Thursday, September 8, 2016



NYN Media Podcast - CEO Corner with Beth Finkel of AARP: When some people think of AARP, they may think of senior citizen discounts, but what they may not know is that the organization is an advocacy group that is working to advance causes not just for those who are retired, but for middle-aged and younger Americans as well. Those causes include advocating for access to Medicaid, retirement plans and affordable housing, and preserving Social Security. Beth Finkel, the New York state director of AARP joined us to discuss this and more.

Major housing project approved for the Bronx is big win for Mayor de Blasio: Amid resistance to Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing plan in several neighborhoods, the apartment building push scored a win with a deal to approve a major Bronx project, the Daily News reports. The development, called La Central, will include five buildings, with 992 apartments, in Melrose. Listen to our recent interview with Brenda Rosen, CEO of Breaking Ground, which is helping to develop the building.

New York ranks 22nd on Charity Navigator’s annual metro market study: The New York area ranked 22nd in Charity Navigator's eleventh annual study, which examined the differences that exist in the financial, accountability and transparency practices of charities located in 30 metropolitan markets across America. Its analysis, completed in August, demonstrated that the financial, accountability and transparency behaviors of America's largest charities is influenced by the metropolitan market within which the charity operates.

How the Foundation for New York's Strongest will recognize a commitment to sanitation: A new nonprofit called the Foundation for New York’s Strongest plans to honor one of the city's most vital uniformed professions and educate residents about the New York City Department of Sanitation's "zero waste to landfills by 2030" initiative, Waste Dive writes. These efforts will go beyond standard public awareness campaigns with more attention-grabbing ideas such as a fashion show and a potential museum.

Four approaches to nonprofit sustainability: Insights from nonprofits that have effectively adapted their work over time can help other organizations think creatively and develop a strong strategic plan, writes the Stanford Social Innovation Review. One examples comes from Safe Horizon, which has more than 50 locations in the five boroughs of New York City and 600 staffers.

These 9/11 vets responded to terror by giving back: The Observer profiles people who gave back in response to 9/11, including Mary Fetchet of Voices of September 11th, Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York and Rabbi Janise Poticha of Disaster Chaplaincy Services.

Brooklyn Museum’s new president comes from its board: The Brooklyn Museum is bringing on a new administrator with a familiar face: real-estate executive David Berliner, a former trustee, the Wall Street Journal reports. In a somewhat unusual move, Mr. Berliner joined the museum this week as its president and chief operating officer, a new title. He will oversee the museum’s operations and administration, financial management and functions such as marketing, and will also work with its director, Anne Pasternak, on strategic planning and development.

De Blasio wants new homeless shelters for Staten Islanders: Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to open homeless shelters on Staten Island specifically to house hundreds of needy borough residents, the Staten Island Advance reports. There were 1,188 homeless adults and children in the city's shelter system who listed Staten Island as their most recent address, according numbers from the Department of Homeless Services last week. That's nearly 100 more than in mid-April.



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Food Bank for New York City and Barilla launch “Go orange to end hunger” campaign:

During the week of Sept. 12, Barilla will rally New Yorkers citywide to “Go Orange with Barilla.” Barilla will make a total donation of 500,000 meals to Food Bank For New York City for New Yorkers in need, while giving away 20,000 dinner kits during stops in each of the five boroughs. Every New Yorker who can donate (One dollar helps provide five meals), advocate (#GoOrangeWithBarilla) or sign-up to volunteer on-site will trigger an additional pasta donation by Barilla (up to one metric ton).

Suzette Hunte joins United Way of New York City as senior VP, strategic initiatives:

United Way of New York City announced the appointment of Suzette Hunte, MBA, as Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. Reporting to Sheena Wright, President & Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Hunte will serve as a strategic thought partner to the President and play a critical role in the design, coordination and implementation of the President's initiatives, both internally and externally, at UWNYC. A seasoned strategic management expert and technical assistance provider with over 12 years of experience in the nonprofit and community economic development sectors, Hunte will be essential to furthering UWNYC's success in the design and implementation of complex, multi-partner and collective impact initiatives.

100 Schools Project targets early detection of mental health and substance abuse issues among teens:

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York City’s largest human services organization, announces a five-year initiative aimed at helping troubled students at 100 New York City public middle and high schools. Called the 100 Schools Project, the initiative will teach schools how to connect students who have emotional, behavioral and substance-abuse challenges with top-tier local mental health providers while enabling the young people to remain in school. The initiative is being funded and overseen by four hospital-sponsored, NYC-based Performing Provider Systems participating in the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program, which supports collaborations that provide healthcare services to local populations.



Accounting Management Solutions (AMS), a CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Division, is the Northeast’s leading provider of executive-level accounting and finance professionals. AMS will be hosting a NY Nonprofit Accounting Meetup on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at Slattery's Midtown Pub. Come network with us for: Career advancement, partnerships, business development and professional conversation. All are welcome and your first drink is on AMS! Register Today.

Also join us on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Morgan Stanley in NYC, as AMS and JMT join forces once again to take a look at Uniform Grant Guidance and the significant changes affecting nonprofits. In this session we will review the important changes impacting grant and contract-funded nonprofits and strategies for compliance. Space is limited, please register by Sept. 14.




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Assistant Vice President for Programs, Comunilife

Comunilife Inc., a multi-service, nonprofit organization founded in 1989, offers a continuum of supportive housing for adults with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness, a licensed mental health clinic and other programs in NYC. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers with special needs in the Hispanic and broader communities. With the support and supervision of the Vice President for Programs, the AVP is responsible for the overall management and operation of several HASA and OMH-funded congregate and scatter site supportive housing programs, which serve adults with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

Administrative Director, Self-Advocacy Association of NY State

The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. is a not-for profit, grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. SANYS is the largest self-advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities in the world. Our mission is “speaking up for ourselves and others”. To further our mission, the SANYS Board of Directors supports self-advocates and self-advocacy groups throughout New York State. In addition, SANYS takes a leading advocacy role in working with state government, provider organizations, and parent and family groups to promote self-advocacy and person centered and directed practices. After many years of successfully supporting the Board of Directors of SANYS and managing the operations of the organization, our Administrative Director is retiring at the end of 2016.

Foster Care Case Worker, SCO Family of Services

The Case worker will provide comprehensive casework and support services for children and families involved in the foster care system under the guidance of a Foster Care Supervisor. Utilize Solution-Based Casework to engage with and build a partnership with each family that pragmatically focuses on the necessary skills that ensure safety and restore the family’s confidence and competence. Each family will develop a specific action plan with the caseworker to address the relevant concerns that led to placement, so they can work together to create meaningful change, to achieve permanency, i.e., a stable and appropriate family situation for children.

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* Faced with significant opposition to Common Core, Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2015 called for a “total reboot” of the underlying standards. City & State asks if his efforts amount to real change, or if they merely another example of an American tradition of political rebranding?

* The Daily News criticizes the New York City inspector general’s report that found quality-of-life policing to be a crime-reduction sham and stands by peer-reviewed studies about the relationship between NYPD enforcement and declining crime rates.

* New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña outlined her plans to invest more money to create a more level playing field by restoring some of the city’s struggling schools while making classrooms more diverse, the Daily News reports.




Upcoming galas and events:

Sept. 12 -- Voices for the Voiceless hosts performance.

Sept. 12 -- 26th Annual St. Jude Golf Classic in Memory of Eric J. Fenton.

Sept. 13 -- The Police Athletic League is holding its 44th Annual Superstar Dinner

Sept. 13 -- The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation hosts its 28th Annual Founders Ball

Sept. 13 -- Junior Achievement of New York hosts Golf Classic at Leewood Golf Club

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Group with ties to Turkish president plans to demolish 41st Street buildings: A charity organization dedicated to housing Turkish students in the West got the go-ahead from the city last week to tear down a pair of Murray Hill buildings, according to DNAinfo. The Turken Foundation, a nonprofit corporation registered in Delaware that pledges to supply Turkish students with “culturally appropriate” housing, filed permits on Friday to demolish 766 Second Ave.

Through tragedy comes triumph in athletic nonprofit that teaches kids to pay it forward: Watching your child play sports can be a joy, but for one local father who lost his son, he’s now finding joy in giving other parents that opportunity, ABC News 10 reports. He hopes to launch Athletic Haven travel teams at the beginning of 2017, and there are some kickoff events in the next few months to generate support.

Alexander Hamilton items on display at NY's Fort Ticonderoga: Items belonging to Alexander Hamilton are now on display among the 18th century military exhibits at Fort Ticonderoga, the Associated Press writes. The privately run nonprofit organization that runs the northern New York tourist attraction and historic site says the fort's museum purchased the artifacts in 1945 from a great-great-nephew of Hamilton, the nation's first Treasury secretary.




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: Religious News

NYC lawmakers, educators and advocates calls for Halal, Kosher public school lunch options: Political, civic and religious leaders from across the spectrum are uniting in a groundbreaking effort to secure school lunch options that meet the religious dietary requirements of Muslim and Jewish students in New York City’s public schools, The Jewish Press reports. The measure, sponsored by New York State Sen. Tony Avella would ensure the availability of Halal and Kosher lunch options for every New York City public school with 25 percent or more students from a faith community with dietary restrictions.

The worst political pander of the decade: The Post criticizes the push by some lawmakers to provide the kosher and halal meals in city schools, arguing the move would be unrealistic and costly and that religiously observant families have enough options now, either by bringing lunch or eating at home.




11 a.m. -Gov.Cuomo makes an announcement, United Federation of Teachers building, 52 Broadway, Manhattan.

11 a.m. – State Sen. Liz Krueger, Assemblyman David Buchwald and environmental groups hold a conference call to press Gov. Andrew Cuomo to ban waste disposal and road spreading of waste from oil and gas operations in New York state.

11:45 a.m. – De Blasio visits 8th grade students peer tutoring on a new math concept, KIPP Infinity Charter School, 625 W 133rd St., Manhattan.

1 p.m. - State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, advocates and Northern Manhattan seniors hold rally to call on ARC XVI Fort Washington Senior Center's landlord to renew the center's lease agreement, ARC XVI Fort Washington Senior Center, 4111 Broadway, Manhattan.

1:45 p.m. – De Blasio and Fariña visit a community school and hold a press conference to discuss the first day of school, Port Richmond High School, 85 St. Josephs Ave., Staten Island.




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