Editor’s Note: It’s the final week to submit your nomination for New York Nonprofit Media’s first Cause 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.
NYN Media Perspectives - Home-based mental health needs to be a viable option: Dawn Saffayeh, the executive director of HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services, writes that the challenge in operating Article 31 mental health clinics lies in maintaining fiscal stability as an organization while getting many of our clients to come in regularly for treatment.
For tenants facing eviction, New York may guarantee a lawyer: The City Council held a hearing on a bill that would make New York City the first jurisdiction in the country to guarantee lawyers for any low-income residents facing eviction, the New York Times reports. Under the measure, tenants who make below 200 percent of the federal poverty line would qualify.
Shorris to testify on nursing home sale at public hearing: First deputy mayor Tony Shorris will testify at what is expected to be a long and contentious City Council hearing on one of the biggest snafus of Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration: the city-enabled sale of a nursing home to a luxury condo builder, which yielded the seller a 72 million dollar profit, according to Politico. Shorris' planned attendance at the hearing Thursday, confirmed by a spokesman, will mark the highest-profile public airing of the controversy surrounding the sale of Rivington House on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Funding issues, waitlists plague city’s services for seniors: Gotham Gazette reports that there are approximately 1,400 seniors on waiting lists for case management services. The Department for the Aging provides case management services for those not covered by Medicaid; those waitlisted are without access to trained employees of city-contracted nonprofits that evaluate seniors’ needs and coordinate appropriate care.
Nonprofits may hold key to immigrant turnout in 2016: Nonprofit community organizations focused on mobilizing immigrant voters are proliferating around the country, and may play a crucial role in whether immigrants turn out in this election, The American Prospect writes. In one example from 2012, the MinKwon Center for Community Action registered 60,000 voters in New York City, and Queens elected its first Asian American woman member of Congress.
Julie Floch, nonprofit finance influencer, has died: Julie Floch, a leader in nonprofit accounting and finance, died after a years-long battle with cancer, the NonProfit Times writes. Floch was the partner in charge of accounting and consulting at EisnerAmper’s Not-For-Profit-Services Group and served on the board of a wide array of local and national organizations, helping to shape nonprofit accounting and transparency. A memorial service is planned in New York City.
Now NYC has “publicly funded mobs”: The New York Post writes that organizations that enter the political fray “function more like gangs looking for a shakedown than as public servants.”
Public organizations, private meetings: Given that all charities and charitable foundations exist to serve the public good, the Stanford Social Innovation Review asks why so few hold their meetings in public.
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Is Harlem New York City’s next art enclave?: After art dealer Elizabeth Dee moved from New York’s Chelsea to Harlem, where she just opened a 12,000-square-foot gallery, the Wall Street Journal asks if others will follow.
HIGHER EDUCATION SPOTLIGHT
CUNY application fee to be waived for low-income students: Under the initiative, all high school students who meet one of a handful of criteria will be able to apply to CUNY free, the New York Times writes. The city estimated that the change will affect 37,500 students, up from about 6,500 students in recent years. More than half of the city’s public school students who enroll in college attend CUNY schools.
Richard E. Farley joins board of directors of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House:
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House announced that Richard E. Farley has joined its Board of Directors. Farley, a partner in the corporate department of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and chair of their Leveraged Finance Group, is an active supporter of New York City cultural and community organizations. He advises and represents some of the world’s leading commercial and investment banks in sophisticated and complex domestic and international financing transactions, in particular leveraged buyout financings, recapitalizations and refinancings. Founded in 1894 as a kindergarten for immigrant children, the Neighborhood House now serves 15,000 individuals and families in need each year through a wide array of effective and integrated services: social, educational, legal, housing, health, mental health, nutritional and fitness.
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation cut ribbon on new home for Economic Solutions Center:
Last week the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation cut the ribbon on the new 4,000-square-foot home for their award-winning Economic Solutions Center. The new home is located in the heart of Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant and was made possible through funding from Home Depot and Robin Hood. The opening was sponsored by Fidelis Care. The Economic Solutions Center is a one-stop shop for families that integrates training for job-seekers and placing them in jobs; educating program participants concerning the fundamentals of personal financial management and supporting them in achieving specific financial goals; and helping program participants, especially low-income workers, secure much-needed income supports to supplement their wages.
Three prominent leaders recognized by United Hospital Fund for their work to improve health and health care:
Drawing a crowd of more than 550 healthcare, business, and community leaders to The Waldorf-Astoria, the event marked the opening of UHF’s 138th fund-raising campaign in support of its work to build a more effective health care system for every New Yorker. United Hospital Fund paid tribute to Herbert Pardes, MD, executive vice chairman of the board of trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Scott B. Salmirs, president and CEO of ABM Industries, and Risa Lavizzo-Mourey MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at its annual gala, acknowledging their important contributions to improving health and health care.
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.
Annual run for knowledge to be held Friday, October 14th:
The Run for Knowledge is the annual fall fundraiser, fun run and family festival benefiting youth enrichment programs at Battery Park City’s local public schools PS/IS 276, PS 89 and IS 289. Registered fun run participants are requested to gather at 5:00 PM on the Battery Park City esplanade at Wagner Park for a 5:30 PM race start time. The one-mile fun run course follows the esplanade North along the Hudson River ending at the Gazebo in Rockefeller Park. Faculty and staff from all the schools will greet students with congratulatory medals at the finish line. Following the race, participants will be directed to the PS 89/IS 289 schoolyard for the Run for Knowledge family festival from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Those interested in participating in the fun run, please contact R4K@bpcschool.org.
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Director of Ambulatory Services is responsible for the oversight of 2 Article 31 Mental Health Clinics, a PROS Program, 3 ACT Teams and a Care and Case Management Program operating in four boroughs. Director of Ambulatory Services supervises the Managers of each program and works with the Chief Operating Officer to ensure programs remain in compliance with external regulatory requirements, as well as PCMH polices and procedures. Director of Ambulatory Services is required to travel to all programs weekly and is on-call 24/7. Position requires an LCSW with a minimum of 10 years experience working with the seriously mentally ill. Candidate must have in depth knowledge of shifting landscape of service delivery system. Ideal candidate possesses strong supervisory skills, business acumen with financial management skills and in depth knowledge of billing, excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as analytic and computer skills.
Regional Director is responsible for the oversight of 4 OMH Licensed Housing sites in Manhattan, a Congregate Permanent Housing site in Manhattan and a 500 bed Scatter Site Housing Program with offices in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Supervises the Managers of each program and works with the Director of Residential Services to ensure programs remain in compliance with external regulatory requirements, as well as PCMH polices and procedures. Regional Director is required to travel to all sites weekly and is on-call 24/7.
Overseeing all aspects of the agency’s Corporate Compliance Program including, developing and revising policies and procedures, conducting and certifying annual assessments of The Bridge’s compliance activities; conducting Medicaid and regulatory audits to ensure compliance with billing and program operation standards; collaborating with other departments to devise and monitor recommendations and performance improvement plans that result from investigations; identifying potential areas of compliance vulnerability and risk and developing/implementing corrective action plans; establishing and providing direction and management of the compliance Hotline; and working with the Human Resources Department to ensure that all staff receive regulatory required training program.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* Sustained federal pressure will be needed to rid New York’s prison system of brutality, but that will not be enough unless elected officials and local prosecutors do their parts, prosecuting unpopular cases, especially in upstate prison towns, the Times writes.
* The father and wife of Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man accused of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey, have retained the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey to defend him, at least until a public defender is provided,The Times writes.
* Cuomo's campaign and the state Democratic Party have not said if the governor is keeping campaign donations from COR Development, a development company whose executives were charged in last week’s federal criminal complaint, the Post-Standard reports.
NYN SOCIAL BUZZ
Upcoming galas and events:
Sept. 28 -- The Asian American Arts Alliance will host its 34th Annual Benefit Gala, honoring opera soprano Hei-Kyung Hong.
Sept. 29 -- Women's City Club of New York hosts From Inequality to Equality: Polices and Programs that Work
Sept. 29 -- The Bridge will host a Masquerade Party at the Angel Oresanz Foundation.
Oct. 5 -- St. Christopher’s hosts 19th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic to raise Funds for New Facility at All-Female Campus
Oct. 13 -- American Liver Foundation 2016 Honors Gala
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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Shedding some light on the city's BIDs: George T. McDonald, president and founder of The Doe Fund, writes in Crain’s to defend Business Improvement Districts’ hiring of formerly incarcerated men from the Doe Fund.
New York legislature passes farm to foodbank bill: Earlier this year, the New York legislature passed an important bill to benefit New York State farmers and food insecure communities, the National Resources Defence Council writes. If signed by the Governor, the farm to foodbank bill will assist farmers in donating food into the emergency food system, reducing food waste and getting more food to New Yorkers in need. In short, the bill allows farmers to claim up to 5,000 dollars annually through a refundable tax credit equal to 25 percent of the wholesale value of their donations to emergency food programs.
Muslim hate crimes - New York City launches ad campaign in response to surge in attacks: Reacting to a sharp increase in attacks against the Muslim community across the United States, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a social media campaign and outreach program to support Muslim residents of the country’s most populous city, according to the International Business Times.
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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. - Transform Don’t Trash NYC and other groups release report on low-income communities of color and pollution emitted by private garbage trucks, The Point CDC, 940 Garrison Ave., Bronx.
12:30 p.m. - New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina participates in Ethnic media roundtable on Equity and Excellence for All, Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St., Manhattan.
1 p.m. - The Charter Schools Committee of the State University of New York Board of Trustees holds a public meeting, The SUNY Global Center, 116 E. 55th St., Manhattan.
6 p.m. - City & State hosts a 10th Anniversary Gala, featuring U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, former Gov. David Paterson, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and more, Vermilion, 480 Lexington Ave., Manhattan.
7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Inside City Hall” features Green Party candidate for President Jill Stein, former Secretary General of NATO Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and the NY1 Wise Guys featuring Bill Thompson, Joe Lhota and Alfonse D’Amato, Time Warner Cable News NY1.
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