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Post date: July 13 2011

A.G. Schneiderman Taps Buffalo Leader For Nonprofit Reform Committee

Schneiderman Appoints Head Of Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo To Team Charged With Improving Regulations & Reducing Burden

Schneiderman: Nonprofits Are Critical Part Of Western New York’s Economy – Must Ensure They Have Resources To Thrive

BUFFALO – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the appointment of Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, to serve on his Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Revitalization. Ms. Perez-Bode Dedecker is one of 29 leaders the Attorney General has charged with providing recommendations to improve nonprofit regulation and enforcement in New York.

"I am pleased Clotilde will serve with her colleagues across the state to reform the rules of the road so the nonprofit sector can thrive,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Nonprofits provide critical services to their communities and as the second largest employment sector in the state, their success is crucial to our economy. We can be tough on policing fraud without imposing needless burdens and costs on this vital sector, and the Leadership Committee is a central part of achieving those goals.”

The Attorney General oversees nonprofits operating in New York State, and Schneiderman has made the improvement of nonprofit regulation a priority for his office. Earlier this year, he announced he would convene a group of leaders from New York’s nonprofit, business and labor communities to help eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy that has long plagued nonprofits, such as redundant audits and overlapping reporting requirements, and delays in processing and payment of contracts. The nonprofit sector is the second largest employment sector in the state, providing work for between 17 and 18 percent of New York’s labor force.

“Regulation and oversight is important to nonprofits’ health and the people they serve – which is exactly why this reform initiative is significant,” Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker said. “I am proud to serve on the Leadership Committee for Nonprofit Reform and look forward to working with Attorney General Schneiderman and my colleagues to help the state’s nonprofit organizations thrive.”

Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. She has founded and led numerous initiatives including a public-private collaboration to establish the Family Justice Center of Erie County for victims of domestic violence. Most recently, Ms. Perez-Bode Dedecker founded the Literacy Funders Network, a national coalition of foundations dedicated to improving literacy in America. Other service highlights include a White House appointment to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, U.S. Committee Co-Chair of the United Nations International Year of the Volunteer and President of the Association of Junior Leagues International.

Ms. Perez-Bode Dedecker has served on many national and local boards including the National Women’s Hall of Fame (President), Mayoral Council on Hispanic issues (Chair), John R. Oishei Foundation, and The National Federation for Just Communities.  Current service includes board member of CFLeads and The Foundation Center. She is a national delegate to the Vision 2020-Equality in Sight project. She has received the Governor’s Award for Service and the President’s Award for Service.

The Leadership Committee’s activities will focus on the following:

  • Making recommendations on how to reduce regulatory burdens and more effectively address regulatory concerns;
  • Developing legislative proposals to modernize New York's nonprofit laws that would eliminate outdated requirements and unnecessary burdens; and
  • Proposing measures to enhance board governance and effectiveness, including through new programs to recruit and train nonprofit board members.  
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