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2011-2012 Community Investment Report GIVE. ADVOCATE. VOLUNTEER.




Dear Friends, In 2011 we embarked on a journey that would take us through 90 years of United Way, working with you, to build a better Central New York. Over the decades, the needs in our area have changed and grown, and that remains true today. United Way continues to work with the community and local agencies, to provide a successful network of services creating positive change and strengthening our region. We are well into the second year in a new three-year cycle of funding built around Four Focus Areas: Education, Income, Health and Safety Net services. 95 programs at 35 local agencies received allocations in this cycle and in just one year your gifts made the following (and more) possible:

• 638,925 meals were provided to people of all ages suffering from hunger • 4,413 young children and teens were able to participate in mentoring programs • 3,328 seniors received assistance they needed to remain independent.

The process of preparing our Community Needs Assessment is well underway. The first step in our strategic approach to addressing our area’s most critical needs is a community needs survey. The survey will help to shape the funding parameters of the next three year cycle beginning in 2014. We will be looking for volunteers to assist us in making these very important decisions. It is our hope that you will consider being an active participant in this process. On behalf of everyone involved with United Way and our partner agencies - thank you for being a part of the positive change in our community. We are honored to have your generous support for all these years. Your assistance makes our community stronger, because healthy and financially stable people, families and neighborhoods mean less poverty, less suffering in Syracuse and Onondaga County. Thank you for Living United. Sincerely,

Frank J. Lazarski President

Greg Loh Board Chair


Frank J. Lazarski and Greg Loh

Inside 2012-2013 Board of Directors Greg Loh, Chair Kimberly Boynton, Sr. Vice Chair Joseph L. Rufo, Secretary Treasurer James Ennis, Vice Chair Tim Fox, Vice Chair Paula Freedman, Vice Chair Drew A. James, Vice Chair Debra M. Stehle, Vice Chair Paul Tremont, Vice Chair Rev. Kevin J. Agee Maritza Alvarado, M.D. Sally Berry Rebecca Bostwick Christine M. Bowers Rosa Clark Anthony D’Angelo David Duerr Marion Ervin Charles J. Fennell James D. Freyer, Jr. Stephen J. Gorczynski Richard Hole Peter Maier Michael F. Melara Peggy Ogden Dr. Michael O’Leary Virginia Biesiada O’Neill Leola Rodgers Charles M. Sprock, Jr. Patricia L. Stith Kimberly Townsend David Wall Martha Winslow Randall Wolken

Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Financial Information.................... 3 Campaign Results.................... 4 Top 20 Companies.................... 5 Honoring Corporate Philanthropy.................... 6 Thank You Sponsors.................... 7 Events............... 8-10 Leadership............... 11-12 Leadership Giving 2012Member Roster............. Insert Now and Forever Legacy Circle................... 13 Organized Labor Highlights................... 14 Success By 6® Highlights................... 15 VolunteerCNY Highlights................... 16 Gifts In Kind Highlights................... 17 2011 Community Need Update................... 18 Thank You for Your Support.............. 19-20 The Path to Allocations.............. 21-22



Financial Information Our Commitment to you


nited Way exists to be your partner in caring, providing you with a wide range of services that allow you to personalize your giving.

When you give to United Way, you entrust us with the responsibility to use your gift efficiently and effectively. In this report, we provide details about the programs your gift supports and how your gift makes a difference in our community every day.

Statement of Financial Position year ending June 30, 2012 ASSETS Gifts to the 2011 campaign helped serve more than 600,000 meals to individuals and families in need.


$ 505,387



Pre-paid Expenses & other assets Investments Property and Equipment Less Accumulated Depreciation and Amortization Total Assets

14,043 4,410,949 30,240 $8,775,775

LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Accounts Payable and Accrued Expenses Donor Designations Payable


Undesignated Allocations Payable


Deferred Revenue Note Payable to New York State Total Liabilities

Your generosity provided thousands of seniors with the services they needed to remain healthy and independent.

176,926 98,375 $5,864,199

NET ASSETS Unrestricted Net Assets Temporarily Restricted Net Assets Permanently Restricted Net Assets


$ 95,656

$174,464 2,668,427 68,685

Total Net Assets




2011 Campaign Results


e greatly appreciate the dedication of our 20112012 Community Campaign Chair, Randy Wolken, president, MACNY - The Manufacturers Association and Vice Chair, David Freund, President, Selflock Screw Products Co., Inc. United Way is honored to be supported by such experienced and prominent leaders in the Central New York business community. For the 2012-2013 campaign, we welcome David as Chair; he is joined by Richard Hole, Chairman, Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, as Vice Chair.

2011-2012 Campaign Chairs

2011-12 Community Campaign Achievement $7,528,136 The Community Campaign includes dollars raised through the United Way of Central New York Annual Campaign, the Combined Federal Campaign, and the State Employee Federated Appeal.

United Way of Central New York Campaign $6,459,352 This campaign covers Onondaga County.

State Employee Federated Appeal (SEFA) $879,908 This campaign covers Onondaga, Cayuga, Oswego and Seneca counties.

Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) $188,876 This campaign covers Onondaga, Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oswego, Seneca, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. The following amounts are included in the achievement totals above.

Leadership Giving $2,649,084 Randall Wolken Chair

David Freund Vice Chair

President, MACNYThe Manufacturers Association

President, Selflock Screw Products Co., Inc.

Includes annual gifts of $1,000 or more from members of the Hamilton White Society, and gifts of $10,000 or more from members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society. (These gifts come from donors to the United Way, SEFA and CFC Campaigns.)

Step Up Challenge $514,163 Includes gifts from 7,419 participants in the Step Up Challenge prize promotion, new and increased gifts of at least $1 per week ($52 per year). Thanks to our grand prize sponsors: Alliance Bank, N.A.; Raymour & Flanigan Furniture; SRC, Inc. and SRCTec, Inc.; and Wegmans



Top 20 Organizations Top 20 Organizations in Total Giving

Top 20 Organizations in Per Capita Giving

(5+ employees)

1. Upstate Medical University

1. Parsons & Associates, Inc.

2. IBEW Local 97/National Grid

2. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

3. Wegmans

3. The Bonadio Group/Syracuse Office

4. Welch Allyn, Inc. 5. Lockheed Martin and its Employees’ Federated Fund 6. SRC, Inc.

4. Pioneer Companies 5. Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC 6. Eric Mower + Associates

7. Syracuse University 8. Carrier Corporation Employees/SMWIA Local 58 9. P. Drescher Co., Inc.

7. Testone, Marshall & Discenza, CPAs 8. US Small Business Administration 9. Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society

10. UPS

10. New York State United Teachers

11. SRCTec, Inc.

11. US Dept. of Labor - Wage & Hour Division

12. Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

12. M.A. Bongiovanni, Inc.

13. Onondaga County

13. Selflock Screw Products Co., Inc.

14. Cooper Crouse-Hinds/IBEW Local 284

14. Bright House Networks

15. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

15. Applied Concepts Inc.

16. Syracuse City School District

16. Blue Ocean Strategic Capital, LLC

17. M & T Bank

17. Nixon Gear, Inc.

18. Nationwide Insurance Company

18. The Samaritan Center, Inc.

19. The Post-Standard 20. Anheuser-Busch, Inc./Teamsters Local 1149

19. Countryside Federal Credit Union 20. Menter, Rudin & Trivelpiece, P.C.

These rankings reflect information received by February 8, 2012.

Number 6 in Total Giving, SRC, Inc., incorporated a Pie-in-the-Face event into their campaign activities!


Honoring Corporate Philanthropy


e are proud to recognize the philanthropy of local businesses and organizations. Please join us in thanking these exceptional community partners for their commitment and generosity.

James Square Rehabilitation Center jcp Legrand/Pass & Seymour Macy’s Saab Sensis Corporation Selflock Screw Products Co., Inc. Shell Energy North America Syracuse University

More than $250,000

$2,500 - $4,999

IBEW Local 97/National Grid

$100,000 - $249,999 SRC, Inc. Welch Allyn, Inc.

$50,000 - $99,999 Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Lockheed Martin Corporation and its Employees’ Federated Fund SRCTec, Inc. Wegmans $25,000 - $49,999 Carrier Corporation Cooper Crouse-Hinds IBEW Local 43 KeyBank N.A. M&T Bank Nationwide Insurance Company $15,000 - $24,999 Constellation Energy Raymour & Flanigan Furniture UPS

$10,000 - $14,999 Dot Foods Gaylord Bros., Inc. INFICON Inc. Nixon Gear, Inc. POMCO Group

$5,000 - $9,999 Alliance Bank, N.A. Anaren, Inc. Anoplate Corporation Applied Concepts Inc. Bank of America BNY Mellon Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Brown and Brown Empire State Community Bank System, Inc. Dairylea Cooperative Inc./ Dairy Farmers of America, Inc./ Dairy Marketing Service Enterprise Rent-A-Car First Niagara Bank GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies JADAK LLC

$500 - $999 American Granby, Inc. Bill Rapp Superstore Cardinal Health Dannible & McKee, LLP Deluxe Financial Services Graybar Electric Company Inc. JMC Construction Services Ltd. JPMorgan Chase Kellogg L.L.Bean, Inc. Merck MONEY Federal Credit Union Olum’s/Ashley Furniture HomeStore Parsons Principal Financial Group RBC Wealth Management State Farm Insurance Taylor Rental Center Tessy Plastics Corporation The Bon-Ton Thermopatch Corporation V.I.P. Structures, Inc. Valero Services, Inc.

Associated Spring-Barnes Group, Inc. Automatic Data Processing Cargill Animal Nutrition Cathedral Candle Company Coyne Textile Services Crucible Industries LLC FedEx Ground Geddes Federal Savings and Loan Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. Jaquith Industries, Inc. Kemper King & King, Architects LLP Liberty Mutual Insurance Company M.S. Kennedy Corporation Main Street America Group/ NGM Insurance Company Morse Manufacturing Company, Inc. Stuart C. Irby Co. Target Tops Markets, LLC Young & Franklin/TACTAIR

$100 - $499

Abbott Laboratories Andersen Corporation Bossong’s Commercial Delivery C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc. CDM Smith Gasparini Sales, Inc. GlaxoSmithKline Guardsmark, LLC Gypsum by McCarthy, Inc. Hershey Foods Corporation Hezel Associates Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse Indian Springs Manufacturing, Inc. Intersurgical Incorporated Irish-Millar Construction, Inc. Lowe’s Erie Blvd. Region 25 Mack Brothers Boiler & Sheet Iron Works Co. Inc. Maico Hearing Aid Service Maurer Funeral Home, Incorporated Monro Muffler Brake Inc. New York Life Insurance Company O’Brien & Gere Peters & Associates Protege Partners, LLC Ryerson Sam’s Club SC Johnson Shaffer Building Services, Inc. Siemens Building Technologies Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists Valu Home Centers XTO, Inc.

$1,000 - $2,499 AXA Equitable Best Buy Best Buy - District Office & Geek Squad Bright House Networks Cardiovascular Group of Syracuse Costello, Cooney & Fearon, PLLC Eli Lilly and Company Eric Mower + Associates Fust Charles Chambers LLP Hayner Hoyt Corporation Johnson Controls, Inc. Koerner Ford of Syracuse, Inc. M.A. Bongiovanni, Inc. Midstate Printing Corporation National Government Services (WellPoint, Inc.) Price Chopper Resort Funding, LLC Russell & Associates Scolaro, Shulman, Cohen, Fetter & Burstein, P.C. Solvay Bank Syracuse Heat Treating Corporation Travelers Insurance UnitedHealth Group Wal-Mart #1831- Clay




Thank You Sponsors 2011 Sponsors

Sponsorships are given as monetary support or in-kind contributions of goods or services.

2011 Billboard Sponsors Sysco Syracuse Upstate Medical University

2011 Event Sponsors Central New York Business Journal Crouse Hospital INFICON Inc. KS&R Laboratory Alliance of Central New York, LLC National Grid Upstate Medical University

2011 Media Sponsors NewsChannel 9 WSYR-TV Clear Channel Radio Syracuse Central New York Business Journal The Post-Standard Time Warner Cable

2011 Step Up Challenge Sponsors Alliance Bank, N.A.* AMF Strike & Spare Lanes Applebee’s Restaurant Avicolli’s Pizzeria & Restaurant Bradley’s Jewelers Buffalo Wild Wings Canale’s Restaurant Carousel Mall Carrabba’s Italian Grill Chris’ Flowers Etc. Delta Sonic Diamond Catering Empire Vision Centers 7 Fleet Feet

Four Seasons Golf & Ski Center Francesca’s Cucina Giovanni Food Company, Inc. Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse KeyBank N.A. Limp Lizards Bar and Grill LoMar Carpet Manlius Jewelry & Repair M.O.S.T. (Museum of Science & Technology) The Palace Theatre Ramona’s Dressing Gift Basket Raymour & Flanigan Furniture* Realty USA Red Lobster Riley’s Restaurant Rogues’ Roost Golf & Country Club Rosamond Gifford Zoo Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina SMWIA Local 58 SRC, Inc.* SRCTec, Inc.* Starbucks The Palace Theatre Tully’s Good Times Wegmans* * Denotes Step Up Challenge grand prize sponsor.

September 9, 2011 at the CNY Regional Market Sponsor: Crouse Hospital The 9th Annual Kickoff Cookoff featured teams from 40 local businesses and non-profits that competed for top honors in eight food categories, with a popular vote deciding the winners of the Cookoff.

SRC, Inc. and SRCTec, Inc. brought Uncle Sam to the Kickoff and shared hundreds of delicious mini cupcakes!

Longtime emcees, Ted Long and Amy Robbins of “Ted & Amy in the Morning” on 93Q, kept the festivities going while the CXtec, Inc. house band, The Dinosaurs, played a list of favorites. Sponsor, Crouse Hospital,

New this year, Judge Jim Cecile and humorist Jeff won the crowd over with their Kramer participated in Man vs. KOCO. The men were Pineapples Foster dessert challenged to taste EVERY entry in the Cookoff. Although entry. they didn’t get to every dish, they made a valiant effort! Campaign Chair Randy Wolken announced a 2011 campaign goal of $7.8 million.



Lockheed Martin Corporation Taco to Go

Testone, Marshall & Discenza, CPAs



Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat Chili

Sizzling Syracuse Souvlaki

Adecco Employment Services, Inc. Ricotta Gnocchi with Sauce


DESSERTS - CHOCOLATE McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy & Family Transitions

Sysco Syracuse Chargrilled Mexican Corn

Udderly Delicious Oreo Cookie Truffles

DESSERTS - NON-CHOCOLATE Crouse Hospital Pineapples Foster

WINGS Crouse Hospital Honey Garlic & Teriyaki 8



WALKTHE 10.28.11 K L A T AND


Sponsored by: Central New York Business Journal

The 500 block of James Street was host to a block party-style celebration as hundreds of employees, CEOs, business and nonprofit leaders personally delivered their employees’ donations in parade fashion, ending on stage and placing their checks in the “community chest” as a nod to the beginnings of United Way in the community.

Rock & Roll! John Marshall, Testone, Marshall & Discenza, CPAs as Elvis; Madelyn Hornstein, Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC as Cher; Stan Konopko, Bonadio Group as ZZ Top.

Once again, Central New York’s business, government and non-profit leaders “walked the talk” to publicly show their commitment to their community, and raise awareness that the United Way Community Campaign was in full swing, with plenty of opportunities still available to participate. More than 40 teams braved the weather and brought their campaign energy and ingenuity to Walk the Talk 2011.

United Way-supported agencies such as Hillside joined in the excitement!

Again this year, a number of companies chose to run their campaign results in!

UPS delivered a special cake in honor of the 90th anniversary of the United Way.


2012 ACHIEVEMENTS IN CARING April 26 , 2012 - The Palace Theatre Sponsored by: KS&R and Central New York Business Journal To close out the achievements of our 90th year, guests at the 2012 Achievements in Caring celebration donned 1920s attire, posed in a Roaring 20s themed photo booth and enjoyed jazz classics by Glory Daze jazz ensemble from Henninger High School. The event celebrated the community’s generosity, honors the outstanding achievements of corporations and individuals in the community and announces the Community Campaign total.

This year was special because a new Spirit of Caring Award was introduced - Campaign Excellence United Way Partner Agency. United Way-supported agencies are required to run workplace campaigns and it seems only fitting to recognize those agencies that do a stellar job. The recipient of this award was Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society. An outstanding evening was had by recipients, nominees, guest presenters and guests alike.

Pennie Gorney and Stephanie Salanger enjoy the Roaring 20s themed photo booth.

Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society, recipients of the inaugural Campaign Excellence - United Way Partner Agency Award.

2012 Campaign Volunteer of the Year Kim Ponticello, UW Account Manager, Vito Lovecchio and 2011 Campaign Volunteer of the Year Margie Johnson.

Awards Campaign Excellence Large Company Cooper Crouse-Hinds Syracuse University Upstate Medical University

(Recipients in italics)

Professional Services/Gifts in Kind Clear Channel Radio Syracuse Hodgkins and Associates and O’Hara Realty Group Lockheed Martin Corporation

Small/Medium Company Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC JADAK LLC Nationwide Insurance Company United Way Partner Agency AIDS Community Resources, Inc. Aurora of Central New York, Inc. Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society

Organized Labor ATU Centro SEIU Local 1199 NYS Teamsters Health & Pension Fund/Teamsters 182 Campaign Volunteer of the Year Kim Ponticello, POMCO Group

Leadership Development Bright House Networks M&T Bank SRC, Inc. & SRCTec, Inc.

Exceptional Volunteer of the Year Marietta Rowe

Volunteer Service Eric Mower + Associates North Syracuse Junior High Builders Club Wegmans





Leadership Leadership Giving at United Way of Central New York


nited Way of Central New York has two Leadership Giving Programs that recognize generous individuals and couples who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more to the community through United Way. The societies are: the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for annual gifts of $10,000 or more, and the Hamilton White Society for annual gifts of $1,000 - $9,999. Over 1,400 individuals and couples are members of our Leadership Societies. Leadership donors are recognized throughout the year at our Leadership Reception held in May and through our annual Leadership Roster. This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Hamilton White Society. In 1987, United Way President Harry Honan and several volunteers recognized the growing needs in our community and sought a new approach to raising the funds necessary to address those needs. They challenged the expectations of the community by seeking major gifts of $1,000 or more. They also founded the Hamilton White Society to recognize the donors who gave at that level.

years of


Those philanthropic pioneers named the Hamilton White Society after Mr. Hamilton White, who was a prominent businessman and civic leader in Syracuse in the 19th century. His historic home still stands on the corner of Genesee and Townsend Streets in downtown Syracuse and thanks to the generosity of his descendant, Hamilton S. White, a replica of the house is the symbol of the Society. Today, the Hamilton White Society thrives as an active Leadership giving circle. We are grateful to the founders of the Society who provided this community with the inspiration and motivation to give at the Leadership level. Their legacy is felt every day by the thousands of Central New York citizens who benefit from the network of programs funded by those Leadership gifts. All of our Hamilton White Society and Tocqueville Society members are essential to the success of the United Way mission of caring for our community. We salute these most generous donors and recognize their significant contributions by listing them on the following pages.

Charter members of the Hamilton White Society who attended the June 6, 2012 Leadership Spring Reception. Standing left to right: Don and Janet Barter, Hamilton S. White, Bob and Elaine Horstmyer; seated: Mrs. Ernest L. Sarason.




marks the 25th anniversary of the Hamilton White Society. Named after Hamilton White, Esq., one of Syracuse’s most esteemed businessmen and philanthropists of the 1800’s, the society was started in 1987. On June 6, 2012 we acknowledged the generosity and commitment of our Leadership level donors, and began the celebration of our Silver Jubilee year. The event was held in the Grand Lobby of M&T Bank in downtown Syracuse. Sponsored By: Laboratory Alliance of Central New York, Inc. and Central New York Business Journal

Steve and Elaine Jacobs

Carol Braund and Addie Silvia

Rosa and Louis Clark

Debra and Anthony D’Angelo

Our 2011-2012 volunteer leaders Patricia Stith Board of Directors and Leadership Cabinet Chair

Colleen and Michael O’Leary Alexis deTocqueville Society Chairs

Bill and Patricia Edwards Hamilton White Society Chairs




Now and Forever Legacy Circle Introducing our newest recognition society


e are delighted to present the Now and Forever Legacy Circle. This circle will acknowledge, honor and thank donors who have told us they intend to provide for United Way of Central New York in their estate plans.

The “Now and Forever” name recalls the 2002-2005 Now and Forever Challenge, where Leadership gifts were matched by a grant from an anonymous donor. That matched amount added more than $2 million to our endowment. This name also illustrates the purpose of the endowment—to provide financial security to advance the United Way mission in the present, and in the years to come. The logo for this new society features a lighthouse as a symbol of the beacon of hope that these legacy gifts provide to our community. Just as the lighthouse beacon never dims, these legacy gifts will provide that measure of hope today and always. The names of the charter members of the Now and Forever Legacy Circle are listed below. We thank these donors for their generosity, commitment and vision in providing a legacy gift to United Way. If you would like more information on becoming a member of the Now and Forever Legacy Circle, please contact Peggy Fabic at (315) 428-2231 or

Charter members of the Now and Forever Legacy Circle Mr. S. Jeffrey and Dr. Susan B. Bastable American Cancer Society—Eastern Division Le Moyne College Peggy Fabic United Way of Central New York Mr. and Mrs. John H. Koerner

Otis Shuart General Electric Retiree Nan and Carter Strickland Mackenzie Hughes LLP Two members of the Now and Forever Legacy Circle wish to remain anonymous.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold E. Leonard


Organized Labor


2011-2012 Highlights • Over 1,100 women, children and men throughout Central New York received much needed food and clothing distributed by the brothers and sisters of organized labor and 72 volunteers.




• Members of organized labor throughout Central New York acted as advocates for community members in need while experiencing a transition in their lives. Hundreds of our friends and neighbors received assistance in navigating resources available to them to ensure they would continue to receive utility service.


• The annual Stuff-a-Bus event, held in January, helped assure teachers and administrators that students would have access to the supplies necessary to successfully pursue their education. • The generosity of organized labor in Central New York represents 20% of the dollars raised through the United Way of Central New York Community Campaign.

Volunteers sorting donations at the Martin Luther King Clothing and Food Drive

Martin Luther King Holiday

Thank you to the brothers and sisters of Organized Labor for your generous support of our community.

Annual Community Clothing & Food Drive and Stuff the Bus! Your Gifts Matter! Clothing Your gently-used clothing will be welcome gifts to families in need. Donations of clothing for

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School Supplies Help make the school year a great one for local districts when you STUFF THE BUS with items such as pens, pencils, notebooks, tissues and sandwich bags to be distributed to our schools.


HOW TO HELP Bring donations of food or clothing to 566 Spencer St., Teamsters 317 on Monday, January 16, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. - 12 Noon. For more information call Helen Hudson, AFL-CIO / United Way Community Services Liaison at 315-428-2203/ OR Anthony Vilardo 315-422-3363.


Remember: Your donations will go directly to people in need!


Success By 6 Policy Council ®

Mark N. Wladis, Vice Chair Dianne Apter Donna Bacchi Terry Brown Minna Buck William Byrne Nancy Cantor Bruce Carter Charles A. Chappell, Jr. Larry Consenstein Sharon Contreras Ruben Cowart III Donna DeSiato Jon Devendorf, Esq. Jesse Dowdell James Freyer, Jr. David B. Guillaume Matthew Huber Stephen Kimatian Edward Kochian Lou Latorra Joanne M. Mahoney Patrick Mooney Cornelius B. Murphy, Jr. Marilyn Pinsky Steve Rogers Debbie Sydow Arthur Vercillo Steven Wells


2011-2012 Highlights


uccess By 6® is a community initiative that works to ensure that kids in Onondaga County are ready for success in school and life. The initiative is led by United Way of Central New York, and works in partnership with many local business, non-profits and community members. • The 12th annual Children’s Book Fest at Franklin Elementary School on October 15th brought together more than 500 children and their families and 13 community organizations to engage in literacy activities and “Read Around the World.” • The 14th annual Bring on the Books! Book Drive kicked off at the Syracuse vs. Connecticut Men’s Basketball game at the Carrier Dome and collected more than 8,000 children’s books. Nearly 40 child care providers, schools, youth programs, and health and human service agencies received children’s books to stock their shelves. Many thanks to UPS for their help storing and sorting the books. • Nearly 300 children attended the 2nd annual Kids Get Fit Fest at Huntington Family Center on April 11th. They enjoyed hands-on activities centered on physical fitness and nutrition, as well as numerous sports raffles, backpack giveaways and a visit from Otto the Orange. • Once again Success By 6® provided the books for the United Way and Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Bureau Distribution Day. More than 7,000 new books were given to families in need for the holiday season.

Dr. Health E. Hound from UnitedHealthcare attended the Kids Get Fit Fest to help teach children and their families the benefits of healthy living.

2011-2012 Highlights


entral New Yorkers change lives through their devotion to service. Volunteers LIVE UNITED by lending their muscle, sharing their time, and giving their heart. Communities like ours, with robust and active volunteer networks, are healthy and vibrant places to live. United Way of Central New York is committed to building a thriving community through service, and strengthening our volunteer infrastructure. In September of 2011, the Volunteer Center received funding from the New York State Office for National & Community Service to share its resources throughout the region. As a result, United Way of Central New York is now home to the Regional Volunteer Center, VolunteerCNY. Serving Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga and Oswego counties, Volunteer CNY has established strategic partnerships to help non-profit organizations build their volunteer capacity and continues to promote the governor’s call to service - a movement to mobilize 1 million caring hearts. • During the first year of regional volunteer center projects, VolunteerCNY mobilized 5,279 volunteers across the region. Moreover, Central New Yorkers invested over 50,000 hours of service valued at over $1.3 million dollars**. • In February 2012, was launched—By creating an interactive online platform, individuals and corporations can track their impact, and can connect with non-profit agencies to find service opportunities. Since its launch, has seen 3,000 visitors and connected 167 skilled volunteers to appropriate opportunities, serving 668 hours. • 3,205 volunteers participated in service projects sponsored by United Way of Central New York and VolunteerCNY. 10,171 hours were logged between corporate days of caring, national service events, and other special events. • The Dictionary Project, led by the CNY Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC), distributed 1,716 English and foreign language dictionaries to 3rd graders in the Syracuse City School District. CVC members devoted 120 hours to the project. The council also deployed 15 groups of highly skilled corporate volunteers to 7 non-profit agencies for the CVC Volunteers! Signature Project to serve in high impact volunteer positions.

IBM employees help to beautify Salvation Army’s Booth House during their Day of Caring

**Value of New York State Volunteer Hour valued at $27.32 by the Independent Sector Leadership Network




Gifts in Kind 2011-2012 Highlights


ocally run, our Gifts In Kind program manages large-scale donations of goods from both local and national companies, matching those gifts with member nonprofit agencies that can use them best. This support helps nonprofits hold down overhead costs, expand capabilities, and ultimately serve more people in the community. The program also promotes environmental stewardship through the reuse and recycling of goods in the community. • 43 organizations received $99,103 worth of goods through the Gifts In Kind program and affiliation with Good360. • Numerous local organizations benefited from the nearly $6,400 in office furniture and equipment donated by Clear Channel Television, Enable, and KS&R at Widewaters.

Syracuse Opera donates hundreds of pairs of gloves and mittens

For more information, please contact Bob Frateschi, Coordinator, at 315-428-2223

Local nonprofits benefit from a large donation of office furniture


2011 Community Need Update O

ur 35 partner agencies submit reports concerning program performance and results in 6-month intervals. In 2011 these reports revealed an increase in demand for services over the last year. Program representatives have confirmed that the needs in our community are becoming more complex. This shift has compelled providers to evaluate programs and services in an effort to address the wide spectrum of needs for current and future participants. These same reports also allow us to provide you, our supporters, with the impact your generosity has had on Central New York. In Fall 2012. we will be releasing the latest trends and results gleaned from the most recent 6-month reporting period. This information will be available on our website

What we saw in 2011 The necessity for parents to return to work or begin working to provide for their families in the stagnant economy has increased the need for daycare and after school programs. These programs are currently running at or near capacity in our community.

Need for job readiness and training programs is steadily on the rise. This is due to the number of unemployed striving to better their skill set to find work, as well as an increase in new job seekers needing work to provide for themselves and their families.

Senior citizens are in need of multifaceted support services that will allow them to remain independent, healthy and active in the community. Many service providers are becoming a surrogate family for their clients and have had to increase staff and programming to meet the need.

Onondaga County food pantries are serving more families considered middle class than ever before. In six months, United Way funded meal service programs have served 306,229 meals to those in need.

The impact of your gift


Young children and teens participated in mentoring programs.

Youth and adults with vision/ hearing loss received job readiness skills necessary to become competitively employed.


Seniors received assistance allowing them to remain independent and healthy.



Meals were served to those in need community-wide.





Anheuser-Busch poses with the Shock Top Bug that helped them win “Best Decorated” at the 9th annual Kickoff Cookoff

Volunteers from Wegmans harvest vegetables during their Day of Caring at Matthew:25 Farm

Campaign Chair, Randy Wolken; Vice Chair, David Freund and UW President, Frank Lazarski don their LIVE UNITED Ts at Kickoff Cookoff

Colleen and Michael O’Leary host the Tocqueville reception at Syracuse’s Century Club

Onondaga County’s Eloise pose in the Roaring 20s th at the Achievements in Ca

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC employees participated in a Day of Caring at Food Bank of Central New York

Hundreds volunteer at Ch

Target donates holiday trees to the Gifts in Kind program


David Dube of St. Camill tation receives his Step

for your support!

Camillus Health & Rehabilis Step Up daily prize

Local children get fit and learn healthy habits at the annual Kids Get Fit Fest

Carrier Corporation volunteers at the Samaritan Center

Eloise Leflore strikes a 20s themed photo booth s in Caring event

National Grid presents its corporate gift to the 2011 Community Campaign

UPS employees help sort books at the annual book drive

er at Christmas Bureau

Target Night Out 2011

Volunteers who assisted with the allocations process enjoy an appreciation luncheon at Dinosaur BBQ



YOUR GIFT. YOUR COMMUNIT The Path to Allocations What makes a gift to United Way unlike any other form of giving is the process United Way undertakes to make decisions regarding program funding. The funds we raise go directly to the most pressing, most fundamental need in Onondaga County. In July 2012 United Way, in partnership with many knowledgeable volunteers, began the first steps toward the upcoming 3-year funding cycle that will begin in 2014, by preparing a community needs survey. This survey is an integral part of the development of the 2012 Community Needs Assessment Report. When complete, this Report will be used to help the organization make future funding decisions and will serve as a resource to nonprofit organizations, foundations, businesses and others as we work together to make Central New York the best it can be. Between July 2012 and July 2014 United Way staff and hundreds of volunteers will: create and distribute a survey, compile survey results, develop and review the 2012 Community Needs Assessment Report and eventually review dozens of program funding applications submitted by local nonprofit agencies, all to finally arrive at the official slate of agencies/programs that will receive United Way funding beginning on July 1, 2014. With all of that in mind, we have created a time line below to better illustrate the process. There are many opportunities to get involved throughout the process and we encourage you to be a part of strengthening your community!

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Understanding our Community’s Needs

Acknowledgements We gratefully acknowledge all those who participated in this project, especially the community volunteers who helped guide and inform this study:

2010 Community Needs Assessment

Rebecca Bostwick

Deputy Director, Center for Health and Behavior, Syracuse University

Elizabeth Brown Thoreck

Assistant Director of Field Instruction, College of Human Ecology in the School of Social Work, Syracuse University

Helen Druce

EVO Merchant Services Representative

Moving Forward United Way of Central New York looks forward to robust community discussions about the issues identified in the 2010 Community Needs Assessment. The data collected during the assessment will help shape the funding parameters for the 2011–2014 Community Program Fund.

Marion Ervin

Plant Shift Operations Manager, New Process Gear/New Venture Gear, Retired

Paula Freedman

President, Freedman Associates, Inc.

John Graham

Associate Director, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County, Retired

Joseph Lebediker

Elementary School Principal, Superintendent’s Hearing Officer, Syracuse City School District, Retired

Tom McKeown

Executive Director, ARISE

Peg Miller

Director of Field Instruction, College of Human Ecology in the School of Social Work, Syracuse University

Sascha Milligan

The funding application process is in two parts. It begins with the Fiscal & Management Review, in which an agency’s financial soundness and management capacity is evaluated. Applications for the Fiscal & Management Review will be available in July 2010 and will be due August 20, 2010. Decisions made by October 29, 2010. Agencies that successfully pass the Fiscal & Management Review will be invited to submit proposals for program funding. Each program may apply for funding in any one of the four Focus Areas. Program reviews are due by December 17, 2010. Decisions for program funding will be based on program quality and made by May 27, 2011.

Assistant Vice President of Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors

Sharon Northrup

Former United Way Board Chair

Cynthia O’Connor

Co-owner / President, Apter & O’Connor Associates, Inc.

Dann O’Shea

Certified Public Accountant, Dermody, Burke & Brown, CPAs, LLC

Jean Reilly

Family Planning Program Project Director, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility, Inc.

Jonnell Robinson Community Geographer, Syracuse University

Carrie Jefferson Smith

Director and Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Syracuse University

This summary report and the complete 2010 Community Needs Assessment is available for download at The application for funding will also be available on our website beginning in July 2010.

Charles M. Sprock Jr.

Partner, Baldwin & Sutphen, LLP

Questions about the following should be directed to United Way of Central New York’s Community Impact Division, 315.428.2211:

Debra M. Stehle

Assistant Vice President, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Mary Studdiford

Medical Social Worker, Family Medicine Program, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

Gail Tauber

 The 2010 Community Needs Assessment report  Applying for program funding

Literacy Liaison, Adult & Continuing Education, Syracuse City School District

 Volunteering to be part of the Allocations Process

Kate Thomsen

Educational consultant with an expertise in youth development

Stewardship of donor gifts is central to the mission of United Way of Central New York. Donors choose United Way to have the greatest impact with their gifts, creating lasting improvements in people’s lives and changing our community for the better. As a cornerstone of United Way stewardship, every three years we begin a new funding process that is conducted in phases: 2. ALLOCATIONS Invest in the very best programs to work toward these goals 3. MONITORING AND REPORTING Achieve and report measurable results

The complete 2010 Community Needs Assessment report is available on our website at

What did we learn? Teens told us they want jobs and the skills to get hired. “I need to make money to help my family out with their bills.”

Community experts told us more people are seeking help. “When economic development is spiraling downward, the need for support increases.”

During their working lives, typical college graduates earn 60% more than typical high school graduates. Those with advanced degrees earn 2-3 times as much as high school graduates. In Onondaga County, 2008 Census data estimated a high school diploma was the highest education level for 26.3% of adults.

New York State lost 245,000 private sector jobs between 2008 and 2009. The state’s average annual unemployment rate climbed from 5.3% in 2008 to 8.4% in 2009, its highest level since 1992. Onondaga County’s unemployment rate rose to 8.3% in January 2010. That’s 24% higher than five years ago in January 2005.

The number of people living in the city of Syracuse whose income was below the federal poverty line ($17,033 for a family of three) jumped from 17.5% to 29.7% from 2007 to 2008, according to the data. Onondaga County also saw an increase from 8.3% to 11.7%.

About 48% of the United Way Program Participant Survey respondents indicated they were unemployed at the time they took the survey. About 62% indicated that their annual household income was between $15,000 and $24,999, making it difficult for people to meet their needs.

People using community services told us they need more help, and closer to home. “More services...where I can get to them.”

Community members told us our most vulnerable citizens, such as children and seniors, need more help. “The very young and the elderly need the most help because often they can’t physically and/or mentally care for themselves.”

A 2009 study by Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief charity, details the challenges facing many American families. Many clients reported their household incomes did not cover basic expenses for such things as food and utilities.

Christine Vogelsang

Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Syracuse City School District

John Warren

Executive Director, Central New York Services, Inc.

Martha Winslow

Director of Government Accounting & Compliance, Sensis Corporation

STAFF Christina Hann Rosalind George Nancy Cole

When asked to compare their current situation to three years ago, 37% of surveyed clients of a United Way-funded agency said their financial situation was worse than before and 28% said their emotional situation was worse. They named multiple reasons why, such as family responsibilities, disabilities, debt, and the inability to get the help they need.

Doug Mouncey Shannon Feeney Michele Blakely




P: 315-428-2211



1. NEEDS ASSESSMENT Explore the current needs of the community and develop goals for improvement

This report provides an overview of the 2010 Community Needs Assessment


Community Need Focus Groups Held

2012 Community Needs Assessment presented to Community Impact Cabinet and released to the public

Senior adults with no family or social connections are often isolated and at risk for physical and mental health disorders, according to Onondaga County’s Office of Aging and Youth. Locally, 13.8% of our population is estimated to be aged 65+.

In 2008, the federal poverty level for a family of three was $17,033. Research indicates children living in poverty are likely to have difficulty in school, to become teen parents, and earn less as adults. The 2008 Census estimate shows 13.9% of children in Onondaga County and 39.9% in Syracuse living in poverty.

Writing and development of formal Community Needs Assessment

Community Need Surveys distributed Due to UW by 10/16/12

Fiscal & Man applications dis interested orga

Data Analysis

Community Need Survey in development



















INFLUENCE THE CONDITION OF ALL. Executive Director of Vera House, Randi Bregman, addresses the media at the December 2010 press conference announcing the deadline for program funding applications.


Fiscal & Management Review: recruitment & training begins May-July 2013 Program Funding: recruitment & training begins November-December 2013 To learn more about these opportunities and get involved Call 315-428-2230!

Fiscal & Management applications reviewed by volunteers and recommendations made to Community Impact Cabinet

& Management ons distributed to ed organizations




Community volunteers review program funding applications and offer recommendations to Community Impact Cabinet.

Invitations to apply for funding are provided to those agencies that receive approval



UWCNY Board of Directors approves program funding decisions

Program funding applications due from agencies

UWCNY Board of Directors approves Fiscal & Management review decisions.


2014-2017 Funding Cycle begins









July 22

United Way of Central New York P.O. Box 2129 Syracuse, NY 13220 P: 315-428-2211 F: 315-428-2227

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2011 Annual Report to the community from United Way of Central New York.

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