Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Helpful Resources for Dealing with Sandy

To our NYC Members and all Members across New York State dealing with the aftermath of Sandy... Our thoughts are with you, your staff, and the community in this very difficult time. If there is anything we can do to assist, by posting notices, helping you connect with other nonprofit resources, etc. please let us know. ~NYCON staff and Board.

Some Helpful Resources:
Governor Cuomo Holds Storm Briefing 
CNN Impact
Disaster Distress Helpline
American Red Cross Greater NY Region

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Kidney Foundation eliminating staff to cut costs as revenue dries up

This news article is about the National Kidney Foundation of CNY and the economic issues this organization is facing and how they are forced to make cuts.

To read the article CLICK HERE

New Reports Shed Light on Payout Practices and Expense Patterns of U.S. Foundations

New York, NY — October 23, 2012. The Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, has released new reports that examine the payout practices and spending patterns of more than 1,000 larger U.S. independent foundations. These reports provide an authoritative, unbiased source of knowledge to help the public and policymakers better understand foundation practice and to help foundations benchmark their own activities.

Understanding and Benchmarking Foundation Payout explains the concept of payout, which refers to the total amount that a foundation reports as its charitable distribution. (The law requires the vast majority of private U.S. grantmaking foundations to distribute at least 5 percent of their net investment assets for charitable purposes each year.) The report is the first of its kind to track payout practices of the largest U.S. foundations. It finds that during the period 2007-2009, the largest share of endowed foundations (46 percent) reported payout rates in the range of 5 to 5.9 percent, on average. Nearly one-in-five foundations had payout rates at or above 10 percent. The Foundation Center does not take sides on whether the minimum payout rate should be higher or lower — whether foundation assets should be spent down quickly or preserved long-term — rather it provides data and research to inform the debate.

"While the very top grantmakers tend to pay out close to the 5 percent minimum, there is surprising variation in payout levels of larger foundations overall, and annual rates are affected by drastic changes in the stock market," said Loren Renz, the author of the report and vice president emeritus for research at the Foundation Center. "Only by averaging these rates across multiple years can a balanced view of payout practices be realized."

The amount a foundation spends on staff, overhead, and other program-related administrative expenses is included in the calculation of its qualifying distributions each year. Benchmarking Foundation Administrative Expenses: Update on How Operating Characteristics Affect Spending considers how differences in foundations’ infrastructure, operations, and programmatic activities influence their spending patterns.

The report finds that whether a foundation employs paid staff is the single most important factor affecting its expense levels, followed by staff size. In addition, foundations that regularly engage in international grantmaking, foundation-administered programs, or making grants directly to individuals have expenses-to-qualifying distribution ratios that are roughly twice as high as those that do not.

Understanding and Benchmarking Foundation Payout and Benchmarking Foundation Administrative Expenses can be downloaded at no charge from the Gain Knowledge area of the Foundation Center's web site.

This research was made possible through support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 470 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Women’s Fund of Central New York Celebrates the Power of Women in Philanthropy

2012 FALL CELEBRATION: October 30, 2012, 8 a.m., Rosamond Gifford Zoo
The Power of the 51%—Women Giving to Women

Syracuse, NY [October 12, 2012] – The Women’s Fund of Central New York is delighted to announce its annual Fall Celebration. “The Power of the 51%—Women Giving to Women” marks the power of women and their ability to create change through charitable giving.

Guest speaker Gregg Tripoli, president of the Onondaga Historical Association, will discuss the history of women’s philanthropy in Central New York. He will also take a close look at the lives of three very different women who got help at critical times of their lives and, in turn, helped hundreds of thousands of others.

Speaking for the Women’s Fund, Aminy I. Audi, Chief Executive Officer and President of L. & J.G. Stickley, will describe how the original commitment of a few women in the Central New York community makes a difference for people in need by growing an endowment that today totals nearly a million dollars. Each year the Women’s Fund supports local initiatives and programs with grants; in 2011, it gave grants totaling $24,000. Ms. Audi will discuss a few of those projects as well as her own experiences as a successful entrepreneur and founding member of the Women’s Fund.

When:    Tuesday, October 30, 2012
    Registration & coffee start at 8:00 a.m.
    Breakfast presentation 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Where:   Rosamond Gifford Zoo auditorium, Syracuse, New York
Tickets:   $40 per person, available through http://www.womensfundofcny.org/
 R.S.V.P. by Friday, October 26

Preferred Seating Table Sponsorships are available for $500. For more information, contact Caragh Fahy at Caragh.Fahy@lfg.com

The Women’s Fund of Central New York seeks to improve the lives of women and girls, serve as a voice and advocate for women and girls, educate women about philanthropy, and engage women in creating change through collective and targeted giving. The Women's Fund of Central New York is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Community Foundation Awards $320,030 in Community Grants

Syracuse, NY (October 4, 2012) - The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $320,030 in grants to eight charitable organizations in Onondaga County from its unrestricted and field of interest funds.

Hillside Children’s Center received $28,500 to connect youth in foster care to relatives and other supportive adults through Family Finding services.

Meals on Wheels of FM and JD received $3,595 to update its kitchen stove and oven unit. This grant was funded by the Carriage House Foundation Fund.

North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps of North Syracuse received $10,000 to assist in the conversion of its mobile radio system.

On Point for College received $22,192 to support the Stop-Out Program designed to reenroll students have stopped out of college for various reasons.

Partners for Education and Business received $25,000 to expand its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teacher in the Workplace program, which places teachers in worksites in order to develop STEM-related lesson plans.

Partners In Learning, Inc. received $30,743 to update and expand the West Side Learning Center computer lab.

SUNY Upstate Medical University Foundation received $100,000 towards construction of the infusion playroom at the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders to be housed in the new Upstate Cancer Center.

Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA) received $100,000 to support the rehabilitation of 48 low-income housing units at 400 and 410 West Onondaga and 828 West Streets on Syracuse's Near Westside.

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $130 million. It awards close to $6.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit www.cnycf.org.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

UPMC Among Nonprofits Eager to Avoid Paying Property Taxes

An interesting article about a major nonprofit (UPMC) who is making a rare move in order to avoid paying property taxes. Click on the link below to read this article and learn more about what types of deals other nonprofits are making.

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2011 Member Mapping Report from National Council of Nonprofits

2011 Member Mapping Report from National Council of Nonprofits
A unique report that gives your State Association data and analyses that are relevant to every State Association board and staff member in the National Council of Nonprofits' network. 

The 2011 report addresses many frequently asked questions, including:
  • How are State Associations weathering the economy?
  • How do State Associations earn revenue other than through member dues?
  • Why are the numbers of people trained through our network trending down?
  • Why are there lots of new members in State Associations every year, but not a corresponding growth in the network?

Arts, Culture, Recreation & Civic Engagement Projects Can Now Enter Giving Project

Arts, Culture, Recreation & Civic Engagement Projects Can Now Enter The CNY85 Giving Project! 

The Central New York Community Foundation is now accepting applications from arts, culture, recreation and civic engagement projects for The CNY85 Giving Project.

Enter now at CNY85.org.

Over the course of the year, The CNY85 Giving Project is awarding grants to four nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life in Central New York. The project that receives the most public votes at the end of each quarter will receive $8,500.

The Community Foundation is now accepting applications for projects that engage community members in CNY’s rich culture, heritage and natural resources. Supporting a vibrant culture in Central New York means encouraging community participation in its various forms—from arts programming, to recreational activities, to volunteerism and community involvement. Projects should seek to strengthen this cultural fabric and bring together diverse populations. Qualified public charities that serve Onondaga or Madison Counties are invited to enter The CNY85 Giving Project only once during the 2012 calendar year.