Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Charting a Decade of Online Donations

Charting a Decade of Online Donations
November 23, 2011, 11:04 am
By Cody Switzer
Only 4 percent of donors had given online in 2001. This year, about 65 percent have given to charity through the Internet.

That’s one of the comparisons made in a new graphic from Network for Good, a fund-raising and volunteerism Web site that celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.

In 2001, the average donation through the site was $226. But this year the average gift is $73, a change that Network for Good interprets as a sign that online giving has “gone mainstream.”

Here’s the full graphic:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

NY comptroller says late checks hurt nonprofits

NY comptroller says late checks hurt nonprofits
Nov. 15, 2011, 3:01 a.m. EST
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says late contract approvals and payments by the state are hurting nonprofit providers and jeopardizing services.

DiNapoli says state agencies last year were on average six months late in approving nine out of 10 contracts valued at $50,000 or more, often after services were provided.

An analysis of the first half of 2011 shows nearly 90 percent of contracts approved by the comptroller were submitted late by state agencies.

DiNapoli says nonprofits operate on thin margins and provide basic services ranging from health care clinics to work programs, with 22,000 active grant contracts totaling $16.8 billion.

The nonprofit sector employed 1.25 million people statewide last year.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

HSLC November 4th Meeting

The next meeting of the Human Services Leadership Council will be

Friday, November 4, 2011
8:00 – 9:30 AM
United Way Building, Rosamond Gifford Conference Room, 518 James Street

Introductions and Announcements
Chair’s Update – Strategic Planning Next Steps…
Treasurer’s Update

Overview of New CNY Vitals Project – Frank Ridzi, CNY Community Foundation
CNY Vitals is a unique community indicators website developed by many partners dedicated to improving the quality of life for those who live and work in Central New York. The purpose of CNY Vitals is to provide timely, accurate data and information on the trends and issues facing Central New York’s residents. CNY Vitals will:

· Provide accurate, up to date data, benchmarks, trends and information across multiple indicator areas
· Activate diverse, multi-sector Indicator Teams
· Raise awareness of community assets, needs and challenges
· Inform citizens and leaders of community-wide plans, goals, and initiatives
· Build and support civic engagement, community partnerships and collaborative efforts
· Provide access points to other regional dashboards and plans
· Maximize our regional competitive edge and assist in creating shared goals
· Provide a mechanism for accountability for policy makers and the community

Update on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s Leadership Committee on Nonprofit Revitalization – Peter Dunn, CNY Community Foundation

The task force is charged with presenting a series of recommendations to reduce the regulatory burdens and costs for nonprofits while strengthening accountability.

Thanks to Frank Lazarski for agreeing to take care of refreshments for this meeting. I look forward to seeing you!


Randi K. Bregman
Executive Director
Vera House, Inc.
6181 Thompson Road, Suite 100
Syracuse, New York 13206
(315) 425-0818 ex. 204
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