Wednesday, March 1, 2017



* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he couldn’t see an immediate end to New York’s homelessness crisis and that a “blood-and-guts war strategy” was needed, but whether his strategy is gutsy enough to make a dent in the problem is unknown, The New York Times writes.

* Nonprofit Quarterly writes about a federal complaint against Paypal that alleges that “tens of thousands of generous individuals have made donations, after placing their trust in PayPal, that, unbeknownst to them, have never reached their chosen charity. And likewise, thousands of charities have been deprived of much needed funds they never knew were even intended for them.”

* In an editorial, the Daily News credits de Blasio for belatedly unveiling a true plan to manage homelessness, but faults him for taking this long to get there and for, after all this time, still failing to do enough to curb the rising tide of people seeking shelter.

* The city's plan to open new homeless shelters on Staten Island is already facing pushback from borough officials, the Staten Island Advance reports.

* Thomas P. Campbell resigned under pressure as the director and chief executive of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, after months of growing concerns among staff members and some trustees about its financial health and his capacity to lead the largest museum in the country, the New York Times reports.

* The New York Civil Liberties Union wants to keep the names of its donors secret because of death threats against the group and its supporters, the nonprofit argued in a filing with the state ethics agency, the New York Post reports.

* Giselle "Gigi" Antoni, the leader of Texas-based Big Thought, is headed for New York and a new role as director of learning and enrichment at The Wallace Foundation.which also focuses on improving education for disadvantaged kids through the arts, Dallas News reports.

* Ana Oliveira, President & CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation, writes in Gotham Gazette about the foundation’s recent report which highlights challenges faced by low-income girls, particularly immigrant girls and girls of color, and the critical need to support their mothers and caretakers in order to promote their progress.

* Bridgespan writes that when an employee departs unexpectedly, a nonprofit organization needs to be able to quickly cover his or her key responsibilities and create a plan for filling the role.

* The NonProfit Times offers some “fiendishly clever” ways to focus ad dollars on just the potential “whales” in your supporter list, the people who are most likely to be high-value donors.



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* President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at signaling his commitment to historically black colleges and universities, saying that those schools will be "an absolute priority for this White House," the New York Times reports.

* While Democrats have long supported arts endowments, the coming budget proposals from Trump will test the sort of Republicans who have been the rescuers and defenders of arts spending during the decades-long efforts by conservatives to cut and even eliminate them, the Times writes.



* The Stanford Social Innovation Review writes that too many organizations concentrate on raising awareness about an issue without knowing how to translate that awareness into action, and that it’s time for activists and organizations to adopt a more strategic approach to public interest communications.



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* Code/Interactive, an education nonprofit that trains both teachers and students in computer languages, steps in when traditional school courses don’t cut it, NationSwell writes.

* BFC Partners brought a local nonprofit, Local Development Corp., on as a partner on its embattled Bedford Union Armory development project in Brooklyn, according to The Real Deal.

* The Sunnyside Business Improvement District has appointed a new executive director, Jaime Faye-Bean, who has lived in the Long Island City/Astoria area for the past 15 years, and is from a fundraising and arts-related background, Sunnyside Post writes.



* We spoke to Rhea Wong of Breakthrough New York about how the organization shepherds at risk youth through middle school, high school and college with after-school tutoring, summer enrichment programming, SAT prep, internship placement and mentorship. Also, New York Civil Liberties Union Organizer Brandon Holmes talks about his work on police reform and other progressive causes since the election of President Donald Trump.



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* Suzanne Brundage, program director of the Children’s Health Initiative at United Hospital Fund, has been selected as UHF’s first Patricia S. Levinson Fellow. The fellowship, which will be awarded annually, was established through the generous support of the Robert A. and Patricia S. Levinson Award Fund at the New York Community Trust. Its purpose is to advance UHF’s work to improve health care for vulnerable populations. Patricia S. Levinson was an active board member for more than 20 years, and involved as a volunteer with UHF for more than 30, with a keen interest in health policy and deep commitment to quality health care for every New Yorker.

* HeartShare Human Services accepted a 20,000 dollar donation from Dominion Transmission for two energy funds - 10,000 dollars for each fund - that the agency administers to assist low-income customers throughout New York State. The Care & Share Heating Fund offers a 200 dollar grant to eligible low-income National Grid customers in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. The Project SHARE Heating Fund offers up to 350 dollars to upstate NYSEG and RG&E customers facing an energy emergency with special consideration given to active members of the military and veterans.



* Girls Inc. of Long Island announced a new leadership team with Renee Flagler as the Executive Director and Barbara Joy Beatus as Associate Director. Together, they bring over a decade of experience in youth and nonprofit development to the organization. Prior to being promoted to the role of executive director, Flagler worked as the Program Manager, overseeing programming, curriculum, school partnerships, and training and supervision of the programming staff. She spent many years in youth development, business, and marketing before joining Girls Inc. in 2015. Flagler is also an award-winning writer, adjunct professor, and a speaker who is passionate about encouraging women and youth to pursue their passion and purpose.



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Training Specialist, Saint Dominic's Home

The successful candidate will conduct new staff orientation, mandated trainings and workshops such as Infection Control, First Aid/CPR and SCIP-R (certified instructor a plus). Develop staff in various locations. BA and exp. in social services and training a must. Excellent Benefits. If you are interested in the above position, please contact Mercedes Gabella, Talent Acquisition Director, (845)359-3400 x 206 e-mail:


Director of Residential Program Services, United Cerebral Palsy of New York City

Under general direction, is responsible for directing one or more of the Agency’s residential facilities. This includes directing staff, providing consumers with proper care, ensuring the safety of the consumers, scheduling necessary repairs and the general upkeep of the facility. Administers designated program in accordance with Agency policies and regulations and requirements of applicable regulatory agencies. Is responsible for all aspects of program including personnel, budgeting, services to individuals and physical plant management.


Bail Associate, The Liberty Fund

The Liberty Fund is new citywide charitable bail fund dedicated to reducing the number of New Yorkers subjected to pretrial detention at Rikers Island simply because they are unable to post bail. The organization is ready to begin operations this spring and is seeking bail associates to work on the front lines of bail reform in New York City. These bail associates will operate out of criminal courts in the five boroughs and nearby offices to identify defendants who are eligible for these services and post bail on their behalf. They will then be responsible for connecting clients with appropriate social services and monitoring each case as it proceeds through the criminal justice system.


Program Nurse / RN, SCO Family of Services

SCO Family of Services has provided vital human services throughout New York City and Long Island for more than 100 years. SCO helps vulnerable New Yorkers build a strong foundation for the future. We get young children off to a good start, launch youth into adulthood, stabilize and strengthen families and unlock potential for children and adults with special needs. Minimum responsibilities include Receiving turnover report from prior shift and checking communication log; administering the medications as prescribed by the staff psychiatrist. GSHMC physicians, and resident’s private physicians. Recording on individual medication sheets. Administering standing order as per physician; and assessing physical complaints of residents.


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* New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres and other city lawmakers laid into city public housing officials for lagging behind on $3 billion in repairs to buildings damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the Daily News writes.

* The New York City Independent Budget Office found that de Blasio’s preliminary 24.4 billion dollar 2018 school budget rose by about $1.1 billion, due in large part to teacher salary hikes, the New York Post writes.

* New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said the vast majority of curbs fail to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, amNewYork writes.



March 1 -- Women’s City Club hosts a conversation with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.

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On Friday, March 24, New York Nonprofit Media will host Nonprofit FundCon which brings together fundraising and development executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to create a campaign and raise money. Click here to learn more.

On June 15, NYN Media will host its third annual Nonprofit OpCon. This event focuses on streamlining processes and operations for nonprofits in New York. How do we make things easier and more pleasant for executive leadership, operations, IT, risk, finance, HR and more? There are new industry standards to consider, and new guidelines around applying for public funds to learn. Bring your organization into the 21st century and abandon old practices that are depleting your valuable resources. It’s a new day in the nonprofit industry; join us as we explore these insights and strategies. Click here to learn more.



St. Christopher’s will present its first-annual St. Christopher’s Got Talent Spring Gala on Tuesday, April 4 at The Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase. Your support will make a difference in the lives of the children and families St. Christopher’s serves, and enable us to continue to provide exceptional residential and clinical services that will help them all find their own individual path to success. The event will feature WHUD radio personality Kacey Morabito as the Master of Ceremonies, along with amazing acts in magic, dance, song, and theater, including Daniel Nicholas, magician and mentalist; and Michael Minarik, who most recently starred in Matilda and Rock of Ages on Broadway. We will also salute Pat Quinn, co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. A portion of tickets sold will be donated to Pat’s charity, Quinn for the Win, to support ALS research. Learn more here.




11 a.m. – “The Capitol Pressroom” features Laura Kennedy, the president of the New York state chapter of The Arc; former Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg on #BFair2DirectCare; Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and others, WCNY.

12 p.m. – New York City Council Members Daniel Garodnick and Vanessa Gibson, the New York Civil Liberties Union and others announce introduction of the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Councilman Mark Levine and others hold a press conference, City Hall, Manhattan.

3 p.m. – Assembly members Sean Ryan, Anthony Brindisi, Patricia Fahy, William Magnarelli, Harry Bronson and others rally to advocate for state budget funding for refugee resettlement agencies, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

6 p.m. – Women’s City Club of New York hosts a conversation with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., John Jay College, Room L 61, 524 W. 59th St., Manhattan.

6 p.m. – New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer hosts a CreateNYC cultural plan workshop with New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Queens.

6:30 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends Upper West Side Community Emergency Response Team 10th anniversary, American Museum of Natural History, Great Hall, Central Park West at West 77th Street, Manhattan.




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