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11/01 - 12/31
Human Services Workshops/GSS host various workshops.

01/01 - 02/28
Human Services Workshops/GSS host various workshops

01/08
QUEENSBORO COUNCIL FOR SOCIAL WELFARE FIRST TRAINING 0F 2015

01/13
BBB Workshop: Keep Your Business Healthy

01/16
The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter annual meeting ...

01/18
National Federation of the Blind of New York State Meeting

01/29
Social Work Information Session at the Hudson Valley Center

02/19
JASA Elder Abuse Training Institute Workshop 3

02/24
2015 BBB Charity Effectiveness Symposium

03/08
CHEF DANIEL BOULUD HOSTS ANNUAL SUNDAY SUPPER AT DANIEL BENEFITTING CITYMEALS-ON-WHEELS

Points Of View

New VAP Funding Initiative Skirts Issue of Universal Access

By Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director and CEO, North Shore Child and Family Guidance CenterRecently, I participated in a New York State Office of Mental Health Clinic Vital Access Provider (VAP) webinar. The webinar is a first step towards Article 31 mental health clinics applying for funding to preserve long term critical access to community-based mental health services. A total of $60 million in funding, over a three year period, is available.The intention of the VAP funding opportunity is for community-based mental health clinics that are “fiscally challenged” to develop plans that will demonstrate fiscal viability after three years. The funds can be used for such things as incremental costs for staffing and billing software, for example.

Contracts and RFPs

City Seeks Family Shelter Provider

The Department of Homeless Services intends to issue a competitive Negotiated Acquisition solicitation to identify a vendor to manage and operate a 75-unit city-owned family shelter located at 346 Powers Avenue, Bronx, NY 10454.

NYNPoetry

Waiting

Welcome to NYNP's new NYNPoetry feature where we bring you poetry from individuals reflecting their thoughts, experiences and feelings regarding the need for, provision of, or reliance upon nonprofit human services.   This month, read "Waiting" by Karen Williams, one of the poems featured in "Free Verse",  a poetry journal created by and for Bronx Department of Probation clients and community residents.  

Management

Crucial First Steps to Start Thinking About the Sustainability of Your Nonprofit Organization

Crucial First Steps to Start Thinking About the Sustainability  of Your Nonprofit OrganizationIn the current environment of increased demand for services and economic pressures, many nonprofits are concerned about their sustainability. There are multiple directions to consider, from diversifying revenue streams to partnerships and merger.

This Month's Feature

Fighting Crime with B-Ball and Safe Spaces Mayor’s Summer Surge in Youth Services Keeps City Peaceful

Fighting Crime with B-Ball and Safe Spaces  Mayor’s Summer Surge in Youth Services Keeps City Peaceful Heading into the summer of 2014, New York City’s tabloids were predicting a law and order meltdown.  Mayor Bill de Blasio had halted the Bloomberg administration’s policy of rampant and seemingly random “Stop and Frisk” searches of youth in minority neighborhoods.  And, the Daily News and New York Post claimed the result was a surge in shootings across the City.  By early June, the number of shootings was up 13% compared to a year earlier– although experts argued whether stopping “Stop and Frisk” had anything to do with the surge and actual murders were hitting a 50-year low. Nevertheless, with the end of the school year coming, the possibility of a long, hot summer was becoming a significant source of public concern… even for the new administration itself.

NYNP-TV

St. Chris Marching Cobras Make Big Screen Debut in "Birdman"

The Marching Cobras Drum Corps, based at St. Christopher's Clark Academy in Dobbs Ferry, have taken their performances to the big screen, being featured in the recently released "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan and others.  The Marching Cobras are no strangers to high profile events, having performed in ceremonies associated with last year's Super Bowl festivities.  In March of this year, they were  honored by a resolution introduced in the NYS Senate by State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins recognizing their hard work and commitment to excellence. Click here to see a trailer for "Birdman" that features just a snippet of the Marching Cobras performance.  For more, you'll have to see the film itself.  

Grants

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Strengthening Nonprofits

Building an Advocacy Board “Give,” “Get” and “Take Action”

Building an Advocacy Board “Give,” “Get” and “Take Action”Boards are increasingly vital to nonprofit success. Advocacy Boards can be one strategy for board engagement no matter your organization’s size. It brings a Board together around the mission of your program, while ensuring the people most suited to support your work see the nuances of the issues, and ways to specifically assist your group’s pressing concerns. Most nonprofits know that their Boards of Directors need to possess a broad range of critical skill sets.

On Board

MetLife General Counsel Anzaldua Joins Common Ground Board

Common Ground, a leading New York City supportive housing developer and manager, has announced that Ricardo Anzaldua has joined its Board of Directors. Anzaldua is Executive Vice President and General Counsel at MetLife, Inc., where he leads the company’s global legal operations, and oversees MetLife’s corporate secretary’s office and corporate ethics and compliance group.“MetLife and MetLife Foundation have been major supporters of Common Ground  for more than 20 years, and with their help, we’ve enabled more than 5,000 people to overcome homelessness. We are so grateful for their commitment to ending homelessness, and I am thrilled to welcome Ricardo to our Board of Directors,” said Brenda Rosen, President and CEO of Common Ground.“MetLife has demonstrated an outstanding corporate commitment to addressing homelessness, through investing in critical services and supportive housing across the United States. Ricardo shares our mission to help New York City’s most vulner...

Capitol Region

St. Catherine's Recieves MRT Supportive Housing Health Home Pilot

The New York State Department of Mental Health's "Health Home Project" has named St. Catherine's Center for Children the Capital Region recipient for the Medicaid Redesign Team Supportive Housing Health Home Pilot Project. The Medicaid Redesign Team Supportive Housing Health Home Pilot Project will offer rental subsidies and/or on-site or community based services to provide housing for homeless or unstably housed Medicaid members who are enrolled in New York State’s Health Home Program. Supportive Housing Providers will partner with of one or more designated New York State Health Homes to be the Provider’s partner in implementing the Pilot Program.

Community Forum

Janice Tosto

Janice TostoJanice Tosto describes herself as a lifelong human services professional. She is a mentor for a volunteer program she created for women who are emerging human services professionals. In her blog, Janice writes commentary on a range of topics including women’s issues, workforce development, and social and economic justice. Janice can be reached at lmjenkinsfoundation@gmail.com.

Agency Of The Month

Independence Residences Inc. Turning Dreams into Reality

Independence Residences Inc. Turning Dreams into RealityIndependence Residences Inc.! That name was a statement of principle when IRI was founded back in 1988.  Today, the original vision – that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities should have every opportunity and the supports they need to live independent and self-fulfilling lives of their own choosing completely integrated into the broader community – is more important and more relevant than ever. Sidebars: Independence Cafe At-Home Services IRI, which is based in Queens, opened its first residential program certified by the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (then OMRDD) in 1988.  In the years since, it has developed a total of 17 certified programs as well as several supported apartments that now are home to 119 individuals.  While most of IRI’s programs are located in Queens, the agency also operates two residences in the Bronx and one on the way in Brooklyn.  It also provides Day Habilitation services in Queens, the Bronx and...

Research

Rent Burdens Rise as NYC Housing Market Recovers but Renters Do Not

Six years after the great recession,a combination of stagnant incomes and rising rents have created increasing affordability challenges for New York City renters, according to a new report released today by NYU's Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. 

Fundraising

Beyond Selling Tables Moving Your Board To A Year-Round Fundraising Model

Beyond Selling Tables   Moving Your Board To A Year-Round Fundraising ModelThe dreaded gala.  A good board works diligently to fill the tables, reaches its goal, celebrates long into the evening, then drops in exhaustion the day after.  Stir and repeat, a year hence.