Monday, December 28, 2009

2010 AFP Finger Lakes Chapter Program Schedule

Tuesday, January 5, noon (Brown Bag)
Guerilla Tactics: Motivating Your Board and CEO to
Raise More Money
Paula K. Parrish, CFRE Webinar
Ithaca, Tompkins County Public Library

Tuesday, February 2, 4:00 – 6:00
Member Networking Social Event
Ithaca: NorthStar, 202 East Falls Street

Tuesday, March 2, noon
Strategic Major Gifts Fundraising Chip Bryce, Director, Cornell University
Office of Gift Planning
Ramada Inn, 2310 N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca

Tuesday, April 6, noon
Baby Boomers & Philanthropy
Prof Karl Pillemer, Director, Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging
Ramada Inn, 2310 N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca

Tuesday, May 4, 8:30 – 10:00
Breakfast Provided
Highlights from the International AFP Conference
Panel of Attendees
Ithaca, Tompkins County Public Library

Friday, June 18, 9:00 – 3:00
AFP Fingerlakes Day Long Conference
Ted Hart - People to People Fundraising:How to Succeed On-line,
Location: TBA

Tuesday, July 6, noon
Leadership & Conflict Resolution
Ann Martin, Praxis Consulting Group
Ramada Inn, 2310 N. Triphammer Rd., Ithaca


Tuesday, September 7, Time TBA
Joint Meeting with the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America: Community Relations Building Location & Time TBA

Tuesday, October 5, 8:30 – 10:00 Breakfast Provided
Succeeding Capital Campaign Success
Kathy Cole, President,
West Wind Consulting
Tompkins County Public Library

November, noon
National Philanthropy Day
Location & Date TBA

Tuesday, December 7, noon
Holiday Gathering
Tompkins County Public Library

Naturally, changes in scheduling may occur as the year progresses. Changes and up-dates will be announced by email. Please contact the chapter’s membership chairperson, Carla Dawejko,, with questions about AFP.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Nonprofits Expanding

WETM Channel 18 reported that with the continuing down turn of the economy non-profit organizations are growing to fit neighbor's needs.CEO Natasha Thompson of the Food Bank in the Southern Tier, says, "The reality is that about fifteen percent of the population in the Southern Tier are living at or below the federal poverty level, which is $21,200 before taxes."

Thompson also says despite the economic slump, her charity will be expanding thanks to the generosity of the community.

She says, "Our growth over the past ten years is us just getting a lot better at supply the need that already exists."

With an increase of members during recent years, non-profit organizations have been applying for more funds to make sure they have enough to provide those who are less unfortunate.

Bridget Steed of the Catholic Charities in Elmira says they got help from the federal level.

Steed says, "Most recently the stimulus funds that were distributed we were fortunate to apply for and receive. Plus additionally other applications we applied for early on."

The number of neighbors needing services has increased every year.

This means charity directors need to know how many people they need to accommodate.
Steed also says, "We look at what the community need is. We project that out towards the future and identify and figure out what we can apply for.”

Both Steed and Thompson say their organizations can't run without local support.
Catholic Charities have already made plans to expand housing options for neighbors in need.

The food bank of the Southern Tier is planning on expanding into the old Seneca Beverage building.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Southern Tier hospitals finalize affiliation agreement

Central NY Business Journal reported that after exploring their options for 17 months, two Southern Tier hospitals finalized an affiliation agreement that's the next step in an eventual merger.

In a statement released today, the board of directors of Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in the town of Urbana announced it reached an agreement on affiliation with Arnot Ogden Medical Center of Elmira.

The agreement includes the Fred and Harriet Taylor Health Center (Davenport & Taylor).
The hospitals, which have been discussing an affiliation for nearly two years, are located about 40 miles apart.

Under the agreement, formally reached during the final week of November, Arnot Ogden will appoint a board including representatives from both hospitals to oversee operations at Davenport & Taylor.

In addition, the new Davenport & Taylor board will implement a management-services agreement with Arnot Ogden.

James Watson, current CEO of Davenport & Taylor, will become an employee of Arnot Ogden and report directly to the new board.

To close the merger, the hospitals need to complete a series of filings with the New York State Department of Health, finish corporate restructuring, and wrap up medical services agreements, according to Arnot Ogden. Read more here.