Tuesday, September 26, 2017



Since President Donald Trump’s administration ordered an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on Sept. 5, nonprofit providers across New York City have responded to those directly affected by offering legal services and other help.



* Staffers at the city's Administration of Children's Services are being sent to the NYPD’s Police Academy to receive special training in tactics and procedures they could use in their own investigations, the Daily News reports.

* The biggest problem with star-studded galas is that they frequently fail to raise more money than they cost to throw or barely break even, many nonprofit experts find, the Washington Post writes.

* First Lady Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, and Robin Hood Foundation CEO Wes Moore announced a partnership between the NYC Children’s Cabinet and Robin Hood to expand the City’s “Talk to Your Baby” campaign, with an emphasis on early childhood development in high-poverty areas targeting children ages 0-3.

* A collaboration between the special narcotics prosecutor’s office, the Staten Island District Attorney’s office and Columbia University yielded a report that revealed significant shortages in treatment for Staten Island residents addicted to opioids, the Times reports.

* Lawmakers came one vote short of overriding a veto of a bill that would’ve given protections to undocumented immigrants in Westchester County, after County Executive Rob Astorino vetoed the Immigrant Protection Act last month, the Journal News writes.

* Girls Scouts Troop 6000, based in a Long Island City hotel used to house homeless families, plans to hold its first training session for volunteers Sept. 30, as it prepares to launch chapters in 10 more homeless shelters around the city, Patch reports.

* The Walton Family Foundation’s recently announced pledge to invest more than 2 million dollars to create new charter schools in New York City, hopes to create seven new charter schools that enroll students from a mix of income backgrounds, Inside Philanthropy writes.



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that a special session of the state Legislature may be needed if more than 2 billion dollars in health care cuts to New York are allowed to take effect on Oct. 1, as the federal Disproportionate Share Hospital program is set to be reduced on that date, the Daily News writes.

* While HIV infection rates fall across the U.S., the decline in HIV infection among 14-to-23 year olds lags behind that of all other age groups, WNYC reports.

* A U.S. charity that offers assistance to patients seeking help to cover out-of-pocket drug costs on Monday said it has been contacted in connection with a federal investigation into drugmakers' financial support of nonprofits, Reuters writes.




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* Trump and Republican leaders plan to release a tax framework this week that would dramatically cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, provide a measure of middle-class tax relief and punish some households in Democratic-leaning states like New York and New Jersey, the Chicago Tribune writes.



* Today’s not-for-profit chief financial officer is no longer defined solely by fiscal or financial expertise, but more often by organizational and managerial responsibilities, CPA Journal writes.

* A report released this week, Scaling Solutions Toward Shifting Systems, based on interviews with leading NGOs and grantmakers, seeks to offer some concrete recommendations and catalyze a conversation about how to change the industry with an eye toward scale, Devex writes.

* A new survey of people who have given to nonprofits in the last year exposes what organizations are doing well–and badly–in retaining donors, Fast Company writes.

* Impact investors have ignored the arts and culture sector, at the expense of the communities they seek to help, Laura Callanan writes in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.




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* New York City's theatre district pulsed with thousands of theater lovers on Sunday, Sept. 24, as the 31st Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction blew past previous totals and raised 1,023,309 dollars for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Broadway World writes.

* Construction started on the $3.2 million Central New York Veteran’s Outreach Center housing project in Utica, which will provide 17 units of housing for homeless veterans, Business Journal News Network writes.



* More than 4,000 New Yorkers laced up their running shoes on Sept. 16 to support New York City children at the 13th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City Race for the Kids – part of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. Avid runners, beginners and walkers hit the pavement in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park at the USATF-certified 5K run/walk. The family-friendly race raises awareness of the importance of mentoring and generates critical funds to support the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. BBBS of NYC raised nearly $500,000 at this year’s Race for the Kids – part of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. The funds will help provide one-to-one mentoring relationships for at-risk youth throughout the five boroughs who need positive role models in their lives. Since its inception in 2004, the race has raised more than $7 million, enabling BBBS of NYC to provide mentors and resources to thousands of young people throughout the city each year.

* To improve their ability to support people with developmental disabilities in Orange and Sullivan Counties, The Arc of Orange County (Newburgh, NY) and Sullivan Arc (Monticello, NY) announced that a resolution was approved during a board meeting on Sept. 20 to merge in 2017. The unification will help both organizations respond to a difficult economic and public policy environment that has placed new demands and fiscal constraints on all organizations that support people with developmental disabilities. The Arc of Orange County and Sullivan Arc are both Chapters of NYSARC, Inc. NYSARC is the largest family-governed nonprofit organization supporting people with intellectual, developmental, and other disabilities in New York State.



* Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced the fourth and final round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017. Covering the period from Sept. 15 through Dec. 31, the fall cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, schools and individuals. The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports projects that encourage learning about Judaism and help dispel religious intolerance. Grants of up to $500 will be awarded. Applications are due Nov. 1. The application process for all grants is online at www.berkshiretaconic.org/SearchGrants.




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* An analysis by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer found that Hurricane Sandy victims have dropped out in droves from the city’s Build It Back recovery program, with more than 1,000 families in three neighborhoods exiting the program since 2014, the Daily News reports.

* A lack of funding for a piece of the Gateway tunnel is complicating its construction, prompting the Gateway Development Corp. to ask Related Companies to contribute to the cost of building a concrete encasement below Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, Politico New York writes.

* The MTA’s plan to install art deco “Gateway” towers at all of its bridges and tunnels will cost $100 million, according to Cedrick Fulton, the president of the MTA’s bridges and tunnels division, Politico New York writes.




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