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WHDC Financial Statement through December 31, 2014February 28, 2014
Nominate a Policy Activist and Advocates for Expanding Access, Equity and Opportunity in EducationFebruary 5, 2014
Tides 2014 JBL Awards (Tides is WHDC’s fiscal sponsor)
Tides is proud to announce that nominations are open for the 2014 Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy. Each year the JBL Awards honor policy activists and advocates by recognizing work that demonstrates innovative approaches to social change and a deep commitment to the public interest. The issues and geographic areas in which we make awards vary from year to year.
Named after Jane Bagley Lehman, one of the founders of Tides and board chair until her death in 1988, these awards honor the life and legacy of this unconventional philanthropist whose insatiable curiosity was matched by her willingness to take risks. Jane was inspired by the approaches and strategies of grassroots advocates and organizers and their willingness to challenge traditional assumptions. She also cared deeply that the results of these efforts were translated into public policy.
Expanding access, equity and opportunity in education
Since “A Nation at Risk,” through “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) and into the “Elementary and Secondary Education Act” (ESEA), our national conversation has centered on the importance of access to an excellent education for every child in America. It is uncontested that educational achievement is a leading indicator for an individual’s quality of life. Yet the challenges that confront our education system are far-reaching. These challenges include unequal access for diverse learners and underserved populations in K-12 education, through high school and college students graduating with inadequate mathematical, scientific, cross-cultural and linguistic skills needed to compete in the global workforce. These concerns are not new, but the ways in which we tackle these issues can be.
The 2014 JBL Awards will recognize grassroots advocates who are working diligently to bring about educational equity. Eligible nominees are activists who are working at a state level and collaborating with others to:
- Develop innovative approaches and systems
- Support responsive and effective teachers and leaders
- Identify and more deeply involve key stakeholders such as families, educators, and agencies
- Remove obstacles to making all levels of education affordable, accessible and attainable
The award recipients will be honored with up to $10,000 each.
Nominees will have organized and mobilized educational resources, stakeholders or personnel to affect statewide policy or education systems. They will be tireless advocates for educational equity and access. The nominee’s actions and attitude will be one that strives for accountability and excellence, all while promoting collaboration and inclusion.
The JBL Awards supports individual grassroots activists. We will not consider requests to fund organizations and institutions, lobbying, political or fraternal activities.
Nominations are due no later than Tuesday, April 1 to email@example.com.
To learn more about the nomination process and more about the JBL Awards, please visit
Please forward this link to any colleagues, funder partners or leaders in the field who you think may be good nominators!
Bookkeeping Independent Contractor for WHDCDecember 16, 2013
Request for Independent Contractor Services
Date of Announcement: December 16, 2013
West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) seeks an individual to provide bookkeeping services as an independent contractor effective January 2014 or earlier. The assignment will be renewable annually.
WHDC was incorporated in 2011 as a Delaware Corporation. It is the successor corporation to the former West Harlem Local Development Corporation. WHDC manages the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) that exists as an outcome of the expansion by Columbia University to build a campus in Manhattanville, West Harlem. The CBA contains provisions for cash and in kind benefits for the Community District 9 area of West Harlem that is payable over several years by Columbia University. Central among these are the $76million Benefit Fund, payable over 16 years with a current balance of 10 years remaining, and the $20 million Affordable Housing Fund payable in two installments with one paid. The first installment is currently held in escrow by the New York City Department of Law. To date, WHDC has paid nearly $3million in grants to 110 nonprofits to benefit the CD 9 area. In addition, it has paid nearly $1.3 million to provide summer jobs for 900 youth and 50 seniors from the benefit area.
WHDC’s Fiscal Sponsorship and Accounting
WHDC currently uses Tides Center as its fiscal agent. This means that WHDC initiates all disbursements but Tides makes all the actual payments and maintains the accounting ledger. WHDC’s intent is to create a shadow set of a general ledger in preparation for independent financial audits and reporting. WHDC does not maintain bank accounts of its own. The workers at WHDC are the employees of Tides Center. Tides Foundation is a related entity of Tides Center that manages the grant activities of WHDC. As such Tides Foundation maintains a cash balance and activity details separate from those of Tides Center.
WHDC has purchased FUND EZ Accounting Software to use for its general ledger system.
Duties of Bookkeeper
The bookkeeper will:
- Enter the original source documents into FUNDEZ according to the chart of accounts that WHDC (with the bookkeeper) will set up.
- Ensure that the source documents are the same as those that have been entered into the general ledger of Tides Center. While specific accounting and distribution may be different, there will be no more or less source document entries into FUNDEZ than are entered on a monthly basis by Tides Center.
- Reconcile the cash balance maintained by Tides Center and Tides Foundation to that of FUNDEZ.
- Prepare monthly and year-to-date financial statements from FUNDEZ and reconcile these to the financial statements from Tides Center and/or Tides Foundation.
- Maintain the records of the original source documents on a monthly basis or by vendor to facilitate audits.
- Undertake additional duties as required by the Executive Director of WHDC.
- Experience with using FUNDEZ general ledger system for at least five years.
- At least ten years working experience in an accounting environment.
- Ability to work with others and also alone.
- A minimum of High School/GED with at least 10 years working experience in an office setting employing computers.
- Detail-oriented and organized.
WHDC’s office is an open environment. Personal conversations and loudness should be held to a minimum. The bookkeeper will need to file documents and lift folders of documents. There will be no employee benefits paid to the bookkeeper.
Working Hours and Compensation
As an independent contractor, the bookkeeper will maintain own hours and submit to the Executive Director for payment via a monthly invoice. The independent contractor will be responsible for paying own social security and income taxes. We estimate that it will take 15 to 20 hours a month. The hourly fee will range between $35 and $50 depending on the experience, education, and skills of the bookkeeper.
Equal Opportunity Contractor
West Harlem Development Corporation, a project of Tides Center, is an equal opportunity contractor. Applicants and consultants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.
Interested applicants should send their resume and three references to:
The Executive Director
West Harlem Development Corporation
WHDC Announces Bold Community Development Goals for West HarlemDecember 13, 2013
West Harlem Development Corporation announced that the organization is working toward bold goals for West Harlem and is restructuring its granting process at a meeting where 250 residents and nonprofit directors were in attendance on December 12.
WHDC Executive Director Kofi A. Boateng laid out the organization’s strategy to tackle the community’s greatest problems of educational gaps, high unemployment and lack of resources to help vulnerable populations. Boateng laid out bold goals for the community and shared his plan to do so, which includes partnering with the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
If we all come together, think together, dream together, measure together, and deliver together, the future is very exciting,” Boateng said. “I strongly believe that when we create a transformative urban model that excites the guardians of resources, we shall not want for what will be needed to scale up the successful programs that WHDC-funded local nonprofits run to reach the entire community, first of CD 9 West Harlem, and then to the whole of Harlem.”
The audience received the plan well, often praising WHDC in the question and answer session of the meeting. Others implored the community to band together to achieve the goals.
WHDC wants all West Harlem children to attend universal pre-k, to have most West Harlem teens graduate high school and go on to complete their college education, adults find good paying jobs, streets well-lit and free of crime, affordable housing, health and wellness resources and all of the aspects that make for a vibrant community.
After a retreat in November, the WHDC board decided to focus on education, workforce and economic development, community facilities (including health), and housing. As examples, arts and culture should have education and workforce and economic development objectives. The environment, Transportation, and Historic Preservation can likewise have education and economic development goals.
The organization has set its sights high with such goals because West Harlem is a manageable community with a population of 110,000, is located in one of the wealthiest cities in the world and is surrounded by formidable educational institutions. WHDC will forge new partnerships and welcome all who will assist in kind, direction, and with resources.
The strategy sets measurable goals for the next 10 years and rallies several partners from the nonprofit, government, institutional, and philanthropic sectors for a West Harlem Collective Impact.
In setting community development goals, we will establish base line data in all categories. This exercise may provide opportunities for nonprofit organizations, youth and seniors to conduct surveys and collect data.
WHDC has already secured its first major partner, the Earth Institute of Columbia University, which brings international experience in setting and managing the millennium development goals for the United Nations. In just a few weeks working with them, Professor Sachs and his colleagues have demonstrated palpable excitement to work with us to build an urban model. As an example, they will assemble a data management team to start mapping the community, creating an interactive online feature for people to find resources.
WHDC will defer new grant activity until the second quarter of 2014. During the first quarter, WHDC will finalize the metrics that will be attached to the goals for new grants and the collaborations that will be required. We will use a combination of RFP and our traditional grant-making process to achieve the goals.
The WHDC board has approved a budget of $2 million for the combined RFP and grant activities for 2014. The RFPs and grants invitations will then go out to solicit applications from nonprofits in the community.
WHDC will hold grant applicants to meet the goals they set forth to maintain progress in improving economic opportunities and quality of life to sustain a vibrant West Harlem community, holding fast the mission of the organization.
WHDC is pleased to have given out grants totaling nearly $3 million to 110 organizations from inside and outside West Harlem, however, we cannot continue the mode of “sprinkling dollars” because in ten years, the benefit fund from Columbia University would run out without any obvious substantive achievements. In WHDC’s research, we engaged with people and organizations that are doing cutting edge sustainable development work locally and internationally to learn from them and to develop our own strategy for West Harlem.
“The $150 million in cash and in kind services from Columbia of the CBA is a down payment,” said Donald C. Notice, WHDC board chair. “The return will be how well we use it.”
To put things in perspective, if WHDC converted everything into cash with no administrative cost, no vision, no partners, the organization could pay $1,363, or $85 a year for 16 years, to every one of the 110,000 residents of CD9 West Harlem. The act is unimaginative and without legacy.
Instead, WHDC is taking on the challenge of transforming a community where everyone who needs any service to move up the social ladder is assisted in a perpetual and regenerative stream. WHDC is following the original vision of the community when Community Board 9 assessed its needs for the 197A Plan.
Goals in Education:
- Promote the availability of pre-K for 100% of eligible children in the community.
- Increase parental role in education.
- Social/emotional/healthy eating support services for 100% of school-age children.
- Quality after-school and summer employment programs for all with goal of raising Levels 3 and 4 standardized testing for 3rd and 8th graders, and Regency passing rates for most of community’s school children.
- High school graduation rates greater than 90 percent within four years for all.
- GED/Vocational (training/high school diploma for all non-graduating high school students
- Most college students graduate within four years.
- Productive employment/skills/graduate school training for all eligible.
Goals in Workforce/Economic Development
- Maintain community unemployment rate no higher than national unemployment rate
- Develop skills for low-income residents to earn living wages.
- Train for jobs of the future.
- Assess and provide job-readiness services for 100% of community residents at risk.
- Financial and growth resources for small businesses.
Goals in Community Facilities (Including Health)
- Elimination/Reduction of environmental diseases.
- Comprehensive medical care and wellness services for all.
- Positive intervention outcomes for dislocated youth, formerly incarcerated, seniors and all other vulnerable populations.
- Availability of community facilities for multipurpose use.
Goals in Housing (To be funded by the affordable housing fund)
- Displacement/Harassment Prevention.
- Preservation and increase of affordable housing.
- Quality of life assistance for seniors.
West Harlem Development Corporation Holds Community Holiday Celebration and Toy GiveawayDecember 7, 2013
West Harlem Development Corporation’s Community Holiday Celebration featured some of West Harlem’s finest talent in dancing, singing and spoken word at Our Lady of Lourdes School Auditorium. About 400 people, including more than 200 children, from West Harlem attended the variety show.
“What a wonderful event sponsored by the West Harlem Development Corporation,” said Yuien Chin, the director of Harlem One Stop who attended the event. “I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a holiday Christmas party and toy giveaway that have pulled as many people as were in the room. The auditorium was jam packed. The crowd represented all the diversity of this neighborhood. The programming was fabulous, representing all the ethnic groups in the neighborhood.”
Mama Foundation for the Arts Gospel for Teens Choir opened the variety show with their powerful and joyful voices. A pair of ballet dancers from Harlem Dance Theatre performed the Arabian Dance from the Nutcracker.
The show featured acts that reflected the rich cultural diversity of the area, including Centro Civico Cultural Dominicano’s folkloric dancers and New York African Chorus Ensemble’s vocalists.
Children’s performances enriched the show with third graders from P.S. 368 in Hamilton Heights singing in Mandarin, 25 children from National Dance Institute and young Wendy Hilliard Foundation gymnasts performing “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” from The Great Gatsby.
The performers were from organizations that received grants during WHDC’s first and second grant cycles this year. Most of the groups offer arts and culture educational programs for West Harlem children. Some foster the arts through performances in the Community Board 9 area.
Los Corintios, a band that calls Our Lady of Lourdes home, closed the show playing Christmas carols in Spanish with merengue and Salsa beats.
At the end of the show, Santa gave out toys to the children. McGruff the Crime Dog even made an appearance.
Training and Assistance For Minority, Women (MWBEs) and Small Construction Trade Businesses to Work on the Manhattanville Campus Construction Project.October 31, 2013
West Harlem Development Corporation awards $1 million to 27 nonprofitsOctober 11, 2013
West Harlem Development Corporation awarded $1 million in grants to 27 organizations that will provide services to the community in the areas of education, arts and culture, health services, housing and economic development.
The grants will benefit thousands of residents living in the boundaries of Community District 9 and will fulfill WHDC’s mission to promote increased economic opportunities and quality of life to sustain a vibrant West Harlem community. The awards are WHDC’s second grant cycle in 2013.
WHDC announced the grants at its Second Grant Award Ceremony Thursday night at Our Children’s Foundation. The grants awarded represented five areas of community need:
- Education — 11 grants will enhance the learning of children and adults, including a science and math program that teaches robotics to middle- and high-schoolers.
- Arts and Culture — 7 grants will continue to fuel West Harlem’s heritage in the arts, including a program to inspire youth by exposing them to the works of renowned African-American artist Romare Bearden.
- Community Facilities — 4 grants will aid in the health and social well-being of the community, including a program that allows one home care worker to look after the needs of several seniors in one housing complex.
- Workforce and Economic Development — 4 grants will fund business development and job training and placement initiatives, including a program that trains residents to become pharmacy technicians.
- Housing — 1 grant that will fund free legal representation and protection against landlord harassment to residents of Single Room Occupancy and other low-income housing.
“These 27 grant recipients together bring a holistic approach to improving the quality of life in West Harlem,” said WHDC Executive Director Kofi A. Boateng. “The programs WHDC funded will help all residents from our littlest toddlers to our community’s venerable senior citizens.”
WHDC accented the diversity that defines West Harlem by funding one organization to establish a central hub to disseminate information and provide services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community while continuing to address youth violence by funding a tour of an anti-gun violence production to six West Harlem high schools.
“Our grant recipients represent organizations tackling prevalent issues while finding new ways to enhance the life of residents,” said WHDC Board Chairman Donald C. Notice.
This installment brings WHDC’s funding of community grants to $3 million to 110 nonprofits in 2013. WHDC gave out $2 million in March to 83 organizations, many of whom have leveraged those funds to garner more.
Four of WHDC’s first-round grant recipients provided musical entertainment at the ceremony: Harlem Chamber Players, Mama Foundation for the Arts’ Gospel for Teens Choir, Harlem Opera Theater and Impact Repertory Theater. Another inaugural recipient, Harlem Seeds, made healthy side dishes for the light dinner served while Project Y.E.A.H. supplied a large-scale mosaic.
After the Grant Award Ceremony, WHDC held a Public Meeting to discuss its successes and challenges during the past year as well as its future prospects. Afterward, Mr. Boateng took questions from the public.
In addition to the $3 million in grant awards, WHDC’s successes to date include:
- 900 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) positions funded for a total of $1.2 million
- 50 Summer Senior Employment Program positions funded in a pilot program
- An anti-violence rally that brought Grant Houses and Manhattanville together during a turbulent summer.
- A free and cutting-edge grant-writing workshop for 150 organizations to hone their skills
- The distribution of Columbia University’s 75 summer camp scholarships to local children for three years
- Positive conclusion to the Attorney General’s inquiry into the predecessor organization, WHLDC
- Transition from WHLDC to WHDC
- First-ever march in the African American Day Parade
- Meetings among first-round grantees to monitor activities and promote collaborations
WHDC’s Second Grant Award Ceremony and Public Meeting on Oct. 10September 26, 2013
WHDC in African American Day ParadeSeptember 19, 2013
The Marching Cobras Southern-style marching band’s performance exuberantly announced WHDC to the crowds every step of the parade. The band had parade-goers dancing along the length of the route, along Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard from 111th Street to 136th Street.
West Harlem Development Corporation grant recipients marched with the band, representing Arts and Culture, Education, Community Facilities and Economic Development programs funded by WHDC. Representatives from WHDC-funded Summer Youth Employment and Summer Senior Employment programs also attended, carrying banners and signs.
Mama Foundation for the Arts’ Gospel For Teens Choir, which is also funded by WHDC, rounded out the contingent with angelic, yet booming, voices that did not need amplification above the noise of the crowd. The choir director made sure to punctuate their performance with gravity-defying backbends.
Our grant recipients not only enjoyed the parade, they took the opportunity to pass out flyers about their programs as part of their outreach efforts. WHDC was proud to be a participant and supporter of the 44th Annual African American Day Parade. For more photos, go to our Facebook page or our Photo Gallery.
WHDC to Announce Second Round of Grant Recipients in Late SeptemberSeptember 6, 2013
West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) will announce the second round of grant awards around the end of September. Please keep checking back for the latest news and information about the newest cycle.