Community Foundation Offering Free Virtual Nonprofit Webinars


The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties is offering a series of free virtual webinars for staff and board members of area nonprofit organizations.

Made possible by the support of First Source Federal Credit Union, the sessions will take place online via Zoom or GoToMeeting. Due to limited capacity, advance registration at is required.


Virtual Nonprofit Town Hall: Creating Solutions
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
Cost: Free

The Community Foundation held a Virtual Nonprofit Town Hall in May where nonprofits spoke on the stress points they’ve felt and how they’ve adjusted during this time. After reviewing the feedback received, some common themes and specific topics that nonprofits are dealing with right now have emerged. This Town Hall will discuss those topics, brainstorm solutions, and identify opportunities for collaboration.


Audit Considerations for Your Nonprofit: Compliance and Best Practices
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. – noon via GoToMeeting
Cost: Free

Nonprofit board responsibilities include overseeing the organization’s accounting functions and performance of the independent auditor if one is hired. This presentation will discuss important audit considerations and requirements for board members, including the impact of the Nonprofit Revitalization Act on their role in the audit process. This webinar is presented in partnership with the New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.


Six Figure Success: How to Grow Your Small Nonprofit’s Annual Fundraising to $100,000 and Beyond
Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
Cost: Free for AFP members, $10 for non-members (must be paid online or via check to AFP-CNY Chapter in advance)

For nonprofits, the more money you raise, the more good you can do. This webinar will focus on how the right messaging can pave the way to more donations and what “magnetic messaging” looks like. Participants will learn how to choose productive fundraising strategies to reach the $100,000 mark for the first time.


The 7 Truths of Successful Grant-Funded Proposals
Date: Thursday, July 23, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. via Zoom
Cost: Free

This session will discuss tips, tools and tactics for winning grants, addressing the seven most important things to consider when preparing a proposal asking for funding.


Everything We Know About Fundraising is (Mostly) Wrong
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
Cost: Free for AFP members, $10 for non-members (must be paid online or via check to AFP-CNY Chapter in advance)

Concepts like the fundraising pyramid, donor prospecting, and the funnel approach are often associated with donor cultivation. But do these philosophical beliefs match reality? In this session, Steve MacLaughlin, vice president of product management at Blackbaud, and the author of the bestselling guidebook Data Driven Nonprofits, explores common fundraising myths and how nonprofits can adjust to the new normal in giving.


Charting a Course to Campaign Readiness
Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. via Zoom
Cost: Free

A successful capital campaign is all about preparation on the front end. This session will review fundamentals needed to maximize campaign results, including selection of counsel, developing a campaign vision, identifying top prospects, building a volunteer base and more.


Contact The Community Foundation at 315-735-8212 or for additional information.