February 2012


Hugs and Kisses for Valentine's Day? No! For Winning an NYSAE Award

Why not send your love to a colleague and nominate them for an NYSAE Award. Each year, NYSAE recognizes the best in our field at its Synergy Awards Luncheon this year to be held on Wednesday, April 18, at the Technology Institute.

Take a moment to take part in this celebration of merit by nominating NYSAE colleagues who you know to be exemplary in their commitment, service and talent within the association and nonprofit community. Self-nominations are also welcome! 
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What's GARP® Got To Do With It?
Eight Principles for Minimizing Information-Related Risks


Organizations depend on information to manage day-to-day operations, comply with regulations, gauge financial performance, and monitor strategic initiatives. This critical information resides in the organization's business records.

As a key resource in the operation of any organization, records must be created, organized, secured, maintained, and used in a way that effectively supports the activity of that organization. This information facilitates operations, budgeting and planning, and documents compliance.
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NYSAE Career Development Committee Wants You
To Be the First in Line for a Job Offer


To help compete in this competitive job market, NYSAE launched a series of Career Development Workshops. These informal brown bag lunch sessions are small group, interactive workshops designed to leave you with new skills and new acquaintances!

The January 24 program, led by Beverly Daniel, MS, MBS, founder of the CareerGrowth Group and chair of NYSAE's Career Development Committee, focused on working effectively with executive recruiters, tapping into the hidden job market, expanding your networking contacts, and becoming the best candidate. 
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Even Membership Evangelism Needs a Little Push


By Ed Rigsbee, CSP

While the term evangelism is generally used in conjunction with religion, past evangelicals have proven to be exceedingly effective marketers. Case in point; Apostle Paul is considered by many to be the world's most effective marketer.

Evangelism, simply put is the selling of an idea. In this article I'm going to focus on how paid association staff and executives can help their volunteer members to spread the association membership word to colleagues, competitors, and suppliers. And, why it is in the members' best interest to make the effort. Yes, evangelism needs a little push in these uncertain economic times. 
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Finance & Management Institute Gave Tools
for Better Business Decision-Making

Association executives got to start the year off right with sound financial and management know-how at NYSAE's January Institute. Sessions covered proposed changes in New York State Law affecting associations and nonprofits, understanding one's fiduciary responsibilities, and updates on retirement plans.

Michael Cooney, Esq., partner, Nixon Peabody LLP, and a member of the New York Attorney General's Nonprofit Leadership Committee, opened the program with highlights of proposed changes in New York State law.
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Navigating the Wage and Hour Law Maze of
Unpaid Internships at Nonprofit Organizations


By Michael J. Volpe, Kristine A. Sova, and Megan H. Mann

An overwhelming number of nonprofit organizations offer unpaid internships to students seeking an entire into the workforce and nonprofit sector. Often overlooked, however, is the fact that interns come with legislative strings attached, including federal and state wage and hour laws. These laws require, among other things, payment of a minimum wage for work performed by an individual. Moreover, under federal wage and hour law, there is no blanket provision exempting all interns or nonprofits from the law's grasp, yet unpaid interns abound. This begs the question: Should unpaid interns really be paid? The answer in some instances is, yes. 
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Are You Ready for the Charity Challenge?


More than 1.4 million nonprofit organizations were registered with the Internal Revenue Service in 2009, 19 percent above 1999. How much do you know about the nonprofit sector?

Answers to the following questions and many more key facts can be found in The Nonprofit Sector in Brief: Public Charities, Giving, and Volunteering, 2011. The publication, from the Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Statistics highlights trends from the forthcoming 2011 edition of The Nonprofit Almanac. The brief was prepared by Katie Roeger, Amy Blackwood, and Sarah Pettijohn. 
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Career Tips To Make You More Successful


By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

Most people underestimate the costs of losing a promotion. Research from the Change Anything Labs shows that if a 30-year-old employee earning $60,000 is passed up for a promotion with a 2% raise, he or she will incur a loss of $59,780 over the lifespan of his or her career. And 85% of people admit they have lost out on promotions or pay increases because they didn't adequately address a boss concerns about their bad behavior. However, employees who cerate a behavior change plan are 10 times likely to improve their performance and secure the promotions they deserve (MIT Sloan Management Review, 2008).
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Body Language for Negotiators


By Carol Kinsey Goman, PhD

In any business encounter (from high stakes negotiation to everyday bargaining situations) you are communicating over two channels—verbal and nonverbal—resulting in two distinct conversations going on at the same time. While a well-designed bargaining strategy is obviously important, it’s not the most important message you send. Communication research shows that in a 30-minute negotiation, two people can send more than 800 different nonverbal signals. If you focus on the verbal exchange alone and ignore the nonverbal element, you stand a high chance of coming away from that negotiation wondering why in the world your brilliantly constructed bargaining plan didn’t work out the way it was supposed to.
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SHRM Poll Shows Organizations Have Work to Do for Diversity, Inclusion


A Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) poll shows that only two in 10 organizations have an internal group focused on diversity within the organization.

Regardless of whether organizations do or do not have internal groups a diversity-focused committee, council, or advisory board the human resources group plays a significant role in diversity initiatives. When asked, "Who is responsible for implementing diversity initiatives at your organization?" 65 percent of poll respondents cited the human resources group. Another 62 percent said the human resources group is responsible for leading diversity initiatives. 
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The American Heart Association's Teaching Gardens will expand into 12 underserved communities across the U.S. with the help of a $250,000 grant from its first national funder, MetLife Foundation.

Peter Rush, chairman and chief executive officer of Kellen Company, announced that the firm has acquired Chicago-based association management firm Landon Farrey & Associates (LF&A) and Innovative Technology Conferences Inc.

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is leading an industry-wide charge on creating an MBA-level public relations course that will give future business leaders the strategic communication and reputation management skills they need to manage modern-day corporate challenges and crises, according to William Murray, PRSA president and COO.

The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is on the 2012 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards for a record 52nd consecutive year, making it the only property to ever achieve this status.

The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB) unveiled a full suite of mobile tools, making visitors, convention attendees, and residents four ways to discover Philadelphia on their smartphones.

The Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau, along with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, and Saratoga Festivals, LLC, will host Saratoga Beer Week, February 23 – 25.

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February 2012 Issue



February 29th
Meet NY at
Hard Rock Cafe

March 21st
Breakfast Roundtable Workshop

April 18th
Technology Institute & Vendor Showcase

May 22nd
Career Development Workshop Series

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