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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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