Friday, May 27, 2011

The Onondaga County Bar Association ED Job Announcement

The Onondaga County Bar Association in Syracuse, New York is seeking a full-time Executive
Director. The Onondaga County Bar Association (“OCBA”) is a professional non-profit membership organization serving approximately 1,500 lawyers in Onondaga County and the surrounding area by advancing attorney professionalism, practice development and collegiality within the profession and promoting access to justice for the public at large. The OCBA is currently staffed by four (4) full-time and two (2) part-time employees. The Executive Director is responsible for management, organization and operation of the Association and supervision of OCBA staff and activities under the direction of the Board of Directors of the OCBA. Applicants must demonstrate prior successful managerial and administrative experience. Non-profit managerial experience a plus. BA degree or equivalent required. Travel and evening meetings.
Competitive salary with benefits.

A more detailed job description can be found below.
To apply for the position please submit a resume together with a cover letter including salary
history by e-mail to: Onondaga County Bar Association, at The application deadline is Monday, June 20, 2011.

Onondaga County Bar Association
Executive Director
Job Description
The Executive Director (“Director”) is the chief executive of the Onondaga County Bar
Association (“OCBA” or “Association”). The Director is responsible for the management of the
operations and resources of OCBA and related organizations.
1. The Director leads the day-to-day operations of the Association under the policies
determined by the board. The Director oversees the operations of the Onondaga County Bar
Foundation (“OCBF” or “Foundation”) as well as the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Pro Bono
Practice Committee, and the other committees and sections of the Association.
2. The Director studies, recommends and oversees implementation of policies,
programs, and plans, including technological advancements consistent with the strategic plans
and the sound fiscal management of the Association and the Foundation. The Director is
responsible for ensuring that the OCBA and OCBF officers and the boards are kept fully
informed of the conditions and operations of OCBA and OCBF to enable board members to
carry out their fiduciary responsibilities.
3. The Director is responsible for the fiscal integrity and sound financial
management of OCBA, OCBF and their respective sections, committees and projects. The
Director shall employ best practices in overseeing the development and management of
appropriate budgetary and financial controls and procedures, including the annual audits, with
the assistance and guidance of the OCBA and OCBF treasurers, finance committees, and boards.
4. The Director develops and maintains positive relations with other legal-related
entities including the Onondaga County Assigned Counsel Program, other bar associations
including bar associations in upstate New York, and the New York State Bar Association, and
with the courts, government agencies, public service organizations, legal assistance agencies,
Syracuse University College of Law and sponsors and vendors to promote the best interests of
the OCBA and OCBF.
5. The Director shall use best practices to hire, supervise, and manage all staff
within the adopted budget and policies of the OCBA. In doing so, the Director should foster a
workplace environment that promotes positive employee relations and focuses on outstanding
performance. The Director is also responsible for recruiting and supervising volunteer staff to
further the goals of the Association and the Foundation.
6. The Director is responsible for generating revenue for the Association which
derives its funding from dues paid by its members and other revenue-generating programs,
including Continuing Legal Education and Legal Referral Service. The Foundation and the
Volunteer Lawyers Project derive funding from contributions made in conjunction with dues
payments and fundraising events, which shall be supported by the Director.
7. The Director is responsible for the communications plan of the Association as
directed by the Board and shall foster effective media relations to support the Association’s
objectives. The Director assists in public policy development, and actively promotes the practice
of law in Onondaga County and the surrounding areas.
Reporting Relationships:
The Director reports and is responsible to the Boards of Directors of OCBA and OCBF,
and is supervised by their respective presidents. The Director is reviewed annually by members of the OCBA executive committee.

As required, generally 4 to 6 times a year to meetings and conferences in New York State
and elsewhere in conjunction with our membership in the National Association of Bar
Executives, the Conference of Metropolitan Bar Associations, the New York State Bar
Association, and the American Bar Association.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Leveraging Resources Locally

Tuesday, June 14th 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST

During this free webinar, presenters will explore how one can leverage resources locally through strategic partnerships. These can often have a profound effect on the impact and longevity of our healthier communities efforts. Hear from colleagues on how to coordinate groups to leverage resources, understand what community foundations have to offer and how to better engage with them.

The webinar will feature:

  • Frank Parisi, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the City of Minneapolis, who works with public and private groups to coordinate and leverage resources

  • Webb Lyons, Director of Initiatives at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham ( and Partner coach for the Birmingham, AL PHC team funded in 2008.

  • Deb Watson, Vice President of the Winter Park Health Foundation ( and member of the Winter Park, FL ACHIEVE team funded by NACDD in 2011.


To register for the webinar


1. Go to
2. Click "Register."

3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click


Please note – If you are unable to attend this webinar, it will be recorded and made available

Cayuga Fund Receives $300,000 in Challenge Funding

May 23, 2011 - The Cayuga Community Fund announced today that it received a combined $300,000 in challenge grants from local foundations. The Emerson Foundation, the Stardust Foundation and Central New York Community Foundation each issued $100,000 challenge grants to match dollar-for-dollar contributions made to the fund.

“The Fund is confident that the amount raised in 2011 will paint a picture of the tremendous generosity of the people of Cayuga County, as they will undoubtedly rise to meet this challenge successfully,” said Robert Bergan, Chair of the Cayuga Community Fund’s Leadership Council.
The Cayuga Fund was established in 2009 by a group of Cayuga county citizens who wanted to keep local philanthropic dollars in the area. In 2009, the Leadership Council exceeded the Fund’s first matching challenge goal of $250,000 from the Stardust Foundation when it raised $287,890 by its fundraising deadline.

The Cayuga Community Fund is a geographically specific fund, administered by the Central New York Community Foundation. The Fund was created to benefit residents of Cayuga County by serving as a source of permanent charitable dollars for nonprofits serving residents of the County. Grants are awarded from the endowment fund annually to support programs in education, health, social services, the arts, civic and environmental concerns, as well as the preservation of historic resources in Cayuga County. In 2010, its first year of grantmaking, the Fund awarded a total of $25,000 to 24 Cayuga-based nonprofit organizations.

Secure credit card gifts can be made to the Cayuga Community Fund online at Donations by check, made out to “Cayuga Community Fund” can be mailed to Cayuga Community Fund, c/o Central New York Community Foundation, 431 East Fayette Street, Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13202. All contributions to the Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $300,000 until November 15, 2011.

The Leadership Council of the Cayuga Community Fund is chaired by Robert Bergan. Other Council members are Dan Cuddy, Ken Entenmann, Jill Fandrich, Jack Hardy, Howard Hartnett, Alice Hoatland, Beverly Miller, Lisa Marsh Ryerson, David Tehan, Earle Thurston and Steve Zabriskie.

The Cayuga Community Fund is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. The 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 Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Syracuse CPA to lead state societyby Kevin Tampone

Gail Kinsella, a partner at Testone Marshall & Discenza, LLP in Syracuse, is the new president-elect of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
It's the second time in recent years a partner at the firm is set to lead the society. David Moynihan was president from June 2009 to June 2010. Kinsella will take office as society president in June 2012.
Kinsella has also served as president, vice president, and treasurer of the state society's Syracuse chapter. She is a partner in her firm's audit practice group and coordinates its quality control and peer review programs.
She has expertise in auditing, accounting and consulting services for nonprofit organizations, municipalities, employee benefit plans, and closely held entities. Kinsella is a graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Onondaga County's Oncenter asks Legislature for a $1.8 million bailout reported that Onondaga County’s convention center has run out of cash to pay its bills.

On Thursday, the nonprofit corporation that manages the convention center told county lawmakers it needs $1.8 million from taxpayers — on top of the nearly $1.2 million subsidy it has already received — to keep the complex operating the rest of the year. The Oncenter also receives a $250,000 annual payment for capital costs.

The request comes less than two years after Oncenter’s manager came begging for $575,000 from taxpayers to get through 2009. That money — which lawmakers provided — came on top of a $2.2 million subsidy the center had already received that year.

Steve Cambareri, a local attorney and chairman of the Oncenter’s board of directors, said expenses are exceeding revenues partly because the economy has hurt the convention business, competition from other facilities such as Turning Stone Resort Casino is taking its toll, and the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra went bankrupt this year owing the center $96,000.

Read more here.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

United Way of Central New York announces which agencies get money for next three years

The United Way of Central New York hand delivered letters to 41 local nonprofits Friday, letting them know how much money, if any, they will get from the agency over the next three years.

Linda Wright, executive director of the Salvation Army, was thrilled to learn her human service agency’s annual allocation increased by nearly 19 percent.

“An increase in this environment is a blessing for sure,” she said.

But across town at Enable, an agency that services children and adults with disabilities, the letter contained bad news. The nonprofit will not get any United Way funding for the first time since the 1950s.

Sara Wall-Bollinger, the agency’s executive director, said the loss of United Way money July 1 comes on the heels of cuts in state funding. “It will mean we have to rethink programs,” she said.

The United Way announced it will provide $4.45 million annually for each of the next three years to 95 programs operated by 35 human service agencies.

Every three years the United Way starts out with a clean slate by inviting nonprofits that pass a fiscal and management review to apply for funding. There’s no guarantee agencies that have been funded in the past will continue to get United Way money. The funding decisions are based on recommendations by a team of United Way volunteers who analyze the agencies’ applications.

Agencies applied for about $9 million, twice as much as the United Way has to give.

“Right off the bat you were looking at very strong competition,” said M. Margaret Fabic, vice president for development at the United Way.

Nineteen of the agencies getting funding will see increases in their allocations July 1. Three agencies will get United Way funding for the first time. They include McMahon Ryan Advocacy Site, Women’s Opportunity Center and Hillside Work Scholarship Program.

In addition to Enable, three agencies that have received United Way funding in the past are being cut off. They are the Longhouse Council Boy Scouts of America, New Justice Conflict Resolution Services and Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare.

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central New York and Whole Me, two other agencies invited to apply for the first time, also were denied funding. (Whole Me is an after-school program for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.)

Frank Lazarski, United Way president, said determining which programs to fund is a difficult process. “You are choosing among programs that are good, better and best,” he said.

The United Way is Onondaga County’s largest annual fundraising campaign, collecting nearly $8 million annually. Its agencies feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, help students at risk of dropping out of high school and provide many other humans services.

Catholic Charities and Salvation Army get the biggest allocations.

“The United Way is such an important part of making sure our service system to meet the most fragile folks in our community is successful,” said Linda Wright of the Salvation Army.

Original Article at