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Upcoming Events


The Life Cycle of a Board Member: Board Recruitment, Engagement, Leadership Development & Succession Planning

Date: Tuesday, April 2
Time: Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., presentation from 9 a.m. to noon.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: FREE

With the ever-increasing focus on operational excellence and governance, board engagement for nonprofits has become essential for success. This workshop will take a high-level look at the complete life cycle of board membership, including how best to create a culture that fosters engagement, develops leadership and supports a proactive approach to change and succession planning. Presented by Susan Weinrich, Senior Vice President, Organizational & Community Development at NYCON.

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21st Century Grant Applications

Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: AFP webinars begin at noon and last approximately 60 minutes. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: Webinars are FREE for AFP members or $10 for non-members. (Fee must be paid in advance online or via check to AFP-CNY Chapter, contact afpcny@gmail.com with payment questions.)

Online grant proposals are here to stay. They are frustrating, exasperating and daunting. Still, we often must present our case for support in 2,000 characters (- 350 words or less). Writing tight or to the point while getting the attention of the grant reviewer has never been more crucial. Although brevity is key, grant makers still want engaging narratives that state the issue or problem succinctly while providing evidence that your organization will achieve the proposed outcomes. Knowing what to say and how to say it in a short grant application is the focus of this session. The techniques discussed will help you craft successful paper and paperless proposal narratives.

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Financial Literacy: What Every Fundraising Professional Needs to Know

Date: Thursday, May 30
Time: AFP webinars begin at noon and last approximately 60 minutes. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: Webinars are FREE for AFP members or $10 for non-members. (Fee must be paid in advance online or via check to AFP-CNY Chapter, contact afpcny@gmail.com with payment questions.)

For Executive Directors and Directors of Development to be effective in their diverse roles, it is essential that they have a strong understanding of non-profit finance. It is critical to building a robust and thorough development plan that meets the overarching needs of the organization, but is also important in understanding the total health and viability of the business. In this session, we will review the cornerstone components of non-profit financial literacy to provide an introduction to these key topics.

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Charting the Future of Your Nonprofit: Succession Planning for Executive Leadership

Date: Tuesday, June 4
Time: Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., presentation from 9 a.m. to noon.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: FREE

Executive Director transitions happen, whether or not we are ready. Without preparation, the impact of unplanned or planned transitions can throw an organization off course. This workshop will help board leadership better understand the succession planning process and identify issues that might be considered in a succession plan including staff and board development, budgeting, interim leadership and managing a hiring process. Presented by Susan Weinrich, Senior Vice President, Organizational & Community Development at NYCON.

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Next Generation of Giving

Date: Thursday, July 18
Time: AFP webinars begin at noon and last approximately 60 minutes. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: Webinars are FREE for AFP members or $10 for non-members. (Fee must be paid in advance online or via check to AFP-CNY Chapter, contact afpcny@gmail.com with payment questions.)

We can’t ignore it: Around the world, donor acquisition rates have fallen and traditional channels alone just aren’t cutting it anymore. The art and science of fundraising must adapt, or we might be in real trouble. In this session, expert Ashley Thompson will guide participants through learning how organizations can tap into the next generation of giving.

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The Art and Science of Effective Gift Acknowledgments

Date: Thursday, August 29
Time: AFP webinars begin at noon and last approximately 60 minutes. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: Webinars are FREE for AFP members or $10 for non-members. (Fee must be paid in advance online or by check to AFP-CNY Chapter, contact afpcny@gmail.com with payment questions.)

We all know that thanking donors is important, but how and when should we be thanking donors? How do different approaches to acknowledgements make people feel, and how does that impact future engagement? In this session, we’ll explore the latest research into donor behavior and effective gift acknowledgements with special attention given to the recent groundbreaking findings of Jen Shang and Adrian Sargeant. Participants will come away with practical takeaways to help craft thank yous that are both impactful and memorable!

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How to Avoid the End of Year Giving Trap

Date: Tuesday, September 24
Time: AFP webinars begin at noon and last approximately 60 minutes. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: Webinars are FREE for AFP members or $10 for non-members. (Fee must be paid in advance online or by check to AFP-CNY Chapter, contact afpcny@gmail.com with payment questions.)

A tremendous amount of giving happens in the last three months of the year and it is a very important time of year to meet fundraising goals. But high performing nonprofit organizations do not wait until the last minute to meet their fundraising goals. Join Steve MacLaughlin, fundraising expert and bestselling author of Data Driven Nonprofits, on building a year-end plan for success.

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Human Resource Law from A to Z for Your Nonprofit

Date: Tuesday, October 1
Time: Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., presentation from 9 a.m. to noon.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: FREE

In the ever-changing world of human resources, nonprofits face a variety of concerns related to legal compliance and workforce performance. In recent years, there have been significant changes and impact with employee compensation and benefits. This presentation provides an overview of labor laws, including recent changes, and discusses hot-button issues confronting nonprofits and how to best manage and address them. Presented by Michael West, Esq., Senior Attorney, NYCON.

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The ABCs of DAFs (What Nonprofits Need to Know and Do About Donor Advised Funds)

Date: Thursday, October 24
Time: AFP webinars begin at noon and last approximately 60 minutes. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: Webinars are FREE for AFP members or $10 for non-members. (Fee must be paid in advance online or by check to AFP-CNY Chapter, contact afpcny@gmail.com with payment questions.)

Donor-advised funds (DAFs) have been around for decades, but in recent years these funds have become one of the fastest growing vehicles in philanthropy. DAFs have been increasingly used by donors and offered through community foundations and national DAF sponsors as a new and attractive way donors can make giving decisions. To make sure that you and your nonprofit are proactive and capitalizing on this donor-friendly giving vehicle, AFP International will host an interactive webinar that will help participants better understand: What is a DAF and how do they work? What are the benefits of DAFs and who is using them? How can you properly identify and acknowledge a gift through a DAF? What can your nonprofit do to actively solicit and cultivate donors using DAFs?

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Nuts and Bolts of Governance Part 2: Improving Nonprofit Board Operations

Date: Tuesday, November 5
Time: Registration and continental breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., presentation from 9 a.m. to noon.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: FREE

Nonprofit operations can be complicated, and their governance is often confusing for many that serve on boards. This presentation will address issues such as the importance of following bylaws, how to define a conflict of interest, voting and decision making as well as discussion on many of the frequently asked questions NYCON staff experience from members. Presented by Susan Weinrich, Senior Vice President, Organizational & Community Development at NYCON.

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Getting the Board Onboard: What’s the Issue? Who Can Address It and How?

Date: Thursday, November 21
Time: AFP webinars begin at noon and last approximately 60 minutes. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Location: The Community Foundation, 2608 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
Cost: Webinars are FREE for AFP members or $10 for non-members. (Fee must be paid in advance online or via check to AFP-CNY Chapter, contact afpcny@gmail.com with payment questions.)

Enthusiastic, dedicated and full board involvement is essential for successful fundraising. Board members may be nervous about fundraising–not because they cannot do it, but because they didn’t hear about it during recruitment, never learned how to do it and think they will make enemies of their friends if they ask. Participants in this webinar will review best practice board roles and responsibilities, examine a framework for assessing the type(s) of resistance the organization must address, and then use the framework to draft an action plan to address and overcome the resistance!

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