Tuesday, December 20, 2016


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* The National Center for Responsive Philanthropy believes that nonprofit foundations have shirked their responsibility to attend to the immediate needs of vulnerable populations, Nonprofit Quarterly reports.

* A quarter of Millennials in a recent survey indicated that they volunteer through their work to utilize their skills or expertise, and 77 percent indicated that they’d be more likely to volunteer if they could use a specific skill or expertise to benefit a cause, The NonProfit Times reports.

* At a breakfast talk by the Commissioner last week, it was abundantly evident that HRA Commissioner Steven Banks is a very smart, experienced, decent man, but it was also abundantly clear that under the policy direction of Mayor de Blasio, every metric is going in the wrong direction, the Observer writes in an editorial. Also, read our coverage of the event.

* Eva Moskowitz's Success Academy charter network engaged in a variety of sloppy financial practices and should reimburse the city for 50,000 dollars in public money it has received, Comptroller Scott Stringer charged in an audit, the Daily News writes.

* Members of the New York Electoral College, including President Bill Clinton and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito voted to forgo their compensation as electoral college voters and donate it instead to the New York Immigration Coalition, according to a press release.

* The city's housing agency has secured a deal for 38 low- to moderate-income homes at the former Dance Theater of Harlem on St. Nicholas Avenue, which was purchased earlier this year for 3.1 million dollars, after paying the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to lift a 1976 restriction requiring the space to be used by a nonprofit cultural organization, according to Politico New York.

* A report by Legal Services NYC's Civil Rights Justice Initiative looks at issues that arise when people with limited English proficiency find themselves in court, including difficulty navigating the courthouse and understanding legal procedures, a shortage of court interpreters, systematic delays and adjournments, difficulty engaging in negotiations or attorney-client communications, and the importance of obtaining accurate and professional interpreters.



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* After speaking on the phone with Dr. Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, de Blasio suggested the retired neurosurgeon could become the “reasonable voice” in the incoming administration, the Observer reports.

* Plans are already underway to start a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Trump’s policies and attack perceived enemies, according to Nonprofit Quarterly. The nonprofit doesn’t yet have a name, much less tax-exempt recognition from the IRS, however campaign aides and billionaires are vying for leadership and control of the organization-in-waiting.


* A proposed New York State law could offer justice to women who fight back against abusive partners; Kim Dadou is doing everything she can to make it a reality, Narratively writes

* A growing number of investors are attempting to create social value with their investments, but it’s often more difficult to achieve than one might think, the Stanford Social Innovation Review writes.



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* A supportive housing organization has teamed up with a trio of clean energy groups to bring solar panels to the roof of one of its shelters in the East Village, allowing it to cut down on energy costs and funnel more funds into services for low-income locals, according to DNAinfo.

* The American Talent Initiative, a collaboration of 30 colleges and universities, announced its goal to enroll 480,000 low-income students by 2025, up from 430,000, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

* The New York Times profiles a retired social worker who was stricken with cancer and receives help from a local food pantry operated by Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens, one of the eight organizations supported by The New York Times Neediest Cases Fund.

* Playbill reports that the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York has announced that Tony winner Billy Porter will host the official opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new A.R.T/New York Theatres: two state-of-the-art performances spaces located on West 53rd St. The ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 18.

* The Community Loan Fund will have an extra 250,000 dollars to assist small businesses and community development projects, after receiving a grant from the City of Albany, the Times Union reports.

* The Morbid Anatomy Museum, a showcase for unusual taxidermy, natural history specimens and other objects that opened to much fanfare in Brooklyn in 2014, abruptly shut down on Sunday after the failure of a last-ditch fund-raising effort, the New York Times reports.



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MOVING ON : Barbara Gunn to step down as head of Seedco: The Board of Directors of Seedco announced that Barbara Dwyer Gunn will retire from Seedco this month, after seven years heading the 29-year-old national nonprofit. Seedco assists those in need to reach economic stability through workforce and work supports programs in five states: New York, Connecticut, Tennessee, Maryland and Georgia. Gunn led the organization through multiple changes and expanded its reach into new areas, including providing health benefits in multiple states under the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of health services; working with those re-entering the workforce after incarceration; assisting young people as they enter and seek to advance in the workplace; and providing young fathers help in successfully managing work and family relationships.

IN MEMORIAM: Brendan J. Dugan, 1947-2016: Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Conservancy note the death of Brendan J. Dugan, who passed away this weekend at the age of 69. He was a member of the Conservancy’s Board of Directors from 2003-2006 and from 2010 to present. In the Conservancy’s early days, his four decades of experience in banking made him a valuable advisor to the fledgling organization. More recently, Dugan was instrumental in creating an educational partnership between the Conservancy and St. Francis College, where he served as President for the past eight years. In 2011, he played the lead role in moving the Eileen C. Dugan Memorial 5K Run to Brooklyn Bridge Park, where it has become a beloved part of our spring schedule. The annual race is a tribute to his sister, former New York State Assembly member Eileen Dugan, who was an early advocate for the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Long Island’s Community Foundation announces $560,000 in grants: The Long Island Community Foundation is helping 24 nonprofit groups across the Island­, bringing this year’s total to nearly 1.2 million dollars given through LICF’s competitive grants program. In a time when many Long Islanders feel uncertain about what lies ahead, Long Island’s community foundation remains committed to ensuring that our region remains a beacon of economic prosperity, acceptance, and opportunity for all. These grants come from the third and final round of funding for this year. Click here for a listing of all the grants made in 2016.



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* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted that there is not a single example of his donors getting preferential treatment, yet a number of donors to de Blasio’s political nonprofit ended up getting items they wanted from the city, the Daily News writes.

* New York City education officials said they would retest all public school buildings in the city for unsafe levels of lead after the initial testing process was questioned, The New York Times reports.

* New York’s drive to end pork barrel spending only drove it underground, with news now emerging that the state spent 1.9 billion dollars on nearly 6,000 projects financed by Dormitory Authority of the State of New York bonds, the Post writes.


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Dec. 21 - 4 p.m. -- Care for the Homeless and Urban Pathways will hold a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day program at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education. 37 W 65th St Fl 5, Manhattan

Dec. 22 -- The Share Kindness Experience will feature Mayor Tom Tait of Anaheim, Ca. at Rockefeller Center to talk about building kind cities

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11 a.m. - Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams distributes toys to local houses of worship and nonprofits caring for underserved youth this holiday season, Brooklyn Borough Hall Rotunda, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn.

12 p.m. - Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, New York City Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer and U.S. Rep. Grace Meng will attend a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the opening of the Elmhurst Community Library, 86-01 Broadway, Elmhurst, Queens.

6 p.m. - The Legal Aid Society, in partnership with New York City Councilwoman Debi Rose, will host a Know Your Rights Forum to inform immigrants of their rights, Vanderbilt Avenue Moravian Church, 285 Vanderbilt Ave., Staten Island.

6:30 p.m. - Assemblyman David Weprin participates in community engagement dinner hosted by the Arafa Islamic Center and Queens Community Board 12, Taj Mahal Restaurant and Party Hall, 148-01 Hillside Ave., Queens.

6:30 p.m. - New York City Public Advocate Letitia James attends the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Brooklyn Christmas party, Sirico's, 8017 13th Ave., Brooklyn.




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