More than 135 board members, volunteers and staffers from area nonprofits found inspiration and information at the 2nd annual Nonprofit Networking Day hosted by CRCF on November 9 at Doyle Hall on the St. Bonaventure University campus.
Keynote speaker Cindy Abbott Letro, a long-time community volunteer and media consultant in Buffalo, used anecdotes from her many volunteer experiences to relate how the impossible became the possible in achieving goals in her presentation “Making Connections to Make a Difference.”
“Cindy’s passion was evident and her message was simple, yet relevant and inspiring,” said one participant, while another commented “her experiences were very relevant to nonprofit management.”
Four breakout sessions were offered and participants were equally enthusiastic about what they learned. The sessions included:
–“Becoming a transformational board member” with Robert Daugherty, Vice Chair of the St. Bonaventure University Board of Trustees and retired partner, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
–“Efficiency Through Technology: How the right solutions can save you thousands” with Sharon Myers, consultant, SMA Consulting Services; and Adam Jester, senior network/server analyst, Cutco
–“Five Strategies to Increase Your Annual Fund Revenue” with Pam Witter, director of development, Houghton College
–“Donor Relations and Stewardship: Essential “Moves” for Building Good Relationships and Raising More Money” with Colleen Brade, vice president and consultant, RuffaloCODY
CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit said the program was designed to not only offer educational sessions as part of the Foundation’s capacity-building services, but also provide a forum for nonprofits in the area to network with each other and the speakers at the day’s closing networking luncheon.
“The energy in the room was amazing,” Ms. Buchheit said. “I was excited to see so many colleagues and volunteers networking with each other over lunch. Everyone left with new ideas and new contacts.”
The event was co-sponsored by St. Bonaventure University and the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce. Sr. Margaret Carney, SBU president, and Carol Stitt, CRCF president, gave welcoming remarks.