Wednesday, August 17, 2016


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NYN Media Perspectives - Not every train travels on the same track: In response to a perspectives piece by Edward R. Matthews, Murray Schneps writes that the disability advocacy community shouldn’t allow the state to allow Medicaid changes without a fight. While the state of New York takes credit for the miraculous turnaround in the field of the developmentally disabled, it must be noted that New York state opposed and resisted the progress and work of the Willowbrook class action and the review panel, even though it voluntarily participated in the drafting and signing of the consent judgment.

Would a new federal affordable housing proposal backfire in NYC?: The federal government has proposed increasing Section 8 rental subsidies in high-income neighborhoods and decreasing them in low-income neighborhoods as a way to help low-income Americans, the majority of whom live in cities' poorest neighborhoods, move into neighborhoods with higher rents, better performing schools and higher-paying jobs, Gothamist reports. But Mayor de Blasio, state democrats, housing lawyers and nonprofit housing organizations are all pushing back, saying this change is untenable in New York City, where the vacancy rate is extremely low.

City Council approves creation of office to get ex-cons just out of Rikers back on their feet: The city will launch a new office to help people getting out of jail get back on their feet under a bill passed by the City Council, according to the Daily News. The new “divisions of transitional services” will help steer ex-prisoners to housing, job training and healthcare, with the aim of reducing the number of people who commit new crimes.

City Council rejects the first private development project under Mayor de Blasio’s housing plan: The City Council voted to kill an apartment project in Inwood, scuttling the first private development proposed under Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious housing plan, the Daily News writes. The Council voted 45-0 to block the Sherman Plaza plan, following the lead of local Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who declared his opposition this week.

What I learned from cobbling together my own community school: Drema Brown, the vice president of the school-age division at The Children’s Aid Society, writes in Chalkbeat that renewal and community schools working to solve these difficult problems, need to be released from the politics of shaming and finger pointing to remain focused on the important work in front of them.

Charter networks are making efforts to share success with district schools: In New York, the city is taking steps toward district-charter collaboration with the help of Collaborate NYC, a new nonprofit that brings educators from district and charter schools together to share best practices, U.S. News & World Report writes. The state Department of Education recently announced a $4 million, three-year initiative to encourage charter schools in New York City and Rochester to join forces to improve student achievement.

We need to stop treating nonprofits the way society treats poor people: Nonprofit With Balls writes that there is a strong parallel between how some treat nonprofits, and how society treats low-income people. Where there are some irresponsible nonprofits, many started assuming that those are the default and treat everyone with suspicion, when in fact they are a very small percentage.



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The New Jewish Home presents a series of public programs exploring the latest thinking in the field of aging:

The New Jewish Home, one of the country’s largest and most diversified nonprofit eldercare care systems, announces “Aging in the 21st Century,” a series of public programs offering professionals and the public alike the chance to hear from healthcare leaders, public health experts, and scientists who work in the field of aging. In four programs, this year’s featured specialists will discuss the impact of technology on aging communities, new treatments for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, advances in palliative care, and best client-experience practices in long-term care.

New York Community Trust releases report: “Stronger Together: The Power of Funder Collaboration”:

The New York Community Trust released a report about its funding of collaborative funds for the last 40 years. The Trust's most substantial collaboration to date was the September 11th Fund, which pooled $534 million from two million individuals from all 50 states, and 150 countries. The trust has been home to 20 other collaborative funds, distributing more than $119 million.

Legal Aid Society expands Bronx footprint:

JRT Realty Group, the nation’s largest woman-owned commercial real estate services firm, arranged a 22,070-square-foot lease for the Legal Aid Society in The Melrose Building at 260 E 161st St. The organization, which currently occupies 55,655 square feet within the building on the eighth, ninth and tenth floors, is expanding its presence to encompass the full seventh floor under a 15-year lease. The expansion is scheduled for completion next year. Rents at the property fall in the mid-$30s per square foot.




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* An audit from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration mishandled $22 million in federal tourism funds allocated in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and other disasters, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* The Empire Center, a fiscally conservative think tank, released a report showing hospital executives and physicians top the public authorities’ pay list, and the Westchester County Health Care Corp. CEO’s $2.2 million salary made him the highest earner, the Times Union reports.

* The Post writes that mistakes were made by the NYPD, NYCHA and police officers that led to Akai Gurley’s death – and it’s right for those responsible to pay through a settlement – but police also have an obligation to ensure such mistakes are never repeated.




Benefits in the Hamptons and cocktails at Saks: The past week’s party circuit included stops in Bridgehampton, for Paddle & Party for Pink, where guests mingled with the actress Gwyneth Paltrow and the surfer Laird Hamilton; in Southampton for a fund-raiser for that town’s hospital; and in Midtown Manhattan, for after-work cocktails on the newly opened eighth-floor terrace of Saks Fifth Avenue, according to the New York Times.

Recent galas and events: (view photos): Maggie Kuhn, SCAN-NY, ANDRUS

Upcoming galas and events:

Aug. 17 -- ACC's Pit Bowl

Aug. 21 -- Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's 8th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium

Aug. 22 -- Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk hosts the 18th Annual Roger Metcalf Memorial Golf Classic at the Southward Ho Golf and Country Club in Bay Shore.

Sept. 7 -- Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will host its fifth annual summer soiree and fundraiser, Picnic By Design.

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

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Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON on October 6th & 7th at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz NY, this is an incomparable two-day retreat experience for Executive Directors, Financial Staff, Board Members, Fundraisers, Marketing and Development Staff alike. Keynote Speakers include Vu Le, Nonprofit Humorist from and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.




Brooklyn bakery run by nonprofit employs people who are homeless: A bakery in a nondescript building in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is cooking up something sweeter and more ambitious than the fresh pastries: they are creating hope, CBS News writes. Everyone at the bakery is from the Doe Fund, a nonprofit that houses and feeds the homeless in New York City and runs the bakery.

These three guys are bringing squash to New York’s public spaces: Founders of the Public Squash Foundation, wanted to expand access to public squash courts, Bloomberg writes. Last year they pitched the Department of Parks and Recreation on their idea: building a squash court on one of the city’s more than 2,000 handball courts, many of which are underutilized. City officials liked the project and picked Hamilton Fish Park.

City Council Speaker tours southern Brooklyn senior centers: City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilman Mark Treyger toured local senior centers, health facilities, and community hubs earlier this week to bring attention to the over $6.7 million in funding to these invaluable New York City institutions, according to the Bensonhurst Bean. Among the visited locations were the Brooklyn Chinese-American Association Senior Center in Bensonhurst, Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island Seaside Innovative Senior Center, New York Cancer Center, and Il Centro.




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 please click 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: Religious News

As Crown Heights changes, a Jewish landscape diversifies: Hipsters, Modern Orthodox transplants and a growing progressive wing within Chabad are redefining both sides of Eastern Parkway, the Jewish Week reports. On Aug. 21 several nonprofits will mark the anniversary of the 1991 riots and “celebrate Crown Heights today” with “One Crown Heights,” a daylong festival of commemoration and festivities.




11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features NYCLU Legislative Director Robert Perry; Steve Greenberg of the Siena poll; Elizabeth M. Lynch, supervising attorney, MFY Legal Services Inc.; and Larry Levy, Hofstra University's executive dean at the National Center for Suburban Studies, WCNY.

12 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Andy King, Queens Library President Dennis Walcott, Brooklyn Public Library President Linda Johnson, New York Public Library President Tony Marx and others announce permanent six-day library service, Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway, Queens.

3 p.m. – Community Voices Heard members rally against the RFP for redevelopment of the East 111 Street site for not meeting community’s needs and not conform to the East Harlem Neighborhood Plan, 112th Street and Madison Avenue, Manhattan.



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