Monday, February 17, 2020

Roosevelt Island Non Profit Organizations Interviewing With RIRA Committee For Slice Of RIOC $150 Thousand Public Purpose Funds Pie February 18 & !9 - Applicant Calls For Changes In Pitting Groups Against Each Other In Selection Process

According to the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC), Public Purpose Funds (PPF) interviews take place Tuesday, February 18 and Wednesday February 19. Below is the  PPF interview schedule.

Interviews will take place over two nights in Good Shepherd Community Center - 543 Main Street. Applicants will have 20 minutes to present the projects for which Public Purpose Funds (PPF) are being requested.

The interviews will be held according to the schedule below:

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Main Street Theater Dance Alliance: 7:00 PM - 7:20 PM
R.I. Visual Arts Association: 7:20 PM - 7:40 PM
New York Foundation for the Arts: 7:40 PM - 8:00 PM
Open Spaces – iDig2Learn: 8:00 PM - 8:20 PM
Island Kids: 8:40 PM - 9:00 PM

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

R.I. Disabled Association: 7:00 PM - 7:20 PM
Carter Burden Network Inc.: 7:20 PM - 7:40 PM
PS/IS 217 PTA: 7:40 PM - 8:00 PM
R.I. Historical Society: 8:00 PM - 8:20 PM
Wildlife Freedom Foundation: 8:20 PM - 8:40 PM
Life Frames: 8:40 PM - 9:00 PM
The interviews are conducted by the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) PPF Committee who make recommendations to RIOC for distribution of PPF funds. The final decision of funding is with RIOC.

Last year, RIOC distributed $150,000 PPF to these Roosevelt Island non profit organizations.

 Roosevelt Island Historical Society President (RIHS) and PPF Funds applicant Judy Berdy asks for a new PPF process from RIOC, noting:
Year after year, we all present at the Chapel with great Power Point Presentations. These presentations do not indicate what the programs actually are scheduled,, what programs they operate. who they serve in the community, what staffing they have.

Members of the RIRA committee are selected to make decisions. It is time that the committee members visit the different groups and actually see what activities and programs they actually operate.

We have been pitting groups serving 100 persons a day versus a smaller group that seasonally serves persons, A more fair and open process must be developed.
More on Roosevelt Island non profit groups being pitted against each other for PPF selection from this prior 2018 post involving the Carter Burden Network Roosevelt Island Senior Center objecting to amount of PPF recommended by RIRA.