Friday, March 19, 2010

Executive Director Position: Chemung County Historical Society

The Chemung County Historical Society in Elmira, NY (in the southern Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York) is seeking an energetic and hard-working individual to lead the Society and its AAM-accredited Chemung Valley History Museum and Library. The institution is financially stable, supported by an active Board and by the community, and offers a full range of programming. Its growing museum is housed in a historic building. (See for additional information). Immediate challenges include oversight of a minor renovation project, direction of a strategic planning process, and reinstallation of the permanent exhibit. Interviews by May 15. Appropriately degreed candidates should submit a resume with cover letter, including recent salary history or expectations, and three current recommendations to or Director Search, CCHS, 415 E. Water, Elmira NY 14901. An Equal Opportunity Employer.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

State Budget Issues Growing Concern for Nonprofits

New Report from NYCON's national partner, the National Council of Nonprofits
Washington, D.C. - How are states looking to close their budget deficits? One way is by taking money away from nonprofit organizations at a time when the need for food, shelter, health care, and other community services is rising - a serious threat explained in a new report issued today by the National Council of Nonprofits.

This special report, entitled "State Budget Crises: Ripping the Safety Net Held by Nonprofits," examines the alarming condition of state budget deficits and identifies three resulting trends putting nonprofits in jeopardy - state and local governments slashing funds for programs they expect nonprofits to administer, government agencies withholding contract payments for services nonprofits have already delivered, and governments taking operating money from nonprofits through new fees and taxes.

"When governments shortchange their nonprofit partners, people lose their jobs, the economy suffers, and vulnerable citizens go without the help they need," said Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits. "This report serves as a call to action for community leaders at nonprofits, foundations, and governments to come together and find ways to solve some of the daunting challenges our communities face because of the state budget crises."

State and local governments in recent decades have increasingly turned to nonprofits to administer essential services, forging a public-private partnership that has served the nation well. But now an increasing number of cash-starved governments are wondering how they can generate new revenue from nonprofit organizations. The special report details some of more worrisome stories emerging across the country, explains the importance of a strong nonprofit sector, and encourages nonprofit leaders to engage in the policy process as states grapple with how to close budget gaps this year and beyond.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Chief Financial Officer Job

Challenge has an opening for a CFO to help meet its mission to serve individuals with disabilities and employment barriers as they fulfill their vocational goals.

The CFO will be responsible for the overall financial management of Challenge. This includes, but is not limited to budgeting, reporting, treasury, and audits. The CFO will also participate in the recruitment, training, supervision and evaluation of the business office staff. Experience with Challenge’s funding agencies and social enterprise is highly desirable.

Qualified applicants who have a Bachelors degree in accounting, 4 years of financial management experience and 2 years of supervisory experience may send a cover letter and resume to:

Human Resources
950 Danby Road
Suite 179
Ithaca, NY 14850

Or email:

Visit to learn more about Challenge. A complete job description is available on the web site.

Monday, March 1, 2010

IHS Conference March 17th: Safety, Survival and Service

To: Executive Directors, Managers, Supervisors, Training and/or Human Resource Departments

The Board of Directors of the Institute for Human Services Inc. would like to invite you and your staff to attend the 26th Annual IHS Conference from 8:00 am – 12:00 noon on March 17, 2010 at the Radisson Hotel Corning. This conference annually provides high quality, affordable educational programs and the opportunity for management and staff from regional nonprofit and pubic organizations to meet and network in a convenient, professional and enjoyable setting.


All participants are invited to a full buffet breakfast at the Radisson, followed by a short Annual Meeting for the Institute and the conference sessions. In addition, each participant will receive a Conference Resources CD, including the just published 2010 IHS Human Service Directories for Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Allegany and Yates Counties.

As noted on the attached flyer and on the Institute’s website at, this year’s conference consists of 3 concurrent tracks, and each track will be of interest and benefit for management, supervisory and/or frontline staff.

Track I. A PRACTICAL Approach to Promoting a Violence Free Workplace
Sandra J King, President of Practical Consultants, LLC

Track II. Contingency and Disasters: How to Survive the Unexpected
Experts from Public Health Nursing, Emergency Management Services,
IHStech and Marshall and Sterling

Track III. Process Improvement for Nonprofits: Benefiting from Improving Processes
Michael McDonald, Black Belt in the Performance Excellence Process and
Stuart Sammis, Principle of Process Improvement for Non-Profits

All participants are also invited to a Bonus Session immediately following the conference, entitled: 2-1-1 HELPLINE Give Help: Orientation & Virtual Tour of the new IHS Volunteer Clearinghouse

The conference registration fee, including breakfast, Resource CD and all materials, is $25 for participants from member organizations, and $35 for non-member organization participants.

To Register: Go to our website at and click on Register Now, or print and complete the attached form(s) and mail to the Institute with the appropriate fee.

Please make this conference information available to all employees, and share with colleagues!

Patrick J. Rogers, Executive Director
The Institute for Human Services, Inc.
6666 County Road 11, Bath, NY 14810-7722
Voice: 607.776.9467 Ext. 211
Fax: 607.776.9482

STNED Steering Committee Minutes

Notes, coffee-fueled random thoughts, etc. from the 1/28 meeting at Wegmans
2010 Meeting Dates and potential places
• March 17th, Radisson Corning Hotel 12:00 – 1:30pm
• June 17th, potentially Bath. Arc of Steuben new building 9:00 – 10:30am
• September 16th, Elmira TBD 9:00 – 10:30 am
• December 2nd, Corning, potentially 171 Cedar Arts ~ 5:00 – 7:00pm

March Meeting Topic – Civic Engagement/Volunteerism
15 minute Introduction: “What Kind of Citizen”, Pat (from MLK Day presentation)
45 minute Demo/tour of new 211 Helpline Give Help website Carol Wood, Director 2-1-1 Helpline
30 minute – discussion, table exercise and reporting out, etc. IHS will provide refreshments.

We (IHS) were planning to demonstrate the new Volunteer Solutions software that is part of the venture grant project we are doing with the United Way of the Southern Tier immediately following our conference. With this software, agencies will be able to post volunteer positions, potential volunteers can seek and connect with opportunities, and lots of other neat stuff I don’t yet understand (I know, not surprising).

We decided volunteerism would be a good topic for 1st STNED meeting. We will encourage our usual target audience, agency Executive Directors and senior management, as well as volunteer coordinators, etc. We have already discussed at VATT, UWST, etc.

We would like to get a pre-meeting online survey to agencies with some of the following questions:
1. How do you recruit volunteers?
2. What is a major concern with volunteer recruitment?
3. What duties to volunteers do in your organizations?
4. What training do you provide volunteers?
5. How do you show volunteers appreciation?
6. Do you dedicated staff time for managing/coordinating volunteers?
7. How do you track volunteer time and effort?
8. What do you do to retain volunteers, how long? __ 1 day __1 week ___6 months __long term
We won’t use all, and will modify to meet online questionnaire needs. This will give us a good start to the meeting.

July Meeting Topic: Succession Planning, Possibly NYCON as presenter, I will check
September Meeting: Fund Development, Panel discussion with Foundations, Sara (Community
Foundation) to chair, check with Chris/Triangle Fund, Corning Foundation, Bethesda Foundation, Anderson Foundation, Tiger Foundation, etc.

December Meeting: Networking Social, (for Nancy’s sake, she missed last year’s), possibly at 171 Cedar Arts.

Elimination of Nonprofit Tax Exemptions Considered Across US

The NY Times reported that faced with steep declines in tax revenue, an increasing number of states and localities are considering eliminating various tax exemptions for nonprofit groups.

A bill before the Hawaii Legislature, for instance, would require charities to pay a 1 percent tax, and Kansas is considering making them subject to sales taxes.

Revoking the nonprofit organizations’ exemptions from property taxes is also under scrutiny in several counties in Kansas, as well as in Pennsylvania.

And last fall, Minneapolis made charities subject to the fees it charges businesses and residents for streetlights in hope of gaining an additional $155,000, an exercise Jon Pratt, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, describes as “looking under the sofa cushions.”

In most cases, churches would be exempt from the tax measures, but all other nonprofit groups, including private schools and colleges, would be affected.

City and state officials say they have no choice.

“We’re having to look at the public services nonprofits use and how we can adequately cover those costs,” said Matt Greller, executive director of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. “We can’t give them away for free any longer.”

Nonprofit groups say the moves to wring revenue out of them are shortsighted and will produce cutbacks in critical services that governments rely on them to provide, like mental health and emergency foster care services.

“Nonprofits are really hurting in this economy,” said Tim Delaney, chief executive of the National Council of Nonprofits, a trade association. “Their revenues are down, too, and demand for the services they provide, services that government expects them to provide, is way up.” Read more here.