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How to set your organization up to hire the right fundraiser

At the YMCA of Greater New York, “soft” skills such as a warm personality, empathy, and persuasiveness are important factors when hiring development staff. Fundraisers must be able to connect with a wide range of people, carry on a great conversation, and effectively discuss the organization’s mission, says Gary Laermer, YMCA of Greater New York's chief development officer. That means being not only an effective communicator verbally and in writing, but also a good listener. Read more…

A guide to hiring fundraisers

When searching for new fundraisers, organizations should evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their current staff and determine what areas they need to improve or expand. Gary Laermer, chief development officer at the YMCA of Greater New York said, “You have to be able to very clearly understand the assets you’re looking for in a person to fill the position. Not only are you looking for an effective communicator, you have to effectively communicate what it is you’re looking to identify.” Read more…

Fighting a war on two fronts

Jacqueline Fiore, executive director of Staten Island YMCA Counseling Service,spoke to the Staten Island Advance on the issue of insurance and addiction. She said, "It's left up to the provider and the client to prove the need for this level of treatment. Sometimes it is a fail-first model, where you have to fail outpatient visits before you can be approved for inpatient.: Read more…

Husband and wife both diagnosed with cancer learn to ‘Livestong at the YMCA’

After Gerard and Maureen Herr found were both diagnosed with cancer, they found support in the Livestrong at the YMCA. The three-month program for cancer patients and survivors provides a personal trainer to show people the ropes in the gym and shift the focus from fighting cancer to regaining strength and confidence and improving their well-being. People need not be a YMCA member to join. A grant from the Richmond County Savings Foundation helps the YMCA provide it at no cost to as many people as possible. Read more…

Shake off winter blues: ‘Kick up your heels’ for the Staten Island YMCA

The Staten Island YMCA, a leading borough non-profit dedicated to helping families learn, grow and thrive, will host its annual Dine 'N Dance event on Friday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Nicotra's Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. This year, the event will honor local community leaders with names like Teddy Atlas, boxing trainer and commentator and founder of the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation; Joanne Cook, a longtime YMCA volunteer and vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Brian Laline, a deep rooted YMCA volunteer and executive editor of the Staten Island Advance. Read more…

Young adults learn through basketball

The NYC Department of Probation hosted an Education Empowerment & Opportunity Through Basketball event at the Bronx YMCA, 2 Castle Hill Avenue, on Friday, February 6. The event included attendees meeting with reps from trade schools, local colleges, community colleges and social services. Afterwards, attendees participated in a basketball game coached and supported by hall of famer Nate ‘Tiny’ Archibald, who played 14 seasons in the NBA. Read more…