Wednesday, September 7, 2016


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State dissolves troubled disability provider: With almost no publicity, the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office have shut down a large Brooklyn-based center that provides housing, rehabilitation and health care for developmentally disabled people, the Times Union reports. While there have been no shortage of stories about publicly- or privately-run disability service centers that have been criticized for poor services and financial problems, the Federation of Multicultural Programs appears to be one of the few such agencies in recent memory that is actually being dissolved.

'Grossest sex hotel' to become emergency shelter for homeless, city says: The city is looking to open a new emergency shelter for homeless people in a former hotel that was once labeled New York’s “grossest sex hotel,” a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeless Services told DNAinfo. Breaking Ground, a group that provides housing for low-income New Yorkers and the homeless, is working with DHS to open a “stabilization bed facility” at 25 W. 24th St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues, where the group will put up street-homeless individuals as they transition to shelters and other housing options.

Government shortchanges nonprofits, quashing innovation: Traci Donnelly, CEO and executive director of The Child Center of NY, a social-services nonprofit based in Queens, writes in Crain’s that arbitrary, outdated caps on “overhead” hurt the nonprofit social-impact sector directly, but their most significant impact is on the people who depend on them.

Mayor 501(c)(4) - Why Bill de Blasio became so reliant on nonprofit advocacy groups: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s nonprofit advocacy groups landed him in hot water this year. But with the biggest bully pulpit in the city at his disposal, City & State asks why he thought he needed them to begin with.

Red Cross has closed 14 chapters in WNY in recent years: In recent years, the Red Cross has closed 14 chapters in western New York, reports WHEC News. But the organization says that's not a bad thing, and instead has given them a chance to put more money back in the community.

Guggenheim Museum offers municipal debt as art icon revamps site: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is selling 20 million dollars in taxable municipal bonds this month to pay for improvements at the contemporary art museum in New York, Bloomberg News writes. The nonprofit organization is a leader in the art world, with revenue from donations and admissions, it said. Still, it has an "uneven operating performance" and its collaborations with companies and countries create "unique risks," Moody’s said in a statement.

A personal look at working in the human services sector: The Human Services Council writes in its blog about the challenges for young people seeking to work in a sector which includes organizations dedicated to their advancement in a career climate that all too often sees their staff as expendable.



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Anderson Center for Autism celebrates direct support professionals; One will win iHeartMedia “Heart Award”:

For an organization like Anderson Center for Autism, the staff members who have the title of Direct Support Professionals are valued and vital to the quality of life of the individuals that Anderson serves. From Sept. 11 through 17, Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week and Anderson Center for Autism wants to show gratitude to the more than 500 dedicated, hard-working DSPs who make community living possible for individuals with disabilities. iHeartMedia will present their “Heart Award” to the Direct Support Professional who is nominated by their peers at Anderson. The winner will receive a prize worth approximately $1000.

Funding for Queens artists and nonprofit organizations:

Queens Council on the Arts announced the 2017 Queens Arts Fund funding cycle that supports the hard work and contributions of the borough’s creative citizens with grants for their programming. Queens-based individual artists and nonprofit organizations producing cultural programming in all arts discipline and meeting eligibility requirements are invited to apply to the 2017 QAF grant program. New guidelines and the online grant application for the 2017 grant cycle are available on the QCA website.

New York City's YMCA announces key leadership appointments:

The YMCA of Greater New York announced the organization's expanded leadership team under President and CEO Sharon Greenberger. Together, the team will advance the organization's growth and commitment to creating a healthier and more connected city. Natalie Norton will assume the role of executive vice President, chief operating officer on Oct. 3; Joseph F. Chan will serve as senior vice president, real estate & property management, effective in late September; Kathryn Glass assumed the newly created role of senior vice president, chief marketing & communications officer; and Elizabeth Bergin serves in the new position of senior vice president of research, evaluation and strategy, after joining the Y this past spring.



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Also join us on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at Morgan Stanley in NYC, as AMS and JMT join forces once again to take a look at Uniform Grant Guidance and the significant changes affecting nonprofits. In this session we will review the important changes impacting grant and contract-funded nonprofits and strategies for compliance. Space is limited, please register by Sept. 14.




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Assistant Vice President for Programs, Comunilife

Comunilife Inc., a multi-service, nonprofit organization founded in 1989, offers a continuum of supportive housing for people with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness, a licensed mental health clinic and other programs in NYC. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers with special needs in the Hispanic and broader communities. With the support and supervision of the Vice President for Programs, the AVP is responsible for the overall management and operation of several HASA and OMH-funded congregate and scatter site supportive housing programs, which serve people with HIV/AIDS and/or serious mental illness in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan.


Administrative Director, Self-Advocacy Association of NY State

The Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, Inc. is a not-for profit, grassroots organization run by and for people with developmental disabilities. SANYS is the largest self-advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities in the world. Our mission is “speaking up for ourselves and others”. To further our mission, the SANYS Board of Directors supports self-advocates and self-advocacy groups throughout New York State. In addition, SANYS takes a leading advocacy role in working with state government, provider organizations, and parent and family groups to promote self-advocacy and person centered and directed practices. After many years of successfully supporting the Board of Directors of SANYS and managing the operations of the organization, our Administrative Director is retiring at the end of 2016.


Foster Care Case Worker, SCO Family of Services

The Case worker will provide comprehensive casework and support services for children and families involved in the foster care system under the guidance of a Foster Care Supervisor. Utilize Solution-Based Casework to engage with and build a partnership with each family that pragmatically focuses on the necessary skills that ensure safety and restore the family’s confidence and competence. Each family will develop a specific action plan with the caseworker to address the relevant concerns that led to placement, so they can work together to create meaningful change, to achieve permanency, i.e., a stable and appropriate family situation for children.

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* According to New York City Charter School Center statistics, for the first time in history the expanding charter school sector will serve roughly 106,600, or about 10 percent of all New York City school kids this year, and that number is growing, the Post reports.

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that requires schools to test their drinking water for lead contamination, which was accompanied by a set of emergency regulations that require school districts to perform testing by Oct. 31 and report the results, the Daily News writes.

* Sixteen months of emails between the de Blasio administration and Capalino + Company, one of the largest lobbying firms in New York City, show employees cajoling City Hall on behalf of his clients, often with favorable results, Politico New York reports.




Recent galas and events: (view photos):

City Parks Foundation; UJA-Federation

Upcoming galas and events:

Sept. 9 -- Tuesday’s Children hosts “Rise Up” Downtown”

Sept. 12 -- Voices for the Voiceless hosts performance.

Sept. 12 -- 26th Annual St. Jude Golf Classic in Memory of Eric J. Fenton.

Sept. 13 -- The Police Athletic League is holding its 44th Annual Superstar Dinner

Sept. 13 -- The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation hosts its 28th Annual Founders Ball

* To have your event featured here send your top 1-2 photos, along with a one sentence caption and photo credit, to info@nynmedia.comwith the subject line “Recent Galas and Events.” To see more events, check our events/community calendar here.



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New space for nonprofit theater: Amid high-rise redevelopment on Manhattan’s far west side, nonprofit theater is finding space to thrive, the Wall Street Journal reports. Two new theaters at West 53rd Street and 10th Avenue are slated for a soft opening in November, under the auspices of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, a service organization for nonprofit theater.

Former chief at El Museo del Barrio to lead Museum of Arts and Design: Jorge Daniel Veneciano, who announced last month that he was stepping down as executive director of El Museo del Barrio - just two years after starting the job - will be the new director of the Museum of Arts and Design, also known as MAD, the New York Times writes.

In an NYC stairwell, one of Keith Haring's Murals may be in peril: One of Keith Haring's lesser-known murals in New York in the stairwell of a former convent called Grace House, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is threatened, NPR reports. Grace House is still owned by Church of the Ascension, around the corner, but the church, according to a tenant, wants to sell it. Goddard Riverside Law Project, is backing tenants’ effort to remain in their homes.

NNY Community Foundation grant benefits Lowville’s Double Play Sports Community Center: The Northern New York Community Foundation announced Friday that its Board of Directors recently approved a 10,000 dollar grant for Double Play Sports Community Center in Lowville, the Watertown Daily Times writes. The foundation will award $5,000 to assist with renovations of space at the organization’s fitness center. The renovated space will allow the agency to offer additional programming at its Utica Boulevard site.




On Thursday, September 15th, New York Nonprofit Media will host the 2nd annual Nonprofit MarkCon which will bring together marketing and communications executives from nonprofits across New York to discuss how to build a brand. We expect over 200 nonprofit communications, marketing, PR and strategy executives to attend this event. Topics to include: brand transformation, social media, event planning, integrated marketing, data analytics and more. If you are looking to reach nonprofit executives please click here.

Submit your nomination for New York Nonprofit Media’s first Cause Awards 2016: Honoring individuals/agencies/philanthropists who’ve had a major impact on the top human services concerns of the New York nonprofit sector throughout 2016. If a colleague, client or employer has had a major impact on one of this year's top causes though good work or philanthropy, nominate them for this great honor today by clicking here. The opportunity to submit your nominations will officially close Friday, September 16th at 6 pm.



SECTOR FOCUS: Environmental Nonprofits

Prestigious award may go to Buffalo environmental group: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is one of three finalists from around the world for the Thiess International Riverprize, WBFO reports. The award includes a $200,000 cash prize which would help support BNR's work. The winner will be announced Sept. 13 at the International Riversymposium in New Delhi, India.

Barry Diller will make money from Pier55 nonprofit, project foes argue: Opponents of the Barry Diller-backed floating island park known as Pier55 attempted to persuade Appellate Division judges that the media mogul will make money off of the nonprofit he formed to support the park, according to DNAinfo. The 130 million dollar Pier55 is expected to hold an amphitheater amid undulating hills and walking paths on a brand new pier between the old pilings of Pier 55 and Pier 56 off West 13th Street in Hudson River Park.




12:20 p.m. – Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott and New York City Councilman Paul Vallone unveil new CCTV system for the Auburndale, Poppenhausen and Whitestone branches, 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd., Queens.

1 p.m. - Outgoing NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks at Police Athletic League luncheon, 3 West Club, 3 W. 51st St., Manhattan.




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