Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A Conversation with New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York
invites you to

A Conversation with New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli
Co-sponsored by the Human Services Council of New York City, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York, and the United Way of New York City.

Thursday, April 15, 2010
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

The Interchurch Center, Sockman Lounge
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10027
between 119th and 120th Street, enter at 61 Claremont Avenue

Monday, March 8, 2010

Greater Hudson Heritage Network: Executive Director Job


THE ORGANIZATION: Greater Hudson Heritage Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization, provides services to the museum and cultural heritage community designed to advance professional standards and practices, build the capacity of organizations to meet their missions, and create a network of effective, skilled stewards of regional history and culture. GHHN provides regional and statewide programming in partnership with private foundations, state and federal agencies. GHHN is committed to management through best practices and highest ethical standards. Greater Hudson is located in Westchester County, NY, and has an annual operating budget of c. $300,000.

POSITION OPENING: The Executive Director provides leadership, vision and direction for the organization. S/he reports to and works with the Board of Trustees to articulate strategies that will advance GHHN’s mission, growth and financial stability. The Executive Director implements policy approved by the Board, manages operations and programs, and supervises a small staff. S/he represents Greater Hudson Heritage Network as an advocate for museum professionalism to funders, members, participants, partners and associated constituents, and fosters partnerships that support innovative organizational growth and financial sustainability for the field.


Candidate should have:

-- 4-5 years successful non-profit management experience with proven leadership in organizational development, strategic thinking, and fund raising

-- Familiarity with the issues facing the museum and history field in the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area, in New York State, and nationally

-- Skills to recognize and build on marketing and communications trends, partnerships and leadership opportunities in the field

-- Strong connections with individual professionals, historical and cultural organizations in the region

-- A proven ability to maintain existing and to establish new relationships with individuals, members, funding agencies, elected officials and collaborative partner organizations

-- The ability to integrate evolving technologies and communication advances into daily operations in ways that enhance the capabilities of the organization

--Exceptional oral and written communication skills

-- B.A. in a relevant field required, Master’s degree preferred

This is a full-time position with limited benefits. Regular work week with occasional weekends or evenings as required. Some travel is required for regional conferences, workshops, etc.

Salary and benefits: $35,000-$40,000
Position to be filled by September 1st, 2010

Please respond by e-mailing a letter of interest and an attached resume to the GHHN Search Committee at info@greaterhudson.org, no later than June 1st, 2010.

Greater Hudson Heritage Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Bumpy ride for corporate giving amid recession

Reuters reported that giving by U.S. companies endured the worst recession in decades with mixed results as some pared back philanthropy in the face of tough times, others increased budgets and most predicted a steady 2010.

The economic downturn sparked some changes in giving priorities as well, with several companies placing more importance on basic needs such as fighting hunger and homelessness and others focusing more in their local communities.

"This is not just giving money anymore. It's solving problems. These are social issues that we're addressing," said Charles Moore, executive director of the nonprofit Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy.

"Companies continue to examine their priorities. Very few are taking on new kinds of causes, and they are tending to reallocate the funds they do have," he said. "There's great expectation on the part of communities and (employees) on companies -- they expect more."

Reuters spoke to 10 companies whose philanthropic arms are ranked by the Foundation Center among the top U.S. foundations. Four said the dollar value of their giving increased in 2009, two said it remained steady, and four said it dropped. Read more here.