Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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Changes in the IRS oversight of nonprofits - A conversation with Virginia Gross: Nonprofit Quarterly interviews Virginia Gross, a member of the Exempt Organizations subcommittee of the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities, who delves into the current state of the regulation of exempt organizations by the IRS.

Rivington House developer sets its sights on Crown Heights, and neighbors aren't having it: New York Communities for Change, along with the Crown Heights Tenants Union and the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board and Crown Heights Community Council will stage a protest against the hiring of Slate Property Group to manage the redesign of the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights this Wednesday in front of the armory, the Village Voice reports.

Why Ford Foundation is underwriting Black Lives Matter: More than 50 organizations have registered their support for the Movement for Black Lives, including the Ford Foundation which added its voice to the growing chorus of supporters in the strongest possible terms, Fortune writes. The foundation is also planning on studying and underwriting what it calls a “new and dynamic form of social justice leadership and infrastructure,” by investing in the Black-Led Movement Fund, a pooled donor fund designed to support the work of the Movement for Black Lives, and led by Borealis Philanthropy.

Mining the 990: A guide to gleaning key data from charities’ tax forms: The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a guide to find a trove of information contained in nonprofits’ Form 990 tax filings.

66 Jewish NY metro groups get $5.1M in security funds: Sixty-six Jewish organizations and several churches in the New York City metropolitan area have been awarded federal funding designed to make nonprofits more secure,libn.com reports. Seventy of the 198 groups that applied, or roughly 35 percent, were given grants, equaling about 26 percent of the groups approved nationwide.

DYCD Commissioner Bill Chong recalls his summer job on the Lower East Side: Last week, Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Bill Chong stopped by a neighborhood community center to reminisce and to talk with young people taking part in the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program, the Lo-Down reports. The young people are working with the Two Bridges Neighborhood Council this summer to survey local businesses for a community resource and tourist guide. Forty-three years ago, Chong also worked for the nonprofit organization through the Summer Jobs Program.

Why, in one case, the de Blasio administration opposes affordable housing: A small parking lot between 17th and 18th Streets, just off Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan, has become an unlikely focal point in a battle over the future of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan, the New York Times writes. A developer wants to build a 17-story, 62-unit condominium project on the lot, incorporating an adjacent four-story tenement and five-story loft building, home to Adorama, the venerable camera shop.

As senator, Clinton promised 200,000 jobs in Upstate New York. Her efforts fell flat: In 2003, Clinton launched an upstate jobs initiative with Clinton family ally Roger Altman, deputy treasury secretary in the Bill Clinton administration, a program they called New Jobs for New York, designed to match New York City financiers with upstate entrepreneurs, the Washington Post reports. It was headquartered initially at Altman’s Manhattan office and its unpaid, voluntary board included former Bill Clinton administration appointees and a Hillary Clinton campaign donation bundler.

 

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NYN BUZZ

Robin Hood issues call for applications for new Grant-Ready Insights and Training Project (GRIT):

Robin Hood, New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization, has issued a call for applications for its new Grant-Ready Insights and Training project (GRIT) which is set to launch this fall. GRIT is a program for nonprofit organizations in the New York City area that seek help securing grants from sophisticated funders.GRIT applications are due on Aug. 11 and the program will run from Oct. 6 to Nov. 10. GRIT aims to help operational nonprofits with promising models communicate their outcomes and costs effectively to funders. The program’s curriculum will be based on Robin Hood’s practices and is designed for executives of social services organizations that have been operational for at least three years. Current Robin Hood grantees are not eligible to apply, nor are nonprofits that have applied to Robin Hood for funding in the past five years.

CaringKind and Cure Alzheimer’s Fund create care and cure alliance:

CaringKind, New York City’s leading expert in Alzheimer's and dementia care for the past three decades, has formed an alliance with Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to funding research to prevent, slow, or reverse the disease. Based in New York City, CaringKind offers a 24-hour helpline run by professional staff, individual and family counseling sessions with licensed social workers, a vast network of support groups, education seminars and training programs, early stage services, and a wanderer’s safety program. Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is dedicated to funding the most promising research to prevent, slow or reverse Alzheimer’s disease and has contributed over $40 million to such research. Its funded initiatives have been responsible for several key breakthroughs, including the groundbreaking “Alzheimer’s in a Dish” study.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council invites applications for fund for Creative Communities:

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations and individual artists and collectives interested in bringing high-quality art projects and programming to places and people in Manhattan. Through its Creative Engagement program, LMCC supports effective and innovative approaches to engaging audiences through projects and programming characterized by compelling artistry. Grants of up to 8,000 dollars will be awarded to small and midsized Manhattan-based nonprofit organizations and individual artists and collectives working to provide high-quality local arts programs.

 

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NYN CAREERS

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Foster Care Caseworker, SCO Family of Services

SCO Family of Services helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. We get young children off to a good start, launch youth into adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children and adults with special needs. The foster care caseworker 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.

Director of Community Habilitative Services, Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families

The Director of Community and Habilitative Services is responsible for direct oversight of the Medicaid Service Coordination department, Residential Habilitation Specialists, ISS and Community Habilitation programs. The Director of CHS will ensure compliance with all regulatory and billing requirements for all designated programs. The Director of Community and Habilitative Services will represent the organization at public forms, including family support fairs, conferences, task forces and membership organization meetings. The Director of CHS will foster person centered planning principles and work to integrate those principles into the development of effective and meaningful programming. Work is performed under the supervision of the Division Director of ID/DD programs.

Job Developer (SEMP), Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey

We are very excited to announce that Goodwill’s SEMP program is currently seeking a passionate and energetic Job Developer to join our team. In this role, you will be responsible for developing and securing employment opportunities for participants in intensive Supported Employment programs. The successful candidate will ensure that clients are properly assessed and given job referrals for employment opportunities, and will be responsible for following up with employers post-interviews to obtain outcomes.

NYN MEDIA CAREERS: To advertise your employment opportunities with NYN Media email lblake@cityandstateny.com.

 

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* Citing an increase in inmate-on-inmate violence at Rikers Island, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley of Queens has asked Comptroller Scott Stringer to audit the “disingenuous” statistics recently touted by the de Blasio administration, Politico New York reports.

* Teachers union officials and education activists offered opposing viewpoints on de Blasio’s plan to ban suspensions for young public school students at a lively public hearing in Manhattan on Monday night, the Daily News reports.

* Trump’s egotism prevents him from seeing that immigrants immensely helped New York City to succeed and that he succeeded because New York City succeeded, and not the other way around, the Daily News writes.

 

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NYN SOCIAL BUZZ

Upcoming galas and events:

Aug. 13 -- The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons hosts annual GET WILD Summer Gala

Aug. 17 -- ACC's Pit Bowl

Aug. 21 -- Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's 8th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium

Aug. 22 -- Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk hosts the 18th Annual Roger Metcalf Memorial Golf Classic at the Southward Ho Golf and Country Club in Bay Shore.

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

* 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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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.

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

Music That Heals is best medicine for patients in Brooklyn and beyond:Music That Heals is a unique nonprofit organization that was co-founded by professional musicians Kathy Lord and Susan Weber, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports. The program was initially founded to bring music to sick children and has since expanded to include patients of all ages in hospitals, hospice facilities, AIDS units, children’s homeless shelters, schools for special children, out-patient clinics and cancer centers, as well as performances at the bedside of the patient.

Organizing the corner - How Williamsburg's female housecleaners are fighting for higher wages: Since 2010, the Brooklyn-based Worker's Justice Project, a small nonprofit, has sought to inform the Williamsburg jornaleras, or female day laborers, of their rights and empower them to curtail the worst of their workplace abuses, according to the Village Voice. Over that stretch, the group has built up a network of about thirty rank-and-file supporters at the corner.

Columbia girls in STEM Initiative: Students at Columbia University and Goldman Sachs have partnered on a new initiative to get young women excited about science, technology, engineering and math skills, Fox 5 reports. Columbia University's School of Professional Studies and Goldman Sachs are offering a week-long program to help more than two dozen women in New York get a head start. They're three of 25 outstanding New York high school students who were all nominated by their schools or a local nonprofit to be part of the Columbia Girls in STEM Initiative.

Building justice - As tenants fought to save the Bronx, race was in the background: Jim Buckley, the founding director of the University Neighborhood Housing Program, writes in City Limits that 40 years ago, the battle was against discriminatory lending and investment practices that were driving people out of their homes through deteriorating services and abandonment. In 2016, the battle is against lending and investment practices that are driving people out of their homes because of rising rents and stagnant incomes.

 

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NYN EVENTS

On Thursday, September 15th, New York Nonprofit Media will host the 2nd annualNonprofit 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

New York becomes clean energy leader: Last week, New York State took another major step in its efforts to become a global clean energy leader, the New York League of Conservation Voters writes. After a vote by the Public Service Commission to implement New York’s Clean Energy Standard, New York State is now mandated to meet Governor Cuomo’s goal of generating 50 percent of the state’s energy through renewable sources by 2030.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

1:30 p.m. - SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and state Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia lead TeachNY listening session, University at Buffalo, South Campus, Hayes Hall Grand Auditorium, Main Street and Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo.

7 p.m. - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray attend and deliver remarks at the annual ADA Sapolin Awards in honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Avenue, Manhattan.

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Janie Johnston, Program Director at Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families.

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