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Beyond Profits

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Beyond Profits

January 30th, 2013

This week on Business Matters, we talk about what it means for businesses to go beyond profits.  What can happen when businesses decide to give back to the community?  What benefits do companies perceive may arise from philanthropic work?   How can “doing good” affect employee retention rates?  In what ways do philanthropies themselves benefit from corporate involvement?  What are the preferred ways for companies to be involved in community organizations?

We discover some surprising statistics about the amount of money, investment in volunteerism, and the number of corporations involved in giving back to their communities, and the reasons “giving back” is important to business.  We hear the interesting story of a philanthropic project offered by Hewlett Packard to economically depressed areas, noting the many benefits and some pitfalls of this corporate-community collaborative project.  Then we discuss the benefits to communities and businesses when corporations offer support to local not-for-profit organizations, including employee retention, community resiliency, and long-term interactions with consumers.  We also hear suggestions for business leaders who are interested in offering such support.

UNH Executive Director Nancy Wackstein spoke to Business Matters Radio about corporate responsibility from the perspective of non-profit organizations.

Listen to her 13 minute interview here! (bottom of the page)

Nancy Wackstein Responds to Governor Cuomo's State of the State Speech

Thursday, January 10, 2013

70 West 36th Street, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10018
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Statement of Nancy Wackstein

Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses

On Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Speech

January 9th, 2013

Contact:  Annetta Seecharran (212) 967-0322 x. 329

Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address presented a bold and positive vision for New York.  We applaud the Governor for recognizing the crucial role of communities and the non-profit agencies who serve them.  As we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, non-profit agencies including settlement houses played a critical role serving the neighborhoods impacted by the storm.

We are particularly pleased that the Governor included the following items in the State of the State:

  • A robust program for full-day Pre-Kindergarten in low-income communities that will finally make the proven educational benefits of Pre-Kindergarten accessible to working families.
  • Emphasizing the value of expanded learning time which must now be seen as a component of a sound basic education.
  • House NY- a plan to address the housing crisis felt across the State through the creation of affordable housing.
  • Proposals to improve public safety by closing gun loopholes and strengthening gun safety laws as well as a call to end stop and frisk policing.
  • A proposal to increase the minimum wage so that hard working families can afford to live in New York.
  • "CORe Neighborhoods"- an initiative to promote the value of neighborhood-based service delivery.

We look forward to working with both Governor Cuomo and the State legislature to realize this vision for New York’s communities.  


Settlement Houses Are an Essential Component of the Social Safety Net

Friday, January 04, 2013

UNH was asked by IBM to participate on their “Citizen IBM” blog, and our Executive Director Nancy Wackstein posted an entry, linked below.  It focuses on the important role settlement houses play in providing a  social safety net, 100 years ago and today. 

Read the post here>>

Campaign for Summer Jobs Testimony Before the NYC Council Committee on Youth Services and Community Development

Friday, November 30, 2012
Testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Youth Services and
New York City Council Committee on Community Development
Oversight Hearing: The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Requests for Proposals

Gearing Up for Election Day 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Today, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day! To help those out who are planning a voter registration drive, or are trying to get registered before the October 12 deadline, we've created these resources!

1. UNH Guide to Voter Registration
2. Voting in New York City - Frequently Asked Questions

See you at the polls! 

Pictured: UNH staff and volunteers run a voter 
registration stand in 2009. 

City Projects Fewer Jobs for Youth

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Brianna Cook, 14 and a resident of Hamilton Heights, is trying to use her summer days to plow through Jane Eyre and Angela's Ashes — two books the rising 10th grader needs to complete by the start of the school year. But, if she had her way, she would be getting work experience at a day camp on the Upper West Side.

"They go on a trip everyday, so I thought it would be fun — instead of staying in the house or staying in the camp — they go out and see different things," she said. "I was really looking forward to having a job."

Cook applied to work at the camp through the city's Summer Youth Employment Program, run by the Department of Youth and Community Development, but didn’t get selected. Kids are chosen by lottery, with the exception of a certain number of slots set aside for vulnerable youth, such as young people in foster care or who are homeless, for minimum wage jobs.

Listen and read to the full story; UNH Policy Analyst Kevin Douglas contributes>>

BronxTalk speaks to UNH and BronxWorks on the City Budget Agreement

Thursday, June 28, 2012

BronxTalk hosted UNH Policy Analyst Norah Yahya and Director of Development at UNH Member BronxWorks Ken Smalls to speak about the $150 million budget restorations to child care and after school programs in the FY 2013 budget. 

View the conversation here>>