NYN Media’s Webinar Series: Nonprofit Resources: Operating Remotely During COVID-19

May 21, 2020  
2:30PM - 3:30PM
Event Description

The rise of the recent coronavirus identified the need that enterprises must increase organizational resilience and help ensure community well-being by embracing virtual collaboration tools and practices. Recently your nonprofit likely decided to perform all work virtually in response to the spread of the virus. What does this mean for your business? Is this a short-term anomaly or a long-term trend? How does your organization continue to work and create value in this new environment while fulfilling its mission?


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JoAnne Page
President & CEO, The Fortune Society
JoAnne Page has more than 45 years’ experience in criminal justice, with the last 30+ at the helm of The Fortune Society, a non-profit organization that serves and advocates for formerly incarcerated individuals and people with criminal justice involvement. Under Ms. Page’s stewardship, The Fortune Society has been recognized by researchers and policy makers as a pioneer in assisting former prisoners to reintegrate into society. With a $35 million annual budget and staff of over 300 (more than half of whom are formerly incarcerated), the organization serves more than 7,000 people every year through programs including permanent, supportive and scatter site housing, mental health services, education, employment services, substance abuse treatment, counseling, family services and HIV/AIDS health services. Fortune’s innovative and successful initiatives have become models for similar programs across the country. This includes the opening of the groundbreaking Fortune Academy (also known as The Castle), the nationally recognized supportive residence housing for men and women released from prison into homelessness. With the Academy, Ms. Page took an abandoned drug den in West Harlem and turned it into a place of hope and understanding. In 2010, Fortune opened “Castle Gardens,” a mixed-use, affordable and green apartment complex located next to the Academy. The 110,000 square-foot building provides 114 apartments for formerly incarcerated individuals and low-income families from the local community. It also offers 20,000 square feet of service space.
Sheena Wright
President & CEO, United Way of NYC
Sheena Wright is the first woman to lead United Way of New York City (UWNYC) in its nearly 80-year history. Part of the United Way worldwide network, UWNYC is a trusted partner to more than 300 community-based organizations, foundations, corporations, and city and state government agencies and aligns and activates them around a shared agenda to tackle the complex challenges of low-income New Yorkers. Sheena took the reins at UWNYC the day that Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. She met that challenge, raising $11 million in disaster relief. In her tenure as President and CEO, Sheena has lead a transformation of the organization—actualizing a Collective Impact strategy, and refocusing UWNYC’s support of low-income New Yorkers towards self-sufficiency. In 2013, Wright spearheaded ReadNYC, the flagship initiative of UWNYC to strengthen families and improve grade-level reading by third grade in our City’s most-challenged communities. Prior to joining UWNYC, she served as President and CEO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation. Sheena is a graduate of Columbia University, received her law degree from Columbia Law School. She was born and raised in the South Bronx and now lives in Harlem, New York with her 3 sons and daughter.
John Kastan
Interim CEO, The Jewish Board
The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, one of New York City’s leading social services nonprofits, has named John Kastan, currently serving as Chief Program Officer of the organization, to the role of interim CEO. Kastan will succeed David Rivel, who is retiring after nine years at the organization. John Kastan had been Chief Program Officer at The Jewish Board since April 2015. Overseeing all four divisions of the agency - community services, children's residential, adult and family residential, and services for the intellectually and developmentally disabled -- John took a leadership role in the transition and integration of the FEGS program portfolio, clients, and staff when FEGS was absorbed into The Jewish Board. During his tenure, he has been instrumental in the rollout of The Jewish Board's electronic health record, enhanced cross-agency collaboration in service delivery, launched innovative programs such as the widely admired 100 Schools Project that delivered mental health support to schools, and oversaw the opening of several new programs and homes for the intellectually and developmentally disabled. Previously, John was Sr. Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at PSCH, Vice President for Behavioral Health at St. Vincent's Hospital, Associate Hospital Director at Mt. Sinai, and Assistant Commissioner for Planning at the NYC Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services. John is a Board member of The National Council for Behavioral Health, Immediate Past President of the Board of The NYS Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, a member of The NYS Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council, appointed by the Governor, and a member of the NYC Crisis Response and Prevention Task Force. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center and has taught at New York Medical College, Columbia University, and New York University. He has published and given presentations on program development, strategic planning, and other topics in behavioral health.
Ethan Kahn, Partner, Not-For-Profit Organizations Practice Leader
Mazars USA LLP
Ethan has more than 20 years of experience delivering audit, accounting, tax, and extensive consulting services to executives, senior management, and Boards of Directors in the not for profit, government-funded and healthcare sectors. Ethan is particularly adept at assisting clients with strategic planning, risk assessment, compliance, due diligence, audit preparation, government audit assistance, oversight of fiscal departments, and compliance and quality reviews. Ethan and his team are considered experts on compliance with Federal, State and City funding regulations as well as their cost reports such as the Consolidated Fiscal Report (“CFR”). His record of helping clients is augmented by his sophisticated yet warm approach in dealing with the ‘big picture’ and the technical aspects. He has provided testimony before the New York State Senate relating to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act and been active in IRS modifications for non-profit filings. He also has experience as a CFO and Executive Director of non-profits. He understands how to practically operate an organization. As the key executive and finance trainer for the NYC Mayor’s office, Ethan also presents at TFC, the NYC Bar Association, Hostos Community College, Hofstra College, the New York Law School and at other venues. Prior to joining Mazars in 2014, Ethan founded and managed an accounting and advisory practice, and served the not for profit industry at other regional firms. Ethan graduated from Touro College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
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