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

11/29
Hamptons Juried Art Show Announces Opening Date 11/29

12/02 - 12/05
AHRC Suffolk’s Annual Holiday Fair Is Coming Up!

12/02
KAFSC One Day Cafe Fundraiser

12/02
The Nonprofit Sector Resource Institute-Seton Hall University Workshops

12/02
2014 New York City Self-Sufficiency Standard Report FORUM

12/03
JEWISH HOME LIFECARE HOSTS SPECIAL SCREENING OF “ADVANCED STYLE”

12/04
Adelphi University School of Social Work Hudson Valley Center

12/04
The Center for Developmental Disabilities, Inc. 56th Annual Dinner

12/07
Astor Services for Children & Families’ Annual St. Nicholas Holiday Fair

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. Each clinic that receives a VAP award will be assigned a “strategic planner,” who would be a financial specialist, to help them to complete their final application, to include measurable outcomes. The ongoing achievement of measurable metr...

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

"I am Overhead"

“I am Overhead”, a new video from the San Antonio Nonprofit Council, features former executive directors discussing how what funders consider “overhead” are crucial functions of a sustainable agency.  Our thanks to the Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA) for bringing it to our attention.       Click here to watch the video.

Grants

Four Local Orgs Get Grants from Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins

Four local charities are among the beneficiaries of grants recently awarded by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF), comprised of local franchise owners and Dunkin' Brands corporate employees.  The foundation recently announced awards totalling $205,300 to 14 organizations in the six-state region.

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

LIFT Elects Board Chair and Executive Committee

LIFT Elects Board Chair and Executive CommitteeLegal Information for Families Today (LIFT) announces the election of Anthony D. Schlesinger as Chair of the Board of Directors. Schlesinger, a retired partner from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, was elected at LIFT’s Annual Meeting on September 16, 2014.  Also elected to the Executive Committee were William C. Silverman, Esq., as Vice Chair, Glenn R. Pollner, Esq., as Treasurer, and Karen A. Greenstein, Esq., as Secretary.

Capitol Region

CEO Breaks Ground on Urban Training Center

CEO Breaks Ground on Urban Training CenterWith shovel in hand, Katherine Maciol, President of CEO, joined staff, board members, and agency supporters last week to break ground on the agency’s newest building  project: the Urban Training Center.

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.