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De Blasio administration says it is ahead of schedule on affordable housing: Despite skepticism from many housing experts and a feud with the governor that has derailed one of the major programs used to subsidize development, the de Blasio administration announced that it was ahead of schedule in meeting its goals, having financed the creation or preservation of nearly 53,000 affordable apartments so far, the New York Times reports.
Legislators and advocates call for overhaul of Justice Center: A key watchdog group and several members of the state legislature are calling for a complete overhaul of the way New York state handles abuse of people with disabilities, including stripping Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office of its purview over a troubled agency, Buzzfeed writes. The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs has shown itself incapable of investigating and prosecuting mistreatment, even in cases of horrific violence, said Disability Rights New York, a nonprofit with a federal mandate to review the Center’s work.
NY housing groups say delay on $2B deal undermining progress: A coalition of affordable housing advocates - which include AARP, the New York Housing Conference and the Supportive Housing Network of New York - says delays in ironing out a deal on how already-approved affordable housing funding should be spent are undermining efforts to address a growing crisis, the Associated Press reports. The groups said they've created their own proposed agreement that would allow housing projects to move forward.
State AG says Allure should be barred from buying nursing homes: The developers who won city approval to flip a nonprofit Lower East Side nursing home for a $72 million profit are so untrustworthy that they should be barred from purchasing another such facility, the Greater Harlem Nursing Home on West 138th Street, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, according to The Daily News.
50 Years after debate began on fair housing, discrimination still damages NYC neighborhoods: After decades of work to rebuild neighborhoods and the trust of the people who call them home, we must acknowledge that we are still affected by and damaged by that history, and that low-income communities of color continue to bear the brunt of its assault, Bill Frey, the senior Director and the founding executive director for the New York office of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., writes in City Limits.
New York state awarded $14.4M in AmeriCorps funding: Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York state has been awarded federal AmeriCorps funding for 14 organizations to help children, enhance disaster preparedness and address other community needs, according to the Associated Press. The Student Conservation Association was awarded $645,000 to engage youth in environmental stewardship in the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley and the American Red Cross in the Capital Region was awarded $346,000 for disaster response and recruiting volunteers.
Four ways to fix broken communications in the social sector: There are at least four possible reasons for the overall lack of great communications in the social sector, the Stanford Social Innovation Review writes. The good news is that avoiding or fixing these issues is relatively easy and can make a dramatic difference.
Why black lives matter to philanthropy: The Ford Foundation writes that by partnering with Borealis Philanthropy, Movement Strategy Center, and Benedict Consulting to found the Black-Led Movement Fund, it has made six-year investments in the organizations and networks that comprise the Movement for Black Lives.
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William T. Grant Foundation invites proposals for New York City Youth Service Improvement Grants:
The William T. Grant Foundation seeks to improve the lives of youth by supporting small to medium-size organizations that have already had some success but lack the funds to make needed improvements, according to Philanthropy News Digest. To that end, the foundation's Youth Service Improvement Grants program awards grants in the amount of $25,000 to community-based organizations in the five boroughs of New York City working to improve the quality of the services they offer to young people between the ages of 5 and 25.
Putnam Family & Community Services announces new alliance:
Putnam Family and Community Services, Inc. announced a partnership with Coordinated Behavioral Health Services, Inc. becoming one of the newest members of its Independent Practice Association. The association brings together local community-based agencies with the shared goal of providing care management and cost-effective services within a rapidly changing health care system. CBHS is a nonprofit 501(3) membership organization of forward-thinking, community behavioral health and disability service providers in the Hudson Valley Region. It serves over 68,000 people, employs a staff of 6,000, operates a collective budget of $350 million and is a founding member of the Hudson Valley Care Coalition.
Nearly 300 insurance professionals compete in insurance industry charitable softball tournament to raise $65,000 for Mount Kisco Child Care Center:
On July 20, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation knocked its 17th annual charity softball tournament out of the park, raising $65,000 for Mount Kisco Child Care Center. The event was held in Central Park and made up of 13 teams of nearly 300 insurance professionals. Mount Kisco Child Care Center is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable childcare and early education to more than 200 children in a safe and healthy environment. The proceeds from this year’s annual softball tournament will ensure the organization is able to continue promoting each child’s intellectual, physical, emotional and social development.
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Chief Financial Officer, Brooklyn Community Services
The CFO serves on the BCS Executive Staff, and is responsible for financial oversight for more than 30 programs and services across 25 BCS sites in Downtown Brooklyn, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, East New York, Brownsville, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Canarsie and Coney Island. The CFO is also responsible for oversight of BCS facilities management, purchasing and information technology systems. As a member of Executive Staff, ensure effective leadership for all BCS programs and services. Inspire a culture of accountability and customer service at all levels of the organization. Implement and lead continuous quality improvement processes throughout BCS, and work to ensure that leadership and staff throughout BCS communicate effectively and collaboratively. Read more.
Senior VP of Family Foster Care, Saint Dominic’s Home
As a key member of the Management Team, the Senior Vice President of the Family Foster Care will assume responsibility for the supervision and coordination of several units in the Family Foster Care Department. These units may include Case Management, Home-finding, Adoption and/or Therapeutic units. He/She will provide overall administrative supervision to supervisors within the units to ensure that the department meets and exceeds the regulatory standards of all pertinent governmental bodies. He/she will work collaboratively with the Assistant Vice President of Family Foster Care to establish casework methods and determine standards and procedures based on sound social work principles, agency mission and all federal, state and city policies. Read more.
Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care, New Alternatives for Children
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning health and social services agency in NYC with 30+ years of experience serving children with special medical needs and their families. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care.Key Responsibilities include providing direct supervision to Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities/HIV Foster Care Department Supervisors and Case Associates and prepare timely evaluations of supervisees. Read more.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* Bill Bratton will not remain the commissioner of the New York Police Department past next year, providing his most definitive comments to date on his future at the helm of the nation’s largest police force, The New York Times reports.
* The Daily News writes Bratton deserves sincere thanks from New Yorkers, and that de Blasio, should he win another term, will need to find another equally effective commissioner and continue to stay out of their way.
* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke out on the first day of the Democratic National Convention in support of municipalities banding together to reform immigration policies, with the ultimate goal of pressuring action at the state and federal levels, City & State reports.
NYN SOCIAL BUZZ
Upcoming galas and events:
Aug. 17 -- ACC's Pit Bowl
Aug. 21 - Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's 8th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium
Sept. 7 -- Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser, Picnic By Design.
Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Children hosts “Rise Up” Downtown”
Sept. 16 -- Montgomery – RECAP will hold it’s Annual Golf Outing at Stony Ford Golf Course in Montgomery, N.Y.
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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Harlem high school students to get lesson in healthy eating from seniors: A group of Harlem high-school students will partner with low-income seniors under a new program run by the Food Bank for New York City, the Daily News writes. The EATWISE program will teach the teens to make smart choices about what they eat, and where their food is produced and sold.
Planned Parenthood turns to Tumblr to reach a younger audience: As it undertakes an ad campaign in celebration of its 100th anniversary, Planned Parenthood of New York City is trying to reach a younger generation with a message about reproductive health, the New York Times writes. That message does not shy away from what one expert in nonprofit marketing called “the elephant in the room”: abortion.
Nonprofit Spotlight - Albany Institute of History & Art: The Albany Institute of History & Art connects diverse audiences to the art, history and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley through collections, exhibitions and programs, the Times Union writes. It serves 30,000 people of all ages from the Capital Region, Upper Hudson Valley and around the world and brings a global perspective to the Upper Hudson Valley creating physical and virtual experiences for the education, entertainment and inspiration of all people.
Art with heart - Making children's health wards less scary: RxArt's simple mission is to help children heal through the power of art by taking their mind off their surroundings, even for just a little while, the Associated Press reports. The nonprofit has brought in an impressive roster of artists to pediatric wards across the country to create original works on walls, ceilings, floors, even medical equipment.
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.
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 6:00 pm.
SECTOR FOCUS: Environmental Nonprofits
What Pollution? Gowanus thrives along Superfund canal: The Associated Press writes about the Gowanus Canal, a murky, smelly Superfund site choked with raw sewage and an iridescent sheen of oil, PCBs, coal tar and other industrial wastes. Riverkeeper, one of the canal’s stakeholders, is a nonprofit watchdog organization dedicated to protecting the Hudson, and helps to inspect areas of the Gowanus Canal.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
2 p.m. - Rep. Elise Stefanik tours and holds a roundtable discussion on the hospital’s outpatient PTSD program, River Hospital, 4 Fuller St., Alexandria Bay.
6:30 p.m. - Rep. Gregory Meeks, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook, New York City Councilman Ruben Wills, and others NYPD body worn camera town to provide input about police body cameras, Calvary Baptist Church, 111-10 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Queens.
8 p.m. - Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and McCray attend Democratic National Convention, Wells Fargo Arena, 3601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA.