Friday, July 31, 2009

Keeping Kids Safe Community Forum

Join the effort, share ideas, learn more.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 / 6p.m. -7:30p.m.
Bethany Baptist Church of Syracuse, 149 Beattie St.
Questions? call Helen Hudson 315-428-2203

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Community Foundation Offers Stimulus Funds Networking Forum

Dear member of the Central New York Community,

Federal stimulus funds, both directly from Federal departments and through NYS, are being made available rapidly and often with little time between requests for proposals and due dates. Many of these funds require extensive collaborations between organizations adding further complexity to the application process.

To assist in the process of applying for funding, and to increase the overall competitiveness of CNY applicants, the Central New York Community Foundation is offering a networking forum in response to feedback we have received about the need for a medium for seeking out potential collaborators.

Federal government officials involved in the stimulus funding process have repeatedly emphasized that collaborative and focused grant applications with a regional approach will compete better than individual applications from a single city or county. One way to foster such collaboration is to offer a forum in which organizations can make their interests known to each other.

The object of this initiative is to offer a neutral space for organizations to communicate about which funding opportunities interest them and a means for identifying other organizations with which they might collaborate and or coordinate to maximize the amount of resources received by Central New York.

We invite all nonprofit, for profit and governmental organizations that are interested in pursuing stimulus funds and other federal and state monies to participate by completing the web survey at the link below by August 7th. We will then forward to you the contact information of community organizations with similar grant interests so that you may connect with each other at your convenience.

The Central New York Community Foundation will not seek to arbitrate between groups with regard to project or application choice. Rather, we seek to offer a medium for interested parties to connect with each other and find ways to collaborate.

To participate, simply click here and complete the short survey.

An extensive listing of current grants can be found at the following website (click here).

Finally, as this is an open service offered to the community, please feel free to forward this email to organizations that you feel would be interested in participating.

The Central New York Community Foundation

Monday, July 27, 2009

New rules for accountants, effective Sunday, catch some CPAs by surprise reported that about one-third of New York's 60,000 certified public accounts may miss Sunday's deadline to register with the state.

As part of new accounting profession regulatory reforms signed into law in January, all CPAs must register with the state Education Department and take classes each year to keep up to date.

"It's the CPA's ethical responsibility to see that they get registered," said David Moynihan, president of the state Society of Certified Public Accountants and a partner in Testone, Marshall & Discenza, a Syracuse accounting firm.

Under the state's existing law, only CPAs who do audit work must register. The new law expands the requirement to all CPAs who provide accounting, management, tax and financial advisory services. It represents the first major overhaul of the law since 1897, Moynihan said.
Read a Q&A on the changes for accountants in New York state here.

"There wasn't even a national income tax in 1897," he said. "All the other avenues CPAs have gotten into have been unregulated."

Moynihan said many CPAs are unaware of the change because they are retired or no longer living in New York state. Even retired CPAs who provide their services for free to nonprofits must register, he said.

As part of the new law, CPAs must take up to 40 hours of continuing professional education annually. Read more here.

This is an important change for nonprofits to acknowledge, especially as they explore audit services. Have additional comments? Post them here.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation receive NEA grants reported that The Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation have received money from the federal economic stimulus package.

The National Endowment for the Arts is disbursing $29.78 million in grants to 631 cultural organizations nationwide. The orchestra will receive $50,000 while the jazz foundation will receive $25,000.

These funds, part of the formally titled American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are reserved for salary support during this time of dwindling endowments and charitable giving. Read more here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

HSLC offers insight on economic impact study

A joint meeting was held by the Oneida and Herkimer Nonprofit Executive Directors Group Steering Committee and the South Central NY Nonprofit Executive Directors Special Projects Committee to discuss the SCNY Group’s recent efforts around an economic impact study. The meeting, hosted by the Central New York Community Foundation, was attended by representatives from the SCNY ED Group, Oneida and Herkimer ED Group, and the Human Services Leadership Council in Syracuse. The main presenter and chair of the SCNY Special Projects committee was Joe Sellepack, Broome County Council of Churches Executive Director. Also, presenting was Katie McDonald, a Binghamton University master’s student working to help implement the study.

The discussion began with an understanding of why nonprofits were focusing on economic impact. In recent years, taxing nonprofits (whether by PILOT, a snow assessment fee, etc) has become an issue. With the downturn, nonprofits will be facing in more scrutiny and possible tax proposals. In response, the SCNY ED Group saw a need to communicate the economic impact of nonprofits on the local community and region. As Joe related, they also saw a need to make it more than about the numbers, and make a comparison to what the real costs would be if their services weren’t provided. The Special Projects Committee was formed, and is examining how the nonprofit sector in the Broome region shapes the community and environment through social and human services, arts and culture, and environmental services.

The Committee has been spending a great deal of time and effort looking at past studies, not only locally but nationally. Hospitals have been a good source, and two state studies, in Michigan and New Hampshire, have been good models.

The idea for the study will incorporate two streams. The first is the financial information taken from nonprofits’ 990s, while the second will be the “social capital” they contribute. The study will show how nonprofits shape and contribute to the community narrative. The study will incorporate personal interviews to help demonstrate this piece. The study will hopefully subvert the forces that want to tax nonprofits, and show their clout, but also the rest of the story. The message will be much clearer and powerful as a group.

Joe Sellepack related that the Committee under the guidance of Binghamton University and two interns has spent much time developing their study protocol. They have decided to focus on range of nonprofits, which would include only organizations that file 990s and exclude very large nonprofits (hospitals, universities, etc) that would skew the study (and already do their own studies). In a sense, the study will give a voice to the small to medium-sized organizations.

The study is slated to take about 2 years. Much of the work is being driven by Binghamton University’s interns in the Public Administration Master’s Program.

A question was asked by Darlene Ford, ED for the Mid-York Library System, concerning the target audience and overall purpose for this effort. A number of reasons were offered by Joe and other participants: showing return on investment, advocacy, use for collaboration, joint funding projects, etc. The qualitative analysis will help show gaps and overlaps in funding and can figure in ways to help address and form partnerships.

In looking at why the Oneida and Herkimer ED Group should undertake such an effort, the Steering Committee members related a number of reasons. One was the conflicting messages in the Oneida and Herkimer communities coming from nonprofits. There needs to be a clear message and story around how nonprofits help and impact the community. Also, a study would show what would happen if nonprofits disappeared.

A part of the discussion was spent on recent efforts of the Human Services Leadership Council (HSLC) on an economic impact study. Susan Horn, the ED from Hiscock Legal Aid Society, offered some of the lessons they learned in a group study. A discussion continued about the different data involved with nonprofits, including how things are reported (outcome vs outputs). Joe offered that using personal stories will help illuminate some of the challenges of data that won’t mesh. Katie McDonald added that being clear about the data collection and analysis is key. She has been developing the study’s introduction and methodology. She also is gathering social and cultural impact pieces (social network and social capital). She related that the study will include the history of nonprofits in the Broome County region (for example, what happened when IBM left), and how they’ve developed.

Overall, there was agreement that the study could be a template for other nonprofits, and the Oneida and Herkimer ED Group plans to follow up with Joe in the fall about the protocol and info they develop.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Supervisors and Middle Management Training Sponsored by HSLC

Human Services Leadership Council presents:
An all day training for Supervisors and Middle Managers
September 22, 2009
8:30-4:30 p.m.

Enable, 1603 Court Street, Syracuse, New York 13208

HR & Personnel Issues for Supervisors and Middle Managers: The Legal Context
This session will provide an overview of the state and federal laws that regulate employment. Staff will gain a better understanding of the legal importance and liability risks involved in being an employer and part of management staff. The session will also address the role and importance of each agency’s policies and procedures as well as provide guidelines for hiring and firing staff.
Presenter: Dave Watson Esq., Sr. VP, Legal Accountability and Compliance Services, NY Council of Non-Profits

Roles and Responsibilities of Supervisors and Middle Managers: Supporting Employee Performance and Growth
This session will go beyond the legal context to help supervisors better understand their roles and responsibilities and identify solutions to some of the typical challenges that supervisors face. The session will provide middle managers with guidance, tools, and the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others as well as reflect on how organizational culture influences supervisory practices.
Presenter: Susan Weinrich, VP, Organizational and Community Development,
NY Council of Non-Profits

Cost: $20 includes lunch and continental breakfast

Registration is limited so please respond soon!

Fee: $20.00, includes lunch and continental breakfast
Registration Deadline: 9/11/09

Contact Wendy Powers at 315-422-5638, ext 253 or to register

Send registration form and check payable to HSLC to:
Center for Community Alternatives
Attn: Wendy Powers
115 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 300
Syracuse, NY 13202

NYS Unemployment Continues Increase

The Central NY Business Journal related that in June, the state's unemployment rate increased to its highest level since October 1992.

June's unemployment rate was 8.7 percent, up from 8.2 percent in May and 5.3 percent a year ago. For the month, the number of unemployed state residents jumped to more than 854,000, the largest number on records dating back to 1976.

After seasonal adjustment, New York State's private-sector job count decreased over the month by nearly 18,000, or 0.2 percent, to about 7.08 million. The job total has now dropped for 10 consecutive months.

Since the state's private-sector job count peaked in August 2008, New York has lost nearly 236,000 private-sector jobs, erasing more than half of the 400,000 jobs added during the last economic expansion from 2003 to 2008, according to the Labor Department.

In the Syracuse region, the number of nonfarm jobs fell by 4,900, or 1.5 percent, and the number of private-sector jobs dropped 5,600, or 2.1 percent since June 2008. The area's unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in June 2009, compared with 8 percent in May and 5.4 percent in June 2008. Read more here.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


Saturday, Aug. 22
A Train Ride Into the Past

Historical Enactors in 19th-Century Dress
Program at Women's Rights National Historical Park
Shops & Restaurants in Seneca Falls
Scavenger Hunt with Prizes

11 am: Train leaves Finger Lakes Railway Depot in Camillus, N.Y. Depot at corner of Hinsdale Ave. and Milton Ave., inside Home Depot / Staples complex. Parking at east end of complex in front of Staples and adjacent buildings. Click here for more directions. Onboard presentations by enactors. Boxed lunch (order in advance).1 pm: Arrive in Seneca Falls. Depot is short walk from museums, shops, restaurants.
2-3 pm: Program in theater at Historical Park's main museum-short film on Matilda Joslyn Gage; display and discussion of 19th-century women's undergarments (corsets, chemises); Q & A with historical characters, incl. Sarah Loguen (daughter of Jermain Loguen of the Jerry Rescue), Elizabeth Smith Miller (active in dress reform); an anti-suffrage leader, Mrs. Justus Wells (a typical 19th-century woman), & Mrs. Gage.
6 pm: Arrive back in Camillus.

Go to to order tickets and boxed lunches. Or call Finger Lakes Railway at (315) 209-1029 / (315) 374-1570. Walk-ups OK as long as tickets available. $25/adult, $23/seniors, $18/kids 3-14. Children 2 & under free if sit on lap. Add $10 per boxed lunch. Can bring own lunch.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Local Not-for-Profit Brings National Award Winning Program to Syracuse Hospital

Children’s Consortium and Crouse Hospital to offer parenting and literacy class

The Children’s Consortium and Crouse Hospital announced today the start of a national award-winning program called “Ready, Set, Parent!”. Ready, Set, Parent! is a national award-winning hospital-based collaboration for new parents between EPIC - Every Person Influences Children, Inc. and the Children’s Consortium.

The main objectives of the program are to reduce the risk for child abuse and neglect and help parents raise children to become responsible and capable adults.

“The Children’s Consortium is thrilled to be collaborating with Crouse Hospital on such an important program for parents in the Central New York Region. Ready Set Parent! is not only educational for parents but has a proven track record of helping them recognize the importance of literacy in children from birth on. Adults who completed the program, had increased positive feelings toward parenting their children, as well,” said Linda Cleary, Executive Director for the Children’s Consortium.

"As the region's largest provider of maternity care services, Crouse Hospital is pleased to be partnering with the Children's Consortium to offer this important educational program to new parents in Central York," says Cheryl Tibbitts, Director of Women's and Children's Services for Crouse.

Ready, Set, Parent! has three key components, Parenting, Literacy, and Health & Wellness and reaches parents in three ways:

  1. Hospital Coordinators Visit parents of newborns in the hospital within 48 hours of giving birth and respond to parents’ immediate concerns. They are informed about community resources; provided information on safe sleep and car seat safety; and introduced to the Ready, Set, Parent! program.
  2. While in the hospital, parents are invited to a one-hour Newborn Class to learn more about their babies’ overall development. During this time, parents develop important parenting skills, health and wellness, and literacy awareness that will benefit their baby well into the future. Children’s books are given to Newborn Class participants and parents are strongly encouraged to read to their babies.
  3. Parents are invited to participate in the Ready, Set, Parent! eight-week Workshop Series designed to increase parental knowledge, attitude, and confidence. In doing so, the frequency of high quality interactions with their babies increases, facilitating the development of the babies’ cognitive, language, personal/social, gross motor, and fine motor skills. Demographic data is collected and participants receive regular updates on programs scheduled in their communities.

    Topics include, Tuning In To Your Baby, Coping, Establishing Routines, Learning Through Play, Setting Limits, and Promoting Literacy.

    Each Workshop Series includes two, 2-hour Dr. Talks on Infant Sleep/Nutrition and Safety/Childhood Illnesses.

The Children’s Consortium provides programs and services, including home- and center-based services, which empower families to reach their full potential.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

State grants to help local governments study service consolidation

The Central New York Business Journal reported that Several communities in Onondaga County have received state grants to help consolidate services and explore potential partnerships across municipal lines.

The grants are among 41 awards totaling $5.2 million that Gov. David Paterson announced today. Altogether, Central New York is receiving 10 grants totaling more than $830,000. Read more here.

Monday, July 13, 2009

NYCON Launches New Interim ED Program

Are You Looking for an Exciting Opportunity to Lead a Nonprofit Organization?
Consider becoming an Interim Executive Director!

What is the Interim Executive Director Leadership (IEL) Program? The Interim Executive Director Leadership (IEL) Program is designed to help meet the needs of nonprofit agencies as significant numbers of nonprofit executives are expected to retire over the next 5 years. The Interim Executive Director Leadership (IEL) Program is a comprehensive training, placement and support initiative designed for qualified, experienced nonprofit professionals in transitional nonprofit Executive Director/CEO positions in New York State. Interim Executive Directors trained through our program will provide effective transitional leadership to nonprofits in order to strengthen organizational health and effectiveness during a time of transition.

Consider Becoming an Interim Executive Director if you are a:
Current and/or former executive director with successful experience in nonprofit executive management;
Nonprofit professional who is currently or have already served as an Interim Executive Leader who would like to be involved with this initiative and receive specialized training to augment and build upon their current skills;
Nonprofit Professional or consultant who clearly demonstrates executive leadership knowledge, abilities, maturity and effectiveness.

Program Dates & Locations: Please note that space in the training sessions listed below is limited. Registrants must complete an application process that includes submission of a writing sample and at least one reference. Candidates who successfully complete the training and secondary evaluation process may be placed into Interim Executive Director positions through this program.

  • August 18th, 2009 - Albany, NY NYCON Main Office, 272 Broadway, Albany, NYTime: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Cost: $150, Training Materials & Lunch Provided

  • August 20th, 2009 - Rochester, NY United Way of Greater Rochester, 75 College Avenue, Rochester, NY Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Cost: $150, Training Materials & Lunch Provided
For more information click here or please contact: Jennifer Lockwood, Program Director 454-5062 x. 102