Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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FEGS No. 2 man bounces back after $200M charity’s spectacular collapse:Ira Machowsky, who was executive vice president of the $200 million Jewish charity FEGS at the time of its historic collapse in 2014, is back in the Jewish nonprofit business, The Forward writes. The YM&YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood hired Machowsky this spring to help it find a chief financial officer. And Bronx House, a Jewish community center, is currently using Machowsky to help it find a director of finance. Read more.

Last-minute funding saves NYC summer program for middle-schoolers, but leaves providers scrambling: Throughout this spring, the city maintained its stance that it would not be able to fund summer programming run by School’s Out New York City providers, all of whom provide after-school services during the school year, Chalkbeat reports. Then, in a last-minute turnaround, the mayor included an extra $17.6 million for the summer program into his executive budget last month, leaving providers just under six weeks to put together roughly a month of programming by July 29. Read more.

Home-based daycare providers struggling to survive, study finds: DNAinfo reports that the number of home-based family child-care providers, who have contracts with the city to provide subsidized care to low-income families, dropped nearly 14 percent since the program launched in 2012, according to a recent report from the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School. Providers are blaming the crushing weight of red tape and regulations, which they say are more suited to well-staffed, professionally-run child-care centers for preschoolers than mom-and-pop operations. Read more.

Kate Spade & Company Foundation Director Valerie Biberaj on the benefits of unexpected partnerships: CSR Reports interviews Valerie Biberaj, under whom the foundation has provided more than $1.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in New York City, including South Bronx-based Start Small, Think Big, a nonprofit focused on low-income entrepreneurs and the International Rescue Committee, which has helped New York immigrants and refugees for more than 75 years. Read more.

Donor-advised funds: charitable limbo or democratizing giving vehicle?:More transparency and tracking are doubtlessly needed as donor-advised funds grow, but if and how their growth has affected charitable giving is unclear, according to Nonprofit Quarterly. Read more.

To prevent families from entering homeless shelters, NYC offers debit cards: This month, the city will begin offering one-time $500 debit cards to doubled-up families and their hosts, according to WNYC. Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks says the ultimate goal is to get them into their own apartments with a city rental subsidy, but some providers who will be in charge of handing out the cards say they doubt the money will be enough to overcome the hardships of overcrowding. Read more.

Lottery will cover citizenship application fee for New York State residents:Nonprofits that serve immigrants have seen how discouraged they are by the cost of becoming a citizen, and by the language requirement, the New York Times writes. As part of NaturalizeNY, the state will team up with organizations to offer free legal services, plus English classes and civics lessons to help green-card holders pass the citizenship exam. Read more.

How real estate philanthropy drives economic development: While Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropy helped transform infrastructure and culture in numerous cities, more modern examples of civic philanthropy are having their own profound impact on real estate, according to National Real Estate Investor. As investments, their “rates of return” are significant in legacy building, but they’re also contributing to urban livability, which, in turn, attracts upscale housing, retail and other infrastructure investments. Read more.


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NYN BUZZ

Tuesday’s Children appoints two new executives:

In its continuing efforts to strengthen the services it provides to youth, families and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss in the United States and around the globe, Tuesday’s Children announced the appointment of Lisa Oosterom as Chief Financial and Operations Officer and Alison Silberman as Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, effective immediately. In her new post Oosterom will oversee all financial management, human resources, administration, database and technology. Silberman will work to expand Tuesday’s Children’s local and national program offerings promoting long-term healing in children and families of victims, responders and military service members.


United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region earns a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator:

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency has earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating.


Funding available for Queens artists and nonprofit organizations:

Queens Council on the Arts announced the 2017 Queens Arts Fund funding cycle that supports the work and contributions of the borough’s creative citizens with grants for their programming. Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations producing cultural programming in all arts discipline and meeting eligibility requirements are invited to apply to the 2017 QAF grant program. Read more.


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NYN CAREERS

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Superintendent of Schools, Greenburgh-North Castle UFSD

Greenburgh-North Castle Union Free School District seeks a candidate who is an effective leader who can enhance the diversity of a 550-student school district, listen to and respect the ideas of others, consistently maintain open and candid dialogue with all staff, students and other members of the Greenburgh-North Castle School District. The candidate should also be a skilled collaborator who will lead and motivate the staff in the implementation of the School District’s strategic plan, and an experienced leader with a successful track record of dealing with children with special need by helping them achieve higher levels of accomplishment through the development of their critical thinking skills. Read more.


ACT Program Director, The Bridge

The Bridge, an innovative and well-respected mental health agency serving adults with serious mental illness, substance abuse, co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders has an exciting opportunity for a Program Director to lead an ACT Program in the Bronx. The Program Director is responsible for clinical and administrative oversight of a multi-disciplinary treatment team. Clinical responsibilities include direct practice and supervision of intake, clinical assessment, treatment planning, medication management and treatment, benefits eligibility, crisis intervention, family support and documentation. Administrative functions include the management of internal and external statistical reporting, billing, petty cash, staff supervision and time and attendance. Read more.


Program Director - Life is Precious (LIP) Program, Comunilife

Comunilife is seeking a Program Director to lead a unique suicide-prevention program at the growing agency. Under the direction of the Chief Program Officer, the Program Director’s duties include the overall management, direction, budgeting and daily operations of a unique, expanding and highly visible after-school, suicide-prevention program operating in Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens and serving over 120 Hispanic adolescent girls with mental health diagnoses, all of whom receive mental health treatment in clinics. LIP provides counseling, academic/vocational supports and promotes positive friendships and family relations by offering activities such as computer labs, art/music/dance groups, wellness activities, tutoring, trips and family activities. Read more.



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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* During a meeting last week, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito informed members that changes proposed in the Right to Know police reform legislation would instead be implemented internally by the NYPD, The New York Times reports. Read more.

* Amid a surge in violence at Rikers Island, the Board of Corrections granted a fourth extension and will now give the New York City Department of Correction until October to eliminate solitary confinement for all young adult inmates, The Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

* The State University of New York board of trustees is embarking on an international search for its next chancellor, now that Chancellor Nancy Zimpher plans to step down from the post next year, the Times Union reports. Read more.


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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

Brooklyn Museum uses app to spark visitor engagement: In 2015, the Brooklyn Museum introduced its Ask app, which allows visitors to pose questions for the museum’s historians and instantly receive answers using a platform similar to Apple’s iMessage, Nonprofit Quarterly reports. While the Brooklyn Museum’s Ask app is not revolutionary in itself, it does offer one feature that seems unique: the ability to interact with museum staff to ask questions anonymously. Read more.

Rooftop Films: Giving New Yorkers the drive-in movie experience for 20 years: To celebrate its 20th summer, the nonprofit Rooftop Films is showing more than 35 feature films - all of them sneak previews or world premieres - plus more than 130 short films from a total of 3,300 submissions, Crain’s writes. Rooftop Films makes every screening an event that often includes live music, alcoholic beverages, Q&A’s with filmmakers and an after-party, all of which attracts film distributors. Read more.

Girl Scouts donate thousands of cookies to homeless NYC residents: Big-hearted Girl Scouts are donating more than 8,000 boxes of their famous Thin Mints, Samoas and other tasty treats to New Yorkers in city homeless shelters, the Daily News reports. The Girl Scouts of Greater New York has expanded Operation Cookie, which provides free treats to military service members and veterans, to include homeless shelters for the first time. Read more.

Bronx supportive housing nears the finish line at 316 East 162nd Street: A 10-story building that will offer housing for formerly homeless adults is taking shape in the Concourse Village section of the South Bronx, New York YIMBY writes. The developer, Urban Pathways, operates nine supportive housing projects throughout the city, including four others in the Bronx. Read more.


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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.

Join City & State Reports on Thursday morning, July 28, for the CSR Awards in Sustainability, which will honor outstanding corporate citizens for their work in sustainability - from the construction, energy, transportation and food industries and beyond. The breakfast event at New York University will feature a thought leadership panel discussion on trends in sustainability from top executives in the field. Nonprofit rates available. RSVP here!


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SECTOR FOCUS: Religious Charities

Global religious leaders to talk peace at Drew: Religious leaders from across the globe are uniting at Drew University this month to learn about the latest techniques in conflict mediation and peacemaking, according to the Daily Record. Drew’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict is hosting the second “Drew Institute on Religion and Conflict Transformation” for 35 Jewish, Christian, and Muslim leaders. The first event ran in 2013. Read more.

Catholic Charities opens South Bronx food hub with Goya’s help: The Catholic Charities’ South Bronx Community Center is home to a newly established food distribution center that will increase access to fresh produce and nutritious food to people of the Bronx and upper Manhattan, according to Catholic New York. It will do so through a network of community-based, interfaith pantries and soup kitchens. The 1,050-square-foot site can receive and distribute approximately 60,000 pounds of fresh produce and other food each month. Read more.


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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

11 a.m. - New York Secretary of State Rosanna Rosado and the New York State Office for New Americans announce a first-of-its-kind naturalization initiative, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, 219 W. 40th St., Manhattan.

11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features the Empire Center’s E.J. McMahon on creating jobs upstate, Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and Save the River Executive Director Lee Willbanks, and Manatt’s Bruce Gyory on politicizing last week’s tragedies, WCNY.

12 p.m. - Fariña delivers remarks at a kickoff event with NYU for STEMNow, an annual summer STEM program for city students and teachers, NYU Tandon School, gymnasium, 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn.

2 p.m. - Public Advocate James rours the Lower Eastside Girls Club of NY, 402 E. 8th St., Manhattan.

3 p.m. - New York City first lady Chirlane McCray hosts the Summer Gracie Mansion Book Club with authors Jacqueline Woodson and Sonia Manzano, New York Public Library, St. George Library Center, auditorium, 5 Central Ave., Staten Island.

6:30 p.m. - Public Advocate James and New York City Department of Veterans' Services Commissioner Loree Sutton speak at City & State's “Still Serving” reception honoring veterans who are improving New York, Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Place, Manhattan.


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