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Kenyan Woman Sleeps With More than 300 Men (So far) to Exact Revenge on Man Who Infected Her with HIV

March 24, 2014
Kenyan Woman Sleeps With More than 300 Men (So far) to Exact Revenge on Man Who Infected Her with HIV

A Kenyan woman who claims a man raped and infected her with HIV at a party recently admitted to sleeping with more than 300 men in revenge, the Kenyan Daily Post reports. The woman, who remains anonymous, shared her story through her Facebook page “Kenyan Scandals.” “I’m 19 and a 2nd year here at Kabarak…

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COLA Hopes Still Alive in Budget Negotiations

March 21, 2014
COLA Hopes Still Alive in Budget Negotiations

Nonprofit leaders were in Albany yesterday making their case with legislators and other State officials for inclusion of Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) in the upcoming State budget for FY2014-15 which begins on April 1st.   And, for the first time in several years, they are encouraged to find that COLAs are still on the table…

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Human Services Community Welcomes New City Officials

March 18, 2014
Human Services Community Welcomes New City Officials

New York City’s nonprofit human services community recently hosted a reception to welcome the newly appointed members of Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s administration.  The event which took place on March 5th, was hosted by Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Human Services Council of New York, UJA Federation of…

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Mayor’s Fund Launches Drive to Support Victims of Building Blast

March 17, 2014
Mayor’s Fund Launches Drive to Support Victims of Building Blast

NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, Chair of the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, has announced the launch of a fundraising drive that will address the ongoing needs of those affected by the East Harlem explosion and building collapse on March 12. The funds will support a strategic relief plan with three primary components:…

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Outreach Training Institute Offers CASAC Training Scholarships

March 14, 2014
Outreach Training Institute Offers CASAC Training Scholarships

Outreach Training Institute is offering scholarships and job placement assistance for its Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) training program to those who qualify as low income and meet certain other criteria. Through a grant, those unemployed or earning less than $20,000 per year are eligible to enroll in the program which has locations…

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Senate Budget Supports COLAs, NYC UPK, Afterschool and More

March 14, 2014
Senate Budget Supports COLAs, NYC UPK, Afterschool and More

The New York Senate released its own “One House” budget proposal late last night.  The bill includes a number of specifics which human service provider agencies are likely to applaud. High on the list is the Senate’s support for a “partial Human Services Cost of Living Adjustment and a Medicaid Trend Factor increase targeted at…

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Assembly “One House” Budget Bill Adds Funds for Human Services

March 13, 2014
Assembly “One House” Budget Bill Adds Funds for Human Services

The New York State Assembly released its “One House” Budget Bill yesterday, staking out its own starting position on upcoming three-way negotiations with the State Senate and Governor Andrew Cuomo.   The bill includes funding for a broad range of programs and initiatives that human service providers had been hoping for – but certainly not everything.…

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Mayor Names Four Criminal Justice Appointments

March 12, 2014
Mayor Names Four Criminal Justice Appointments

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced four key criminal justice appointments yesterday – including several who are well known to or long-time members of the local nonprofit human services community. Ana Bermúdez is being promoted to Commissioner of the NYC Department of Probation, an agency which has dramatically increased the number and importance of its contractual…

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Hope in the Face of Despair: No COLAs, Year Six

March 11, 2014
Hope in the Face of Despair: No COLAs, Year Six

Providers are seeing a faint flicker of hope based on reports that the New York State Assembly will include a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for human service provider agencies in this week’s expected “one-house budget bill”.   The Assembly’s support, however, comes in stark contrast to opposition from Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose Executive Budget…

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Heat Doesn’t Happen by Magic! No COLAs, Year Six

March 11, 2014
Heat Doesn’t Happen by Magic! No COLAs, Year Six

While it isn’t a pure example of inflationary costs, this year’s winter – with a prolonged period of freezing temperatures, at least according to recent standards – does provide some insight into the kinds of costs that both nonprofits – and the men and women who work for them – are struggling to manage after…

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Q&A with Matthew Okebiyi, Founder & CEO of African American Planning Commission

March 10, 2014
Q&A with Matthew Okebiyi, Founder & CEO of African American Planning Commission

Matthew Okebiyi is the Founder & CEO of African American Planning Commission, a New York City-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, committed to addressing homelessness and the related issues of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, shortage of affordable housing, and unemployment in the communities in which we live and serve. Matt’s first foray into social service came during his…

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