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Assess self before seeking partnership

“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” –Franklin Delano Roosevelt One of the significant challenges facing non-profits today is the demand for cost-effective, quality services. Government funders, public contributors and consumers are clamoring for “more for less” as the ...

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Need to rely on non-traditional collateral growing

With the advent of the service economy and the growth of many computer-and technology-related companies, the demand for capital has been dramatic. In offering financing to these types of companies lenders and investors frequently are faced with the need to ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Lutheran Charities of the Rochester Region

Lutheran Charities of the Rochester Region is a joint venture of the Martin Luther Foundation Inc. (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and the Rochester Lutheran Mission Society (Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod). Begun in 1994, LCRR’s purpose is to further extend, support ...

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“Entitlements” fail Founding Fathers

With the Fourth of July just behind us, you may recall what led up to the Declaration of Independence: Americans were dissatisfied with paying taxes to the ruling government, yet having no say in how the government was run. How ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Flower City Habitat for Humanity Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Flower City Habitat for Humanity is an interdenominational Christian charity formed to help rebuild communities by renovating or building modest, affordable housing for low-income families. It is part of the worldwide Habitat ...

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Non-Profit Report:
CURE Childhood Cancer Association Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Celebrating its 20th anniversary, CURE Childhood Cancer Association is a family- oriented self-help organization established to meet the psychological, emotional and financial needs of all families experiencing childhood cancer. Its purpose is ...

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In real estate investing, pick prospects carefully

It would be difficult to find an industry in the United States that appears to have more cyclical swings than the real estate industry. There was a severe real estate recession in 1974 caused by overbuilding, which resulted from too ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Southeast Ecumenical Ministry

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Since 1969 Southeast Ecumenical Ministry has been serving the Southeast area of the city of Rochester by providing transportation assistance for low-income seniors and medically disabled individuals, plus emergency food assistance and ...

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Non-Profit Report: Older Adult Service & Information System (OASIS)

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Older Adult Service and Information System (OASIS) is a national education organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for mature adults. By offering challenging programs in the arts, humanities, wellness and ...

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Does online commerce mean curtains for cash?

Item: As reported in USA Today, a recent statistical projection shows that over the next five years there will be more than a fifteenfold increase in the number of U.S. households expected to use online home-banking services. The estimate figures ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Volunteers of America of Western New York Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION After a century of service, the Volunteers of America is still going strong in its commitment to helping the less fortunate. Social reformers Maud and Ballington Booth founded VOA in 1896 in ...

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Vital state services face decline under Pataki rule

Here’s a success story for those of you who think the best government is that which governs least. Last budget year, the boiler inspection staff at the state Department of Labor was cut in half and inspections reduced from annually ...

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New law clamps down on non-resident taxation

Recent federal legislation severely limits–in fact nearly eliminates–the ability of states to tax pension income received by non-residents. The pension income of former state residents now living in another state has been a favorite revenue source of high-tax states like ...

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Master your future now to prevent regrets later

You can hardly pick up the paper or watch the news today without hearing someone complain about the downsizing going on in the corporate world. But perhaps some of the downsizing may be necessary. After all, if an organization suddenly ...

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Non-Profit Report:
Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Greater Rochester Inc.

A WEEKLY PROFILE OF A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Commemorating Memorial Day is a yearly occasion for most, but it is an ongoing effort for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Greater Rochester Inc. Last week, an estimated 150,000 traveled to the ...

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