Friday, March 30, 2012

SCNY ED Group April 27th Program

Program Agenda:
•Broome County Urban League presentation on new Radio Station
•Economic Impact Report Update: results going to print soon

The program will feature the Broome County Urban League discussing their new youth media broadcast company/radio station, which is a non-commercial educational radio station. They will also discuss opportunities for nonprofits to advertise and promote community wide the good work they do at minimal to no cost.

Also, the program will include an update on the Economic Impact study and the next steps in publishing and promoting the data.


Date: Friday, April 27th
Time: 8:30-11:00 am
Cost: FREE to nonprofit directors
Family Enrichment Network
24 Cherry Street
Johnson City, NY

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Binghamton University’s Philanthropy Incubator Announces $10,000 Available

Binghamton University’s Philanthropy Incubator students are pleased to announce that they will distribute $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations later this spring to Broome and Tioga organizations. The Learning by Giving Foundation has provided the funding to the students, who will make grant decisions as part of course work in the class Philanthropy and Civil Society. The purpose of this announcement is to invite eligible organizations to indicate their interest in support from this program.

To be eligible for funding, individual organizations must complete the short letter of interest available at this link. You can also access the link here. The letter asks several very short questions about your organization. The deadline for submitting your letter of interest is next Friday, March 23rd.

The students are using the letters of interest to identify the universe of organizations available to fund. Students will review the organizations that express interest in funding and follow up directly with those organizations that most align with their funding interests. They will use those follow up conversations to discuss with potential grantees the specific ways in which they would use grant funds. The students have identified the following issue areas as important to them: education and youth development, housing and homelessness; family services and poverty.

Of course, it is important to remember that the amount of funding available, $10,000, is limited and I suspect the students will fund no more than four organizations (and they could choose to fund only one). Please do not submit any additional information other than what they have requested on the letter of interest.

If you have other questions, please contact David Campbell, the course instructor, at

Community Foundation, arts council announce grants for visual artists

Press & Sun-Bulletin related that the Community Foundation for South Central New York and the Broome County Arts Council are collaborating on a new program to provide funding to individual artists.

A two-year pilot called the Artists Fund will be unveiled at 10:30 a.m. today at the Community Foundation's offices at 520 Columbia Drive in Johnson City. The Community Foundation will fund the grant program and BCAC will administer it.

In prepared remarks, Community Foundation Executive Director Diane Brown says, "We created the Artists Fund in response to a real need that the Community Foundation identified during a wide-ranging community needs assessment last year. BCAC is a perfect partner because of its expertise in administering local arts grants and its deep connections to the arts community. We are excited about this opportunity to collaborate on a pilot that serves the missions of both organizations."

The two-year Artists Fund pilot will begin in Broome County. For 2012-14, grants will be made only to Broome County artists in the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, print-making, mixed media, collage, graphic design, illustration and fine art photography. Grant awards will range from $250 to $750.

In prepared remarks, BCAC Executive Director Sharon Ball says, "That may not seem like a lot of money, unless you are a cash-strapped artist struggling to develop yourself professionally. A little help can make all the difference between benefitting from an opportunity and missing out on one. We are thrilled to be working with the Community Foundation to expand the pool of resources for local artists."

Artists Fund eligibility guidelines, submission instructions and application forms may be downloaded from BCAC's website at or from the Community Foundation's website at Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. May 9 at BCAC's offices at 81 State St., Suite 501, in downtown Binghamton.

Call 723-4620 or e-mail to learn more.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Red Cross names chapter executive

Shelley Bierwiler is now community chapter executive for the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross.

She brings more than 20 years of nonprofit experience to the organization, including seven years with the Greater Steuben Chapter of the American Red Cross as its assistant executive director of fund development.

She has also served on the Red Cross national advanced public affairs team.