January 2010


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Issue: January, 2010





ASAE's CEO Forecasts 2010 Lobbying Issues
In his ongoing role as a regular contributor to National Journal's Under the Influence blog, John H. Graham IV, CAE, ASAE's president and CEO, predicted that deficit and debt reduction and tax reform would be among the biggest lobbying issues in Congress for 2010, after health care reform is resolved.
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Illinois Society of Association Executives Withdraws Suit Against Lobby Registration
The Illinois Society of Association Executives (ISAE) has withdrawn its lawsuit in Sangamon County requesting a temporary restraining order preventing the implementation of Public Act 96-0555, the Lobby Registration Act. ISAE agreed to withdraw its suit after being contacted by the Illinois Attorney General on behalf of the Secretary of State.
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Workplace 2010: Resolutions To Improve Association Efficiency
It is that time of year again; time to make resolutions for 2010. In addition to personal resolutions, executives should think about making workplace resolutions that will create positive, productive working environments at their associations.
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IRS To Continue Scrutiny Of Governance In 2010
The IRS issued a new exempt organizations governance check sheet for agents to use in capturing data about common practices and internal controls of nonprofit organizations being examined. The data will be included in a long-term study to gain a better understanding of the intersection between governance practices and tax compliance, the IRS said.
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Five Simple Rules to Help Your Association Become a Character-Driven Organization in 2010
As the new year begins, most people spend time reflecting on the past 12 months and anticipating a fresh start. Associations generally have their own version of this custom. They take inventory of their programs and services, organizing their books, and evaluate what was done right (and not so right) in hopes of preparing yourself for another year. Included in this assessment should be a look at the character of your organization.
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What Associations Need to Know about the Revised FTC Endorsements and Testimonials Guides
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it has approved final revisions to its Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (Guides), which address endorsements and testimonials by consumers, experts, organizations, and celebrities in advertising. The revisions, which went into effect on December 1, 2009, include the addition of hypothetical examples involving new media channels to illustrate the principle that material connections between advertisers and certain endorsers (such as monetary compensation) must be disclosed.
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Strategic Philanthropy
A new generation of philanthropists has come of age. Self-made, focused on accountability, and determined to be as successful giving their fortunes away as they were making them, these hands-on donors are forcing not-for-profits to take a long, hard look in the mirror.
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National Service Agency, Harvard, and MENTOR Kick Off 9th Annual Mentoring Month
The Corporation for National and Community Service joins with Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, and MENTOR to kick off the Ninth Annual National Mentoring Month and launch a national volunteer recruitment drive to mentor. General Colin Powell is headlining the month-long initiative, which includes more than 50 partners helping to raise awareness of the impact of mentoring on the lives of young people.
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Eight Tips for Converting Members to Donors
What will it take to get your members thinking about you when it comes time to make a charitable gift to your association's foundation or to your not-for-profit? How can you reposition your group to be among their top three charitable giving priorities? How can you connect your members to the longer-term impact of your work so they will consider giving to you annually, increasing their giving year after year? Consider these eight tips for converting members to donors.
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IRS Runs Workshops for Small and Mid-Sized 501(c)(3)s
The Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division of the Internal Revenue Service is running a one-day workshop for small and mid-sized 501(c)(3) organizations. Each workshop, presented by experienced IRS Exempt Organizations specialists, will explain what 501(c)(3) organizations must do to keep their tax-exempt status and comply with tax obligations. This introductory workshop is designed for administrators or volunteers who are responsible for an organization's tax compliance. Pre-registration is required.
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Work Hard? Be Recognized with an NYSAE Award
NYSAE's extensive Awards Program recognizes the best of the best…and that's you! Awards for Outstanding Association Executive, Outstanding Associate Member, Outstanding Committee Chairperson, Distinguished Service, Cyber Space, the XV+, the New Star, and Social Responsibility will be presented at NYSAE's Synergy Awards Luncheon on April 21.
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January 20, 2010 Revenue Institute

The Hawaii Convention Center sponsored the NYSAE Revenue Institute and the "ALOHA" Means Revenue Luncheon on January 20th at the New Yorker Hotel. From left to right: are Andy Darmohraj, CAE, NYSAE chairman; Neil Mullanaphy, executive director sales & marketing, Hawaii Convention Center; and Joel A. Dolci, CAE, NYSAE president.



Member Highlights Include:

  • David Belden, PE, PhD, executive director of the United Engineering Foundation and a past chair of the board of NYSAE, was recognized with honorary membership...


  • Lee Hornstein, managing director of (C) Systems, announced that in the spirit of the holiday season the company made donations to local food banks...


  • Nicole Millman-Falk, president, Millman-Falk Communications, Inc., will serve as an editorial project manager for the National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP), and Apogee Publications...


  • Peter Rush, chairman and chief executive officer, Kellen Company, announced that the Greater New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (GNY/AFP) selected Kellen as its full-service association management...


  • New York Women in Communications' new Gratitude Wall allows members to honor family, friends, mentors, colleagues and clients with a personal note telling them how much they are appreciated...


  • The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (PCCA), recently unveiled Philadelphia: The Complete Package to hundreds of meeting planners....


  • The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City has joined the social media arena to keep consumers abreast of current promotions, specials, and upcoming events...