CEO of city’s largest human-services nonprofit says size matters

This past summer, the former Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services—now simply known as the Jewish Board—took on $75 million worth of behavioral-health programs from Federation Employment & Guidance Services (FEGS), a fellow nonprofit that had led for bankruptcy, making David Rivel chief executive of the largest human-services organization in the city. The Jewish Board serves some 43,000 New Yorkers with mental health issues, developmental disabilities and trauma. “Scale absolutely matters,” Rivel said. The organization had little time to prepare for the impact of absorbing the thousands of clients, 800 staff members and 25 facilities previously managed by FEGS, but it was able to take on all of them without missing a beat. “It all came over on a single day,” said Rivel. “June 1.”

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