August 2013

NYSAE Starts Year Off With Planning Session

Mix committed volunteers with high energy and enthusiasm and you get ideas galore for a fantastic 2013-14 for NYSAE. "That was the goal and that was what was achieved at our Board and Committee Retreat held in July," said Stephen C. Crane, PhD, NYSAE chairman of the Board and executive director of the American Thoracic Society. The event was held at the offices of the American Cancer Society. "NYSAE relies heavily on its volunteers to help carry out its mission."
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Featured Articles

Tax-Exempt Financing For Tax-Exempt Organizations: Is Your Organization Eligible?
Do the Benefits Outweigh the Costs?

Organizations qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for exemption from federal income tax are eligible to borrow on a tax-exempt basis. If your organization is considering incurring debt, this article can assist in your evaluation of whether the more favorable interest rates provided by borrowing on a tax-exempt basis are worth the additional transactional costs and restrictions imposed by federal income tax law that comes along with tax-exempt debt.
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NYC & Company Releases First-Ever Comprehensive Tourism Overview

The next few months will be an important time as New York City (NYC) readies to welcome a new mayor in 2014. Thus far, a full field of mayoral hopefuls has been outlining plans to support various industries from around the NYC, but none have made any forceful commitments to tourism, the NYC's fastest-growing industry, supporting 363,000 jobs and generating $55 billion in economic impact. In response, NYC & Company released the first-ever official comprehensive report on New York City's tourism industry, New York City Tourism: A Model for Success. This report marks the first step in a multi-pronged effort to engage the candidates and ensure that tourism is appropriately represented in any discussion about New York City's future.

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Facebook or Face Time? Why Business Relationships Take More Than Texting, Friending, and Online Connecting

It's official: Email, texting, and social media are no longer just helpful supplemental business tools. They've taken over the whole game. Yes, technology has made many aspects of modern living more convenient and connected, but the pendulum has swung too far. Now, people are reluctant to do something as simple as picking up the phone, preferring to shoot off an email instead. And face-to-face meetings—well, they're almost unheard of.
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10 Communication Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Whether you're engaging in chitchat with coworkers on the first day of your new job, or talking to a prospective member, you need good communication skills in the workplace.

All employees experience awkward moments, such as being alone in the elevator with their boss for the interminable 10-floor ride, or getting tongue-tied in a particularly competitive and fast-paced departmental meeting.
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Study Shows Almost Two-Thirds of Donors Have Smartphones Despite Low Mobile Contributions Giving through Cell Phones

Sixty-two percent of donors surveyed in a Dunham+Company/Campbell Rinker national study said they are now using smartphones, yet only 10 percent have used their smartphone or tablet to make a contribution via a charity’s website.

"More and more people are living their lives on smartphones, and the reason so few have used their smartphones or tablets to make a donation is that charities are behind the curve optimizing their websites and giving forms for mobile," said Rick Dunham, president and CEO of Dunham+Company.
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Member News

Gregory Boroff, CAE, CFRE, has been named executive director of Friends of Hudson River Park. Boroff will lead Friends as it continues to build private philanthropic support to help complete and maintain the Hudson River Park. Friends expanded its mission in 2011 with an increased focus on generating private support for the Park, which receives no annual operating funds from the city or the state

Andrew Darmohraj, CAE, has been promoted to executive vice president & chief operating officer (COO) of the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Darmohraj oversees all aspects of APPA's day-to-day operations, including membership, accounting, and marketing efforts, as well as oversight of the world's largest annual pet products tradeshow, Global Pet Expo.

Steven Wolfe, vice chair of NYSAE's Education Committee, is the author of a new book—The Obligation. The book is a modern parable about a young Capitol Hill staffer who discovers that the seasoned congressman he works for is far from a typical politician.

The American Group Psychotherapy Association's branded channel on YouTube ( provides information for clinicians, the public-at-large, as well as media seeking expert information on the use of groups.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) hosted its annual ALHI Showcase in New York City for meeting professionals, association executives, business executives, and incentive specialists, at which ALHI and its clients raised $8,000 for the event's designated charity—Special Olympics New York. Held at Bryant Park Grill in New York City, the event raised the funds through a silent auction.

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) launched a new program, PHL Welcomes U! (PWU), a free, online educational program to empower all Philadelphians with the tools to create meaningful, positive experiences in Philadelphia.

The great minds of the toy industry were honored alongside their famous creations when the Toy Industry Hall of Fame combined with the National Toy Hall of Fame under a partnership announced Carter Keithley, president of the Toy Industry Association, and immediate past chair of NYSAE. Leaders of both halls have been talking for some time about combining the two as a way to raise their visibility and exposure and to promote their educational missions.                                                        
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2013 Issue

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