Wednesday, February 24, 2010

March 2nd Strategic Major Gifts Fundraising Workshop

For immediate release: February 24, 2010

Contact: Judith Pratt,, 607-273-2661

Strategic Major Gifts Fundraising with Chip Bryce

Tuesday, March 2, noon

Ramada Inn, 2310 Triphammer Road, Ithaca

$15 for AFP members; $18 for non-members.

Sign up by e-mailing Katie Foley, Pay at the door.

How large is a “major” gift?

While the size of a major gift varies from organization to organization, the strategies used to find and develop such donors can be used by non-profits of all shapes and sizes.

Chip Bryce, Director of the Office of Trusts, Estates & Gift Planning at Cornell University, will speak to the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at a luncheon on Tuesday, March 2, 2010.

Mr. Bryce has been working with major gifts officers at Cornell University since 1995. While he focuses on gift planning, he sees it as part of a larger strategy to help donors support organizations they love.

A native Ithacan and 1981 Cornell graduate, Chip held positions in real estate development and finance with the parent companies controlling the Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, Embassy Suites, Homewood Suites, and Harrah’s Casino brands. In 1994, he returned to Cornell to direct the university’s Real Estate Program. There, he spearheaded the campaign to raise a $4 million endowment to launch Cornell’s master’s degree in Real Estate. In 1997, he became director of the Cornell University Office of Trusts, Estates & Gift Planning.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents 30,000 members in 207 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The Finger Lakes Chapter of AFP serves professionals and communities in the Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. The Chapter offers networking opportunities, educational sessions with experts from around the region, workshops with nationally-renowned speakers and an annual National Philanthropy Day celebration each November.

Katie Foley, Director of Development
Where to turn...
(607) 273-7494 *
127 West State Street* Ithaca, NY 14850
On the web at

Friday, February 19, 2010

NYS Parks and Historic Sites to Close Due to Budget Cuts

The Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) today put forward a recommended list of closures and service reductions in order to achieve its 2010-11 agency savings target and help address the State's historic fiscal difficulties.

Governor David A. Paterson issued the following statement:

"New York faces an historic fiscal crisis of unprecedented magnitude. It has demanded many difficult but necessary decisions to help ensure the fiscal integrity of our State. The unfortunate reality of closing an $8.2 billion deficit is that there is less money available for many worthy services and programs. In an environment when we have to cut funding to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and social services, no area of State spending, including parks and historic sites, could be exempt from reductions. We cannot mortgage our State's financial future through further gimmicks or avoidance behavior. Spending cuts, however difficult, are needed in order to put New York on the road to fiscal recovery. Going forward through the budget process, I look forward to a productive dialogue with the Legislature on parks and historic sites, as well as other issues."

OPRHP Commissioner Carol Ash issued the following statement:

"The 2010-11 Executive Budget included reductions to every area of State spending. As such, the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation has today put forward proposed closures and service reductions to meet its agency savings target. These actions were not recommended lightly, but they are necessary to address our State's extraordinary fiscal difficulties."


A fact sheet on the proposed closures and service reductions is included below:

The Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) today put forward a list of closures and service reductions in order to achieve its proposed 2010-11 agency savings target and help address the State's historic fiscal difficulties. As part of a comprehensive plan to close an $8.2 billion deficit, the 2010-11 Executive Budget included necessary cost reductions to each executive State agency, as well as cuts to education, health care, social services, and every other area of State spending.

OPRHP's plan includes the closure of 41 parks and 14 historic sites, and service reductions at 23 parks and 1 historic site.

The plan also assumes $4 million in park and historic site fee increases that will be identified at a later date, and the use of $5 million in funds from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to finance OPRHP operations. These two actions were part of the 21-day amendments to the Executive Budget and are intended to reduce the number of parks and historic sites subject to closures and service reductions.

Specific recommended closures and service reductions are detailed here.


I will be retiring from my position as Executive Director of Loaves & Fishes this April. It has been an honor to work with others in this community where individuals care for and serve one another. I have been involved in different capacities at Loaves & Fishes since its beginning 26 plus years ago. It is time for new leadership. Please see the Job Listing below for more details.

Sincerely, Chris Pothier


Loaves and Fishes (L&F) of Tompkins County anticipates a vacancy in the position of Executive Director in April 2010. L&F is a Christian ministry which provides a place for free meals, hospitality, companionship, and advocacy for those in need, regardless of their faith, beliefs, or circumstances. L&F guests come from all areas of Tompkins County and include the working poor, the unemployed, the underemployed, individuals with disabilities, the homeless, people in crisis, families with inadequate public assistance and anyone in need of companionship. L&F serves an average of 125 guests per weekday. There are no forms to fill and no eligibility requirements; all are welcome.

L&F provides compassionate services including: free meals each weekday; advocacy during mealtimes which includes listening, referrals and practical support for basic needs (housing, medical, food, clothing, etc); and health information along with limited medical testing. L&F is seeking a creative leader with strong planning and organizational skills who can bring people, systems, and communities together on behalf of its guests. The Executive Director is the principal leader of the L&F Ministry of hospitality and advocacy and has overall responsibility for the general operations and activities of the organization carried out within the guidelines and policies set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director works with local agencies to develop countywide plans for reducing hunger and food insecurity, participates in interagency coordination and activities with other groups which provide similar services, and acts as spokesperson for L&F with the media and governmental bodies.

Qualifications include: the ability and desire to work in cooperative effort with others toward achievement of the L&F Ministry goals; three years administrative experience in a non-profit organization; three years supervisory experience; experience in food service and in advocacy for the needy; grant writing and public relations experience; excellent organizational and communication skills; and a valid drivers license.

This is a full-time 40-hour/week position with a salary range of $48,000 to $52,000 and includes an excellent fringe benefits package. The full job description is on the home page, online at To apply submit a cover letter, resume, and names of three references to by March 8, 2010.

Chris Pothier, Executive Director

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Webinars Offered by the IRS on the 990: FREE to Nonprofits

The NY Council of Nonprofits' national partner, the National Council of Nonprofits, is offering two FREE webinars for you and your board members!

Get Ready, Get Set, Go! IRS Filing Requirements for Charitable Nonprofits
Two national webinars: February 23 and March 23, 2010

Register Now

Are you prepared for this year's tax filing deadline? Did you know that tax-exempt organizations could have their status revoked for not filing the annual Form 990? The National Council of Nonprofits will host two free webinars presented by the IRS for nonprofit organizations to learn about the resources available and answer questions about filing your IRS Form 990.

These webinars will include:
  • Critical steps to take now in order to protect and preserve your tax exemption.
  • Review of the filing requirements for nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations, and the consequences of not filing (or filing an incomplete) Form 990-series return. Tax-exempt organizations now stand to lose their tax-exempt status if they do not file the Form 990, 990-EZ, or 990-N (e-postcard) for three consecutive years-these revocations will begin in 2010).

"Learn from the Experts: What Forms Must Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Organizations File to Meet IRS Requirements and Preserve Tax Exempt Status?"

Tuesday, February 23
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern

  • What forms are tax-exempt organizations required to file with the IRS annually?
  • What information is required to be reported on the forms?
  • Why your organization may need to file NOW, so that it won't lose its tax-exempt status
  • How to file complete, accurate returns to avoid IRS penalties.

There is no charge for nonprofit organizations or their board members for these webinars. Advance registration is required by February 22, 2010.

"Hear from the IRS: What The IRS Has Learned After One Year With the Redesigned Form 990"

Tuesday, March 23
3:30 pm - 4:30pm Eastern

  • What trends has the IRS observed in the first season of redesigned Form 990 filing?
  • What mistakes are most commonly being made by nonprofits on the redesigned Form 990?
  • What can a nonprofit do to streamline the filing process?
  • What are the answers to frequently asked questions about completing the 990?

There is no charge for nonprofit organizations or their board members for these webinars. Advance registration is required by March 22, 2010.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Executive Director Job: Compos Mentis

Compos Mentis, Working Toward Wellness, Inc. is seeking an Executive Director. This is a part-time, 25 hours per week position. Some evening and weekend hours. Benefits include holiday and vacation time.

Skills required:

• Significant successful experience in nonprofit management, fund development, grant writing and Board development. Previous executive director experience preferred.

• Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree or Ph.D. preferred.

• Strong commitment to the field of mental health.

• Good interpersonal skills; a welcoming and professional manner; a sense of humor.

• Ability to delegate responsibility and to empower staff.

• Ability to attract, develop, and retain volunteers.

• Good writing and public speaking skills.

• Ability to set priorities, to juggle multiple responsibilities, and to remain calm under pressure.

For a complete job description send a request to Send resume and cover letter no later than February 26 to

Upcoming Trainings: Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County

Beyond Special Events: Elements of a Successful Fundraising Plan with Burke Keegan. Fee $35. A workshop for development directors, board fundraising chairs, and agency chief executives. Wednesday, February 10, 2010 from 9:00 - 11:00 am at the Child Development Council, 609 W Clinton St, Ithaca. Register at

Recruiting and Fostering an Effective, Diverse Board of Direcators with Laura Branca, a workshop for members of non-profit boards of directors and for staff who work with the board on recruitment. Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 9:00 am to Noon at a fee and at a central location to be announced. Register at

Beyond Special Events: You would not travel to a foreign land without a map. You do not need to try to do Fundraising without a great Plan. This fast-paced workshop will explore how to set goals, how to determine what strategies are right for your organization, how to put it all in a calendar that works for you, and how to work with your Board and Volunteers to "plus them into" the Plan. Strategies and prospects are the heart of this important work. Knowing how to create an effective plan will also take you to the next level in your professional development.

Directions to the Child Development Council: 609 W Clinton St is in the building immediately east (in the direction of downtown and Cornell) of the CVS Pharmacy. There is ample free parking in the large lot east of the building. The main entrance faces Clinton St and has a large banner that says "Child Development Council." Walk in the main door and the conference room is straight ahead.

Registration: To register for any workshop, send your name and contact information to Be sure to specify the session you wish to attend. Send your check in the correct amount made out to "Human Services Coalition" to:
Human Services Coalition
100 W. Seneca St., Suite 300
Ithaca, NY 14850

Refunds or credits will be granted if your notification of cancellation reaches the Coalition offices at least two full business days prior to the start of the training session. Refunds or credits will be granted in the event of cancellation of a session. To find out whether bad weather has caused a session to be canceled, call Scott at 279-1453 the morning of the workshop.

Full and partial scholarships are available for non-profit board and staff members who cannot attend without one. To request a scholarship, call Scott Heyman at 607-273-8686, ext 238 or contact us at

The Coalition seeks to make all of its offerings available to the whole community. If you have any special needs, please contact Scott Heyman at 607-273-8686.

Questions: call (607) 273-8686 or email