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Introducing
Victoria Howell


Join us in welcoming Victoria Howell to the NCCF family as Administrative & Scholarship Coordinator. Victoria is a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia, where she majored in international studies, choreographed for the Orchesis Dance Company, and fell in love with the charm of Fredonia. Since childhood on Long Island, she aspired to work for a nonprofit. She has been striving toward this goal by interning and volunteering for small international nonprofits in Manhattan and a large, well-known nonprofit, Operation Smile in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

After graduating from college, she and her boyfriend Daniel Siracuse moved to Virginia for job opportunities and a new adventure. However, the year away made them realize how much they loved Western New York. Happy to be back in the area, they now reside in Fredonia. Victoria feels fortunate for the opportunity the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation has given her to work at a nonprofit and make a meaningful contribution to the community that gave her a home away from home.

Welcome, Victoria!


Please join us for #NewYorkGives Day!


#NYGivesDay is a 24-hour online challenge to celebrate nonprofits across the state of New York on #GivingTuesday. Nonprofits, like NCCF, from across the Empire State will work together to raise awareness, collect donations, and build a stronger sense of philanthropy throughout our local communities.

The focus of our campaign on #NYGivesDay is to strengthen our community through our Building Community Fund. This fund addresses today’s community needs as well as future needs through grants, economic development, and other programs designed to benefit everyone who lives, works and visits northern Chautauqua County.
 
We need your help to not only participate but also to spread the word about our campaign! Like us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram then share our posts with your family and friends. You can also create your own campaign through our #NYGivesDay page. Follow us on Social Media to learn how and for updates on the fun events planned for #GivingTuesday!

Join NCCF on  November 27 and support your community by contributing to our Building Community Fund and encouraging others to do the same.

NCCF's #NYGivesDay Page

The new tax law that went into effect in January of 2018 doubles the individuals and couples standard deduction. Good news for some but the changes brought about by this law will affect another area: charitable giving.

Most people give to make an impact, not for the financial incentive. Luckily, this new tax law brings to light an often-overlooked corner of the code. This provision referred to as the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD), allows anyone who has reached the required minimum distribution (RMD) age of 70-1/2 or older to donate money directly from his or her IRA account to a charitable organization without that gift counting as income.

By using a Qualified Charitable Distribution tax-savvy strategy, you can transfer up to $100,000 per year from your IRA directly to a qualified charity. It is only available to IRAs and individuals who have reached RMD age. Any amount processed as a QCD counts toward your RMD requirement and reduces the taxable amount of your IRA distribution. This lowers both your adjusted gross income and taxable income, resulting in lower overall tax liability.

For information and ideas on ways to integrate your financial planning with charitable giving, ask your financial advisor or contact us. 
Thanking a generous donor who participated in our Prize Wheel at the 2018 Chautauqua County Fair and won a Be a Philanthropist grant for her favorite charity. 

On behalf of The Resource Center, I would like to thank Inelia Torres for her donation of $20.00. She was the winner of the NCCF Fair Wheel Contest who selected The Resource Center as her charity of choice! Your commitment to helping The Resource Center is tremendously appreciated.
~R. Michael Goldman, Esq., Board chair
Reminder:
Grant Applications for 2019 are due in our office on
January 10.

Field Days at Greystone


Earlier this year, Greystone Nature Preserve received a grant for an educational program aimed at pre-K and kindergarten students. "Field Days," held during May and June, included hands-on rotation stations followed by a picnic. 

In June, 66 kindergarteners from Sinclairville Elementary School visited Greystone. The Field Day covered everything the students liked best about nature - trees, bugs, and birds.  Led by their curiosity, the children explored four different nature-themed stations, each one aimed at experiential environmental learning. The Bat Cave station allowed students to learn more about bats and how they live. The Tree Treasures station gave students an appreciation of the trees, their contributions to our daily lives and an understanding of how trees grow. 

A Nature Scavenger Hunt was led by Sandi Emke, the assistant director of Greystone Nature Preserve. The children also experienced the perils of fishing and keeping our environment clean by finding and cleaning up trash. At mid-day, a picnic-style lunch was enjoyed by all with drinks and watermelon provided by the staff at Greystone. Students left Greystone with a new connection with nature.

Greystone Nature Preserve has successfully provided Field Days for Pre-k students from Pine Valley School for the last six years. Their goal is to extend this program on a yearly basis to other school districts throughout Chautauqua County including Pine Valley, Chautauqua Lake, Fredonia, Brocton, Ripley, Sinclairville, and Westfield elementary schools. 

For additional information on Greystone, visit their site at www.greystonenaturepreserve.com.

Did you receive your renewal?


Membership renewal letters were mailed in mid-October. If you did not receive yours, please give us a call so that we may verify your mailing address! You also have the option of renewing online using the Membership link.
 
Interested in becoming a member? Use the button below or contact us at 716-366-4892 or visit us at 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk.
 
Your membership support allows us to focus on what matters most:
addressing local needs, pursuing promising opportunities and
seeking/building a stronger community.

Monthly Nonprofit - Community Networking Session 

Tuesday, November 6th
12 - 1:30 p.m.
at the NCCF
212 Lake Shore Drive W., Dunkirk

 

Start Your Holiday Shopping With Us!

 

Are you looking for creative gift ideas?
Do you want to make a difference in your community?
We are here to help!

Give meaningful gifts that change the community where you live and work. Browse our Holiday Online Giving Page and give gifts that give back to the causes that are important to you, your family, your friends, and your coworkers.

Visit the NCCF's Holiday Giving web page and start shopping today!
  • Select a fund that matches the gift recipient's interests
  • Follow the instructions 
  • Submit your order and tax-deductible contribution
We will send everyone on your list a personalized, festive holiday card announcing your gift.

Contact nccf@nccfoundation.org or 716-366-4892 with any questions.
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