May 2015: Nonprofits Today

Volunteers add value to nonprofits

Columnist Rande Richardson

Columnist Rande Richardson

In the world of philanthropy, there is a desire to find the alignment of passion, purpose and planning, always recognizing that giving back includes time, talent and treasure, all working together for greater impact. One of the most competitive advantages nonprofit organizations hold is the availability of volunteers. Our region’s charitable organizations have both the need and privilege of attracting individuals who, like donors, make a conscious choice to support and advance an organization’s work and mission. Nearly 63 million Americans volunteered at least once during 2014. For many nonprofits, operating without volunteers would be impossible. [Read more…]

2014 Class of 20 Under 40



This year’s class of 20 Under 40 (click the recipient’s name to watch a video and read his or her profile):



An architect, a director of business development, communication professionals, a national sales and marketing manager, an educator, a financial planner, health care professionals, an information technology specialist, a transportation center director, a director of human resources, a loan officer, a pair of camp leaders, a director of operations and a few small business owners.

Our fourth annual 20 Under 40 class was the most competitive field yet, and these individuals represent a snapshot of Northern New York’s most accomplished, dedicated and involved young professionals, across a wide spectrum of industries, and across three counties.

All of these young men and women are involved in some shape or form in their community, whether by serving on an organization’s board, being a foster parent, serving in a youth leadership organization, or something as simple as helping to organize community 5K runs or making time to donate to food banks.

All of these leaders, who are between the ages of 22 and 39, were chosen not only by the editors and staff of NNY Business magazine, but by virtue of glowing recommendations from their peers and employers. And not only do these emerging leaders, who embody the prized north country values of compassion, hard work and selflessness, make time in hectic schedules to volunteer in the community, they give their very best in challenging career fields each and day, all out of an effort to make the place they have chosen to stay in and call home the very best place it can be.

Samuel M. Purington, 37: Volunteer Transportation Center


His wife’s experience working at a nonprofit agency and a desire to spend more time with his growing family convinced Samuel M. Purington to take a pay cut, leave the corporate world and become executive director of the nonprofit Volunteer Transportation Center. [Read more…]