FROM NYN MEDIA:
* With the depressed state of the economy, the rising cost of utilities, as well as brutal winter weather, applicants need the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program more than ever, Joseph Guarinello, the vice president of energy assistance and community development at HeartShare Human Services of New York, writes.
* Cuomo and legislative leaders touted efforts to provide additional funding in the state budget for nonprofits that provide direct care services, while Cuomo said he would not sign a budget without 55 million dollars for direct care providers, the Times Union reports. Watch his remarks here.
* A foster father who took in more than 100 troubled boys over 20 years is set to go on trial on charges he sexually abused eight of the children, highlighting a case that sparked an investigation into New York's foster care system that found "abysmal" communication among the child welfare agencies involved, the Associated Press writes.
* A Brooklyn judge granted an extension to stop the 20th homeless shelter from opening in Crown Heights, after 43 residents of central Brooklyn sued the city to stop oversaturating the area, the Daily News writes.
* The Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York released a new report on child well-being in Brownsville, the highest-risk community district in Brooklyn, including recommendations on health, housing and education.
* In the final year of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first term and amid implementation of his major city-wide affordable housing plan, a recent lawsuit has brought an old housing policy to the fore of conversations about racial segregation in the city, Gotham Gazette reports.
* Thousands of undocumented students in America’s largest public school system are testing the boundaries of how much a fiercely liberal "sanctuary city" can do to protect some of its most vulnerable students as the Trump administration pursues more aggressive deportation policies, Politico New York writes.
* The governor and state Legislature have an opportunity to prevent wrongful convictions in New York by including mandatory recording of interrogations and eyewitness identification reform in the state budget, Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project writes in NY Slant,
* Sasha Blair-Goldensohn, a software engineer at Google and disability advocate, writes in the New York Times about his experience on New York’s subway, the least wheelchair-friendly public transit system of any major American city.
* A simple fix to New York criminal law by raising the age of criminal responsibility to 18 is being muddled by the state Legislature and potentially scrambling the entire state budget in the process, the Daily News writes in an editorial.
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* Of the more than 50 lawsuits against the Trump administration’s policies, many are coming from everyday Americans, or those trying to become one, the New York Times writes.
* Many of the city's affordable housing projects in the early stages of development are grappling with budget shortfalls due to the uncertain future of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program, DNAinfo writes.
* With proposed federal budget cuts threatening Americorps, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise looks at the program’s effect locally.
* Nationwide, donor-advised funds affiliated with Jewish federations give a collective 1 billion dollars in gifts per year, of which relatively few are rejected by the federations, but red lines surrounding donor-advised gifts remain unclear, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency writes.
* Nonprofit Quarterly addresses some just-in-time leadership development strategies that can provide nonprofit leaders with opportunities to shift their perspective and stretch their current repertoire of practices and competencies.
Don’t miss Growth 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.
NONPROFITS IN THE NEWS:
* Nonprofit Grow NYC is continuing its advocacy to build a regional greenmarket food distribution hub for New York-sourced produce in Hunts Point, a move that could increase access to fruits and vegetables in communities where they are hard to find, the Bronx Times writes.
* Runway of Dreams helps people overcome clothing challenges that affect both function and fashion, CBS New York reports.
* Wellness in the Schools, now a national nonprofit reaching 50,000 children in four states, is the brainchild of Nancy Easton, who spent 25 years as a teacher, mentor and administrator in the New York school system, the New York Times writes.
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.
* Community Resource Exchange opened applications for the third year of its pro bono consulting initiative, the CRE Rising Fund. As the nation grapples with a time of change, our city’s nonprofit sector is hard at work continuing to provide services to the city’s most vulnerable populations. The CRE Rising Fund aims to assist small nonprofit organizations that are working to improve the lives of the diverse people and communities of New York City. CRE believes that the best way to prepare for potential legislative, funding, and structural changes is to plan, prepare, and pivot programs so that organizations are stronger, healthier and better able to withstand challenges as they arise. Through the CRE Rising Fund, expert CRE consultants partner with small nonprofits to complete no-cost, three-month long consulting engagements. Participating nonprofits are selected through a short application process. Click here to apply.
* Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, has appointed Larry Lieberman as Chief Operating Officer. With more than 10 million annual visitors to its site, Charity Navigator is making philanthropic giving easier for all by creating high-value tools, ratings, and data needed to simplify impactful cause investments. For more than a decade Lieberman has served on the board of directors of the JED Foundation a provider of mental health resources to colleges. He is also an advisor to DoSomething.org, ReadWorks, StreetLivesNYC, and a board member of Better World Ed. Lieberman joins Charity Navigator from Dynamite Labs, Inc. a venture-backed developer of mobile software that he cofounded in 2014 and where has served as Chief Operating Officer.
GRANTS AND FUNDING:
* Brooklyn Community Foundation announced the return of its annual 100,000 dollar Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits. Eligible organizations are invited to apply online at www.SparkPrize.org starting Monday, April 10 through Friday, May 12. Five Brooklyn-based organizations will receive the “no strings attached” Spark Prize, chosen through a competitive selection process by a committee of distinguished Brooklyn civic, business, and neighborhood leaders. Applicants will be narrowed to 20 finalists in October, and the five award recipients will be announced in January 2018. Spark Prize Committee members will be announced in May following the close of the online application. Brooklyn Community Foundation launched the Spark Prize in 2016 as the only honor of its kind celebrating the excellence and impact of Brooklyn’s thriving nonprofit sector.
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Under the Supervision of the Compliance Officer, the Director of Quality Assurance shall develop and implement Quality Assurance initiatives including the monitoring of and evaluation of the quality of all programs and services at Birch Family Services. The Director of Quality Assurance will assist in facilitating the application of all relevant federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies by identifying the need for policies and procedures, development of policies and procedures, implementation of policies and procedures and evaluation of policies and procedures. The Director of Quality Assurance is responsible for incident management including the investigation of all incidents involving students, residents and other program participants at Birch.
At Sheltering Arms, the Administrative Supervisor will function within the context of the Family Team Conference model to establish and review permanency-planning goals, ensuring the overall safety, growth and development of every child, placed in the care of Sheltering Arms Children and Family Services. Essential functions include supervising a unit of 4 caseworkers providing quality services to children in placement, their birth families and foster parents.
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 people children and adults with special needs. A youth specialist is needed to provide 24/7 “eyes on” client supervision, which includes ensuring compliance with a daily schedule and maintaining program structure; implement group and individual treatment plans utilizing the Missouri approach; develop and model effective relationships and behaviors with youth, co-workers and treatment team; and more.
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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.
THIS WEEK’S PODCAST:
* Katrina Huffman, Chief Program Officer at Youth INC and Dr. Kim Sabo-Flores, Co-Founder and CEO of Algorhythm were part of a team that aimed to discover how to improve youth outcomes. They joined us in an NYN Media Insights Podcast Outcomes segment to discuss guiding youth development in out-of-school programs. In an additional segment, we talk with Martin Hassner, who recently launched the Reform Student Debt campaign to change the landscape for students graduating college.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Dinean Robinson, Director, Communications and Marketing at Teach For America - New York; and Symphony Chau, Development & Communications Associate at Zone 126.
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POLITICAL BULLETIN BY CITY & STATE:
* A rent freeze on one-year leases for New York City's rent-stabilized apartments, backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will remain in effect after a judge dismissed a landlord-backed effort to overturn it, Politico New York writes.
* Six challengers to de Blasio appeared on stage for a mayoral forum hosted by the Reform Party, offering a range of perspectives on issues that affect the city, Politico New York writes.
* The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision plans to bar visitors from bringing packages to prisoners to cut down on contraband, with items needing to be sent through “approved secure vendors,” the Daily News writes.
April 2 -- Museum of Jewish Heritage hosts the third annual Matzapalooza
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* Front Line Heroes display excellence in their commitment to serving those in need. Every year, NYN Media recognizes people from the nonprofit industry who work in the field directly helping clients and making their organizations' goals a reality through hard work and dedication. Click here to see this year’s honorees. To RSVP for the April 18 event, click here.
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.
TODAY’S GOVERNMENT SKED:
12 p.m. – The New York Immigration Coalition hosts a rally closing 24 hours of actions opposing the “refugee ban” and cuts to asylum, and supporting refugees and humanitarian immigration policy, Foley Square, 111 Worth St., Manhattan.
12:30 p.m. – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hosts a press conference to make a criminal justice announcement, Fortune Society, 2976 Northern Blvd., Queens.
12:30 p.m. – Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer attends the Washington Heights and Inwood Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Awards, Columbia University Medical Center Faculty Club, 630 W. 168th St., Manhattan.
5 p.m. – Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and author Barbara Smith host a discussion of women’s participation in social movements and the impact of race and class with comments by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Albany City Hall Rotunda, 24 Eagle St., Albany.
5:30 p.m – De Blasio tours the Louis Armstrong House Museum with New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, 34-56 107th St., Queens.
6 p.m. – New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer attend the Jewish Community Relations Council’s 2017 Gala, The Pierre, 2 E. 61st St., Manhattan.
7 p.m. – De Blasio will participate in a town hall meeting with New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland and residents of Corona, Jackson Heights and East Elmhurst, I.S. 61 Leonardo Da Vinci, 98-50 50th Ave., Queens.