August 2009


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Issue: August, 2009 


IRS Seeks New Issues From Associations for the Industry Issue Resolution Program
The Internal Revenue Service is encouraging business taxpayers, associations, and other interested parties to submit to the Industry Issue Resolution (IIR) Program tax issues for resolution that involve a controversy, dispute or an unnecessary burden on business taxpayers.
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"Perfect Storm" of Fiscal Stress Hits Nonprofits
Eighty percent of nonprofit organizations are experiencing fiscal stress according to a survey by Johns Hopkins University, and close to 40 percent of them reported that this stress was "severe" or "very severe." Theaters and orchestras were particularly hard hit, with nearly 75 percent of the former and half of the latter reporting "severe" or "very severe" stress.
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New York City To Host 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service
New York City has been selected to host the 2010 National Conference on Volunteering and Service. At the conference, scheduled for June 28-30, 2010, more than 6,000 leaders in volunteerism and community service will join New York Governor David Paterson to work towards finding solutions to the nation's most challenging problems through service.
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What Does It Take for an Association To Survive?
The size of an association's or nonprofit's operating budget is not necessarily the best metric for determining long-term sustainability, according to a research paper by the TCC Group. Seven hundred organizations were surveyed using TCC's Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT). The CCAT is an online survey taken by an group's senior staff and board members to assess their leadership, management, adaptive capacity, and operational strengths and challenges.
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Employers Struggle With Ill-Prepared Workforce
As the Obama administration shines a light on the training and skills workers will need for the jobs of tomorrow, a new report shows that U.S. employers continue to struggle with an ill-prepared workforce, finding new hires lack crucial basic and applied skills. For the most part, employer-sponsored readiness training is not successfully correcting these deficiencies, according to the report, The Ill-Prepared U.S. Workforce: Exploring the Challenges of Employer-Provided Workforce Readiness Training, produced by Corporate Voices for Working Families, the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), The Conference Board, and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
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Top Five Findings from Association Membership Marketing Survey
Marketing General (MGI) conducted a survey to gain insight into the tactics and strategies that associations use to recruit members, engage new members, renew existing members, and reinstate former members. The goal was to better understand what tactics correlate with higher new member input, better renewal rates, and overall membership growth.
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Tips to Finding a Sponsor for Your Program
Finding a sponsor for an upcoming program has become a lot more difficult with the downturn in the economy. Not only are corporate sponsors more limited in the amount of dollars available for potential sponsorships, but they are also more careful in measuring a return on investment from their sponsorship and charitable donation dollars.
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Mayor Bloomberg Launches NYC Civic Corps To Help Nonprofits
Two NYSAE member's organizations (Food Bank for New York City and United Way of New York City) are among 57 groups receiving assistance this year from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's just launched, first-ever NYC Civic Corps. The NYC Civic Corps is a key initiative of NYC Service, the Mayor's blueprint to increase service and civic engagement and respond to President Obama's call for a new era of national service. NYC Civic Corps members will work to help nonprofits and public agencies dramatically increase the number of volunteers they mobilize, and achieve greater results and have greater impact through a more strategic use of those volunteers. They will work to create sustainable volunteer management structures that remain in place after their year-long terms of service end.
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Mayor Bloomberg was joined on July 30th by Acting CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service Nicola Goren to launch the first-ever NYC Civic Corps and swear in its inaugural class of 193 AmeriCorps VISTA members. (Photo Credit: Edward Reed)



Member Highlights Include:

  • Sheila Guston, CAE, president, Total Management Solutions, has been elected treasurer of Temple Emanuel of North Jersey.
  • The Fancy Food Show donated more than 100,000 pounds of specialty food and beverages to City Harvest, one of New York's leading anti-hunger organizations.
  • Jason Byrnes, senior account executive, Automated Graphic Systems, Inc., Betsy Byrnes, and Katie Clement successfully completed the 32nd Annual Utica Boilermaker 15K.

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