Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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NYN Media Reports - ACS promises progress in Close to Home:
The Administration for Children’s Services went on the defensive at a committee hearing yesterday, announcing that it has hired more investigators, stepped up its oversight of nonprofits managing the Close to Home juvenile justice program and raised standards for monitoring video surveillance. Read more.

Petition with 1,300 signatures urges Mayor de Blasio to stop sale of Rivington House nursing home: Locals are still scrambling for a way to reverse the sale of the Lower East Side nursing home Rivington House, slated to be turned into luxury condos after a controversial land deal with the city, the Daily News writes. More than 1,300 people signed a petition asking Mayor de Blasio to reverse the lifting of a deed restriction that had required the site to be used as a healthcare facility. Read more.

In case of emergency: Nonprofits and their funders need to plan and budget for unforeseen events that can disrupt worthy projects, Laurie Michaels and Maya Winkelstein from Open Road Alliance write in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Read more.

Charter schools get $250 million boost: Aiming to boost the growth of charter schools in cities nationwide, the Walton Family Foundation plans to announce a $250 million initiative today to help charters build and expand their sites, according to the Wall Street Journal. The foundation anticipates the plan will help add charter seats for 250,000 U.S. children by 2027. Charter officials and advocates say they currently serve 120,000 in New York. Read more.

Second time could be the charm for Christine Quinn: Crain’s writes that Christine Quinn, the former City Council speaker who now heads the homeless-services nonprofit Women in Need, won’t publicly discuss a 2017 mayoral campaign, but the trappings of one are present. Read more.

Foundation Center launches YouthGiving.org as global hub for growing movement: Young people worldwide are transforming their communities and themselves by making grants - more than $14 million since 2001 - to causes they're passionate about, according to a press release. Now, this movement will gather at YouthGiving.org, where young people and adults interested in grantmaking can explore stories of giving, learn from experts, and discover opportunities to raise their voices. Read more and read NYN Media’s coverageon strategies for reaching out to millennials.

Corporate philanthropy - Totals up, skepticism down?: Among the charitable endeavors supported by the most philanthropic companies are HIV/AIDS research and treatment, workforce education, minimizing hunger, and, ironically, Coca Cola’s dabbling in the clean drinking water and healthy living spaces, Nonprofit Quarterly writes. Companies were also recognized for being generous in providing employees with time off to volunteer as well as with opportunities to participate in mentorship and leadership programs facilitated by local nonprofits. Read more.

For the second year, rents in some stabilized apartments in New York City will not increase: The board that sets rents for more than one million rent-stabilized apartments in New York City voted 7 to 0, with two abstentions, to freeze rents for one-year leases for the second year in a row, the New York Times reports. Read more.

 

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NYN BUZZ

Osterer Center for Discovery opens in Wallingford, CT:


Cerebral Palsy of Westchester announced the opening of Osterer Center for Discovery as its first Satellite Program in Connecticut. In September 2015 the program opened its doors to serve those with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities in New Haven County and surrounding areas. On June 24, it celebrated the opening with a ribbon cutting and dedication in honor of Mr. Richard Osterer and wife Venita, part of the founding family that built Cerebral Palsy of Westchester in New York. The center offers many programs and services to adults, including Group Day Supports, Supported Employment, Individualized Day Supports, Individual Home Supports, Personal Supports and Transportation.


Zone 126 and Summer Advantage USA bring summer programming to Queens students for second year:

Zone 126, a sponsored project of the Fund for the City of New York, and Summer Advantage USA announced their second year of partnership, made possible by a $100,000 grant from the Pinkerton Foundation and a $75,000 award from the Altman Foundation, to provide summer learning opportunities to children living in Astoria and Long Island City in Queens. In collaboration with two Zone 126 partner public schools in Long Island City, 110 school-aged children will have the opportunity during July and August to participate in one of the nation’s few scientifically-validated summer learning program models, Summer Advantage USA.

Jeffrey Schoenfeld and Robert Kapito appointed president and chair of the board of UJA-Federation of New York:

The Board of Directors of UJA-Federation of New York approved the nomination of Jeffrey A. Schoenfeld, a partner at Brown Brothers Harriman, as president and Robert S. Kapito, president and a director of BlackRock, as chair of the board. As UJA’s chief voluntary officers, they will both serve three-year terms slated to begin July 1. Terms for outgoing president and chair (respectively) Alisa Doctoroff and Linda Mirels end on June 30 at the end of this fiscal year.


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NYN CAREERS

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.

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* City & State’s Borough Series continues with a look at the future of Manhattan, which elected officials hope will balance the tremendous growth and increasing density with a need to preserve the human scale. Read more.

* While de Blasio has been known for years as especially deliberative, sometimes to the point of inaction, his close style of management has defined his mayoral administration from its first days, the Gotham Gazette reports.Read more.

*A year after a gun-rights group bombarded the State Police with hundreds of Freedom of Information Law requests to see who was on a mental health-related ”no gun” list, they are heading to court after getting what they say are unresponsive answers from the state police, the Times Union reports. Read more.


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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

Dept. of Sanitation program makes it easier for New Yorkers to give, find second-hand items: The donateNYC program allows local nonprofit organizations that are in need of donated goods or businesses looking to donate, the chance to participate in an online material exchange where they can connect with groups, and donate or receive reusable items, Metro New York writes. Read more.


Non-profit 'ScanVan' in need of financial boost to keep services rolling:Project Renewal’s mobile medical screening van that has provided free mammograms for eight years has hit some bumps in the road, NY1 reports.Read more.


This LIC nonprofit teaches underserved groups how to code and land well-paying tech jobs: Coalition for Queens is inviting technology enthusiasts who are interested in joining a startup company to apply to take in their free coding program by July 8, according to QNS.com. Located in Long Island City, the coalition is a startup nonprofit organization that will be launching its third year of the Access Code program. Read more.


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SECTOR FOCUS: Environmental Nonprofits

Timberland will create green space in five cities in the U.S.:
The company launched a green space initiative by partnering with a New York City nonprofit called GrowNYC, Triple Pundit writes. More than 100 volunteers from Timberland helped transform the United We Stand garden, which is 32,000 square feet in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the South Bronx. The space used to contain four community gardens, but they were cleared after a damaging fire a year and a half ago. Read more.

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

2 p.m. – Mayor de Blasio holds public hearings and signs bills, Blue Room, City Hall, Manhattan.

3 p.m. – State Sen. Tony Avella stands against sex offender placement in family homeless shelters, Pan-American Hotel, 79-00 Queens Blvd., Queens.

6 p.m. – The New York Immigration Coalition and its members, immigrants and allies rally for immigrant New Yorkers in the wake of the Supreme Court's recent ruling, Foley Square, 101 Worth St., Manhattan.

 

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