Tuesday, September 6, 2016



Top city lobbyist found many ways to give, including Gracie Mansion fixes: James Capalino, whose lobbying firm played a role in the controversial Rivington House deed switch that turned a Lower East Side AIDS hospice into a future luxury condo development, donated iPads and video games in December 2014 to the Department for the Aging's Grandparents Resource Center program, DNAinfo reports. Records show that his firm also donated between up to $19,999 to the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, the private nonprofit that preserves the mansion where de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, live.

Clash of titans? Opponents of Pier 55 have secret backer, media mogul says: In their quest to build a huge new cultural pier on the West Side of Manhattan, the Hudson River Park Trust and Barry Diller, the media mogul who is paying for it, have faced one seemingly intractable opponent: the City Club of New York, a little-known civic group founded in 1892 that was all but dead a few years ago, the New York Times writes. The idea behind the pier was that Diller would cover most of the cost and create a nonprofit to oversee theatrical, musical and other performances.

Study finds that corporate sponsorships negatively impact nonprofit brands: Nonprofit Quarterly writes that when we think of the intersection of corporate philanthropy and brand, we typically think about the positive benefit companies receive through their commitments to community development or enrichment projects. However, a recent study suggests that corporate branding of social initiatives might also have an unintended, negative impact on the nonprofit recipients themselves.

One in eight - The prevalence of New York City student homelessness:Jennifer Erb-Downward, principal policy analyst for the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, writes in NY Slant that New York City’s system must provide stronger support not only to those who may not know where they will sleep tonight, but also to students for whom the days of living in a shelter or on a family member’s sofa are recent memories.

Pols, activists join legal battle over revealing any actions against cop who choked Eric Garner: A group of elected officials and activist groups will file briefs today in support of a two-year legal battle to get the city to release the disciplinary records of the cop who fatally choked Eric Garner back in 2014, the Daily News reports. The effort is being mounted by Garner's mother, members of the City Council, Public Advocate Letitia James and Communities United for Police Reform, a nonprofit dedicated to greater police accountability.

Should board members of large nonprofits be paid?: In general, it appears that the practice of paying trustees is largely, but not exclusively, practiced by larger nonprofits, among which are foundations and healthcare-related organizations, Nonprofit Quarterly writes. But almost everyone agrees that the practice can cause some losses of credibility and trust.

Oysters are nearly extinct in New York waters; this team is trying to coax them back: The city is undertaking its latest and largest attempt to restore a self-sustaining oyster population in Jamaica Bay in the hope of improving water quality, protecting the shoreline from erosion and reviving habitats for fish and wildlife, the New York Times reports. The Environmental Protection Department, which is contributing money, is working with the Billion Oyster Project, an ecosystem restoration and education project that is trying to restore one billion oysters to New York Harbor.

City homelessness is driven up by our own policies: One reason that the number of homeless families with children in the shelter system has risen to 12,800 is our own policy, which provides incentives for families to enter the shelter system and, in some cases, to remain there, Robert Mascali, a deputy commissioner for homeless services in the Bloomberg and Giuliani administrations, writes in Crain’s.



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Stonewall Community Foundation awarding grants:

Stonewall Community Foundation is accepting proposals to fund organizations addressing challenges to service provision for LGBTQ youth in New York City in unique and novel ways. One-year grants for up to $4,000 will be awarded. See the Request for Proposal and Proposal Form for information. Completed proposals are due by noon on Thursday, Oct. 20. Questions? Email Carlie, Steen, Stonewall Program Manager, at carlie.steen@stonewallfoundation.orgor call (212) 367-1537.

New York Theatre Barn adds four new members to board of directors:

New York Theatre Barn, a nonprofit theatre company that incubates, develops, and produces new musicals that tell untold stories, announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors: Michael Bruno, Jonathan Freeman, Dylan James and Susan Thomas, according to a press release. New York Theatre Barn incubates, develops, and produces new musicals that tell untold stories. Each story is inspired by the lives of real people and actual events.

UJA-Federation volunteers pack backpacks with school supplies for Hamptons kids in need:

As kids gear up for back-to-school, hundreds of school-aged youth and parent volunteers assembled backpacks with school supplies for underprivileged children in the Hamptons, according to a press release. Since its inception, the Supplies for Success program has provided more than 46,000 filled backpacks, working to ensure that New York children return to school with the tools they need to succeed.



Accounting Management Solutions (AMS), a CliftonLarsonAllen LLP Division, is the Northeast’s leading provider of executive-level accounting and finance professionals. AMS will be hosting a NY Nonprofit Accounting Meetup on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm at Slattery's Midtown Pub. Come network with us for: Career advancement, partnerships, business development and professional conversation. All are welcome and your first drink is on AMS! Register Today.

Also join us on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Morgan Stanley in NYC, as AMS and JMT join forces once again to take a look at Uniform Grant Guidance and the significant changes affecting nonprofits. In this session we will review the important changes impacting grant and contract-funded nonprofits and strategies for compliance. Space is limited, please register by Sept. 14.




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Assistant Vice President for Programs, Comunilife

Comunilife Inc., a multi-service, nonprofit organization founded in 1989, offers a continuum of supportive housing for people with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness, a licensed mental health clinic and other programs in NYC. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers with special needs in the Hispanic and broader communities. With the support and supervision of the Vice President for Programs, the AVP is responsible for the overall management and operation of several HASA and OMH-funded congregate and scatter site supportive housing programs, which serve people with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.

Administrative Director, Self-Advocacy Association of NY State

The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. is a not-for profit, grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. SANYS is the largest self-advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities in the world. Our mission is “speaking up for ourselves and others”. To further our mission, the SANYS Board of Directors supports self-advocates and self-advocacy groups throughout New York State. In addition, SANYS takes a leading advocacy role in working with state government, provider organizations, and parent and family groups to promote self-advocacy and person centered and directed practices. After many years of successfully supporting the Board of Directors of SANYS and managing the operations of the organization, our Administrative Director is retiring at the end of 2016.

Foster Care Case Worker, SCO Family of Services

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* Rather than be defensive about their performance, local school and state education officials must take Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s report about schools lacking in emergency regulations to heart and find ways to fill the safety oversight gap, the Times Union writes.

* State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman scored last week in one of his efforts to water down the First Amendment as Federal Judge Sidney Stein dismissed Citizens United’s bid to stop him from forcing nonprofits to hand over information on their donors, the Post writes.

* Darren Dione Aquino, who played a disabled cop on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and a mobster on “The Sopranos,” is planning to run for mayor of New York City with funds from his cousin, John Ferolito, of Arizona Beverage Co., the Post reports.




Upcoming galas and events:

Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Children hosts “Rise Up” Downtown”

Sept. 12 -- Voices for the Voiceless hosts performance.

Sept. 12 -- 26th Annual St. Jude Golf Classic in Memory of Eric J. Fenton.

Sept. 13 -- The Police Athletic League is holding its 44th Annual Superstar Dinner

Sept. 13 -- The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation hosts its 28th Annual Founders Ball

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With food hub, premium produce may reach more New Yorkers’ plates:The New York State Greenmarket Regional Food Hub, which was announced last month by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, will be based in a 75,000-square-foot warehouse operated by GrowNYC, a nonprofit that also runs the city’s greenmarkets, the New York Times writes. It will be used to distribute fresh produce from local farmers directly to community institutions and programs, restaurants and other places that are typically too big to buy piecemeal at local farmers markets and too small to purchase in bulk from commercial food suppliers.

Outgoing head of 9/11 museum and memorial reflects on 15 year anniversary: When Joe Daniels joined the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in 2005 as general counsel, Ground Zero was a large hole and the plans for the memorial and museum were caught up in a larger battle over the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, Crain’s writes. Daniels directed planning, construction and development for the memorial and museum and led the foundation in a fundraising campaign that took in more than 450 million dollars. In June, Daniels announced he was leaving the nonprofit and Dec. 31 will be his last day on the job.

Podcast - fighting poverty, strengthening New York: For its inaugural podcast, the Community Service Society tackles the idea of universal summer jobs for all New York City youth. In February of 2016 Lazar Treschan, Director of Youth Policy at CSS, produced a report proposing the idea that all students who want one should have access to summer employment, and not only should they get a job, but that job should be connected with their schooling. Also, listen to NYN Media’s recent podcast with CSS head David Jones.




On Thursday, September 15th, New York Nonprofit Media will host the 2nd annual Nonprofit MarkCon which will bring together marketing and communications executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to build a brand. We expect over 200 nonprofit communications, marketing, PR and strategy executives to attend this event. Topics to include: brand transformation, social media, event planning, integrated marketing, data analytics and more. If you are looking to reach nonprofit executives pleaseclick here.

Submit your nomination for New York Nonprofit Media’s first Cause Awards 2016: Honoring individuals/agencies/philanthropists who’ve had a major impact on the top human services concerns of the New York nonprofit sector throughout 2016. 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 16th at 6 pm.



SECTOR FOCUS: Higher Education

Is giving to a rich university really a "moral injustice?": Inside Philanthropywrites about the school of “effective altruism,” which argues that the most meaningful metric for the value of a philanthropic gift is "lives saved per dollar" – and weighs that against making donations to elite universities.




11 a.m. - The City Council Progressive Caucus, Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and advocates file legal action supporting the release of NYPD misconduct records of the officer who killed Eric Garner, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

12 p.m. - New York City Public Advocate Letitia James delivers remarks at press conference call for halal and kosher food in public schools, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

1 p.m. - Farina hosts ribbon cutting for the Dock Street School for STEAM studies, 19 Dock St., Brooklyn.

6:30 p.m. - Public Advocate James delivers remarks at press conference with tenants at 888 Grand Concourse, 888 Grand Concourse, Bronx.




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