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August 25, 2017

Call for Nominations: 2017 CPA Community Builders Award

Albany, NY - August 25, 2017 - Do you know a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State that has demonstrated exemplary leadership to community-based charities? Nominate him/her now for the 14th annual Michael H. Urbach, CPA Community Builders Award. The award is presented by the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA). Candidates must:


  • Have served as an Officer on at least 3 different charitable 501(c)(3) community-based nonprofits with service as President/Chair at least once;
  • Have demonstrated exemplary board leadership resulting in significant and positive organizational impact including, but not limited to, financial turn-around, growth, and/or organizational re-structuring; and
  • Preference will be given to nominees whose board leadership accomplishments have been with community-based charities.


The award is named in honor of the late Michael H. Urbach, CPA, former partner of Urbach, Kahn and Werlin, former NYS Commissioner of Tax and Finance and Chair of the State Employees federated Appeal, and board leader of a number of charities.


The 2017 award will be formally presented at the Annual Member Meeting of NYCON slated for the afternoon of October 5th at Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY. The Luncheon will take place during CAMP FINANCE, a two-day financial management conference that provides the very best in knowledge, skill & strategy development sessions for your staff and volunteer leaders. From basic to best practices, this year’s conference tracks include Basic Nonprofit Accounting, Accountability & Compliance, Marketing, Fundraising & Communications and Governance.


The 2017 Urbach Honoree has the privilege to award one (1) nonprofit executive of their choice a Camp Finance scholarship in honor of the late Harold Mandel, a CPA who worked for Urbach, Kahn & Werlin in Albany, NY and retired in West Palm Beach, FL. In 2009, Mr. Mandel’s family accepted a posthumous Michael H. Urbach, CPA Community Builders Award in his tribute.


Nominations are due by September 5th, 2017. Nominators are strongly encouraged to address the candidates qualifications related to the three (3) criteria and include at least three (3) letters of support from the charities who have benefited from the candidate’s volunteer leadership.  Submit your nomination online or email your submission to Melissa Currado at or mail two (2) packets of nomination materials to: Urbach Community Builders Award Committee, NYCON, 272 Broadway, Albany NY 12204. For more information contact us via phone at (800) 515-5012.

NYCON and NYSSCPA would like to recognize The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region for their grant contribution towards the Michael H. Urbach, CPA Community Builders Award.


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About the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc. (NYCON)

NYCON is a statewide, membership-based charitable nonprofit organization specializing in bringing nonprofits across New York State the services and training they need to achieve their nonprofit missions and goals. The Council’s diverse menu of programs and services includes training for nonprofit boards of directors, administration, and staff; providing insurance; legal services; information on public policy and ethics; financial management assistance; community needs assessments and planning; strategic restructuring; and discounts on office supplies. NYCON has offices in Albany, Poughkeepsie, Oneonta, New York City and Rochester. To learn more about NYCON, visit


About the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA)

NYSSCPA is the largest state accounting organization in the nation and currently has 30,000 members. It was incorporated in 1897 for the following purposes: to cultivate, promote, and disseminate knowledge and information concerning certified public accountants; to establish and maintain high standards of integrity, honor, and character among certified public accountants; to furnish information regarding accountancy and the practice and methods thereof to its members and the general public; and to protect the interests of its members and the general public with respect to the practice of accountancy. The Society fulfills its mission through its 16 chapters, more than 60 technical and administrative committees, and a 42-member Board of Directors.


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