May 2010


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Issue: May, 2010


States, Cities Target Nonprofits To Shore Up Their Eroding Budgets
A March 28 online posting by the Providence Journal reports that Rhode Island's General Assembly leaders are considering a plan to strip tax-exempt status from approximately 6,600 nonprofit organizations, including churches, hospitals, private universities, YMCAs and even parent-teacher associations, to help the state's growing budget problems.
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Tax Benefits Aid Employers Who Hire and Retain Unemployed Workers
Two new tax benefits are now available to employers hiring workers who were previously unemployed or only working part time. These provisions are part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act enacted into law in March.
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Why It's Better to Measure Loyalty Rather Than Member Satisfaction
Have you ever been faced with this situation: You conduct regular member satisfaction surveys and your scores are high, but you know your members don't generate as much non-dues revenue as they could, and you have members dropping their membership when you have a slight dues increase?
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Rethinking Your Association's Next Move: What You Could Be Doing Differently
Is your association taking advantage of market churn and chaos to refresh your growth strategy? Regardless of size or industry, everyone has felt some impact from the recent years' economic turmoil. For many, it has been devastating requiring them to significantly shrink their associations, lay off staff, or even close their doors. For others, the impact has been more of a mild distraction, causing worry and distress in markets and niches that have otherwise continued to flourish. To take an optimistic view, the exciting part of a crisis like we have experienced in the last two years is the ability to easily effect change.
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Tax Credit Helps Tax-Exempts Provide Health Insurance Coverage
Many tax-exempt organizations that provide health insurance coverage to their employees now qualify for a special tax credit, according to the Internal Revenue Service.
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2009 Saw Record Decline in Foundation Giving
The recent economic crisis caused the nation's more than 75,000 grant-making foundations to cut their 2009 giving by an estimated 8.4 percent-by far the largest decline ever tracked by the Foundation Center. Grant dollars fell from $46.8 billion to $42.9 billion. Yet according to Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates (2010 Edition), this cutback totaled less than half the 17 percent loss in foundation assets recorded in the prior year. Several factors helped to moderate the overall decline in 2009 foundation giving. Principal among them were the decision of a significant number of funders to reduce their operating expenses and/or draw upon their endowments to shore up their giving during the crisis; increased giving by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other grantmakers; continuing gifts and bequests from donors into new and existing foundations; and the practice of asset-averaging by some foundations, which reduces the impact on giving of year-to-year fluctuations in asset values. Other key estimates for 2009 include:
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Report Calls for Citizen Participation to Inform Decision-Making on Science and Technology
A new report from the Science and Technology Innovation Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars defines the criteria for a new technology assessment function in the United States. The report, Reinventing Technology Assessment: A 21st Century Model, emphasizes the need to incorporate citizen-participation methods to complement expert analysis. Government policymakers, businesses, non-governmental organizations, and citizens need such analysis to capably navigate the technology-intensive world in which we now live.
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When in Doubt, Pick Up the Phone
I recently had a conversation with an association CEO, who was lamenting about all the time her 20-something staff spends on Facebook "If they would only put that much energy into work," she exclaimed. My reaction was probably not what she was expecting: "So what, let them post, tweet, whatever to their heart's content," I said.
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NYSAE Salutes Colleagues at Synergy Awards Luncheon
Each spring, NYSAE honors those who have demonstrated leadership, service, and special achievements that benefit the association and not-for-profit management profession. At this April's Synergy Awards Luncheon, NYSAE also presented its CyberSpace Awards recognizing outstanding association and not-for-profit websites, its Social Responsibility Award and a new award, called the Outstanding Information Technology Leadership Award.
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NYC Economic Development Corporation Releases NYC Helicopter Sightseeing Plan
The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in cooperation with the five helicopter tour operators out of the Downtown Manhattan Heliport (DMH) and the Eastern Region Helicopter Council (ERHC), released a New York City Helicopter Sightseeing Plan. The plan is a comprehensive package that includes the elimination of short tours, elimination of sightseeing tours over both Central Park and the Empire State Building, elimination of sightseeing flights over Brooklyn, the adoption of improved sightseeing tour routes, and an enhanced 311 protocol and data gathering system.
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NYSAE Honors The Best!

Synergy Award winners recognized at NYSAE’s April luncheon included (left to right top row): New Star Award Winner Matt Powers, Grand Hyatt New York; Outstanding Association Executive Holly Koenig, The Kellen Company; Distinguished Service Award Winner Joseph Benincasa, The Actors Fund of America; XVII Award Honoree James Rocco, James E. Rocco Associates; and Outstanding Committee Chair Michael Cummings, The Kellen Company. Also pictured are (left to right bottom row): NYSAE Chairman Andrew Darmohraj, CAE; Outstanding Associate Member Dena Kerren, Canadian Tourism Commission; Outstanding Information Technology Leadership Awardee Theresa Bischoff, American Red Cross; Outstanding Committee Chair Judy Sandford Guise, MSW, CAE; and Social Responsibility Award Winner Carlos Rodriquez, Food Bank for New York City.

Member Highlights Include: 
  • Matthew Davis has joined Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) as director of sales in the northeast region, headquartered in New York City...
  • Nicole Millman-Falk has been retained as events consultant by the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) ...
  • Kellen Company announced a strategic alliance with EW Group, an event and campaign consulting, management and marketing agency in New York City. "Fundraising campaigns and events are a vital component of many not-for-profit organizations," said Peter Rush, chairman and CEO of Kellen Company. ...
  • The AAA four-diamond Loews Regency Hotel has been accepted into the membership of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)...

With the opening of the expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center just one year away, expansion construction crews in Philadelphia went to new heights as a helicopter delivered fans for the facility’s new roof. When completed in March 2011, the Pennsylvania Convention Center will grow by 62 percent, offering meeting planners one million square feet of space.

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