lunch, Grand Hyatt, 109 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

3 p.m.: Assemblywoman Nily Rozic attends YWCA of Queens Afterschool ribbon cutting ceremony, 42-07 Parsons Blvd., Queens.

7:30 p.m. - Congressional District 3 candidate Tom Suozzi hosts a substance abuse and mental health policy town hall, Hicksville VFW, Post 3211, 320 S. Broadway, Hicksville.

7:45 p.m. – Brewer attends Wellness in the Schools Fall Harvest Dinner, Riverpark, 450 E. 29th St., Manhattan.




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