Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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TOP NEWS

NYN Media Reports - Change grants support sustainability: Nathaniel Mental Health Clinic in Central Harlem received more than 800 referrals from clients, but Medicaid reforms in New York state forced the organization to think more strategically about its business approach in order to build the program’s sustainability. Then along came a Change Capital grant from the Nonprofit Finance Fund, which has provided some deficit funding, supported the cost of technology infrastructure upgrades to implement electronic medical records and helped CASES hire a health care business manager.

$26K in computers stolen from Crown Heights office building: Two burglars hit the office of a food nonprofit in a Crown Heights office building this month, stealing electronic equipment, DNAinfo reports. The pair let themselves into the national office of Slow Food USA, a sustainable food advocacy group, around 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 10 in a former Studebaker service station located between Classon and Franklin avenues recently turned into a large office complex.

NY State ethics watchdog investigating nonprofit with ties to large corporate political donor: New York State’s lobbying and ethics watchdog agency is investigating a nonprofit with ties to New York’s biggest political spender, Nonprofit Quarterly writes. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics gave the president of the Manhattan nonprofit Pledge 2 Protect 15 days to respond to a letter concerning a potential violation of state law.

Will housing project "alumni" give back to a crumbling system?: The New York City Housing Authority has a 17 billion dollar backlog in repairs, maintenance, and other capital spending needs, according to Co.Exist, which asks if wealthy people who used to live there can help change the harsh budgetary realities.

Black Lives Matter sets sights on the Hamptons for a series of weekend rallies: A recent rally in Westhampton Beach was just one of a series of Black Lives Matter rallies on Long Island’s east end, which is home to the “Hamptons” on the region’s south fork, as well as the bucolic farms and vineyards fronting the Long Island Sound to the north, Nonprofit Quarterly writes. Several hundred people showed up to each of the chapter’s previous events, which took place in Riverhead and Easthampton, and plans are underway for another.

Building justice - New York City’s separate and unequal neighborhoods: Ingrid Gould Ellen, the faculty director of the NYU Furman Center and the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, writes in City Limits that while New York is remarkably diverse with respect to race, ethnicity, and country of origin, our neighborhoods remain highly segregated by race.

Nonprofit hospitals’ business relationships can present conflicts: Nonprofit hospitals have extensive business ties that can pose conflicts of interests for their administrators and board members, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of newly released Internal Revenue Service data.

Luxury hotel now doubles as city homeless shelter: The city is footing the bill for dozens of homeless people to stay at a luxury hotel on the Upper West Side, despite Mayor de Blasio’s vow to end the practice following a triple killing at a hotel doubling as a shelter on Staten Island, the Post reports. At least 40 people are living at The Excelsior Hotel, a source said, noting the rooms are used for homeless families with kids. The West 81st Street hotel boasts deluxe accommodations and charges up to $300 per night.

 

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Last chance to apply for research trip grant

Applications close Sept. 9 for the David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship, which is awarded to a CEO of a nonprofit organization in New York, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. The 2016 Fellowship recipient will receive a grant of $20,000 to cover airfare, accommodation and other costs associated with a research trip/s to research best practice social innovation internationally. Visit us to apply.

 

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NYN BUZZ

National Council of Nonprofits releases principles for consideration of new funding mechanisms:

The National Council of Nonprofits released “Principles for Consideration of New Funding Mechanisms,” providing nonprofits, governments, foundations and for-profit entities with guidance on issues that must be considered before launching pay-for-success initiatives, social impact bonds, or other new funding mechanisms. As interest in pay-for-success initiatives and social impact bond programs have spread in recent years at the local, state, and federal levels, these experiments have had mixed results. The results show that the new funding mechanisms are neither the cure-all remedy for every social problem or public funding shortfall as promoted by some nor the guaranteed disaster in every circumstance warned against by others. Rather, they are nuanced tools that can be appropriate in certain situations.

Grant will help provide WNY children, mothers with services:

Families in Niagara and Erie counties may benefit from a 2.1 million dollar federal grant to bolster the screening of children’s developmental skills and women for maternal depression, the Buffalo News writes. Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month announced the five-year grant earmarked for the Western New York and Long Island regions, with a portion of the funding to go to Help Me Grow Western New York, an organization that provides child development services to area families.

Manhattan Community Award Program accepting applications:

Borough nonprofits and public schools can apply for the Manhattan Community Award Program, Borough President Gale Brewer's office announced, Patch writes. The program awards small grants up to $5,000 for community organizations with goals that align with one of five city agencies: the Department for the Aging, the Department of Correction, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Parks Department. The city will also award funding to organizations under the Fresh Taste Manhattan Initiative.

 

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NYN CAREERS

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

Social Worker I, St. Dominic’s Home

The Family Treatment/Rehabilitation Social Worker is responsible for providing all aspects of the casework method, and in consultation with both the families and the Program Supervisor, will assess needs, formulate service planning, treatment strategies, goals and objectives. The Social Worker participates in on-going assessments, offers casework counseling, writes progress reports, and maintains all job-related records. The Social Worker is the first person responsible to note safety concerns and ensure risk elements are addressed.

Assistant Director - Beacon at P.S. 15, Good Shepherd Services

Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Assistant Director is responsible for the day to day management of the community center programs and for the coordination of after school program activities at the center. He or she will ensure the implementation of all contracted activities and school requirements for space use. In partnership with the Director and Assistant Director of Evening and Saturday programming, the Assistant Director of After School is responsible for ensuring a continuum of services and youth development programming for families and youth of Red Hook.

Associate Vice President of Residential Services, Graham Windham

The Associate VP of residential services provides direct oversight and management of Residential services. The ideal candidate leads and manages with excellence the group living arm of the Graham School maintaining a consistent focus on prevention and being highly responsive to safety and risk; develops and manages program that provides opportunities for youth to build skills leading to a pathway to a successful adult life; demonstrates genuine care and joy in working with youth and remains responsive to their needs; and partners with on-site Greenburgh Graham School District leadership to promote academic success with a strong emphasis on school attendance and behavior planning.

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio should revoke the appointment of James O’Neill as police commissioner and conduct a thorough, transparent nationwide search for Bill Bratton’s replacement, The Black Institute’s Bertha Lewis writes in NY Slant.

* New York City’s Department of Education recommended renewing its contract with Pearson PLC with a six-year deal worth up to $13.4 million in which it would continue providing entrance exams for the city’s specialized high schools, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* With $1.2 million wasted on “lessons” in banned inmate-control practices, New York City Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte doesn’t seem to have changed the corruption and mismanagement that have plagued Rikers, the Post writes.

 

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NYN SOCIAL BUZZ

Liberty hosts Garden of Dreams BBQ in the Bronx: The New York Liberty shares photos of a barbeque hosted by the Garden of Dreams Foundation, with families from WHEDco in Bronx, NY.

Upcoming galas and events:

Sept. 7 -- Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser, Picnic By Design.

Sept. 8 -- Rebuilding Together NYC will host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament in Carmel NY at the Centennial Golf Club

Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Children hosts “Rise Up” Downtown”

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

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

* To have your event featured here send your top 1-2 photos, along with a one sentence caption and photo credit, to info@nynmedia.com with the subject line “Recent Galas and Events.” To see more events, check our events/community calendar here.

 

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Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON on October 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.

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

Transitional home proposed for Ozone Park: The former site of a coffee shop may soon be serving up warm food and a place to say for people in need, the Queens Chronicle reports. Breaking Ground, a nonprofit specializing in caring for homeless people, has proposed to build a transitional home that would hold 30 to 50 beds and have a capacity of 75 people.

Planned homeless HIV facility nixed after public outcry: Plans to build a shelter for homeless New Yorkers with HIV were abandoned earlier this week after vocal opposition from neighbors and elected officials, the Bronx Times writes. The renovation of an empty warehouse located at 4747 Bronx Boulevard would have created temporary housing for approximately 90 people at a time.

Saving Langston Hughes's house in Harlem: Aside from a small plaque, there’s scant indication that one of America’s most prolific poets of the Harlem Renaissance spent his last 20 years at the Manhattan brownstone, according to CityLab. A novelist began fighting to save Hughes’s home by launching her nonprofit, the I Too Arts Collective - named after a well-known Hughes poem calling for equality - and starting an Indiegogo campaign to raise $150,000.

 

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NYN EVENTS

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.

 

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SECTOR FOCUS: Environmental Nonprofits

A more egalitarian approach to locavore eating: A wealth of local produce has long been available to those with money, especially at outdoor markets like the one at Union Square in New York City, according to the New York Times. Now, however, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, city officials and the nonprofit group GrowNYC have announced plans to bring a lot more local produce to people with smaller budgets.

NYC plays key role in East Coast Greenway Alliance’s Maine to Florida bike route: This fall, the nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance will celebrate its 25th anniversary as it continues to carve out one of the longest trails in the country, which spans 450 communities in 15 states through a serpentine route along the eastern seaboard, amNewYork writes. The alliance’s map through New York City utilizes the popular Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, the 32-mile path ringing the borough.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

12:45 p.m. - New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina delivers remarks at a professional development for Single Shepherd, an “Equity and Excellence” initiative that pairs 16,000 students with a school counselor or social worker, NYC Administration for Children's Services, 492 First Ave., first floor auditorium, Manhattan.

5 p.m. - Members of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement hold actions in Ithaca to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act, Tompkins County Public Library, Green Street and Cayuga Street, Ithaca.

6 p.m. - Members of the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement hold actions in New York City to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act, Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan.

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Julie Aquilato, Assistant Director of Field Education at Lehman College, and Claudia Zeldin, Partner at Growth for Good.

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