Wednesday, March 30, 2011

ACHIEVE Announces Board Honorees of Nonprofit Awards

ACHIEVE is pleased to announce that Board President, Denis Wickham, has received a 2011 NonProfit Award for Board Leadership. Mr. Wickham has served on the ACHIEVE Board of Directors for 15 years, and in 2010, during difficult economic times, led the agency in generating significant increases in the areas of membership, media exposure to promote community awareness, corporate sponsorships of agency events, and annual appeal funds.

ACHIEVE is also pleased to announce that Board Member, James Hayes, has received a 2011 NonProfit Award for Career Achievement. Mr. Hayes has served on the ACHIEVE Board of Directors for 40 years, first joining the board in 1971 to work for more and better educational and day-program services for his son and others who have an intellectual or other developmental disability.

Sandy Haruk, Vice President Operations and Amy Howard, Vice President Program Planning and Development, accepted the awards on behalf of Mr. Wickham and Mr. Hayes at The Central Region Business Journal NonProfit Awards Luncheon in Syracuse on Monday, March 28, 2011. The NonProfit Awards celebrate the exceptional work done in our community by the vast number of nonprofit groups in Central New York, the Mohawk Valley Region, and Greater Binghamton.

ACHIEVE is the largest and most comprehensive voluntary provider of services to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in Broome and Tioga Counties. The mission of ACHIEVE is to provide leadership, advocacy and opportunities which enable persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families to enhance the quality of their lives.

Congratulations Denis and Jim!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Annual Victims' Rights Week: April 10th-16th

This year the Crime Victims Assistance Center, Inc. will be again hosting a commemoration of National Crime Victims' Rights Week, April 10th – April 16th. The theme for 2011 is ‘Reshaping the Future. Honoring the Past’.

Schedule of Events

Mini-Remembrance Walls – on display at various Broome County locations March 28th – April 7th

Remembrance Wall - On display at the Oakdale Mall

April 8th – April 18th

Press Conference - Monday, April 11th at 10:00 am

in front of the Remembrance Wall, Oakdale Mall

A Tribute to Hope: From Victim to Survivor”

Tuesday, April 12th at 6:00 p.m.

at Cheri Lindsey Park

Rain Date: Thursday, April 14th at 6:00 p.m.

Annual Crime Victims’ Rights Week Breakfast

The McKinley in Endicott

Friday, April 15th at 8:00 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.)

Reservations Preferred - $20 per person

Keynote Speaker: To be announced

For more information, please call 723-3200 or visit

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Speaker to discuss starting a nonprofit

The Communications Association of the Southern Tier will host The Magic Paintbrush Project's executive director, Jennifer O'Brien, at noon March 15 at The Relief Pitcher, 197 Conklin Ave., Binghamton.

O'Brien will describe the challenges of getting a nonprofit organization off the ground while promoting it to the community. The Magic Paintbrush Project provides creative workshops and activities for those with special needs.

Cost is $12 for CAST members and $15 for non-members, payable at the door. Reservations are required by Friday. To reserve a seat, call Karen Frobel at or at 723-7441, ext. 306.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

2011 Capacity Building Program for Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga Nonprofits

New York Council of Nonprofits, The Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, The Community Foundation for South Central New York, Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation, and George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation Announce 2011 Capacity Building Program for Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga Nonprofits. The Southern Tier Capacity Building Program will involve two free nonprofit trainings and capacity building resources.

The first of two trainings, Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Boards of Directors, will be offered on April 7th, and be presented by NYCON CEO Doug Sauer. The program, to be held at the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court Street, will be offered from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Nonprofit executive directors and board members from Broome, Chenango, Delaware and Tioga Counties are invited to register and attend for free. Two per organization can register. Participants at these trainings will qualify to apply for capacity building services, which include mini-grants and organizational assessments.

The April 7th training, Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Boards of Directors, will help nonprofits understand that now more than ever they need to wisely and effectively recruit, engage and retain good board members and leadership. This may be an uphill challenge as the pool of qualified and interested board members appears to be dwindling; there are anxieties around liability exposure; and increased expectations for board members to give time and money, as well as their wisdom.

This workshop is designed to help your nonprofit strategically assess, build and strengthen your board to achieve organizational success. There are no magic bullets. It takes work, determination, a positive attitude and, for some, the courage to change the board’s composition if not culture. This session will take comprehensive look at board development and will offer practical tips and tools for recruitment and retention. Registration is free and is available online at

A second workshop, Balancing Good Management and Governance for Your Nonprofit, will be held on June 9th again at the Broome County Public Library. This session will help board members and staff understand the balance of governance and management roles, as well as how to develop an effective and successful partnership.

Registration is available here:

As a follow up to either workshop, participants can apply to receive capacity building services provided through a Mini-Grant Program and an Assessment Program. Training participants will be eligible to submit applications to either program beginning on April 7th.

The 2011 Southern Tier Capacity Building Mini-Grant Program is intended to measurably improve the governance and management operations of qualifying 501(c)3 nonprofits that are located or provide a substantial amount of services in Broome, Chenango, Delaware and/or Tioga Counties. The program is sponsored by NYCON, The Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, The Community Foundation for South Central New York, Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation, and George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation. The individual grant award limits are as follows:

• Up to $1,000 for general governance and management assistance
• Up to $1,000 for merger, consolidation or subsidiary development and for crisis management intervention services
• Up to $500 in scholarships for participation at qualified capacity building conferences, as submitted for approval.

The 2011 Southern Tier Capacity Building Assessment Program is intended to provide direct assistance to nonprofits in specific operations areas such as board governance, program, financial, planning, among others. This assessment will help improve the organizational performance and well-being of your nonprofit.

In order to qualify, applicants must attend one of two free trainings offered on April 7th or June 9th. The organization applying must be a qualified 501(c)3 organization located in or provide substantial service to residents and visitors of Broome, Chenango, Delaware or Tioga Counties. Projects must improve the governance, management and program service capacity of the nonprofit, and any proposed project consultant must be qualified and available at a reasonable cost. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and grants will be awarded to qualifying nonprofits with approved project activities. The grant criteria and application will be available online and in hard copy as of April 7th.

New York Council of Nonprofits is the premier governance, management, and support services organization serving charities in the state. NYCON has a membership of 3,000 charities of all types and has offices in Albany, New York City, Buffalo, Poughkeepsie, and Oneonta. For more Information visit or contact Andrew Marietta at 607-436-3124, or at

The mission of the Stewart W. and Willma C. Hoyt Foundation, Inc., created to perpetuate the Hoyts' charitable interest, is to use its resources to enhance the quality of life of the people of Broome County, primarily through judicious grantmaking. Stewart and Willma Hoyt’s vision and funding, coupled with the prudent management afforded by a dedicated Board, has created a strong mechanism to seek solutions to critical issues facing our community.

The Community Foundation for South Central New York is now in its 14th year of encouraging and facilitating philanthropy in the region, and serves five counties including Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego and Tioga. Dedicated to being a flexible endowment fund for its communities, it receives both large and small contributions from donors (including individuals, businesses and other foundations) to form the endowment from which grants are made. Since its inception in 1997 the Community Foundation has awarded more than $5.5 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations in the fields of health, human services, education, arts and humanities and has received over $16 million in contributions. More information about the Community Foundation may be found on its website at

The Conrad and Virginia Klee Foundation is a private charitable foundation created in 1957 by Conrad Klee and his wife. Since that time it has made charitable grants to various qualified nonprofit organizations, primarily in Broome County, NY. The Klee Foundation is committed to promoting, nurturing and educating a healthy community. Accordingly, particular focus is placed upon grant proposals seeking funding to support sustainable programs that can demonstrate how they can help to achieve that goal. More information about the Klee Foundation may be found on its website at

George A. and Margaret Mee Charitable Foundation invests in projects and programs of qualified nonprofit organizations that support the communities of Delaware County, New York, Cameron County, Pennsylvania and Broome County, New York and occasionally the surrounding areas. The general categories of funding are Education, Community and Recreation, Health and Human Services and Arts and Culture. It is the Foundation's intent through such investments to assist and support the nonprofit organizations in addressing the current issues and challenges within these communities, thereby working towards positive change and impact in the lives of those they serve. More information about the Mee Foundation may be found at

Building Opportunities 2011: The Nonprofit Shared Space and Services Conference

Join us for three days of practical tools to create successful nonprofit shared space and services.

Building Opportunities 2011 is the largest event in North America dedicated to creating and managing shared nonprofit workspace, administrative services, technology, and programs. Learn from The NonprofitCenters Network's ten years of collected best practices. Join leaders from the nonprofit, philanthropic, business, and public sectors as we discuss WHAT WORKS in shared space and services.

Gather comprehensive information on:

  • Nuts and bolts of creating and operating multi-tenant nonprofit facilities
  • Proven models of success for sharing administrative services, technology, and programs
  • Commercial and nonprofit financing options
  • Cost-saving solutions for quality, efficient operations
  • Tools to evaluate and amplify the impact of your collaborative space project
  • Successful strategies for community-building, ownership and governance, and cross-sector partnerships

View the Conference Agenda

What to expect:

  • Significant networking opportunities
  • Over 20 new workshops and discussions covering diverse topics, incuding community-building and facility operations
  • Dynamic speakers from across the design, real estate, and financial sectors, as well as nonprofit sector leaders
  • New conference ambassador program to foster peer-to-peer learning
  • Thought-provoking plenaries exploring proven impact and future directions for the shared space and services movement
  • Tours of nonprofit center facilities in the Los Angeles area
  • Valuable resource materials to take home

Learn more and register today.

May 9 - 11, 2011

Center for Healthy Communities at
The California Endowment
1000 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Early Bird through April 1
NCN Members: $295
Non-Members: $495

After April 1
NCN Members: $375
Non-Members: $575

Group Discount:
10% off total amount with 2+ registrants from an organization