Posted by Teryll Hopper,
Communications Manager of Corporate Citizenship, NetSuite
Greaves says his career in finance and accounting
made him the perfect recruit for the John J.
Byrne Community Center, a nonprofit organization that provides space for
groups that deliver after-school activities, summer camps and gang violence
intervention programs to area youth. He feels that a community center in
Uniondale, N.Y. is critical to fulfilling a promise to our youth, children, and
believes strongly in the philosophy that childhood should be a time of fun,
warmth, security, exploration and discovery – and that fulfilling the hopes and
dreams of children should be a community’s highest priority. Greaves says the
late Monsignor John J. Byrne of St. Martha’s Church – after whom the
organization is named – showed us the way with his dedication and service to
the youth of our community.
sister-in-law first convinced him to get involved in 1990, the year the
organization acquired its first property and found itself in need of an
accountant. He admits that he was not interested in serving on the board
initially, but soon found himself committed to the Center’s mission.
after volunteering to handle the Center’s financial affairs, Greaves was
elected to the executive board as treasurer—and later assumed the presidency.
Under Greaves’ tenure, significant progress has been made, including the
management of $500,000 in funding that was allocated to the organization by New
York State—an infusion of funds that enabled the organization to double the
property under its purview. Additional funding has allowed for further
expansion and development of the property.
Greaves has found that – despite the current acquisitions – the space remains
inadequate to meet the needs of the community fully. He says that he now
envisions building a 45,000-square-foot, sustainable community center. In order
to realize this dream, Greaves says that he and his board will need to raise up
to $25 million—an objective which now consumes him.
full-time, I spend morning, day, and night trying to figure out the best ways
to meet the mission,” said Greaves.
says he views NetSuite as a way to bring all the Center’s operations together
in one-system. He says NetSuite’s software donation has enabled the
organization to focus most of its financial resources on the expansion and
growth of the Center—and not on technology.
is still getting up to speed on how to leverage the accounting-side of
NetSuite, he now uses its ecommerce
software system to handle marketing and registration for seminars and
events. The Center also relies on
NetSuite to distribute its email newsletter and track new subscribers. NetSuite’s SuiteVolunteer program – which
matches the professional expertise of NetSuite employees to the Center’s needs –
has been an invaluable tool for the organization. “It’s a big bonus,” Greaves said.
Christian de Lima, a Team Leader with NetSuite who
volunteered for John J. Byrne Center’s SuiteVolunteer project, says the work
was especially rewarding. “You really feel
like you make a difference,” de Lima said.
de Lima led his team in creating a donation page
on the Center’s website to enable donors to make online contributions. Once the
SuiteVolunteers team completed that project, they worked with Greaves to build
an online store where visitors can register and pay for classes online.
According to Greaves, “had it not been for the knowledgeable,
professional, friendly and effective interactions with SuiteVolunteers, I might
not have been able to implement the ecommerce feature.”
Looking ahead, the future for John J. Byrne Community Center looks
bright. Greaves was excited to share
that he has negotiated a community benefits agreement with a local hospital that
will require the developer of a 64-acre parcel of land to contribute $2 million
to the Center’s expansion. He said he
will continue to approach local, state, and federal agencies – and even explore
crowdfunding – in his effort to “support our kids.”
Learn more about NetSuite.org’s
SuiteVolunteers Program and how to apply for pro-bono projects.
Posted on Thu, December 31, 2015
by NetSuite filed under