Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Community Foundation Expanding Nonprofit Executive Sabbatical Program

August 30, 2011 – The Central New York Community Foundation has enhanced the offerings available to those who apply for the John F. Marsellus Sabbatical. The Sabbatical program, which traditionally awards grants exclusively toward four-week sabbaticals for nonprofit executive directors and senior management staff in Onondaga and Madison Counties, is now offering an abridged two-week program as well.

The new two-week sabbatical offering was introduced as a result of responses received when nonprofit executives were surveyed on their preferences for a sabbatical program. The four- and two- week options both allow time for personal reflection and professional development.

The Central New York Community Foundation invites executive directors and senior management staff of nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties to apply for either a four- or two-week sabbatical by October 31, 2011. Applicants must have served in a senior management position of a nonprofit organization in Onondaga or Madison counties for at least five consecutive years and have the approval of the board of directors of their agency. The application guidelines can be viewed on the Community Foundation’s web site at www.cnycf.org/grants or may be obtained by calling the Community Foundation at (315) 422-9538.

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 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 more than $5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or www.cnycf.org.


FREE Sessions: Basic Accounting for Nonprofits

SCORE: Basic Accounting for Nonprofits

This basic accounting workshop facillitated by Syracuse SCORE is designed specifically for nonprofit organizations.Three two-hour sessions will cover accounting basics and will teach you how to manage the numbers. Attendees should plan on taking part in all three sessions. Due to limited space, we ask that only one representative from each organization attend (perhaps an individual with finance-related responsibilities within your organization or a board member). Click the button below to register!

Sessions will include:

An Overview of Basic Accounting: What is it? How does it work? Including definitions of terms and a simplified approach.
The Basics of Successful Accounting: How to make accounting work for your organization.
An Overview and Review of Financial Statements: Learn how and why common accounting reports exist, and how to use them to better understand your organization.


Tuesday September 27th, 8:00- 10:00 AM
Tuesday October 4th, 8:00- 10:00 AM
Tuesday October 11th, 8:00- 10:00 AM

Monday, August 22, 2011

Attachment Seminar 9/30-10/1


Lark Eshleman, Ph.D.
Enhanching Attachments: Parent and Professional Skill-Building for Healthier Children and Families

Register by 9/15 to receive complimentary, signed copy of Dr. Eshleman’s book, "Becoming a Family: Promoting Healthy Attachments with Your Adopted Child"

On-line registration at www.attachment-seminar.eventbrite.com
** Continuing Education Credits will be available at the seminars**

Friday - September 30
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 10:30 Current brain-based research on attachment and trauma, sensory dysfunction and other “interrupted” developmental processes
10:45 – 12:00 Matching practice and neurological understandings: Narrative, Theraplay, EEG Biofeedback, EMDR, in the STAT™ model
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:30: Resistant behaviors and how to work therapeutically for best results
2:45 – 4:00: Practical ways for parenting and therapy to complement each other; Working with schools and other professionals to support healing
4:00 – 4:30 Q & A

Saturday - October 1
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 10:30 What is attachment insecurity, attachment disorder, and does my child experience either?
10:45 – 12:00 Why does “traditional parenting” not work, and what to do instead
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:30 Hands-on approaches to parenting, let’s try it!
2:45 – 4:00 I am not alone! Working with mental health, school, and other professionals to become a healthy team
4:00 – 4:30 Q & A

Michael Gilbert, Psy.D.
It's About Childhood & Family, Inc.

Syracuse's 40 Below revamps its organizational structure

Syacuse.com reported an “organizational redesign process” is bringing sweeping changes for the Syracuse-based young professionals group 40 Below.

The changes include 11 new steering committee members and two additional paid staff members, whose salaries are being paid from a grant through CNY Works, a local nonprofit that receives federal funding, according to Ben Sio, manager of 40 Below.

“It is a reorganization in terms of staff and leadership,” Sio said. “We have it all almost completely in place. We just need a treasurer.”

The two new full-time staff members were hired to “develop new ventures to serve the young demographic professional,” according to 40 Below. They are Ashley Aurilio, who recently graduated from SUNY Cortland, who was named marketing and communications assistant, and Andrea Bianchi, a recent graduate of Binghamton University, who was named task force liaison.

The 40 Below steering committee also recently elected Stephanie Crockett as the new chairwoman. Crockett is a management supervisor at Eric Mower and Associates.

Sio said the leadership of 40 Below, which promotes Central New York as a place to live and work and has 2,500 members, has been planning the reorganization since March.

Several openings were created on the steering committee as people left the group and one-year terms expired, said Sio. The group decided to replace most of the steering committee before fall.

“We felt we should use this time to reorganize, get some new energy and new blood,” said Sio. “We realized at that time the organization needed to refresh itself to do as much as it can for 40 Below.”

The organization promotes civic engagement, public arts and regional marketing.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on having a tangible impact on the community,” said Sio.

The new steering committee members of 40 Below include:

• Brian Balash, a sales agent at Pyramid Brokerage Co. Inc.

• Brenda Cannizzaro, marketing support coordinator for Foundation for Upstate Medical University.

• Micha Crook, registration assistant for the Syracuse Convention and Visitors Bureau and co-founder of Monthly Adventures Productions.

• Lauren Crossett, a financial services professional at Central New York Agency LLC.

• Ryan Goodfellow, a leasing and sales representative at JF Real Estate.

• Aaron Gould, a student at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

• Ashlyn Maguire, a licensed commercial property and casualty broker at First Niagara Risk Management.

• Steven Marshall, a lawyer with Harris Beach.

• Todd Pinsky, a lawyer with Pinsky & Skandalis.

• Madison Quinn, program coordinator for Onondaga County’s Save the Rain Program.

• Ronald Tascarella, an associate relationship manager and banking officer at M&T Bank.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

What is your vision of Central New York’s future?

Share your ideas at an Open Forum
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
from 6 to 8 pm at Le Moyne College
Campus Center
Syracuse, New York

All are invited for open discussion of the draft vision statement posted at:
This vision is derived from the five counties in the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council: Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties. Copies will also be available at the event.

The event is hosted by the Le Moyne College Office of the President in partnership with the
CNY Regional Economic Development Council. For directions and/or more information,
please call 315-445-4255.

Central New York Regional Economic
Development Council

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Reminder-- Meet the Foundations September 8th

Join the Gifford Foundation, Community Health Foundation of Central and Western New York, John Ben Snow Foundation and Central New York Community Foundation to discuss foundation funding and priorities in a facilitated, interactive format.

Reminder! If you haven't yet attended
Meet the Foundations 2011...

Our final session of the year will be taking place on September 8th, 2011.

Join the Gifford Foundation, Community Health Foundation of Central and Western New York, John Ben Snow Foundation and Central New York Community Foundation on September 8th, 2011 from 8:00 to 10:30 AM to discuss foundation funding and priorities in a facilitated, interactive format. Please note that:
The content of this session will be similar to previous sessions, so there is no need to attend more than once. Due to limited space, a maximum of two representatives from each organization should attend.


Attendees will:
Learn more about each of the featured funders
Acquire a better understanding of each funders’ strategic approach to grantmaking
Network with others in the local nonprofit community

Continental breakfast will be provided.

Central New York Philanthropy Center
431 East Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

There is limited parking available in the Philanthropy Center parking lot.
There is street parking on East Fayette, East Washington and Genesee Streets.
A Murbro surface lot is located within a block of the building; you may enter on East Washington Street, next to Jazz Central. A covered parking garage is located at 300 East Fayette Street.
Please DO NOT park in the lot in front of Joseph’s at the Carriage House (adjacent to the Philanthropy Center).

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Governor Orders Review of Executive Compensation at Nonprofits

From the Governor's Website

Albany, NY (August 3, 2011) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he has created a new task force to investigate the executive and administrator compensation levels at not-for-profits that receive taxpayer support from the state. The task force will be led by the New York State Inspector General Ellen Biben, Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, the Medicaid Inspector General Jim Cox, and the Superintendent of the Department of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky.

"Not-for-profits that provide services to the poor and the needy have a special obligation to the taxpayers that support them. Executives at these not-for-profits should be using the taxpayer dollars they receive to help New Yorkers, not to line their own pockets. This task force will do a top-to-bottom review, not only to audit current compensation levels, but also to make recommendations for future rules to ensure taxpayer dollars are used to serve and support the people of this state, not pay for excessive salaries and compensation," Governor Cuomo said.

Governor Cuomo continued, "There is a whole range of compensation levels and extremes that have existed for too long and must be reviewed. The use of taxpayer dollars must be scrutinized at every level."

The Governor's task force will determine the protocol and scope of the investigation in order to target the audit to focus on ensuring that state taxpayer dollars meant to help and protect New Yorkers, particularly the poor and indigent, are going to that purpose and are not being diverted to compensation. It will also provide recommendations for State agency policies and procedures that will ensure that taxpayer dollars are not being diverted to excessive compensation.

Commissioners from the Department of Health, the Office of Mental Health, and OPWDD will also serve on the task force.

The Governor's action follows reports of startlingly excessive salaries and compensation packages for executives at not-for-profits that depended on state Medicaid funding through the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and other State agencies.

The State's Medicaid Inspector General has the authority necessary to exclude providers from participation in the Medicaid program if it is found that they have engaged in fraudulent or abusive practices.

There are currently no state rules governing executive and administrative compensation for not-for-profits that receive state support.

According to the Department of the Budget's January 2010 preliminary analysis of not-for-profit employees contracting with the mental hygiene agencies (Office of People With Developmental Disabilities, Office of Mental Health, and Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services), there were approximately 1,926 employees with annual salaries greater than or equal to $100,000. The total value of their salaries was $324.6 million, with an average salary of $168,555.

NYCON Statement on Governor's
Review of Executive Compensation:

"NYCON supports IRS and state enforcement efforts to root out those relatively few and often large institutional nonprofits, especially in health care and higher education, where charitable resources are used for the private and personal gain of executives. Such abuses are a stain on the sector and the Governor is right, public trust is integral to the mission and work of our state's charities. The Internal Revenue Service already provides compensation guidelines as set forth in the federal tax code and we believe those guidelines should be upheld.

It needs to be emphasized, however, that these cases are very much the exception.

The vast majority of community-based nonprofit employees are doing hard and challenging work at compensation levels that are far below public employees and often the for-profit sector. It should also be noted that the phrase "taxpayer supported nonprofits" is misleading as the state government contracts to buy services from nonprofits, just as it contracts with the for-profit sector; except the nonprofit is often expected to unfairly perform at below the actual cost of doing business. Perhaps it is also time to order an extensive review of the executive compensation levels of "taxpayer supported for-profit businesses."

NYCON asks the Governor to take this opportunity to go beyond the immediate executive compensation issue and take a comprehensive look at how the state's overall regulatory and business relationship with the nonprofit sector can be improved in the interest of all concerned."

Doug Sauer, CEO, New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.
1-800-515-5012, ext 103

Assemblyman William B. Magnarelli’s CNY Volunteer Fair

3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 20
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 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 20 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.

Only the first 50 organizations to respond will be able to host a table. Last year we had an overwhelming response and a limited number of tables available. All entrants must be approved for participation.

The information can be emailed to abdellad@assembly.state.ny.us 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 and volunteer opportunities________________________________________________
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