Friday, May 27, 2011

Steering Committee Minutes: Next Program Set for July 21st

Mohawk Valley Nonprofit Leaders Group
Steering Committee Meeting May 25

C. Sonia Martinez, Mohawk Valley Latino Association, Inc.
Cassandra Sheets, Center for Family Life and Recovery
Darby O'Brien, Utica Library
Frank DuRoss, Mohawk Valley Community College
Kevin Marken, Stanley Center for the Arts
Lorraine Kinney-Kitchen, Mid-York Child Care Coordinating Council

Discussion about next program meeting, following the year’s theme of Planning and Partnership for Financial Success

• Set for Thurs, July 21st from 9 to 12
• Proposed location is Herkimer County Community College
o Will check on possibility (Frank is making initial contact)
• Following up on Mike Stein’s presentation on the Fund Development Assessment, the next topic is Strategic Planning for Financial Success and will focus on the fund development plan and committee
o Session will include some starting info and a panel
o Also, approach will be more a working one
o Possibly split people up by stage they are at (have a fund development committee; trying to develop a plan; already have one)
o NYCON will provide foundation (fund development plan tools and examples)
• Will pursue nonprofits that have a plan in place to have examples and possibly ask them to be on panel to speak to their experience (how developed, problems ran into, etc).
o Use survey and direct approaches to find examples

Next Steering Committee meeting is June 29th at 9am at the Community Foundation

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Ladder to Leadership Program: Voice from the Field Guest Post from Cassandra Sheets

This is the first in an ongoing series of Voices from the Field guest posts by scholars, fellows and alumni of RWJF Human Capital programs. The author, Cassandra Sheets, L.M.S.W., is a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Ladder to Leadership program.

It’s been barely 15 months since I completed my RWJF Ladder to Leadership fellowship, and I’m struck by two things. First, to my great surprise, I think I might have put almost everything I learned to use already, and second, it couldn’t have come at a better time for me. I can’t imagine what the last year might have been like if I hadn’t been through the program.

A newly posted story over on the RWJF Web site tells the tale. But the short version is that I was recently appointed CEO of the Center for Family Life and Recovery (CFLR), Inc., in Utica, New York, to guide the organization that we’re creating out of the merger of two family-serving organizations in the region. I know such mergers have been common in the last couple of years, driven in many cases by economic pressure from the recession.
The recession was certainly at work in our merger, and part of the purpose was to create more stable financial footing for the services we provide families. A lot of them are struggling with addiction in a variety of forms. We provide them with counseling and family support, alcoholism and addiction treatment support services, training and education, as well as mentoring and advocacy on their behalf.

Read more here.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Ladder to Leadership Fellow Features Utica ED and Nonprofit

The nation’s economic difficulties are felt in many ways. Some of the pain is measured by numbers on the front pages of newspapers—monthly unemployment figures and home foreclosure reports, for example. But other effects are less noticeable from a distance. Cassandra Sheets, L.M.S.W., gets close enough to notice as a fellow of Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in collaboration with the Center for Creative Leadership.

Sheets is the CEO of the Center for Family Life and Recovery (CFLR) in Utica, New York—a role she took on just a few months ago, when the Mohawk Valley Council on Alcoholism/Addictions and Family Services of the Mohawk Valley merged. The new organization provides a range of prevention, treatment-support and recovery services to individuals and families.

Such services are always in demand, but the nation’s economic difficulties have made the need more pressing. “We are finding and hearing from clients every day that the stressors continue to compound as they try to make ends meet,” Sheets says. “We try to be responsive. Our aggression reduction program for youth and adults, for example, helps them put the challenges into perspective while providing healthy alternatives and choices. Our employee assistance program helps people find the help they need to keep their jobs, and remain healthy employees and family members. And our prevention program works with youth and adults to provide information on what they can do to make healthy choices despite the sometimes unhealthy environments they live in.”

The same economic challenges affect CFLR’s funding, as well. Indeed, one of several reasons for the merger was to secure the funding base for the organizations’ programs as the economic recovery limps along. Neither organization faced imminent financial peril, but Sheets and other organizational leaders hoped to build long-term security. “We saw a merger as a great way to stretch our dollars, as well as a way to build stronger programs for our clients,” Sheets says. “In that way, we really want to be a role model for agencies, urging them to partner with one another so as to make services more accessible and affordable.”

But the merger is not a fiscal panacea: CFLR recently had to stop offering income-based sliding-scale fees for its general individual and family counseling services at two of its sites, after losing funding from the local United Way.

The new organization is also dealing with the various strains that come with refining its mission, merging staff and systems, and more. Sheets credits the Ladder to Leadership program with helping her develop the skills to steer the organization through this challenging period in its young, post-merger life. “It gave me great confidence that I could lead this effort and move it forward,” she says. “For me, at least, it was really a life transformation on many levels, not just in terms of leadership, but also individually.”

For more info, visit here.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fundraiser for Schuyler St. Fire Victims and Santiago Family

Time Friday, May 20 • 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Location Jeannette's Luncheonette 806 Noyes St. Utica (corner of Noyes & Lincoln )


Fundraiser for Schuyler St. Fire Victims and Santiago Family

Friday, May 20 · 3:00pm - 8:00pm


Jeannette's Luncheonette 806 Noyes St. Utica (corner of Noyes & Lincoln )


Created By
Arts West Alliance


More Info
Come on down tomorrow to join us for an outdoor afternoon filled with friends, food, and fun!!!

Arts West Alliance, West Utica Concerned Citizens, Technical Auto Care, and Jeannette's Luncheonette are having a fundraiser to help the Santiago family and fire victims.

We will have lots to enjoy, all while giving back to the community for a good cause!

*Car Wash -
(we all need our cars washed for the nice weather weekend)

*BBQ -
(Jeannette's SUPER DELICIOUS Chicken BBQ---OUT OF THIS WORLD BBQ SAUCE---salt potatoes, baked beans, and yummy treats)

*Fun, fun. fun for the kids!!!

~We are looking for more kids activities and VOLUNTEERS~

~We are also looking for donations for the fundraiser*potatoes*water*baked beans*bacon*car wash materials*bounce house*kids activities~

Please contact Harmony Speciale at 679-1808 or Mike Romanowski at 982-3331 for more information on how to volunteer or donate!

Let's set an example of how West Utica can come together in times of need!

A trust fund has been established for the one surviving daughter, Rosalynn.
Let's show her the love she needs during this difficult time.
Rosalynn is 9 years old and would benefit from donations such as girls clothing size 10, shoes size 5, girls toys and items, and also girls bedroom furniture.

We appreciate ALL those who have contributed their time and effort!


DeLisle-Heath named as new Utica Zoo executive director

After nearly a quarter of a century in the emergency response field, the head of the local American Red Cross will make the transition to conservation and recreation.
Andria DeLisle-Heath announced Wednesday she will step down as the executive director of the American Red Cross of the Mohawk Valley on June 3 to take over the executive director’s position at the Utica Zoo on June 13.
“Although I am leaving one very important organization in our community, I am thrilled to be joining another that plays a vital role in the Mohawk Valley,” said DeLisle-Heath in a news release.
DeLisle-Heath said during an interview on Wednesday she is excited to get started at the “new Utica zoo.”
“The board and staff have had a vision that has come to fruition,” she said.
This started with the African Alley, which includes new lions, zebras, hyenas and ostriches. She said the zoo is also bringing in an Asian realm, which will include some new arrivals at the zoo. The total number of animals at the zoo by the end of the year will be 270, nearly a hundred more than the number the zoo had at the end of last year, said DeLisle-Heath.
“The Utica Zoo Board of Trustees has searched for years for a talented executive director with the leadership skills, management experience, dedication to nonprofit organizations and a true devotion to the community possessed by Ms. DeLisle-Heath,” Joseph DeTraglia, board president for the Utica Zoo, said in a news release.
“She will continue the work of the board and staff in creating a new and improved zoo, and will continue to take this organization to the next level. She brings a level of professionalism that is unmatched and we are lucky to have her as part of the Utica Zoo team,” he said.
DeLisle-Heath’s background in nonprofit service began after she got her associate’s degree in business from Herkimer County Community College and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Utica College. She said this provided her with a great background to lead at nonprofit organizations.
In 1987, she joined in a leadership role at the YWCA, which provides crisis response for domestic and sexual violence victims, before leaving to head the Red Cross chapter in Herkimer County in 1997. She took a hiatus from the organization from 1999 to 2001 to spend more time with her family, before she decided to return, which was a month before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
After the attacks, the Herkimer chapter became the training ground for several chapters for those who wanted to volunteer. She said the chapter oversaw 80 people become new volunteers after the attacks.
Then in response to Hurricane Katrina four years later, the chapter was able to send 23 people from the Mohawk Valley to assist affected areas.
Both the chapter’s response to Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina stand out as accomplishments for DeLisle-Heath during her tenure, which she points out could not have happened without the chapter’s “amazing” staff, board of directors and volunteers.
“I never did any of this alone. Even with my departure, all of these great things will carry on at the Red Cross,” she said.
DeLisle-Heath said she has many ideas for the zoo, and is excited with the direction they are going in. DeLisle-Heath said she also has a sentimental connection with the zoo, as that is where she spent her first Mother’s Day over 20 years ago.
“Living in the Mohawk Valley has allowed to me to appreciate all of the hometown attractions for entertainment and quality of life enjoyment that we have available,” she said in a news release. “The Utica Zoo is a place where fun, wonder and education all come together. I believe that each family in our region can do just a little bit to ensure that the zoo, which has provided enjoyment for over 95 years, can continue to be a local icon.”
She also said she plans to still be involved with the Red Cross as a volunteer and as a donor.
“She’s such a wonderful, wonderful representative for the Red Cross,” said Red Cross board of directors member John Cipriano. “It’s going to be really difficult to replace Andria DeLisle-Heath. A more dedicated individual you’ll never find.”

Thursday, May 12, 2011

"Taxing" Nonprofits: A Growing Interest

The NY Times featured a recent story about the growing trend of municipalities developing or charging nonprofits service fees (aka taxes on certain services). Clearly this is a challenge for most nonprofits, especially as they struggle to address increasing needs, higher operating costs and decreasing funding and donations. It seems that nonprofits will likely cut services in response, especially since most have already cut everything possible in an attempt to preserve programs and services. What kind of impact this will have remains to be seen, but it feels like watching a train wreck in slow motion.

The article relates:
As recession-racked cities struggle to balance their budgets with everything short of feeling behind sofa cushions for loose change, a growing number are seeking more money — just don’t use the word taxes — from nonprofit institutions that occupy valuable land but by law do not pay property taxes.

Boston has been sending letters to its largest nonprofit institutions this year, telling them the value of their land and asking them to begin making annual payments that would eventually rise to a quarter of what they would owe if they paid property taxes. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel of Chicago wants the city to begin charging water fees to nonprofits, which have been spared them in the past. And the mayor of Providence, R.I., Angel Taveras, cited Boston’s example this month when he called on nonprofits to pay more money to the city.

Read more here.

Monday, May 9, 2011

MVLA General Membership Meeting May 21st

Who: The Mohawk Valley Latino Association, Inc. (MVLA)

What: Junta General de Miembros/ General Membership Meeting ~ 2011

Where: MVLA Office site, 309 Genesee St., 2nd Floor, Conference Room, Utica, NY

When: Sabado, 21 de Mayo / Saturday, May 21, 2011

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We encourage your attendance and participation. Please feel free to bring a friend or family member along. Our meetings are informational, full of energy, ideas, and most importantly very beneficial to the Latino community. We will be announcing our cultural events and plans for the 2011 Latino Upstate Summit event.

Contact Information:

Mohawk Valley Latino Association, Inc.

309 Genesee Street (Park Ave. Entrance) 3rd Floor, Utica, NY

(315)738-1083 ext. 121 or 147

RSVP by: Friday, May 20, 2011

MVLA, Inc. Mission Statement:

To improve the standard of living for all residents of the Mohawk Valley through various services that will educate, empower, achieve awareness among, the different cultures, help shape young minds, and demonstrate the great opportunities available within the Mohawk Valley.

Mohawk Valley Latino, Inc.
309 Genesee Street, 3rd Floor
Utica, NY 13501
315/738-1083, X121 or 147
MVLA in facebook
Motivation * Vision * Latin Pride * Attitude
Motivacion * Vision * Orgullo Latino * Actitud

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Lawsuit: Bank of Utica seeks repayment of GroWest loan

Bank of Utica filed a civil lawsuit several months ago against GroWest, Inc, the now-infamous West Utica-based nonprofit housing rehabilitation agency.

The suit seeks $255,302, plus interest and attorney fees, for money the bank lent to GroWest in August 2010.

According to court documents, GroWest agreed to pay the sum back in three months.

But the agency all but collapsed, and now exists as a volunteer board of directors with no paid employees.

The most recent court documents involving the suit at the Oneida County Clerk’s Office are from December, and officials from both GroWest and the bank declined comment.

The city hired J.K. Hage III’s law firm in April 2010 after GroWest board members brought up possible financial improprieties, a move which lead to a slew of civil lawsuits against former GroWest employees and contractors. The city is pursuing civil action against GroWest itself, as well.

Hage’s work also included production of a report on GroWest and the way the city administers federal money.

The FBI and federal Department of Housing and Urban Development also commenced probes into the situation.

Original Article from the

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New United Way director looking to ‘make a difference’

Brenda Episcopo enjoys helping other people.

She has a wonderful chance to do that after being named Wednesday executive director of the United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica Area.

“This gives me a great new opportunity to make a difference in this community,” she said at a news conference at the organization’s new location on Lafayette Street.

The hiring marks the end of the year-long search to fill the position after the nonprofit’s former executive director, Phil Hayne, resigned in July. Interim Executive Director Tim Reed, also the Utica Boilermaker Road Race executive director, will hand over duties to Episcopo June 6.

“Brenda is a wonderful addition to the United Way staff,” Board President James Wallace said in a news release. “Brenda’s leadership skills, resource development and campaign experience and community involvement are exactly what our organization needs to continue on the right path and take us to the next level to best support our community.”

Episcopo is not a newcomer to the United Way. She served as a volunteer and former officer of the United Way Nonprofit Executive Director’s Group.

She said her goals are to make this year’s fundraising campaign better than it ever has been, as well as raising year-round awareness about the United Way’s work.

Of her new role she said, “It’s the person who keeps the ship on the right path.”

Episcopo has served for the last eight years as the executive director for the Peacemaker Program, an organization that provides services to resolve conflict and achieve positive outcomes for children, families and the community.

Episcopo has been a board member of the New York State Dispute Resolution Association, and has served on the advisory boards for the criminology department at Mohawk Valley Community College and sociology department at SUNYIT.

She has a master’s degree in applied sociology from SUNYIT, and is an instructor at MVCC, teaching a course on mediation within the criminal justice system.

Original article from

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Genesis Group: Special Tour Today May 4th and Other Upcoming Events

"The Genesis Group....working for a better Mohawk Valley region!"

JOIN US THIS WEEK FOR A SPECIAL Genesis Group Discovery Tour
(TODAY) Wednesday May 4th ~ 5:30pm

Griffiss Business and Technology Park
592 Hangar Road, Rome, NY 13441

Meeting Location: TSA Waiting Room
Parking: East side of Building 100 parking lot

DIRECTIONS - Hangar Rd. is a turn from the main road in the park (Rt 825)
On a Birnie Bus coach, we’ll receive a complete tour of the Airport including the Runway.
The tour is FREE! Reservations are required.

For reservations, contact Genesis Group Executive Director Ray Durso, Jr, by calling 792.7187 or by email:

2011 Regional Clean & Green Initiative
The campaign continues:
Saturday May 7th at various locations around the area

" Regional Healthcare Recognition " ~ May 10th - 12:00pm at Hart's Hill Inn
(Deadline for reservations is Friday May 6th)
sponsored by The Genesis Group, The Medical Societies plus... Excellus Blue Cross BlueShield, St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Masonic Care Community, Slocum Dickson Medical Group, Rome Memorial Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare, MVP Health Plan, Utica College, CDPHP, Med-Care Administrators, Hospice and Palliative Care and The Presbyterian Home

Mohawk Valley Familiarization “FAM” Tour
For reservations & more information, contact Donna Skibitski at 792-5300
sponsored by: The Genesis Group, Mohawk Valley Community College & Oneida County Tourism

The Genesis Group is an affiliate partner of the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley, (CAMV)
Join us as we celebrate National Small Business Week with "3 Keys to Unlocking your Business Potential!"
Tuesday May 17th ~ 5:30pm at Holiday Inn of Utica

For more information, contact:
Raymond J. Durso, Jr., Executive Director
The Genesis Group ~ SUNYIT ~ 100 Seymour Road, Utica, New York 13502 ~
315.792.7187 (T) 315.797.1280 (F) Genesis is also on Facebook

Monday, May 2, 2011

GroWest probe: Where’s the FBI?

Remember when the FBI stormed City Hall, taking computers and leaving startled employees behind?

That was almost one year ago – and since that time nearly everyone involved with the GroWest Inc. investigation has confirmed their initial cooperation with the secretive federal agency.

But more recently – as the roiling summer speculation about GroWest recedes further into the rearview – the FBI is nowhere to be found.

No charges. No indictments.

Not even the basic acknowledgement that they are working on the case.

“Our policy is that we can’t comment on the existence of investigations,” said M.D. McDonald, an FBI spokesman who declined further comment.

The FBI became involved with GroWest, a West Utica-based nonprofit housing agency, after the city hired private attorney J.K. Hage III to probe possible criminal wrongdoings there. The FBI later issued subpoenas to both GroWest and City Hall seeking records dating back to 2000.

Mayor David Roefaro, who once said he expected the results of the FBI’s probe to become public by the end of 2010, now says it could be “a couple” of years.

He first said he interacts with them occasionally, before revising that and saying the contact with the city is through the Corporation Counsel’s Office.

“I know they’re working on the case,” he said. “It’s going to take time. The FBI, they don’t move the quickest.”

But the agency’s recent silence has some stakeholders wondering if they will ever be heard from again.

“I think maybe it was wishful thinking,” said attorney Mark Wolber, an attorney who represents former GroWest executive director John Denelsbeck. “The city was hoping the FBI would become involved, because that would support the theory that there was major wrongdoing.”

Hage probe

Hage’s law firm was hired last year by the city to investigate GroWest and how federal funds are administered by the city. The firm eventually was paid $252,555.

In return, Hage’s firm kick started a slew of civil lawsuits against former GroWest employees and contractors and delivered a 120-page report on the agency and the city.

Hage & Hage LLC also retooled a five-year plan the city must submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The plan had been rejected twice before finally being accepted.

When he was working for the city, Hage said several times that the FBI’s investigation would take substantially longer than the city’s.

But Roefaro said the final February check cut to Hage would be the end of their working relationship.

“I have not had any contact from the FBI in quite some time, and the city has for some time now assumed all responsibility for all civil actions,” Hage said.

The lawsuits

In September, the city filed complaints in each of those cases, the most recent activity filed in the Oneida County Clerk’s Office. Despite phone messages left over the course of several days, city First Assistant Corporation Counsel Charles Brown, who is working on the cases, could not be reached.

In at least one case, though, the Denelsbeck lawsuit, the city has missed several deadlines to fill in the specifics of the lawsuit. It has been given one final chance with state Supreme Court Judge Samuel Hester or it risks being thrown out.

Denelsbeck initially was approached by the FBI and spoke with officials from the agency, but it was only once and he never heard from the FBI again, Wolber said.

The story is the same for Dermody, Burke & Brown, an accounting firm named in a GroWest-related civil suit.

The firm, which once did annual audits for GroWest, handed over its documents to the FBI months ago and hasn’t heard anything since.

“I’ve heard nothing, not a word,” said Madelyn Hornstein, Dermody, Burke & Brown’s executive director, who said she believes that the firm acted properly. “No news is good news.”

Original article at

The Arts West District in Utica Meeting: May 3rd


Next Meeting Time: Tuesday, May 3 · 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Jeannette's Luncheonette, 806 Noyes St (corner of Lincoln Avenue) Utica

Our focus will be on shaping the entire Arts West District, including Sculpture Space and Varick Street, as well as neighborhoods and prospective business areas.

At this meeting, we’ll share visions and ideas on how our urban in-city village can better embrace its arts resources, strengthen its artistic character, and grow as a destination for people interested in the arts.

We will also discuss projects under consideration by the Municipal Housing Authority and City of Utica.

We hope to generate fresh new thinking, solutions, and opportunities to energize and propel the future of our community and drive our overall City of Utica!

For example, how would you like to dine, drink, shop, live, and play right here in our own backyards instead of traveling to Clinton, Hamilton, Herkimer, and Syracuse to enjoy an intimate arts village atmosphere?

We could bring in new arts and handcraft businesses appealing to people from all around.

Wouldn't it be wonderful to re-open the Bearded Dolphin and Kelly O'Neal’s and reinvent the businesses to include an upscale martini/cigar bar, a fusion lounge, an internet hub club, etc.

Utica needs new, fresh ideas and I know you guys out there have them!


We already have three unique and expanding eateries:

Jeannette’s Luncheonette (remodeling into a retro diner featuring Utica-OD 1950’s news, business, and community organizations)
Tramonatne Café (funkadelic coffee house )
Tiny’s Bar & Grill (Jazz)

Plus…Sabatino’s Pizza & Deli (pizza & sandwiches)

And across the arterial - Varick Street businesses and Sculpture Space

Entertainment and the Arts include:
Players of Utica
Munson Williams and their film theater
Neptune Studios Art Gallery
Across arterial - Varick Street business and Sculpture Space

MHA and the City of Utica have some terrific ideas and grant funding, but should they build elsewhere?

How about demolishing, restoring, or renovating older deteriorating homes throughout the neighborhood.

This would provide opportunity for first-time home buyers to purchase, re-hab, and restore residences they occupy, promoting home ownership instead of absentee and irresponsible landlords who rent and neglect!

At the Lincoln Avenue location, two-story buildings can be built with first floor storefronts and shop-owner residences upstairs.

Ideally, an owner will live above their business, while experiencing the pride of developing their personal business and their personal residence!

Also, the City of Utica would benefit from both property AND sales tax!

*Imagine what type of business you would have there!

This will draw business from all around Utica and our sister cities, towns, and villages!

Please keep in mind the Rt. 12 arterial project that will close most exits into Utica.

Some thoroughfare traffic will inevitably flow through the Arts West District along Lincoln Ave. due to closing of the the Rt. 12 Arterial exits.

Most traffic will simply bypass us on Rt. 12 Arterial!!!

*Let's give them a reason to stop and shop!

We must create an attraction to promote and keep this neighborhood ALIVE and WELL into our future!

The NEW Arts West District will provide incentive and attract business, patrons, and proud homeowners to re-populate the neighborhood!

Housing Visions is redeveloping throughout the district and has rental properties available for income eligible tenants. This organization manages their properties with great care and performs thorough background checks of all applicants, ensuring the neighborhood of quality tenants.

The MHA and the City of Utica would greatly serve our community and Utica by replacing and improving already deteriorated homes speckled throughout this promising neighborhood.

Empty lots can be transformed into community gardens that align with Urban Farming.

The Oneida Square Project and Cornerstone Community Church planted a bountiful garden on Henry St.

The group is also serious moves to redevelop on Henry Street!

*Go check out their garden…a community effort!

Lastly, let us consider the newly planned redevelopment of Oneida Square at the top of Plant and Genesee St.

There are a lot of good things happening around town.
Let's get involved!!!

LET"S TAKE IT BY THE HORNS AND BRING HER BACK TO L-I-F-E....before Utica falls into a deeper sleep!

City officials, including UPD, & district councilmen will be present to address any questions or voice productive ideas/concerns.

Let’s move some mountains, Utica!!!
Tuesday, May 3 · 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Jeannette's Luncheonette 806 Noyes St (corner of Noyes and Lincoln) Utica, NY

See What you Missed: Video from Fund Development Assessment Program

The Development Assessment: A Tool to Enhance Fund Raising Effectiveness

See What You MIssed! Watch the Videos

A Special Thank You for the support of the CORPORATE PARTNERS PROGRAM of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties: a collaboration of generous area businesses and The Foundation to promote nonprofit excellence and community advocacy.

This special program on the Fund Development Assessment was presented by Michael Stein, Vice President, Development at Bassett Medical Center. Watch here as Mike defines what the Fund Development Assessment is.

Many nonprofit executives are confronted with the challenge of leading organizational fund raising efforts without necessarily having background or experience in this most critical area. The development assessment process provides organizations with a comprehensive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of existing fund raising programs. Here Mike discusses how to carry out the assessment.

The assessment process focuses on how the organization can maximize current resources and makes recommendations regarding additional resources needed to attain full fund raising potential. Here Mike discusses what to do with the assessment info collected, specifically discussing the role of a board retreat. Mike's presentation wraps up with highlights of the overall trends that the assessment has revealed. Here a couple highlights to watch:

Special Panel: Discussing Online Fundraising

Watch as the panel discusses the pros and cons of online fundraising. You can more video from the program here.

Thank You to our Panelists!