Friday, August 28, 2009

WRVO to Host a Community Forum in Syracuse

“The Role of Higher Education in the New Economy."

WRVO will host another in a series of community forums on Monday, Sept. 14, in Syracuse. This program, which will be recorded and rebroadcast on WRVO, will allow audience members to participate in the discussion and ask any questions they may have about how higher education will be important in the new economy.

The panel will include SUNY Oswego President Deborah F. Stanley, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Development Association of Syracuse and Central New York (MDA) Robert M. Simpson, and Peggy Dudarchik, Senior Vice President of the Sensis Corporation. WRVO Morning Edition Host Jason Smith will moderate the discussion.

This event is free and open to the public! Members of the media are welcome. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

WHAT: WRVO Community Forum
WHEN: Monday, Sept. 14 at 3 p.m.
TOPIC: What is the role of higher education in the new economy?
WHERE: SUNY Oswego Metro Center
The Atrium Building
2 Clinton Square
Syracuse, NY 13202

Syracuse Mayoral Platforms

The Greater Syracuse Progressive Coalition, representing over 20 community organizations and thousands of individuals committed to the betterment of Syracuse, has been working tirelessly to create a more just, sustainable, inclusive and peaceful community. Below you will find our proposals for concrete steps the next mayor can take to carry out such reforms. Four candidates: Alfonso Davis, Carmen Harlow, Stephanie Miner and Joe Nicoletti submitted their responses on deadline (Otis Jennings and Steve Kimatian are also included). We seek to publicize the candidate responses widely and use them as the basis for a series of educational forums in September and October to provide Syracuse residents an opportunity to question the candidates (see back page calendar). “Y” denotes a “yes” response, “N” a “no” and “C” reports a comment entered. For more information and to read candidate comments, click here.

Opportunity for Nonprofit Human Resources Assistance

This email contains general information about the opportunity for class team projects in cooperation with nonprofit human services organizations in Central New York.

Service Learning is part of the curriculum in Le Moyne College's fall Compensation and Performance Appraisal class and the spring Personnel Planning and Selection (Staffing) class. Each class is divided into teams which are matched with nonprofit client/sponsors who have an interest in the class team working on a project for them.

In the case of Compensation and Performance Appraisal, the project is based on the needs of the nonprofit organization. Examples include: creating a variable pay plan design, creating job descriptions, developing pay ranges, developing a performance appraisal system.

The project for the staffing class involves developing a complete staffing strategy and process for one or two positions. This includes the concept for the position, strategy for staffing, job description, recruiting methods, assessment techniques, selection and offer process as well as orientation.

Class teams work with designated people from the agency. Final presentations are made in class with agency people present (or class team presents at the agency).

There are a couple of open projects for the fall (Compensation) and there are 4-5 opportunities for spring (depending on class size).

The Compensation Class starts on September 3d and on September 10th there is a process for matching teams with agencies. Presentations take place in late November/early December. Last date for class is December 10th.

Time requirements for the agency will vary depending on the nature of the project. There is an upfront meeting with the team and the client/sponsor (agency), various meetings throughout the semester; concluding with a 30 minute in class presentation (or presentation at the agency). I would estimate that time would be less than 10 hours.

In addition to interest for this semester, I am trying to build a list of agencies who have a future interest.

If anyone is interested in learning more, please call or email Kerry Carney (Adjunct Faculty at Le Moyne) 436 9529

Thank you.


Kerry Carney
Kerry J. Carney, SPHR, CSC
Grenell Consulting Group
315 436 9529

Friday, August 21, 2009

'Road Show' series to encourage business development in Onondaga County

The Central NY Business Journal reported that the Onondaga County Office of Economic Development today announced a series of meetings aimed at helping business owners make their companies more successful.

Businesses that would benefit include technology and biotech firms, manufacturers, agribusiness operations, startups, distributors, and professional services firms.

Representatives from 16 economic development organizations and government agencies will be available to answer questions about financing, work-force development, energy efficiency, and business planning.

The first session of the road show series is set for Sept. 22 at Camillus Town Hall. A second is scheduled Oct. 13 at the Salina Town Hall. The remaining two sessions are scheduled for Oct. 20 at the Orchard Valley Golf Course in LaFayette and Oct. 28 at Fire Station Two in East Syracuse.
For more information, visit

Will you take advantage of these meetings? It seems now is the time for nonprofits to show up and take advantage of these services offered.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Meet the Grantmakers session - Syracuse Sept 2 FULL

We are writing to let you know that the Meet the Grantmakers Session to be held at the SUNY Metro Center on September 2nd is now FULL. There is limited room and only those who received confirmation emails will be permitted to attend.

We have received an overwhelming response to the invitation and are trying our best to respond to the demand. Some slots are still available at the Oneida session which is at 3 PM also on September 2 and we are continuing to accept reservations for this one.

Alternatively, we are also tentatively planning another Syracuse session for September 24 at 8:00 AM. If you have not been able to get in to the Syracuse session, please let us know if you would like to attend the Oneida session instead OR to be added to the waitlist for the Syracuse session on the 24th.

If we have sufficient response to the proposed Sept 24 session, we will send you an email confirmation with logistical details.

Please also note that we intend to host these sessions on an ongoing basis (at least three times a year in Syracuse) so there will be other opportunities to participate in the near future. Thank you very much for your interest!

Feel free to call Olive Sephuma at 422-9538 with questions or concerns.

The Central New York Community Foundation, Gifford Foundation & Allyn Foundation

Comm.UNITY Forum: Helping With Your TO DO List

  • photographer for dinner
  • redesign website
  • poster campaign
  • fliers for walkathon
  • brochure design
  • new newsletter template
  • create promo video
Last year, comm.UNITY helped local nonprofits by providing communication solutions. Now, we want to know how we can help your organization. We are a student-run organization at Syracuse University. Our 70+ members aim to help local nonprofits design and implement sustainable communications plans. We want you to speak up.

What does your organization need? Last year, we designed fliers and brochures, developed fundraising posters, created promotional videos and even helped publish a book.

Come to the 2nd annual comm.UNITY forum, in partnership with United Way, to see how we can check a few tasks off your list.
visit us:
what can we do for your To Do list?

Join Us at the Gifford Community Room, United Way, 518 James Street on:
Wednesday, September 9 9-10:30 AM
OR Thursday, September 10 5-6:30 PM
Please RSVP by September 4 to

Have you ever thought about facilitating a workshop?

Presented by the The Children’s Consortium
2122 Erie Blvd. East Syracuse, NY 13224

Become a Ready, Set, Parent! Facilitator!

Ready, Set, Parent! offers an 8 week Infant & Toddler Workshop Series where parents can find
support and solutions to their parenting concerns.

Ready, Set, Parent! would like to offer workshops throughout Onondaga County and are in need of qualified facilitators!

If you are 18yrs. or older, enthusiastic, reliable, have relevant experience and have a flexible schedule where you are able to facilitate regularly, we welcome you to apply!

If you haven’t done so already, you will need to enroll in a FREE two-day, October 2nd and 3rd, EPIC facilitator training.
For more information, please call: Liz Sapio at (315) 471-8331

Bringing Deaf and Hearing Worlds Together

WHOLE ME, Inc. 6th Annual Dinner
A Deaf Awareness Week Event
Saturday, September 12th, 2009
6:00—9:00 PM
Located in the Empire Room at the NYS Fairgrounds
Syracuse, NY

The keynote speakers for the evening are seven Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing high school students that will present on the topic: “Learning from the Past, Living in the Present, & Building the Future.”

Tickets for the event are $40 each.
Please mail your reservations and payment to:
WHOLE ME, Inc. 1015 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13209. For more information please call 315-468-3275 or e-mail

1st Annual WHOLE ME, Inc. 5K Walk/Run Fundraiser

Sunday, September 20, 2009
5K walk/run start: 11:00am
Registration begins at 10:00am
½ mile kids’ fun run start: 10:30am
Saw Mill Creek Shelter, East Shore Recreational Trail at Onondaga Lake Park
Parking at Willow Bay Parking Lot
• Race starts at the Saw Mill Creek Shelter, down and back race.
• T-shirts guaranteed for pre-registered 5Krunners/walkers.
• Register by September 13th: 5K walk/run $20 per person,
$25 after 9/13 and day of race. Kids’ ½ mile fun-run FREE.
1015 State Fair Blvd.
Syracuse, NY 13209
For applications go to

Monday, August 17, 2009

CNY Latino Resource

The CNY Latino is organizing and promoting three (3) significant events,that might be of interest for you:
SYRACUSE LATINO CRUISE August 29 and September 5
DOMINO TOURNAMENT September 19 & 20

All 3 programs are culturally based and will bring unique and affordable Hispanic entertainment to everyone in Central New York.

For information about these events (and many other upcoming ones), reply tothis email ( requesting more details, or go to, or call HUGO at (315) 415-8593

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Meet the Grantmakers Events

Join the Central New York Community Foundation, The Gifford Foundation and The Allyn Foundation at one of two informative sessions, featuring a new interactive format.

Attendees will learn about each of the featured funders, acquire a better understanding of each funder’s strategic approach to grantmaking and network with others in the nonprofit community.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
8:00 - 10:00 AM
SUNY Oswego Metro Center
The Atrium
2 Clinton Square, Syracuse

The Central New York Community Foundation
The Gifford Foundation
The Allyn Foundation

Wednesday, September 2, 2009
3:00 - 5:00 PM
Oneida Community Mansion House
170 Kenwood Ave, Oneida

The Central New York Community Foundation
The Gifford Foundation

Reserve your spot now!
RSVP to Theresa McNeally at (315) 422-9538 ext. 218 or

Getting A Foundation's Perspective

Looking for insight into what foundations will be talking about this year? Take a look at the following announcement for the Private Foundation Summit set for September 17-18.

The Private Foundation Summit, sponsored by PESI Law & Accounting, will take place on September 17th and 18th in Seattle, WA. At the Summit, eleven of the nation's leading experts on private foundations will present effective solutions and ideas to cope with the additional demands and burdens of tough economic times!

The Private Foundation Summit will feature true thought leaders in philanthropy, including the Keynote speaker, Mr. Alex Friedman, CFO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Also featured is Mr. Matthew Bishop, Chief Business Writer, The Economist and co-author of Philanthrocapitalism: How the Rich Can Save the World. Matthew Bishop is looking forward to being a part of the Summit and stated, "As the problems facing society grow, private foundations are needed - and needed to be effective - more than ever."

Jody Blazek, CPA and co-author with Bruce Hopkins of Private Foundations: Tax Law and Compliance 3rd Edition, welcomes the resurgence of private foundations, as advisors and philanthropists realize the former advantages of donor advised funds and supporting organizations that were removed by the Pension Protection Act of 2006.

This two-day summit promises to be practical, innovative and insightful for private foundation leaders, payout and investment strategists, management and operations officers, grant makers, grantee assessors, accountants, attorneys and financial institutions. Faculty from The Gates Foundation, Clark Nuber, Blazek & Vetterling, Adler & Colvin, Foundation Source, Polsinelli Shughart, The Seattle Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and Davis, Wright and Tremaine, will present current issues and offer practical solutions for private foundations. They will address complex strategic issues confronting private foundations during these tough economic times.

The Private Foundation Summit offers a unique opportunity to learn, network and gain the needed tools to strategically propel private foundations forward. Jane Searing, shareholder of Clark Nuber commented, "This summit is one of a kind. It is a rare occurrence to have access to this level of private foundation thought leaders at one event."

To register for the Summit visit or call 800-844-8260 for more information. Please call for group rates.