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NYN Media Perspectives - The unintended consequences of ethics reform: Allison Sesso of the Human Services Council writes that the goals of the recent anti-corruption bill signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo should be supported, but it’s important to appreciate the unintended consequences this new law will have on nonprofits and think about how to reduce the growing compliance and financial burdens too many organizations face.
Donors to be named for giving 5k to NY nonprofits: Donors who give more than $5,000 to nonprofits in New York must be publicly disclosed after state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman won dismissal of a lawsuit by the conservative advocacy group Citizens United, which sued to block the rule,Crain’s reports. Citizens United had argued its First Amendment rights were being attacked and that their donors "reasonably fear public backlash, financial harm, and worse" if their support of the group were revealed, according to a ruling on Monday in federal court in Manhattan.
Driver for nonprofit gunned down on Brooklyn street: A driver for a shelter and service provider for homeless women and families was gunned down on a Brooklyn street as he drove a company van Monday afternoon, NBC New York reports. Henry worked for the nonprofit Women in Need.
Missing City College donation prompts inquiry: The City University of New York is investigating whether a recent half-million dollar donation intended to bolster the humanities and arts at its flagship school may have been improperly diverted, the New York Times reports. The account in question - the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Fund for the Arts - is part of the holdings of the City College 21st Century Foundation, the school’s principal fundraising arm.
Nursing home at center of scandal wasted no time asking de Blasio for favors: The lobbyist for the Rivington House nursing home, who is also a major donor to Mayor de Blasio, asked that restrictions on the property be lifted just 16 days after the administration took office, the Post writes. The eventual sale and resale of the property for luxury housing - and the city’s lifting of deed restrictions that allowed the seller to make a $72 million profit - has sparked a number of investigations.
USPS giving mailers a break: Mailers might be getting more bang for their buck come January as weight caps on standard and first class commercial mail are expected to increase, according to a United State Postal Service proposal, the NonProfit Times reports. The breakpoint for piece pricing would increase for standard mail from 3.3 ounces to four before weight-based increases would apply. Similarly, first class commercial mail often used by companies and nonprofits would see a third ounce added to the flat starting price.
Community calls for affordability at possible development: Concerned community members gathered outside the site of a proposed development in downtown Jamaica to demand that the residential units be 100 percent affordable for people living in the surrounding area, according to the Times Ledger. The rally was organized by local members of New York Communities for Change, a nonprofit engaged in helping residents organize for community concerns. Attendees called for the site to be developed and managed by nonprofits that would ensure community members had input in the construction.
Touted Bloomberg anti-poverty incubator sees new life in de Blasio era:The Center for Economic Opportunity is less of an active player than it was under Bloomberg, assuming a supporting role in the current administration,Gotham Gazette reports. The center still manages to conduct annual poverty measures and build on existing initiatives like the redesigned Young Adult Literacy Program, while spearheading others like an upcoming mental health service integration project made possible by a 2015 Social Impact Fund grant.
Don’t miss Reliant Studios at MarkCon:
Imagine what would change if your audience could journey with you to the frontlines of the amazing work you are doing. Having produced hundreds of nonprofit videos, including for Imagine Dragon’s foundation, storytellers Mike and Kristin Sukraw will take you on a journey to demystify the process of video storytelling. You’ll walk away with applicable techniques that will transport your supporters into the heart and soul of your nonprofit.
Care2 helps thousands of nonprofits recruit new donors and supporters. But how do you welcome those new supporters and introduce them to your cause? Care2's free Ultimate Nonprofit Welcome Series Toolkit will help you give newcomers the special attention they need, gently welcome them to your work, and engage them more deeply in your mission.
Guidelines available for artists and funding:
Arts Mid-Hudson announced grants available to individual artists, community-based groups and not-for-profit organizations to support arts-related activities including: workshops, exhibits, performances, concerts, festivals, screenings, readings, cultural programming, artist-initiated projects and public school arts residencies in Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster counties.
NYS Bar Association and its foundation announces fund to help Louisianans with flood-related legal needs:
The New York State Bar Association and The New York Bar Foundation are seeking donations to provide legal services for residents of flood-ravaged Louisiana, which the American Red Cross has called "the worst natural disaster to strike the United States since Hurricane Sandy four years ago." Attorneys and the general public are invited to contribute to the fund. A full 100 percent of the donations will be earmarked for providing legal services to Louisiana flood victims.
Nearly a half-billion dollars available for affordable housing:
The Community Preservation Corporation, a leading nonprofit affordable housing and community revitalization finance company, along with lead funder Citi, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, the New York City Housing Development Corporation, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley and other contributing partners announced the extension of CPC’s existing revolving construction lending facility. This agreement adds 140 million dollars to the facility, bringing it to a total of $490 million and giving CPC increased lending capacity to carry out its mission of providing flexible lending solutions that serve affordable housing and revitalization needs of underserved communities.
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The AVP provides direct oversight and management of Permanency Planning, Health and Wellness services. The candidate leads and manages with excellence the Graham School operational arms of permanency services, clinical treatment and health services; takes a lead role at the Graham School in strengthening the fidelity to Graham Windham practice models of Solution Based Casework and Collaborative Problem Solving; collaborates with Associate Vice President of Residential Services to create opportunities for families to develop solutions and make decisions, to have consistent and purposeful interaction with the program and their children, to skill build and to have times of fun; demonstrates genuine care and joy in working with youth and remains responsive to their needs while advancing programming to provide opportunities to youth for skill building; and partners across Graham Windham branches so youth and families have a continuous network of support to grow and thrive during their time at the Graham School and beyond.
The AVP provides direct oversight and management of Residential services. The 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 life; demonstrates genuine care and joy in working with youth and remains responsive to their needs; partners with on-site Greenburgh Graham School District leadership to promote academic success with a strong emphasis on school attendance and behavior planning; and collaborates with Associate Vice President of Permanency, Health and Wellness to create opportunities for families to develop solutions and make decisions, to have consistent and purposeful interaction with the program and their children, to skill build and to have times of fun.
Seeking an experienced NYS Licensed Social Work Supervisor (LCSW) to provide leadership in an Article 31 Clinic serving adults. Provide individual and group supervision, as well as oversight of Administrative functions. Ideal candidate is knowledgeable regarding OMH regulations, has strong computer skills, is detail oriented, and able to work in a fast paced environment. Position requires at least one evening each week.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* De Blasio’s PROSE schools, his answer to charter schools, has little to show in terms of academic gains, a problem caused by heavy union member participation in overseeing the program, the Post writes.
* The Democratic primary for former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s longtime Manhattan post demonstrates just how diverse the district is, with candidates introducing themselves in Spanish, Cantonese and Yiddish at a forum, the Times writes.
* Schneiderman said his office settled a long-running investigation into the business practices of Shaya Boymelgreen, a once-high-flying developer whose collapse during the recession left a trail of irate condominium owners, partners and lenders, the Times writes.
NYN SOCIAL BUZZ
Upcoming galas and events:
Sept. 8 -- Rebuilding Together NYC will host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament in Carmel NY at the Centennial Golf Club
Sept. 8 -- Urban Pathways hosts Sundown Social
Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Children hosts “Rise Up” Downtown”
Sept. 12 -- Voices for the Voiceless hosts performance.
Sept. 12 -- 26th Annual St. Jude Golf Classic in Memory of Eric J. Fenton.
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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 fromnonprofitwithballs.com and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at theNonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Sean Diddy Combs kicks off first day of new Harlem charter school he co-founded: Rap mogul and would-be educator Sean (Diddy) Combs delivered a rousing speech Monday to kick off the first day of classes at a new charter school he co-founded in his old Harlem neighborhood, the Daily News reports. Speaking from a podium onstage in the student auditorium at Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School, Combs told dozens of students and staffers that their school would change the world, starting with the people right there in the room.
Are Brooklyn residents disproportionately targeted for NYPD traffic stops? A Flatbush org. launches survey to find out: The nonprofit Equality for Flatbush has launched a borough-wide survey to measure the number of residents stopped by police while driving or at DUI checkpoints, BK Reader writes. E4F conducted a similar survey in November 2014, after residents in the previous year began noting what they felt was an unusually high number of traffic stops in Flatbush and surrounding neighborhoods
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.
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: Environmental nonprofits
Doing monumental work: In an unusual internship at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx this summer, young New Yorkers are learning to caulk, grind stones and repoint mortar at a nine-week masonry restoration program run by the Woodlawn Conservancy, the nonprofit partner of the cemetery, the Wall Street Journal reports. Collaborators include the World Monuments Fund and International Masonry Institute, the educational arm of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, which helps the interns find apprenticeships. The Door, the social-services agency, works with them on their résumés and networking.
The Brooklyn-Queens streetcar would supercharge manufacturing:Michael Spinner, who owns and operates industrial businesses along the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront and serves on the board of the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corp., writes in Crain’s there are incredible institutions and nonprofit partners along the proposed BQX streetcar corridor doing great work to improve their communities and the lives of their residents. With investments in the right workforce development programs, we can make sure residents not only get where they need to go, but have the job skills needed to get hired.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
12 p.m. - Hedge Clippers, Strong Economy for All Coalition, VOCAL-NY, New York Communities for Change and others protest hedge fund manager John Paulson for his role in raising the price of EpiPens, 1251 6th Ave., Manhattan.
12:30 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a roundtable discussion regarding tenant protections followed by a press conference to make an announcement regarding legal representation for tenants in housing court, High Bridge Library, 78 W. 168th St., Bronx.
1 p.m. - State Sen. David Carlucci, ARC CEO Carmine Marchionda, ARC CAO Dr. Steven Rubinsky, Rockland Business Association President and CEO Al Samuels and individuals with intellectual disabilities hold event to announce funding that was secured for ARC's programs and services, Strawtown Jewelry, 40 S. Main St., New City.
5 p.m. - Assemblywoman Latrice Walker announces legislation to create a 4-year deadline to remediate lead-based paint in NYCHA developments, Walker’s district office, 400 Rockaway Ave., Brooklyn.