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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Nonprofit Networking Day sessions to help strengthen area nonprofits

OLEAN, N.Y., October 4, 2016 – Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation’s Nonprofit Networking Day will provide four different breakout sessions hosted by leading knowledgeable and experienced speakers from the area’s nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit Networking Day, set for November 4 at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts, provides an opportunity for nonprofit staff, board members, volunteers and interns alike to come together and learn, collaborate and network.

This year’s sessions include:

“How to Create a Well-Functioning Team” with Bob Mead-Colegrove, president and principal consultant at BMCSPEAKS and assistant dean for Campus Life, Daemen College.

The session will explore team dynamics and what it is that makes a team click into place. Participants will explore the components of a team, what it takes to create an effective team and how to have fun doing it.

Mead-Colegrove has more than 22 years of experience working in the field of leadership development and higher education. He has experience consulting with diverse populations and organizations, most notably the Buffalo branch of the FBI, Seneca Nation of Indians, SUNY Buffalo State, SUNY Fredonia and Canisius Residence Life.

Mead-Colegrove has presented on topics such as leadership development, team building, effective communication, time management, problem solving, conflict resolution and personality preferences in the workplace.

“Partnering with a Professional Grant Writer” with Jean O’Connell, president, J. O’Connell & Associates.

The session will cover essential information on how an organization can partner with a professional grant writer to obtain new funding sources that can help a nonprofit organization achieve its goals.

Participants will learn what services a professional grant consultant can provide as well as learn more about the research and needs-assessment process when it comes time to seek a grant. The session also will cover what makes a great written proposal and offer examples of successful grant writer and nonprofit partnerships.

O’Connell has worked in the field of grants development since 1986. Today her NYS Certified Woman Owned Business enjoys great success in providing grants consulting services to municipalities, school districts and nonprofits all across New York State. The firm has been responsible for obtaining over $136 million in grant funding for its clients and has evolved into a full-service company, providing grants consulting, research, writing and project administration.

“How an Intern Can Complete Your Team” with a four-member panel facilitated by Connie Whitcomb, director of the St. Bonventure’s Career and Professional Readiness Center.

Panelists will include Stephanie Dolliver, CRCF intern/St. Bonaventure University graduate student; Mike Kasperski, CPA, SBU internship director and lecturer of accounting; Pam Ferman, assistant director and employer relations coordinator of the SBU Career and Professional Readiness Center; and Nelson Garifi, executive director of academic innovation, Jamestown Community College.

The panel will show how internship programs are a smart tool for nonprofits and also can be part of an organizational recruitment strategy. Participants will learn how to recruit an intern, what the expectations are and how to manage an internship program a nonprofit.

“Marketing for Good: Applying Integrated Marketing Communications to Nonprofits” with Matt Wojick, associate vice president for marketing and communications, Canisius College, and Kelly Powell, president, Flight9 Creative.

This session, facilitated by Sharon Myers, SBU director of admissions communications, will examine different approaches to marketing and how to identify what nonprofits need to address for their various market segments. Participants will learn how a fully integrated plan with all communications tools working together seamlessly will help create a consistent message and image. Panelists will address budget and staffing issues involved as well.

Registration for Nonprofit Networking Day is now open. To register, visit cattfoundation.org/NND. Early bird registration pricing is available until October 21.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast followed by the keynote address by

Lana Benatovich, president of the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York, will deliver the keynote address, “Leading for Today, Planning for Tomorrow.”

Established in 1994, the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the region. Grants from the foundation support many areas, including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service, and youth development. To learn more, call (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email foundation@cattfoundation.org, or visit online at www.cattfoundation.org. CRCF is also on Facebook (facebook.com/cattfoundation) and Twitter (@CattFoundation).

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