Monday, May 19, 2014

Upcoming Events & Webinars

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Medicaid Compliance...(But Were Afraid to Ask) 
A special four-part NYCON "Lunch & Learn" Webinar Series brought to you by the Experts; FREE for NYCON Members. Non-Member Nonprofits are $75 per session or $275 for series. 
If you would like to attend all four,please choose "Series" Ticket type.You will be automatically registered for each session through June. All webinars are from 11am to 12:30pm.

Medicaid Compliance... Medicaid Compliance Plans ... Medicaid Self Auditing...Medicaid Self-Disclosures... Medicaid Audits ... Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse...Office of the Medicaid Inspector General ... OMIG...If these words and phrases are part of a typical day at your nonprofit, we have designed the perfect series of webinars for you. Participants will hear directly from experts in the field (including David Ross, former Acting Medicaid Inspector General for the State of New York, and David Rottkamp, CPA and leader of Grassi & Co.'s not-for-profit practice area) and get the practical information they need to provide appropriate oversight and management of Medicaid-funded programs, understand the role of the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General, and much more.
Next Webinar: Know Thy Compliant Self: How to Conduct a Medicaid Self Audit
May 15th, 2014 11:00am to 12:30PM
Presented by David R. Ross, Esq, and David M. Rottkamp, CPA
Part of any provider's compliance program is their compliance plan, and the key part of any compliance plan is the concept of risk assessment and self auditing. This means identifying where errors are most likely to be made, and then reviewing your Medicaid claims and documentation for compliance with applicable requirements. Hypotheticals for risk assessment and self audit will be discussed. As participants will hear, self auditing can be the best preventative medicine. A question and answer period will be provided.

Complying with the Nonprofit Revitalization Act: 
Practical Webinars for New York Nonprofits
Presented by David Watson, Esq, Sr. VP of Legal Accountability Services, NYCON and Michael West, Esq., Legal Advisor, NYCON May 20th and June 26th, 2014
Webinars are held from 11:00 am to 12:30pm

New York State MapThe Nonprofit Revitalization Act is a landmark change in the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law of the State of New York and will usher in a modern era for the operation and governance of nonprofit corporations starting July 1, 2014. As always, here at the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) your one-stop tool box and soap box we eagerly anticipated the updated statutes and have prepared a practical webinar series to address your immediate needs in the updating of your bylaws and governance materials. We encourage all of our Members to take advantage of these webinars.
Part 1: New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act Part- Steps To Compliance - An Overview A comprehensive overview of the Act to take place with a plenary Q/A portion to be held in February, April & June. This offering will provide you with an overview and a practical set of actions to take to amend your bylaws to meet the new standards of the Act

Part 2:  New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act: Implementing Your 
Compliance Checklist - Whistleblower, Conflict of Interest, Committees & Executive Compensation
These webinars will be held In March and May will be a more detailed and focused on the various topics included in the Act that are new and have implications on Board governance in general and your operations specifically. Click here to register. Dates: May 20th  

Cost: FREE & Open Only to current NYCON Nonprofit Members.
All webinars are from 11:00am to 12:30pm.

Membership Benefits: Get to Know Us! [Webinar]
May 30, 2014 2:00 pm
In our "Get to Know Us" Sessions, NYCON staff will tell you a lot more about our membership benefits - and answer all the questions you have regarding our process, costs and what you get for FREE.
We will be talking about these benefits...
  • Nonprofit Training, Education and Professional Assistance NYCON empowers our members with the best practices, policies, and procedures as well as information on ever-changing regulations, funding, accountability and more.
  • Cost Savings Solutions for Nonprofits NYCON leverages the purchasing power of thousands of nonprofits to bring you economies of scale on everything from Office Supplies to Fundraising Software.
  • The Nonprofit Voice in New York State NYCON represents our members on the local, state and national level, giving voice to small and medium sized nonprofits everywhere.

Upcoming Event Listing

Fundraising Breakfast Roundtables For Mid-Hudson Valley Nonprofits 

Part III: May 22nd, 2014   8:00am to 9:30am
Creating A "Planned Giving Culture" at Your Nonprofit  

NYCON is pleased to bring a series of three exciting, interactive discussions on fundraising to Mid-Hudson Valley nonprofits this spring. NYCON staff expert Audrey Grifel, with 25+ years of practical experience working with nonprofits on fundraising and donor management, will be facilitating these exciting discussions with our special guest speaker, philanthropist Nick Preddice. Mr. Preddice will give you a rare glimpse into the world of a major donor - sharing his expertise and advice

Other Upcoming Webinars & Events from NYCON Partners.... 

Southern Tier Capacity Building Mini-Grant and Assessment Programs:

Best of the Web : May 2014

Idealware: Helping Nonprofits Make Smart Software Decisions

Best of the Web: May 2014

The Idealware “Best of the Web” is a monthly roundup of the top nonprofit resources from the Idealware blog, our Facebook page, and our Twitter feed to help you make the right technology decisions. Please forward it along to anyone you think might benefit from it. 
Nonprofit Technology Staffing and Investments survey (NTEN)We know technology means something to your organization--our friends at NTEN and The NonProfit Times want to know what. This annual survey is a way to gather data from which the entire nonprofit community can learn. Not only will you greatly help your peers by taking this 15-minute survey, but you will be entered to win a $500 Amazon gift card. How's that for a win-win?
Top Five Instagram Best Practices for Nonprofits (Nonprofit Tech for Good)Instagram is one of the hottest social media tools, so it makes sense that nonprofits looking to reach a younger audience or who strive to be on the cutting edge of technology want to dive in. Before you send out your first #nofilter, it's best to take a look at some of these tips specificlly intended for organizations dipping their toe in the Instagram pool.
The Complete Nonprofit's Guide to Heartbleed (Idealware)If one news story has dominated the tech section headlines this spring, it's the Heartbleed bug discovery. Many sites were affected. Kyle Andrei breaks down what you need to know about it (and what you need to do right now) to keep yourself and your data protected.
Coming Soon: A Whole New You in Your Twitter Profile (Twitter)There's an uproar each time Facebook changes its layout, but Twitter has remained largely recognizable since its launch in 2006. That could change as the social media tool experiments with a new look for the profile of select users with a greater emphasis on multimedia.
Why We’re Removing Comments on Copyblogger (Copyblogger)For many blogs, the comment section can provide a unique avenue for creating a community around your website. For others--such as content marketing blog Copyblogger--it can be a dangerous environment requiring moderation so severe, it's better to start from scratch. Find out why in this intriguing post.
How to Make Google Drive Work Like a Desktop Suite (LifeHacker)Nonprofits, with limited budgets and technology staff, are often looking for inexpensive and easy-to-use alternatives to complex software packages. For many, Google Drive provides the necessary basic office software functionality without costing a dime. But just because you have more sophisticated needs doesn't mean you have a bigger budget. These tips and tricks can help you get a bit more functionality out of Google Drive.
The Nine Steps of Planning a Successful Technology Project (TechSoup)In this blog post for TechSoup, our own Research Analyist Kyle Andrei breaks down nine essential steps for making your technology project a success. Whether you're implementing a new database or defining goals for your email service, planning is an important element of getting where you need to be--both on time and under budget.
How To Create Eye-Catching Graphics For Your Nonprofit (Without Using Photoshop!) (J Campbell Social Marketing)Surely by now you've seen nonprofits succeed in extending their reach with viral images, but did you know that you don't need expensive software to do it? This slideshow from Julia Campbell goes over the best practices for creating future viral images with tools that won't break the bank.
Wearable Technology Can Change Relationships With Donors & Clients (The NonProfit Times)
Google Glass may still seem like a tool out of science fiction, but many are already considering how wearable technology can be used as a aide to nonprofits and fundraisers. You might not be collecting data from your glasses at your next donor meeting, but the possibility is not as far away as you might think.
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Friday, May 16, 2014

The Provider - Weekly Update

The Provider: Weekly Nonprofit News from the Institute for Human Services, Inc.


This new edition of The Provider, honoring our 30th Anniversary, is filled with news, resources, and tools to provide you with the support you need to maximize your organization's capacity for success.

Putting Your Capacity to Work
Resource Roundup for Capacity Building
Nonprofit Professional Development
INSPIRE Monthly Workshop - May
Who Brands Your Nonprofit? Who Tells Its Story and How?
from Nonprofit Quarterly 
Who Brands Your Nonprofit?  
"Researchers at Harvard University's Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations found that successful nonprofit brands have elements of democracy baked into them, trusting that the "story shapers" mentioned earlier have an understanding of the organization's core identity. If organizations want greater community ownership of the cause, then they need to allow staff, volunteers, participants, and the greater public a true opportunity of ownership..."

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Problem Gambling and How it is Affecting Teens 
Problem Gambling and 
How it is Affecting Teens

Friday, May 23rd
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

There are many different ways to gamble and often times, it is nearly impossible to identify a gambling problem in someone. Many times, it is believed that teenagers and children are not affected by gambling as you must be 18 or older to do so. However, there are signs to look out for and points to be made aware of with gambling. 

This presentation will identify the different types of gambling, the impacts of gambling on others, and how easy it is for teens to gamble. 
Learn More 

What's New This Week?
 Latest Happenings at IHS

Volunteers Needed for Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier Celebratory 5K!
Running Buddies, Finishing Fairies, Superheroes of All Finishers - And More!

What is a Girls on the Run Running Buddy?
The Running Buddy provides encouragement and support and acts as a personal cheerleader for a GOTR Girl by attending the practice 5k and the end of season 5k. The Running Buddy has the following responsibilities:
  • Attend the practice 5k for their GOTR Girl's site (day/time varies by team)
  • Walks/Runs with their GOTR Girl in the end of season 5k Celebration on Sunday, June 8th at 9 a.m. at Campbell-Savona High School

What are "Finishing Fairies" and "Superheroes of All Finishers"?
Community leaders, lovers of walking & running and fellow do-gooders who monitor the 5k course by following our runners and making sure that all children have cleared the course safely. 
  • Positively encourage the children, sprinkle them with glitter, or provide them with great energy cheers 
  • Fun apparel is highly encouraged and can include superhero capes, crowns, tutus, tiaras, feather boas, or just a favorite tshirt and pair of shorts -whatever is most comfortable!
Sunday, June 8th | 9 a.m. - approximately 11 a.m. 
Campbell-Savona High School

Spring into Volunteering - Give Help Outside!
What do spring and volunteering have in common? Studies have shown that both enjoying warmer weather and volunteering can improve a person's mental and physical well-being! As milder temperatures approach, there are many ways to give help and share your love of nature. 

If you are interested in volunteering outdoors and are looking for an organization to help, call 2-1-1 HELPLINE by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-800-346-2211.  A call specialist can assist you in finding the perfect opportunity to volunteer in your local community! Opportunities can also be found by visiting and clicking "Give Help."

IHS Education
The Power of Human Capital
Supporting Your Capacity
The Benefits of IHS Membership
Membership Benefit:

Curious about what is included in your organization's NYCON membership through your IHS Membership?

Register for the upcoming NYCON webinar, "Membership Benefits: Get to Know Us!
on Friday, May 30th, to learn all about what you get at no additional cost!

  Learn More

Not sure if you are an IHS member? View the list of Current Member Agencies.

Interested in becoming an IHS Member? 
Check out all of the benefits offered, as well as membership fees, then simply complete and submit the 

Upcoming Events
May - June 2014

National Women's Health Week

Memorial Day
National Senior Health and Fitness Day
World No Tobacco Day

   Spotlight of the Week
Management Support Tip 
Building Your Leadership Capacity
      Jessica Lash
Jessica Lash has been volunteering at the Southeast Steuben County Library since 2011.  She has been helping at the children's section with story time.  
Her volunteer work helped her to get a job at the library recently - volunteering opens doors!

Looking for a volunteer opportunity?  
Contact 2-1-1 HELPLINE by dialing 2-1-1 or 
1-800-346-2211 or and click Give Help.