Wednesday, December 20, 2017



* Today’s NYN Media Buzz features reveals the new board members at Lutheran Social Services of New York, details on some Christmas cheer for the children of the formerly incarcerated, and a new report examining underemployment in New York City.

* Nonprofit leaders from across the state write in NYN Media about lessons learned in 2017 as well as what they see are the big issues facing New York nonprofits in the upcoming year – taxes, fundraising and more.



* Gay seniors have become a new weapon in the ongoing battle over the Elizabeth Street Garden in Manhattan, with elected leaders leveraging their support in the effort to convert the community garden into housing, The Villager reports.

* A new state law will allow charities throughout New York to sell raffle tickets online and accept credit card payments, a year after a similar bill was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Gannett's Albany bureau reports.

* Nearly two years after Ithaca published a plan to combat the opioid epidemic, the Tompkins County Legislature has begun discussing the establishment of a facility where heroin users could inject themselves under medical supervision, the Ithaca Journal reports.

* Child abuse survivors and activists are pushing for state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan to meet with them to discuss a bill that would make it easier for abuse victims to bring cases as adults, the Daily News reports.

* More news below …




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* The New York City Council approved two bills requiring changes to interactions between police officers and those they stop on the street, measures that both both criminal justice reform groups and the city’s largest officers union opposed, The New York Times reports.

NY1 reports that about one in three women in New York experiences sexual harassment, according to a new poll which also found that wealthier and more educated women experience more harassment.




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* A first-of-its-kind data analysis examines how demographics, geography and other factors influence donors, including a finding that the share of Americans who give to charities has declined in recent years, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports.

* Infographics can show rather than tell donors how giving results in outcomes, writes NonProfit Hub, which includes tips on incorporating effective visuals in fundraising and other outreach.

* A nonprofit that teaches immigrant women how to bake and then assists them in their job searches is just one way that East Harlem has its own take on the holiday market, the Times reports.

* Different outreach to subgroups of donors can help a nonprofit maximize its fundraising, but only if the right methodologies are used to target supporters, DonorVoice founder Kevin Schulman writes in NonProfit Pro.




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* The imminent enactment of the Republican tax bill has caused a scramble among the IRS, accountants and taxpayers over how to adhere to the new provisions in the tax code, Politico reports.

* A surge in visa denials is just one way that the Trump administration has curtailed legal immigration without passing new legislation or constructing a border wall, the Times reports.

* The national #MeToo movement has overlooked low-wage women of color who face sexual exploitation and barriers to speaking out, such as poverty, race and immigration status, Vox reports.

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KICKER: “Women of color in particular face a redoubling of the risk of being disbelieved if you bring a complaint. They may be less likely to be seen as, for the lack of a better phrase, ‘ideal victims.’” - Emily Martin, vice president for workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center, via Vox


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