Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Grants Available to strengthen park and trail groups

Parks & Trails New York is offering a new round of Capacity Building Grants for park and trail groups in New York State. The grants, of up to $3,000, will strengthen not-for-profit organizations that are working to build and protect parks and trails in communities across the state --- helping to not only provide places for close-to-home, healthy physical activity but also generate additional tourist dollars to strengthen local economies.

Parks & Trails New York's goal is to enable not-for-profits to better fulfill their missions; improve their reach, effectiveness, and impact; leverage more resources; and increase community support for and involvement in park and trail planning, development, and stewardship. Funds can be used to assist with activities associated with organizational start-up and development, training, communications, and volunteer recruitment and management. The deadline for submitting applications is November 22, 2010.

For more information email Parks & Trails New York or call 518-434-1583.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Community Service Fair for Nonprofits

The Broome Leadership Institute (BLI) Alumni Association, RSVP, Southern Tier Young Professionals, United Way of Broome County, and our newest partners – Binghamton University College of Community & Public Affairs and BU’s Department of Human Development – have joined forces to help our local non-profits connect with potential volunteers and board members in our community.

Local non-profit organizations are invited to participate in our 3rd Annual Community Service Fair on Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. (with set up around 3:00 p.m.) at the Binghamton University Downtown Center, 67 Washington Street, Binghamton. There is no cost to exhibit. Each non-profit will receive one table, two chairs and be listed in our on-site packet.

The Community Service Fair is designed to provide a ‘one stop shop’ where people in our community can be exposed to different non-profits in our area and find one or more volunteer opportunities that best fit their interests and their schedule.

NEW THIS YEAR: Binghamton University students in the MSW, MPA, MSA and HDEV programs are looking to connect with local non-profits as part of their degree programs – so this is a great opportunity for student involvement!

For more information or to sign up, contact Amy Shaw at (607) 772-8863 x 313 or

Nonprofit Resources Regarding the Oct. 15 Deadline

Time is running out for small nonprofits facing loss of tax-exempt status because they have not filed Form 990-N or Form 990-EZ for three consecutive years. The deadline for the IRS's one-time filing relief program is October 15, 2010. After that, nonprofits that are required to file a 990 and whose filings are at least three years in arrears will automatically lose their exemptions. To regain tax-exempt status, they will have to apply to the IRS all over again, a process that can take several months and requires payment of fees. To help you make sense of the rules and regulations surrounding this program, GuideStar is offering you a few resources:
  • GuideStar Resource Center: includes articles and links to keep you updated in this ongoing process.
  • IRS Communications Toolkit: includes facts outlining the situation, a list of organizations IRS records show are at risk, a YouTube video, and a widget for posting on Web sites.
  • Guide Star Charity Check: includes information on exemption status of organizations and is updated as more information from the IRS becomes available.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

"Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact" Debuts Today

The Foundation Center, the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, has launched an online database of proven approaches to measuring and analyzing the impact of social investments. As philanthropists and the nonprofit community shift towards more strategic approaches to get a "social return," evaluation activities must also operate at a higher level. TRASI ("Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact") addresses these growing needs by offering tools and methodologies that place a premium on evidence and metrics in tracking progress.

"Measuring the effectiveness of social programs has always been a challenge because it's not just about the numbers. TRASI helps organizations meet that challenge and go beyond simply determining whether projected outcomes were achieved," said Lawrence T. McGill, the Foundation Center's vice president for research. "The organizations that have generously shared their own strategic methods for measuring impact will greatly help others to find a solution that is a good fit for them."

Developed in partnership with McKinsey & Co., the assessment approaches in TRASI were authored by a range of organizations, including social investors, foundations, NGOs, and microfinance institutions. The Better Business Bureau, USAID, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Center for Effective Philanthropy are among them. The resources in the database range from off-the-shelf tools and concrete methodologies to generalized best practices and are complemented by multimedia features and social networking tools.

Each approach has been carefully indexed against a common set of key elements and presented in a way that makes it easy to compare their relative merits. The key elements include: who the approach applies to, what kind of organization or evaluation the approach is best suited for, and the costs and techniques involved in its implementation. Each approach was thoroughly reviewed by an Expert Review Panel convened by the New York University Stern School of Business.

Online Kick-off Event
The Center is hosting an online event to kick-off the TRASI launch. Beginning at 2:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, September 22, 2010, a live chat with some of the individuals from the Expert Review Panel will be held. Anyone interested in learning more about impact assessment and the TRASI platform is invited to attend by visiting

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. 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 450 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and beyond. For more information, please visit or call (212) 620-4230.

Monday, September 20, 2010

SCNY-ED Group Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

September 17, 2010, 8:30 am –At Accord Conf Room, State St., Binghamton
In Attendance: Richard Squire, Joseph Sellepack, Cynthia Gordineer, David Karre, Darrell Newvine, Deborah Fitzgerald.

Next meeting scheduled for Friday, November 5, 2010 @ 8:30 am
Location – Accord Conf Room. State St., Binghamton

We have recently added several new members to the organization and there continues to be new interest. Darrell Newvine will work on updating the Steering & Sub committee lists.

We continue to look for members who are interested in sitting on the Special Projects, Programs and Membership committee. Cynthia will reach out to individuals who have expressed interest in becoming more active.

The Steering committee is looking for 1 to 2 new members. (The Steering is comprised of the heads of each sub committee and officers).

To be eligible individuals must be actively participating in a sub-committee.

Next program to be held on December 1st @ 8:30 am. Darrell has offered to host at FEN and provide refreshments.

Program content will be focused on highlighting the significant accomplishments of the Special Projects committee.
- Breaking down the data collected to date
- What does the data tell us about our community?
- How do we use this information to benefit the Non-profits in our community?
- Does it make our case for the important impact we have?
- The committee’s suggestions & recommendations for building on this foundation.

Darrell will send a new survey to membership for input on future topic interest areas as we have addressed most topics previously indicated.
David & Cynthia will be scheduling a program committee meeting prior to the December 1st presentation.

The committee will be ready with an overview/summary of the data collected by the Special Projects committee “Non-Profit Economic Impact Study” for the Dec 1st program.

After initial review of the raw data the committee has expressed their interest in extending this project to give the report additional balance. Several options are being explored for community partnerships to further the study and give our NP community more useful and tangible tools.

The special project committee will be scheduling a meeting in October.

Discussion of the future of the ED Group and potential affiliations
Considering full membership meeting in January to explore further.

Monday, September 6, 2010

October 5 at Roberson Museum: To Preserve and Protect: Security Solutions for New York’s Historical Records

To Preserve and Protect: Security Solutions for New York’s Historical

Theft of historical documents plagues records repositories. With
careful planning, awareness of warning signs and proactive security
solutions, organizations can reduce the window of opportunity for
historical record theft. Archival security expert Mimi Bowling will
provide an interactive curriculum during this full-day workshop on
archival security, preparing participants to take immediate action to
strengthen their local security programs. Participants will receive a
certificate upon completion. There is no cost.

Topics include:

risk awareness
insider theft
facility design and security technology
security of information systems
working with vendors and contractors
research room management and design
developing institutional security policies
procedures and post-theft response
additional topics as requested by participants.
Workshop Schedule

Rochester Region

September 13, 2010 (Monday)
Ontario County Safety Training Center
Canandaigua, Ontario, NY
Western NY Region
September 14, 2010 (Tuesday)
Erie 1 BOCES
West Seneca, Erie, NY

Central NY Region

October 4, 2010 (Monday)
Utica Public Library
Utica, Oneida, NY

South Central NY Region

October 5, 2010 (Tuesday)
Roberson Museum and Science Center
Binghamton, Broome, NY

Hudson Valley Region

March 7, 2011 (Monday)
Historic Huguenot Street
New Paltz, Ulster, NY

Capital Region

April 11, 2011 (Monday)
Crandall Public Library
Glens Falls, Warren, NY

Northern NY Region

April 18, 2011 (Monday)
Town of Massena
Massena, St. Lawrence, NY

Metro NYC Region and Long Island Region

Spring 2011

To register, please email or call
518-473-0130. Early registration is encouraged and appreciated; only
25 seats available.

This program is sponsored by the New York State Historical Records
Advisory Board, the New York State Archives, and the National
Historical Publications and Records Commission.