Thursday, January 26, 2012

Special Session on Website Design and Strategies

Ted Hart Returns to CNY

Special Session on Website Design and Strategies

Thursday, February 9, 2012
CNY Philanthropy Center
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Special Session -- Open to All

We are thrilled that international fundraising and ePhilanthropy expert Ted Hart is coming back to Syracuse to provide an intensive session focused on effective website design and strategies.

Those who attended the session with Mr. Hart on Fundraising Day in June are aware of his incredible range of expertise and his dynamic presentation style.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
CNY Philanthropy Center
431 East Fayette Street
Syracuse, New York

$35 for AFP Members
$50 for non-members (if space is available)
Beverly Mack

Research shows that a majority of people check out an organization’s website prior to making a first gift to the organization, regardless of whether they make the gift online. Therefore, an effective website that leads the potential donor to make that important first gift is more crucial than ever.

Many organizations pay thousands of dollars for advice on their website design. This special session will include live website review and is sure to give every participant important information that can be used immediately (and without significant cost) to make your website better support your mission and your bottom line.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Announcing our next NEWS Workshop! Nonprofits Going Green: Practical Steps and Resources

As people and corporations around the world become more "green" they in turn expect the nonprofits they support to also take proactive steps to protect the environment. While a vast majority of charities want to be more green, they often feel they lack the expertise and knowledge base to kick off a successful, budget-conscious approach to this initiative.

This afternoon workshop will help provide a road map to successfully lower costs and increase environmental awareness while providing access to industry leaders who can help get it all done. Our environment will benefit as a result of the nonprofit/NGO sector taking action. This session will provide real-life steps and information to increase your organization’s green profile in a cultural climate that demands ecological responsibility from organizations.

Due to limited space, this workshop is limited to two representatives per organization. Attendees should be affiliated with a nonprofit organization in a board, staff, or long term volunteer capacity.

Register now by clicking here

Facilitated by:

Ted Hart
Founder & CEO of GreenNonprofits and author of The Nonprofit Guide to Going Green

February 8, 2012
2:00pm- 5:00 pm

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

$20 per person

Additional Event featuring Ted Hart:
sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals

Website Design and Strategies
Thursday, February 9, 2012
CNY Philanthropy Center
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

$35 for AFP members
$50 for non-members
(if space is available)

RSVP to:
(subject line: Ted Hart)


The Central New York Community Foundation invites you to celebrate 85 years of giving to the region we love. Over the course of the year, The CNY85 Giving Project will award grants to projects addressing Central New York's greatest needs. Winners will be decided by public vote.

Central New York Community Foundation
431 East Fayette Street, Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202* 315-422-9538 *

Thursday, January 12, 2012

American Red Cross Job Openings

The American Red Cross is still actively recruiting candidates for Regional Executive Officer (located in Syracuse), Regional Operations Officer (located in Binghamton), Regional Fund Development Officer, Regional Communications Officer, a Community Chapter Executive for Northern New York (located in Watertown), and a few select Fund Development and Program positions across the Central New York Region that will be posted at the end of January. All active jobs can be located at Click on Working with the Red Cross, Become an Employee, and “Chapter”.

Hiring Practices Trainings in January

A Program for Employers and Unions
This program will discuss considerations of hiring people with criminal records and best practices for the use of criminal background checks for employment, including recommendations for interviewing.

Learn how hiring individuals with a criminal record can:
• build a safer community
• create a more diverse work environment
• lead to tax benefits for your business
• produce protections from negligent hiring claims
• promote New York State public policy

This 2 hour program will be offered the following dates, times and locations:

Tuesday, January 10, 7:30 am - 9:30 am at

Friday, January 13, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at

Wednesday, January 18, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at

Friday, January 20, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm at
Register By Emailing
Patricia Warth at:

Any questions call:
315.422.5638 ext. 229

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Westcott Community Center ED Job Posting

The Westcott Community Center (WCC) is seeking a full time Executive Director. The WCC is a not for profit agency which serves the extended Westcott and Syracuse community.
The Center provides public education projects, social service programs, and multi program events to a diverse constituency. The Executive Director is responsible for management,
organization and operation of the Center and supervision of the staff and activities under the direction of the Board of Directors of the WCC. The Executive Director is a liaison to
neighborhood groups. Applicant must demonstrate prior successful managerial, grant writing and administrative experience. Non-profit managerial experience is a plus.
BA degree or equivalent required. Some evening and weekend responsibilities. Competitive salary.

A more detailed job description can be found at: (after Sunday, Jan. 8th).

To apply for the position please submit a resume together with a cover letter by email or hard copy to: or mail to Search Committee, 826 Euclid Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210.

Deadline for receiving resumes is February 3, 2012.

No phone calls please

Thursday, January 5, 2012

HSLC meeting on January 13th

The next meeting of the Human Services Leadership Council will be

Friday, January 13th, 2012
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

Program – Information Sharing – Beth Broadway, Facilitator
During our strategic planning process, many HSLC members asked for opportunities to find out more about one another’s programs and services. Thanks to Beth Broadway for agreeing to facilitate an information sharing program to help HSLC members learn about one another’s agencies.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Commentary: Through microgiving, you can make more than a dime's worth of difference

Great editorial offered by J. Naples, M&T Bank's Syracuse regional president, chairman of the Onondaga Community College Foundation and chairman of the board of directors of CenterState CEO:

Syracuse, it’s time for a paradigm change in the way we give. Syracuse and Onondaga County’s arts and sciences, educational programs and nonprofits rely on us to survive. Times are tough, though. And some of these organizations, as well as the donors they count on, are coming up short. Some organizations have failed.

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work with a group of local business leaders to head the Onondaga Community College Capital Campaign. We raised several million dollars over a year and a half, exceeding our initial monetary goal and beating our targeted deadline date by over four months.

The people — whom our team knew personally and professionally — were asked to give, and they gave generously. But a campaign like ours cannot be repeated easily over and over again without a change. Like many campaigns, we focused a lot of our attention on a small number of individuals and corporations. As you know, in small cities like Syracuse there are a limited number of large donors to reach out to.

Therefore, we fundraisers and donors must think differently.

First, our civic organizations and nonprofits should engage us with clear-cut goals and concise statements of how donations will positively impact their strategic well-being. Donors need to feel as if they’re investing in something that makes a difference, rather than simply writing a check to keep a nonprofit afloat. Receiving regular, coordinated messages from an organization about how it puts contributions to work makes donors feel like their investments are paying off. Keeping people informed via various media (including emails, letters or social media sites) about the way donor dollars are being used for the success of the organization can help spur more giving.

In a business book called “The Dragonfly Effect,” the co-authors describe how a young South Asian student at Stanford University in need of a bone marrow transplant was given a one-in-20,000 chance of finding a donor. His friends, undaunted by such odds, put in place a plan using social media tools to register 24,611 donors in a matter of weeks. A clear-cut goal plus a compelling story brought people from all over the world together to solve this problem.

Second, Syracuse’s nonprofits need to “democratize” their relationship with the community. More specifically, they need to understand that communications are a two-way street. In addition to dollars, organizations should also solicit ideas from the greater community. For example, what if a local museum reached out to local schools for suggestions and ideas on how best to tailor an exhibit for children? By seeking “personal” involvement from people, one often finds that they will be more likely to contribute their time and also their money.

My employer, M&T Bank, regularly sponsors local events and programs like New York’s Creative Core Emerging Business Competition, as well as On Point for College, which opens doors to higher education for inner city youth. In the past year, our company has given to hundreds of organizations both within and outside of Upstate New York. By participating with these organizations, we have seen firsthand how they improve the community and impact the lives of individuals. We are compelled to give because we understand the mission and see the “return.”

This brings me to my last point. Corporate giving is not enough. Each and every Syracusan must think about personal giving. According to the U.S. Census, there are 111,737 people 18 or older in Syracuse, another 248,034 people in the surrounding areas of Onondaga County.

Given the current economic times, people often don’t feel they are in a position to “write a check” for a good cause. Therefore, I propose we begin to focus on the importance of “microgiving,” or small donations from everyone. If each of those 359,771 adults gave just 10 cents a day ($36.50 per year) to one of Syracuse’s nonprofits, collectively they would raise more than $12.5 million. Ten cents often represents the change one puts on the counter after grabbing a cup of coffee or a burger. What a difference this would make!

In that same light, there are about 35,000 businesses in Onondaga County. If each just gave $100 to a cause, we could raise another $3.5 million. “Microgiving” works, and every small donation helps.

In fact, small donations continue to play an increasing role in all campaigns. For OCC, the Reach Beyond campaign would not have been as successful without the small contributions from close to 1,000 donors who collectively contributed upwards of $500,000. There is no gift too small.

I hope everyone in Central New York makes it their New Year’s resolution to begin the practice of “microgiving” for the “macrobenefit” of our greater community.

Charities get last-minute boost from donors

CNNMoney report -- Chalk it up to the holiday spirit -- or just smart tax planning -- but charitable giving is looking up this month.

Giving in December is already up 15% from 2010, according to the latest tally by Network for Good, a site that enables donors to contribute to more than 10,000 charities across the country. In November, donations rose 20% over the same month last year.

"This year looks a little better, but not back to pre-recession levels yet," said Katya Andresen, Network for Good's chief strategy officer.

But the best is yet to come. While one-third of all online giving for the year occurs in December, a whopping 22% happens in the last two days of the year, according to Network for Good's online giving study. That end-of-year rush can mainly be attributed to donors looking for some last-minute tax savings.

"It's traditional to think about charity in December and of course, it's the end of the tax year," Andresen said.

Still, with less than 48 hours left in the calendar year, it's unlikely this will be a substantially better year for charities after three years in a row of lackluster giving.

Largest donations of 2011
After sinking in 2008 and 2009, donations still lag far behind pre-recession levels. Total charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations increased slightly in 2010 to $290.9 billion -- but remained below 2007's $310.6 billion, according to Giving USA, a foundation that tracks charitable contributions.

Although Geoffrey Brown, executive director of the organization, says it's still too early to say how 2011 will fare in comparison to last year, "giving is probably going to be flat, if anything," he noted.

Stagnant wage growth, high unemployment, Europe's debt crisis and uncertainty about the economy have weighed on donors, while the government has drawn down support substantially, explained Daniel Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy.

"This year was a little better than last year, but, of course, last year wasn't so good," he said.

In a survey by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, 54% of 152 organizations said they raised more money in November and during the first part of December than they had at the same time last year. Nearly 60% of charities predicted they would have an overall gain in donations in 2011, while 28% said donations would fall this year.

"This was a year in which there were certainly disasters both at home and abroad, but not at the scale that we have seen in the past," explained Stacy Palmer, editor of the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

"Even Japan giving was small, it was nothing like the crisis in Haiti," she said referring to the earthquake and tsunami that rocked the Asian nation in March.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Central NY Community Foundation Announces Special Grant Opportunity

Nonprofit Organizations Invited to Enter The CNY85 Giving Project

The Central New York Community Foundation is excited to announce the opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to win an $8,500 grant in support of a program that addresses the region's greatest needs.

About The CNY85 Giving Project
In celebration of its 85-year anniversary, the Central New York Community Foundation will be hosting The CNY85 Giving Project - a grant competition based on public vote - that will run through 2012. Over the course of the year, The CNY85 Giving Project will award grants to four nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life in Central New York. The project that receives the most public votes through our website at the end of each quarter will receive $8,500.

How to Enter
Nonprofit organizations that serve Onondaga or Madison Counties are invited to enter The CNY85 Giving Projectonce during the 2012 calendar year. To view the full Rules & Guidelines and submit your project for consideration in the online public vote, visit You must submit your information during one of the four open application periods in January, April, July or October.

An organization can only submit one application during the year, so choose your quarter carefully!

We are currently accepting online entries for projects that promote vitality in Central New York through economic development, transportation, planning and/or environment work.

Calendar & Themes
The CNY85 Giving Project’s four project themes are based on the greatest needs of our community, as demonstrated by our collaborative community indicators project, CNYVitals. For more on the indicators, visit

Round 1: Economic Development, Planning & Environment Projects
Entry: 01/01-01/31/12 - NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!
Voting: 03/01-03/31/12

Upcoming Rounds:
Round 2: Housing, Health & Human Service Projects
Entry: 04/01-04/30/2012
Voting: 06/01-06/30/12

Round 3: Education & Technology Projects
Entry: 07/01-07/31/2012
Voting: 09/01-09/30/12

Round 4: Arts, Culture, Recreation & Civic Engagement Projects
Entry: 10/01-10/31/2012
Voting: 12/01-12/31/12

Learn More and Enter Now!