Wednesday, November 28, 2012

RESCHEDULED: State Information Sessions on Master Contract

RESCHEDULED: State Information Sessions on Master Contract

We are pleased to announce that the State Grants Reform information sessions previously set for November have been re-scheduled.  Please see below for dates, and see the bottom of this email for more information on the sessions.  If you wish to attend, please RSVP to . If you had previously registered, you need to RSVP for the new date, and we encourage you to register soon as space is limited.

December 18, 2012
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Meeting Room 5
Empire State Plaza – Concourse
Albany, NY 12220
December 19, 2012
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Mustard Building Conference Center
1 Mustard St.
Rochester, New York 14609
New York City
December 20, 2012
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Room 706-708
UJA – Federation Building
130 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

As part of the grants reform effort, the State has set up a new website to serve as an information portal throughout the reform  process and we encourage you to visit the site and share with the appropriate staff.

Thank you.

Michelle Jackson | General Counsel
Human Services Council
130 East 59th Street, NY, NY  10022

Call to Action: Confronting Severe Challenge to Charitable Deductions, Spending Programs

National Council of Nonprofits 

Call to Action: Confronting Severe Challenge to Charitable Deductions, Spending Programs

Charitable nonprofits are truly at risk of losing the charitable giving incentive in the Lame Duck session of Congress. Now is the time to call on our 25,000+ nonprofit members – and their board members, staff members, volunteers, donors, and others you know with email addresses – to raise their collective voices in telling Congress to protect the charitable deduction and stop the arbitrary spending cuts known as sequestration set to go into effect on January 2, 2013.

Congress and the President are negotiating how to avert the $600 billion in spending cuts and tax hikes that take effect at year’s end if they fail to take action. One proposal rapidly gaining support (particularly - but not only - among Republican Senators) is capping itemized deductions, including for charitable donations, at $15,000, $17,000, or $25,000 for individual taxpayers. Such a cap would eliminate any tax incentive for donations to charities. The big fixed-cost deductions, such as for mortgage interest (national average of $10,640 in 2010) and state/local taxes (national average of $11,593 in 2010), that combined total $22,233, would eat away the entire deduction at the levels being discussed, leaving no room for discretionary gifts to the work of charities. Even if they increase the cap to $30,000 or $40,000, that leaves very little incentive for giving. Larger institutional nonprofits with dedicated development staff will then have an advantage to squeeze out smaller charitable nonprofits for the limited dollars then available.

DO SOMETHING TODAY! Click on the link below to learn more and to see what actions you can do. 

Call to Action Link

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Institute for Human Services - Provider Online Update

 5 Questions with Arbor Housing & Development
Arbor Development
 Arbor Housing and Development provides services to more than 3,500 individuals/families in a 6 county region in the program areas of residential behavioral health, domestic violence services, rental assistance, property management, first-time homebuyers, owner occupied single-family rehabilitation, and development, management, and rehabilitation of multi-family residential housing. With such a range of program areas, there is so much to learn about this organization, including the challenges, achievements, and future goals of this nonprofit organization!  Learn More >
AmeriCorps: Kids First Initiative Member Spotlight - Lauren Berger from Hornell Area Concern for Youth
Lauren Berger is an AmeriCorps member from Mt. Morris.  She is currently serving at Hornell Area Concern for Youth and enjoys working with the youth at the center.  Lauren has spent a lot of time engaging in community activism and service while at Nazareth College, so becoming an AmeriCorps member was a good fit for her.  Learn more about Lauren>  What is AmeriCorps? 
Meeting of Regional Mobility Managers
On November 9th, a group of Mobility Managers and Transportation Advisors from nine rural counties convened at the Institute for Human Services in Bath, NY, to discuss transportation issues, collaborate on solutions to improve and connect public transportation routes and services, and strategize about solutions for uniquely rural transportation problems.  Learn More >
Request for Presenters Available for the IHS Conference and the AHW Conference - Deadlines Extended to December 1st!
IHS has put out RFPs for both the Annual IHS Conference, held in March, and the Adolescent Health and Wellness Conference, held in May. Interested in presenting at either one? If so, complete the appropriate RFP and return to Kelli Mannon at  
+Save the Dates for these Events!
  • IHS Annual Conference - Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at the Radisson Inn, Corning, NY
  • AHW Conference - Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Radisson Inn, Corning, NY 
Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier Wraps Up Their Inaugural Season
Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier (GOTRST) recently completed their inaugural season, which kicked off in mid-August at the Corning YMCA and Cohen Elementary in Elmira Heights. Girls at both sites met twice a week for ten weeks to exercise, discuss pertinent issues, and form lasting friendships. Over the season, the girls learned to embrace themselves for who they are and believe in their ability to accomplish their goals. Agency partners, community volunteers, parents, and family members truly embraced the program and with their support, it was made possible to carry out an unforgettable first season.  Learn More >, Watch the GOTRST Inaugural Season Video >
STNED Holiday Networking Event
Please join us for our holiday networking event!  Nonprofit professionals are invited to partake in some holiday cheer at the Hilton Garden Inn in Horseheads on December 6th, from 5 to 7pm.  Please RSVP to Kelli Mannon at
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NYSAN/ELNoST Agency Fair
What's better than sharing information? On Friday, January 18th, come and learn what local out-of-school time programs are providing for kids and families in the Southern Tier, as well as network with other agencies in order to start working smarter, instead of harder! Thirty agencies will have the opportunity to set up a table that showcases their out-of-school time programs - and your organization could be one of them!  Learn More >
Interested in Hosting a STNED Meeting?
The Institute for Human Services is looking for host sites for the March and June 2013 Southern Tier Nonprofit Executive Directors (STNED) Meetings. The host agency will be able to give a tour of the site and speak for a half hour to share about the agency itself and the services provided. The site must have enough room for 20 - 30 people to meet.  Learn More >
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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Non-Profit WSKG PTC to Acquire Binghamton NY CP

Non-Profit WSKG PTC to Acquire Binghamton NY CP
St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Parish has agreed to sell WWSA-FM, a CP at 88.1 in Greene, NY (Binghamton) to WSKG Public Telecommunications Council for $60,000. The seller owns no other broadcast properties. WSKG is a not-for-profit corporation in the state of New York and owns non-commercial radio and television outlets in the southern tier of New York state. Brain Sickora is the CEO/General Manager. Dick Kozacko of Kozacko Media Services brokered the deal. (11-07-12) 

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