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Post date: November 9 2001

Charities Symposium Set In Southern Tier

Attorney General Spitzer said today that his office has scheduled an educational forum for non-profit organizations in the Southern Tier to address accounting responsibilities and other legal and management issues.

The program will also address new issues of interest to charities in light of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

This forum is a coordinated effort between Spitzer's Binghamton Regional Office and his Charities Bureau and will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 from 8:00 AM to 12:45 PM in the Keeler Auditorium on the grounds of the Binghamton Psychiatric Center.

"My office is responsible for overseeing the activities of not-for-profit organizations to ensure that they carry out their responsibilities effectively and within the parameters of state law," Spitzer said. "To that end, my office is sponsoring this educational forum to help the charities of the Southern Tier make sound decisions."

The symposium is designed to assist not-for-profit organizations in New York so they may fulfill their missions effectively while complying with the legal mandates of the State.

In addition to addressing financial reporting issues, the symposium will consider ways to build effective not-for-profit boards. "The best way to ensure the viability and strength of a charity is to maintain an active, aware and engaged board," Spitzer said. "I am deeply committed to assisting not-for-profits in fulfilling their important missions which greatly improve the quality of life of all New Yorkers."

Participating in the event will be William Josephson, Assistant Attorney General In Charge of the Charities Bureau, Peter Lorenzetti of the Internal Revenue Service, Craig Stevens, a certified public accountant from Bonadio & Co., Jennifer Lammers, the Director of Philanthropic Advisory Service of the Better Business Bureau, and Judith Peckham, the Executive Director of the Greater Broome Community Foundation.

Those interested in the event are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's office at (800) 771-7755.