Wednesday, July 6, 2016



NYN Media Reports - In the fight to help veterans, nonprofits face unique challenges: There are a dizzying array of systemic challenges facing veterans nonprofits. Veterans nonprofits often struggle with fundraising, but that’s only the beginning. Delivering resources to the people who need them poses a whole new challenge. Read more.

Gov. Cuomo accuses Mayor de Blasio of playing politics, risking children’s lives by killing day care reform: Gov. Cuomo took another swing at his favorite city politician yesterday, accusing Mayor de Blasio of playing politics with children’s lives by killing day care reform, the Daily News writes. Last month Cuomo tried unsuccessfully to pass a bill of reforms to address a pattern of day care providers taking in too many children with not enough supervision. Read more.

Facebook now lets users start fundraising pages for nonprofits: Expanding its focus on charitable giving, Facebook is now letting users start standalone pages where they can raise money for charity, The Verge writes. The new feature lets ordinary people collect donations for the US-based nonprofit of their choice, set fundraising goals, and let their friends and followers know why they should give. Read more.

‘Telling your story’ - building inclusivity in the arts: Hamilton’s creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda joined Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin to discuss the role of diversity in the arts, economic inclusion, and other topics on the second edition of Insight Dialogues. The foundation recently announced a $6 million national expansion of its educational partnership, #EduHam, providing inner city students with tickets to the Tony-award winning show. Read more.

What foundations are missing about capacity building: Of all of the various sub-categories in capacity-building, only fundraising has the potential to multiply the amount of money that a funder puts into it, the Harvard Business Review writes. Read more.

Internships are not a privilege: Darren Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation, writes in the New York Times that while some nonprofits may be unable to pay their interns - even though they depend on their contributions of energy and know-how - the government can help turn unpaid positions into paid opportunities for those at risk of getting left behind. Read more.

Rental assistance reduces hardship, promotes children’s long-term success: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities charts out research that finds that rental assistance sharply reduces homelessness, housing instability, poverty, and other hardships, and can improve families’ health, as well as children’s chances of long-term success. Read more.




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HSC and Marks Paneth plan workshop on new financial standards:

Human Services Council and Marks Paneth LLP will be hosting a workshop on new proposed Financial Accounting Standards Board standards for nonprofits on August 17. These changes represent the most significant changes in not-for-profit reporting rules since 1993. Sibi Thomas, CPA, Partner at Marks Paneth will be joined by Richard Cole, CPA and Supervising Project Manager at FASB and John D'Amico, CPA, Director from Marks Paneth LLP, to present these new proposed changes and address their effect on financial reporting. Read more.

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence receives a $25,000 gift from the Treiber Family Foundation:

LICADD received a $25,000 gift from the Treiber Family Foundation to support the council’s Help, Hope and Healing campaign. This campaign commemorates LICADD’s 60 years of providing needed programs and services to the Long Island community. Funding for the campaign will help to support Chemical Dependency Interventions for families who are unable to afford the service; the Student Assistance Program that provides prevention and education information to grades K-12 and technology upgrades and enhancements to support the increasing demand for services.

Marc Cohan Takes the Helm at NCLEJ:

The board of directors of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice elected Marc Cohan as NCLEJ’s new Executive Director, effective July 1. Mr. Cohan has served as NCLEJ’s Director of Litigation since 1998. Mr. Cohan joined NCLEJ as a Staff Attorney in 1996 following nine years as Director of the Government Benefits Unit in South Brooklyn Legal Services and 16 years in impact litigation in various organizations. He replaced Margarita Rosa, who advised NCLEJ’s Board of Directors that she planned to leave the organization at the conclusion of her one-year commitment as Executive Director on June 30.



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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.

Supervisor of Preventive Services, New Alternatives for Children

New Alternatives for Children is seeking qualified candidates for a supervisory position in the agency’s Preventive Services at our new Bronx satellite office. Responsibilities include: providing clinical and casework supervision for 4-5 MSW social workers; accompanying social workers into the field for intakes and other visits as needed; participating in Planning, Elevated Risk, and Child Safety Conferences as needed; completing supervisory documentation including monthly case review notes and professional development logs in accordance with ACS guidelines; completing staff evaluations in accordance with agency policy; ensure that progress notes, FASP/service plans, case forms and monthly statistics are timely, complete, and in compliance with NAC and ACS requirements; and monitoring and ensure staff training and development. Read more.

Associate Vice-President: Family Foster Care/Adoption/Preventive, Graham Windham

Graham Windham is one of the first organizations in the New York City to implement solution-based Casework. The Associate Vice President oversees the provision of quality care and services for children, youth and families in Graham Windham city based Foster Care, Adoption and Preventive programs. Required qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Social Work or related field; at least 5 years managerial experience in child welfare; demonstrated skill and experience working in the child welfare field, preferably some experience in family based foster care; and working knowledge of NYS Homefinding and foster care procedures and regulations is a strong plus. The program is based in Brooklyn and also in Harlem and the Bronx. Read more.

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* With the departure of Maya Wiley, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is losing the city's Minority/Women Owned Business Enterprise director and once again reinforces the lack of MWBE progress this administration has made, The Black Institute’s Bertha Lewis writes in NY Slant. Read more.

* New York City has one of the most segregated school systems in the country, with divisions created and reinforced for decades, and while the city is now trying to change that, no comprehensive plans have emerged, The New York Times reports. Read more.

* New York City will close and consolidate more struggling schools this upcoming academic year, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said during a lengthy defense of the city’s Renewal program for low-performing schools, Politico New York reports. Read more.





Job training works. So why not do more?: The New York Times writes that effective job-placement programs, such as the “women in technology” program offered by Per Scholas, a nonprofit offering low-income workers training in information technology, could easily offer wage gains that surpass the programs’ costs. Read more.

Watertown nonprofit will open a resource center to help heroin addicts stay clean: A nonprofit in Watertown will receive $1.7 million to open a resource center for recovering drug addicts and their families, writes WRVO Public Radio. PIVOT is one of six non-profits throughout New York state to receive funding to help stop the heroin crisis in their communities. Read more.

On Governors Island, family-friendly art with a stroke of whimsy: Figment, the nonprofit that’s signature festival on Governors Island has expanded to three days from one is drawing more than 18,000 people last month, up from 2,600 the first year, the New York Times writes. It has grown from a group running a daylong festival on the island, a 172-acre former military base turned recreational oasis in New York Harbor, into a grassroots movement with more than 1,000 volunteers, organizing free events in 18 cities. Read more.

Community boards have translation headsets, but no money to pay translators: Local nonprofits and community programs, such as the Northern Manhattan Is Not 4 Sale coalition, have organized meetings in Spanish to reach non-English speaking residents, DNAinfo reports. Headsets designed to make public meetings accessible to non-English speakers have been given to community boards across the city, but most can't afford to hire the translators needed to make them work. Read more.




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SECTOR FOCUS: Religious Charities

Catholic Charities surpasses goal, raises over $11 million: The 2016 Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appeal surpassed its goal of $11 million, the Buffalo News reports. Money raised from the campaign will go toward Catholic Charities’ 70 programs and services, which are offered across 61 sites in the eight-county diocese. Read more.




11 a.m. - New York City’s Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs General Counsel and Policy Director Sonia Lin, Assemblymembers Rebecca Seawright and Dan Quart, New York Public Library Chief Operating Officer Iris Weinshal, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, state Sen. Liz Krueger, and New York City Councilman Ben Kallos attend IDNYC pop-up site kick-off, Webster Library, 1465 York Ave., Manhattan.



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