Friday, September 17, 2010

STNED 3rd Quarter Meeting: "Behind the Scenes of Foundations- Purpose, Priority, and Process”

Posted on Provider Online from the Institute of Human Services:

STNED 3rd Quarter Meeting Overviewposted 9/16/2010

The Southern Tier Nonprofit Executive Directors (STNED) would like to thank all colleagues who attended the 3rd quarter 2010 meeting "Behind the Scenes of Foundations- Purpose, Priority, and Process” on September 16th at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY. The meeting included an informative discussion on funding sources for nonprofits in our region, led by four panelists who shared their knowledge of the grant making procedure in detail. The panelists included Liz Wilder, Director of Grantmakers Forum of New York, Christine Sproule, Director of The Triangle Fund, Sara Palmer, Program Officer at The Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, and Karen Martin, Associate Director of Corning Incorporated Foundation. Each panelist gave an overview of the background of their organizations and the strategies used by each when evaluating the distribution of funds within the Southern Tier. All panelists engaged in similar topics, such as current trends in grantmaking, different approaches of addressing social issues in our community, the various types of funds available to agencies depending on specific needs, and the in-depth explanation of what happens to a grant application from start to finish. The most common theme discussed and strongly expressed by each panelist was the importance of organizations engaging funders as partners, and the encouragement of invitation for site visits as a vital step towards building and maintaining a relationship. Following the meeting, those in attendance were given the opportunity to tour the 171 Cedar Arts Center facility.

The next STNED meeting and social will be held on December 2, 2010 at Three Birds Restaurant in Corning, NY. More details regarding this event will be sent closer to the event date.