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Non-Profit Report: Hillside Children’s Center

As the fifth-largest non-profit agency in New York State, Hillside Children’s Center has been a cornerstone of the Rochester community for more than 150 years.
Hillside traces its roots to 1837 when the organization was founded as an orphanage. Since then, it has seen its budget grow from $600,000 in 1969 to $35 million in 1995. In that time the agency also has grown its programs to 44 and its locations to 25, stretching across the state west to Buffalo, east to Syracuse, south to Wellsville and points in between.
As one of the largest employers in the area, Hillside retains more than 1,000 staff and faculty members who work under the direction of President and CEO Dennis Richardson in providing a variety of services to more than 12,000 people on an annual basis.
In offering those services, the staff is dedicated to serving the needs of mentally ill and emotionally disturbed children. Programs and services include:
–Long-Term, Out-of-Home: These programs were established to serve children and youths who are chronically mentally ill, seriously emotionally disturbed, and both mentally ill and hearing-impaired.
–Preventive: Preventive programs are designed to help children who are at risk of being removed from their homes, who are returning to their families and need assistance with the transition, or who are returning to their home communities from New York State Division for Youth facilities.
–Short-Term, Out-of-Home Diagnostic: Programs offered under this heading are available both to resolve crises and as an entry to other services.
–Juvenile Justice Services: Created to help children who have been remanded to the court system, these programs encompass Hillside’s non-secure detention facilities and group homes that provide temporary care.
–Education and Day Treatment: The Andrews-Trahey School serves the special needs of children in long-term residential treatment and the Emergency Shelter.
–Adoption: Hillside maintains programs to assist families interested in adoption, whether it be international adoption, adoption of children with special needs or adoption of available children in Hillside’s programs.
Last year, in an effort to continue its endeavor to enable families to recognize their strengths and face the challenges of society, Hillside developed a new Shared Vision to steer the agency into the next century. It is based on input from Hillside staff, board and corporate members, children, parents, foster parents and funders. The vision embodies a number of objectives aimed at transforming the agency’s commitment to the children, families and the community it serves, and enhancing the commitment to each other as staff members.
Fulfilling Hillside’s financial commitments includes regular fund-raising events such as the Hillside Skins Challenge, the proceeds of which benefit the Emergency Shelter. This year’s guest pro golfer is John Daly, who will be joining Jeff Sluman and Joey Sindelar at Blue Heron Hills Country Club in Macedon on June 24. Tickets may be obtained by calling 244-HILL (4455). Information on sponsorship opportunities may be received by calling 256-6475.

Financial Record Year ended June 30, 1996
Revenue %

Services rendered $35,034,750 95.39
United Way of Greater Rochester Inc. 259,899 0.71
Other 1,431,934 3.90
Total revenue $36,726,583 100


Personnel $24,726,413 67.33
Programs 8,833,445 24.05
General & management 3,166,725 8.62
Total expenses $36,726,583 100
Prospective budget


Ann Hayslip, chair; Career Development Services Inc.
Nancy Castro, vice chair; psychotherapist
Terrance Davin, vice chair; UARCO Inc.
Ronald Golden, secretary; Marine Midland Bank
Jerome Standera, treasurer; Coopers & Lybrand
James Zimmer, assistant treasurer; Citibank (New York State)
Dennis Richardson, president, Hillside Children’s Center

Due to space limitations, only officers have been listed. There are 16 other board members. Board appointments are effective July 1.

Researched and written by Julie K. Welch


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