Sunday, November 8, 2009

Robert Egger Speaker- Friday November 13-National Philanthropy Day

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Central New York Chapter
cordially invites you to attend the

2009 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon

November 13, 2009
12:00 - 2:00 pm
The Renaissance Syracuse Hotel
701 East Genesee Street, Syracuse

Sheldon & Mateele Kall, Trustees
Sam Pomeranz and Abraham Shankman Trusts
Outstanding Philanthropists

Kevin & Linda Hicks, Founders
KJs Angels Memorial Fund
Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers

Empower Federal Credit Union
Outstanding Corporation

Keynote Speaker:
Robert Egger
Author, Begging for Change
President, D.C. Central Kitchen

Tickets $50 per person
RSVP by Tuesday, November 10, 2009 to:
Beverly Mack at 315/498-6057 or

Saturday, November 7, 2009

SU, Cornell, University of Rochester collaborate to find solutions to CNY brain drain in upcoming charrette, Nov. 13-15

Thirty-six students from Syracuse University, Cornell University and the University of Rochester will come together Nov. 13-15 for a charrette to address and work on creative solutions to one of the toughest problems facing Upstate New York: retaining smart, hard-working young people post-graduation.

The Friday through Sunday charrette, titled "Work/Play/Stay," will take place on the fourth floor of The Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St., Syracuse, culminating with a presentation of ideas after a 1 p.m. reception on Sunday, Nov. 15.

A charrette–sometimes called a design charrette–is an intense, design-based collaborative project. Charrettes serve as a way of quickly generating a design solution through collaborative work, integrating the aptitudes and interests of a diverse group of people. For the upcoming "Work/Play/Stay" charrette, each university selected 12 students from a variety of disciplines and schools.

The idea for an entrepreneurial collaboration of the three universities came from Neil Tarallo, assistant professor of clinical entrepreneurship at SU's Whitman School of Management, who had once been an entrepreneur in the Ithaca area.

"Typically, it's industry leaders and government officials that talk about this issue, but as entrepreneurs we know that customers' opinions are very important, so it seems logical that we should ask the students what they think," says Tarallo. Read more here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

InterFaith Works: ED Search

InterFaith Works of Central New York is a non-profit organization located in Syracuse, New York. Founded in 1976, InterFaith Works brings together a diverse array of faith traditions in our community, in the belief that engagement among these different faith groups will lead to understanding, friendships and a collaborative strength to address community issues. Our work is reflected in a variety of interfaith initiatives including our five core social service programs:

· Center for New Americans – Refugee Resettlement
· Community-Wide Dialogue to End Racism
· Covenant Housing to aid those with special needs
· Senior Companion for the frail elderly
· Spiritual Care for those in area health care and correctional facilities

Our Mission remains through education, service and dialogue, to affirm the dignity of each person and every faith community and to work to create relationships and understanding among us. InterFaith Works has approximately 35 full and part-time employees with an annual budget of approximately 2.5 million.

Executive Director

The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for general management of the organization and for financial and organizational growth and development toward the fulfillment of its mission, vision and values.

Responsibilities include:
· Establishing and maintaining relationships with faith community leaders, related community agencies, funding sources, and government bodies.
· Leading and actively supporting and participating in fund raising and grant writing activities to provide the organization with continuing sources of funds.
· Exercising responsibility for the financial management of InterFaith Works including developing and recommending an annual budget.
· Managing, leading and collaborating with InterFaith Works staff to support the organization’s mission and goals.
· Building strong staff relationships and contributing to a positive work environment.
· Developing interfaith education initiatives and leading InterFaith Works community education efforts
· Coordinating community public relations efforts and representing InterFaith Works when the opportunity arises in public venues.
· Collaborating, partnering and communicating with the Board of Directors and Executive Committee on a regular basis, including participating in all requisite meetings.
· Effectively communicating the organizations’ progress and accomplishments, as well as ongoing resource needs to staff, Board and community stakeholders
· Coordinating the recruitment and training of Board members and generally overseeing the operation of the InterFaith Works volunteer structure.
· Developing and recommending policies to guide the operation of InterFaith Works and supervising and coordinating their implementation.

Required Experience:
· Substantial experience in senior management position
· Expertise in fund raising
· Familiarity with non-profit organizations and Boards
· Demonstrated leadership ability
· Experience with operating budgets
· Understanding of the organization’s mission and work
· Significant connection to the interfaith community

Please send resume to IFW Search c/o Eric Mower and Associates, 500 Plum Street, Syracuse, NY 13204 or email to
InterFaith Works is an AA/EOE.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Oncenter audit finds sloppy financial controls, and taxpayers pay the price reported that when Oncenter officials walked into the Onondaga County Legislature chamber Tuesday, they had two uncomfortable confessions to make.

First, they were out of money. They asked for $575,000 from the county to pay their bills — on top of the $2.1 million the county gives them each year.

Second, Oncenter’s latest financial report card was the kind that gets children sent to their rooms.

A recent audit of Oncenter’s 2008 finances by independent accounting firm Testone, Marshall & Discenza concluded that Oncenter’s sloppy financial controls created “more than a remote likelihood” that significant accounting errors, or even fraud, could go undetected.

Oncenter, a nonprofit corporation that manages the county’s convention center, theaters, parking facilities and War Memorial, is required by its contract to provide quarterly financial reports to the Legislature and other county officials.

But the corporation’s finances have been in disarray for the past year during a shakeup in top management. The Testone audit of 2008 results, produced Tuesday during a meeting of the Legislature’s Ways and Means Committee, was Oncenter’s first financial report to the Legislature in more than a year.

It listed several “significant deficiencies” in the corporation’s money management, including: Read more here.