Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Editor's Note - Galas: We will now regularly feature your galas in the NYN Daily and share photos online. To be included, send your top photos, along with a brief sentence caption and photo credit, to info@nynmedia.com. For future events, enter them on our community calendar.



TOP NEWS

NYN Media Reports - City seeks affordable housing nonprofits to build on ‘underutilized’ NYCHA property: NYCHA and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development are reaching out to nonprofit and underrepresented developers interested in building affordable housing on underused public housing property, according to a request for qualifications the agencies released Tuesday. Read more.

NYN Media Perspectives - EPIC responds to lawsuit: After media outlets reported about a lawsuit filed against the Office of Children and Family Services and Extraordinary People in Care (EPIC), alleging that workers shopped at Walmart while the resident banged his head 120 times in the van he was left inside, Thomas M. Hopkins, president and CEO of EPIC Long Island, responds to the allegations. Read more.

Fidelity Charitable reports 14 percent increase in grants: The largest donor-advised fund in the United States distributed a record $1.6 billion in grants during the first half of 2016, an increase of 14 percent over the same time period last year, the NonProfit Times reports. Grants by donors to Fidelity Charitable totaled $3.3 billion for the fiscal year running June 2015 to July 2016, an increase of 15 percent over the previous year. Read more.

After de Blasio administration's Rivington House flub, city pols want deed removals added to land use reviews: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and City Councilwoman Margaret Chin want to include deed removals in the city’s land use process to avoid the type of bungling that resulted in the loss of a nonprofit Lower East Side AIDS facility, the Daily News reports. In a letter to the City Planning Commission, the pols say by adding it to the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, the city can avoid the “disastrous consequences” that “we've seen at Rivington House.” Read more.

Cuomo’s day care regs omit thousands of informal providers: After a legislative committee failed to approve a law to give the state significantly more power over certain city-registered day-care programs, Gov. Cuomo recently unveiled a set of "emergency regulations" that give the Office of Children and Family Services more leeway to act in cases of "egregious violations"at state-licensed daycare facilities, City Limits reports. But those reforms do not address the approximately 24,000 providers in the city "legally exempt" from both city and state licensing, but "enrolled" with the state to receive day care subsidies awarded to parents. Read more.

New foreclosure buyback program seeks to help families keep their homes:As part of the Foreclosure Buyback Program, now in its pilot phase, the city bought 24 distressed mortgages, city officials announced in Jamaica, one of the neighborhoods that has been hit hardest by the 2008 housing crisis and has still not recovered from it, DNAinfo writes. If the homeowners still can't make their mortgages, the homes will be restored by local nonprofit groups and given back to the community as affordable housing opportunities. Read more.

Video - advocates critique city, state on homeless policy: BkLive and City Limits join advocates to discuss how the situation facing the city's 58,000 shelter residents and thousands of street homeless has changed in the past year and talk about the primary obstacles to more progress. Read more.

Why the sharp decline in the number of food stamp recipients isn't necessarily a good thing: During the height of the recession, the number of people receiving food stamp benefits rose drastically, peaking in December 2012 at 47.8 million, CityLab writes. Participation rates have since fallen by 4.2 million as the job market regained its footing and caseloads and are now at their lowest since 2010, but April’s sharp decline was due, in part, to a more problematic side effect of the economic upturn. Read more.

CSR and cross-sector collaboration - a promising nexus with challenges to confront: Working with government and nonprofit partners in a way that fosters shared decision making among sectors can help corporate social responsibility programs inform and refine their objectives to reflect better knowledge of the issue or affected populations; nurture strong, long-term relationships with partners that may be beneficial to future efforts; and enable scalability through joint program design, according to City & State Reports. Read more.


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The David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship is awarded to a CEO of a nonprofit in selected US cities (New York, Chicago, Houston or Philadelphia) to recognize and reward ideas that address social needs, and to encourage lateral thinking on community issues. The 2016 Fellowship recipient will receive a grant of 20,000 dollars to cover airfares, accommodation and other costs associated with a research trip(s). Visit here to apply.

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NYN BUZZ



The New York Women’s Foundation announces nearly $3M in grants to address needs of women and families in New York City:

The New York Women’s Foundation announced a total of $2.91 million in grants awarded to 49 organizations working to promote economic security for women and families across New York City. As the largest women’s fund in the United States, the Foundation supports women-led, gender competent, community-based responses and solutions to achieve long-lasting change for NYC’s women and families. The grants address a range of issues across its core focus areas of economic security, anti-violence & safety, health, sexual rights, and reproductive justice. It is working specifically to strengthen efforts that support girls, young women, and gender fluid youth of color to achieve their full potential to accelerate a shift towards gender and racial equity; deepen support of emerging grassroots organizations serving historically underinvested communities; and develop partnerships with stakeholders and community members with place-based solutions promoting safety and security.



Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts names Robert Cundall as new executive vice president and chief financial officer:

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announced the appointment of Robert Cundall as executive vice president and chief financial officer. Cundall will be responsible for overseeing the financial management of the world’s leading performing arts center. He will begin his work in this role on Aug. 16. Cundall brings to Lincoln Center 35 years of expertise including senior executive experience in finance and operations in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. He joins Lincoln Center from the Museum of Arts and Design, where he most recently served as Acting Director. Read more.



Long Island music classes raise $22,660 to support Long Island Cares through the Harry Chapin Practice-a-Thon:

More than 30 schools on Long Island participated in the annual “Harry Chapin Practice-A-Thon” to benefit Long Island Cares, Inc. the regional food bank founded by the late singer, Grammy Award winning songwriter, and social activist in 1980. Students enrolled in music classes practiced their instruments during the month of March and collected pledges and raised a total of 22,660 dollars for Long Island’s regional food bank. The funds will be used to purchase food for the more than 300,000 people on Long Island that struggle with domestic hunger and high food insecurity including 87,000 children.


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NYN CAREERS

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Communications and Advocacy Specialist, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island

The Communications and Advocacy Specialist is a people person with operations talent whose mission is to create and grow unmatched: Community experience through excellent execution of community management process and attention to detail. Community love earned through wow-level service and creating HWCLI pride Community health by analyzing community data to focus on the most meaningful work. Utilizing previous experience in social justice and/or other advocacy experience, create communication pieces that effectively describe and promote the organization’s message through text, graphics, annual report, flyers, etc. utilizing various communication mediums. The ideal candidate relies on experience, self-motivation and drive to plan and accomplish the goals of this position. Read more.



Senior Consultant, Outsourcing Services, FMA

FMA seeks an individual with a passion for nonprofit excellence. The FMA Senior Consultant will work with the FMA Outsourcing team to provide accounting services and be a strategic partner with our clients. The Senior Consultant reports to FMA Lead Consultants and Directors. As a senior role, this position participates in high level accounting/financial services and supervises, mentors, and helps train other FMA staff and/or client staff. FMA allows for a unique opportunity to create a flexible work environment. Read more.



Mental Health Clinic - Assistant Director, Interborough Developmental and Consultation Center

IDCC - Crown Heights Clinic is a community-based, non-profit, NYS licensed Article 31 outpatient clinic. The multi-cultural staff is committed to providing a full range of services to the multi-cultural community it serves. The candidate chosen must be a team player with excellent communication skills. Responsibilities include supporting the Clinic Director in providing leadership and support for staff; ensuring compliance with quality care standards as defined by NYS Office of Mental Health, ensuring the implementation of all agency policies and procedures; pursuing opportunities to improve existing services and working to resolve identified and potential problems; promoting professional staff development and encouraging team building. Read more.



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POLITICAL BULLETIN by CITY & STATE:

* Eleven months after she filed a lawsuit, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James scored a legal victory with a court order forcing the city to operate air-conditioning for summer school buses for kids with special needs on two routes that had spotty or nonexistent cooling, the Daily News reports.Read more.

* “Broken windows” proactive policing is being done the right way Brooklyn’s 60th Precinct by focusing enforcement on repeat offenders and crime is down 40 percent this year, but the New York Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit could threaten that success, the Post writes. Read more.

* With Melissa Mark-Viverito term limited in 2017, who will be the next New York City Council speaker? As they say, follow the money. Recently released Campaign Finance Board filings provide clues about which council members could be serious contenders, according to City & State. Read more.


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NYN SOCIAL BUZZ

Recent galas and events: (view photos):

Brooklyn Community Services

Upcoming galas and events:

July 20 -- Hour Children 7th Annual Cocktail Party to Honor Dream Extreme

Sept. 16 -- Montgomery – RECAP will hold it’s Annual Golf Outing at Stony Ford Golf Course in Montgomery, N.Y.

Oct. 13 -- Friends of Hudson River Park’s Annual Gala Celebration

Oct. 19 -- United Neighborhood Houses 2016 Annual Benefit

* 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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NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS

The Shed announces its first art commissions: While the nonprofit arts center on the Far West Side now known as the Shed, formerly Culture Shed, has been on the boards for some time, its content has remained unclear, the New York Times writes. Now some of that programming is beginning to take shape.Read more.

South Bronx supportive housing development opens its doors to residents:Boston Road, located in the South Bronx, has 154 affordable apartments that are set aside for New Yorkers who were formerly homeless, as well as seniors, those living with HIV/AIDS, and MediCaid users, Curbed reports. The building was developed by Breaking Ground (formerly known as Common Ground), an organization that has created more than a dozen affordable and supportive developments in NYC and beyond. Read more.

Saratoga Race Course welcomes many nonprofit groups: The New York Racing Association, Inc. will host more than 40 local nonprofit organizations, schools and PTAs at Saratoga Race Course during the upcoming season, which begins on Friday, July 22 and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, NJ.com writes. Read more.

The Unwavering Importance of Gay Sailing Clubs: One effort to diversify sailing in New York City involves a nonprofit called Hudson River Community Sailing, which teaches underprivileged children how to sail, focusing on the mathematics and physics of the sport, Out Magazine writes. Knickerbocker’s annual Pride weekend regatta, in which members race J/24s up the Hudson, is a fundraiser for Hudson River Community Sailing. Read more.


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NYN EVENTS

On Thursday, July 21st from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Capital Grille, 120 Broadway, New York Nonprofit Media is recognizing 40 of New York’s rising stars in the nonprofit world under the age of 40. Celebrate the 40 Under 40 honorees at a breakfast event, and pick up the special print journal profiling the winners. For more information, click here.

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.


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SECTOR FOCUS: Religious Charities

Questions over motives of new Charedi school group: One year after the city vowed to investigate claims of subpar secular education at dozens of ultra-Orthodox yeshivas in Brooklyn and Queens, a coalition of yeshiva educators, families and community leaders have formed a coalition to improve yeshivas from within, according to The Jewish Week. It’s not clear, however, whether Parents for Educational and Religious Liberty in Schools actually plans to improve secular education in yeshivas or if the group’s goal is to give lip service to the idea to appease city officials while keeping the status quo.Read more.


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TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED

11 a.m. - Manhattan Borough President Brewer speaks at Henry Street Settlement Senior Services’ Summer BBQ and Voter Registration Drive, Vladeck Houses courtyard, Manhattan.

12 p.m. - Housing activists launch campaign to push city government to ban for-profit developers from public housing sites and all other public land, 1 Dekalb Ave. at Fulton Street, Brooklyn. 


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