Monday, June 28, 2010

Central New York Community Foundation Accepting Applications for Sabbatical

June 28, 2010 - The Central New York Community Foundation invites executive directors and senior management staff of nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties to apply for the 2010 John F. Marsellus Sabbatical. The deadline for submitting applications is October 29, 2010.

Two individuals are awarded funding for a four-week sabbatical of their own design, following the guidelines outlined in the application. Applicants must have served in a senior management position of a nonprofit organization in Onondaga or Madison counties for at least 5 consecutive years and have the approval of the board of directors of their agency.

This annual grant was established in 2000 in memory of John F. Marsellus, who wished to enhance the leadership capacity of nonprofit executives in Central New York by underwriting a month-long opportunity for personal and professional reflection and development.

The application guidelines can be viewed on the Community Foundation’s web site at or may be obtained by calling the Community Foundation at (315) 422-9538.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards over $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 500 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

Friday, June 25, 2010

40 Belowers,

I Hope you are all having a great summer and enjoying all of the wonderful things central New York has to offer! I wanted to write for several reasons. First and foremost to let you know about the fantastic things that the task forces and organization have going on for the warmer months (they are listed below). These events are a great way to become more involved, meet new people and explore new places! You can also keep up to date with 40 below by friending us on Facebook, following us on Twitter or checking our website at . Additionally, We have recently made a few changes to our e-blast functionality and this note is a test of that system. We appologize if you are receiving this e-mail in error. Please click on the unsubscribe button at the bottom of this page.

Rory Lawrence - 40 Below Board Chair

40 Below Beach Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, July 17th 10:00am-5:00pm
Pine Grove Health and Country Club at Bitterman's on the Green (with logo)

Join 40 Below for a fun and informal beach volleyball tournament with cash prizes for the top teams!

The Deets: Enjoy fun in the sun and a chance to win cash prizes with 40 Below!! Teams of four with one female on the court at all times and as many subs as wanted. $60 per team. Arrangements for payment must be made at time of registration. Cash or check will be accepted. To register email, or call (315) 470-1800. *Registration will close at 5:00 on Monday, July 12th or once all available slots are filled.

*Registration: Please note that space will be limited and registrations will be processed on a first come first serve basis. To ensure your spot please register as soon as possible. Up to the minute info at & Twitter: 40BelowSyracuse

Civic Engagement Task Force
informal networking event on Monday, July 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. at World Martini Lounge in Hanover Square, Syracuse. Come meet other 40 Belowers, connect with your community, and enjoy an upscale atmosphere in the heart of downtown. Free.

informal networking event on Monday, August 16. Time and location TBA. Come meet other 40 Belowers and connect with your community.

Civic Engagement returns to its monthly business meetings the second Monday in September, due to Memorial Day the previous week. Our guest will be the American Heart Association. Monday, September 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Location TBA.
Marrketing Communications (MarCom) Task Force

July Marketing Communications (MarCom) Task Force meeting – Thursday, July 15 Syracuse Stage, 820 East Genesee Street, Syracuse 5:30pm to 7pm

40 Below and It’s All Here are proud to announce a partnership with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (SSO) to bring you the “4 for 40” program – a subscription to four SSO concerts in the 2010-2011 season for only $40. More information is forthcoming on You can also learn more about the program at the SSO’s free summer concerts: Saturday, July 10th in Armory Square Thursday, July 29th in Clinton Square. Both shows start at 8pm with pre-show activities starting at 6:30pm.

Public Art Task Force

Friday, July 30 - 5 & Dime, PATF Fundraiser and Awareness Party
The 5 & Dime party/happy hour is an event to raise both awareness and funds for the PATF. We are collecting a wide range of artwork, donated by local artists, that will be on display and available for purchase during a happy hour/party the Thursday or Friday of Arts Week. Each piece will be priced at $10 (the Dime) and donation at the door will be $5 (the 5.) The event will be held from 5 -8 pm in a storefront at 451 S. Warren St.

Saturday, July 31 - Mp3 Experiment
PATF will be conducting an Mp3 Experiment as part of Arts Week. The Mp3 Experiment is a public performance involving many participants; part guerrilla theater, part flash mob. Everyone who wants to partic! ipate in the event will download a pre-recorded Mp3 file onto their personal music player. They will gather in a given location, wait for a signal, and start listening to the Mp3 at the exact same time. Details about starting location and time will be available closer to the event. To look at pictures from last year’s experiment and get information about this summer's event, check out the blogspot:

July 23 - 31 (Arts Week) - Public Art Gallery Show
The PATF will be sponsoring an art show in a temporary gallery space at S. 451 Warren Street for the run of Arts Week (Friday, the 23 Monday thru Saturday, the 31st.) Local artists from the Syracuse area are being invited to submit work for the curated show.

Monday, August 2 - Ignite Syracuse
The PATF will be hosting its fouth Ignite Syracuse event on Monday, August 2th, starting at 6:30pm at Bull and Bear pub in Hanover Square. Ignite Syracuse is an evening of short talks with some special rules. In “Ignite” each speaker gets 5 minutes - but must have 20 slides and each slide must automatically progress in 15 seconds. This makes for fun and exciting presentations ranging from just about any topic the speaker can think of. Besides for that, it is just a fun evening to get together with friends, have some drinks, meet new people, and hear some creative ideas that are floating around Syracuse. Check out the blog spot for information about past events:

Community Foundation Awards $225,506 in Community Grants

Syracuse, NY (June 18, 2010) - The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $225,506 in community grants to eight charitable organizations in Onondaga County from its unrestricted and field‑of‑interest funds.

Arc of Onondaga received $14,807 to train its direct-care staff on how to make healthy food choices when shopping and cooking for clients enrolled in the organization’s residential services program. The residential program provides a safe and nurturing home environment for more than 100 adults and children with developmental disabilities.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center received $28,945 to develop and implement a corporate communications strategy, acquire and train corporate volunteers and engage interns from area colleges and universities for the Nature in the City program. Baltimore Woods Nature Center operates hiking trails, day camps and on-site school programs to almost 50,000 individuals a year from its headquarters in Marcellus.

Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of Syracuse received $16,000 to host health fairs in the West Side and South Side neighborhoods, where HIV/AIDS cases have risen dramatically since 1996. The fairs will provide free screenings and health education. The BLCA works to raise awareness about the disease and vigilance against its risk factors.

Children’s Consortium received $48,148 to conduct education classes to pregnant and parenting teens in five Syracuse City high schools through the Pregnant and Parenting Teens program. The program seeks to reduce child abuse and neglect, drop-out rates and the number of subsequent pregnancies. The Children’s Consortium promotes successful emotional, physical, educational and economic outcomes for Onondaga County parents.

Interfaith Works received $34,469 to purchase a panel truck and warehouse shelving for the Refugee Resettlement Program. Each year, Interfaith Works assists almost 600 refugees with beginning new lives in America by helping to find permanent housing, acquire furnishings and food, enroll in English classes and school, ensure medical care is received and find employment. Interfaith Works, through education, service and dialogue, strives to affirm the dignity of each person and faith community.

LaFayette Central School District received $23,137 to implement a character education program, Power2Achieve, at LaFayette Jr./Sr. High School and in partnership with Cathedral at Pompei and Bishop Grimes schools. Students in the three schools will learn to set educational and behavioral goals for themselves and assess their effort and attitude toward those goals.

Society for New Music received $15,000 to commission two original musical compositions about the life and philosophies of Matilda Joslyn Gage and produce an opera about Eleanor Roosevelt, celebrating the grand opening of the newly renovated and expanded Matilda Joslyn Gage Center. In addition, presentations will be held at four Syracuse City high schools during Women’s History Month in March to educate on the social justice work of Matilda Joslyn Gage.

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility received $45,000 to employ a vocational counselor to the Supporting Offenders After Release program, which provides target interventions to high-risk individuals recently released from prison to prevent them from returning. The Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, housed at the Southwest Community Center, provides various family planning, child health, substance abuse education and violence prevention services to residents of Syracuse’s South and West side neighborhoods.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of nonprofit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards over $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 500 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Erin Davies said she hopes someday to meet the person who scrawled “fag” on her car three years ago, permanently altering the course of her life.

The Post-Standard reported on Erin Davies (left) and Sonya Parrish stand outside the building at 412 Oswego St., Syracuse, that they are planning to turn into a museum for the Fagbug, a Volkswagen Beetle that Davies drove across the country.

As the article relates:
Erin Davies said she hopes someday to meet the person who scrawled “fag” on her car three years ago, permanently altering the course of her life.

“At the core, I’m hoping that will happen,” said Davies, 32, of Syracuse. “I’m not expecting it. But by keeping at this, by continuing to do what I’m doing — you know what? Anything is a possibility.”

If such optimism sounds like something from a movie, perhaps Davies can be forgiven. She went and made one.

Davies’ 2009 documentary, “Fagbug,” chronicles her reaction to the vandalism, which took place in Albany, where she was studying art. Somebody spray-painted “fag” and “u r gay” on her Volkswagen Beetle, an act that Davies — who is gay — viewed as an attempt to taunt and intimidate.

Instead of scrubbing it clean, she let the paint dry and drove the country for 58 days, talking to people and filming their reactions to the car and its message. The resulting 83-minute movie has aired at 35 film festivals and appeared on about 70 college campuses and forums. It won sponsorships from Volkswagen Group of America and the Sundance Film Festival, and was dubbed “best gay car movie of the year” by Vanity Fair magazine. Its DVD release, scheduled for July 13, will be commemorated in a Syracuse public showing a few nights later.

“Once the whole idea started taking off — well, ever since, it’s been unique,” said Davies, a 1996 Westhill graduate, whose odyssey has led to a two-story, brick husk on Syracuse’s Near West Side. There, the sequel is planned.

Building a museum and brewery
Davies and her partner, Sonya Parrish, are buying a vacant, 1900s-era fortress at 412 Oswego St., which they foresee as the future Fagbug home and museum. Read more here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli’s Volunteer Fair Central New York

4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 Carousel Center

Dear Sir or Madam,
In today’s economic times, the community needs volunteers more than ever. I am organizing a Volunteer Fair to be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 21 at Carousel Center.
Organizations in need of volunteers are invited to host a table at the event. Please pass this information to other Central New York agencies interested in attracting volunteers.
The information can be emailed to or faxed to (315) 428-1279. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at (315) 428-9651
William B. Magnarelli
Member, NYS Assembly
120th District
Organization Name: _________________________________________________________________________
Name of person(s) representing company at Volunteer Fair:__________________________________________
Phone number:____________________________________Fax number:_______________________________
Email Address:_____________________________________________________________________________
Description of business (in 10 words or
Types of volunteer opportunities you provide:_____________________________________________________
Volunteers can be: Teens_____ Seniors_____ Short-term_____ Long-term_____
Do you need an electrical outlet? Yes No (circle answer)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

You Can't Fail Conference September 17th

September 17, 2010
Renaissance Hotel
Syracuse, New York

Celebrating Professional Women of Color
with Keynote Speaker
Best Selling Author and Spiritual Life Coach
Iyanla Vanzant

You Don't Want to Miss 'You Can't Fail'

Live Inspirational Music Performance
Sage Wisdom from Seasoned Sisters
Special Gift for Attendees

Workshops and Speakers - "The Art of Sistering"
1. Big Bold and Beautiful Sisters- Achieving and Sustaining Healthy Weight With Diet and Nutrition
2. Sistering Younger Sisters- Strategies for Building Effective Relationships With Girls in Your Life
3. Go For It Sister!- Setting and Achieving Life Goals
4. Sister Do You Have A Dime?- Women's Relationships With Money
5.Sistering In Black, Brown, and White: Dynamics of Race and Gender in Multicultural Friendships

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Association of Fundraising Professionals presents June 21st Fundraising Day 2010

We are proud to welcome a nationally recognized expert, William T. Sturtevant, during this special 25th anniversary event for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Central New York Chapter. Locally, the Central New York Chapter of has been making a difference in this community since 1985. The group represents professionals who work for a wide variety of charitable organizations, connecting community members with causes that matter to them.

Bill Sturtevant is Senior Principal Gifts Consultant at the University of Illinois Foundation, a position which guides relationships with individuals and families capable of gifts at a level of $5 million and above. From 1980 until 2004 he served as Vice President for Planned Giving and Trust Relations at the Foundation and built what is considered by many to be one of the nation’s preeminent gift planning programs.

Mr. Sturtevant is a nationally recognized specialist in major and deferred gifts and planning and solicitation strategies. He regularly assists a variety of charitable organizations with complicated or unusual gift situations. He is a founding Director of the Institute for Charitable Giving and he has been listed in Who’s Who. In 1995 he was honored as Planned Giving Professional of the Year by Planned Giving Today.

His seminars and presentations are extremely popular and he is a frequent speaker before development professionals, hospital groups and civic organizations. He is author of the best selling book The Artful Journey: Cultivating and Soliciting the Major Gift which was published in 1997 and revised and expanded in 2004.

Also at this event we will recognize past AFP-CNY Chapter Presidents and honor our chapter’s founder, William Corcoran.

The June 21st luncheon will be held at the Renaissance Syracuse Hotel beginning with registration at 8:00 a.m. and the program, “Show Me The Money: Working with Major Donors” begins at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. with the a Special Anniversary Recognition and Keynote Presentation at 12:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $75 for AFP members, and $95 for non-members. Register by June 17 to Beverly Mack by email or (315) 481-2225. A brochure may be found online at at the Seminars/Events tab.

The members of Central New York Chapter of the AFP come from a wide variety of organizations - colleges and universities, health and wellness institutions, and the arts. Together, members work to promote the understanding of philanthropy and philanthropic fundraising through a series of informational luncheons and annual events featuring nationally renowned speakers. To learn more, visit

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June 4 Using Logic Models to Plan Programs and Write Grants

Nonprofit Works Presents

Using Logic Models to Plan Programs and Write Grants
Syracuse, NY: June 4, 9 am to 4 pm

Onondaga Community College, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215


This workshop offers a step-by-step process — from program design to evaluation — that can help your organization better plan its operations, and develop winning strategies to show agencies and funders why your organization deserves their support. Administrators, program directors, grantwriters and volunteers will find this course useful. Participants receive a logic model template and other useful documents in electronic format, and a certificate of completion is provided.

Topics include

Getting your team to use a shared platform to plan and manage programs and projects
Creating and stating a program’s outcomes, budget, activities and evaluation plan
Communicating cost-benefit scenarios and your financial needs in meaningful ways
Making the case for grants and other funding requests

Cost: discount rate = $93.75 per person (regular rate = $125), includes materials, lunch and parking

Instructor: Paul Mastrodonato, president, Nonprofit Works. Paul has spent the last 18 years helping organizations plan programs and budgets, and seek funding from foundations, corporations, and government agencies. His presentation style is known for being informative, interactive, and fun.

Pre-registration is required.

For more information about this or other Nonprofit Works courses, call (518) 581-8841,send an email to, or visit

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Non-profits ransacked, vandalized reported about damage and theft at the Determination Center of Central New York, which runs after school and GED programs out of the Catholic Charities building.

Watch the story here.

The staff there says they're always trying to do good for the community, but sometime between Sunday and Monday, something very bad happened there. The entire ground floor of the Catholic Charities building, including The Determination Center had been ransacked. Windows were broken, electronics stolen, and the thieves even stole all the food out of the center's refrigerators and freezer.

It's left the founder and her workers wondering why this happened when they're just trying to do good for the community.

Owner and founder Bettie Graham said, "They didn't take from me, they took from the kids. I don't have funding, I'm just trying to do something positive for the kids. They just came in and took everything."

The kids who attend The Determination Center had been fundraising for a trip to Darien Lake this summer. That money was also stolen.

Syracuse police say they don't have many leads, but anyone with information should call 442-5222.

To help The Determination Center, call 396-0148.