The latest from New York Community Trust ... Johnson Amendment ... Henry Street Settlement

Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson
Former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson
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The Johnson Amendment is named after former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson for the work he did as a U.S. senator that led to the rule which limits political activity by nonprofits.

The latest from New York Community Trust ... Johnson Amendment ... Henry Street Settlement

Updates from nonprofits across New York state.
July 23, 2018

Nonprofit advocates are calling for nonprofits to contact U.S. senators about an upcoming vote. The U.S. House recently passed legislation that would undermine the Johnson Amendment, which limits the political activity of nonprofits. A nonprofit coalition has all the details about what can be done, via the website of the National Council of Nonprofits.

"Large national nonprofits could theoretically be turned into super PACs with candidates writing off 'donations' to their own campaigns,” Emily Cote, vice president of communications and engagement at the New York Council of Nonprofits, wrote for New York Nonprofit Media in May. “Political money would be harder to follow making accurate campaign reporting more difficult. And the public, already fatigued by information overload, would now be forced to try and rectify a nonprofit’s political leanings with their own.”


Fourteen nonprofits have been chosen as finalists for the New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The finalists will have a second round application to show off their best practices in eight areas of nonprofit excellence, according to a July 20 press release.

Three finalists will then move forward to go for the grant prize. An overall total of up to $50,000 in cash prices and full scholarships to Columbia Business School leadership programs will be at stake at the Best Nonprofit Conference on Dec. 6.

  • Abbott House
  • Center for Urban Pedagogy (Brooklyn)
  • Clay Art Center (Westchester)
  • Education Through Music (Manhattan)
  • Day One (Manhattan)
  • Fiver Children's Foundation (Manhattan)
  • GallopNYC (Brooklyn)
  • Grand Street Settlement (Manhattan)
  • Jericho Project (Manhattan)
  • Literacy Inc. (Manhattan)
  • Safe Horizon (Manhattan)
  • Stoked Mentoring Inc. (Brooklyn)
  • St. Nicks Alliance (Brooklyn)
  • The Osborne Association (Bronx)

NYN Media took a look earlier this year at what one finalist, Day One, was doing during Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month in February. One event at St. Francis College in Brooklyn showed how countering popular culture depictions of dangerous dating practices was playing a big role.


The nonprofit St. Catherine’s Center for Children has won a $2.5 million grant. This funding from the New York State Department of Health will pay for an extension of the St. Catherine’s Project Host, a program launched in 2014, according to a press release.


The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene continues its recent blitz of approved contracts. This includes a $3.77 million contract and a $9.5 million contract that went to Institute for Community Living to deliver mental health services for adults , according to the City Record. Hispanic Aids Forum received a $7.5 million contract to fund AIDS services and emergency and transitional housing. Goddard Riverside Community Center and Center for Urban Community Services were also in the action, with a $1.58 million contract and a $741,000 contract respectively to deliver mental health services for adults.


A bit of history was in plain sight at Henry Street Settlement:


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Zach Williams
Zach Williams
is a staff reporter at New York Nonprofit Media and sister publication City & State.