Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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Editor's Note - Galas: We will now begin regularly featuring your galas in the NYN Daily and sharing your photos online. To be included, send your top photos, along with a brief sentence caption and photo credit, to info@nynmedia.com. For future events, enter them on our community calendar.



TOP NEWS

Ex-Long Island nonprofit executive charged with embezzling public funds for cosmetic surgery, down payment on 1.3 million dollar home: The former executive director of a Long Island-based nonprofit has been indicted on charges she embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars of the charity’s funds to pay for cosmetic surgery, spa treatments, vacations, and the down payment on her Merrick home, according to the Daily News. Wafa Abboud was fired in May from her post at Human First, Inc. which provides social services for children and young adults with autism and has offices in New York City and Long Island. Read more.

Councilman wants Dept. of Investigation to take legal action to force de Blasio to turn over info on Rivington nursing home sale: After the mayor’s lawyers barred city investigators from accessing documents and computers in its probe of the sale of a Lower East Side nonprofit AIDS facility, City Councilman Rory Lancman said the DOI should take legal action to compel City Hall to hand over the info, according to the Daily News. Read more.

HUD awards over 5.4 million dollars to low-income NY residents to further education, jobs: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $1.9 million to help Upstate New York families connect with services to further their education, find good jobs, and to set them on a path to self-sufficiency, according to WKTV. The award is part of a larger amount awarded across New York, and 75 million dollars nationwide. Read more.

Why social investment is a threat to charity values: Social investment helps speed up growth, save cash or prevent failure, but doesn’t help us learn anything, provide a platform for the most vulnerable or lead to the advancement of the sector, Forbes writes. There are three more areas, meanwhile, in which social investment is growing and is potentially very dangerous. Read more.

Homeless shelter violations dropped 10 percent in latest scorecard report: Officials said building violations at the city's homeless shelters were cut 10 percent last month as the city works to create a more safe and clean environment for residents, DNAinfo reports. The Shelter Repair Squad, which was created last summer to fix mounting issues at city shelters, made nearly 1,000 fixes at its non-cluster sites since May. Read more.

Housing choice shouldn’t be at the expense of other low-income renters: Rachel Fee, Executive Director of New York Housing Conference, writes for the NYU Furman Center that HUD wants to expand their successful pilot for Small Area Fair Market Rents to New York City, but that program improvements should not be achieved on the backs of low-income families who choose not to or who are unable to move. Read more.

Top five takeaways from the 2016 AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference: BDO’s Nonprofit Standard blog compiled five ideas from the two-day 2016 AICPA Not-For-Profit Industry Conference in Washington, D.C. Read more.


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Apply for a $20,000 research trip grant.

The David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship is awarded to a CEO of a nonprofit in selected US cities (New York, Chicago, Houston or Philadelphia) to recognize and reward ideas that address social needs, and to encourage lateral thinking on community issues. The 2016 Fellowship recipient will receive a grant of 20,000 dollars to cover airfares, accommodation and other costs associated with a research trip(s). Visit here to apply.

Jump-start your career at MCNY! Join us at our Grad Info Session on Thursday, July 21 from 6-8 p.m. at our brand new Financial District campus. Learn how to advance your career and network with faculty and alumni. Fall semester starts Thursday, Sept. 8. Seats are filling up fast! Financial Aid and scholarship opportunities available. RSVP here.


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NYN BUZZ

Breaking Ground announces grant from van Ameringen Foundation for Psychiatric Programming:

Breaking Ground announced a grant from the van Ameringen Foundation, which will provide psychiatric services for 112 formerly homeless New Yorkers living in Breaking Ground’s Scatter Site program. The grant will allow for the hiring of a psychiatrist and the development of an extensive two-year psychiatric training program for Breaking Ground’s case managers to better support their clients suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. Breaking Ground’s Scatter Site program provides affordable housing for formerly homeless individuals who are not able to live in a group setting due to severe disabilities, substance abuse, or a desire to live on their own.

Stonewall Community Foundation opens grants cycle:

Stonewall Community Foundation is currently accepting proposals for its 2016 Stonewall Quarter Share grants cycle. This fall, a one-year general operating support grant of 12,500 dollars will be made to an organization or project in New York City that centers the safety of marginalized LGBTQ communities in their work. Completed proposals are due by no later than noon on Wednesday, August 24th. Read more here and access the RFP here.

The Pinkerton Foundation Awards $85,000 to Salvadori Center:

The Pinkerton Foundation awarded 85,000 dollars to the Salvadori Center to support after-school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs in Staten Island. In the fall of 2016 and the spring of 2017, Salvadori will provide collaborative, hands-on, project-based learning experiences for underserved, low income students at four after-school New York City Housing Authority sites. Salvadori uses students’ communities such as buildings, bridges and parks to bring architecture, math and science to life.


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NYN CAREERS

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

Communications and Advocacy Specialist, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island

The Communications and Advocacy Specialist is a people person with operations talent whose mission is to create and grow unmatched: Community experience through excellent execution of community management process and attention to detail. Community love earned through wow-level service and creating HWCLI pride Community health by analyzing community data to focus on the most meaningful work. Utilizing previous experience in social justice and/or other advocacy experience, create communication pieces that effectively describe and promote the organization’s message through text, graphics, annual report, flyers, etc. utilizing various communication mediums. The ideal candidate relies on experience, self-motivation and drive to plan and accomplish the goals of this position. Read more.

Senior Consultant, Outsourcing Services, FMA

FMA seeks an individual with a passion for nonprofit excellence. The FMA Senior Consultant will work with the FMA Outsourcing team to provide accounting services and be a strategic partner with our clients. The Senior Consultant reports to FMA Lead Consultants and Directors. As a senior role, this position participates in high level accounting/financial services and supervises, mentors, and helps train other FMA staff and/or client staff. FMA allows for a unique opportunity to create a flexible work environment. Read more.

Mental Health Clinic - Assistant Director, Interborough Developmental and Consultation Center

IDCC - Crown Heights Clinic is a community-based, non-profit, NYS licensed Article 31 outpatient clinic. The multi-cultural staff is committed to providing a full range of services to the multi-cultural community it serves. The candidate chosen must be a team player with excellent communication skills. Responsibilities include supporting the Clinic Director in providing leadership and support for staff; ensuring compliance with quality care standards as defined by NYS Office of Mental Health, ensuring the implementation of all agency policies and procedures; pursuing opportunities to improve existing services and working to resolve identified and potential problems; promoting professional staff development and encouraging team building. Read more.

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


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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* Two years into de Blasio’s ambitious initiative to turn around the city’s struggling schools, academic progress is hard to see, and at many of them, dwindling enrollment and internal conflicts make the prospect that they will succeed seem remote, the Times writes. Read more.

* For the entirety of his mayoralty, a Y.M.C.A. in Park Slope has served as the center of a kind of Camp David for de Blasio, an archipelago of neighborhood haunts that was part of his pre-mayoral life and where he now routinely returns, the Times writes. Read more.

* De Blasio and his allies set up three political nonprofits to advance his progressive agenda, two of which are being shuttered, one of which is virtually defunct, and all of which have caused the mayor headaches, begging the question of whether he should continue nonprofit efforts, Gotham Gazette writes. Read more.


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NYN SOCIAL BUZZ

Recent galas and events: (view photos):

Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation Women's Fashion Show; Citymeals on Wheels “Last Supper”; and the 12th Annual ANDRUS Golf Fore Kids.

Upcoming galas and events:

July 20, 2016 -- Hour Children 7th Annual Cocktail Party to Honor Dream Extreme

September 16th, 2016 -- Montgomery – RECAP will hold it’s Annual Golf Outing at Stony Ford Golf Course in Montgomery, N.Y.

* 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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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

Can New York end the AIDS epidemic?: New York State has long been the epicenter of the AIDS crisis, but Governor Cuomo has made New York the first state in the nation to commit to ending the AIDS epidemic, writes New York State Health Foundation President & CEO David Sandman in the Huffington Post. The recommendations of a special task force appointed by Cuomo were accepted in 2015 and form the basis of the State’s blueprint for achieving this goal. Read more.

Running saved me from homelessness: Back on My Feet is helping the more than 60,000 homeless people sleeping in shelters gain employment and permanent housing by empowering them through running - and the group’s 5,500 national alumni are proof that it works, the New York Post writes. Read more.

Junior Golf Center in Brooklyn helps young players find their swing: Spread out over nearly 12 acres, the Junior Golf Center in Bath Beach, Brooklyn run by the nonprofit City Parks Foundation is just for kids, NY1 reports. There, children ages 7 to 17 learn the rules, the etiquette and the skills for free. Since it opened in 2008, the center has been serving about 200,000 kids a year. Read more.


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NYN EVENTS

On Thursday, July 21st from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Capital Grille, 120 Broadway, New York Nonprofit Media is recognizing 40 of New York’s rising stars in the nonprofit world under the age of 40. Celebrate the 40 Under 40 honorees at a breakfast event, and pick up the special print journal profiling the winners. For more information, click here.

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.

On Thursday, October 27th, New York Nonprofit Media will host its inaugural Nonprofit WorkCon at the New York Academy of Medicine. This event will bring together Executive Directors, Directors of HR, Talent Managers, COOs, CIOs, CTOs and CFO executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss all the moving parts necessary for an evolving workforce. To find out more about speaking, sponsoring and exhibiting please click here or email kmurphy@cityandstateny.com.


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SECTOR FOCUS: Environmental Nonprofits

Head for The Hills on Governors Island: The small paradise on Governors Island, where birds of many-colored feathers flit among grassy knolls, achieves an applause-worthy pinnacle for Leslie Koch, who departs as president and CEO of the nonprofit Trust for Governors Island at the end of this month after a decade at the helm. Read more.


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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

4:30 p.m. - Street vendors and the Urban Justice Center’s Street Vendor Project march up Broadway and rally in SoHo in front of BID office against vendor harassment, Canal Street and Broadway, Manhattan.

7 p.m. - New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, Assemblywoman Latoya Joyner and Bronx Connect Release the Grip join the 44th Precinct Council, NYCHA tenant leaders, community leaders, clergy and anti-gun violence advocates to hold a peace march in response to the national rash of gun violence and the loss of civilians and police officers in cities across the country, Mt. Eden Avenue and Grand Concourse, the Bronx.


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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Jeff Simmons, Executive Vice President at Anat Gerstein, Inc.

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