Nonprofit Networking Day


Registration is  officially closed, but you can call us to see about registering. We can’t wait to see everyone there!

Who should attend?
Conference site/directions

Our mission at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is to “grow good” in our community. One way that we do that is to connect donors to the causes they care about most and help them make a philanthropic plan to support those causes. We also make grants to support the excellent work of nonprofits in our community.

Another way the Foundation “grows good” is to help existing and emerging nonprofit organizations strengthen their operations and build capacity with our annual Nonprofit Networking Day. We invite staff, board members and volunteers from our region’s nonprofits to attend this event to collaborate, share resources and network.

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Who should attend? 
All staff, board members and volunteers from our region’s nonprofits are welcome. Remember to bring your business cards to network with colleagues and to enter door prize drawings!

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Register before October 3 to take advantage of the Early Bird discount price of $45! After October 3 the cost of attending will be $55.

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Conference Site
The conference will be held at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Parking is available. Directions to Quick Center

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“Nonprofit Crystal Ball: What does the future hold?” Keynote Address with Michael Hill, president, Chautauqua Institution

Gaze into the future of the nonprofit world with Michael Hill, the storied Chautauqua Institution’s 18th president, as he explores topics such as: the diversity imperative for nonprofits; guest relations and service as a nonprofit niche; and how to know a strategy when you see it. Hill has been an imperative part of leading a 146-year-old nonprofit organization  into a renewed approach in thought leadership, diversity, community engagement, year-round programming and civil dialogue.

“Mission-Forward Fundraising: Utilizing your mission to engage champions for your cause,” with Kate Heidinger, director of development, Compeer

Propel your fundraising forward by finding the intersection of your organization’s mission with your donor’s mission. Together you can make amazing things happen, serving your clients needs and your donors’ wishes, in a thoughtful and sustainable way. We will identify prospective donors who are warm to your cause, brainstorm ways to engage them in events and activities you are already doing and weave together your programmatic and strategic goals with your fundraising goals.

“Getting the most out of your special event,” with Beth Palumbo, director of marketing, St. Bonaventure University

During this session we will walk through the planning process of our event and how to ensure you are getting the most out of your event.  We will look at how to determine your event goal, who your audience should be and how to get the best ROI.

“Toolkit for Facebook Success,” with John Jiloty, vice president of social media and content, Martin Group

From a marketing and communications standpoint, social media is part of virtually every conversation these days. Everyone knows it can be impactful for their business, but how many people have the time and expertise to take a step back and make sure they have a smart, strategic approach to social media? Crucial questions include: What are your goals; who is your audience; what is your messaging; how will you measure success; what is your content strategy? We are going to focus this session on Facebook and how you can get the most out of this invaluable, and ever-changing, platform. From strategy to content to analytics, the goal of this session is to give you what you need to effectively manage your brand’s Facebook account and make sure you are not wasting your time and money.

“Talking to donors about the new tax law, with Kelly Lent-Paul, certified financial planner, Fox Financial

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, the largest overhaul of the US Tax Code in nearly 30 years. Because of the changes, significantly fewer taxpayers will be eligible to take a direct tax deduction for donations made to charitable organizations in 2018 and beyond. In this session we will provide an overview of the changes, look at the impact on individual taxpayers at various income levels, and discuss ways organizations can use the new law to cultivate donors.

“Cattaraugus Gives marketing workshop,” with Kirk Windus, communications and fund development coordinator, Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation

This optional (free) workshop will prepare you to participate in Cattaraugus Gives 2018, taking place on Giving Tuesday, November 27. We will talk about strategies and tactics to help you engage your audience and get the most out of your giving day campaign.

“Networking roundtable,” with Karen Niemic Buchheit, executive director, Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation

Participants have asked more time to network as part of Nonprofit Networking Day, so we’ve added this optional (free) session after lunch for those who want to stay and discuss and share more ideas, seek solutions or make connections. The topics of the roundtable will be guided by those present and facilitated by Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF executive director.

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Time Topic Speaker(s) Location
8:00 a.m. Registration/continental breakfast/exhibits
Bob Van Wicklin, vice president for  advancement, Saint Bonaventure University

Wendy Brand, president, CRCF

Rigas Family Theater
8:45 a.m. Keynote address:

Nonprofit Crystal Ball: What does the future hold?

Michael E. Hill, president, Chautauqua Institution Rigas Family Theater
9:30 a.m. Breakout session 1
 A – Mission-forward Fundraising: Utilizing your mission to engage champions for your cause Kate Heidinger, director of development, Compeer Rigas Family Theater
B – Getting the most out of your special event Beth Palumbo, director of marketing, St. Bonaventure University  

Trustees Room, Doyle Hall


10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Breakout session 2
C – Toolkit for Facebook success John Jiloty, vice president of social media and content, The Martin Group Trustees Room, Doyle Hall
D Talking to donors about the new tax law


Kelly Lent-Paul, Fox Financial Services Rigas Family Theater
11:45 a.m. Break
Noon Buffet lunch and discussion with speakers & colleagues




Dr. Dennis DePerro, president, St. Bonaventure University

Doyle Dining Room, Doyle Hall
12:45 p.m. Closing remarks, Door prizes drawing Karen Niemic Buchheit, executive director, CRCF Doyle Dining Room
1-2 p.m. Cattaraugus Gives marketing workshop Kirk Windus, communications and fund development coordinator, CRCF Trustees Room, Doyle Hall
1-2 p.m. Networking roundtable  Facilitator: Karen Niemic Buchheit Doyle Dining Room

Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce
St. Bonaventure University

To view photos from the 2017 Nonprofit Networking Day, visit our Facebook photo album.

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