Wednesday, June 29, 2016



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Merryl Tisch on the meaning of philanthropy: At City & State Reports' CSR Awards Philanthropy event, Merryl Tisch, former Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, discussed her personal history with charitable giving and how philanthropy has evolved over the years. Read more.

HRA asked about Rivington House well before controversial sale, email shows: According to emails and interviews with sources, New York City's Human Resources Administration made inquiries about a Lower East Side nursing home more than a year before it was sold to a luxury condo developer, Politico New York reports. At that time it was being run as an AIDS residence by the nonprofit VillageCare and was sold the following month to Allure, a for-profit nursing home operator, for $28 million. Read more.

Without key stakeholders, administration supports Council police misconduct bill: A City Council committee heard a bill, sponsored by Council Member Jumaane Williams, which would require centralized reporting of data on police misconduct from multiple agencies to identify systemic problems and help create an early intervention system for the NYPD, according to Gotham Gazette. To the disappointment of Williams and others, though, key stakeholders to be affected by the bill and instrumental in implementing it if it becomes law, were not present to testify at the hearing. Read more.

Philanthropy can play a role in managing student debt crisis: With student debt topping $1.2 trillion - now surpassing credit card borrowing - many in leadership roles in philanthropy are eager to understand the way college debt has gone from being a reasonable risk to a pernicious force that can foreclose on opportunity and upend lives, especially for vulnerable low-income students, Cynthia Rivera Weissblum, CEO of Edwin Gould Foundation, writes in Philanthropy New York. Read more.

Report says Airbnb ate up 10% of NYC's available rentals in 2015: A duo of affordable housing nonprofits, MFY Legal Services and Housing Conservation Coordinators, report that Airbnb hosts in New York City who take advantage of the platform by illegally renting out entire apartments for at least three months each year took about 10 percent of the city's available rentals off of the market in 2015, according to a report out this week, Gothamist writes. Read more.

Life inside the hotels for New York's homeless: For decades, the city has used "welfare hotels" or "homeless hotels" to accommodate the astonishingly high number of poor and homeless in NYC, Vice writes. But as the homeless problem persists in the face of plenty of attention from City Hall, these symbols of income inequality have become some of the more desirable places to endure hard times in town. Read more.

It's transaction to transformation for participants: During “The Event Pipeline: Turning Event Guests Into Major Donors” at the recent Fundraising Day in New York, Patricia H. Clemency, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York, gave those in the audience the keys to creating a clear strategy to make the most from giving events, the NonProfit Times writes. Read more.




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Service Program for Older People appoints chief program officer:

Catherine Thurston, LCSW has joined the staff of Service Program for Older People as chief program officer, where she will oversee the SPOP Clinic, PROS/Personalized Recovery Oriented Services Program, Bereavement Support, community outreach and other program initiatives. She has over 29 years of experience in geriatrics and served most recently as Chief Services Officer at SAGE/Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders and was formerly Director of Alzheimer’s Programs at the Cobble Hill Health Center. Founded in 1972, SPOP was one of the first agencies in the U.S. to focus on meeting the mental health needs of older adults living in the community.

Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York name Alissa Deakin as new chief program officer:

Little Flower, one of the largest and most respected agencies providing critical programs and services to children, families and adults with developmental disabilities in New York City and across Long Island, has appointed Alissa Deakin as the chief program officer, a newly created position on the agency’s management team. She will be responsible for program design and strategy, executive leadership and management, building support programs and infrastructure, and building an outcome driven focus and accountability.

New York City CEO named as most influential woman:

Jessica Zufall-Guberman Ph.D., chief executive officer of Special Citizens, will be among a group of women receiving the award, which is given to a group of women who work hard to affect change and make the Bronx a better place.​ ​Scavello’s On The Island hosted the 7th annual Gala Awards June 28th to honor 25 of the Most Influential Women of 2016. Read more.



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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.

Director of Contract and Grant Management, Comunilife

Comunilife is seeking high caliber candidates for the position of Director of Contract and Grant Management. This position is responsible for managing more than 30 contracts with federal, state, and city agencies, as well as Comunilife's portfolio of foundation grant support. The successful candidate will serve as a critical link between government contract officials and Comunilife, will play an instrumental role in developing and monitoring the organization's annual operating budget, and will supervise all personnel in the organization's contract budgeting, vouchering, and audit processes. Read more.

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* A local judge has dealt a blow to a New York City effort to crack down on drivers who injure or kill pedestrians and bicyclists, part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative aimed at reducing traffic deaths, the Wall Street Journal reports. Read more.

* Entering into a national debate on bathroom usage, de Blasio signed legislation that requires all single-occupancy bathrooms to be available for all genders, saying businesses citywide will have to post signs on every single-occupancy bathroom stating the new rules, the Journal writes. Read more.

* With the rent board freeze, de Blasio, who went on radio and television interviews touting the action after the vote, is openly flouting what is supposed to be an independent process for political gain, using questionable economics to support the move, the Daily News writes. Read more.




Google gives Black Girls Code $2.8M space inside its NY headquarters: Today, Black Girls Code and Google will launch the new $2.8 million space inside Google's building in Manhattan, writes CNET. The idea: By sharing the same space as Google, Black Girls Code will be able to introduce more students to more tech companies, and also attract volunteers and mentors. Read more.

Volunteers bike 830 miles to help clean up Bronx garden: Volunteers from the nonprofit Bike & Build rode into the Bronx to help give new life to one of the borough’s neighborhood green spaces, according to the Daily News. Members of the partnering organizations, including the Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association, Inc., have already planted peppers, squash and strawberries along with other fruits and vegetables in 11 raised wooden beds in the back of the space. Read more.

Albany Med partners to support early childhood program: Albany Medical Center has committed to support a local nonprofit that focuses on teaching parents how to prepare their children for school, the Albany Business Review reports. CEO Jim Barba said the Baby Institute stood out as a model for addressing the cycle of poverty and low graduation rates in inner city Albany. Read more.




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SECTOR FOCUS: Religious Charities

Religious groups unite in New York to assemble 7,500 hygiene kits for Syrian refugees:
Working in three shifts, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists assembled at the 69th Regiment Armory and packed 7,500 hygiene kits bound for refugee camps in Turkey, according to the Observer. Nearly five million registered refugees have been displaced by the ongoing Syrian Civil War according to the U.N., and 2.7 million of them are registered in Turkey. Read more.

Small S.I. shul battles big outreach group for control: Young Israel of Eltingville is locked in a battle with the nonprofit Oorah for control of its synagogue, the Jewish Week reports. Later this month, the New York State Supreme Court is scheduled to confirm or deny an arbitration award from a religious court that stipulates that the synagogue owes Oorah $1 million, an amount that, if confirmed, would likely force the congregation to foreclose on its building and surrender all of its assets to Oorah. Read more.

A New York beacon for Greek Jews: The Wall Street Journal visits the Kehila Kedosha Janina on Broome Street, the last remaining Romaniote synagogue in the Western Hemisphere synagogue, which was renovated with the support of the New York Landmarks Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the city’s architecturally significant buildings. Read more.



11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features New York City Hotel Association Chairman Vijay Dandapani, Adirondack Council Executive Director Willie Janeway, Environmental Advocates of New York Executive Director Peter Iwanowicz, Bruce Gyory of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, and others, WCNY.

5 p.m. – De Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray attend Jewish Heritage Reception, Gracie Mansion, 88th Street and East End Ave., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – New York City Council member Jimmy Van Bramer presents awards at Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’ LGBT Pride event, Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd., Queens.

7 p.m. and 10 p.m. – “Inside City Hall” features Phil Walzak, senior adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the Weekly Political Rundown with Curtis Sliwa and Gerson Borrero, Time Warner Cable News NY1.



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