Monday, June 18, 2012

The Development Assessment Program: Video Now Available

Presented by Michael Stein, Vice President Development at the Bassett Medical Center

Many nonprofit executives are confronted with the challenge of leading organizational fund raising efforts without necessarily having background or experience in this most critical area. The development assessment process provides organizations with a comprehensive analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of existing fund raising programs. The assessment process focuses on how the organization can maximize current resources and makes recommendations regarding additional resources needed to attain full fund raising potential. The development assessment is worth considering if an organization:
• Is dissatisfied with current fund raising performance.
• Wants to increase Board involvement, participation and “ownership” of the development program
• Seeks comparative benchmarks by which to evaluate fund raising effectiveness
• Is looking for a strategic development plan to complement the overall organizational strategic plan.
• Is preparing for a major capital campaign.

Video Now Available:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Bugbee Children's Center earns group accreditation

The Bugbee Children's Center recently earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation's leading organization of early childhood professionals.

"I am extremely proud of the hard work, time and effort that went into achieving this recognition," Bugbee Children's Center Director Marie Petta said in a media release. "It is most certainly a reflection of our long tradition of providing high-quality care to the community."

Established in 1985, the Bugbee Children's Center offers year-round child care for infants, toddlers and preschool children from 8 weeks to 5 years old.

Located in Bugbee Hall in Oneonta, the center is a private, nonprofit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Bugbee Hall is owned and maintained by the State University College at Oneonta.

Priority is given to children of SUNY students and state employees, with slots available to other community members as space permits.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, Bugbee went through a self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the 10 NAEYC early childhood program standards and more than 400 related accreditation criteria.

The program received NAEYC accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC assessors. NAEYC-accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits during the five-year accreditation period.

According to a media release, about 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are accredited by NAEYC. There are two otehr NAEYC-accredited schools in the local area.

For more details, call Petta at 436-2484 or email

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Leatherstocking AEA: Creative Collaborations for Optimizing Resources

This special program will focus on examples of nonprofits sharing operations, staff, facility and resources. We will feature a panel discussion.
Confirmed Panelists include:
  • Peter Hujik, Otsego Land Trust- sharing on various collaborations, including a recent merger with Brookwood Gardens
  • Terry Capuano, United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties- sharing about the collaboration of business operations with United Way of Broome County
  • Alan Rowe, Research and Preservation Coordinator, Hanford Mills Museum- speaking about the Museum's experience with sharing space
Additional Panelists To Be Announced.
This session will also include a networking opportunity for participants with the opportunity to share what their organizational needs are and what strengths their nonprofit has and can offer others.
Date: June 20, 2012
Time: 9:00am-11:30am
Location: Oneonta Location To Be Announced