Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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De Blasio’s push to reduce hotels as homeless shelters is a bust: Despite a vow by Mayor de Blasio to reduce the use of hotels as shelters, the number of homeless in the pricey lodgings has skyrocketed 50 percent over the last few months, The Post reports. The average number of homeless individuals in hotels last month was 3,990 - up from 2,656 in February, according to the Department of Homeless Services.

In ongoing housing spat, councilman says de Blasio ‘can’t disrespect me’: Five days after Mayor Bill de Blasio said he would have a “polite but firm” conversation with Jimmy Van Bramer, who opposes a de Blasio-backed affordable housing development in his Queens district, the councilman said the mayor has yet to call him, and that he has no idea why the mayor decided to “go there,” Politico writes. Van Bramer also criticized the developer, a well-established nonprofit affordable housing developer called Phipps Houses.

How Staten Island’s drug problem made it a target for poaching patients: Recruiters working for treatment centers angling to fill their beds with patients from Staten Island, according to the New York Times. Some people end up in drug treatment by court order; others at the urging of family or friends. In New York, some treatment programs are for-profit. Most, like Camelot’s 45-bed residential center for men, are nonprofit.

Foundations’ investment returns hitting zero or worse: As more foundations tempered their long-term return expectations last year, investment returns declined for the second consecutive year in 2015, with a 1.8-percent decline for community foundations and flat returns for private foundations, neither of which kept pace with the S&P 500’s 1.4-percent return, The NonProfit Times reports.

Success and struggles point to a better way to help NYC’s chronically homeless: There are 46 formerly homeless veterans living in supportive housing at Kingsbridge Terrace, an apartment building operated by Jericho Project, a 33-year old nonprofit that runs 500 of New York City's 32,000 such units, City Limits writes. In supportive housing, affordable rents are combined with social services like therapy, substance abuse treatment and career counseling, a model has long been heralded as an effective tool to reduce both homelessness and city spending. One study showed that supportive housing for frequent users of the shelter, jail and hospital system saved around $15,000 per person.

The plight of the overworked nonprofit employee: Responses to Department of Labor rules on overtime pay expose a gap between the values that many nonprofits hold and the way they treat their own staffs, The Atlantic writes. There’s no doubt that nonprofits today face serious financial difficulties and constraints, but do they have no choice but to demand long, unpaid hours of their employees? Putting questions of fairness aside, is their treatment of their workers limiting their effectiveness?

'Bea Arthur' LGBT homeless shelter slated for completion in Feb. 2017: An upcoming homeless shelter serving LGBT youth, The Bea Arthur Residence, is slated for completion in the coming winter, according to one of the neighborhood organizations behind the endeavor, DNAinfo reports. The home, named for the “Golden Girls” star whose generous donation made the project possible, is expected to open shortly after construction is completed in February of next year.

 

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Last chance to apply for research trip grant

Applications close Sept. 9 for the David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship, which is awarded to a CEO of a nonprofit organization in New York, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. The 2016 Fellowship recipient will receive a grant of $20,000 to cover airfare, accommodation and other costs associated with a research trip/s to research best practice social innovation internationally. Visit us to apply.

 

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NYN BUZZ

Bronx Borough President allocates nearly one million dollars to cultural institutions:

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr’s allocations to cultural institutions in FY 2017 include $183,000 to the Bronx County Historical Society for exterior and interior rehabilitation and technology upgrades; $250,000 to the Bronx Museum of the Arts for the renovation of its South Wing Atrium, $500,000 for studio renovations at BronxNet and $45,000 for a vehicle purchase for the Woodlawn Conservancy at Woodlawn Cemetery. A list of this year’s capital funding allocations to cultural institutions can be found here.

Governor Cuomo announces Americorps funding:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York State has received more than $6 million in competitive AmeriCorps funding to support 18 nonprofit organizations that promote children's health and education, work to reduce poverty and expand economic opportunity in their communities. The funding was awarded by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service and is part of a $14 million initiative announced by Governor Cuomo earlier this summer.

New York State Office for the Aging announces $900,000 award to help older people manage chronic health conditions:

New York State has been awarded $900,000 from the US Administration on Aging to increase chronic disease self-management education programs that empower older people and those with disabilities to better manage their chronic conditions, the New York State Office for the Aging announced. NYSOFA, in partnership with the New York State Department of Health and the Quality and Technical Assistance Center of New York at the University at Albany, will work during the two-year grant period and beyond to increase the number of older adults and others with chronic diseases who participate in evidence-based self-management programs.

 

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NYN CAREERS

(Visit www.nyncareers.com to view all jobs.)

Social Worker I, St. Dominic’s Home

The Family Treatment/Rehabilitation Social Worker is responsible for providing all aspects of the casework method, and in consultation with both the families and the Program Supervisor, will assess needs, formulate service planning, treatment strategies, goals and objectives. The Social Worker participates in on-going assessments, offers casework counseling, writes progress reports, and maintains all job-related records. The Social Worker is the first person responsible to note safety concerns and ensure risk elements are addressed.

Job Developer, Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island

The Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island is a community-based organization serving individuals and families in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan with a wide range of social services, as well as capacity-building support to other community-based non-profit organizations throughout the city. The Job Developer is responsible for developing internship sites and cultivating contacts in high growth sectors of finance, media/technology, health and retail. He/she will recruit students for employment opportunities, attend and arrange industry networking events and market the program to external agencies. He/she will work directly with case managers and employment specialists to achieve outcomes.

Associate Vice President of Residential Services, Graham Windham

The Associate VP of residential services provides direct oversight and management of Residential services. The ideal candidate leads and manages with excellence the group living arm of the Graham School maintaining a consistent focus on prevention and being highly responsive to safety and risk; develops and manages program that provides opportunities for youth to build skills leading to a pathway to a successful adult life; demonstrates genuine care and joy in working with youth and remains responsive to their needs; and partners with on-site Greenburgh Graham School District leadership to promote academic success with a strong emphasis on school attendance and behavior planning.

NYN MEDIA CAREERS: To advertise your employment opportunities with NYN Media email lblake@cityandstateny.com.

 

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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* On this week’s episode of the Slant Podcast, former Mayor David Dinkins recounts the Crown Heights riots and the effect it had on his mayoralty, and also weighs in on the relationship between Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio.

* The NYPD repeatedly broke rules governing intelligence-gathering while targeting Muslims for surveillance after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a police watchdog, the Times reports.

* The New York City Education Department’s annual schools survey highlights that more than a million people filled out the survey, though on several of the survey’s most important measurements, scores fell, the Times writes.

 

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NYN SOCIAL BUZZ

Recent galas and events: (view photos):

Animal Care Centers of NYC, SCO Family of Services, Westchester Children’s Association

Upcoming galas and events:

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

Sept. 8 -- Rebuilding Together NYC will host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament in Carmel NY at the Centennial Golf Club

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

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

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

* To have your event featured here send your top 1-2 photos, along with a one sentence caption and photo credit, to info@nynmedia.comwith the subject line “Recent Galas and Events.” To see more events, check our events/community calendar here.

 

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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 nonprofitwithballs.com and Melanie Herman, Executive Director at the Nonprofit Risk Management Center. Information Online Now.

 

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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

Yahoo announces $480,000 in grants to Niagara County organizations: People in Niagara and Orleans counties who are training for new jobs will benefit from some of the more than $480,000 in grants announced at Yahoo’s Lockport site, The Buffalo News writes. The Orleans-Niagara Board of Cooperative Educational Services will receive $160,982, which it will use to buy more equipment for its adult education programs in such fields as welding, nursing, and heating and air conditioning, according to Superintendent Clark J. Godshall.

Latest batch of approved contracts: State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office approved 1,462 contracts valued at $1.72 billion and approved more than 1.7 million payments worth nearly $6.3 billion in July, the Times Union writes. His office also rejected 167 contracts and related transactions valued at $370 million and 1,183 payments valued at more than $5.1 million due to fraud, waste or other improprieties. They included $3.9 million for 25 arts grants, including $768,000 to Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, $317,000 to Brooklyn Arts Council, $288,000 to Saratoga County Arts Council and $258,000 to New York Council of Nonprofits Inc.

Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair to benefit local nonprofit 826NYC: The third annual book fair, which will open with an event on Sept. 9, will feature a selection of antique books and ephemera, as well as three days of special displays, live literary-related entertainment and family fun, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. This year, BABF has announced that 100 percent of the proceeds from its opening night preview will benefit 826NYC’s writing programs for under-resourced New York City students.

Century-old, long abandoned Bronx church will be resurrected as affordable senior housing: The site of an abandoned Bronx church will soon get some new life, NY1 reports. Bronx Pro Group, a family owned, Bronx-based developer of subsidized affordable housing, purchased the 9,500 square-foot plot from the Presbytery of New York in December for $850,000. It plans to replace the church with housing for senior citizens.

 

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NYN EVENTS

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 and 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.

 

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SECTOR FOCUS: Religious News

Collegiate Churches of New York awards more than $500K in grants to support benevolence efforts: The Collegiate Churches of New York will direct more than half a million dollars in grants to 50 religious and nonsectarian organizations. Over the past ten years, Collegiate has awarded more than $6.5 million in funding, with individual grants of up to $35,000. This year, each of Collegiate’s seven signature grantees received more than $25,000 for their projects. Among the grantees are Hour Children, a leading provider of supportive programming for women and children impacted by incarceration in Long Island City, and The Haitian American Caucus, a grassroots organization providing information and resources for New York City’s Haitian community.

 

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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

11:30 a.m. – Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney joins local stakeholders in Poughkeepsie to outline concerns about the effectiveness of the current cleanup strategy to remediate PCBs in the Hudson River, Upper Landing Park, Poughkeepsie.

5 p.m. - State Sen. James Sanders Jr. announces $12.94 million in state funding allocated for transportation improvements to Far Rockaway, Beach 22nd Street and Mott Avenue, Queens.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Inside City Hall” features political strategist Roger Stone, City Councilman Brad Lander, Paul Basile of the Gowanus Alliance, Leslie Albrecht of DNAinfo, and Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero on the Weekly Political Rundown, Time Warner Cable News NY1.

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: Aimée Simpierre, Editor-at-large of NYN Media; Katy Gaul-Stigge, President & CEO of Goodwill NYNJ; and Edward Harrison Gordon, President of Nubian Conservatory of Music.

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