Editor's Note - We have posted video and slides from presenters from ourMarkCon event, which took place Sept. 15.
NYN Media Insights Podcast on homelessness with Thomas Main: For ourinaugural NYN Media Insights podcast, we spoke to Thomas Main, a professor at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs and author of the book Homelessness in New York City. From the “right to shelter” ruling to the “housing first” philosophy, Main’s reflections on how Mayors, from Ed Koch through de Blasio have dealt with homelessness reveal some successes and some stumbles.
Homeless shelters are becoming much more expensive for New York City: In more bad news on the city’s homeless crisis, latest stats show the city is spending dramatically more to house New Yorkers in shelters, and they’re spending more time in them, according to the Daily News. The Mayor’s Management Report, an annual report card for city agencies, shows the average cost of housing a homeless person in the system rose to $94.57 a day in fiscal year 2016, which ended in July. That’s up from $78.80 in 2015.
Nonprofits measure what they’ll do in the face of new overtime rules: A regulatory change will raise the non-exempt salary rate $47,476 annually, meaning that workers who earn less than the threshold will need to track their time and will be paid overtime for weeks they work more than 40 hours,Nonprofit Quarterly reports. Nonprofits have until December, when the law goes into effect, to determine whether they will be able to raise enough funds to cover the overtime costs or higher salaries, will need to make cuts, or can, as employment attorney Mark Neuberger suggests, “get creative.” We recentlywrote about what the regulations mean for local providers.
The lasting racial stain of the foreclosure crisis: Caroline Nagy, the deputy director for policy and research at the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, writes in City Limits that we need to address and reform policies that disproportionately impact homeowners of color, such as the city’s tax lien sale, as well as the federal government’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program. We must also examine new models of asset building for low- and moderate-income communities and implement affordable homeownership models such as community land trusts.
What’s really going on in your state’s charity office? Urban Institute’s primer an important new resource: In 41 percent of states, one office has primary responsibility for monitoring charity, but in the remaining 59 percent responsibility is shared across agencies or offices, Nonprofit Quarterly writes. The largest proportion of charity offices has dedicated staff comprising between one and 9.9 full-time employees, but 31 percent have fewer than one and 19 percent have ten or more.
Brooklyn Bridge Park President to head Downtown Brooklyn Partnership: Regina Myer, the president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, will replace Tucker Reed as the new president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the Commercial Observer reports. Myer will take the helm of the nonprofit, which advocates for advances in businesses and the educational, retail and residential sectors of Downtown Brooklyn, in November.
Racial segregation in New York schools begins in Pre-K, report finds: A report by the Century Foundation, a public policy research group, found that in 2014-15, the first year of the major pre-K expansion pushed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, pre-K classrooms tended to be more racially homogeneous than even the city’s public kindergartens, the New York Times reports. Administration for Children’s Services classrooms were more likely to have a majority of black or Hispanic students, the report found. Pre-K programs in other community-based organizations were more likely to have a heavily white or Asian student population.
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Independent Filmmaker Project began this weekend: As the nation's oldest and largest not-for-profit advocacy organization for independent filmmakers, IFP has assisted in the production of more than 10,000 projects since it launched in 1979 as a sidebar to the New York Film Festival, Crain’s writes.
Project for Public Spaces initiative boosts global grassroots urban design: The New-York based nonprofit Project for Public Spaces is expanding its reach, Curbed reports. To help make sure a rush towards urban living can potentially become a golden age for designing urban spaces around the globe, the PPS announced a new Commitment to Action to expand both nationally and internationally.
HIGHER EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT
DiNapoli says New York needs to confront the rising student debt burden: City & State writes that according to a new report by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli scheduled to be released later today, average student loan debt for New Yorkers has grown by more than 10,000 dollars in the past decade, forcing many young borrowers to put off fully participating in the economy.
SUNY’s wise move on admissions: The New York Times writes that colleges that ask about criminal convictions on their applications frighten away untold numbers of students who could succeed academically and who present no risk to campus safety. After the trustees of the 64-campus State University of New York voted to remove the felony question from admissions applications, colleges elsewhere in the country would do well to follow this example.
Women’s City Club of New York hosts conference, From Inequality to Equality: Policies and Programs that Work:
Women’s City Club of New York will host a centennial conference, “From Inequality to Equality: Policies and Programs that Work,” on Thursday, Sept. 29at the New York Academy of Medicine. The daylong event will address public initiatives and model programs that advance economic, gender, and racial equality, and examine key problems of availability, affordability and access in four critical areas: health care, education, housing and homelessness, and employment. New York Women’s Foundation President and CEO Ana Oliveira to deliver keynote and panel discussions will focus on health care, education, housing and homelessness, and employment during daylong event.
Boys & Girls Clubs Of America and The New York Life Foundation extend partnership with 3 million dollar grant to provide grief & bereavement support for kids and teens:
The New York Life Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America announced an expansion of their national partnership to help Club staff better serve grieving youth through trainings and technical support. Through the Foundation's grant, BGCA will increase member access to youth and grief resources by expanding "Be There: A National Grief and Bereavement Initiative" to 90 clubs over the next four years. This increase in support will enable Club staff to recognize the signs of a grieving child or teen and equip them with the skills to support the emotional needs of youth facing adversity, such as loss of a loved one.
Funding for Queens artists and nonprofit organizations application deadline:
Queens Council on the Arts announced the 2017 Queens Arts Fund funding cycle that supports the hard work and contributions of the borough’s creative citizens with grants for their programming. Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations producing cultural programming in all arts discipline and meeting eligibility requirements are invited to apply to the 2017 QAF grant program. New guidelines and the online grant application for the 2017 grant cycle are available on the QCA website.
Building Healthier Communities: Environment, Energy and the Role of Women
When it comes to environmental issues that affect their families, women are often the driving forces of change. A new analysis of data presented by bipartisan pollsters Celinda Lake and Vince Breglio will examine the potential of women to make clean energy a reality in our communities and for the country. Join The New York Women’s Foundation and Civil Society Institute to discuss on September 29.
Critical Business Skills for Nonprofit Leaders
The Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals at Columbia Business School Executive Education prepares nonprofit managers to support their organization’s mission by exposing them to key management concepts and providing tools to better navigate their position within the organization. Offering formal training in fundamental elements of strategic management, the program covers such critical skills as the planning and implementing of organizational change, negotiating effectively, and increasing one’s self-awareness.
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Lower East Side Family Union seeks qualified professionals to assist in its efforts of enhancing the quality of family life through the delivery of culturally linguistic and responsive services. Successful candidates will be responsible for providing case management services to a maximum of 12 families to prevent foster care placement or replacement. Ensures the safety and well-being of children. Assesses the family’s needs and strengths and provides meaningful assistance in accordance with City, State and Federal Regulations. Makes home visits and other required contacts, such as school visits. Makes appropriate service referrals for quality preventive services and accurately documents activities and information in the case record/systems timely.
As part of Single Stop’s initiative to provide accurate knowledge and assistance to families and individuals in need of health insurance, the Healthcare Enrollment Specialist will provide application assistance to participants under the new Affordable Care Act regulations, and will serve as an expert educator to consumers on how to properly navigate the health care system, including programs and subsidies. The HES will obtain training from Single Stop and from the New York State Department of Health to become a Certified Application Counselor. Completion of all applications will take place through the NY State of Health Marketplace. The HES will be supported by the Single Stop Training Associate as well as Single Stop’s entire Navigator program team.
Sheltering Arms is seeking a Fatherhood Specialist for our Early Childhood Education program. The overall intent of the Fatherhood Program is to support families and to benefit children’s learning and development. The role of the Fatherhood Specialist is to engage fathers and male father figures to work with the program staff as partners to promote their child’s best interest, and to support successful child outcomes. In addition, the Fatherhood Specialist will work with fathers and their families to establish family goals that are motivating, fulfilling and that will help to enhance their quality of life. The Fatherhood Specialist will link fathers and refer to supportive services and will maintain records and track outcomes.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* An Albany judge ruled against plaintiffs from eight small city school districts who claimed the state was shortchanging students, and part of the ruling focused on the court’s reluctance to infringe on legislative budget decisions,the Times Union reports.
* As the NYPD withholds information about the officer involved in Eric Garner’s death, New York City Councilmen Ritchie Torres, Antonio Reynoso and Carlos Menchaca criticize the department in NY Slant for abandoning an interpretation of state law stretching back four decades regarding the release of discipline records.
* Buffalo Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash said he is open to working with charter school organizations to operate some of the district’s most chronically struggling schools, but they would have to take all students, not just the best ones, The Buffalo News reports.
NYN SOCIAL BUZZ
Upcoming galas and events:
Sept. 20 -- North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center hosts a benefit for its Children’s Center at Nassau County Family Court on at Tesoro’s Ristorante in Westbury.
Sept. 22 -- Legal Services of the Hudson Valley hosts its 3rd Annual Dutchess Partners in Justice Reception at Locust Grove Estate in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Sept. 22 -- New York Women’s Foundation Neighborhood Dinner in Queens
Sept. 26 -- United Hospital Fund 2016 Gala
Sept. 28 -- Community Resource Exchange hosts Rooftop Party
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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Here’s Your First Look at the Lowline Underground Park Proposal: The Lo-Down looks at the winning proposal to create the Lowline on the Lower East Side. The Lowline will be administered as a self-sufficient not-for-profit organization and about 85% of its operating budget will come from private “contributions, gifts and grants.”
Jump-start your career at MCNY! Join us at our Grad Info Session onThursday, September 29 from 6-8 pm at our new Financial District campus. Learn how to advance your career and network with faculty and alumni. Seats are filling up fast! Financial Aid and scholarship opportunities available. RSVP here.
Powerful Educational Webinar by Jay Wilkinson (NYN Subscribers attend for free):
Everything you do as a nonprofit organization leads people back to your website. It is the center of your marketing universe and the home base of your brand. According to Nonprofit Hub, 82% of donors will visit your website before giving. With #GivingTuesday, year-end appeals and fundraising season upon us, now is the time to review what they'll find when they get there, and be ready. NYN Daily subscribers are invited to join Jay Wilkinson for this educational webinar on Tuesday, 9/27 to discover what makes donors click, and how we can fully leverage our websites to captivate and engage our community online. Click here to learn more and register.
Don’t forget to submit your nomination for New York Nonprofit Media’s firstCause Awards 2016: Honoring individuals, agencies and philanthropists who this year have had a major impact on the top human services concerns of the New York nonprofit sector. 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 30th at 6 pm.
New York Nonprofit Media is proud to present our 2nd annual Nonprofit TechCon taking place Dec. 6 from 8 am to 5 pm at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. We have all learned to accept technology at different rates. We explore the innovation and challenges of new tools, apps, and gadgets in our own personal ways. Whether you're an early tech adopter or more careful user, we all have a role to play in advancing our organizations in a rapidly changing world. This event will cover everything from entry-level learning about the current state of technology to more advanced discussions. Nonprofit TechCon is the place to go to stay informed of new technology tools and developments that are shaping the future of nonprofits.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
12:30 p.m. - New York City Public Advocate Letitia James tours New York Harm Reduction Educators East Harlem location, 104 E. 126th St., Manhattan.
2:45 p.m. - Public Advocate James delivers remarks at press conference to preserve Hopper Gibbons underground railroad site, southwest corner of Chambers Street and Centre Street, Manhattan.
6:45 p.m. - Hochul delivers remarks at Feminist Power Awards gala, Edison Ballroom, 240 W. 47th St., Manhattan.
6:45 p.m. - Brewer speaks at Urban Assembly School for Green Careers fundraising dinner, UAGC Garden, West 84th Street and Amsterdam