Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Editor’s Note: This week, 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.



* A recent lawsuit by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and the Lawyers Alliance for New York is the latest challenge to a state ethics proposal, signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in August, that requires some nonprofits who aid groups engaged in lobbying to disclose the identities of their donors.


* More homeless families are being denied permanent shelter in New York City, and many are being forced to reapply multiple times before the city finds them eligible to enter the system, two trends that burden already fragile families, according to a new report by the Coalition for the Homeless, the New York Times writes.

* Nonprofits that provide services for children, the elderly and homeless, among others, have been shortchanged by at least $1 billion over the past six years as state funding has lagged behind inflation, according to a report to be released today by the Restore Opportunity Now campaign, the Daily News writes. See the coalition’s report here.

* A day before its opening, neighbors of a controversial new shelter in Crown Heights have filed a petition to stop the project, DNAinfo writes.

* City & State contributor Bob Hennelly confronts the lack of urgency among everyday New Yorkers and elected leaders in doing their part to help solve New York City’s worsening homelessness crisis.

* Ronald E. Richter, CEO of JCCA, and Jess Dannhauser, CEO of Graham Windham, argue in the Center for an Urban Future’s Conversations segment that the city needs a new public-private contract to sustain critical human services in the future.

* A Brooklyn couple turned themselves in two weeks after they were first arrested for using a five-year-old cancer patient’s photo to collect money for a fake funeral, according to CBS2.

* Immigration agents who turn up at New York City public schools will be turned away unless they have a court-ordered warrant, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, the New York Post reports.

* The Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Manhattan borough presidents backed a plan to create the Home Stability Support program, which is being pushed by Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi and Sen. Jeffrey Klein, who say it would reduce reliance on homeless shelters by creating a new statewide rent subsidy to keep people in their homes, the Daily News writes.

* New York state is directing more than 78 million dollars toward expanding or establishing community learning centers that provide academic enrichment to students and their families beyond the regular school day, the Associated Press writes.




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* Even as Congress debated a massive and divisive overhaul of the nation’s health care system, a late amendment to the bill seemingly singling out New York’s state government for new financial responsibilities under Medicaid set off a separate political firestorm in the president’s home state, according to the New York Times.

* The Times Union writes that votes by Republican members of Congress on the president’s American Health Care Act will show what they value most and whether they are willing to let thousands of their constituents lose health coverage.

* The annual Arts Advocacy Day has taken on a new urgency this year amid President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Times reports.

* In calling for student-based budgeting, Trump joins a host of big-city school leaders and education reformers who argue that money should follow each student, no matter where they enroll, Chalkbeat writes.


* Nonprofit Quarterly looks at the passing of David Rockefeller, which may also serve to mark a shift from his grandfather’s approach to charity, which has been deeply embraced by philanthropists, to new approaches, tools and legal forms.




Don’t miss Reliant Studios at FundCon:

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* Bowery Residents' Committee, led by Muzzy Rosenblatt, is a homeless services provider turned housing developer, Crain’s writes.

* In a bid to cut administrative costs and create a “regional” social service network in a growing Northeast Queens, the Central Queens Y in Flushing and the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck will merge their management staffs, the New York Jewish Week writes.

* Tenants and advocates fighting evictions can get some much-needed assistance from an award-winning new app launched by a nonprofit startup, DNAinfo writes.




Don’t missGrowth for Good’s upcoming workshop! Claudia Zeldin is facilitating "Marketing that Builds Community" on Wednesday, April 5th, 9:30-11:30am. It will focus on using approaches that are most effective and efficient at cultivating a community, such as social media and fundraising events. Workshop participants will be provided with planning resources including Growth for Good’s communications and fundraising calendar template.





* In this week’s podcast, we speak to Michael Glickman, president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage about about what he’s doing to raise the museum’s profile and how he’s responding to recent incidents of anti-Semitism and bomb threats across the country. We also speak to Thomas Kamber, founder and executive director of Older Adults Technology Services talks with us about how their innovative technology curriculum for seniors is being put to use in places like the Queensbridge Houses.




A new report from the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness finds that NYC’S homeless high school students have worse health outcomes than their housed peers. They disproportionately face the most extreme health risks. They are also more likely to take advantage of in-school health clinics, where available. Join us for a FREE webinar to discuss the research findings. Register here.





* The Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. will celebrate the opening of their new Queens Community Center at 133-14 41st Ave., Flushing, Queens on March 24 at 1 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ten-story building houses a senior center, an early childhood center, and programs including workforce development, legal counseling, adult literacy and social services. The new multi-use space has the resources and the capacity to meet the needs of people of all ages. Senior Citizens can participate in ESL programs or take classes in Chinese painting and Tai Chi. Children can gain knowledge in coding, website building and graphic design through programs provided in the Spectrum Learning Lab. For young professionals, the Hospitality Careers Training and Customer Service Programs teach important skills necessary to succeed in these industries.




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Bilingual Lead Clinician & Bilingual Clinicians, Abbott House

Abbott House, an innovative community based social service organization, is seeking a Lead Clinician and Clinicians for our Transitional Resources for Children program located in Irvington, NY. Clinician positions are also available with our Long Term Foster Care program in Bronx, NY. Bilingual Spanish is required for both positions. The Lead Clinician works as an integral member of the Abbott House Interdisciplinary treatment team. He or she provides mental health assessments of children, consultation with social work and child care staff, and treatment of children in selected cases.

Caseworker, MercyFirst

This position involves frequent contact with foster children, birth to 21. Manage a caseload of approximately 10-12 cases in our Family Foster Care program. Make visits to foster homes, help children navigate their world of school, medical needs, psychological needs, family needs, etc. Input progress notes into computer. Appear in court to testify and be a voice on behalf of your client. Participate in “Family Night” - once a week where our foster children meet with birth family members and/or foster family members and have a chance to visit, play, and celebrate milestones such as birthdays. Communicate effectively with internal staff, state and governmental agencies regarding cases through established agency policies and procedures. Observe all HIPAA regulations.

Director, Clinical Services, Graham Windham

Responsible for maintaining a high standard of behavioral health services for the Residential Treatment Center. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: Is able to assess situations through a lens of safety and risk and support the development of appropriate plans to address those issues in a timely manner; is able to effectively facilitate partnering with members of the Treatment Team and Graham Windham network to ensure a holistic approach to clinical treatment; ensures the furtherance of the implementation of Solutions Based Casework and Collaborative Problem Solving through their own learning and application, as well as support of the staffs’ skill attainment in those models of practice; and adapts work schedule to meet the needs of the program.

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Event: Power in Numbers: Leveraging Financial Statements for Strategic Decision-Making

On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 the Foundation Center will host a session for Board Members, Executive Directors, CFOs, and key decision makers. Paul Konigstein a senior consultant at Accounting Management Solutions (now CliftonLarsonAllen LLP) will help you leverage the financial information you already have to find the best solutions to the most common operational and strategic problems facing nonprofits. Up to three CFRE credits will be available for attendees. Learn more and register.





* Still six months away, political organizations are wasting no time honing in on potential candidates for the 2017 New York City Council primaries and, some endorsements will be tied to a candidate’s policy positions, City & State reports.

* Cuomo included reforms aimed at increasing low turnout in New York elections in his proposed budget, but he said that the measures may have to wait until after this year’s budget is passed, the Times Union reports.

* Former NYPD detective Bo Dietl formally launched his bid for New York City mayor, and attacked de Blasio on everything from his fundraising to his height during a press conference delivered almost entirely in a near-yell, the Daily News reports.


March 23 -- Nonprofit Networking Happy Hour hosted by the Association of Nonprofit Specialists

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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.




The Association of Nonprofit Specialists invites colleagues old and new to join us for a lively networking evening on Thursday, March 23. We’ll share information about upcoming events and programs, and feature a presentation from events specialist Chris Lipari. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Dancing Classrooms, 25 W. 31st Street, 4th fl. (between Fifth Avenue and Broadway). The cost is $30 in advance and $35 at the door (Includes wine, beer, soda and hors d’oeuvres). Register here.





11 a.m. – City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks at an event to highlight the City Council's School Food Pantries initiative, HS 271 East Bronx Academy for the Future, 1716 Southern Blvd., Bronx.

12 p.m. – New York City Public Advocate Letitia James delivers remarks at a rally for increased funding for the city Commission on Human Rights, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

12:30 p.m. – Labor, community and faith groups call on Cuomo and the state Senate majority to join the Assembly in supporting fair-share tax policies on billionaires and millionaires in this year’s budget, Million Dollar Staircase, state Capitol, Albany.

1 p.m. – Mark-Viverito and The Legal Aid Society call on Albany to enact reforms that fully raises the age of criminal responsibility in New York state, City Hall steps, Manhattan.

6:30 p.m. – Public Advocate James delivers remarks at the NAACP Women's History Month event, Lenox Terrace, Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Community Center, 34 W. 134th St., Manhattan.




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