Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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FROM NYN MEDIA:

* Check out City & State’s 2017 New York City Power 100 list, which features plenty of members of the nonprofit sector. Aimée Simpierre, editor-at-large for NYN Media, sits on the City & State editorial board.

* Reg Foster, president and CEO of United Way of New York State, writes about the ALICE Report, which found that 44 percent of state households have incomes that fall short of a minimal “survival” budget.

 

TOP NEWS:

* Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to unveil a plan to open roughly 90 new homeless shelters throughout New York’s five boroughs, a stark increase devised to address the most vexing citywide problem, The New York Times writes.

* In a settlement that could help thousands of families avoid eviction, New York state will substantially increase the monthly rent subsidies it provides to low-income families with children in New York City, a move that could help reduce the number of people in homeless shelters, the New York Times writes.

* Homeless advocates are bracing for changes to funding under the Trump administration as the city’s homeless population hits record highs, with roughly 60,000 New Yorkers in the shelter system, DNAinfo reports.

* The New York City Council is set to revamp a set of “Fair Share” policies used to decide how public facilities such as waste transfer stations, homeless shelters and jails are sited under a package of legislation to be introduced this week, Politico New York writes.

* Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced nearly $46 million to build five youth centers to serve East Harlem, Central and West Harlem, Washington Heights and the Lower East Side, as well as a fifth in SoHo to provide citywide support, Patch writes.

* In the wake of roundups of undocumented immigrants across the country, Rockland County-based nonprofit organizations are working to make sure the area's immigrant population is aware of its rights, lohud.com writes.

* This problem of low wages and an unstable workforce in home health care has long been brewing and networks and boards of these organizations must think about solutions larger than any one state or entity, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

* The city is growing its “Warning Card Program” in which NYPD officers and School Safety Agents can issue a warning instead of a criminal summons to students 16 years of age or older for possession of small amounts of marijuana and disorderly conduct, DNAinfo writes.

 

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TRUMP ADMINISTRATION:

* The nation's historically black colleges and universities are pushing for President Donald Trump to set aside more federal contracts and grants for their schools, and take a greater hand in their welfare by moving responsibility for a key program for those colleges to the White House, the New York Times writes.

* Trump forecasted preliminary budget outlines he will present to a joint session of Congress today, including proposals to increase defense and security spending by approximately 10 percent, or $54 billion, in the fiscal year 2018, by taking the money from non-defense agencies such as the EPA, Nonprofit Quarterly reports.

* If a long-promised Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act hasn’t yet been presented, it’s not for lack of ideas being floated around in draft form, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

 

IN DEPTH:

* The New York Times offers an explainer of the investigation into the financial dealings of Lisa S. Coico, a former president of the City College of New York, which has expanded to include the question of whether she received thousands of dollars in unauthorized payments from the college’s oldest alumni fund.

* Citing the story of Adele C. Smithers whose late husband donated $10 million to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan, Inside Philanthropy writes that it may be time to start including in gift instruments a clause that says the charity’s independent auditors must review donations and endowments and provide donors assurance that the charity is in compliance with the terms of their gift instrument

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS:

* Yet another wave of bomb threats hit Jewish community centers across America Monday, including one in Staten Island, the Daily News writes.

* In the letter sent to families and staffers, Success Academy network founder Eva Moskowitz urged educators, students and parents to guard against the bullying of transgender students, the Daily News reports.

* Tech and media pros came to the aid of groups representing undocumented immigrants at an all-day hackathon held at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle writes.

* The New York Post profiles America Works, which matches low-skill job seekers with companies that need employees.

 

THIS WEEK’S PODCAST:

* We spoke to Rhea Wong of Breakthrough New York about how the organization shepherds at risk youth through middle school, high school and college with after-school tutoring, summer enrichment programming, SAT prep, internship placement and mentorship. Also, New York Civil Liberties Union Organizer Brandon Holmes talks about his work on police reform and other progressive causes since the election of President Donald Trump.

 

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Event: Power in Numbers: Leveraging Financial Statements for Strategic Decision-Making

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 the Foundation Center will host a session for Board Members, Executive Directors, CFOs, and key decision makers. Paul Konigstein a senior consultant at Accounting Management Solutions (now CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) will help you leverage the financial information you already have to find the best solutions to the most common operational and strategic problems facing nonprofits. Learn more and register.

 

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NYN BUZZ:

* DKMS, the nonprofit leading the fight against blood cancer, will host its annual Game, Set Match For Life mixed doubles tennis tournament, to help raise critical funds needed to add potential bone marrow donors to the donor registry list. Attendees will also have the opportunity to swab their cheeks and register as potential bone marrow donors. According to DKMS, 70 percent of people suffering from blood-related illnesses must rely on donors outside their families to save their life. Swabbing your cheek is all it takes to register as a potential donor. While there’s no cost to register, donations help DKMS cover the $65 registration processing fee. All donations from the tournament will go toward registering potentially lifesaving bone marrow donors. Last year’s event helped raise enough funds to register 325 new potential donors. For more information or to reserve a spot in the tournament, click here.

* DYCD Connect, being rolled out over the next year, is the first major upgrade to Department of Youth and Community Development’s information technology system in 20 years and is an essential component of DYCD's vision for better integrating the programming supported by the agency. The system creates a single point of entry for DYCD staff, community-based organizations, and technical assistance providers to: track participants across programs; capture and track program evaluation and monitoring; and enable grantees to request capacity building support. DYCD Connect will streamline program administration by combining multiple reporting databases into one and create a data set that will offer increased ability to analyze program impacts by both grantees and DYCD.

 

GRANTS AND FUNDING:

A key goal of the NYS Health Foundation’s priority area to empower health care consumers is to ensure people have the tools, resources, and support they need to make informed decisions about their health care. Through its Request for Proposals, NYSHealth will sponsor nonprofit and other low-resource organizations to attend or present at local, State, or national conferences related to empowering health care consumers. NYSHealth will support both organizations already engaged in this work and those new to this field but that want to incorporate consumer empowerment into their work. See the detailed Sponsoring Conference Participation Related to Empowering Health Care Consumers RFP here.

 

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

 

Training Specialist, Saint Dominic's Home

The successful candidate will conduct new staff orientation, mandated trainings and workshops such as Infection Control, First Aid/CPR and SCIP-R (certified instructor a plus). Develop staff in various locations. BA and exp. in social services and training a must. Excellent Benefits. If you are interested in the above position, please contact Mercedes Gabella, Talent Acquisition Director, (845)359-3400 x 206 e-mail: mgabella@sdomhome.org.

 

Director of Residential Program Services, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City

Under general direction, is responsible for directing one or more of the Agency’s residential facilities. This includes directing staff, providing consumers with proper care, ensuring the safety of the consumers, scheduling necessary repairs and the general upkeep of the facility. Administers designated program in accordance with Agency policies and regulations and requirements of applicable regulatory agencies. Is responsible for all aspects of program including personnel, budgeting, services to individuals and physical plant management.

 

Bail Associate, The Liberty Fund

The Liberty Fund is new citywide charitable bail fund dedicated to reducing the number of New Yorkers subjected to pretrial detention at Rikers Island simply because they are unable to post bail. The organization is ready to begin operations this spring and is seeking bail associates to work on the front lines of bail reform in New York City. These bail associates will operate out of criminal courts in the five boroughs and nearby offices to identify defendants who are eligible for these services and post bail on their behalf. They will then be responsible for connecting clients with appropriate social services and monitoring each case as it proceeds through the criminal justice system.

 

Program Nurse / RN, SCO Family of Services

SCO Family of Services has provided vital human services throughout New York City and Long Island for more than 100 years. SCO 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. Minimum responsibilities include Receiving turnover report from prior shift and checking communication log; administering the medications as prescribed by the staff psychiatrist. GSHMC physicians, and resident’s private physicians. Recording on individual medication sheets. Administering standing order as per physician; and assessing physical complaints of residents.

 

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

 

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* On the New York Slant podcast, unfiltered Assemblyman Charles Barron accused fellow Democrats of hiding behind President Donald Trump’s racism, and discussed his plan to fight back against Gov. Andrew Cuomo while revealing the racial power dynamics at City Hall and the Capitol.

* In his first comments since being grilled by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara's office, de Blasio said he told federal investigators "everything I know" about probes into his fundraising and believes the meeting went "fine," the Daily News reports.

* New York City Councilman Ben Kallos is expected to introduce a bill that would require the New York City Department of Education to release additional data such as the number of applications each school receives, how many offers it extends and where students live, the Times writes.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Feb. 28 -- The annual PASEsetter Awards Benefit gathers more than 500 city leaders from government, business, education, advocacy, philanthropy, and youth development to honor five of New York City’s most innovative and effective community educators, as well as Afterschool Champions.

Visit http://go.cityandstatemedia.com/e/168882/events/mgrgb/54243003 to submit an event or view all community events.


NYN EVENTS:

On Friday, March 24, New York Nonprofit Media will host Nonprofit FundCon which brings together fundraising and development executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to create a campaign and raise money. Click here to learn more.

On June 15, NYN Media will host its third annual Nonprofit OpCon. This event focuses on streamlining processes and operations for nonprofits in New York. How do we make things easier and more pleasant for executive leadership, operations, IT, risk, finance, HR and more? There are new industry standards to consider, and new guidelines around applying for public funds to learn. Bring your organization into the 21st century and abandon old practices that are depleting your valuable resources. It’s a new day in the nonprofit industry; join us as we explore these insights and strategies. Click here to learn more.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED:

11 a.m. – State Sens. Diane Savino and David Valesky, Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez and AARP New York call for the final state budget to include expanded retirement savings options for private sector workers and measures to combat elder financial exploitation, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

11 a.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James announces legal action to ensure that all New Yorkers with disabilities have safe and reliable access to sidewalks and pedestrian pathways, as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

11:30 a.m. – Assemblymen Marcos Crespo and Robert Rodriguez, along with parents from charter schools, demand more money for charter schools in the state budget, The Great Western Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

12 p.m. – City & State hosts luncheon celebrating its 2017 New York City Power 100 list, 121 Fulton Street Restaurant, 121 Fulton St., Manhattan.

12 p.m. – State Sens. Diane Savino and Jim Tedisco unveil data showing growing vacancy and turnover rates at nonprofit agencies that serve New Yorkers with developmental disabilities and ask for funding in the state budget for a living wage for direct care workers, War Room, state Capitol, Albany.

2:15 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio outlines his vision and plan to combat homelessness, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, 40 Broad St., Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – The Rev. Al Sharpton discusses issues impacting civil rights, economic and social justice and criminal justice reform at an event hosted by The New School’s Maya Wiley, The New School, Tishman Auditorium University Center, 63 Fifth Ave., Manhattan.

8:15 p.m. – Brewer speaks at PASEsetter Awards Benefit, Cipriani, 110 E. 42nd St., Manhattan.

 

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