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Walmart Gives $22M in NY and Draws City Council Criticism

June 4, 2014
Walmart Gives $22M in NY and Draws City Council Criticism

Late last week, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation announced that they gave more than $22.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions to charitable organizations throughout New York over the last fiscal year. Across the country, the company and its foundation donated more than $1.2 billion to non-profit groups. In response, they have drawn criticism from…

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Mayor Bill de Blasio forms panel for mentally ill in criminal justice system

June 3, 2014
Mayor Bill de Blasio forms panel for mentally ill in criminal justice system

The de Blasio administration yesterday formed a Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System with the mandate of developing a plan to transform the city’s criminal justice system, so that it addresses the needs of individuals with behavioral and mental health issues more appropriately and effectively. The task force will recommend and…

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Nonprofits Look for Varying State Actions as Nonprofit Revitalizaton Act Deadlines Approach

June 2, 2014
Nonprofits Look for Varying State Actions as Nonprofit Revitalizaton Act Deadlines Approach

As the July 1st deadline for compliance with new provisions in the Nonprofit Revitalization Act nears, nonprofit leadership groups are expressing varying levels of concern while simultaneously hoping that New York State will take action to mitigate one particularly problematic unintended consequence of the law. The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) has been arguing…

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Advocates Seek Added Funds to Fight Elder Abuse

May 27, 2014
Advocates Seek Added Funds to Fight Elder Abuse

“There is no excuse for elder abuse!” say advocates in an appeal to New York City Council Members for an additional $4 million to support community-based efforts to address the growing problem. The Council of Senior Centers and Services (CSCS), in collaboration with more than 40 other organizations working on elder abuse issues, outlined their…

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NYC Unveils Four-Part Plan to Reduce Homelessness

May 20, 2014
NYC Unveils Four-Part Plan to Reduce Homelessness

New York City outlined a multi-faceted plan yesterday to reduce homelessness, help transition homeless families from shelter into permanent housing, and improve shelter conditions. Together, in collaboration with agencies like the Human Resources Administration, the steps are designed to help New York City reduce the number of families facing homelessness. The four part plan includes…

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NYS Among Worst in “Prompt” Payment and Contracting

May 19, 2014
NYS Among Worst in “Prompt” Payment and Contracting

New York State ranks among the ten worst in the nation when it comes to key contracting and prompt payment indicators for nonprofit service providers. Those were the findings of a new national survey — National Study of Nonprofit-Government Contracts and Grants 2013: State Profiles — released by The Urban Institute in partnership with the…

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Judge Wants LICH Bidders to Work on Deal to Keep Facility Alive

May 16, 2014
Judge Wants LICH Bidders to Work on Deal to Keep Facility Alive

On Thursday, Brooklyn Judge Johnny Lee Baynes came up with a novel solution to save Long Island College Hospital. He asked lawyers for the Department of Health, the State University of New York, the unions and six community groups, along with the three competitive bidders, to settle their differences and all work together to come…

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City Council Approves Mixed-Use Overhaul of Domino Site

May 15, 2014
City Council Approves Mixed-Use Overhaul of Domino Site

The City Council has given their okay to the proposal to transform the Domino Sugar factory site. Lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of the deal following weeks of negotiations with the developers. Council members wanted to ensure that there was a sufficient amount of affordable housing at the redevelopment site. Mayor Bill de…

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Legislation Introduced to Delay Nonprofit Revitalization Act Requirements

May 13, 2014
Legislation Introduced to Delay Nonprofit Revitalization Act Requirements

The New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the “Act”) increased the audit thresholds for reports filed with the Charities Bureau. The effective date of the initial increase is July 1, 2014. Many questions were raised with respect to what filings this increase would impact. The Charities Bureau recently released guidance that the new thresholds…

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Support continues to grow for #BringBackOurGirls campaign

May 10, 2014
Support continues to grow for #BringBackOurGirls campaign

The movement to raise awareness and ultimately secure the return of hundreds of kidnapped Nigerian girls continues to gain momentum both online and off, thanks to the efforts of celebrities and political leaders alike, reports Yahoo News. Anne Hathaway attended a protest in Los Angeles. She and her husband, Adam Shulman, reportedly surprised the protestors,…

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Mayor’s Executive Budget Draws Praise from Providers & Advocates

May 9, 2014
Mayor’s Executive Budget Draws Praise from Providers & Advocates

Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday presented his NYC Executive Budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015 which begins on July 1. The $73.9 billion budget provides funding for the Mayor’s signature campaign initiatives, including full-day Pre-Kindergarten, afterschool opportunities for middle school children, an expansion of affordable housing and more. “Budgets aren’t just columns of numbers,” the…

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