Monday, September 30, 2013

Development Manager


POSITION TITLE: Development Manager
SUPERVISOR:  Executive Director
BASIC ROLE: The Development Manager for Roberson Museum and Science Center is a full-time professional, responsible for the management and direction of a comprehensive fund-raising program that grows the overall donor base and enhances the stature of the Museum in the community.
  • Provide day-to-day oversight for the entire annual giving program. Develop an annual, written plan for the program which includes segmentation, timing, messages and goals. Monitor progress towards those targets. Provide a rigorous, systematic review and analysis of all fund-raising activities to find ways to do things more effectively and efficiently. Develop specific strategies to increase donor retention, upgrades and acquisition.  

  • Develop and manage the annual giving budget based on programmatic goals and objectives as reviewed and approved annually.

  • Work with Roberson’s Board of Trustees to schedule visits with a pool of annual giving prospects.  Utilize Board expertise to develop an integrated strategy for the personal solicitations of annual giving donors at the leadership-giving level.

  • Develop ways to recognize donors and to share the impact of annual giving.

  • Prepare and implement a Roberson capital campaign

  • Ensure the smooth transition of prospects along the donor pipeline.  Facilitate the qualification of prospects for the major gift program and make recommendations for prospect assignment.

  • Oversee the Donor Perfect database.

  • Work closely with the Marketing Manager (oversees Business and Corporate Sponsorships and Special Events) to develop and implement consistent messaging. Assist in the creation or editing of donor relations materials.

  • Other duties assigned as required.
  • Bachelors degree required
  • Three to five years experience in development, preferably including annual fund programs
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends
  • Experience in soliciting gifts
  • Familiarity with fund-raising trends at local and national levels
  • Prior experience in working with a cultural institution a plus

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cast Your Vote for the NYCON Board

New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. 

You are cordially invited to the New York Council of Nonprofits, 
Builders Award Presentation to be held on October 10th, 2013 at the 
Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY from 12:30pm to 1:45pm. 

The cost for members to attend this event is $65; for non-members
 the cost is $75. All are welcome.
Berardi Award 2012In addition to the Award

Presentation and our other annual


NYCON Members will be voting on our 
incoming Board of Directors.
Each nonprofit recieves one vote and 
your "voice" can be heard, even if you are not able to attend the Annual Meeting.
To cast your vote for the NYCON Board, please 
print out and complete this Voting Proxy Form and return it
 via fax to NYCON at (518) 434-0392 or scan and send to
Melissa Currado, Executive Assistant to the CEO.
Other important information for NYCON Members: 

The NYCON Annual Meeting and Urbach Community Builders Award occur
 during the luncheon portion of ourCamp Finance Conference.  Please note, 
there is an additional fee to attend Camp Finance workshops and other 
conference related events.

Nonprofit Advocacy Matters | September 23, 2013

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National Voter Registration Day is September 24th
Join hundreds of organizations across the country in promoting democracy on the second annual National Voter Registration Day. Here are two easy things you can do:
  • Use September 24th to ensure that all eligible voters in your office are registered. Put forms in shared spaces, send an email to staff and board members, and get creative when celebrating National Voter Registration Day. 
  • Promote Nonprofit Voter Registration Day within your network and encourage your affiliates and partners to celebrate. Dedicate one (or more) email, social media post, or other communication to spreading the word about voter registration and NVRD. 
Visit the Nonprofit Voter Registration Day website. Download graphics, view communications samples, and more. 

Congressional Agendas Clash as Government Shutdowns Loom
Facing opportunities to avoid or cause a federal government shutdown twice in the coming weeks, lawmakers appear more committed to long-term political positioning and less focused on immediate priorities. By early next week, Congress and the President must reach agreement on legislation to fund (at least temporarily) the federal government into the new fiscal year or allow the government to shut down due to a lack of spending authority. On Friday, the Republican-controlled House passed a measure, known as a continuing resolution or “CR,” that would maintain spending levels for ten weeks and added the party’s highest priority – defunding the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare.” The Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to strip off the health care provision and send the “clean” CR back to the House, likely only days (or hours) before the October 1 deadline. It is uncertain whether the House will accept the Senate version of the CR or send back to the Senate another alternative bill in time to prevent a shutdown of the government.

Approximately two weeks later, the Treasury Department will have exhausted its legal authority to borrow money and the federal government will default on its obligations – unless Congress passes and the President signs a law lifting the limit on borrowing. The House debt-ceiling bill reportedly will extend borrowing authority and delay the 2010 health care law for a year, provide an outline and impose a timeline for enactment of a comprehensive tax reform law, and include cuts to mandatory spending programs, all of which are top Republican priorities. The President and Senate Democrats are once again rejecting each of the proposed debt-limit “add ons” and the President is insisting that he will not negotiate over terms for extending the borrowing limit to pay for previously authorized spending.

Sequestration Spotlight
Special Education
The new school year brings into focus the effects ofarbitrary spending cuts to special education. The federal budget gimmick known as “sequestration” is reducing funding by $579 million for programs serving children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), according to the U.S. Dept. of Education. IDEA is a federal program designed to meet the learning needs of special education children to prepare them for further education, employment, and independence. Education advocates say the cuts could mean fewer social workers and school psychologist, fewer speech, occupational, and physical therapists. With government funding cut for special education, it is likely that some of the burden will shift to nonprofits to fulfill those needs. See 50-state chart of projected cuts to special education.

Additional Federal Stories

Michigan Bill Sentences Public Assistance Recipients to Community Service
Legislation requiring people receiving food stamps or other welfare benefits to perform unpaid community service in order to get public assistance checkspassed the Michigan Senate last week. While the bill sponsor feels there is “absolutely nothing wrong with requiring folks to have a little skin in the game,” the stigmatization is clear since typically “community service” is meted out as a punishment for criminal behavior. The bill does not define “community service,” making it unclear whether the mandated hours would be for “volunteer” time spent working in the Governor’s Office, legislators’ offices, and throughout state and local governments, or whether the bill seeks to impose unfunded mandates on charitable nonprofits to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of people suddenly showing up on their doorsteps seeking unscheduled and unsolicited service opportunities. Name-brand nonprofits and foundations in particular could be overwhelmed by sheer volumes of people if such a bill were passed into law. The National Council of Nonprofits supports programs that promote volunteering activities that mutually benefit individuals and the people served through nonprofits. However, the Council of Nonprofits’ Public Policy Agenda expressly opposes proposals to condition receipt of government-provided benefits on requirements that individuals volunteer at nonprofit organizations. Such a policy, sometimes called “mandatory volunteerism,” unfairly imposes increased costs, burdens, and liabilities on nonprofits by an influx of coerced individuals. 

Taxes, Fees, PILOTs
  • Taxes: Beginning October 1Kansas City, Missouri nonprofits will no longer be exempt from the City’s 7.5 percent convention and tourism taxes. Following the enactment of a Missouri lawin 2012 that made the changes possible, Kansas City residents voted in April to end the tax exemptions for nonprofits and other tax-exempt entities, such as schools and state agencies, but excluding the US government. 
  • Fees: City officials in Fort Lauderdale, Florida approved a law that will, for the first time ever, charge nonprofit organizations, including churches, and government agencies with revenue-producing operations an annual fire assessment fee. The City expects to reap $540,000 in new revenues from the expansion of the fire fee, $22,542 of which will come from the local Salvation Army alone. "It will have a significant impact on the needed services we provide," a Salvation Army representative warned.

“Heads Up” to Nonprofits About Keeping Their Tax Exemptions 
In an effort to protect thousands of nonprofits across the state, the Maryland Comptroller has begun notifying six thousand organizations that they are at risk of losing their tax exempt status or have already done so because they failed to file the proper IRS forms. “I want to do everything in my power to ensure that each and every Maryland nonprofit organization, and its mission, is not placed in jeopardy by this matter," said the Maryland Comptroller. In 2006, federal law mandated that the IRS begin requiring small nonprofit organizations with annual gross receipts equal to or less than $50,000 electronically file IRS Form 990-N, also called an e-Postcard. The law also requires that all nonprofits that fail to comply with the annual filing requirement after three years will suffer automatic revocation of their tax-exempt status. Donors to nonprofits that lose their tax-exempt status also lose the ability to deduct their contributions. “The services provided everyday by local nonprofit organizations are vital to the health and safety of countless Marylanders, especially during this difficult economy,” U.S. Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) said. “It’s our duty to protect these organizations as they help our friends and neighbors.” The IRS has revoked the tax-exempt status of more than 535,000 former nonprofits nationwide, including more than 11,600 in Maryland, since it started implementing the law passed by Congress. Check the IRS database to make sure your organization has not been automatically revoked and see additional resources from the National Council of Nonprofits.

States Seek to Improve Food Safety without Burdening Nonprofits 
The Indiana health department has until the end of October to make recommendations to state legislators on what changes can be made to state law or practices to reduce the incidence of food-borne illness while alsoprotecting nonprofits from burdensome food safety regulations. Under current law, churches and other charitable nonprofits are permitted to serve food only a limited number of days each year; otherwise they are considered “food establishments” and required to adhere to food safety rules. As a result of a food-safety law enacted in 2001, church potlucks and similar food-related events at nonprofits were effectively banned. Earlier this summer, Georgia legislators also clarified the meaning of “food service establishments” with a new law that exempts nonprofits and government entities from state requirements for food service permits if the event involving food lasts five days or less.    

In Praise of Government Outreach to the Nonprofit Community
The City Council in Salt Lake City, Utah has beendebating a proposal to broaden the criteria for engagement by community organizations and is going above and beyond the norm to hear what the public really thinks. The City’s current definition of community-based groups normally applies only to neighborhood-based community councils that focused on geographic interests rather than broader issues of city-wide concern. The proposed ordinance would acknowledge many more nonprofits than neighborhood-focused citizens groups, all with the goal of encouraging more citizens of Salt Lake City to be more engaged in the City’s operations through nonprofits with broader interests. 

And instead of simply posting the draft bill and debating it during a public hearing, the City Council has embraced outreach by maintaining a comprehensive webpage to solicit public opinion. A truly worth seeingbrief educational video explains the proposal and ends with the phrase “but before the Council makes a decision, they want to know what you think about the possible changes.” 

Utah Nonprofits Association logoUtah Nonprofits Association (UNA) is applauding the City Council’s efforts to include more community-based organizations in the processes of city government. In a statement, UNA thanked Council members for their “recognition of the value that these organizations add to life in our community,” and observed that “additional voices in the democratic process create greater transparency and more functional projects as well as more satisfied community members.”

The Provider - Weekly Update

Nancy Osgood presenting at October OCB Symposium

Nancy OsgoodNancy Osgood of The Osgood Group based in Cleveland, Ohio will be presenting at the second Organizational Capacity Building Symposium hosted by the Institute for Human Services. On October 3rd, at the Corning Country Club, Osgood will be working with 23 organizations and over 90 nonprofit professionals to help them enhance leadership and adaptive capabilities within their organizations. 

What is organizational capacity building?                                                                

AmeriCorps Member in the Spotlight - Deirdre Zimmerman

Deirdre is serving as an AmeriCorps member at the Hornell YMCA.  The Y provides services such as after school child care, preschool classes, youth league, adult fitness classes and so much more.  Deirdre wanted to have an impact on the community and with youth, and she felt this was a good way to make it happen.

You are invited to attend this year's INSPIRE Annual Meeting and Professional Development Workshop featuring Rhonda Morton of Savannah Consulting as the Keynote Speaker! The INSPIRE Annual Meeting will take place Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Corning Country Club. 

INSIPRE is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to facilitating communication and awareness regarding teen reproductive health, mental health, physical health & nutrition, substance abuse and healthy relationships.  INSPIRE will serve as a broad-based, coordinated community effort to promote teen health and wellness in the Southern Tier.

It's More than Stuffing Envelopes: How to Effectively Define Volunteers and Develop Criteria - Workshop Next Week!
In this session, participants will learn how to effectively define volunteers and develop enrollment criteria based on these definitions. Participants will learn how to develop job descriptions, a volunteer handbook, and a volunteer application for interviewing. 

Join us September 26th at the Southeast Steuben Library in Corning from 10 a.m. to noon.  Stephanie Bates, Assistant Director of Community and Preventative Services at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc. will be presenting.

Steuben Rural Health Network Seeking Individuals to Serve on Adolescent Health and Wellness Conference Planning Committee
The INSPIRE Task Force will be hosting the 6th Annual Adolescent Health and Wellness Conference beginning Friday May 9th.  Nationally recognized speakers will provide cutting edge information on current issues and trends among adolescents and new research-based strategies for approaching these issues.

The Steuben Rural Health Network is currently seeking individuals who have a vested interested in adolescent health and wellness and/or a specific topic to be offered during the conference to serve on the conference planning committee. The committee will meet once a month from October to the conference series kick off in May 2014.  If you are interested in helping to plan and implement the 2014 conference series, please contact the Steuben Rural Health Network at 607.776.9467 Ext. 229 or

News from Legal Assistance of Western NY
The mission of Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. (LawNY) is to provide free legal aid to low-income people with civil legal problems in western New York. LawNY would like your input to help guide their program in what legal cases to accept. 

More news!  LawNY received a federal grant to provide help to local victims of sexual assault who have civil legal problems related to the assault.  The grant was received in partnership with six nonprofit victim service providers in an 11 county region. 

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