NYN Media Perspectives - It’s time to get on the train: I’ve been to countless forums where my colleagues and families pepper government officials with questions about how the new system will work and then express great skepticism when they cannot be answered with specific plans and directions, Edward R. Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, writes about the overhaul of New York’s Medicaid system. It’s as much our job to create those pathways as theirs, he says.
Homeless people, advocates protest NYPD harassment: Homeless people and advocates protested the NYPD’s practice of ordering the down and out to “move along,” saying it made their tough lives even tougher, the Daily News writes. Also see New York Nonprofit Media’s coverage of the issue.
Health care community sees glimmer of hope in battle against opioid addiction: Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein and other health professionals in Western New York said they’re starting to see progress and sense hope in the area’s fight against opiate addiction, The Buffalo News reports.
Making the A, B And C-suite work distinguishes these executives: The NonProfit Times released its list of 2016 Top 50 honorees, who were selected from a group of roughly 300 top executives. An executive must have had an impact during the previous 12 months.
Full-page ad from 39 foundation presidents leaves some confounded: Sharing positive stories of community-based dialogue and understanding can be beneficial, but some of the nation’s largest foundations have a greater role to play than inspiring a new Twitter hashtag, Nonprofit Quarterly writes.
Ailes center shrouded in secrecy:Lohud.com explores the deal between Roger Ailes and Putnam County over his involvement in construction of the Roger Ailes Senior Center in Cold Spring, NY. Ailes will run the $1.5 million public works project through his nonprofit organization, selecting its construction manager and contractors without going out to bid.
Charter schools plan flashy Brooklyn march to promote their growing enrollment: About 15,000 supporters of city charter schools will march in Brooklyn on Sept. 28 to mark the sector’s enrollment of more than 106,000 kids for the school year that begins in the fall, the Daily News reports. Charter schools, many run by nonprofit organizations, account for almost 10% of the city’s nearly 1.1 million public school kids.
A Junior Olympics win, and a surprise, for homeless NYC kids: The biggest surprise for 10-year-old Rainn Sheppard, competing at the Junior Olympics in Houston and far from the New York City homeless shelter she shares with her two sisters and mother, wasn’t the gold medal she won in the 3,000 meters, it was the arrival of her mother, the Associated Press reports. After the AP wrote Friday about the family’s challenges, a New York philanthropist contacted her and bought her a plane ticket.
NPCC announces semifinalists for New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards:
The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards Program, in its 10th year, announced 11 nonprofit organizations in the city and Westchester that have been chosen as semifinalists for $60,000 in prizes and prestigious scholarships. The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards, a program created and run by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, is the only award of its kind recognizing excellence in nonprofit management. The total of $60,000 will be awarded to three organizations, with $30,000 going to the Gold Prize winner for Overall Management Excellence, $20,000 to the Silver Prize winner and $10,000 to the Bronze Prize winner for outstanding performance in nonprofit management. The semifinalists are: Jericho Project, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Mental Health Association of Westchester, Neighbors Link, New York Peace Institute, NYC Outward Bound Schools, Part of the Solution, Per Scholas, Restore NYC, The Children’s Aid Society and The HOPE Program.
Watch NYN Media’s previous coverage of the awardees, including our CEO Corner interview with Tori Lyon of the Jericho Project, our CEO Corner interview with David Rivel of the Jewish Board, and our podcast on workforce development featuring Lewis Miller of Per Scholas.
Long Island Cares and New York State HPNAP Program deliver more food to people in need in the first half of 2016:
The Harry Chapin Food Bank reported an increase of more than 20 percent in their distribution of emergency food for Long Islanders in need for the first six months of 2016. The regional food bank was able to purchase 1,333,841 pounds of nutritious food between January and June through its contract with the New York State Department of Health, Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program which was an increase of more than 30 percent in purchases in 2015. The regional food bank delivered 1,239,988 pounds of food to its 575 community-based member agencies as of June 30.
Urban Resource Institute wins $50,000 from the ASPCA:
Urban Resource Institute today announced the generous continuing support of its People and Animals Living Safely program by the ASPCA.
As many as 48 percent of domestic violence victims stay in abusive situations because they don't want to leave their pet behind. Created in 2013, Urban Resource Institute’s People and Animals Living Safely program—abbreviated as URIPALS—is the first program in the state of New York and one of the few in the country that allows domestic violence survivors to live in a shelter apartment with their pets. To date, Urban Resource Institute’s People and Animals Living Safely program has served 52 families with 75 pets; in total, 42 cats, 25 dogs, six turtles, one betta fish and one bearded dragon. Thanks to the ASPCA's Partners in Caring grant, these animals have also been provided with wellness exams, necessary vaccinations, and spaying and neutering by local veterinarians and in ASPCA hospitals.
To learn more about the Urban Resource Institute’s People and Animals Living Safely program, please visit www.urinyc.org/domestic-violence/pals.
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Join the fun at the 15th Anniversary of “Camp Finance.” Hosted by NYCON on October 6th & 7that 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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Chief Financial Officer, Brooklyn Community Services
The CFO serves on the BCS Executive Staff, and is responsible for financial oversight for more than 30 programs and services across 25 BCS sites in Downtown Brooklyn, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, East New York, Brownsville, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Canarsie and Coney Island. The CFO is also responsible for oversight of BCS facilities management, purchasing and information technology systems. As a member of Executive Staff, ensure effective leadership for all BCS programs and services. Inspire a culture of accountability and customer service at all levels of the organization. Implement and lead continuous quality improvement processes throughout BCS, and work to ensure that leadership and staff throughout BCS communicate effectively and collaboratively. Read more.
Senior VP of Family Foster Care, Saint Dominic’s Home
As a key member of the Management Team, the Senior Vice President of the Family Foster Care will assume responsibility for the supervision and coordination of several units in the Family Foster Care Department. These units may include Case Management, Home-finding, Adoption and/or Therapeutic units. He/She will provide overall administrative supervision to supervisors within the units to ensure that the department meets and exceeds the regulatory standards of all pertinent governmental bodies. He/she will work collaboratively with the Assistant Vice President of Family Foster Care to establish casework methods and determine standards and procedures based on sound social work principles, agency mission and all federal, state and city policies. Read more.
Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care, New Alternatives for Children
New Alternatives for Children, Inc. (NAC) is an award-winning health and social services agency in NYC with 30+ years of experience serving children with special medical needs and their families. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director of Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities Foster Care.Key Responsibilities include providing direct supervision to Special Medical/Developmental Disabilities/HIV Foster Care Department Supervisors and Case Associates and prepare timely evaluations of supervisees. Read more.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:
* NYPD Commissioner William Bratton will step down to take a position in the private sector and will be replaced by current Chief of Department James O’Neill, Bratton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.
* O’Neill has spent more than three decades of service at the New York City Police Department, and his experiences provides insight into how he might differ from Bratton. Here are five things to know about the NYPD’s next commissioner.
* The New York City Department of Correction heralded a substantial drop in the use of physical force on Rikers Island inmates that resulted in serious injuries during the first half of 2016, the Times reports.
NYN SOCIAL BUZZ
Recent galas and events: (view photos):
CaringKind; GMHC Latex Ball; Creative Alternatives of New York 2016 "Theater and Therapy" gala; Ocean Sanctuary Alliance
Upcoming galas and events:
Aug. 17 -- ACC's Pit Bowl
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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Jump-start your career at MCNY! Join us at our Grad Info Session on Thursday, August 11from 6-8 pm at our brand new Financial District campus. Learn how to advance your career and network with faculty and alumni. Fall semester starts Thursday, Sept. 8. Seats are filling up fast! Financial Aid and scholarship opportunities available. RSVP here.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS
Group behind TKTS renews its offices on Eighth Avenue: The nonprofit responsible for the TKTS Booth, which sells Broadway tickets at a discount rate, has renewed its Midtown lease, Commercial Observer reports. Theatre Development Fund will remain at 520 Eighth Avenue between West 36th and West 37th Streets for an additional 10 years, according to a press release from landlord Newmark Holdings. Asking rent in the deal was $48 per square foot, according to a spokesman for the landlord.
Dramatists Guild Fund to expand fellows program: The Dramatists Guild Fund announced the expansion of its Fellows Program, a nine-month intensive offered to both playwrights and musical theatre writers, according to American Theatre. The expansion will allow the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., New York Stage and Film in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Rhinebeck Writers Retreat in Rhinebeck, N.Y., to offer a residency program to one playwright or writing team from the 2015-16 DGF program.
The program that encourages girls to speak out about what it’s really like to be a teenager: Since 1998, Girls Write Now’s New York City program has paired over 5,000 underserved high school girls with established female journalists, novelists, screenwriters, bloggers and other digital media professionals, NationSwell writes in the Huffington Post. The teens (only 4 percent of whom are white) mainly come from the outer boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx to string words into poems, try their hand at reporting a story or dream up the concept for a novel.
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 Nonprofits
Here's another wealthy couple focused on gender equity: Barbara Dobkin co-founded Ma’yan: The Jewish Women’s Project, which "provides feminist, social justice, and leadership training to teen girls and teaches vital skills to parents and educators," and has served as the chair of The Jewish Women’s Archive, which chronicles and transmits the achievements of Jewish women, Inside Philanthropy writes. Dobkin has also been at the helm of the Hadassah Foundation, an outfit which works to empower girls and women in both the United States and Israel.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED
12 p.m. - State Sen. David Carlucci, Rockland County Commissioner Michael Leitzes, and others announce $100,000 in legislative funding awarded to RCADD to use for wraparound services to assist adolescents and adults, 25 Smith St., Nanuet.
3 p.m. - De Blasio, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz. Jr., New York City Council member Andy King and others announce plans for the development of a new 50,000 square foot YMCA community center in Edenwald, 1250 E. 229th St., Bronx.
7 p.m. - Brewer offers testimony at public hearing on the Draft NYCHA Fiscal Year 2017 annual plan, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., Manhattan.