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Calendar

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

01/26 - 03/02
United Hospice of Rockland Offers Grieving Support Groups

02/26
The Urban League of Essex County- Making an Impact Awards Dinner

02/26
City Council Speaker, Borough President among this year’s NYFAC Foundation honorees

02/26 - 06/20
Free Events for New Yorkers Assess Eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

03/02 - 03/13
SAGEWorks Employment Book Camp​

03/03
25th Anniversary Benefit for Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP)

03/04
Inwood House Gala 2015, Celebrating 185 years of Courage, Inspiration & Determination.

03/04
FPWA State Advocacy Day

03/04
Register TODAY! 5th Annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit 3/4/15

Points Of View

Awareness, Education Key to Helping HumanTrafficking Survivors

by Commissioner Roberto Velez, New York State Office of Children and Family Services What comes to mind when you think of “human trafficking,” a form of modern-day slavery that exploits children, youth, and adults who are coerced, manipulated or forced to perform labor or sexual services? Are trafficked individuals handcuffed or in chains? Are they a particular ethnicity, gender, or age? Does the scene bring you to a foreign, unfamiliar country?Traditional ideas and depictions of trafficking may give you specific ideas about what it looks like, but the reality is vastly different from the images we often see on television or in films. Human trafficking is happening every day across New York State, in our communities and on our streets. Traffickers don’t discriminate: they target people of all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds. Traffickers rarely use handcuffs or chains -- instead, they control their victims with threats, psychological manipulation, and violence. While numbers...

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

A Drop in the Bucket

A Drop in the BucketThere are a lot of things in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s FY2016 Executive Budget proposal for the human services community to like. Individual program sectors can point to various initiatives -- proposals to increase the State’s minimum wage and raise the age at which youth are considered adults in the criminal justice system, creation of a new NYNY IV Supportive Housing program, and others -- as important ways to address the needs of vulnerable New Yorkers. However, when it comes to a key issue impacting the nonprofit human service system as a whole – funds to address years of fiscal neglect through failure to provide regular Cost of Living Adjustments – advocates and providers are united in their view that the Governor’s Budget falls woefully short. ...

NYNP-TV

"Pull Your Pants Up!"

Pull Your Pants Up! is a rap video written and performed by Kids-Helping-Kids, a mentoring program at HealthPeople Inc.  The video was recorded and produced with the help of Leslie Gore, 1960s singing star and LGBT rights advocate, shortly before her death on February 16, 2015.

Grants

The Case of the Disappearing Funders

by Laurence A. Pagnoni The amount of myths and misinformation about the non-profit sector is staggering.  Case in point: many of us tend to assume that “The money is out there” and “All you have to do is ask for it.” Really?  For one thing, fewer foundations these days accept unsolicited proposals.  For another, there’s only so much juice to get out of a grants program.  One recent client who suffered from an irrational exuberance about the power of grants had a $4.5 million capital need and believed that grants were the answer!  Meanwhile, of the more than 80,000 foundations in the U.S., two-thirds have endowments of less than $1 million.  According to the Stanford Social Innovation Review (January 2, 2014), the median is actually $500,000. The problem is not disappearing funders, but understanding what you can realistically expect from them and showing up well prepared to ask for their support. How can you be more strategic about finding funders? You can sharp...

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

Dean Videka Named Chair of NYCON Board

Dean Videka Named Chair of NYCON BoardThe New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) have elected Dean Lynn Videka Board Chair. With its nearly 3,000 members, NYCON provides a collective policy voice for the nonprofit sector, helps inform philanthropic giving, and conducts research to demonstrate relevance and impact. Videka will be the first board chair from New York City.

Capitol Region

Berkshire Taconic's Dowley plans to Step Down

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced that Jennifer Dowley has informed the board of her plan to step down as President at the end of 2015 after nearly 17 years in her role. Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation builds stronger communities and helps donors make a difference through charitable giving in northwest Litchfield County, CT; Berkshire County, MA; and Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County, NY. Each year, the foundation distributes over $8 million through grants and scholarships to nonprofits and individuals in the arts and education, health and human services and environmental protection. As Berkshire Taconic’s third and longest-serving president, Dowley has overseen the foundation’s growth from $18 million to $118 million in assets, while the number of funds grew from 161 to 550, its full-time staff doubled and several of its core focus areas—including early childhood education, education enrichment programs, affordable housing and nonprof...

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

East Side House Settlement: Education, Innovation and Results

East Side House Settlement:  Education, Innovation and Results You begin to understand what East Side House is all about when you compare the agency’s name with the location of its headquarters and core operating programs in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. “We were established in 1891 on the East Side… 76th Street and York Avenue,” explains John Sanchez who has led the organization as Executive Director for 25 years.  For the next 70 years, East Side House served the needs of residents in Yorkville – many of them immigrants.  In the early 1960s, however, “the East Side was becoming… well, the East Side,” says Sanchez, “and the board began looking for a different community with greater needs in which to work.” ...

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

GivingTuesday: Growing and Maturing Year by Year

by Remy Tumin From an online social media campaign to an international movement, the third annual GivingTuesday this year matured into a day of philanthropic activism. While some nonprofits in New York saw minimal impact on their bottom lines, many agreed that the importance of engaging with new constituents outweighed fundraising goals. “The movement became about so much more than fundraising,” said Asha Curran, Director of the Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y. “It was always about more than just fundraising but we saw that it really solidified and realized the potential collective action of social media as a positive impact.”