City opens probe into Queens nonprofit tied to local politicians: City investigators have opened a probe into Clergy United for Community Empowerment, a nonprofit that has ties to disgraced ex-state Sen. Shirley Huntley and other elected officials, according to DNAinfo. The city Department of Investigation began in May looking into the finances of the St. Albans nonprofit and into its executive vice-president and CEO, the Rev. Ernestine Sanders. Read more.
Gov. Cuomo, legislature deadlocked on $2B affordable housing plan for New York: Advocates charge that plans to develop nearly 3,000 units of affordable housing across New York have been put in jeopardy because Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders failed to reach an agreement on how to spend $2 billion they put in the budget this year for new housing, the Daily News reports. In a survey of developers and housing agencies, the New York State Association for Affordable Housing found that 2,935 units of affordable housing currently on the drawing board have been placed in limbo. Read more.
Cuomo will override de Blasio to establish emergency rules to protect children from unsafe day care programs: Gov. Cuomo plans to take executive action to implement emergency rules cracking down on bad-actor daycare providers, the Daily News writes. The unusual move, to be announced today, comes in direct response to Mayor de Blasio killing a bill that would have done the same thing. Read more.
Airbnb partners with New York City nonprofit to fight homelessness: The online home and room rental company has donated $100,000 to WIN, a New York City-based organization devoted to providing shelter and support services to homeless women and their children, according to Forbes. Led by former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, WIN, is the biggest organization working to reduce homelessness in the city, which has more than 12,000 homeless families. Read more.
Schumer, Gillibrand announce $1.3 million to support domestic violence survivors in NYC: U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced $1.28 million in federal funding to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, according to a press release. The funding, which was allocated through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice, will provide housing placement assistance and short-term rental assistance to 15 households per year and short term rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to 8 households per year in New York City. Read more.
Nonprofit tax legislation addresses donor privacy and the charitable deduction: While a slim summer schedule has the House and Senate on extended recesses through much of July and August, BDO’s Nonprofit Standard blog writes that legislators continue to introduce and vote on bills addressing noteworthy concerns in the nonprofit industry including donor privacy and charitable deduction for taxpayers. Read more.
Complex for low-income and formerly homeless residents opens in Brownsville: An 80-unit building of affordable and supportive housing for formerly homeless residents officially opened in the neighborhood this week, the complex’s developers told DNAinfo. The Bergen Saratoga Apartments in Brownsville is home to 39 very low- and low-income households selected by lottery to live in the one- and two-bedroom subsidized rentals. Also in the complex are 40 studio apartments for formerly homeless people, which will be given on-site support services run by the Brooklyn-based nonprofit CAMBA, Inc. Read more.
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CRE announces pro bono consulting awardees for the 2016 CRE Rising Fund:
Community Resource Exchange announced the five nonprofit awardees of the CRE Rising Fund, a pro bono consulting initiative now in its second year. Common Wise, Destination Tomorrow, Grace Outreach, The Knowledge House, and Turning Point will each receive customized consulting services from CRE to strengthen their organizations and serve their communities more effectively. The consultation projects will kick off this month, starting with a needs assessment period between CRE and the awardee.
Long Island Cares to award $231,000 in small grants to eligible community pantries and soup kitchens to support infrastructure needs:
Long Island Cares, Inc., The Harry Chapin Food Bank announced that it will be awarding small grants of up to $6,000 to local pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency food service providers as part of the regional food banks’ contract with the New York State Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program. The grants support equipment purchases, supplies, utility costs and staffing for agencies that meet current guidelines of the HPNAP program, which provides more than $2 million annually to Long Island Cares to purchase food and provide support services for more than 316,000 Long Islanders in need.
WeShelter launches NYC campaign with Roomi:
WeShelter, a nonprofit platform powering civic engagement to end homelessness, announced a new initiative with Roomi, the New York-based real estate startup creating a peer-to-peer marketplace for finding shared housing. For every listing created on the site, Roomi will donate $5 to WeShelter, providing funding to local nonprofits that work with the homeless. In NYC, WeShelter works with Breaking Ground, Urban Pathways, and Goddard Riverside homeless service organizations.
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Supervisor of Preventive Services, New Alternatives for Children
New Alternatives for Children is seeking qualified candidates for a supervisory position in the agency’s Preventive Services at our new Bronx satellite office. Responsibilities include: providing clinical and casework supervision for 4-5 MSW social workers; accompanying social workers into the field for intakes and other visits as needed; participating in Planning, Elevated Risk, and Child Safety Conferences as needed; completing supervisory documentation including monthly case review notes and professional development logs in accordance with ACS guidelines; completing staff evaluations in accordance with agency policy; ensure that progress notes, FASP/service plans, case forms and monthly statistics are timely, complete, and in compliance with NAC and ACS requirements; and monitoring and ensure staff training and development. Read more.
Associate Vice-President: Family Foster Care/Adoption/Preventive, Graham Windham
Graham Windham is one of the first organizations in the New York City to implement solution-based Casework. The Associate Vice President oversees the provision of quality care and services for children, youth and families in Graham Windham city based Foster Care, Adoption and Preventive programs. Required qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field; at least 5 years managerial experience in child welfare; demonstrated skill and experience working in the child welfare field, preferably some experience in family based foster care; and working knowledge of NYS Homefinding and foster care procedures and regulations is a strong plus. The program is based in Brooklyn and also in Harlem and the Bronx. Read more.
Director of Contract and Grant Management, Comunilife
Comunilife is seeking high caliber candidates for the position of Director of Contract and Grant Management. This position is responsible for managing more than 30 contracts with federal, state, and city agencies, as well as Comunilife's portfolio of foundation grant support. The successful candidate will serve as a critical link between government contract officials and Comunilife, will play an instrumental role in developing and monitoring the organization's annual operating budget, and will supervise all personnel in the organization's contract budgeting, vouchering, and audit processes. Read more.
Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON on October 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.
POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* With cuts made during the recession now restored, education policymakers and stakeholders are focusing on how school aid is distributed, a review that could lead to the revamping of the state’s nearly decade-old funding formula, Politico New York reports. Read more.
* De Blasio’s ambitious and expensive Renewal Schools program, which includes partnering schools with nonprofit providers, needs its own retooling, with performance at the schools staying flat or falling in most cases, though it is still in its early days, The Daily News writes. Read more.
* Homeowner displacement caused by market forces can destroy generations of investment in communities, Caroline Nagy of the nonprofit Center for NYC Neighborhoods writes in NY Slant. Read more.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
NYC housing ventures to set out a welcome mat for LGBT seniors: A new initiative to build affordable housing that is friendly for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender seniors is beginning to take shape, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Ingersoll Senior Residences in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, and the Crotona Senior Residences in Crotona Park North in the Bronx will offer LGBT-specific programming, like Pride Month celebrations and book or art clubs that highlight LGBT writers and artists. The national LGBT advocacy organization called Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE, will help staff and operate the centers. Read more.
Adding classes and content, resurgent libraries turn a whisper into a roar: Far from becoming irrelevant in the digital age, libraries in New York City and around the nation are thriving: adding weekend and evening hours; hiring more librarians and staff; and expanding their catalog of classes and services to include things like job counseling, coding classes and knitting groups, according to the New York Times. Read more.
City seeks developer to build 500 mixed-income units at Wyckoff Gardens: A plan to build hundreds of mixed-income units at NYCHA's Wyckoff Gardens is moving a step forward as the city looks for a developer for the project, DNAinfo writes. In an RFP released last week, the city is seeking proposals for the design, financing, construction and operation of the residential units as well as community and commercial space at Wyckoff Gardens, according to an announcement from NYCHA and the U.S. Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Read more.
To help artists, this nonprofit thinks like a venture capitalist: Creative Capital, a New York City-based nonprofit organization that offers grants to artists, operates like a venture capital fund, writes New York Business Journal. In 2015, it bestowed 46 grants of $50,000 each to visual artists, performing artists, film artists, writers, and artists in emerging fields like technology. Read more.
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.
SECTOR FOCUS: Environmental nonprofits
Court halts construction of Hudson River park backed by Barry Diller: A New York State appeals court ordered that work be temporarily halted on Pier 55, a 2.4-acre, $130 million park planned along the Hudson River and financed mostly by the billionaire businessman Barry Diller, the New York Times reports. Pier55 Inc., a nonprofit that is covering most of the cost of the park and would help operate it, described the injunction in a statement as a “temporary delay.” Read more.
Ernest Tollerson and Maria Castaneda join Riverkeeper board of directors: Riverkeeper, New York’s clean water advocate, has appointed two new directors to its board: Maria Castaneda, who has served as Secretary Treasurer of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East since 2007, and Ernest Tollerson, a seasoned environmental policy maker, sustainability expert, nonprofit executive and journalist with a distinguished record of volunteer leadership. Read more.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
5:30 p.m. - Activists and advocates for transgender justice in New York City hold a rally for justice for Pearl Love, 1 Police Plaza, Manhattan.
6:15 p.m. - New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina attends Remarkable Achievement Award ceremony, throws ceremonial first pitch at Mets game, Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Queens.
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