Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Editor’s Note: This week, 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.



* The New York Foundling has “adopted” fledgling nonprofit She’s the First in a partnership dubbed Adopt a Cause that hopes to match larger organizations with smaller ones that need affordable space in New York City’s costly real estate market.


* Million-dollar compensation packages for top staff at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as revealed on their recent Form 990, is an undoubted embarrassment as the museum struggles to regain the confidence of all of its stakeholders, the Nonprofit Quarterly writes.

* A judge tossed a lawsuit by a man who had complained that his long rap sheet kept him from getting a job as a jail guard but the jurist was silent on whether the man should be working for the city Administration for Children’s Services, the New York Post writes.

* In an opinion piece, Ian Rosenblum and Arva Rice write in the Daily News that President Trump’s budget proposal risks devastating harm to New York students who rely on education as the pathway to opportunity, and undermines our state’s economic competitiveness with draconian cuts that no New Yorker should stomach.

* With the proliferation of technological solutions for everything from fundraising to donor relationship management, an increasing number of third-party vendors are being engaged to integrate these systems into their day-to-day operations, but it’s essential that you understand the terms of technology agreements and be prepared to negotiate them, the NonProfit Times writes.

* Inside Philanthropy writes that despite the alarming statistics around the growing abuse of opioids, few foundations and major donors are dedicating resources to combating what's been called America's worst drug crisis ever.

* President Donald Trump’s proposed 6.2 billion dollar cuts to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development would endanger supportive housing in New York – our best hope of addressing homelessness among those with the most challenges, Laura Mascuch of the Supportive Housing Network of New York writes in NY Slant.

* The start of the 2017 mayoral election season is the perfect time for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to burnish his progressive bona fides by funding half-price bus and subway fares for working-age city residents living in poverty, David R. Jones of the Community Service Society of New York and John Raskin of Riders Alliance write in NY Slant.

* While trying to lock down votes from upstate Republicans, the U.S. House of Representatives’ GOP leaders inserted a last-minute provision in their health care bill that would shift Medicaid costs from New York’s counties to the state,The New York Times reports.

* Some wealthy New Yorkers, including George Soros, Steven Rockefeller and Abigail Disney, sent a letter to state lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying they should be paying more in taxes to support schools and programs to help the poor,The Associated Press reports.

* About 13 percent of New York City’s 1.1 million students are considered English learners — a group of students that can be among the toughest to serve, but Dual Language high school and a handful of other schools across the city manage to buck that trend, providing valuable lessons for how to better serve these students, Chalkbeat reports.




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* President Donald Trump and his administration are engaging in an “anti-women agenda,” says New York City’s chapter of the National Organization for Women in announcing a campaign to fight for continued funding of the Violence Against Women Act, Metro writes.

* Community advocates are questioning the Trump administration’s quiet deletion of questions on sexuality from two federal surveys, another step that’s alarmed watchdogs who worry they may point to a manipulation of government data collection to serve the ideology of a government they view as hostile to their causes, the Associated Press writes.

* Karen DeWitt of New York State Public Radio spoke with Andrea Miller of the National Institute of Reproductive Health to discuss what progressives fear from the Trump administration, the Times Union writes.


* The New York Times looks at the numbers behind the budgetary threats to Meals on Wheels, which has been delivering food to older people in the United States since the 1950s.




Don’t miss Reliant Studios at FundCon:

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* The nonprofit Go Project, A little-known tutoring service quietly operating out of a handful of independent schools in Greenwich Village for nearly half a century is gearing up for its first expansion into Brooklyn, DNAinfo writes.

* Rather than renew a lease for part of its office space, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders, or SAGE, has purchased a second condominium at 305 Seventh Avenue in Chelsea, according to Commercial Observer.

* A controversial plan to redevelop the Sunset Park Library into an eight-story building with apartments on top of it has the unanimous support of the New York City Council, capping a year-long public review process for the facility, according to Patch.




Don’t miss Growth for Good’s upcoming workshop! Claudia Zeldin is facilitating "Marketing that Builds Community" on Wednesday, April 5th, 9:30-11:30am. It will focus on using approaches that are most effective and efficient at cultivating a community, such as social media and fundraising events. Workshop participants will be provided with planning resources including Growth for Good’s communications and fundraising calendar template.





* In this week’s podcast, we speak to Michael Glickman, president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage about about what he’s doing to raise the museum’s profile and how he’s responding to recent incidents of anti-Semitism and bomb threats across the country. We also speak to Thomas Kamber, founder and executive director of Older Adults Technology Services talks with us about how their innovative technology curriculum for seniors is being put to use in places like the Queensbridge Houses.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Jeff Foreman, Director of Policy at Care for the Homeless.

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A new report from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness finds that NYC’S homeless high school students have worse health outcomes than their housed peers. They disproportionately face the most extreme health risks. They are also more likely to take advantage of in-school health clinics, where available. Join us for a FREE webinar to discuss the research findings. Register here.





* At its fourth annual Eight Over Eighty benefit gala The New Jewish Home will pay tribute to eight New Yorkers who, in their ninth and tenth decades, continue to live lives of remarkable achievement, vitality and civic engagement. The event, at the Mandarin Oriental New York on Tuesday, April 4, is expected to attract more than 450 guests and raise more than $1 million for the nonprofit’s rehabilitation, skilled nursing and home health-care programs. The honorees are style icon and self-described geriatric starlet Iris Apfel, 95; dance legend Carmen de Lavallade, 85; civil rights leader and businessman Vernon E. Jordan, 81; activist and television pioneer Norman Lear, 94; culinary star Jacques Pépin, 81; philanthropist and business leader Morris W. Offit, 80; and New York City power couple Barbara and Donald Tober, 81 and 85, respectively.

* Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City received the highest honor in the nonprofit category of the League of American Communications Professionals 2015/2016 Annual Report Vision Awards. Recognized for its excellence in professional communication, BBBS of NYC earned a score of 99 out of 100, leading in its category with the Platinum Award and landing in the 20th spot in overall categories worldwide. The LACP, which comprises nearly 1,000 organizations representing two-dozen countries, drew Vision Award submissions from a broad range of industries and organizational sizes.


* The Best Buy Foundation, through its Community Grants program, will award grants of up to 10,000 dollars to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop twenty-first century technology skills. Examples of program activities include computer programming, digital imaging (photography, graphic design, videography), music production, robotics, and gaming and mobile app development. Click here for more information.




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

Bilingual Lead Clinician & Bilingual Clinicians, Abbott House

Abbott House, an innovative community based social service organization, is seeking a Lead Clinician and Clinicians for our Transitional Resources for Children program located in Irvington, NY. Clinician positions are also available with our Long Term Foster Care program in Bronx, NY. Bilingual Spanish is required for both positions. The Lead Clinician works as an integral member of the Abbott House Interdisciplinary treatment team. He or she provides mental health assessments of children, consultation with social work and child care staff, and treatment of children in selected cases.

Caseworker, MercyFirst

This position involves frequent contact with foster children, birth to 21. Manage a caseload of approximately 10-12 cases in our Family Foster Care program. Make visits to foster homes, help children navigate their world of school, medical needs, psychological needs, family needs, etc. Input progress notes into computer. Appear in court to testify and be a voice on behalf of your client. Participate in “Family Night” - once a week where our foster children meet with birth family members and/or foster family members and have a chance to visit, play, and celebrate milestones such as birthdays. Communicate effectively with internal staff, state and governmental agencies regarding cases through established agency policies and procedures. Observe all HIPAA regulations.

Director, Clinical Services, Graham Windham

Responsible for maintaining a high standard of behavioral health services for the Residential Treatment Center. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Is able to assess situations through a lens of safety and risk and support the development of appropriate plans to address those issues in a timely manner; is able to effectively facilitate partnering with members of the Treatment Team and Graham Windham network to ensure a holistic approach to clinical treatment; ensures the furtherance of the implementation of Solutions Based Casework and Collaborative Problem Solving through their own learning and application, as well as support of the staffs’ skill attainment in those models of practice; and adapts work schedule to meet the needs of the program.

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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. Up to three CFRE credits will be available for attendees. Learn more and register.





* New York City Councilman Eric Ulrich tweeted that he believed citizens deserve better in their mayor, but said after considering challenging de Blasio, he decided not to run for mayor, the Daily News reports.

* Advocates say the New York City Department of Education’s 18-month probe into dozens of Orthodox Jewish schools that provide little or no secular education is moving slowly because de Blasio fears riling the powerful Hasidic community, the New York Post reports.

*The Daily News writes in an editorial that Cuomo’s plan to turn the Sheridan Expressway into a slower, gentler urban boulevard means drivers will finally take a back seat to neighborhood residents and their long-snubbed needs.


March 22 -- Ropes & Gray LLP, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and the Foundation Center host Contract Law for Nonprofits

Visit http://go.cityandstatemedia.com/e/168882/events/pv1lg/58400963 to submit an event or view all community events.


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.




The Association of Nonprofit Specialists invites colleagues old and new to join us for a lively networking evening on Thursday, March 23. We’ll share information about upcoming events and programs, and feature a presentation from events specialist Chris Lipari. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dancing Classrooms, 25 W. 31st Street, 4th fl. (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway). The cost is 30 dollars in advance and 35 dollars at the door (Includes wine, beer, soda and hors d’oeuvres). Register here.





11 a.m. – Mark-Viverito announces capital funding investment of the New York City Housing Association Senior Center with NYCHA Chairwoman Shola Olatoye, Betances Senior Center, 401 St. Ann’s Ave., Bronx.

11:30 a.m. – Assemblyman Charles Barron calls for some of the Excelsior Scholarship Fund to be allocated to create a 50 million dollar Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund for low-income families at SUNY and CUNY, LCA Press Room, Legislative Office Building, Room 130, Albany.

11:30 a.m. – New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer hosts a press conference and unveils a new report, Greenwich House, Senior Center on the Square, 20 Washington Square N., Manhattan.

1:30 p.m. – The Legal Aid Society and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP demand that the NYPD disclose department disciplinary records, steps of Manhattan Supreme Court, 60 Centre St., Manhattan.

2 p.m. – Fariña and Mark-Viverito join de Blasio for a press conference on immigration guidance for schools, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.

2 p.m. – The Buffalo City Hall Common Council declares March 21 as Developmental Disability Awareness Day, in special recognition of the #Bfair2DirectCare campaign and the Developmental Disability Alliance of Western New York, Buffalo City Hall, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo.

8:30 p.m. – Brewer speaks at The Tank benefit, St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, 131 E. 10th St., Manhattan.




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