Social Enterprise Alliance Summit 2013

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As a special offer to those in SEA chapter regions, we’re offering deeply-discounted Summit ’13 registrations when individuals and organizations sign up as new members of SEA.

Please Note: The New Member Combo Deals are available only to individuals and organizations that have not had active memberships within the last two years.

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New Directors Join Board of Social Enterprise Alliance of Long Island

The Long Island Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA-LI), the organization dedicated to supporting the growth and development of nonprofit and for-profit enterprises while simultaneously pursuing self-sustaining revenue and measurable social impacts, has announced its 2013 Board of Directors.

Ken Cerini, Managing Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP, is the organizations new President.  He succeeds Reverend Patrick Duggan, Founder and President of Abundant Communities Together. Nancy Engelhardt, of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College was named Vice President. In addition, the Board is pleased to welcome several new members, who include:

Dan Grinberg is the Founder and President of Elara Foodservice Disposables (Elara). Elara is a designer and producer of high quality gloves, food storage bags, plastic cutlery, drinking straws and other single-use items used by restaurant and institutional foodservice operators. A social-mission driven company, Elara is also committed to fighting hunger in America. Grinberg also services as a Director and Treasurer of Island Harvest, a Long Island food bank and member of the Feeding America network. Prior to founding Elara, Grinberg was an owner, director and CEO of FoodHandler, Inc., a leading supplier of foodservice gloves and disposables.

Frank Lombardi is the Compliance Officer for Independent Group Home Living (IGHL). IGHL is dedicated to providing programs, services and support for people with developmental disabilities so they can realize their full potential as human beings and contributing members of their community. With Frank’s help, IGHL has grown into an industry leader that now provides services to 5,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities and employs more than 1,600 people.

Theresa Weston is the Senior Marketer at Cerini & Associates, LLP. Cerini & Associates is a full-service accounting firm with a concentration in the nonprofit sector. At the firm, Theresa coordinates all marketing and communications efforts and was Chapter Administrator for SEA-LI prior to joining the Board.

“We plan on 2013 being an eventful year for SEA-LI,” said Cerini. “We have plans to develop new programs, new partnerships, and extend our presence in the Long Island community.”

Other notable members of the board include  Bruce Newman, of Pipeline, LLC; Randi Dresner of Island Harvest; and Chuck Schwartz, of Green Long Island, Inc.

Click here to see the article in Newsday and in Long Island Business News!


The Future of Giving

Most nonprofits rely almost exclusively on government funding and individual donations to maintain sustainability. Unfortunately, government funding has and will continue to shrink, and individual contributions have not only decreased, but there has been an increase in demand for social impact. Donors want to see not only where their contributions are going, but want to see and understand the impact behind their contribution, as well as the sustainability of the organization’s efforts.

The future for nonprofits will be to shift away from traditional fundraising and to focus on technology and innovation—how can organizations utilize technology to better monitor their impact and achieve their mission more effectively?

One of the main players supporting the shift toward technology is Google—who is paving the way for the future of philanthropy.

At the end of 2012, Google launched their Global Impact Awards, designed to support organizations utilizing technology and innovative approaches to take on some of the world’s largest challenges.  While Google typically gives $115 million in grants, they realized they could have a greater impact by funding nonprofit tech innovation instead of spending on specific issues. In addition, the grants come with volunteer consulting on each project from Google specialists and/or engineers.

How the Program Works


  • Google supports organizations utilizing technology and innovative solutions to meet their mission.
  • Google provides grants to support crisis response efforts and long-term relief efforts.
  • Google supports academic research–investing in computer scientists and faculties through their Research Awards Program.
  • Finally, Google supports organizations such as schools, small businesses and nonprofits within local communities.


Google’s team has developed and continues to provide free Ads, Apps and products to nonprofit organizations. Their programs include Google for Nonprofits, Google Earth Outreach, YouTube for Good and Crisis Response efforts—all utilizing technology to help drive change and impact.


Google supports their staff through programs such as gift matching, where Google matches the contribution of their employees and volunteering. Google encourages their employers to volunteer for the organizations they love, and even allow time out of the office to do so.

What Google is Looking For

Google Impact Awards are looking for organizations that meet the following three criteria as listed on their website:

  1. Innovative approach or technology that can deliver transformational impact
  2. Specific project that tests a big game-changing idea
  3. Brilliant team with successful track record and a healthy disregard for the impossible

At this time, Google is utilizing their team to research the web to find organizations in need, and are not accepting unsolicited proposals. For a list of the 2012 recipients, click here.

The way of the future is here—nonprofits are moving away from the traditional golf outings and silent auctions and are embracing innovation, technology and social entrepreneurship to generate a long-term impact. With powerhouses such as Google leading the shift in philanthropy, donor behavior is going to look for organizations to be more creative in their programs and services.  For more information about the Google Impact Awards, visit their website at



SEA-LI Board Meeting

SEA-LI will have the first board meeting of 2013 on Tuesday, January 29th. This meeting will cover future topics and programs and the strategic plan for SEA-LI. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about the upcoming program year, please send them directly to Please continue to check our website for the most current information.

Happy Holidays from all of us at SEA-LI!