The New York State Society of CPAs and the Council of Community Services of New York State Inc. are now accepting nominations for the 2005 Michael H. Urbach Community Builders Award. The award, first presented last year, honors a CPA in New York State who has exhibited exemplary board leadership in 501(c)3 charities. Urbach, who died in 2004 at age 60, had a significant impact in the state's nonprofit community through board participation and leadership. He was also the first CPA to serve as New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance, and was a partner and executive vice president of Urbach, Kahn & Werlin PC. Nominees for the award must be CPAs in good standing and members of the New York society, and must have demonstrated exemplary volunteer board leadership and service benefiting charitable organizations, by serving as president or chair on at least three boards. Their service must have resulted in a significant, positive organizational impact, for instance through growth, financial turn-around or organizational restructuring. Preference will be given to those working with community-based charitees. Nominations must be submitted in writing, with seven packets of nomination materials sent to: Urbach Community Builders Award Committee Council of Community Services of New York State Inc. 272 Broadway Albany, N.Y. 12082 The successful candidate will be notified no later than July 18, 2005. The award will be presented in October.

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